The UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance and the University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts co-sponsor an Inside Acting Podcast presentation of “Gospel According to First Squad” – a live audio recording at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, CA. Members of the Ovation Nominated Best Ensemble Cast are joined by actors from the recent UC Davis production, and alumni of the USC Acting Program, to perform a revised version of “Gospel” for the first time before a Los Angeles audience.
Professor John Iacovelli recently designed Night and Dreams: A Schubert & Beckett Recital forthe Los Angeles Philharmonic, staged by its new artist-collaborator Yuval Sharon. These images, supplied courtesy of the professor, showcase some of his concepts for the production as well as installation and physical production.
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.
John Iacovelli and Maggie Morgan, professors of theatre and dance at UC Davis, have been nominated for L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards in the scenic and costume design categories.
Iacovelli received three nominations for scenic design: Endgame (Center Theatre Group), Kingdom of Earth (Dance on Productions in association with Linda Toliver and Gary Guidinger) and The Money Fi$h (Cox Productions). Maggie Morgan was nominated in the costume design category for Endgame (Center Theatre Group).
Enter the Enchanted Cellar, a costume rental service operated by the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance, and you can be transformed into Harry Potter, Princess Leia, Superman or the Wicked Witch of the West.
UC Davis students, faculty, staff and affiliates receive a 30% discount on rentals.
The Enchanted Cellar, located in Room 17, Wright Hall, offers more Halloween selections than ever before and special hours for costume viewing and fittings.
Maggie Morgan, UC Davis professor of theatre and dance, and Mike Oesch, theatre and dance alumnus, are two of the creatives behind the Center REPertory Company’s production of the musical comedy It Should Have Been You. Set around the madcap maneuverings for impending wedding, Morgan designed the costumes and Oesch did the lighting design. The production runs through October 8 at Center REPertory’s location in Walnut Creek, California.
Former UC Davis professor of theatre and dance, costume design, Phyllis J. Kress of Sacramento, California, passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at 77 years of age. Kress retired in 1998 after 32 years at UC Davis.
Joining an award-winning team of actors and creatives, John Iacovelli, professor of theatre and dance at UC Davis, has designed the atmospheric 1920s’ recording studio setting for Los Angeles’ Center Theatre Group’s forthcoming production of August Wilson’s powerful drama Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Directed by Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad, this groundbreaking play depicts the racism and exploitation in the music industry through a 1927 recording session in Chicago with a legendary blues singer.
Margaret Laurena Kemp, associate professor of theatre, will participate in “5-Hour Sculpture,” a Pop-Up Art Festival at the Montalvo Arts Center on Friday, July 22 from 5 to 10 p.m. Featuring the work of eleven creative artists, this innovative art event showcases the concept of temporary “sculpture.”
South Coast Repertory Theatre’s acclaimed production of Peter Shaffer’s award-winning play Amadeus has been featured in Breaking Character Magazine. The article included mention of its set design by John Iacovelli, professor of Theatre at UC Davis.
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.
For nearly 30 years “The Simpsons” television series has been an animated commentary on the absurdities of American family life. This spring UC Davis honors Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie with two special events: a production by the Department of Theatre and Dance of a “Simpsons”-inspired comedy and an exhibition at the Peter J. Shields Library.
The annual Broadway Backwards — featuring male singers performing songs traditionally sung by women and women singing tunes written for men — was presented Monday, March 21 at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre and was a rousing success. Among the performers was spring 2016 Granada Artist-in-Residence Mindy Cooper, who was part of a special musical number celebrating the Tony Award-winning CHICAGO The Musical.
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.
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