Anna DeNoia is the creator of the new musical Open,
Stay; which be will be presented by the Department of
Theatre and Dance in June. In addition, she will participate in a
panel discussion about new works on May 4.
The 180 Series of courses provide exciting practical instruction
and participation in all aspects of theatrical and dance
production. Whether you are exploring these courses as a
Theatre & Dance Major, Minor, or are simply an interested
non-affiliated student, you will find passionate people working
to create art and tell stories on stage. We invite you to
join us at this link.
Emile Rappaport (B.A., theatre and dance, ‘19) works in
video production for the Los Angeles based Zach
King Team which specializes in making short, high
concept videos that are shared onto Tik Tok, Instagram, and
YouTube, though Rappaport originally arrived in L.A. to
pursue an acting career.
We are dismayed at the recent racist violence, and murders, in
Atlanta, and across the country, against Asian and Asian-American
people and women in particular. We recognize that this is part of
an ongoing regime of racism and violence and denounce it.
We stand in solidarity with those working against racism in
our communities, workplaces, government, and cultural
As Artists and Educators in Theatre, Dance, and Performance we
unequivocally condemn the historically rooted and pervasive
racist murders of African Americans and other people of color by
police in the United States and globally. We acknowledge these
most recent examples are not unique. We acknowledge this plague
is systemic and extends beyond the police. We cannot function as
a society, nor as a learning institution, in a context where
people of color cannot walk, jog, drive, talk, or even sleep in
their homes safely without fear of being murdered by the state.
We certainly cannot teach our craft, which is by its very nature
a living and breathing engagement with all people, without
denouncing this violence, and the hateful rhetoric that fuels it.
Professor Margaret Laurena Kemp, chair of theatre and dance,
will direct Remote
Theatre’s forthcoming production which is a
mixed-reality piece inspired by the late Obie-award winning
playwright Ntozake Shange’s coming of age novel,
Liliane. The production, titled Your Mind,
Girls, is set to launch in early 2024 in the San Francisco
Alumna Kara Branch (M.F.A., dramatic arts, ‘11) has received a
2023 Drama Desk Award nomination for her costume design for
According to the Chorus, presented off-Broadway in New
York by the New Light Theater Project.
Alumnus Hien Huynh (B.A., theatre and dance, ‘15) appears in
Lemongrass & Anise, a performance featuring two
generations of a Vietnamese American family. San Francisco’s
Asian Art Museum presents the work on May 18 at 6:30 p.m.
A stalwart of the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance,
Professor Emeritus John Iacovelli died April 14 at 64. An
award-winning artist, he designed numerous theatrical productions
in regional theaters across the country while maintaining a
distinguished teaching career at UC Davis where he co-created the
Master of Fine Arts program in theatre design.
The Department of Theatre and Dance will present Slate
Please: Auditioning…The Basics! on June 12 in the
Arena Theatre, Wright Hall 6:30-8pm. This free workshop will
cover some of the following: slating, transitions
between audition pieces, consent and boundaries, and
audition attire! The workshop will be lead by UC Davis
alumni Leah Daugherty and Kevin Adamski.