Join us on Wednesday, April 26 for a free screening of The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982), produced by TFT alumnus Moctesuma Esparza (BA ’71, MFA ’73), as we celebrate the film's induction into the National Film Registry. A fireside chat with Esparza follows the screening in TFT's James Bridges Theater.
On Saturday, April 22, the second installment of Black Dress & Culture will explore the critical topic of the representation of Black Dress in fashion and popular culture. Hosted by UCLA’s David C. Copley Center for Costume Design and the Department of African American Studies, the 2023 colloquium will examine the contributions of current Black fashion designers and stylists in Los Angeles, in conversation with scholars to discuss the role of Los Angeles as a fashion city and their individual creative approaches and challenges as practitioners.
April 15: Filmmaker alumna Zeinabu irene Davis (MFA ’89) will be in conversation following a UCLA Film & Television Archive screening of her film Compensation (1999) as part of its Making Waves series.Read more
Flamin' Hot/Searchlight Pictures
SXSW Recap: Lewis A.Colick (MFA ’76) is the screenwriter of Flamin’ Hot, directed by Eva Longoria, which was the winner of the Headliners section; Jocko Sims (BA ’04) is the showrunner, director and screenwriter of Grown, the Independent TV Pilot Competition winner. Miranda Yousef (MFA ’07) was the editor of the Audience Award-winning film No Ordinary Campaign.
Oscar Fabela (MFA ’18), the newest resident artist/actor at PCPA Pacific Conservatory Theatre, will appear in American Mariachi at the Solvang Festival Theater.
Graduate cinematography student Sonia Gonzalez is the recipient of the highly competitive Carole Fielding Grant, awarded to film students by the University Film and Video Association (UFVA).
Theater Adjunct Professor Linda Kernsisperforming in The Actors Co-op production of Tornado, a new playby Chris Cragin-Day opening April 21.
The Myth of the Mountain, anew musical with books and lyrics by Danielle Koenig (BA ’20) and music by Justin D. Cook, recently had a staged reading at Syracuse University, as part of the university’s New Works, New Voices initiative.
Lea Madda (MFA ’17) is performing in Robert Askin's Hand to Godat Coachella Valley Repertory.
Musical Theater alumna Paravi (BA ’22) is headlining her first show at The Moroccan Lounge in L.A. on April 6.
Graduate student Kap Taylor has been awarded The Kennedy Center's Harold & Mimi Steiner National Playwriting Award for the play 11:38 from Fond du Lac, which was produced at TFT in Spring 2022.
UCLA professors Jeff Burke and Lixia Zhang have been awarded a $20,000 from the Omidyar Network. The grant, presented at South by Southwest, is part of the inaugural Future of Data Challenge.Read more
Theater and Performance Studies News
Carla Neuss (Ph.D. ’21), who was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University from 2021-2023, will be an assistant professor at Baylor University beginning in Fall 2023.
Ph.D. student Clara Wilch has received a postdoctoral fellowship at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University for the 2023-24 academic year.
Long Beach Opera
Long Beach Opera Artistic Director James Darrah (MFA ’10) directed the world premiere of composer Kate Soper's opera The Romance of the Rose with production design by Prairie T. Trivuth (MFA ’22), assisted by current MFA design student
Rye Mandell; lighting design by Pablo Santiago (MFA ’13), assisted by Benedict Conran (MFA ’23); and costume design by Molly Irelan (MFA ’16). UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music student Tivoli Treloar (BM ’23) is a cast member, and current MFA design studentKatherine Jelte designed season materials and marketing graphics.