Aya Cash isn't the only graduate of the Guthrie Theater/University of Minnesota acting program to make it in show business. Here are some highlights for other alumni:
CLASS OF 2004
Matthew Amendt: Currently starring as Acaste in Pearl Theatre's production of "The Misanthrope" in New York.
Santino Fontana: Played Hamlet in the final production at the old Guthrie. Currently playing Algernon in "The Importance of Being Earnest" with Brian Bedford on Broadway.
CLASS OF 2005
Marc Halsey: On the writing staff for ABC-TV's "Brothers & Sisters."
CLASS OF 2006
Sam Taylor and Namir Smallwood: Both will appear in Steppenwolf's upcoming production of "The Hot L Baltimore" in Chicago. Taylor also had a recurring role in the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire."
CLASS OF 2007
Valeri Mudek: Performed in the British premiere of "Tiny Kushner."
CLASS OF 2008
Nicole Rodenburg: Recently played Cherie in a Boston production of "Bus Stop."
CLASS OF 2009
Ben Rosenbaum: Currently in the Acting Company's national tour of "The Comedy of Errors."
CLASS OF 2010
James Leighton: Did "An Actor Prepares" last year at 59E59 Theaters in New York.