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.”
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B.S. American History, Northwestern University 2000
Lucas Hatton served as Artistic Director of Chicago’s Barrel of Monkeys and directed hundreds of original performances of the company’s critically acclaimed show That’s Weird, Grandma. He directed Incident at Vichy with Steep Theater and Foolin’ Around with Infinity with Phalanx Theater, both of which received Critic’s Choice in Chicago Reader. He also directed the sketch group Southern Mothers at Second City Donny’s Skybox.
Recently at the College of Southern Nevada he played Emil in Jeffery Hatcher’s Three Viewings, Mike Talman in Wait Until Dark and co-directed Reefer Madness. He just finished his fifth year teaching theatre to high school and Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)Â (herself) andÂ DraculaÂ (Mrs. Westenra) at Acalanes High School.
A native of rural New England and graduate of Reed College in Oregon, Darren Blaney is a teacher, essayist, playwright, solo performer, actor, and director. He graduated with a PhD in Dramatic Art with a graduate minor in Critical Theory from UC Davis in 2009. His doctoral dissertation was entitled: ”Staging the Social and Cruising the Crisis: A Genealogy of Utopian Aspiration in U.S. Queer Theater from the 1960s to the Present.”
taught theatre at the International School of Brussels, Belgium for the first six months after graduation, then took a one-semester job teaching acting and improv at South Lake Tahoe Community College. He landed a role in Foothill Theatre Company’s two-person comedy A Tuna Christmas, moved to Los Angeles in fall 2000 and worked for the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program. Although Sundance is best known for its Film Festival, it is appreciated in the independent film community for its film program.
lives in Kenwood, CA. She is a full-time faculty member in Theatre Arts at Santa Rosa Junior College where she directed the world premiere of Watermelon Nights, adapted from the Greg Sarris’ novel. Leslie directed The Kitchen Side of the Door, Word for Word Theatre Company’s holiday show at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Leslie has also acted with the California Shakespeare Festival, Marin Theatre Company, Intersection for the Arts, TheatreWorks, Shakespeare at the Beach, and the Willows, among others.
owns the American Blues Theatre, 2337 Pacific Avenue on the Miracle Mile in Stockton, CA.. This spring Harvey plays George in the American Blues Theatre Company’s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
Sue Murphy (BA 1979)
Now living in Los Angeles, was nominated for a 2001 American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup. She has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, HBO, and many times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Catch her act in her own half-hour comedy special on Comedy Central.
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