Theatre and New Dance


Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient - 2016

Roy Conli


Walt Disney Animation Studios

Roy Conli won an Academy Award for the animated adventure "Big Hero 6" in 2015.

For the past 23 years, he has been a producer for Walt Disney Animation Studios, which included a three-year stint running the company's Paris studio. He served as co-producer on "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1996) and producer on the Academy Award-nominated "Treasure Planet" (2002) and "Tangled" (2010). 

Before he arrived at Disney, he ran production for new play development at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, where he helped produce the first full production of Tony Kushner's award-winning "Angels in America" and was part of a small but mighty team that reopened the legendary Pasadena Playhouse.

Conli graduated with a bachelor's degree in drama and says the university was an "amazing place for a young man who did not come from a wealthy family to get a great education."

Theatre Alumni Students Working in the Industry

Michael Mateus Steger - He is best known for his role as Navid Shirazi on The CW's teen drama series 90210 .

Ashley Opstad, Elizabeth Triplett & Justin Abarca - Perform in Utimate Improv in Los Angeles

Carlos Darden - works in the Actors Equity Office.

Aaron Thomas - Associate Director of E-Learning @ University of Florida

Allen Fortz - Production Assistant on "The Unit"

More to come......