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 itself will be held in late May at the historic Varsity Theatre in Davis.
In conjunction with the Art Directors Guild Awards, John Iacovelli, professor of theatre and dance at UC Davis, has evaluated the work of art director David Wasco on the acclaimed film, La La Land for Variety Magazine.
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.
Maggie Morgan, UC Davis professor of theatre and dance, has designed the costumes for Aurora Theatre’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Tony Award-winning play The Real Thing. Directed by acclaimed Bay area artist Timothy Near, the production runs Jan. 27 through Feb. 26 in Berkeley, California.
When Henry, a cerebral playwright, is asked by his mistress to ghost-write a script, his life begins to imitate his art too closely. More comfortable with words than feelings, Henry must decide which of his emotions are the “real thing.”
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.
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.
What are you doing these days? We want to hear about your life since you graduated. Are you working, attending grad school, or performing somewhere? Please fill out this form to tell us about your work, accomplishments, awards or future plans.