Alumni in the News

    U of A alumni who made headlines recently

    By Staff on May 19, 2017

    Shaun Smyth playing Theo Fleury in Playing with Fire

    Shaun Smyth as Theo Fleury, © Trudie Lee Photography, All rights reserved.

    Shaun Smyth, ’94 BFA, was featured in the Hamilton Spectator as he brought his version of retired NHL player Theo Fleury to the stage this past winter when he starred in Playing With Fire, a one-man show. Smyth has also appeared at the Stratford Festival and in movies and television, including The Killing, Murdoch Mysteries and Arrow. –Hamilton Spectator

    Mai Nguyen, ’14 BSc(Nutr/Food), is a finalist on the fourth season of MasterChef Canada. Over the course of 12 episodes, the home cooking contestants are tested using mystery boxes, pressure tests and team and elimination challenges. As of press time, Nguyen was in the top five. –Yahoo Finance

    A popular mystery dancer on YouTube recently revealed himself to be engineer Michael Startsev, ’09 BSc(EngPhys), ’11 MSc. Until now, Startsev has been known as a dancer in a suit and bowler hat going by the name Forsythe. His YouTube channel has received 99 million views and has more than 188,000 subscribers around the world. Forsythe’s first self-made video, posted a decade ago, has logged 38 million views. While he has no formal dance training, Startsev has performed around the world and been featured in the New York Times, the Financial Times and Forbes. –CBC