Brice Hilburn, class 2016, currently serves an electrician for Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC.
Dramatic Art – Graduated just before the transition to Theatre and Dance
2) Did you do any research/projects in your time as a Theatre major?
“Yeah. I focused in lighting design at UCD and had the opportunity to light ‘Outside the Lines 1, 2, 3′ during its first iteration as well as all associated projects, including Raissa Simpson’s MFA Thesis project, ‘Dancing in Sepia’ and David Grenke’s ‘Humpty Dumpty.’ David d’Olimpio (‘17) and I shared design responsibilities on the 1st and 3rd ‘Outside the Lines,’ which was really great because we had one another to talk to about choices, techniques, and design concepts while we worked through our pieces. This project was unique because it spanned the entire year and involved revisiting older designs and developing projects, which allowed for a lot of depth of study. I enjoyed it quite a bit and recommend it to future Lighting Design Majors. I especially recommend it if you can find a partner to collaborate with as it made it a whole lot more fun.”
3) Did you have any internships or other jobs during college?
“Yes! I worked as the lighting assistant at Music Circus for three years, starting after my 2nd year. Working there was invaluable. It was my entrance into professional theater and taught me quite a bit about lighting design and execution for musicals on a tight timeline. It also was an incredible opportunity to work with and learn from professional designers who really know their stuff. I highly recommend seeing some shows there during the summer or interning for them if you can.”
4) Did you travel while you were a student or after you graduated?
“Yes and no. I traveled around the Bay area for lighting design/assistant work the year after graduation and now I live in Washington DC (which I never expected). But I didn’t make any grand trips out of the country. I really should.”
5) Have you had any internships/apprenticeships/other jobs after graduating?
“Yes! I currently work in Washington DC for Shakespeare Theatre Company as the Electrician/Lighting Programmer for Sydney Harman Hall. I have learned A LOT here in the last year.”
6) Where is your hometown, and where are you located now?
“I’m from San Diego, but really feel like Sacramento has become my hometown. Many of my friends and even some of my family now are there. So going home means going to Sacramento.”
7) Anything else to add?
“Be patient, thoughtful, and remember to stretch.”
Video technology meets theatre when the Ground & Field Theatre Festival (GFTF) at UC Davis offers a workshop of a new play that incorporates live motion capture animation. The event also includes a demonstration of a video game that enables virtual design and performance of scenes from Shakespeare.
The event takes place on Sept. 15 in the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre on Old Davis Road and is free and open to all ages.
Giving life to new works for the stage, the Ground & Field Theatre Festival (GFTF) at UC Davis begins its second season with a free series of readings called “Off the Page.” The three-night event, Sept. 12-14, features a different play reading each evening. The readings are at 7 p.m., at 207 E Street, Davis. Though free, online reservations are recommended and can be made at groundandfield.com.
After a successful launch in fall 2017, the Ground & Field Theatre Festival (GFTF) at UC Davis returns to introduce new works for the stage. Co-produced by the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance and the Theatre and Dance Ensemble, the festival’s public performances take place Oct. 4-6 in the historic Wyatt Pavilion Theatre.
The UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance will showcase a series of new student-created work. “Collaborative Stages: Student New Works Festival” will feature a series of new plays and dances conceived, created and performed by undergraduate and graduate students.
Presented in two different programs, “Collaborative Stages” will feature new plays by undergraduate students Rose Kim and Jordan Wilson and dances choreographed by undergraduate students Pratistha Bajracharya and Olivia Schlanger, and graduate student Lena Polzonetti.
Department of Theatre and Dance presents “WEREWIRE: A Highwire Sound Installation,” created by doctoral student Ante Ursić. This collaborative presentation is scheduled for Monday, April 2 at 4:30 p.m. in the Della Davidson Performance Studio in Nelson Hall. It is free and open to the public.
The UC Davis Theatre and Dance Department and the Theatre and Dance Ensemble are holding auditions for the second annual Ground and Field Theatre Festival. An exciting partnership formed to create and develop new plays and musicals for a sustainable future, the creative team is looking for actors and technicians to participate in the 2018 festival.
“Gibraltar,” a powerful drama that explores how we tell the stories of grief, opens the UC Davis College of Letters and Science’s Department of Theatre and Dance 2017-2018 season. The play is written by Octavio Solis and directed by UC Davis graduate and Granada Artist-in-Residence Kent Nicholson, now director of musical theatre at Playwrights Horizon Theatre Company in New York.
Directors from New York and Los Angeles, playwrights from across the nation, world-class scholars and emerging theatre artists have come together for the inaugural season of the Ground & Field Theatre Festival (GFTF), an exciting partnership formed to create and develop new plays and musicals.
After a successful 2017 launch, the Ground & Field Theatre Festival (GFTF) at UC Davis returns to introduce new stage works. Co-produced by the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance and the Theatre and Dance Ensemble, the festival’s public performances take place Oct. 4-6 in the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre.