De Leon and Hennessey Receive Staff Award
The Department of Theatre and Dance’s Jonathan de Leon (Master Electrician) and Michael P Hennessy (Scene Shop Foreman) have won a Team Staff Award presented by UC Davis Staff Assembly’s Citations of Excellence Committee. The pair were recognized for their exemplary teamwork in developing student knowledge and practical application of theatrical techniques.
Their profound respect and concern for student safety was made manifest this year by combining existing, UC online training courses with their own specific shop safety training called “Safety Saturday.” In a light-hearted and positive environment, de Leon and Hennessy offered a comprehensive training workshop for all UCD students who will be performing backstage duties during the course of their instruction. Working with UCD’s Environmental, Health and Safety staff, along with Tracy Stark of UC Performing Arts Safety Center of Excellence in Santa Cruz, de Leon and Hennessy developed and provide the hands-on, mentoring training required to operate the unique and potentially dangerous equipment of any theatre.