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.
Erika Chong Shuch is a performance maker, choreographer and
director whose topic-driven ruminations coalesce into imagistic
assemblages of music, movement, text, and design. Interested
in expanding ideas around how performance is created and shared,
Shuch’s work has been performed in city halls, theaters,
industrial offices spaces, diners, parking lots and food
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
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.
Ranked: The Musical, which was developed in part at UC
Davis through Catalyst Theatre/Ground and Field Theatre Festival,
is the subject of a documentary film My So-Called High School
Rank, produced by HBO. The film was recently presented at
DOC5 Film Fest in Menlo Park, CA, and is making the rounds at
numerous festivals this fall including the
Woodstock Film Festival.
Tom Munn, professor emeritus of theatre and dance, died on June
24 at 78. He was a pillar of the UC Davis Department of Theatre
and Dance, where he co-created the M.F.A. program in theatre,
design. An acclaimed designer in the San Francisco Bay Area, he
designed lighting and scenery for the San Francisco Opera for
nearly a quarter century.
The Department of Theatre and Dance will present The Musical of
Musicals (The Musical!) June 7-10 in the Vanderhoef Studio
Theatre, Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing
Arts. Performances begin at 7 p.m.