Alumnae in the Arts
Xan Oliva, a proud member of the class of 2015 (Go Pascal!), will graduate this May from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre Performance.
Of course, Xan loves musical theatre but she also has a passion for pop music. A member of ASCAP, her self-written debut single “Sorry For Myself”, is
currently available on all the major streaming platforms.
Meredith Ray ‘14 graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Santa Clara University in Communication and Spanish. She is headed to Seattle in August for a full time job with the Seattle Seahawks in their Digital Media department. #TroubieForLife
Wow! That is an exciting industry to work in and we will follow up with Meredith in the fall for an update on her new career with the Seahawks.
We are so proud of all our Troubies and want to share your news too! Send an email to Dawn Winston ‘91 at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kayla Morrow ‘15 is currently studying Strategic Communication with a double emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising at Northern Arizona University. This summer she will be attending Regionals and Nationals with her Flagstaff baton team where she will compete in solo and team events. The medals she is wearing are from placing in her solo routines at a competition in April. She has been twirling since she was 7 and her teacher was Danielle Muller ’00. Kayla’s sister, current Troubie Olivia ‘20 is also a twirling student of Mrs. Muller.
Greta Gerwig graduated from St. Francis Catholic High School in 2002. While at SF, Greta was part of the Dance program, Chamber Choir and numerous theatre productions. She played in SF’s shows “Into the Woods,” “The Boy Friend,” “Pippin,” and “The Apple Tree,” as well as Lenaea Festival showings with SF for “Antigone,” “Final Dress Rehearsal” and “Ladies of the Tower,” for which she was a Lenaea medalist.
After graduating from SFHS Natasha Soto-Albors ‘02 made the journey east to study at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Since receiving her B.F.A. in Drama, Natasha has built a career as an actor, screenwriter, and film producer. She is the founder and CEO of Night Spark Pictures, an NYC production company dedicated to diverse and dynamic storytelling.
SFHS Theatre Alumna Jessica Crouch ‘04 has been cast in the Broadway bound Pretty Woman: The Musical! Jessie was very active member of the SF Theatre Program. She performed in musicals, plays and was a member to the SF Players all four years of high school. Jessie received an Elly Award for her final performance as Winifred in Once Upon a Mattress! After high school she graduated in musical theatre from NYU Tisch and has been working non stop since in regional theatres and national tours.
Katie Sweeney, class of 2009, spent her college years at Seattle University studying philosophy and classical vocal performance. She supported the choirs as the Soprano II section leader, honed her skills as a musical arranger directing SU’s first a cappella group, and played bass and guitar in extracurricular bands. In 2011, Katie and a few choir buddies formed a band, jokingly named it The Ramblin’ Years, rehearsed twice, and unexpectedly won the campus Battle of the Bands.
Sara Warady ’14 is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance at the University of Michigan. She has performed with U of M’s Symphony Band and Concert Band, and last year she received the Band Alumni Scholarship for her dedication to the university’s band program. In addition to pursuing her passion for music, Sara is also majoring in chemistry. After graduation, she hopes to combine her interests in music and science by studying Performing Arts Medicine – an emerging field that helps artists overcome performance-related injuries
Delaney Feener ‘14 is performing the title role in Willam Shakespeare’s Richard III at DePaul University. DePaul is one of the premier theatre schools in the country. At St. Francis High School Delaney performed onstage in many shows including her Elly awarding winning performance as the Witch in Into the Woods and Jesus in our gold medal Lenaea production of Godspell.
I received my undergraduate degree in Design Studies with a Concentration in Graphic Design from San Jose State University. While I am currently working as a freelance graphic designer, I will continue my education at SJSU to receive my teaching credential for Art education. My goal is to bring together my passions of both education and art in order to inspire students to exercise their own creativity.
Leah is a reporter and weekend weather anchor at KERO, the local ABC affiliate, in Bakersfield, California. She graduated early from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and immediately started at 23ABC. In college, she won many prestigious journalism scholarships and awards, including two Sacramento Press Club scholarships, the Outstanding Senior Award in her graduating class and a National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) scholarship to attend their workshop.
Angelica graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California in May 2015 with a degree in Music: Vocal Performance. She attended Saint Mary’s on a voice scholarship, the first recipient in the school’s history. She had the incredible opportunity to sing at very prestigious events all around the Bay Area as an ambassador to the school as well as travel the world performing with the choirs. Angelica spent a summer in Germany in an intensive opera program. She sang in Carnegie Hall with the choirs as a featured soloist.
Annie Randle ’15 is performing in Legally Blonde at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She plays a few parts including Elle’s mom and the sales girl. She also auditioned and won the role as the Anchor of the Vanderbilt TV station, V-TV. She anchors the school TV station on their weekly broadcasts.
Olivia Stevenson ‘11 received her Master Degree in Theatre from the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland! Olivia was involved in SF Theatre for the four years she attended SFHS. She was part of three Elly award winning productions and was nominated for multiple individual Elly awards. Mrs. Watson, our Theatre Director, reached out to Olivia for an update on her post-SFHS experience:
Standing in line to register for classes at SFHS, I was anxious and unaware that soon I would meet the mentors who would inspire me to pursue my dream career. Theater and dance classes occupied my first semester’s introduction to the fine arts. Upon learning of my drumming hobby, my intuitive and attentive instructors introduced me to the music department. When I met Prof. Edens, Mrs. Harris, and Mr. Blanchard, I knew I’d found my home within my high school.
Frances Wang ‘10 has dreamed of being a journalist since she was kid after being interviewed by Walt Gray.
She’s always been the most talkative of her peers, so her former teachers and classmates aren’t surprised she became a reporter.
After graduating from St. Francis High School, she went on to become a Trojan at the University of Southern California. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors. During her time there, she also earned a second Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Samantha (Osborn) Dotterweich, class of 2009, graduated from the University of Notre Dame in May 2013 with a degree in Music: Vocal Performance, with honors. She then went on to a Master of Sacred Music, which she earned in May 2015.
Congrats to Alumna Julie Soto ‘06 who wrote a musical with fellow SFHS Arts actors Ryan Warren and Will Finan called “Generation Me the Musical.” The musical was accepted into the 2017 New York Musical Festival (NYMF).
Julie, Ryan and Will were all in Mrs. Watson’s productions from 2003-2007. See photos below of the 2006 St. Francis High School production of “Little Women,” Julie played Aunt March.
Stacey Stoddard Burkett ’04 started her circus career in 2009 at the Gravity Arts, training under renowned aerialist TT Robson. Stacey has trained locally in Santa Cruz, as well as at Kinetic Arts in Oakland. While silks has always been her first love, she has also performed some rope, and two years ago, added hand balancing and partner acrobatics to her repertoire. Stacey was a part of Acro5, an all female circus troupe, in 2015, and as a part of the group, performed in last year’s Santa Cruz Dance Week, and assistant-produced and performed in a full-length professional aerial and acrobatic show called Luminance. Stacey recently began teaching Beginner Aerial and Acrobatics at Radical Movement Factory in Santa Cruz. She hopes to continue her career in the air with more professional performances in the future, as well as continuing to share her passion through teaching.
Claudia Castaneda ’02 is beginning her fifth year as an expatriate in Milan, Italy. She is currently completing her final thesis for a Masters in Visual Arts & Curatorial studies while working full time as the Study Abroad Milan Program Coordinator for students studying at Cattolica University, NABA, and Domus Academy. In between travel, work and research, she finds time to keep playing soccer on a couple of local teams including F.C. Pasturago.