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.
Darren Melchiorre '00
Darren loved his 4 years at Muhlenberg. He originally came to Muhlenberg wanting to be a set designer for theater, and Muhlenberg was one of the few colleges that offered set design as a major. But, throughout his 4 years, he dabbled in other areas in theatre; writing, directing and dance. He fell in love with dance at Muhlenberg and sort of threw himself more into dance than he did set design. Even though he graduated with a B.A. in theater arts/scenic design, he really came to NYC wanting to be a dancer and really unsure of himself and his path. But theater stayed with him as soon as he got to NYC and he went there right away. He wanted to jump right into NYC theater and do whatever he could to get in. He took an internship at a Broadway marketing firm, creating partnerships and promotions for Broadway shows. From this, he got to learn the players of NYC theater which is so important. People got to know Darren and pretty soon he was working on Broadway (producer’s assistant on Chicago), then to The Public (development assistant, executive assistant), on Wicked (graphic designer) and finally at Roundabout Theatre Company as their associate director of art and design. I’ve been an art director/graphic designer professionally for 11 years now, He currently works at Roundabout Theatre Company as their associate director of art and design. He’s been there for over 4 years. He creates/oversees all in-house graphics for Roundabout including key art for the Black box, subscription campaigns, merchandise, trade shows, digital marquees and so much more!
Darren will be a panelist on the Acting Panel on Monday, April 9.
Felicia Rudolph '10
Since 2016, Felicia has been working as the casting associate at Tara Rubin Casting in NYC. Her office casts numerous Broadway shows such as Phantom of the Opera and Aladdin. Prior to working at Tara Rubin Casting, she freelanced as the aasting associate on “House of Cards”, at Fox on their new shows and a variety of other Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. She graduated Muhlenberg in 2010 with a degree in theatre and in communications. Knowing that she wanted to pursue a career in casting, she chose acting and directing for her concentrations within her theatre major. Muhlenberg allowed Felicia to create her own path that best suited her career goals. She was able to participate in the casting of the school productions and focus on that element during her courses.
Felicia will be a panelist on the Acting Panel on Monday, April 9.
Brian Sherman '99
Brian Sherman is a music and entertainment executive with expertise in intellectual property management, publishing and licensing, business development and client services. Specializing in the theatre and live entertainment industries, he has worked with or on behalf of the most prolific stage authors, catalogs and brands in the world, including Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton; In The Heights), Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera; Jesus Christ Superstar), Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd; Into The Woods), Stephen Schwartz (Wicked; Godspell), Dean Pitchford (Footloose) and the estates of Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line), Irving Berlin (White Christmas) and the legendary Rodgers & Hammerstein. He is currently Director of Professional Theatre & Concert Licensing with R&H Theatricals, a Concord Music Company. At Muhlenberg Brian was very active with the MTA and performed in productions including Blood Brothers, The Mikado and Brigadoon. Brian graduated with a B.A. in Music and studied voice and composition.
Brian will be a panelist on the Acting Panel on Monday, April 9.