Lyn Alessandra, class 2016, currently serves as a stage management assistant at Broadway at Music Circus in Sacramento.
What was your major? Major Theatre & Dance, double minor in French and Managerial Economics.
Did you travel? Studied abroad: France
Any research or projects during your time as a student here? Lyn did the Honors project in her senior year: scenic, costume, and bit of lighting design of French play that she studied in France. She took a stage direction class, focusing on a Moliere play, so she thought to design it since she did direction for it.
Courses/Activities in Theatre Dept? Lyn stage managed mostly, but also took classes in every other area of production/theater. She worked through college as a peer advisor and a company manager, then during the summers working at various places
What did you enjoy about the honors project? The Honors project was different because it was all her design. Since it was not assigned to her, it was all her choice and she was able to spend valuable time learning from Maggie Morgan and John Iacovelli. “Faculty connections are very important.”
“It’s your education, take charge if it. Push yourself and reach out to the faculty, and build a connection with them. Make it your own, try to create opportunities for yourself.”
Any internships/apprenticeships/jobs after college? Right after graduation, Lyn worked at Music Circus as a microphone dresser. From that opportunity, she was able to become Production Assistant/ASM at McCoy Rigby in Los Angeles; from there came back to Sacramento, and worked at the Sacramento Theatre Company. She worked at Music Circus again last summer, then moved to Dallas for an apprenticeship for 7 months, which was a production apprenticeship that focused on stage management. She was a Production Assistant for most shows, but she helped build the sets for one show.
How did you get to work at Music Circus? “I applied to be a Stage Management Assistant.” But the Circus had hired two Equity stage managers, so she took whatever they had for that summer. From working as a microphone dresser, she got to know them, and next year she asked if there was an opening in stage management.
How was the move to Dallas for this apprenticeship? “I rented an apartment blindly. I knew nothing about Dallas,” but she talked to people about any tips on living there. She just packed up and left for her apprenticeship when she received the opportunity.
What did you take away from your internships experience? From Dallas, she learned more about her own stage management style, and was able to learn new ways of doing things, as they differ from city to city, state to state.
What made you like stage managing? “I had so much fun figuring everything out myself – stage management’s what I want to do.” [As a stage manager,] you need to be able to talk to every person, to every department, and know their jargon.”
“I don’t care what I’m doing, I just always want to be in the theater.”
Did you do any other jobs while working in theatre? She had a side job of dog walking to help with extra bills, then she started selling dog bandanas – “Bark in Style Bandanas,” (check out her Instagram if interested). She also worked briefly in the restaurant industry, in retail, and took a bartender class just in case. But in theatre, she knew she wanted to be a part of Equity, so she pulled a list of every theater in the country that offered Equity points, and considered where she’d be willing to move to work for those Equity points. She wants touring experience before obtaining the Equity title.
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.”
Music, art, design and theatre come together at UC Davis on a single day through exhibitions, performances and events. On Oct. 4, the College of Letters and Science’s arts programs showcase the diversity of the university’s performing and visual arts in a series of free events.
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 email@example.com 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.