Brice Hilburn, class 2016, currently serves an electrician for Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC.
Dramatic Art – Graduated just before the transition to Theatre and Dance
2) Did you do any research/projects in your time as a Theatre major?
“Yeah. I focused in lighting design at UCD and had the opportunity to light ‘Outside the Lines 1, 2, 3′ during its first iteration as well as all associated projects, including Raissa Simpson’s MFA Thesis project, ‘Dancing in Sepia’ and David Grenke’s ‘Humpty Dumpty.’ David d’Olimpio (‘17) and I shared design responsibilities on the 1st and 3rd ‘Outside the Lines,’ which was really great because we had one another to talk to about choices, techniques, and design concepts while we worked through our pieces. This project was unique because it spanned the entire year and involved revisiting older designs and developing projects, which allowed for a lot of depth of study. I enjoyed it quite a bit and recommend it to future Lighting Design Majors. I especially recommend it if you can find a partner to collaborate with as it made it a whole lot more fun.”
3) Did you have any internships or other jobs during college?
“Yes! I worked as the lighting assistant at Music Circus for three years, starting after my 2nd year. Working there was invaluable. It was my entrance into professional theater and taught me quite a bit about lighting design and execution for musicals on a tight timeline. It also was an incredible opportunity to work with and learn from professional designers who really know their stuff. I highly recommend seeing some shows there during the summer or interning for them if you can.”
4) Did you travel while you were a student or after you graduated?
“Yes and no. I traveled around the Bay area for lighting design/assistant work the year after graduation and now I live in Washington DC (which I never expected). But I didn’t make any grand trips out of the country. I really should.”
5) Have you had any internships/apprenticeships/other jobs after graduating?
“Yes! I currently work in Washington DC for Shakespeare Theatre Company as the Electrician/Lighting Programmer for Sydney Harman Hall. I have learned A LOT here in the last year.”
6) Where is your hometown, and where are you located now?
“I’m from San Diego, but really feel like Sacramento has become my hometown. Many of my friends and even some of my family now are there. So going home means going to Sacramento.”
7) Anything else to add?
“Be patient, thoughtful, and remember to stretch.”
What was your major(s)? “Double majored in English/Theatre and Dance.”
Did you do any research/projects in your time as a Theatre major? “I wrote a one-act play for the Dead Arts Society student theatre club with Professor Rossini advising. I was assistant director ’Do Not Obey’ for Margaret Laurena Kemp and Lisa Quoresimo. I performed in 6 department shows, including ‘Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet.’”
Did you have any internships or other jobs during college? “I had an internship through the English department as they developed ‘Play the Knave,’ an interactive Shakespeare-performance game.”
Did you travel while you were a student or after you graduated? “I studied abroad in London for two weeks over winter break.”
Have you had any internships/apprenticeships/other jobs after graduating? “Since leaving UC Davis, I worked as an apprentice at Capital Stage in Sacramento for a year. I now work for a solar panel company and at Big Idea Theatre in Sacramento.”
“In my last quarter at UC Davis, I was cast at Davis Shakespeare Ensemble for their summer repertory. I have worked consistently with them, and this will be my third season when I return in the fall. During the run of those, my first season I was accepted into the Capital Stage Apprenticeship Program and started that at the end of August 2016.”
Where is your hometown, and where are you located now? “I grew up in Santa Cruz, CA and now live in Sacramento.”
Advice? “Work hard, play fair, and try to keep a sense of humor about yourself. It’s a tough business but if you want it, you’ll make it happen somehow.”
UC Davis students and alumni are working alongside each other at this summer’s Davis Shakespeare Festival.
Charlie Lavaroni, student in the Department of Theatre and Dance, is appearing in various roles in the musical comedy “On the 20th Century” which is directed by the festival’s co-artistic director Gia Battista, a Theatre and Dance alumna.
The California Arts Council, a state agency, announced that it plans to award $2,500 to a collaborative effort between the City of Davis, DJUSD, and the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance as part of its Professional Development grants program.
Broadway veteran Mindy Cooper, professor of theatre, has directed the popular 1930s musical comedy “Me and My Girl” for San Francisco’s 42nd Street Moon Theatre. The production runs through May 20 at the Gateway Theatre.
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.
Here are publicity photographs and set model for the upcoming production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. The Tony Award-winning comedy plays the Main Theatre, Wright Hall, Feb. 23-25 and Mar. 2-4, Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Feb. 25 and Mar. 4.
Publicity photos by Huan Yu, copyright UC Davis, Set model photo by John Iacovelli, copyright UC Davis
Here are publicity photographs and design concepts for the upcoming production of The Shape of Things. The contemporary drama plays the Lab A Theatre, Wright Hall, Jan. 19-21 and 26-28, Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Jan. 21 and 28.
Publicity photos by Huan Yu, copyright UC Davis, Set model photos by Elizabeth Kang, copyright UC Davis
This is the second event of a three-part dance series that brings the audience into the performance process. The unique formatting of this show provides the viewer an opportunity to see works in various stages of conception and development. Follow the evolution of an artist over the course of the year or watch new choreographers put their work on display; there will be new choreography from the students featured in the last series, as well as new students presenting dance works.
A dynamic contemplation of human existence in time provides the context for a remarkable evening of movement when the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance presents Time Is Passing By, created by the distinguished choreographer John Jasperse.
After a successful 2017 launch, the Ground & Field Theatre Festival (GFTF) at UC Davis returns to introduce new stage works. Co-produced by the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance and the Theatre and Dance Ensemble, the festival’s public performances take place Oct. 4-6 in the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre.
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