Alumni Spotlight Interviews

Alle Hus '16

Alle Hsu '16 (MFA, Kanbar Institute, Graduate Film)

Alle Hsu’ 16 (MFA, Kanbar Institute, Graduate Film) is no stranger to a good story. Hsu, a graduate of the final class to go through Tisch Asia, is the great-granddaughter of famed romantic Chinese poet, Xu Zhimo 徐志摩. Today, Hsu is a director and producer living in Orange County, CA, looking to tell her own story while still maintaining ties to her family history.

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Hinda Miller, Polly Smith, and Lisa Lindahl

Hinda Miller ’76 (MFA, Design for Stage & Theater) & Polly Smith ’75 (MFA, Design for Stage & Theater)

In 1977, alumnae Hinda Miller and Polly Smith created one of the most revolutionary athletic garments for women - the sports bra. Miller, Smith, and their co-creator Lisa Lindahl will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2022. Read their interview with NYU Tisch Alumni Relations.

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Mark Traub

Mark Traub '80 (BFA, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV)

Mark Traub ’80 (Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) was the beloved Stage Manager for The Today Show for 35 years. NYU Tisch took a moment to catch up with him in his retirement.

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Nick Wootton

Nick Wootton '94 (BFA, Dramatic Writing)

Nicholas Wootton ’94 (BFA, Dramatic Writing) was awarded the Mentor of the Year Award for his dedication to mentoring alumni through the Tisch Office of Career Development and Office of Alumni Relations.

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Damon Cardasis '06 (BFA, Drama)

Damon Cardasis '06 (BFA, Drama)

Damon Cardasis '06 is an actor, producer, writer, festival director, and more! Read his interview with NYU Tisch Alumni Relations to find out what brought him to Tisch, and how it helped him grow.

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Leah Thomas '00/'11 (BFA, Drama/MA, Arts Politics)

Leah Thomas '00/'11 (BFA, Drama/MA, Arts Politics)

For producer Leah Thomas '00/'11, it was always her intention to use film as a medium with which to inspire change. Read her interview with NYU Tisch Alumni Relations about how her time as a student here helped shape that path.

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Otto Cedeno '07 (BFA, Kanbar, Film & TV)

Otto Cedeno '07 (BFA, Kanbar, Film & TV)

Otto Cedeno, the owner of "Otto's Tacos", talks about his education at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and how that helped him build a thriving brand.

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Richie Jackson '87 (BFA, Drama)

Richie Jackson '87 (BFA, Drama)

Tisch alumnus Richie Jackson ’87 (BFA, Drama), Executive Producer of "Nurse Jackie" and Co-Executive Producer of "Shortbus", has established a fellowship program in conjunction with the Tisch Office of Career Development to assist alumni make the transition from the classroom to a life-long career in the arts. Richie sat down with the Tisch Alumni Relations Office to talk about his career in the arts, and why it’s so important to give back to alumni who are just starting out.

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