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
Playwright Anthony D’Juan and actor Peter Story of “This Is How
It Happened” were featured in a live news segment on Fox 40 in
Sacramento. Reporter Sonseeahray Tonsall interviewed the two men
via Zoom and the Fox 40 team included rehearsal footage of
the performance. Special thanks to members of the UC Davis’
Dept. of Theatre and Dance’s production team Megan Kimura and
Patrick O’Reilly for providing the rehearsal footage. Free
performances are Oct. 15 and 16 at 5 p.m.
Associate Professor Margaret Laurena Kemp was part of the
distinguished ensemble reading scenes from Tony
Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic “Angels in America”
organized to benefit amfAR’s Fund to Fight COVID-19. The
performance was broadcast on Oct. 8 and the free 60-minute
livestream is available on
Broadway.com’s YouTube channel.
Graduate student Danielle Levin performs an international
dramatic reading from an award-winning novel, “Bérénice 1934–44:
An Actress in Occupied Paris,” on Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. (EDT)/11 a.m.
(PDT). The reading will be followed by discussion with
author Isabelle Stibbe and translators Zack Rogow and Renée