Prior to the recent presidential election, Professor Larry Bogad,
Department of Theatre and Dance chair, spent the fall
spearheading the creation of Delivering Democracy, a cohort
of dancing mailboxes first deployed in Pennsylvania in order to
encourage voting by mail. His efforts along with those of other
arts activists are the focus of “The People’s WPA Isn’t Waiting
Around for a Future ‘New Deal’” featured on the KQED
Gin Hammond, a distinguished dialect and vocal coach, will make a
virtual visit in DRA 135 The Expressive Voice on Nov. 18. Taught
by Associate Professor Margaret Laurena Kemp, Hammond is
scheduled to appear 12:40-1:50 p.m. in the class.
Outside of the students in the class, space is limited for this
event. Please email Professor Kemp, email@example.com,
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.
Michele Apriña Leavy (MFA dramatic art, ’94), a lecturer in
theatre and dance, has been honored by UC Davis Continuing and
Professional Education with an Outstanding Service Award for the
academic year 2019-2020 in recognition of her partnership,
service and commitment to continuing education.
During spring quarter 2020, Leavy had to adapt her course,
DRA198-Presentation, Communications, and Collaboration Skills for
International Students which is offered with the UC Davis Global
Studies Program, for online learning due to the pandemic.
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.
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
Theatre Company continues its online radio play series
which features UC Davis students and alumni on air and behind the
scenes. The series, Radio Tuesdays, is pre-recorded and the
plays are available on Bike City’s website.
Professor Margaret Laurena Kemp will discuss the UC Davis
Department of Theatre and Dance’s 2018 production of “The Bluest
Eye” as part of a Dragon Con presentation about the use of
puppets in the performance. Kemp co-directed the
The presentation is set for Sept. 5 at 4 p.m. (EDT)/1 p.m. (PDT)
and can be viewed on Dragon Con’s
Rose Kim, B.A. theatre and dance, ‘18, has recently published her
first book, “25: Before, During and Shortly After,” which is her
raw account of turning 25 and the powerful internal compasses we
are all equipped with for the journey into maturation.
Professor Larry Bogad, theatre and dance chair, has been featured
in a Teen Vogue article “Pranks as Political Activism:
From the Yippies to TikTok,” which spotlights activists
throughout history who have incorporated humor, satire, or irony
into their protests.
Theatre Company has been presenting several short radio
plays over the summer which have featured the talents of UC Davis
students and alumni on air and behind the scenes. The series,
Radio Tuesdays, was pre-recorded and the plays are available on
Bike City’s website.
Associate Professor Margaret Laurena Kemp and spring 2020 Granada
Artist-in-Residence Sinéad Rushe who
co-directed the UC Davis online production of
AntigoneNOW will participate as panel members in this
year’s Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s virtual
Alumna Jasmine Washington, B.A. 2018, has written
Callus, a new production that centers on the racial
disparities in America’s health care system. The new work is
being produced by Art Rat
Theatre which was founded by Rose Kim, B.A. 2018. The
production will be stage managed by undergraduate student Jillian
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
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