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Alumni News : Apr 21, 2016

College of the Arts alumnus honored with OYA Award

College of the Arts alumnus Usman Ally (MFA Acting '07) recognized with the 2016 Outstanding Young Alumni (OYA) Award from the University of Florida Alumni Association.Established in 2006, the OYA Award recognizes alumni who have graduated whose achievements positively reflect the Gator Nation.Criteria for the award include being within ten years of graduation, making a significant impact on their industry and having professional accomplishments at the State, National or International level.

Ally is an Obie Award winning actor born and raised in Southern and Eastern Africa. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida in 2007, Usman currently lives in Los Angeles pursuing his acting career in film, television and theatre.

On television Ally can be seen as a recurring character opposite Tea Leoni on the hit CBS show, Madam Secretary. He is also well known for his recurring character opposite Glenn Close and Rose Byrne in Season 4 of the critically acclaimed series, Damages. His film credits include Star Trek Into Darkness, Misled, Just Like a Woman and Contagion. While in theatre he is best known for is most known for originating several lead roles in award winning plays, including ‘Bagheera’ in Disney’s Jungle Book, ‘Amir’ in Disgraced and ‘VP’ in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity.

To learn more about Ally's exciting career, visit his website at