Recent FTT graduates are pursuing graduate degrees at top schools in theatre, film, television studies, and film/video production. They also work in professional theatre, media industries, as well as affiliated areas such as law, business, and non-profit arts administration.
Current students have a unique opportunity to meet and learn from alumni professionals though FTT’s Contemporary Media Practices course, which features seven guest lecturers/industry professionals who share the inner workings of the many aspects of the film and television world. Each spring, members of Notre Dame's iNDustry Alliance alumni group visit campus to speak on aspects of Development, Marketing, Production, Distribution, New Media and other areas.
First Time Fans
A series of short films directed by ND alumni with the assistance of FTT students, First Time Fans tells the Notre Dame story through the eyes of those experiencing a Fighting Irish home football game for the first time. See all three short films at WatchND.
ND Class of '01
Allen is a Color and Lighting Technical Director for ESC in San Francisco, with credits on ''Matrix Reloaded'', ''Revolutions'', and "King Kong". He previously worked for the animation studio Big Idea Productions (Veggie Tales).
ND Class of '95, MBA '99
Christina is currently SVP, Client Solutions for NBC News. She previously worked at MTV Networks as Vice President of Marketing Partnerships for Program Enterprises, overseeing marketing and promotional partnerships for MTV, Vh1, CMT and Logo off-channel properties, including Rock Band and other video games, virtual worlds, direct-to-video movies and music consumer products. Rock Band was the #1 selling game (by revenue) in 2008 and transformed the music industry through its DLC (downloadable content) – new music tracks available every week. MTV Networks is the first major media/entertainment company to earn an Emmy for a virtual property, winning the Technology & Engineering Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for Creation of Nontraditional Programs or Platforms for Virtual Laguna Beach.
ND Class of '98
Daniel Smith is Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies at Michigan State University. “[M]y most significant opportunity as an undergraduate was stage managing a mainstage production. This taught me to communicate with theatre artists across multiple areas, a skill I have used as a professional dramaturg, an administrator for a small Chicago company (Caffeine Theatre), and now as a faculty member at MSU. Dr. Bain and Kevin Dreyer encouraged me to pursue my interest in translation for the stage, and my translations of Marivaux and Gozzi have been performed and published.”
ND Class of '04
After majoring in theatre at Notre Dame, Elizabeth Columbo went to law school and embarked on a legal career. After a sales role with the New York Jets, she finally found her home as an in-house corporate attorney with Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “Every day, I use something I learned from my theatre days, even if it is simply my presence, whether in a room full of executives or a negotiation or something as simple as walking into the cafeteria. I have learned that many people in the business world could benefit from a Siiri Scott Voice and Movement or Acting class. The computer, organizational, and project management skills Kevin Dreyer taught me all those years ago in Stage Management class still aid me in what I do every day. If I am particularly stressed, I sit down for a weekend full of television, and I am never ashamed to do so and tell others about it because Chris Becker taught me that enjoyment and study of television are as worthwhile as I always thought they were…While I love my job and my life is good, I miss being an FTT major every day.”
ND Class of '95
Francis Kelly is an actor, director, producer and acting coach. After graduating from Notre Dame, Francis completed the Actor Training Program at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. While a member of their acting company, he appeared as Jack in their record breaking runs of A Child’s Christmas in Wales, and originated the roles of the White Rabbit and the Dormouse in their World Premiere of Wonderland, Brian B. Crowe’s psychological investigation of Lewis Carroll and his stories.
ND Class of '96
Jesse Newman is a freelance visual effects artist and designer working on commercials and films. His work includes Armageddon, MMs Kaleidoscope (part of the permanent collection at MOMA) and One Rat Short (accepted to the Cannes Film Fest and awarded Best of Show at SIGGRAPH).
ND Class of '14
Johnny Whichard is Executive Interactive Producer for Fuisz Video in Santa Monica, California, where he produces interactive video advertisements for clients such as Calvin Klein, Ford, Dell, Walmart, Showtime, Activision, Annheuser Busch, Nestle and many more. These ads are viewed across the globe gathering millions of impressions with disruptively successful results.
ND Class of '92
Jubba Seyyid is Senior Director of Programming & Production at TV One. He's produced everything from MTV programming to game and dating shows. He's made producing pit stops at CBS Television’s BIG BROTHER, UPN’s THE PLAYER, TBS’ THE MANSION, NBC’s CELEBRITY COOKING SHOWDOWN, BET’s COLLEGE HILL, and Fox Television’s TRADING SPOUSES. He's extremely proud of his Emmy nomination for controversial and critically acclaimed Ice Cube/FX series BLACK/WHITE, and honored to have received three NAACP Image Awards for the TV One acclaimed series, UNSUNG.
Mary-Kathryn "M-K" Kennedy
ND Class of '97
M-K Kennedy is Vice President, Production at Universal Television Studios, the production executive responsible for Grimm (shooting in Portland, OR) airing Friday nights on NBC; State of Affairs (shooting in Los Angeles); and The Slap, (shooting in NYC). While at NBCUniversal/Universal Cable Productions, M-K oversaw numerous television programs at different stages of production (development, pilot, returning season, prep, shoot and post-production) for USA, Syfy and other networks. Shows included Psych, In Plain Sight, Warehouse 13, I Just Want My Pants Back, and web series In Gayle We Trust, among others.
ND Class of '69
Former ABC News correspondent who earned an Emmy for his reporting during the Iraq War, his independent production company Globe TV produces news segments and documentary programs for the major cable and broadcast networks.
ND Class of '84
Patrick Reynolds is Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Bennett Productions, where he supervises all day-to-day departmental functions for high-definition television production, post-production, music video and sales group and lead development, production, distribution and acquisition of media content for its digital channels: EdgeTV and MEN7.
ND Class of '07
Patrick Vassel is a director, writer, and teacher from Akron, Ohio. Directing credits include Six Character in Search of An Author (Original Adaptation, University of Notre Dame), Untitled Modern Communication Movement Piece (Workshop - Ten Bones Theatre Company), The Adventures of Boy and Girl (FringeNYC '13), We the People: America Rocks! (TheatreWorks USA nat'l tour), the world premiere of Font of Knowledge (Shelby Company), The Little Dog Laughed (The Gallery Players), Nothing Left to Burn (Ars Nova ANTFest and The Public Theater New Work Now!), and War (SoHo Playhouse).