Celebrating Alumnae in the Arts


Mary Alice Dwyer-Dobbins ’59 had a 37 year career in TV where among many other things, she oversaw the soap operas “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” “General Hospital” and “Loving.” She was also tasked with turning around the soaps “Guiding Light,” “As the World Turns” and “Another World.” She was Vice President of Programming for the cable channel “Lifetime.” Another fun fact is that she is credited with bringing the “Smurfs” to the United States. Who knew that A Viz alumna was a huge influence in many loved TV shows? And, she still displays her crescent proudly!”




Alex Ferrara ’06 is an actress, singer, model and producer.
Alex is currently performing in NYC with the award winning Musical Theatre cabaret series “Joe Iconis And Family” led by Broadway composer, Joe Iconis. The shows recently earned a write up in the NY Times and you can catch 6 performances this April/May at 54 Below.






Julie Tabash Kelsheimer ’07

“Both Mr. Schweizer and Mr. Strohmeyer as well as so many other teachers I had at Viz taught me the importance of hard work and persistence, and they instilled great confidence within me as a student and a young adult. As a teacher, I hope to do the same for each of my students everyday!”

A seasoned operatic and musical theatre performer, Julie serves as an Adjunct Professor of Voice at Webster University and Saint Louis University where she provides students with the training needed to for a career in the performing arts. Julie has recently performed with Union Avenue Opera, Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee, and Central City Opera in Colorado.


Jennifer Dooling, ‘14

“The foundation and education that I got from Viz’s Fine Arts program inspired me to go to Belmont University where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Performance. I’m now a producer at Casting Duo, an unscripted television casting company in Los Angeles and am training at The Second City Training Center in Hollywood. I’m so grateful to Viz for giving me the runway to explore my talent and passions.”





Susannah Corrington ‘08

“I recently accepted a Resident Artist position with Domino One Productions for their 2019 season and I am forever grateful for what Viz has given to me. Through their excellence in education, and their strong Salesian values, I had the necessary balance of structure and freedom to explore who I am as an individual within the framework of a hardworking and educated woman. My Visitation education is the gift that keeps on giving.”