Volume 18, 27 | May 19, 2020
Spring Week 8 NEWSLETTER
Week 8 - May 18-22, 2020
Department News
Introducing Our Theatre & Dance Spring 2020 Virtual Studio!
This spring, all department productions will be presented via an online performance platform. We are so thrilled to unveil the Theatre & Dance Spring 2020 Virtual Studio , which will act as your online gateway to all of these upcoming virtual performances!

Our Spring 2020 Virtual Studio hosts more information about our upcoming online productions of Mr. Burns, a post-electric play  (June 2 - 6) and New Directions: Experimental Dance & Digital Performance (June 4 - 6). You can reserve tickets for those virtual productions through links in this newsletter, below.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information and updates about our upcoming LAB productions, which are listed below and will also be hosted on the Spring 2020 Virtual Studio .

Happy virtual theatregoing!
Help Us Celebrate the UC San Diego MFA Design Class of 2020 at the National Design Portfolio Review!
On Friday, May 22nd from 10am - 7pm EDT , our recently graduated MFA Design Class of 2020 will be featured as part of the National Design Portfolio Review .

The featured graduates are Chris Flagstad , Dorottya Vincze (Costume Design); Justin Beets , Mextly Couzin (Lighting Design); Hsi-An Chen , Samuel Keamy Minor (Scenic Design); Stephen Jensen , and MaeAnn Ross (Sound Design).

According to Professor Robert Brill , Head of Design: "NDPR is an introduction of talented, emerging designers to the industry and is a celebration of our profession. Traditionally held in New York, this year's event will be presented for the first time virtually, and you are invited to view their work as they gather with nine other participating universities!"

"The virtual portfolio review offers industry leaders and other interested professionals the opportunity to schedule one-on-one appointments with the designers via zoom. Our designers may have limited availability for zoom appointments on the day of the event, but will have availability the following week."

Click here to learn more about the NDPR and to book an appointment!
Upcoming Productions & Events
What would you do if the world was ending? When chaos roams the earth, you can either tie yourself to the bit of light left or fall into the darkness. Separated from your loved ones, you hold a notebook with you that lists all the people you are searching for. Maybe you're not searching. Maybe you just want to know they're alive. You and a group of people from across the country find yourselves recollecting an episode from The Simpsons , finding comfort through connection. What will you do to preserve the past and create a new future? 
Ground-breaking and innovative digital dance created by undergraduate dance students during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place era. New Directions Experimental Dance and Digital Performance is the first of its kind and will pave the way for future dance-making in our digital future. 
Featured 2020 Virtual LAB Production:

V I R A L

A lovely night at the movies turns into a nightmare. Quarantine can't help you when everything goes VIRAL!

May 25 @ 6pm Pacific/8pm Central/9pm Eastern/9am Shanghai 

Upcoming 2020 Virtual LAB Productions*:
Dial Q for Quarantine
The Purell family has a problem. They've been quarantined since the beginning of the pandemic, and now someone has broken quarantine and their beloved dog, Chalice, is missing. So, they've hired a detective to get to the bottom of things. 
May 31 @ 12pm EST

Drive-In: a salon showcasing the work of the Costume Designers
Let’s all go to the movies and enjoy a treat: the visual worlds that Euihyun, Daniella, and Natalie have been creating while socially distancing. How do we showcase the body in the virtual world? Join us as we share and discuss our work as storytellers. 
June 5 @ 5pm

Piece in the Pandemic
A choose your own adventure in a virtual setting about living in quarantine at a social distance. 
June 6 @ 7:30pm

The Gathering
The Gathering is an ultra secret society whose purpose has been shrouded in mystery for millennia. All that is known is that somehow they are awakened to action when humanity is most in need of saving. Only a select few will be chosen for fellowship. Will you be brave enough to accept and rescue humanity before it's too late? 
June 10 @ 7:30pm & June 11 @ 7:30pm 

Richard II Solo Project
A short video bringing together a number of speeches and the deposition scene from Shakespeare's Richard II. Exploring how to carry this story with just one actor, focusing on Richard as a character, and the journey of these specific speeches within the play. 
June 11 @ 7:30pm 

The Museum of You: An Audio Guide
Plug in your headphones, press play, and walk us through your space as we walk you through the museum. Take part in a few Institute-Approved Exercises, rediscover the life inside the objects around you, and empower yourself to see your space with fresh eyes. We hope you enjoy your visit. 
June 12 @ 6pm

Do the Stars Gaze Back
On an outpost deep in outer space, a mysterious emergency forces everyone to flee in their individual escape pods. Drifting alone in space, gazing at the stars, yearning for human connection. Is there anybody out there? Do the stars gaze back? 
June 12 @ 7:30pm 

Virtual Meeting: Finger me through the screen.
The central theme of this variety piece revolves around taboo and catharsis and examines the societal significance of taboo and peoples’ fascination with it. Taboo attracts an intrinsic curiosity; if you forbid someone from doing something, they wonder what would happen if they did. The mysterious and deviant nature of taboo entices people and the goal of this piece is to capture its essence. The piece utilizes and embraces a 2D medium while incorporating video art to supplement movement elements. 
June 13 @ 8pm 

UCSD Chicanx Teatro Ensemble & Mobile Theater Unit
Looking at works/pieces created for mobile phones. But could be live and/or recorded as we develop the work, but anticipating those being via phones 
TBD

Tangible Scores 
TBD 

*All LAB dates and information subject to change. Stay updated on all performance information by visiting our online Spring 2020 Virtual Studio . We will also continue to update information in our upcoming newsletters -- so keep your eyes peeled!
Save The Date:
Theatre & Dance Undergraduate Graduation

Friday, June 5th, 2020
5:00pm

Streamed live at the link below. More information to follow soon.
Faculty & Alumni News
Professor Jennifer Chang Featured in La Jolla Playhouse's Ancient
Acting faculty member Jennifer Chang is currently featured in La Jolla Playhouse's digital Without Walls (WOW) production of Ancient , created by Mike Sears and Lisa Berger.

Ancient is a Playhouse-commissioned video installation that explores the relationship between repetition and meditation, the routine and the ancient. With an original score composed by Shawn Rohlf for cello, piano and guitar, text by Rainer Maria Rilke, and a company of nine actors, Ancient invites the audience to observe an unfolding of day-to-day tasks that have been in play for centuries. An opportunity to experience nothing happening – and everything happening. A reminder that we have been here before and that somehow, we go on.

Click here to learn more and to watch the production.
Alumna Kiersten Van Horne Produces Futuristic Snowpiercer on TNT
MFA acting alumna Kiersten Van Horne is the co-executive producer and writer of Snowpiercer which premiered Sunday, May 17th on TNT.

Set over seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. The show stars Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly and Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs.

Click here to learn more about Snowpiercer, now playing on TNT every Sunday at 9pm ET.
Alumnus Dohn Norwood Shines in Hightown on Starz 
MFA acting alumnus Dohn Norwood is featured in the cast of Hightown , which premiered Sunday, May 17th on STARZ.

Set in the world of beautiful but bleak Cape Cod, Hightown tells the story of one woman's journey to sobriety, which is overshadowed by a murder investigation dragging her into its fold.

Click here to learn more about Hightown , now playing on STARZ every Sunday at 8pm ET.
Artist Resources
Need Help? Visit the COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resource Page
The COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resource webpage is an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines. It is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.

Click here to visit the webpage and to learn more.
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Sincerely, UC San Diego Theatre & Dance