As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Professor Larry Bogad has created
Plague,” a podcast series that not only explores the pandemic
but also our nation’s homemade plagues created by human
A book focusing on using theatre techniques for protest
by a UC Davis professor of theatre and an associate
professor’s collaboration about artist-made tools that
resist algorithmic racism have recently been included in the news
and social media coverage during the nation’s current period of
UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance Costume Shop Director
Roxanne Femling will retire on July 1. An alumna, Femling who
received her B.A. in dramatic art (costume design and
construction) in 1983, joined the department staff in Sept. 1999.
Members across the Department of Theatre and Dance have created
and contributed to the urgent need of face masks during this
pandemic. They have taken out their sewing machines and searched
through their homes for materials in order to make masks.
UC Davis alum Dahlak Brathwaite (B.A. English and theatre and
dance, ‘08) is a spoken-word poet, musician, actor, playwright
and writer. Associate Professor Margaret Laurena Kemp is
pleased to announce that he has joined the creative
team of “Antigone NOW” as spoken-word artist.
Broadway and London theatre veterans, designers, graduate
and undergraduate students are coming together to bring life to
the award-winning comic adventure “Peter and the Starcatcher.”
The cast has begun rehearsals and the shops are busy
building the scenery and costumes for the show. Scenic designer
Samantha Reno and costume designer Kikyou Yan have shared their
renderings to give you a preview of the production. The winter
quarter production will be performed Feb. 27-29 and March 5-7 in
the Main Theatre.
Here is a look at the lineup of villains’ costumes featured in
The Enchanted Cellar Clearance Sale. The two-day event is Oct. 18
& 19 in the Arena Theatre, Wright Hall. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. All
photos by Justin Han, copyright UC Regents.
The Enchanted Cellar, the costume rental service operated by the
UC Davis College of Letters and Science’s Department of Theatre
and Dance, is closing. All rental costumes will be sold Oct. 18
and 19 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Arena Theatre, Wright Hall.
There will also be a silent auction of the most popular rental
costumes and drawings to win film-inspired character costumes at
3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on each day. Drawing tickets are $5 each or
three for $13.
Professor John Iacovelli shares his photographs of his set models
for the South Coast Repertory Theatre’s production of “Sweeney
Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” The production runs in
Costa Mesa Jan. 19 through Feb. 16.
John Iacovelli, professor of theatre and dance at UC Davis,
and alum Kent Nicholson are collaborating on the South Coast
Repertory Theatre’s upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim and
Hugh Wheeler’s award-winning musical “Sweeney Todd, The
Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Iacovelli is scenic
designer and Nicholson is the dark musical’s director.
These are the scenes from the script of “Flora the Red Menace”
that will be used in the auditions. Please click the link for a
specific character’s material. Characters may have more than one
scene, so please read all of their scenes.
Learn how to dig into a screenplay and mine the gold necessary to
have an audition that stands out. Explore options on how to get a
foot in the TV/Film/Webisode world and find out ways to use
social media to increase your chances.
UC Davis alumni are working alongside each other in a bilingual
production of Dr. Seuss’s beloved classic “A Cat in the Hat/El
Gato Ensombrerado” at the Bay Area Children’s Theatre in
Maria Castro serves as the show’s production manager, while
Jennifer Vega plays the role of The Fish/El Pez. Alumna and
lecturer Michele Apriña Leavy is the production’s Movement
Director (Directora de Movimiento).
UC Davis students and alumni are working alongside each other at
this summer’s Davis Shakespeare Festival.
Charlie Lavaroni, student in the Department of Theatre and Dance,
is appearing in various roles in the musical comedy “On the
20th Century” which is directed by the festival’s
co-artistic director Gia Battista, a Theatre and Dance alumna.
This year’s “Arts and Humanities Graduate Exhibition at UC Davis”
showcases the work and research of graduate students across
seven disciplines — art studio, design, art history, music,
theatre, creative writing and French — at the Manetti Shrem
Broadway veteran Mindy Cooper, professor of theatre, has directed
the popular 1930s musical comedy “Me and My Girl” for San
Francisco’s 42nd Street
Moon Theatre. The production runs through May 20 at the
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