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WELCOME LETTER

WELCOME TO OUR 2017-18 SEASON! Dear Friends of Theater and Dance, Along with the 2017-18 season, we are thrilled to announce a gift to the Department of one million dollars from John and Jody Arnhold establishing the Arnhold Endowed Theater and Dance Production Fund. Thank you to the Arnholds and all of our generous donors. We could not do what we do without you! The season kicks off with our first ever repertory of two classic masterpieces: the NAKED SHAKES production of King Lear, and Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge. The Fall Dance Concert follows featuring the choreographic work of our excellent senior BFA dance students. Winter abounds with performances starting with an innovative concert by our highly acclaimed resident professional dance company Santa Barbara Dance Theater, The World of Extreme Happiness by our very own playwright-in-residence Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, and the LAUNCH PAD preview production of Anne García-Romero’s Staging the Daffy Dame. Spring brings another wonderful dance concert and our New Works Lab showcasing original plays, fresh choreography, and innovative devised works by select undergraduate and graduate students. We close the season with the timely musical Cabaret. We are proud of our excellent faculty who continue to make significant contributions to the field in the form of nationally and internationally recognized publications and performances, our talented students producing vigorous and engaging work both on and off stage, and our terrific staff who make everything we do possible.

Please join us for our 53rd season!

Risa Brainin, Chair

Christina McCarthy, Vice-Chair


2017-2018

PERFORMANCE SEASON

Two tragedies that rip through the heart of the family: one ancient and timeless, the other distinctly modern and very American. We invite you to experience both Shakespeare’s King Lear and Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge on successive nights, or even both in the same day! See how the themes of family, loss, and power intertwine and echo each other in haunting ways that can only be experienced by seeing them together in this unique repertory opportunity.

a NAKED SHAKES production

KING LEAR BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE DIRECTED BY IRWIN APPEL

In this ninety-minute adaptation, two casts alternate nightly to explore the story of a king igniting a chain reaction of chaos with the simple question: “Tell me my daughters, which of you doth love us most?” In Shakespeare’s great tragedy, King Lear discovers his own humanity and mortality as he teeters on the brink of madness.

NOVEMBER 4-5, 10, 14-15, 19 / 8 PM NOVEMBER 11, 18 / 2 PM PERFORMING ARTS THEATER

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE BY ARTHUR MILLER DIRECTED BY IRWIN APPEL

Set in the mid-1950’s in Red Hook, a dockworker’s community in Brooklyn, A View from the Bridge tells the story of longshoreman Eddie Carbone and a fatal mistake that changes his family forever. This raw, gritty, and explosive story, with its themes of immigration, community, pride, and secret love, remains as relevant today as on the day it opened on October 11, 1956.

NOVEMBER 3, 6, 8-9, 11, 16-18 / 8 PM NOVEMBER 5, 19 / 2 PM PERFORMING ARTS THEATER


FALL DANCE CONCERT CONCERT DIRECTOR CHRISTINA MCCARTHY

This year’s Fall Dance Concert features new and exciting works by senior BFA choreographers exploring themes of suspense and immersion into the unknown, radical definitions of femininity, and perceptions of freedom and incarceration. Fall Dance offers a collaborative space for choreographers and designers. These works showcase the creative interdisciplinary work that is emblematic of our program and our students.

DECEMBER 7-9 / 8 PM DECEMBER 9 / 2 PM HATLEN THEATER

SANTA BARBARA DANCE THEATER ARTISTIC DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER PILAFIAN Continuing its strong record of producing exciting, innovative programs, Santa Barbara Dance Theater offers a new season featuring choreographic explorations of complex human experience and dynamic physical phenomena. Artistic Director Christopher Pilafian brings together award-winning collaborators in choreography, photography, painting, and musical composition to create surprising new works performed by the company’s professional dancers along with apprentices from the Department of Theater and Dance.

JANUARY 12-13, 19-20 / 8 PM JANUARY 21 / 2 PM HATLEN THEATER


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THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS BY FRANCES YA-CHU COWHIG DIRECTED BY DANIEL STEIN

Unwanted from the moment she’s born, Sunny is determined to escape her life in rural China and forge a new identity in the city. As naïve as she is ambitious, Sunny views her new job in a grueling factory as a steppingstone to untold opportunities. When fate casts her as a company spokeswoman at a sham PR event, Sunny’s bright outlook starts to unravel in a series of harrowing and darkly comic events, as she begins to question a system enriching itself by destroying its own people.

FEBRUARY 16-17, 20-24 / 8 PM FEBRUARY 17, 24-25 / 2 PM PERFORMING ARTS THEATER

a LAUNCH PAD preview production

STAGING THE DAFFY DAME BY ANNE GARCÍA-ROMERO DIRECTED BY RISA BRAININ

In the present, on the campus of a California public university, Lupe, a Latinx theatre professor, directs a production of the 1613 Spanish Golden Age comedy, La Dama Boba (The Daffy Dame), by Lope de Vega. Personalities collide onstage and off as the company grapples with the issues of race, class, and gender raised by the play. As opening night approaches, national politics start to invade the personal lives of the company, revealing the question: Can love truly have the power to overcome differences and lead to a new kind of knowledge?

MARCH 2-3, 6-10 / 8 PM MARCH 4, 10-11 / 2 PM STUDIO THEATER


SPRING DANCE CONCERT CONCERT DIRECTOR BRANDON WHITED

This year’s annual Spring Dance Concert offers a student-driven evening of dance featuring new, original works by six choreographers. These capstone choreographic projects by our BFA candidates offer a glimpse into the great variety of approaches existing in the field of contemporary dance. The UCSB Dance Company also takes the stage to perform a new work from its repertoire before embarking on an international tour. A laboratory for creative collaboration, Spring Dance also features visionary costumes and lighting by our design students.

APRIL 12-14 / 8 PM APRIL 14 / 2 PM HATLEN THEATER

NEW WORKS LAB MENTORED BY FRANCES YA-CHU COWHIG, VICKIE J. SCOTT, DANIEL STEIN AND UNA MLADENOVIC

New Works Lab presents original student projects with a year of developmental support culminating in workshop productions in the Studio Theater.

SHOW A MAY 10, 18-19 / 8 PM MAY 12, 20 / 2 PM SHOW B MAY 11-12, 17, 20 / 8 PM MAY 19 / 2 PM STUDIO THEATER


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CABARET BOOK BY JOE MASTEROFF BASED ON THE PLAY BY JOHN VAN DRUTEN AND STORIES BY CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD MUSIC BY JOHN KANDER LYRICS BY FRED EBB DIRECTED BY ANNE TORSIGLIERI Set in Germany on the cusp of the Nazis’ rise to power, this iconic musical resonates in our contemporary world. What happens to a society that sings and dances away its fears, rather than look them in the eye? “There was a cabaret, and there was a master of ceremonies... and there was a city called Berlin, in a country called Germany...and it was the end of the world.” -Joe Masteroff, Cabaret: The Illustrated Book and Lyrics

MAY 25-26, 29-31, JUNE 1-3 / 8 PM MAY 26, JUNE 2-3 / 2 PM PERFORMING ARTS THEATER


2017-2018

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SECOND STAGE PERFORMANCES SENIOR ONE PERSON SHOWS

FALL ONE ACTS

WINTER ONE ACTS

NOVEMBER 17-19 / 8 PM NOVEMBER 18 / 2 PM

FEBRUARY 23-25 / 8 PM FEBRUARY 24 / 2 PM

FRESHMAN DANCE*

UCSB DANCE COMPANY*

DANCE HONORS

MARCH 1 & 2 / 8 PM

MARCH 8 & 9 / 8 PM

MAY 18-20 / 8 PM

PLAYSIA

JUNIORS’ DANCE*

THEATER HONORS

JUNE 6 & 7 / 5 PM JUNE 6 & 7 / 8 PM

JUNE 7 & 8 / 8 PM

MAY 31 / 6 PM

All dates and times are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information please visit theaterdance.ucsb.edu. *TICKETED EVENTS. MORE INFO AT THEATERDANCE.UCSB.EDU

DECEMBER 7 & 8 / 8 PM


LAUNCH PAD Featured in American Theater Magazine as an innovative model of new play development, LAUNCH PAD is a high-tech lab for professional playwrights-in-residence, students, faculty, and guest artists. Led by Artistic Director Risa Brainin, a new play is developed each year culminating in a full-scale “preview production.” A mix of student and professional actors, LAUNCH PAD is collaboration and experimentation in action. Preview Productions provide the missing link in new play development between a reading/workshop and a professional world premiere. LAUNCH PAD also invites playwrights to campus every year for week-long workshops culminating in the Summer Reading Series. Since its inception in 2005, over 20 nationally acclaimed playwrights have participated in this program. Many plays developed through LAUNCH PAD go on to be produced at professional theaters across the country.

SANTA BARBARA DANCE THEATER UC Santa Barbara’s resident professional dance company is a research laboratory within the Department of Theater and Dance, dedicated to the development of choreographic works for performance. Led by Artistic Director Christopher Pilafian, SBDT provides creative and performance opportunities for professional dancers, choreographers, and student apprentices. The company inspires audiences through new and heritage choreographic works, professionally produced. The longest running dance company in the South Coast area, and unique in the UC system, the company has reached over 100,000 audience members, performing throughout California, in China, the Czech Republic, Ireland, and South Korea. SBDT presents annual seasons on campus and in downtown Santa Barbara. 2018 marks the company’s 42nd anniversary.


PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS

THE ODYSSEY PROJECT The Odyssey Project, spearheaded by Michael Morgan, has earned national attention as an innovative outreach performance program. A major component of the department’s Theater and Community concentration, the project brings together incarcerated youth and undergraduates for a series of specialized learning modules. The two cohorts work side by side as peers mentored by faculty and community teaching artists. The intensive experience incorporates reading and writing, improvisation, martial arts, mime, mask building, animation, dance, and rap music culminating in a public performance of the Homeric epic poem The Odyssey. The project received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a documentary film is currently in production examining the juvenile justice system through the lens of five incarcerated teens and the UCSB students who partnered with them for this theatrical collaboration.

UCSB DANCE COMPANY The UCSB Dance Company 2017-2018 is an 11-member student ensemble under the direction of Delila Moseley. Now in its 28th year, the company offers graduating senior dance majors the opportunity to perform and travel as a pre-professional dance company. Each year the company features works by guest choreographers - from reconstructions of classic works of modern dance, to cutting edge contemporary choreography. The company performs locally and on tour in California and other western states, and presents lecture-demonstrations in elementary schools, high schools and community colleges. Its annual international tour has taken the company to China, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, England, Greece, and Italy.


NAKED SHAKES Led by Professor Irwin Appel, the critically acclaimed NAKED SHAKES celebrates its 12th season presenting energetic, exciting, raw, vibrant Shakespeare using the power of the actors and the language. NAKED SHAKES has performed at UCSB and transported productions to Center Stage in downtown Santa Barbara and the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles. The 10th-anniversary epic two-play event, The Death of Kings, garnered six Santa Barbara Independent and seven BroadwayWorld awards for adaptation, direction, design, and performance. The Death of Kings: Seize the Crown, a condensed version of the two original plays, premiered in Summer 2017 at the Prague Shakespeare Company in Prague, Czech Republic.

Michael Douglas Visiting Artist Sarah Jones


FROM OUR 2016-2017 SEASON

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Michael Douglas Visiting Artist

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ACADEMICS

THE DEPARTMENT OF THEATER AND DANCE OFFERS A THRIVING FORUM FOR THE STUDY OF PERFORMANCE, DANCE, AND THEATER. UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

The Department of Theater and Dance offers a wide range of classes for students preparing for a professional or educational career or pursuing a liberal arts education. Undergraduate students may receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), a Bachelor of Arts (BA), or a Minor. THEATER BA Students in the Bachelor of Arts degree program choose a concentration in Design, Directing, Playwriting, Theater and Community, and/or Theater and Performance Studies.

BFA IN ACTING The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is specifically designed as a conservatory-style program to train the serious student for a professional career in acting.

DANCE BA The Bachelor of Arts degree prepares students for careers that go beyond dance performance and choreography into areas such as dance therapy, theory, history, education, and administrative leadership. In addition to technique and creative process, this degree path offers a broad range of subjects such as dance studies, dance criticism, and somatic studies.

BFA IN DANCE The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is specifically designed as a conservatory-style program to train the serious student for a professional career in dance performance and/or choreography. THEATER MINOR The Department of Theater and Dance offers two Minors, one in Theater and one in Production and Design.


GRADUATE STUDIES

The Department of Theater and Dance offers to a select group of students an ideal environment for graduate work in multiple practices and histories, dramatic literature, global intersections, and theoretical discourses. On a campus that is noted for its outstanding faculty in the humanities and arts, the curriculum relates the study of performance to a rich field of methodological orientations as well as to a robust undergraduate program in fine arts. Its MA and PhD programs provide a thorough training for a career in academic work and have shown an excellent record of degree completion, employment, and publication. THEATER MA / PH.D The primary goal of both the MA/PhD and PhD programs is to provide rigorous and interdisciplinary approaches to performance, drama, and dance research through the lens of a global understanding of history, literature, and critical practices. The core of the doctoral students’ work during the first years of their residency is a series of advanced seminars and professional training workshops that underline the intersections between all these areas in today’s academic world.


FACULTY IRWIN APPEL

NINOTCHKA BENNAHUM

RISA BRAININ

ANN BRUICE

Professor, Acting/Directing

Professor, Dance Studies

Chair/Professor, Acting/Directing

Continuing Lecturer, Design

Professor, Theater Studies

FRANCES YA-CHU COWHIG

VALERIE HUSTON

WILLIAM DAVIES KING

CHRISTINA MCCARTHY

CHRISTINA S. MCMAHON

MONIQUE MEUNIER

Senior Lecturer, Ballet

Professor, Theater Studies

Associate Vice-Chair/ Professor, Director of Dance, Theater Studies Choreography, Modern

Assistant Professor, Ballet

Assistant Professor, Playwriting

2017-18 UCSB T/D FACULTY AND STAFF

LEO CABRANESGRANT

NANCY COLAHAN Senior Lecturer, Modern Dance

GREG MITCHELL

MICHAEL MORGAN

CARLOS MORTON

Assistant Professor, Design

Senior Lecturer, Voice / Theater and Community

Professor, Theater Studies, Playwriting

DELILA MOSELEY

JESSICA NAKAMURA

CHRISTOPHER PILAFIAN

CAROL M. PRESS

VICKIE J. SCOTT

HEATHER STANFORD

Continuing Lecturer, Ballet

Assistant Professor, Theater Studies

Studio Professor, Choreography, Modern

Continuing Lecturer, Dance Studies

Studio Professor, Design

Academic Coordinator / Shakespeare & Me

DANIEL STEIN

ANNE TORSIGLIERI

THOMAS WHITAKER

BRANDON WHITED

Associate Professor, Acting/Directing

Assistant Professor, Dance Improvisation, Modern

Visiting Associate Associate Professor, Professor, Movement Acting/Directing


STAFF

OUR MISSION

The Department of Theater and Dance fosters a vibrant and stimulating environment that encourages creative self-expression and critical thinking. Undergraduate programs include intensive, conservatory-style training for actors and dancers as well as general degrees with a focus on Dance, Design, Directing, Playwriting, Theater and Community, and Theater and Performance Studies. The department’s nationally recognized and highly ranked graduate program offers an array of interdisciplinary approaches to performance research within a global orientation. The department provides a lively forum for faculty to integrate teaching and research at the cutting edge of their areas of expertise.

PAUL BARNES

JAMIE BIRKETT

DANIEL HERRERA

Technical Director

Production Supervisor/ Scenery & Props

Production Manager

JUSTIN LEUNG

PATRICK WELLS LINDLEY

ERIC MILLS

Financial Assistant

Principal Musician

Chief Administrative Officer

UNA MLADENOVIC

SEAN O’SHEA

MARY TENCH

Community Relations Specialist

Undergraduate Advisor

Graduate Program Coordinator

SANDARBH TRIPATHI

DENISE UMLAND

DEBRA VANCE

Senior Scene Technician

Costume Shop Manager

Academic Personnel/ Chair’s Assistant

MARK WILLIAMS Production Supervisor/ Lighting & Audio


and is deeply appreciated


GIVING PRIVATE FUNDING PLAYS A CRUCIAL ROLE IN MAKING THEATER AND DANCE A VIBRANT PRESENCE ON CAMPUS AND IN THE COMMUNITY.

WE WISH TO THANK THE MANY LOYAL AND GENEROUS DONORS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF THEATER AND DANCE. Giving to Theater and Dance makes a difference! Your gifts support teaching, research, productions, scholarships, and programmatic initiatives and play a critical role in helping us to offer life changing experiences to our students. Ensure the performing arts of the future and consider making a gift to our programs. We also warmly invite you to tour our performance and production spaces, meet our students, and attend performances.

If you are interested in making a gift or want to know about opportunities for involvement, please contact Leslie Gray, (805) 893-4193 or LESLIE.GRAY@UCSB.EDU.


TICKETS SUBSCRIPTIONS

RESERVE YOUR SEATS FOR OUR 2017-2018 PERFORMANCE SEASON TODAY! MAINSTAGE SHOWS (except Cabaret) GOLD PRE-SALE

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DAY OF

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Cabaret GOLD

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UCSB Faculty, Staff, Alumni + Students, Seniors, Children

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General Audience

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UCSB Faculty, Staff, Alumni + Students, Seniors, Children

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General Audience

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UCSB Faculty, Staff, Alumni + Students, Seniors, Children

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UCSB Faculty, Staff, Alumni + Students, Seniors, Children

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MAINSTAGE SEASON

DANCE SEASON

THEATER SEASON

A View from the Bridge

Fall Dance

A View from the Bridge

King Lear

King Lear

Fall Dance

Santa Barbara Dance Theater

Santa Barbara Dance Theater

Spring Dance

The World of Extreme Happiness

+ Second Stage

Staging the Daffy Dame

The World of Extreme Happiness

Freshman Dance

New Works Lab (shows A and B)

Staging the Daffy Dame

Junior Dance

Cabaret

Gold $80 Blue Discount $60 Blue GA $80

Gold $105 Blue Discount $80 Blue Student Special $70 Blue GA $100

Spring Dance New Works Lab (shows A and B) Cabaret Gold $135 (25% off) Blue Discount $105 (20% off) Blue GA $125 (25 % off)

UCSB Dance Company

SELECT YOUR OWN 5 shows (excluding Cabaret) Gold $80 (10% off) Blue Discount $55 Blue GA $ 70


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DIRECTIONS TO THE UCSB CAMPUS

PARKING AT THE UCSB CAMPUS

DRIVING TO UCSB FROM THE SOUTH • Take Highway 101 North to the Highway 217/Airport/UCSB exit. • Enter campus and bear right at the roundabout onto Mesa Rd. • Turn left at the third traffic light onto Ocean Rd. • Bear right at next stop sign. • Pass through the light at El Colegio Rd and curve left. • Turn left into Parking 22. • Walk towards the heart of campus to reach Theater/Dance venues.

Parking Structure 22 has several permit dispensers. They are located near the elevators and accept cash or credit card. You will need to choose the time period most appropriate for the duration of your stay on campus. When using cash, please note that the machines take bills only and do not provide change. Permits are required for daytime, evening, and weekend parking.

DRIVING TO UCSB FROM THE NORTH • Take Highway 101 South to the Glen Annie/Storke Rd Exit. • Turn right onto Storke Rd. • Turn left onto El Colegio Rd. • Turn right onto Ocean Rd. • Turn left into Parking 22. • Walk towards the heart of campus to reach Theater/Dance venues.

PHOTO CREDITS

Cover: Bernhard, Fritz Olenberger Inside cover: Fall Dance, Fritz Olenberger Page 4: The Caucasian Chalk Circle, David Bazemore Page 6: Petit Pas, David Bazemore Page 7: New Works Lab, David Bazemore Page 8: Spring Dance, Fritz Olenberger Page 9: New Works Lab, David Bazemore Page 11: Lydia, David Bazemore

Page 12: Bernhard, Fritz Olenberger and Mystique, David Bazemore Page 13: Odyssey Project, Clarissa Koenig and Fall Dance, Stephen Sherrill Page 14: Much Ado About Nothing, David Bazemore and Sarah Jones with students, Fritz Olenberger Page 17: Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, David Bazemore Page 20: Spring Dance, Fritz Olenberger

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