Theatre & Dance Alumni Participant Bios
Read about the 2018 alumni participants’ biographies and work histories.
Dana Iannuzzi '03
Dana Iannuzzi is a New York based actor and director who has spent the years since graduating exploring every facet of the entertainment industry. Dana has played a major role in coordinating the panelists for this year’s Alumni Week.
Rachel Kaufman '14
Rachel graduated with a dual degree in Theatre Arts and Business Administration. During her time at Muhlenberg, she worked in the Marketing department of the Theatre and Dance office, participated in both Mainstage and student produced productions, and studied abroad her junior year at the Accadmeia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. She was also an active member of the Delta Lambda chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma, and currently serves as the Headquarter’s appointed alumni adviser. Rachel currently works at 321 Theatrical Management, managing the finances for a variety of productions, such as Wicked, Oh Hello!, Fun Home, and War Paint.
Darren Melchiorre '00
Darren Melchiorre has been an art director and graphic designer working in the music and entertainment industries for over 10 years. Receiving his BA from Muhlenberg and MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts, Darren has designed extensively for some of the country’s top entertainment companies including CBS, NBC, Barnes and Noble, and designed the legacy logo and identity for basketball legend, Magic Johnson. He has developed campaigns and designs for numerous hit Broadway shows including Wicked, Chicago, Cabaret, and has been the graphic designer for Roundabout Theater Company since 2014. At the heart of his design passion, Darren truly believes in the power of the album cover and designs for numerous musical artists including Andromeda, JLINE, Liquid Diet and Kyven. He credits his liberal artists education at Muhlenberg as the springboard for such a diverse career! Darren was recently accepted as a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammys!) for his design work. www.roticdesign.com
George Psomas '05
George Psomas graduated from Muhlenberg in 2005 with a double major in Theatre and Business, and has since been working as a professional actor. On Broadway he was most recently in the original revival cast of Fiddler On The Roof, and was also in the original revival cast of South Pacific; including the Live from Lincoln Center PBS Broadcast. In addition to Broadway, George has performed Off-Broadway, on Tour, Regionally, has been in various developmental readings and workshops, and was the season 2 winner of NYMF’s Next Broadway Sensation (a.k.a. Broadway Idol). In addition, George has also acted in films such as Jersey Shore Massacre, Family on Board and Bittersweet Sixteen, was a voiceover artist for a national Pizza Hut ad, voiced a lead role on an animated pilot for the Cartoon Network called The Upstate Four, and has appeared in Vogue Magazine in “Romeo & Juliet” by Annie Leibovitz. When asked about his Muhlenberg experience George said, “Going to Muhlenberg was the best decision that I ever made, and it afforded me opportunities that I would have never gotten otherwise. I felt like I was constantly challenged, and I am proud to say that I faced those challenges head-on, and surpassed even my own expectations. My time at Muhlenberg gave me the tools to succeed, and I continue to carry those teachings and experiences with me to this day.”
Lucas Zimmermann '00
Lucas’ journey to being a Technical Producer for live events began in Central Pennsylvania where he was raised. He graduated from Muhlenberg College where he earned a BA in Theatre with a dual concentration in Design and Directing. After college, he stayed in Allentown and worked as an associate producer for Court TV’s Forensic Files. He later worked for a small brand agency in Central Pennsylvania. Ultimately, his heart led him to NYC where he worked as an off-Broadway electrician and became the lighting manager for several CNBC shows including Mad Money with Jim Cramer. Lucas quickly fell into the world of live events as the in-house lighting designer and production manager at the premier NYC event space, Cipriani Wall Street. While at Cipriani, he was involved with over 300 events annually and was fortunate to work with Prince, Beyonce, Avenue Q, Webby Awards, and Gotham Awards. Lucas continued his path toward live events with productionglue. Since joining glue he has worked with Jessie J, TopShop, and Nutella at Grand Central Terminal. During Fashion’s Night Out, he promoted HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and NBC in storefront windows at Bloomingdale’s on 3rd Avenue. He has worked with AETV’s “Bates Motel” at SXSW and “Duck Dynasty” at Daytona 500. He has built public experiences for History Channel’s “Vikings” and Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” at San Diego Comic Con International. He designed and installed the world’s first 6-point motion VR experience simulating a planetary landing for National Geographic Channel’s “Mars” in an empty development lot in NYC. To promote Fox’s “24”, he installed a zip line for a public engagement at LA Live. He has created private events at Heinz Field. He produced a private concert for 200 people with Lynyrd Skynyrd performing in Pawn Star’s parking lot in Las Vegas for a History Channel promotional shoot. He has orchestrated private fireworks during a Diana Ross performance on Ellis Island. He has done awards shows, brand launches, festivals, weddings, conventions, and corporate meetings. He has worked with CNN, MLB, Cricket, Morgan Stanley, Land Rover. Lucas even helped TNT acquire the Guinness World Record for the largest stack of pancakes in Time Square during a Good Morning America broadcast. Lucas is based in New York City, but travels wherever the live event will be most impactful.