Michele Apriña Leavy, UC Davis alumna and Department of Theatre and Dance lecturer, along with alumni Maria Candelaria, actress, and Carla Pantoja, fight choreographer, are working together on the world premiere of “A Tale of Autumn” by Obie Award-winning playwright Christopher Chen at San Francisco’s Crowded Fire Theater. The production runs Sept. 14 through October 7.
Margaret Laurena Kemp, associate professor of Theatre and Dance, and Julie Wyman,associate professor of Cinema and Digital Media, present their new short film, “She Who Is” (working title): an interpretation of stage directions as written by Adrienne Kennedy for her play “The Owl Answers.” This work-in-process will be screened at the Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life Conference on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the UC Davis Conference Center Ballroom.
“Heroines with Heart,” which celebrates the courageous young women of folklore and literature, is this year’s theme for The Enchanted Cellar, a costume rental service operated by the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance.
Fall 2016 Granada Artist-in-Residence Kirsten Brandt, who directed “The Trojan Women” at UC Davis, has delivered a wickedly funny and vibrant “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for the Utah Shakespeare Festival at Southern Utah University in Cedar City. Running in repertory through October 21, the highly praised production is set in the 1920s featuring Erte-inspired sets and costumes.
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.
Margaret Laurena Kemp, associate professor of Theatre and Dance, is currently in Australia as a recipient of a Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence program.
Kemp is currently exploring the sounds and choreography of trees, dirt, water, human utterances and embodied movement to summon echoes of ancestors and descendants to explore the relationship between civil rights and first peoples water craft as indigenous arts.
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.
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.
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