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Class of 2000



Sarah Bloom graduated from the Asolo Conservatory in 2000. After about 6 years in New York City, Sarah now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jo, and 2 children who are in preschool. Since graduation, Sarah has worked in commercial print, commercial voice-over, regional and off-broadway theatre, sketch comedy, independent film, commercials and television. Work highlights over the last decade and a half (gulp!) are sketches on Late Nite with David Letterman, a stellar regional theatre production of "Proof", and a personally meaningful indy film called, "Listen", which finished post production this year, 2015.






Hi, my name's Keith Edie, I'm a member of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory class of 2000. Currently I live in Los Angeles, CA with my wife and step-daughter, where I work acting/writing/producing movies and television. In my off time I home brew my own craft beer and play in the ocean!,, Twitter & Instagram: @keithedie





The 2000 Class: David Baecker, Sarah Bloom, Victor Browder, Stephanie Burden, Aubrey Caldwell, Amanda Eaglen, Keith Edie, Scott Johnson, Bill Martin, Gretchen Meyerhoefer, Jefferson Slinkard.

Class of 1999


Chris Parnell serves as Executive Vice President, U.S. Drama Development and Programming for Sony Pictures Television. In this role, Parnell guides the development of scripted programming for drama series, working with writers and producers on projects for broadcast, cable, and streaming outlets.

During his tenure at SPT, Parnell has helped develop many of the studio’s high profile dramas, including BREAKING BAD, OUTLANDER, THE BLACKLIST, THE PLAYER, FRANKLIN & BASH, POWERS, ZOMBIELAND, HELIX, and PREACHER, among many others.

Parnell joined SPT in 2003. He holds a MFA in Acting from the Asolo Conservatory of Florida State.




Matthew Tavianini is the managing director/producer/ actor of BOXTALES Theatre Co. and a founding member of the Lit Moon Theatre Co.  He is a graduate of UCSB and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory where he received his M.F.A. in acting. He has worked in Santa Barbara playing such roles as Semyonov Pischik in Lit Moon Theatre Company’s The Cherry Orchard.  Trinculo/Alonso in the company’s production of the Tempest, Michal in Genesis West’s production of The Pillowman, Karl in The Last Days of the Empire, Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, Telemachus in BOXTALES production of The Odyssey; Joe in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, David in The Rivals, and Thurio in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Matt in Wrench, and Bobby in American Buffalo.  Matthew also teaches acting, Shakespeare and stage combat, and directs the GVJH spring production here in Santa Barbara. He has also enjoyed working at the Westport Playhouse, The Odyssey Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Asolo Theatre, Santa Barbara Theatre Group, The Ensemble Theatre, The Santa Barbara Revels, Speaking of Stories, Santa Barbara Shakespeare Co., and City at Peace.


The 1999 Class: Stacy Barnhisel, Peter Lieu, Brendan O'Neill, Chris Parnell, Melody Seoane, Matthew Tavianinini, Erik Uppling, Craig Zagurski.

Class of 1998


Dan has transitioned to a life of teaching after 16 years as a professional, NYC-based actor. After fulfilling a one-year guest artist position at Elon University in North Carolina, Dan and his fiancée, Taylor, recently relocated to Emporia, Kansas, where he has joined the faculty of Emporia State University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre. Over the course of his career, Dan had the great privilege to have performed with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Vermont Shakespeare Company, American Stage, Florida Studio Theatre, Tennessee Rep, and many more. He has appeared on television in Law and Order: Criminal IntentEd, and SeaQuest 2032. He and his wife will be married in December of 2015.




The 1998 Class: Brian Ach, Rob Addison, Cory Blevins, Jamie Forehand, Dan Matisa, Deborah O'Neill, Anna Stone, Kathleen Tracy, Dennis Turney, Pamela Wild.

Class of 1997

The 1997 Class: Cheri Addison, R. Benton, James Lawson, Kevin Otos, Meghan Redican, Alex White, Niambi Williams-Rahim, 

Class of 1996


Brett has been serving in the US Army for the last 15 years. CW2 Brett L. Bassett is a Counterintelligence Operations Chief currently stationed in Hawaii.  He is responsible for the direction, control, and coordination of Counterintelligence activities in his area of command.  His military service has taken him to North and South Carolina, Maryland, Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, Tennessee, Kentucky, Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, South Korea, and the Philippines.  He has been the recipient of over 25 awards for his outstanding military service.  Still an active member of Actors' Equity, Brett’s most recent project was directing the Scottish Play for the Southwest Shakespeare Festival.  He is married and has three children. 





Mary Evans Lott; a wife, mother, director and teacher, is an actor at heart and by trade, and has appeared in professional productions at theatres throughout the Southeastern United States, including Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, The Asolo Theatre Company, Mill Mountain Theatre, Stage One, and Theatre West Virginia. She has a BA in Theatre Arts from Roanoke College and earned her MFA in acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota, FL. She is a member of Actors’ Equity. She has been a theatre teacher/director at Stuart Hall School, ShenanArts, and Music Theatre Louisville. Currently, Mary Evans is an adjunct faculty member at the Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School for the performing arts in Fishersville, VA, and is a voice-over artist for Rosetta Stone in Harrisonburg, VA. Most days, however, she uses her acting and directing skills in her “real job” as a “stay-at-home-mom” to Alice, 14, and William, 10, in Staunton, VA, where they make their home. 



Currently a member of the resident acting company, director and resident acting coach at the Barter Theatre, a LORT Equity year-round resident repertory theatre located in Abingdon, Virginia (  A company member since 2005, she has directed or performed in over 75 productions including the one woman show The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redheadand most recently playing Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, the musical.  Before joining the Barter, and after graduating from the Asolo, Tricia worked regionally in theatre, film and television. But her greatest accomplishment was just as she was leaving the Asolo. In 1996 Tricia donated bone marrow, not once, but twice, to two young boys and was featured on the Oprah show, in Redbook magazine and awarded the Larry Frederick Humanitarian Award.



The 1996 Class: Erika Anselmo, Brett Bassett, Mathew Elkins, Lesley Fera, Mary Lott, Tricia Matthews, Leslie Patterson.

Class of 1995

The 1995 Class: Jennifer Branch, James Hymes, D James, Mary Kaye, Wendee Occhipinti, Sabrina Profitt, Matthew Shapo, Charles Tucker, Thomas Wilson.

Class of 1994


After taking a few years away from the acting business to teach, coach and direct at Ringling College of Art and Design and Booker HS VPA, I recently jumped back into the "mix" and have been fortunate to guest- and co-star in a number of TV shows and films including "Drop Dead Diva," "Bloodline," "Vampire Diaries," "Containment" and upcoming films "Confirmation" on HBO, and Rob Reiner's feature "LBJ."  I've directed at Mad Cow Theatre and thanks to fellow FSU/Asolo Alum Scott Hayes, directed and taught at a grad program in Virginia. Based in Orlando, it's made perfect sense to take part in the "wizardry" offered up at Universal Studios. My life is enjoyed with Melanie, friends and family, our pups, and pursuits on the water in hand-built watercraft.




The 1994 Class: Harry Bouvy, Dan Bright, Scott Hayes, Damon Jones.

Class of 1993

The 1993 Class: Amanda Clark, Mark Cohen, Rae Duffy, Mark Marvell, Thomas Rousch.

Class of 1992

The 1992 Class: Karl Backus, James Briggs, Sarah Hayes, Angela Jones, Bill Lynch, Phoebe Myers, Drew Woolery.

Class of 1991


Joy Ovington has logged over four decades of experience working in all arenas of the industry. She studied Theatre at the University of Alabama where she was an Irene Ryan Acting Award Finalist, and with the National Theatre of Great Britain Summer Acting Programme at Cornell University. Since graduating from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory in 1991, she’s worked with a few Chicago theatre companies such as Circle Theatre where she was Jeff Award-Nominated, National Pastime Theatre, and Tripaway Theatre. Then, after a five year residence in St. Louis, Joy briefly moved back to her hometown of Montgomery, AL, to teach Acting at Auburn University and play the Queen in Elizabeth Rex. Now in Athens, GA, Joy enjoys choir singing, casting talent for local filmmakers, helping out the Georgia Fine Arts Academy, and performing with the Circle Ensemble Theatre Company. She’s the Operations Manager in charge of Facilities, Purchasing, & Personnel at the Athens Regional Library System and has fun with her two cats, as well as her eccentric author boyfriend of five years.


The 1991 Class: Martha Benda, Micheal Curry, Ken DeWyn, Joy Orington, David Parkes, Gregory Radcliff, Jacquelyn Ritz, Genevieve VenJohnson, Kimberly Wright.

Class of 1990


Susan Haefner most recently appeared at Weston Playhouse in The Other Place. Other recent credits include Other Desert Cities at Shaker Bridge Theatre, NH and The Dining Room at Playhouse on Park, CT. Earlier in 2015 she played the role of Rosemary Clooney in Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical - a sold out, extended run at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Her Broadway credits include State Fair, Thoroughly Modern Millie and 42nd Street. Tours include Billy Elliot (national tour and Toronto) and Damn Yankees with Jerry Lewis (national tour, London’s West End). She is also a director (Spelling Bee at Playhouse on Park – CT Critics Award winner) and Teaching Artist (Weston Playhouse). Upcoming: Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins at Northern Stage.





Proud MFA graduate who moved to NYC straight from Florida and have been working as an actor ever since. Some of my theatrical work follows: NEW YORK: The Actors Company Theatre; Rattlestick Playwrights Theater; Theatre Row Theatre. REGIONAL: Goodspeed Opera House, Shakespeare Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Old Globe, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis,Cincinnati Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Denver Theatre Center, Humana Festival/ATL, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Pioneer Theatre Company, Meadowbrook. INTERNATIONAL: English Theatre of Frankfurt. FILM and TELEVISION from Law and Order to feature films.  In addition to my work as an actor, I am a director, artist, professional photographer and father of the most amazing son! Happily married 26 years.


The 1990 Class: Jack Boslet, Megan Cary, Susan Haefner, Chris Hietikko, Kristin Housely, Leslie Rohland, Krik Woller.