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 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.
Kristin Orlando (B.A. theatre and math ‘08) and the New Jersey
Symphony Orchestra won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award in 2022
for their long-form video of Mozart: Piano Concerto No.
21. She is Vice President of Operations at the NJSO, and in that
capacity, the film company, the orchestra and Orlando
jointly won the award.
Adapting Helon Habila’s The Chibok Girls, this
experimental documentary re-enacts the journey to Chibok to visit
those left behind after the shocking kidnapping of 276 girls from
Chibok Girls School in 2014. Actor Wale Ojo plays Habila
alongside the community in Gombe State, who re-enact the original
interviews. With daring complexity, this film invites audiences
to listen, feel, empathise and meditate on one of the greatest
challenges facing Nigeria today.
Professor L.M. Bogad has been awarded a grant from the Creative Work Fund. The
grants are given to Greater Bay Area artists collaborating with
nonprofit organizations to develop new works of theater,
traditional art, dance, poetry, arts activism and more.
A quartet consisting of two theatre and dance alumni and two
current undergraduate students worked behind the scenes at
California Shakespeare Theater this summer on the company’s
production of Lear, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s
classic tragedy by Marcus Gardley. The students were
supported by Steven Schmidt, lecturer in theatre and dance,
and technical director for Cal Shakes.
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.