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.
John Iacovelli, professor of Theatre and Dance, recently designed Night and Dreams: A Schubert & Beckett Recital for Los Angeles Philharmonic which was directed by its new artist-collaborator Yuval Sharon. Taken from sources written by Samuel Beckett and set to the music of Franz Schubert, the performance featured the Philharmonic, singers and actors.
Maggie Morgan, professor of Theatre and Dance, is the costume designer for the new film, Car Dogs.
Car Dogs tells the story of Mark Chamberlain, a sales manager at his father’s car dealership who, if he sells a record number of 35 cars by the end of the day, will finally have the opportunity to run his own dealership. To succeed, he’ll do almost anything, but he quickly must decide if he’s willing to risk his family, friends and customers to achieve this, or if there is more to life than the dog-eat-dog work of car selling.
A member of the creative team from the award-winning Hamilton: An American Musicalrecently spoke with students in DRA 24, Visual Aspects of Dramatic Art, at the invitation of Maggie Morgan, professor of Theatre and Dance.
Angela M. Kahler, a New York-based Broadway costume designer who serves as the associate costume designer on the smash hit musical, came to campus on March 13 to discuss her current costume job. Her appearance coincided with the national tour performing in San Francisco.
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.
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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