Volume 18, 16 | February, 3. 2020
Winter Week 5 NEWSLETTER
Department News
Week 5 - Feb 3- Feb 7, 2020
MFA Dance Thesis: An Object, Screaming OPENS This Week in the Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre , February 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30pm
An Object, Screaming is Paulina Colmenares' Thesis Production:

Paulina Colmenares is a Mexican artist and dancemaker born and raised in the southern city of Oaxaca. She holds a B.F.A in Dance from Universidad de las Americas Puebla. She has shared her choreographic work throughout many different independent and institutional venues and international dance festivals in Mexico and San Diego, CA. Her work has been commissioned several times by the State Council for Culture and Arts in the City of Puebla Mexico, and she is currently a recipient of the FINBA/CONACYT Mexican National Fellowship for international graduate studies in fine arts.

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

Exploring Much Ado About Nothing with Director Will Jones
Fifth-year PhD Will Jones shared his thoughts on his upcoming production of Much Ado About Nothing which plays this month in the Mandell Weiss Forum .

"To me  Much Ado  is a play about the lies we tell each other. The little white lies we tell to help a friend, the lies we tell to get what we want, or the lies we tell ourselves to make life a little brighter. In the same way, one of the greatest gifts that theatre has to offer an audience is the ability to imagine the world differently through storytelling. And what is a story but a lie we agree to believe temporarily? This production interweaves the stories the characters tell in the play with the stories the actors tell on stage in order to embrace the idea that, the fact that its fiction doesn’t make it any less true."

Be sure to secure your tickets now by clicking the link below.

Much Ado About Nothing performs Feb 12 - 15 with Previews on Feb 10.

Ironbound  is an uphill battle. An immigrant woman who gets knocked down but chooses to get back up over and over again, an immigrant man who needs to follow his dreams, a teenage boy who just wants to feel valuable, and a working class man who is fighting to hold onto the person he loves all collide in their search for safety. In this gripping play, Majok   asks us to examine what we are holding on to, who we trust, and how hard are we willing to fight to protect what's important to us
 Ironbound , directed by Emily Moler.

Show dates: February 14 & 15 in the Arthur Wagner Theatre.

Professor Naomi Iizuka named to American Theatre College of Fellows along with MFA Alumni Benny Sato Ambush
Huge congratulations to professor Naomi Iizuka (right) and to Benny Sato Ambush (left) , both MFA alumni!

Naomi & Benny were both named a fellow of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. This is one of the theater world’s highest levels of academic and professional recognition

They will be inducted in April in a ceremony in Washington, DC. Previous fellows include Edward Albee, Lloyd Richards, Kristen Linklater, Ming Cho Lee, Jane Alexander, and professor Jorge Huerta.

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Winter 2020 Performance Opportunities
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
Feb 7–Feb 8, 2020 Cultured Data Symposium Cultured Data Symposium
How can data science and the arts and humanities learn from one another? The growing digitization of the cultural record and the explosion of new data generation, collection, and analysis practices create a new state of cultured data: culture as data, and data as a driver of culture.

The  Cultured Data Symposium  will address how analytic techniques can unveil new understandings of culture and how the proliferation of data in everyday life changes how culture is produced, distributed, and influenced.

Location: Qualcomm Institute and Bread & Salt Warehouse

For more information or register for this event, click the link below.

Feb 8, 2020–May 3 Illumination: 21st Interactions with Art + Science + Technology
Climate change, global health, and sustainability are some of the most pressing concerns of the 21st century, especially for future generations. 

SDAI’s Illumination is positioned squarely at the intersection of art, science, and technology, and uses these interconnected fields to boost public understanding of contemporary issues and explore solutions, both real and imagined.

In creating this experiential show, 26 artists spin research into art through mediums that range from light, sound, and metal installations to soundscape, textile, and even trees.  

Location: San Diego Art Institute, Balboa Park

Admission for this event is free, for more information or to register, 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.
Jan 20, 2020: Alumni Gathering in NYC
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A nice gathering of alumni in New York City, Monday, January 20, 2020 at the conclusion of the NYC MFA Actors auditions.There were former undergraduates, MFA's in acting, directing, design, playwriting and stage management present as well as professor Ursula Meyer & professor Stephen Buescher and Mark Maltby.
MFA acting alumna Regan Linton addresses challenges on accessibility in the design process.
MFA acting alumna  Regan Linton addresses the challenges and creative opportunities that arise around building accessibility into their design processes .

“The DCPA’s Off-Center joined with Immersive Denver to host a forum for about 75 local immersive theatre practitioners to address the challenges and creative opportunities that arise around building accessibility into immersive experiences. Regan Linton of Phamaly Theatre Company offered these 10 suggestions for how to start to address inclusivity at immersive events. To start, she said, “Create a general sense of welcome that is supportive and helpful to humans of all kinds, rather than dismissive." With a complete photo gallery from the forum. Charlie Miller David Thomas Denver Center for the Performing Arts Patrick Mueller Lydia G. Garcia Carol Krueger American Theatre magazine”

Alumni Involved In Four Of The Eleven NY Times 'Plays & Musicals To See' Last Weekend.
Of the 11 NY Times 'Plays and Musicals to go to this past weekend' at least 4 had Theatre & Dance alumni connections.

Blues for an Alabama Sky with alumnus John-Andrew Morrison , MFA, at keencompany.org where Jonathan Silverstein , MFA, is artistic director.

Cambodian Rock Band, written by alumna Lauren Yee , MFA, at Signature Theatre. Musical direction by Matt MacNelly , MFA,.

Stew , written by Zora Howard , MFA, at Walkerspace.

Timon of Athens at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center featuring Yonatan Gebeyehu , MFA.

The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize has announced 10 Finalists for its prestigious playwriting award, the oldest and largest prize awarded to women playwrights. Judges for the 2020 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize included OBIE Award-winning MFA acting alumna  Quincy Tyler Bernstine . The Winner of the prize is awarded a cash prize of $25,000, and will also receive a signed print by renowned artist Willem de Kooning, created especially for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

A Celebration of Alumnus Andrew Weems at The Theatre For A New Audience
The Theatre for A New Audience will host a celebration of Andrew Weems (1961-2019). Andrew was a beloved MFA acting alumnus from Theatre & Dance.

February 17 at 7:00PM
Polonsky Shakespeare Center
262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217

You can read about the celebration here.

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