Volume 18, 15 | January, 27. 2020
Winter Week 4 NEWSLETTER
Department News
Week 4 - Jan 27- Jan 31, 2020
MFA Dance Thesis: An Object, Screaming in the Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre , February 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30pm
A statement on the performance from director Paulina Colmenares: 

"An Object, Screaming  is an evening length collaborative and experimental dance performance that originates in a prolonged meditation on the epistemic and spiritual nature of the creative act. The work presents itself as a fragmented and porous field of information that in essence remains attached to ambiguity and contradiction. The object is the thing that gets constructed and approached diligently - but the object is fluid and alive -. The scream is the epiphanic poetic claim. The piece attempts to articulate aesthetic and affective experiences of the ineffable and thus approximate complexity, embodied philosophy and contemplation."

For more information about this performance or to secure your tickets, click the link below.

PhD Faculty Starts Off 2020 With a New Publication
Congratulations to Professor of History & Theory Dr. Emily Roxworthy on the publication of her new text from Routledge.

"The Theatrical Professoriate: Contemporary Higher Education and Its Academic Dramas  examines how the Western professoriate increasingly finds itself enacting command performances that utilize scripting, characterization, surrogation, and spectacle—the hallmarks of theatricality—toward neoliberal ends. Roxworthy explores how the theatrical nature of today’s professoriate and the resultant glut of performances about academia on stage and screen have contributed to a highly ambivalent public fascination with academia."

Mark Your Calendar for All of Our Winter 2020 Performance Opportunities
An Object, Screaming MFA Dance Thesis II
Show dates: February 6, 7 & 8 @ 7:30pm

Much Ado About Nothing
Preview: February 10 @ 7:30pm
Show dates: February 12, 13, 14 & 15 @ 7:30pm, February 15 @ 2pm

I ronbound
Show dates: February 14 & 15

LAB/Winter 2020
a laboratory of exploratory works
Show dates: Weeks 6-11 of Winter Quarter
Ticketing info TBD

Orestes 2.0 by Charles Mee
Preview: February 26 @ 7:30pm
Show dates: February 28 & 29, March 6 & 7 @ 7:30pm, February 29 @ 2pm

winterWORKS 2020 a dance performance  
Show dates: March 12, 13 & 14 @ 7:30pm

For more information about most of these performances or to purchase tickets, click the link below. Note that info for comps for Ironbound is listed above and ticketing information on the LAB/Winter 2020 is TBD.

Happening Around Campus
ArtPower Event: A.I.M by Kyle Abraham, Jan 30, 2020 at 8:00 pm
" The mission of A.I.M is to create an evocative interdisciplinary body of work. Born into hip-hop culture in the late 1970s and grounded in Kyle Abraham’s artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano, and the visual arts, the goal of the movement is to delve into identity in relation to a personal history. The work entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, human behavior and all things visual in an effort to create an avenue for personal investigation and exposing that on stage."

Date and Time; Jan 30, 2020 at 8:00 pm
Location: Balboa Theatre
Event Registration: Registration for this event is required.
Event Fee: $30–50.

For Information or tickets to this event, click the link below.

Guest Lecture: Performance Artist, Nao Bustamante, Feb 3 at 6:00 pm
Join the UC San Diego Department of Ethnic Studies for this Guest Lecture by world renowned performance artist and academic Nao Bustamante in the Visual Arts Facility's Perfomrance Space. Bustamante is Associate Professor and Vice Dean of Art at the USC Roski School of Art and Design, her work encompasses performance art, video installation, visual art, filmmaking, and writing.

For information about registering, please click the link below.

Alumni News
If you have news to share please send it to us at tanddnews@ucsd.edu and we'll post in subsequent newsletters. Photos are encouraged.
Crip Camp , the documentary by sound designer Jim LeBrecht, BA opened the Sundance Film Festival this past week
Congratulations to Jim LeBrecht, BA, on left in picture. Jim's documentary Crip Camp Opened the 2020 Sundance Film Festival last night. Crip Camp was executive produced by Michelle & Barack Obama.

Jim LeBrecht is a disability-rights activist, film and theatre sound designer, and author. He is the founder of Berkeley Sound Artists, a well-known audio post-production house.

For more information about Crip Camp , click the link below.

Lisa Velten Smith, MFA, Pittsburgh Performer of the Year!
Congratulations to MFA acting alumna  Lisa Velten Smith . who was honored as the 2019 Pittsburgh performer of the year. Pittsburgh gets it right!

To read the full article, click the link below

Suzie Agins, MFA, a Theatre Person you should know.
MFA directing alumna  Suzanne Agins  is a theatre person you should get to know

Also in this group Teresa Sapien and Lamar Perry. Teresa was the LJP casting director for the last half dozen years. Lamar will be directing a Wagner New Year Play Festival show this year.

Alumni gathering in NYC at the conclusion of the NY MFA acting auditions
Monday, January 20, 2020, there was a wonderful alumni gathering in NYC hosted by Professors  Ursula Meyer  & Stephen Buescher. The gathering marked the completion of the NYC MFA acting auditions.

So great to see everyone there. Actors, Directors, Designers, Stage Managers & Playwrights all gathered to connect and chat. Keep an eye out for another possible gathering in April when the Actor Showcase is in town.
A Special Thanks to the Alumni Who Spoke at Auditions
The final two days of last weeks NYC MFA auditions were lucky to have alumni come to talking to the potential class of 2023. On day 4 of 5 MFA acting alumni  DeLeon Dallas  &  Brad Fleischer  came for the talkback,

Day 5 of 5 featured MFA acting alumni  Yonatan Gebeyehu Johnny Wu  &  Tom Patterson  

What a great showing of alumni at the MFA NYC auditions. Thank you, all!
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