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.”
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
Here is a preview of Gospel According to First Squad which is being its regional premiere at UC Davis. Production runs September 29 through October 8 at Wright Hall’s Arena Theatre. All photos are by Huan Yu, copyright UC Davis
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. Browse through this photo gallery for a look at some highlights from our imaginative collection of costumes.
For additional information or to set up an appointment, please contact Roxanne Femling at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-752-0740.
UC Davis Theatre and Dance professor Margaret Laurena Kemp performed her three-part performance art piece, Untitled Project Involving Bodies, Dirt, and Space, in the Arboretum, May 7-8, 2016. The work was directed by Ph.D. candidate Lisa Quoresimo. The photos are courtesy of UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, copyright UC Davis.
Russia’s past and present mingle in UC Davis production of Gogol’s satire
Nikolai Gogol’s “The Government Inspector” — a savage satire from 1836, involving rampant greed and corruption in Czarist Russia — is one of those plays that you read about in history books, but seldom get to see on stage.
Americans still read the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky and Leo Tolstoy (who came after Gogol), and the great plays Anton Chekhov wrote between 1896 and 1904 are still staged in these parts (witness the Art Theater of Davis production of “Uncle Vanya” this fall).
The UC Davis Theatre and Dance Department welcomes back alumna Patricia Miller to direct the biting satire “The Government Inspector.” It will be performed Nov. 12-22 at the Main Theatre in Wright Hall.
“The Light & Dark Arts: A Radical Magic Show” at the University of California, Davis, looks closely at the ways in which secrets are embodied in today’s society, drawing parallels between magic acts and issues such as economic manipulation, political deception, vanishing resources and social transformation.
This student-centric performance by the Department of Theatre and Dance is directed by Aaron Gach, Granada Artist-In-Residence. The production pulls back the curtain and illuminates the most shadowed corners of today’s real-world theatre of conflict.
The UC Davis’ Department of Theatre and Dance’s winter production of Woyzeck is set to open on Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. The production will run through March 8 in the main theatre at Wright Hall.
The play, written by German dramatist Georg Büncher, tells the story of the eponymous protagonist, Franz Woyzeck, a working class man who deals with psychological trauma. The story explores themes of class, violence and the fragility of the human psyche. The Theatre Department’s Granada Artist-in-Residence, Bob McGrath, will direct Neil LaBute’s adaptation of Woyzeck.
Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Woyzeck”
UC Davis’ ‘Woyzeck’ features madness, murder
Special to The Enterprise
February 13, 2015
Neil LaBute’s intriguing adaptation of Georg Büchner’s “Woyzeck” will be presented by the UC Davis department of theater and dance Feb. 26-March 8 on the Main Stage of Wright Hall. “Woyzeck” is a theatrical examination of a young man who is abused by a power structure that dehumanizes him, driving him to madness and murder.
Department of Theatre and Dance presents ‘The Fantasticks’
University Talent To Perform Holiday Musical
Written By By JASON PHAM — Arts@Theaggie.Org
Published On November 25, 2014
Filed Under Arts, Front Page Story, Top Stories
On Dec. 4, the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance will debut its fall musical, The Fantasticks, at Wyatt Theatre. The musical is directed by staff member Kathy Morison and will mark the department’s first holiday-themed production.
The UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance 2014-15 season presents three productions directed by internationally renowned Granada Artists-in-Residence, three student showcases, as well as unticketed ITDP (Institute for Theatre, Dance and Performance) programs which open up the artistic process to the community. The new season also brings the 14th Annual UC Davis Film Festival—a co-production with Cinema and Digital Media, Art Studio and the Department of Design as well as the Main Stage Dance Theatre production being put on in the Spring.
The UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance will host The Grapes of Wrath Symposium on Friday, March 7, to explore John Steinbeck’s work directly as well as the larger social, cultural and historical issues it raises, while celebrating this 75th anniversary year since the publication of the epic novel. The symposium, open to the public and free-of-charge, will be held in Lab A at Wright Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
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.