Laurena Kemp, associate professor of theatre and dance, has
been presented with the Forum Article of the Year Award by the
board of the journal Voice and Speech Review (VSR),
the official publication of Voice and Speech Trainers Association
(VASTA). The award was given for Kemp’s article
It Is All about Love. Listen to Me, Y’all. Yeah.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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.
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.
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 L.M. Bogad has
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.
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
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.
22-year-old Matt Gumley is a musician, writer, actor, and
Broadway veteran. He first found his way into New York City’s
theater scene when he played Chip in “Disney’s Beauty and the
Beast “on Broadway at the age of seven, and now he is here with
us at Davis as an instrumental part of the hit new punk rock
musical, “Fat Kid Rules the World.”
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.
The 180 Series of courses provide exciting practical instruction
and participation in all aspects of theatrical and dance
production. Whether you are exploring these courses as a
Theatre & Dance Major, Minor, or are simply an interested
non-affiliated student, you will find passionate people working
to create art and tell stories on stage. We invite you to
join us at this link.
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 acting career.