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Sidney Diaz

Class of 2022

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

Maya Angelou

Sidney Diaz is a classically trained actor, based in New York City. Born and raised in the Bronx, to a family of anything but creative minds, Sidney’s love for acting came from directing and starring in her own short films at the age of 10. In her teenage years she attended Laguardia High School of Performing Arts, where she decided to pursue her growing passion for acting. Continuing her training at Mason Gross school of the Arts, Sidney has had the opportunity to work on a number of productions including Joan of Arc, directed by Christopher Cartmill, Twelve Angry Jurors, directed by Kevin Kittle, and most recently Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, at The Globe Theater in London. Sidney believes that acting is one of the most effective ways of uniting people from all walks of life, and challenges audiences to seek empathy. She wants to use her work to inspire others and make strides in diversity for the LatinX community. When Shakespeare came up with the famous line, “And Though she be but little, she is fierce”, he was referring to Sidney Diaz.

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Liam Thomas Young

Class of 2022

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

E.E. Cummings

Liam Thomas Young hails from Hardwick, New Jersey, where he’s lived most of his life. He grew up in the rural woods of Northern New Jersey within a family of six. Through high school stage crew, he found a love of theater that eventually blossomed into a love of acting. He studied engineering science straight out of high school at the County College of Morris. Realizing after two years that engineering was the last thing he wanted to do with his life, Liam returned to the fold of theater in 2016. In 2018, he began his journey at Mason-Gross School of the Arts towards a career in performing arts. His more recent credits include Sir Andrew and Antonio in Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater; Talbot and Thibaut in Schiller’s Joan of Arc and Al Manners in Trouble in Mind at Mason Gross School of the Arts; and John Merrick in The Elephant Man at the County College of Morris.

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Daniel Cooney

Class of 2022

Daniel Cooney is an actor and musician from New York City. He discovered his deep appreciation for acting while training at LaGuardia High School. As a musician, Daniel most recently wrote one of the songs for the Rutgers company production of Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, and played many other songs in the show. After graduation, Daniel looks forward to getting into the business of acting as well as getting the time to finally put together his first full length EP.

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Malcolm Callender

Class of 2022

I’m just totally fascinated by people.”

Nikki Giovanni

Malcolm Callender (he/him/his) is an actor and creator born and raised in The Bronx, New York. Before coming to Rutgers for his BFA he attended Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS) in Manhattan where he gained an education in musical theater. He has performed on stages locally in New York, but recently, had the pleasure of being directed by Philip Bird in Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Malcolm has worked both in front and behind the camera. This includes writing and directing the short films Rose, Summer Games, and his latest, Cycles, which will be submitted to film festivals this summer.

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Daniel Allitt

Class of 2022

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Curiosity and adventure have driven Daniel (he/him/his) his whole life. Growing up just above the Adirondack mountains in New York he spent his childhood exploring the woods around him and creating elaborate imaginary worlds in his backyard. In middle school he took an interest in beekeeping taking care of two hives and lugeing in the winter at the Lake Placid Olympic Center. Once he entered high school, however, his interest became focused on art and performance. This love led him to Mason Gross School of the Arts to complete his BFA training. Daniel is interested in the social and psychological impact of the digital age. He is an avid rock climber and reads widely in psychology and philosophy.

Rutgers Theater Company credits include: The Mastiff in The Moors, Sebastian/Viola in Twelfth Night, Montgomery/Etienne in Joan of Arc, Juror #2 in 12 Angry Jurors, Hestia in When Silence Falls, and Elder Benson in there we sat down.

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