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.
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.
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.
Submissions are now open for new works by student filmmakers for Film Fest @ UC Davis 2017. Celebrating its 17th year, the committee is seeking short films no longer than eight minutes in length (including credits) by April 21. Entries are open to all UC Davis students and recent graduates.
The festival will be held May 17 and 18 at the historic Varsity Theatre in Davis and screenings will begin at 9:30 p.m.
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.
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