Alumni Profiles

Find out what some of SMC's alumni are currently up to...
 Angela Santillo
Angela Santillo's new play, Sera, a haunting and satirical play about Pompeii on the eve of Vesuvius's eruption, premiered at Saint Mary's in the Spring of 2010. About Sera, Angela, who graduated from the college with a double major in Theatre and English in 2005, says she finds dark humor and urgency in the story of Pompeii. "What drew me to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius," she explains, "was that even though Pompeiians didn't know it was a volcano, there had been warning signs. Politically, socially, and environmentally, we live in a time where everything is on the verge--but what is our imminent 'Big One?'" Sera received the David Mark Cohen Award for a New Play at the 2011 KCACTF Region VII competition. Other performances of Angela's work include the premiere of Middlecrest at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York in October, and a reading of her play, Spark, by Sarah Lawrence College's graduate-operated theater company. Spark, "a play about love, sex, and arrows," was produced this February by The Nightborn company in New York City. For a behind-the-scenes view of Spark, click here. More information about Angela and her work can be found here.
Marissa Pfaff
PfaffSince graduating Saint Mary's College of California, Marissa Pfaff has performed in the Bay Area with choreographers such as Cathy Marie Davalos, Jia Wu, and Shaunna Vella. She graduated from the San Francisco Circus Center Aerial Professional Training program, under the direction of Elena Panova and Angelo Rodriguez, with 2 acts; rope and straps. Upon graduation, Marissa got invited to perform in Peru for their circus season July-August 2012. She went back for 4 months in the summer of 2013 to perform. Currently she is living in LA teaching aerial at Chaminade College Preparatory and teaching master classes in both aerial and dance in the Bay Area. She is preparing to return to Peru for a summer tour, 2014. 
Marissa Pfaff
Lindsey Saravia
SaraviaLindsey Saravia, class of 2009, has been accepted to the Ailey American Dance Theater Independent Study Program. Information about the Ailey American Dance Theater can be found at







Mary Eileen Young 

Mary Eileen Young, class of 2009, is currently participating in the Professional Intern program at A Noise Within, a classical theatre in Glendale, California. During the first half the 2009/2010 season, she can be seen in the chorus of “Richard III” playing Mistress Shore, as well as doing technical work on “Noises Off.” In addition to rehearsals and technical responsibilities, interns with A Noise Within take over 120 hours of classes in Acting and Speaking Shakespeare, Classical Theatre, Modern Classics, and a workshop focusing on Arts Education. Classes in the program are taught by professional actors and the Artistic Directors of A Noise Within. More information about A Noise Within can be found at



Leah McKibbin

Leah McKibbin, class of 2008, is currently on staff as the Main Stage Production Manager for Town Hall Theatre Company, located in Lafayette, CA. She stage manages most of their productions (that have included: Rabbit Hole, The Odd Couple (Female Version), 'Art,' The Importance of Being Earnest, Proof, Twelfth Night, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Scrooge, Distracted and Pygmalion). As well as working on all mainstage show, in some capacity, she has taught ages 5-11 in various performance classes through Town Hall’s Education Program since fall of 2010. Leah also works as a freelance stage manager in the East Bay. In the past few years, she has been a part of: Old Times with TheaterFIRST; The Threepenny Opera, The Salt Plays: In The Wound and Salt Plays: Of The Earth with The Shotgun Players. In the summer of 2009 she was the Assistant to the Producer on the FURYFactory Theater Festival.


Mahershala Ali

MahershalaMahershala Ali, class of 1996, is a feature film actor. A Communications Major, he participated in Spunk his senior year at SMC. He has worked on a number of television shows (Law and Order: SVU, The 4400, and Crossing Jordan) as well as some feature fims (The Place Beyond the Pines, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Predators). For more about him, please see this page from the Communications department.




Katie Rose Kruger

Katie KrugerKatie was born and raised in San Francisco, CA.  She has worked in theatre, film, commercial, web, and her unique voice has brought to life several young children’s toys.  She has also created her own solo show, Thinking Long Distance, a fourteen-minute piece about the connection between losing a loved one and the challenge to live a healthier life.  Katie holds a Bachelor’s Degree, in Performing Arts: Theatre from Saint Mary’s College of California, and an MFA in Acting from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. Check out Katie's blog here.






Rebecca Capriulo

Rebecca Capriulo, 2015Rebecca Capriulo, Class of 2015, recently graduated with a B.A. in Music and a Minor in Theological and Religious Studies. Rebecca is now a current member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. She is very excited to perform major works with such a prestigious group. In addition to singing with the symphony, Rebecca is continuing to develop her personal piano studio for children. She has been teaching since 2012 and currently has nine students. Rebecca recently traveled to Los Angeles to collaborate with various producers and record a demo track. She hopes to produce more music and begin her career as a solo vocal artist.