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Arts and Humanities Alumni Cabinet

The mission of the Arts and Humanities Alumni Cabinet is to provide advocacy and raise the profile of the School of Arts and Humanities at UC San Diego. The members of the cabinet will be representative of the departments, institutes and programs within the entire school, and will be invited to serve as:

  • Advocates for the school and its programs — raise the visibility of the school and expand its external network
  • Mentors to students — enhance the educational experience of Arts and Humanities students by bridging the gap between classroom theory and practical real-world experiences, and helping students build their professional networks
  • Participants in the Arts and Humanities: Dean's Conversations series — to discuss the value of arts and humanities in today's global society and their role in actively advancing the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion


  • Danny Burstein, MFA ‘90

    Danny Burstein, MFA ‘90

    Danny Burstein is an actor and singer, most known for his work on the Broadway stage.

    A seven-time Tony Award nominee, Danny won the 2020 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance as Harold Zidler in “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” on Broadway. He also received Tony nominations for “The Drowsy Chaperone” (2006), “South Pacific” (2008), “Follies” (2011), “Golden Boy” (2013), “Cabaret” (2014) and “Fiddler on the Roof” (2016).

    He has won two Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, and received three Grammy Award nominations. Burstein's performance in “Moulin Rouge!” also earned him the 2020 Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance. Additional Broadway credits include “The Seagull” (1992), “Saint Joan” (1993) and “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” (2010).

    Danny's television work includes a feature-length episode of the BBC sitcom “Absolutely Fabulous” (2002) and a Staten Island father in the first season of “Louie” (2010). He appeared as different characters in six episodes of the original NBC drama series “Law & Order” (1995–2015), and recurred as Lolly Steinman on the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire” (2010–11) and as D.A. Lewis Cormier on the CBS series “Evil.”

    His film appearances include “Transamerica” (2005), “Deception” (2008), “The Family Fang” (2015) and “Indignation” (2016).

    A graduate of the MFA acting program in the Department of Theatre and Dance, Danny has been an advocate for the theatrical arts as the industry recovers from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a champion of causes related to ALS following his wife Rebecca Luker's illness and death from the disease in 2020.

  • Ken Cerniglia ‘95

    Ken Cerniglia ‘95

    Ken Cerniglia is a veteran dramaturg, writer, creative consultant, and organizational leader. His dramaturgy includes the Broadway hits “Hadestown” and “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

    During 16 years as dramaturg and literary manager at Disney Theatrical, he developed more than 70 titles for Broadway, touring, international and licensed productions, including “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Aladdin,” “Newsies,” “The Little Mermaid,” “High School Musical” and “Tarzan.”

    Ken is past president of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and co-founder of the American Theatre Archive Project.

    He is a proud UC San Diego graduate, receiving his bachelor’s degrees from the departments of Theatre and Dance, and Psychology. He holds a master’ degree from Catholic University and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in theater history and criticism.

  • Sandi Logan ‘86

    Sandi Logan ‘86

    Sandi Logan has been a casting director for more than 25 years, working on television pilots and series, mini-series, reality shows and, most recently, a horror film. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Casting of a Comedy Series for “Monk.” She spent eight years of her career as the vice president of casting at ABC Network and ABC Studios.

    Sandi also casts theater projects. For several years, she was the in-house casting director at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, Calif., renamed the Garry Marshall Theatre. There, she cast 20 productions: two with Garry Marshall as director, including an early Los Angeles workshop of “Pretty Woman” prior to its move to Broadway.

    She is currently casting the “Dynasty,” “Nancy Drew” and “Tom Swift” series for the CW Network.

    Sandi received her bachelor’s degree in theater (with an emphasis in directing) from the UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance, and has taught and lectured at various drama schools around the country, including UC San Diego.

  • Hannah Von Heidegger ‘19

    Hannah Von Heidegger ‘19

    Based in Los Angeles, Hannah Von Heidegger is the global education director for the luxury skincare company, Retrouvé. She graduated from UC San Diego in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in history.

    While at the university, she was awarded the Armin Rappaport Prize for best honors paper by the Department of History, and joined the Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity.

    Hannah is also an equestrian, a lifelong passion that she continues today, and has represented the United States in international show-jumping competitions. Over the past 15 years, Hannah has also been an avid supporter of the organization Project Angel Food, which provides meals to those in need in the greater Los Angeles area.

Updated April 2022