Who(osiers) went to IU? - Indiana University Alumni

Okay so the title is corny. But I cannot talk enough about IU alumni... LET'S BEGIN!

Kevin Kline. One of my favorite actors on Earth. Originally, he came to IU for Jacobs for classical piano, but he found theatre and fell in love with it. One Academy Award, Two Tony Awards, a ton of other award nominations, and a bunch of amazing movies later, this man is a big reason why I wanted to come to IU. You might have seen him in Sophie's Choice, his debut film role, or A Fish Called Wanda, for which he won an Oscar. Fun fact: In comedic roles, he is known to sport a moustache, while in dramatic roles, he is clean shaven. He is an incredibly talented actor and you, Hoosiers current and future, should watch him. 

Ryan Murphy. Evil genius and creator of Glee, Nip/Tuck, and American Horror Story. No really, I love Ryan Murphy. He worked on the IDS staff and was a part of the Singing Hoosiers vocal ensemble. On Glee, frequent jokes are made at Purdue's expense, which I absolutely love. But the man has got his hands on everything. He has made quite the name for himself, and to say he is incredibly successful is an understatement.

Suzanne Collins. Before The Hunger Games movie came out earlier this year, IU was buzzing with the news that Suzanne Collins went to IU. IU has a connection to The Hunger Games? SOLD.

Nicole Parker. Broadway actress in Wicked, and MADtv cast member. Was in the Full Frontal Comedy improv troupe while here at IU! Woman, can I follow in your foot steps?! 

Joshua Bell. World class violinist. You may also know him from a popular clip on YouTube where he stood in a Washtingon D.C. Metro stop during rush hour to play violin as an experiment for an article in the Washington Post... Google it or go to YouTube. It is absolutely fascinating. And he is an exceptional talent.

Howard Ashman. Lyricist, collaborated with Alan Menken on many Disney films, notably Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid. Also but not Disney, Little Shop of Horrors. STORY OF MY LIFE, DISNEY.

 (Howard is pictured on the right in the photograph, collaborator Alan Menken on left.)


Sarah Clarke. Plays Bella Swan's mother in the Twilight film series. Love them or hate them, go Hoosiers!

(Sarah is pictured on the right in the photograph, Kristen Stewart on left.)

Arian Moayed. Tony nominated actor in 2011 for his role in the play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo on Broadway!

 (Arian is on the far right, Robin Williams in middle, Brad Fleischer on left.)

Jane Pauley. World renowned journalist. One great woman. Former host of the Today show and Dateline NBC. She came to IU a few years ago with Meryl Streep. Heard it was glorious. Isn't she just stunning?

                         Jared Fogle. Subway guy. Enough said. 

(The famous Subway in Blooomington where he got his groove back!)


Colin Donnell. This is one that a lot of people don't know about. He participated in the Indivildualized Major Program, and created a Musical Theatre major. Up until 2007, the musical theatre major did not exist, but now it does. Soon after Colin graduated, he booked roles in the national tours of Mamma Mia! and Wicked. He made his Broadway debut in Jersey Boys, the musical based on the band Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and made a name for himself when he was cast as Billy in the recent revival of Anything Goes. He was on the television show Pan Am, and will appear again this fall on the show Arrow as Tommy. 

SO... The key to greatness and success is IU. Brilliant.


All my Hoosier love,


About The Author
Emmalie ReifTelecommunications Major, Herman B Wells Library employee, WTIU Intern, Indiana Men's Basketball Team's Biggest Fan

Class of 2015

From Lafayette, Indiana.

Telecommunications major.

Minor in Theatre.

Usher for IU Auditorium, IU Cinema, and IU Theatre & Drama department.

Work with IU's Radio and Television Services.

I love nectarines, yoga, dogs, movies, New York City, the state of California, winter, Broadway cast albums, elephants, mountains, oceans, and night skies.