Alumnae in the Arts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.