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Alumni Update, July 2018

Brice Hilburn, class 2016, currently serves an electrician for Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC.

1) Major(s)?
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.”



 

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