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, has been awarded a position in the Headland Center for the Arts Artists-in-Residence program for 2017. Fifty artists have been chosen and Kemp is one of three individuals in the Performance/Dance division. The residency begins in May.
Headlands Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary, international arts center dedicated to supporting artists; the creative process; and the development of new, innovative ideas and artwork.
Margaret Laurena Kemp, associate professor of Theatre and Dance, is appearing in the B Street Theatre’s production of The Christians. Running Jan. 11 through Feb. 11 as part of the theatre’s B3 Series, the drama examines faith in America and the challenge of changing one’s mind.
La Esquinita, USA created by and starring Rubén C. González, MFA 2004, will be performed at Arizona Theatre Company Jan. 14 through Feb. 26. Collaborating with González on the production will be lighting designer Michael Oesch, MFA 2004, and dramaturg Elaine Romero, MFA 1987.
The production plays the company’s Tucson theatre Jan. 14 through Feb. 6 and in Phoenix Feb. 9 through 26.
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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