Renowned speech/communications coach, author and theatre and dance alumna, Janet G. Elsea, Ph.D., will take part in an informal conversation with David Grenke, Department of Theatre and Dance chair, on Friday, April 27 at 1 p.m. in Wright Hall’s Lab B. The event is free.
A garment designed and created by theatre alumna Kristine Doiel, MFA class 2017, was one of the highlights of this year’s “Trashique,” a Fresno Art Museum fundraiser that showcases some over-the-top fashions made out of recycled materials. The event was held Feb. 24 in an aircraft hanger at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport.
As a director and artistic director, Ari Laura Kreith will join Luna Stage with an extensive resume of creating new work through community engagement. Her work as Artistic Director in theaters who work with original plays will continue Luna’s tradition of developing vital new works for the stage.
Professor John Iacovelli was presented with the 2018 United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) Distinguished Achievement Award in Scene Design & Technology at the annual USITT Conference on Thursday, March 15.
Professor Maggie Morgan has designed the costumes for a new play “Office Hour” which is currently at New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre. The production runs there until Feb. 11, when it shifts coasts and comes to the Bay Area’s Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The play runs in Berkeley from Feb. 22 through March 25.
In 2017, the faculty, staff and students of the Department of Theatre and Dance celebrated two milestone anniversaries: 110th anniversary of the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre, the oldest building the UC Davis campus, and the 50th anniversary of the Main Theatre and Wright Hall.
A commemorative slide show was created to provide a brief overview of the department and two of its performance venues.
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.
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
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.
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)
Judged by the lofty standards of dramatic literature, Paul Oakley Stovall’s “Immediate Family” isn’t all that impressive. But as dramatic entertainment, it’s often touching and amusing and through its sensitive handling of topical subjects it means to do some good in the world.
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