Alumni in the
The Pinewood Performing Arts Department is proud of all of our students regardless of their college or career paths. However, we have many graduates who have gone on to continue their education in the performing arts, pursued careers in the arts, or have made sure that the Performing Arts remained an important part of their lives.
Andy Dulman '07
Shortly after graduating from Pinewood where he spent a lot of time in the theater and behind the camera, Andy went on to co-create a company called MakingOf.com, a behind-the-scenes web portal, with his co-founder, actress Natalie Portman, where he produced and directed hundreds of interviews with legends of the film industry on their creative processes and cinematic achievements. After almost two years of full-time producing and directing, he attended the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts where he earned a degree in Film and Television Production. He also served as the National President of the Delta Kappa Alpha Honorary Professional Cinema Fraternity (est. 1936). After graduating from USC's Film School, Andy was commissioned to direct a 60 second commercial for “The Grove” in Los Angeles, which ended up winning top prize in the “Shoot it at the Grove” contest and went on to be aired nationally on the CBS network. The project was written up and featured in “Variety.” Andy is currently writing and directing commercials out of Los Angeles, California.
Marc Cavigli '02
After graduation, Marc moved to LA where he worked in the film industry while attending Pasadena City College. A few years later he moved back to the bay where he majored in Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz. Marc made several short films, wrote a bunch of short stories, and met his best friend and bandmate, Roby. In 2009, they formed a band called the Jolly Llamas.
After UCSC, Marc started his own business producing and editing video for local businesses as well as music videos (check out the song "Earthsplitter" by The Stereophones on youtube, but make sure you watch in 1080p!). He did this for a couple years then got a bug to try something different so he applied for a position in radio at China Radio International in Beijing, China. To his surprise, he got the job and spent a year hosting an hour-long international news broadcast called the Beijing Hour.
Upon his return to the bay, a year later, Marc jumped into the Jolly Llamas full force. They released a 6 song album called Story Rock and have been selling out shows in Santa Cruz and San Jose. Be sure to check out www.jollyllamas.com.
Marian Sorensen '03
A 2003 Pinewood High School graduate, Marian Sorensen is an actor and producer. Her most recent independent feature The Daughter premiered in May, 2015 on iTunes, Amazon, VUDU and Google Play. The film has also been released internationally in theaters and on VOD in China, Poland, Spain, Japan, South Korea, and the Middle East.
Marian earned the Critics Choice Award for Best Actress at the Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival where the film also placed first in its category.
Ms. Sorensen is currently in pre-production on her next feature film. Frequently appearing in regional theater throughout California, she has starred in such roles as Cherie in Bus Stop, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, and Bianca in Othello. In between acting projects, Marian produces daily video content for the online sports network Scout.com. Marian graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in Communications and Theater and studies acting with industry veteran Sam Christensen. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband Jonathan Levine and their dog, Penny Lane.
Courtney Duhring '05
After graduating from Pinewood in 2005, Courtney attended Mount Holyoke College. Despite having an academic focus on Art History and English, music is what dominated her free time. Vocal Jazz, Glee Club, and Chamber Singers became her second family.
Courtney began performing in staged performances in the style of 1940s radio shows, and was able to participate in a concert tour through China. These performance groups provided great leadership opportunities as well. In her senior year, Courtney was both Vocal Jazz Coordinator and President of the Glee Club. Courtney also became a Concert Manager for the Music Department, operating the sound booth and working directly with musicians to meet their performance needs. She also delved more deeply into voice lessons during these years, which provided great coaching as her voice matured.
After college, Courtney returned to the Bay Area and joined The Choral Project, a mixed choir of about 50 singers committed to harnessing the transformative and healing power of music and words. In 2011, the choir was invited to take part in the International Choral Competition in Tolosa, Spain. Through her work with The Choral Project, Courtney has also had the pleasure of performing with phenomenal artists like Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin), Canadian Brass, a world famous brass quintet, and The King's Singers, a British a cappella group with a rich international history.
In July 2015, Courtney moved to London for work and immediately began hunting choirs in the area. She is currently singing with The City of London Choir and most recently joined them in a performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony "Choral" with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall. Courtney says " Experiencing a standing ovation of 5,000 in such a majestic space is pure magic."