Alumni in the Arts
Gene Weed '52 - Director and producer. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Weed produced and directed the Golden Globe Awards, The Academy of Country Music Awards, and The Soap Opera Digest Awards, as well as numerous television specials such as Live Aid and Farm Aid. He also produced and directed over 200 music videos and 300 television commercials.
L.M. Kit Carson ’59 – Screenwriter, script doctor, actor and producer; film credits include: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2; the cult-classic Breathless; and the award-winning Paris, Texas.
John Darrouzet ’64 – Screenwriter and co-producer; film credits include: The Contract and Hostage.
Bill DeOre ’65 – Award-winning and nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist with The Dallas Morning News (1970-2004).
Bill DeOre in the Jesuit Dallas Museum:
She Wants Me, Alumni Art Gallery
Out of Africa, Alumni Art Gallery
Miss Me?, Alumni Art Gallery
Pol Pot Dies of Heart Attack, Alumni Art Gallery
Untitled (Nuclear Test), Alumni Art Gallery
R.I.P. Seinfeld, Alumni Art Gallery
John Arnone ’66 – Co-Founder, New York's Lion Theatre Company; multi-award winning set designer; 1993 Tony Award for The Who's Tommy
Nic Nicosia '69 - An internationally renowned and award-winning art photographer. Nicosia's work is included in the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and numerous other prominent museums throughout the country.
Nic Nicosia in the Jesuit Dallas Museum:
A Hike and a Walk, Terry Center third floor
Reuben Porras ’69 - A two-time Emmy Award winning cinematographer for NFL Films, Porras covered nearly two dozen Super Bowls, numerous summer and winter Olympic Games, and major events across all American professional sports.
Tom Bernard ’70 – Co-President and Co-Founder of Sony Picture Classics whose films have received over 160 Academy Award nominations, including three for Best Picture: Howard's End; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; and Capote.
Bob Stuth-Wade ’71 – Artist, specializing in painting.
Bob Stuth-Wade in the Jesuit Dallas Museum:
Bob Stuth-Wade has 17 pieces in the collection, more than any alumnus. There is a gallery at the top of the steps in the science wing and near the area that overlooks the Pegasus.
John Foster ’71 - CEO of Odyssey Pictures Corporation, a public distribution and production company for major motion pictures whose films include, Sniper, Wuthering Heights, 1492, and The Handmaid’s Tale.
James Jenner ’71 – Produced and performed in more than 150 plays with The Oasis Theatre Company; recorded more than 85 audiobooks receiving two AudioFile Earphones Awards and nominated for an Audie Finalist Award; documented Maya elders in Guatemala; and is currently writing a one-person web series about the English poet, William Blake.
John Ostdick ’75 - Served as editor-in-chief of American Way, a free, inflight magazine available across the entire American Airlines fleet. The magazine, which won a number of industry awards and is the longest publishing magazine in airline travel, reached nearly two million readers each issue.
Chris Donahue ’77 - A Multi-award winning film and television produce, Donahue became the first Jesuit Dallas graduate to win an Oscar after receiving an Academy Award in 1988 for Live Action Short Film as producer of Visas and Virtues. He also served as executive producer of Be Good, Smile Pretty, a PBS presentation which earned a 2004 Emmy for Best Documentary.
Steve James '77 - A national Emmy Award-winning director at NFL Network. James' broadcasting experience includes NBA TV, Turner Broadcasting, CNN, and CNBC.
Scott Carroll ’79 – Sculptor.
Scott Carroll in the Jesuit Dallas Museum:
Tao, front wall of Terry Center
Pieces of Six, Xavier Mall
Lady, currently on loan to Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Ark.
David Mansour ’79 – Theatre director
Chris Lattanzio ’81 – Artist/sculptor.
Chris Lattanzio in the Jesuit Dallas Museum:
Mother & Child #2, Alumni Art Gallery
Into the Light, Alumni Art Gallery
Life Cycles, Xavier Mall (on wall of Athletic Tower)
David Collins ’84 – Artist.
David Collins in the Jesuit Dallas Museum:
Navigator, historical library
Man & Woman, Hughes Hall
Gene Fynes ’84 is web editor at The Washington Post, one of the leading American daily newspapers.
David Quadrini ’85 – Artist and prominent Los Angeles curator.
David Quadrini in the Jesuit Dallas Museum:
Untitled (Jesuit blazer with crest), crossroads
Paul Bernard ’86 – Producer and director whose major motion picture credits include: Interview With a Vampire, Day After Tomorrow, Mission: Impossible, Vanilla Sky, The Patriot, Three Kings and the TNT series Leverage. Bernard also served as line producer and production manager for the Grateful Dead’s 1992 summer tour.
Becket Cook ’86 – Head of Becket Cook Production Design LLC; production designer, The Wall Group talent agency and The New York Times Magazine.
Mike Samonek ’87 – Screenwriter and director best known for No Strings Attached, Table for Three, and Editing Is Everything.
Richard Hull ’88 – A prominent American media executive, producer and actor best known for She's All That, On the Line, Get Over It, and Daddy Day Camp. Hull has produced more than 20 films and television shows, and in 2011, won the NAACP Image Award for his film For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots.
John Dorsey ’89 – Emmy and Peabody Award Winning director, producer and Co-Founder of TEN100, an award-winning production company. Dorsey’s past credits include the ESPN 30 for 30 films, The Marinovich Project, Pony Excess, and Year of the Scab, which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.
Trey Ratcliff '90 - American photographer. Ratcliff shot the first HDR (high dynamic range) photograph to hang in the Smithsonian Institution.
Charles Barr ’93 - A prominent bassist in several of the country's most notable symphonies, including the New World Symphony in Miami and the Cleveland Orchestra. Following his accidental death in 2006, the Board of Directors of Texas Winds voted to name its series of educational musical programs for at-risk children the Charles Barr Concerts for Head Start.
Brian Beletic ’93 - Emmy award-winning producer; Co-Founder of SMUGGLER, which has created over 450 commercials and music videos for the world’s elite brands such as Nike, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Levi’s, Samsung, Jordan, Converse, and Xbox. Film directing credits include: Disney's Untitled Explorers Project and Black Eyed Peas: Behind the Bridge to Elephunk.
David Lozano ’93 – Director at Cara Mia Theater and Dallas Theater Center
Hunter Carson ’94 – Film actor and TV producer, originally cast as Bud Bundy in the unaired pilot of Married...with Children; Film credits include: Paris, Texas; Invaders from Mars; and Mr. North.
Wyatt Cenac ’94 – Stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. Cenac was a long time correspondent and writer for the Emmy-award winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and now stars in the TBS hit comedy, People of Earth. His acting credits include: Archer, King of the Hill, Bob's Burgers, Venture Brothers, and The Office.
James Logan ’94 – Actor and stunt performer best known for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Mechanic, Ride Along, and Kill Bill
David Williams ’96 – Artist; art teacher
Michael Hughes ’97 – An eight-time Emmy Award winning executive producer and development executive at FOX Sports, Hughes founded the Peabody and Clio Award winning DLP Media Group, which has produced for virtually every major network.
Thad Matula ’97 – A two-time Peabody and Emmy-award winning director, Matula’s first feature, Pony Excess, premiered as part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series as the highest-rated documentary in network history. He also served as producer on the ESPN 30 for 30 film, Brian and the Boz.
Greg Lyons ’98 – Producer and visual effects artist best known for The Book of Life, The Wild, and Everyone's Hero
Jared Moossy ’98 – Conflict photographer and cinematographer. Moosy was featured in a 2015 issue of Time Magazine as well as HBO’s documentary series, Witness, for his work documenting war-torn Libya during the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi; Afghanistan at the height of the U.S.-led campaign against the Taliba; and Mexico during a particularly difficult time in that nation's war on drugs.
Jared Moosy in the Jesuit Dallas Museum:
Old Kabul, Photography Collection
Connor Muldoon ’98 – Potter
Taylor Young ’99 – Professional musician; touring/recording drummer for Young Heart Attack and Polyphonic Spree supporting David Bowie, MC5, White Stripes, and Sonic Youth; one-half of the roots-rock and folk duo, The O’s.
Ryan Cabrera ’00 – American singer-songwriter and pop musician. His debut album, Take It All Away, opened at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and was eventually certified Double Platinum. His first single, On the Way Down, peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, while 2014 single, House of Fire, peaked at No. 1 on the U.S. Dance chart.
Chris Cantwell ’00 - Co-creator, executive producer, and writer for Halt and Catch Fire, the critically-acclaimed period drama on AMC that received the 2014 Critics' Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series.
Michael Carrizales ’00 – Potter
Yusef Svacina '00 - An Emmy Award-winning production manager for work on the PBS show, Stories of the Mind. Svacina's credits also include the films A Scanner Darkly, Boyhood, and Line of Duty, as well as the hit TV show, Walker, Texas Ranger.
Patrick Burns ’02 – Oscar-nominated producer for Cutie and the Boxer.
Hugh Hayden '02 - Renowned visual artist and sculptor. Starred in the short film, Hugh the Hunter, which was shown at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and has appeared on exhibit at numerous museums. Former artist-in-residence at the Glenfiddich Scotch Whiskey Distillery, in Dufftown, Scotland.
John Sabine ’03 – Member of the ensemble cast at Second City (Chicago).
Clayton Colley ’04 – Potter and web designer
Joe Howard ’04 – art & theater teacher; graphic designer
Edgar Cardoze ’05 – Artist, specializing in painting and sculptures.
Edgar Cardoze in the Jesuit Dallas Museum:
Jungle Nights, near Archives
Andrew Combs ’05 - An American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, whose 2012 album Worried Man, was named one of the Top 50 Albums of 2012 by American Songwriter Magazine. In 2013, he performed at the Newport Folk Festival, while he since gone on to release two more albums and a 7-inch vinyl called Big Bad Love.
Michael Maher ’05 – Co-Founder of award-winning production company, Maher Films; Producer's Choice Award for the short The Big Announcement.
Brooks Oliver ’06 – Potter; recipient of the 2017 NCECA Emerging Artist award by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, UNT Ceramics Program coordinator and lecturer following a two-year residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana.
Brooks Oliver in the Jesuit Dallas Museum:
Wheel Thrown Porcelain Floating Bowls, near A108
Joey Fechtel ’07 – Actor and stunt coordinator; film credits include: The Devil Walks in Salem and Good Kids/Bad Kids.
TJ Maher ’08 – Co-Founder of award-winning production company, Maher Films; Producer's Choice Award for the short The Big Announcement.
Chris Patterson ’08 – Theater teacher
Chris Rickard ’08 – Visual effects and lighting artist. Credits include: Pixels, Oblivion, Malificent, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Night at the Museum: Secrets of the Tomb.
Jake Allyn '09 - Actor with over 15 film credits. Allyn is most well known for starring as All-American quarterback BoJohn Folsom on the hit BET series, The Quad.
JoJo Nwoko ’09 – Actor; television credits include NCIS: Los Angeles, The Mick, and the Showtime series, The Affair.
Tanner Kalina '10 - Actor; best-known for co-starring in Richard Linklater's nostalgic 2016 hit comedy, Everybody Wants Some!!
Ian Stack ’11 – Actor at Dallas Theater Center