Theatre & Dance students who graduated with an MFA or PhD have gone on to many interesting jobs. Here we list recent news items that have come to our attention. See individual posts for details about their current work and accomplishments.
Margaret Laurena Kemp, associate professor of Theatre and Dance, and Julie Wyman,associate professor of Cinema and Digital Media, present their new short film, “She Who Is” (working title): an interpretation of stage directions as written by Adrienne Kennedy for her play “The Owl Answers.” This work-in-process will be screened at the Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life Conference on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the UC Davis Conference Center Ballroom.
Margaret Laurena Kemp, associate professor of Theatre and Dance, is currently in Australia as a recipient of a Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence program.
Kemp is currently exploring the sounds and choreography of trees, dirt, water, human utterances and embodied movement to summon echoes of ancestors and descendants to explore the relationship between civil rights and first peoples water craft as indigenous arts.
Two-time Academy Award winner Quentin Tarantino gave the keynote speech at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s 14th Annual Design Showcase West (DSW) on Saturday, June 4, and in attendance were Mari Carson and Sojin Han, Master of Fine Arts design students in UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance. The showcase, created by UCLA TFT, is the only entertainment design showcase on the West Coast featuring the work of students grad
Two-time UC Davis Granada Artist-in-Residence choreographer John Jasperse has been named as director of the dance program at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. The award-winning choreographer most recently directed and staged Time Is Passing By for the Department of Theatre and Dance in Winter quarter 2016.
UC Davis Theatre and Dance MFA candidate Raissa Simpson and her company, PUSH Dance, are performing at Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis May 27 to 29. PUSH members will dance Simpson’s “Disequilibria” which she originally choreographed at UC Davis for a premiere in 2015.
UC Davis Theatre and Dance alumnus Hien Huynh, class of 2015, appears in the Robert Moses’ Kin production of 21 Fully Realized Incomplete Thoughts. Performances are scheduled for May 19 through 22 at Z Space in San Francisco.
Now in its seventh season, the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble has continued to grow and reach larger audiences. Featuring works by the Bard, stage classics, clever reinventions of texts and musicals from Broadway’s Golden Age, bringing new life to these stage works and making them relevant to contemporary audiences is the Ensemble’s mission. Among the creative team guiding each season of the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble are Gia Battista, a founding Artistic Director, and Richard Chowenhill, Associate Artistic Director and Resident Composer, UC Davis alumni.
Emelie Mahdavian, a UC Davis PhD candidate in Performance Studies, will have her film ”After the Curtain” premiere at the the Dance on Camera Film Festival at the Walter Reade Theater on Tuesday, February 16.
The film is to be screened at the upcoming San Luis Obispo Film Festival on March 17 and 19. For more information, visit SLO Film Fest 22.
UC Davis alumna Natasha Halevi is an actress in a series called “Lunch Break Feminist Club,” that was recently accepted into the Hollywood & Vine Film Festival. The series will show on December 11th in Hollywood, California.
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Four UC Davis Theatre & Dance MFA alumni were just nominated for ‘Outstanding Production of a Play’ by Theatre Bay Area! Their production of “Gruesome Playground Injuries” included the following alums:
Cast: Maria Candelaria (Class of 2013) and Bobby August Jr. (Class of 2013)
Director: Iu-Hui Chua (Class of 2013)
Scenic and Costume Design: Maggie S. Chan (Class of 2012)
Alumna Claire Bennett (MFA 2006) has been nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award for her work as Production Designer on “Modern Family” (ABC). Go to the Television Academy website to see all Emmy nominees in this category.
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