Alumni News

Digital Filmmaking

Joe Worthen, a 2004 graduate, recently received a $25,000 South Carolina Indie Grant from the S.C. Film Commission to produce a short film called "Isle of Palms." The film is now in postproduction. Joe is also one of the writer/producers of the web series, “Girl out of Carolina.”

 Mark Hayes, Michael Realmuto and Brittany Brock recently worked as crewmembers on the film “Chronology” starring Billy Baldwin, which was shot in Greenville.  Coincidentally, the film was directed by Kipp Tribble. Film instructor, Eric Rogers, shot some of the scenes from Tribble’s first film over 20 years ago. 

Julia Vickerman is now storyboard artist and the lead animator for the television series “Yo Gabba Gabba!” Her Fine Arts Center classmate, Max Rivera, recently wrote a fantastic article about her career that can be found here:

Nathan Willis currently produces documentaries for MSNBC but has also pitched over 30 ideas on, which is a platform that allows independent filmmakers to find funding. Six of his projects got commissioned by places like Fusion, TakePart, and The New York Post.  One of his more recent projects was produced for the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It focuses on how the city of New Orleans is hiring veteran medics to apply their military training in the city. Read more about it here:

Rory Scovel recently appeared in Demetri's Martin's directorial debut movie "DEAN." The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will be released nationwide. Rory formerly was a cast member of the sitcoms "Ground Floor" and "Undateable" and is currently appearing in the "Those Who Can't" on TruTV.

After receiving his filmmaking foundation at the Fine Arts Center, Ben Eastman went on to graduate from Full Sail University with a degree in Film Production. He now has over eight years of film industry experience as a Camera Operator working on various projects including “Top Chef,” “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” “Property Virgins,” “Sea Rescue,” “Arranged” and many others.  

Visual Arts

Caroline Dillard, has illustrated her first book, entitled Sleepy Ponies, written by Joy Hicklin. Illustrating this book, Caroline combined her three hobbies: reading, drawing, and horseback riding. She graduated from Wade Hampton HS and Fine Arts Center in 2013. She went to FAC all four years of high school and in the after school ARMES program since 5th grade.  She is now 21 and will be a senior next year at Clemson.  She is a graphic communications major. 

FAC Visual Arts Department alumna Aki Carpenter (2000) has been instrumental in the design of the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History.  She  is the Creative Director for exhibition and environmental design at Ralph Appelbaum Associates and was Art Director for the exhibits in the museum  located on the Mall in Washington, DC.  Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA) is the exhibition designer for the 82,000 square feet of the museum's inaugural exhibitions, composed of 12 galleries spanning 400 years of history, community, and culture. RAA is a multidisciplinary firm specializing in the planning and design of museums, exhibits, educations environments, and visitor attractions. A family-owned company founded in 1978, RAA's portfolio includes more than 700 completed commission s in more than 40 countries. Ms. Carpenter is also founding member of Ripple Effect, a water literacy program in New Orleans and has taught graduate design courses at Pratt Institute and the New School at Parsons. Since 2010, her primary project has been the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.  The Museum and its design has recently received positive reviews in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and CBS News.



Music & Technical Theatre

Alex Forrest  (FAC 2008 Alum in Music/Technical Theatre)    Alex joined the national touring company of Cameron Mackintosh's The Phantom of the Opera  in April. He serves as the show's rigger and flyman. 

This tour comes on the heels of Alex completing a three month tour of The Producers where he also served as that production's rigger/flyman.  Alex has been a member of The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) since 2010.


FAC Dance Alum, Adia Victoria was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

See the video Here

Kelly Hall-Thompkins

It has been a very exciting season in my career, at Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway and beyond!  I have now played close to 200 shows!  As time goes by, I am enjoying the opportunity to explore deeper levels of nuance, collaboration and interaction with our Music Director/Orchestrator Ted Sperling and fellow musicians and especially with the actors on stage, particularly Danny Burstein and Jessica Hecht. The violin solos help to bring to life several key and poignant moments in the drama and, for me, the connection between us is often electrifying!  I'm also enjoying a close collaboration with my co-Fiddler, dancer Jesse Kovarsky.  
This past week, one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life was to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music and also to give the commencement speech to a packed Riverside Church. I was honored to share the momentous occasion with fellow honorees F. Paul Driscoll and Eric Owens (in absentia).  I'd love to share with you links to my speech and all recent news features.  Please see below.
I also had the wonderful opportunity to lead a "Live from Lincoln Center" Broadcast with Lang Lang as well as the 2016 Lincoln Center Benefit Anniversary of the amazing Adam Guettel score "The Light in the Piazza". 
THANK YOU for continuing to watch my "Imagination" Music Videos, which now have over 1,000,000 total views on You Tube!!