180A - PERFORMANCE
Auditions are typically announced in the quarter prior to the performance. Information can be found on the Theatre and Dance website where details about the production and the audition requirements can be found. Sign up for an audition appointment on the form on the website for a chance at a role in either Theatre or Dance productions! Casting is typically completed in the same week as the auditions are held. Then the fun really begins!
Rehearsals start with safety and theatrical intimacy training for the cast and stage management teams. Your full participation is required in the six-week span available to bring a show to performance. Typical rehearsal times are 6-10p Monday through Friday with a 6 hour slot on Saturday. Not all roles will require full participation in nightly rehearsals. While some academic and personal conflicts can be accommodated (make note of these conflicts at auditions so the director can work with your schedule), please make every effort to make yourself available for the complete rehearsal schedule, including technical rehearsals in the week prior to opening.
Performances are typically held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings with a 7pm curtain, though a matinee may be scheduled on Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Performances can be just one weekend or may be two weekends (this is made clear at auditions and on your rehearsal schedule) Your ‘call’ as a performer is one hour before curtain or whatever time you need to prepare for your role, though the space is open and available to you as much as two hours prior to curtain. Sign in on the ‘callboard’ found between the green room (Wright 102) and the backstage entrance, head to your dressing room, and become the character you’ve worked hard to create!
Rehearsal and performance of a production directed or choreographed by visiting Granada Artists-in-Residence and/or faculty, and/or the UG Edge Festival.
Meet the Granadas
fall 2023 granada artist
Guest artist alumna Josy Miller (PhD, performance studies, ‘15) directs As You Like It. At UC Davis Miller directed the world premiere of [LOVE/logic} by Andrew Nicholls in 2019 and her own original production of The Dogs of War in 2014. Miller spent five years as artistic director at Hapgood Theatre Company in the East Bay, where she directed more than a dozen productions. Other regional directing credits include Atmos Theatre Company (SF) and the Eugene O’Neill Foundation Theater (Danville). Since 2016, Miller has worked as an Arts Programs Specialist for the California Arts Council.
WINTER 2024 granada artist
The Laramie Project will be directed by Scott Ebersold who recently served as artistic associate at New York’s Classic Stage Company. He directed the Off-Broadway premiere of the new musical The View UpStairs that was nominated for two Lortel Awards, three Drama Desk Awards, an Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical and for which Audelco/The Viv nominated him for a Best Director.
WINTER 2024 granada artist
Alumnus Dahlak Brathwaite (B.A., English and theatre and dance, ’08) returns to UC Davis for a five-week hip-hop workshop of a new musical theatrical performance piece in winter quarter. Brathwaite was launched into the national spoken word scene when he appeared in the last two seasons of HBO’s Russell Simmons’ presents Def Poetry Jam. His performances blend hip-hop, theatre, and spoken word and have been presented at over 100 universities throughout the United States and Europe as well as at SXSW, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Smithsonian, Ars Nova, The Apollo, and Off-Broadway.
SPRING 2024 granada artist
Our Town will be directed by Irish theatre director and acting teacher Sinéad Rushe who returns to UC Davis to collaborate with co-director Professor Margaret Laurena Kemp, chair of theatre and dance. Rushe and Kemp’s previous project AntigoneNOW, produced online at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, was screened worldwide including an invited presentation at the Egypt International Experimental Theatre Festival. Rushe is the author of Michael Chekhov’s Acting Technique: A Practitioner’s Guide, co-translator into French of four plays by Howard Barker and was senior lecturer in acting and movement at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. In fall 2023 she became lead acting tutor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).