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.
Chris Oca (B.A. dramatic art, ’04) has been named production
manager at the Robert and
Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, just ahead of
the building’s 20th-anniversary season. He has worked in various
technical roles for the parent presenting program since the
Directing students in the Department of Cinema and Digital Media
are conducting open auditions for a slate of short fiction films.
Auditions begin on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m. and
extend into the weekend.
Master illusionist and showman Harry Houdini and his obsession
with death take center stage in Death and Harry Houdini,
a new musical that will be presented as a workshop by the UC
Davis Department of Theatre and Dance in conjunction with
Catalyst: A Theatre Think Tank.
The work takes the stage on June 2 and 3 in the Wyatt Pavilion
Theatre at 7 p.m. Performances are free and open to all.