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Alumni Update, July 2018

Brice Hilburn, class 2016, currently serves an electrician for Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC.

1) Major(s)?
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.”



 

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Leah Daugherty, class 2016

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.”



 

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