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.
Noah VanderVeer-Harris was a member of the 2019 GFTF ensemble
while also serving as the publicity intern for the Department of
Theatre and Dance during the same period. He appeared in the
festival’s production of the new musical Fat Kid Rules the
World. Noah shares his insight into why you should be a
member of GFTF which has been re-branded as Catalyst: A Think
Undergraduate student Stephen Miller, who left in 1985, has
returned to UC Davis to complete his bachelors degree. As a
student in Granada artist in residence Jacqueline Goldfinger’s
class, Principles of Playwrighting, Miller recently submitted a
proposal to Sacramento
Theatre Company’s New Works Play Festival which was
accepted and will be produced as a staged reading.
Professor Larry Bogad, theatre and dance chair, is the artistic
director and producer of the project Delivering
Democracy. The troupe, which has been focused in the
battleground state of Pennsylvania, features dancing
mailboxes/ballot drop boxes and has entertaining folks by dancing
to a reworked version of the pop tune “Please Mr. Postman” and
distributing accurate voter information.
Alumnus Joe Schupbach (MFA, dramatic art, ‘19) has recently
launched Mirepoix Podcast. The project is an
interview-based journey through food, family, and culture via the
lens of food practice and tradition. Schupbach started publishing
episodes in August and the podcast has already been streamed over
one thousand times in nine different countries.
“[re: CLICK],” an innovative contemporary drama spotlighting five
students who struggle with their identity in the digital age,
marks a new collaboration between the UC Davis Department of
Theatre and Dance and the American Music Theatre Project at
The free performances Dec. 9, 10 and 12 at 7 p.m. (PST)/9 p.m.
(CST) can be accessed at re-click.ucdavis.edu.