Notable Alumni

Mike Adamlesports anchor; former pro football player and TV host
Ann-MargretAcademy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actress, film and TV
Warren BeattyAcademy Award-nominated actor, Academy Award-winning director, Reds
Richard Benjaminactor/director
Greg BerlantiEmmy-nominated TV and film writer/producer, Everwood, Dawson's Creek, Political Animals
Craig BierkoTony Award-nominated actor, The Music Man
Bill Bindleywriter, director
Jeffory Blackardfounder and CEO, Blackard Global
Zach Braff

writer, director, actor for TV and film, Scrubs, Garden State; Grammy Award-winning producer of Garden State soundtrack


Clancy Brownactor, The Shawshank Redemption, Highlander
Charles Buschactor, Tony Award-award nominated playwright
Robert Olen Butlerauthor and winner of Pulitzer Prize for literature
Elynne Chaplik-Aleskowfounding general manager of WYCC-TV Channel 20/PBS and Chicago's first female television general manager
Stephen Colbert Emmy Award-winning and Peabody Award-winning actor, writer and producer, The Colbert Report; host of CBS's Late Show (as of 2015)
Stephanie Shemin D'AbruzzoTony Award-nominated actress, Avenue Q
Laura Easonplaywright, founding ensemble member of Tony Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre Company
Gregg Edelman four-time Tony Award-nominated actor
Debi Feinman managing director, Ogilvy & Mather
Barbara Gainesfounder and artistic director, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
Frank GalatiTony Award-winning, Oscar-nominated director; writer, actor, and retired Northwestern professor
Barry Gardnerprofessional football player
Ana Gasteyeractress, Saturday Night Live, Suburgatory
Richard Gephardtformer House Democratic Leader in the United States House of Representatives
David Gershpresident and owner, Gersh Agency
Michael GreifTony-nominated stage director, Rent and Grey Gardens
Napoleon Harris member of the Illinois Senate; former professional football player
Deborah Hayesdirector of audiology, speech pathology, and learning services at the Children's Hospital-Denver, professor
Heather HeadleyTony Award-winning actress, Aida and Lion King; Grammy-nominated R&B singer
Marg HelgenbergerEmmy Award-winning actress, CSI, Intelligence
Charlton HestonAcademy Award-winning actor, Ben Hur
David Hollanderscreenwriter and TV producer
Richard Hoppleformer chairman and CEO, Unicast Communications Corporation
Laura Innesactress, ER, The Event
Donald J. Jacksonfounder, chairman, and CEO, Central City Productions
Brian d'Arcy JamesTony Award-nominated actor, Sweet Smell of Success
Jennifer JonesAcademy Award-winning actress, The Song of Bernadette
Alex Kentmanaging director, Symphonic Investments
Richard Kind Tony-nominated actor, The Big Knife
Ken KwapisFeature filmmaker and television director
Jeff Kwatinetzfounder of top Hollywood agency, The Firm; co-founder of entertainment management and production company Prospect Park
Martha Laveyartistic director of Tony Award-winning Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Sherry Lansingformer Chairwoman and CEO of Paramount Pictures
Cloris LeachmanAcademy Award-winning actress, The Last Picture Show
Harry Lennixactor, the Matrix series
Richard J. LewisTV and film director
John LoganTony Award-winning playwright, Red, and multi-Oscar-nominated scriptwriter,The Last Samurai, The Aviator, Hugo 
Shelley Long Emmy Award-winning actress, Cheers
Tim Louisco-founder, Desert Voices Oral Learning Center
Julia Louis-Dreyfusmost Emmy-nominated comedic actress in history; four-time Emmy winner, Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, VEEP
Marshall W. Masonfamed Broadway director and recipient of the 2016 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement
Renetta McCannChief Talent Officer, Leo Burnett; former CEO, Starcom North America
Grace McKeaneywriter and producer for the Lifetime television network
Laverne McKinnonTV drama development executive
Susan Messingperformer, teacher, and director at Second City, ImprovOlympic, and the Annoyance Theatre
Seth Meyersactor, Emmy-winning writer, host of NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers
Newton Minowattorney, former FCC chairman
Judi Sheppard MissettCEO and founder, Jazzercise
Jason MooreTony Award-winning director, Avenue Q; film director
Megan Mullallytwo-time Emmy-winning actress, Will & Grace
Dermot Mulroneyactor, My Best Friend's Wedding, August: Osage County
John Musialfounding member of Tony Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre Company
Margaret NagleEmmy-winning writer,Warm Springs and Boardwalk Empire
Patricia NealTony Award-winning and Academy Award-winning actress, Hud and Another Part of the Forest
George Newbernactor
Agnes NixonLifetime Emmy Award-winning soap opera developer and writer
Denis O'HareTony Award-winning actor
Jerry Orbachactor
Paula Prentissactress
Charlotte Rae actress
Tony Randallactor
Tony Roberts actor
Tina Rosenbergeditorial board, The New York Times; Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author
Jeri Ryanactress
Kate Johnson Santhuffvice president, 3rd Wave communications company
Alexis SarkisianEmmy Award-winning television producer, international marketing executive
Rebecca Schnurdirector of communications, Maine Hospital Association
David SchwimmerEmmy-nominated actor, Friends, and founding ensemble member of the Tony Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre
Melvin Semblerformer U.S. Ambassador to Italy
Jon ShapiroIMAX film producer
Peter ShapiroIMAX film producer
Kate Shindleactress; Miss America, 1998
Francesca Spinelli executive coach, Spinelli & Co.
Joseph Statenwriter, creative director for gaming, Microsoft Studios
Peter Straussactor
Nicole Sullivanactress
Ira Ungerleiderproducer, writer, Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Mixology
Allison Teichner Wallachpresident, Jupiter Entertainment
Lois Weisbergformer commissioner, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
Jim Weitzeractor
Dawn Westlake actress/writer/producer; president, Ron de Caña Productions
Kimberly Williams-Paisleyactress
Rocky WirtzOwner and chairman of the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks hockey team
Rachael Yamagata singer, songwriter
Mary ZimmermanTony Award-winning director, Metamorphoses, and Northwestern professor