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The Play Is Coming From Inside the House

Three new virtual productions, set in haunted homes and an interactive hotel, give you the excitement of exploring spaces that are off limits.

School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Author/Lead: Jared Mezzocchi
Dates:
Someone Else's House - Jared Mezzocchi - Geffen Playhouse

The projection designer Jared Mezzocchi has become a go-to guy for ambitious virtual productions. Next up: Starring in his own haunted house play.

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How a Multimedia Whiz Seized Digital Theater’s Big Moment

The projection designer Jared Mezzocchi has become a go-to guy for ambitious virtual productions. Next up: Starring in his own haunted house play.

School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Author/Lead: Jared Mezzocchi
Dates:
Jared Mezzocchi NYT April 2021

The projection designer Jared Mezzocchi has become a go-to guy for ambitious virtual productions. Next up: Starring in his own haunted house play.

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History and theory faculty Caitlin Marshall co-edits a special issue for Performance Matters

The issue explores the resonances of sound in the field of performance studies

School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Author/Lead: Caitlin Marshall
Dates:
Publisher: Performance Matters

History and theory faculty Caitlin Marshall co-edited a special issue for the journal Performance Matters entitled "Sound Acts." The issue explores the resonances of sound in the field of performance studies, asking "how the materiality of sound acts as a form of aesthetic and political possibility."

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The Technological Theatre Experimenters

Imagine a future where theatre can show the world how the internet is a living, breathing, site-specific treasure trove of real-time performance.

School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Author/Lead: Jared Mezzocchi
Dates:
Technological Theatre Experimenters - Howlround - by Nguyen Tran

Imagine a future where theatre can show the world how the internet is a living, breathing, site-specific treasure trove of real-time performance.th

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PhD student Jordan Ealey selected as 2021 National Humanities Without Walls Predoctoral Fellow.

PhD student Jordan Ealey selected as 2021 National Humanities Without Walls Predoctoral Fellow.

School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Author/Lead: Jordan Ealey
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PhD student Jordan Ealey was selected to be a 2021 National Humanities Without Walls Predoctoral Fellow.

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Fraser Stevens publishes an article in Global Performance Studies

Fraser Stevens publishes an article in Global Performance Studies

School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Author/Lead: Fraser Stevens
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Publisher: Global Performance Studies

Ph.D. candidate Fraser Stevens publishes an article, "The Performance of Covert Cultural Landscapes: A Theatre/Archaeology Analysis," in Global Performance Studies.

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Leticia Ridley publishes a stage review in the August Wilson Journal

Leticia Ridley publishes a stage review in the August Wilson Journal

School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Author/Lead: Leticia Ridley
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Publisher: August Wilson Journal

Ph.D. candidate Leticia Ridley publishes a stage review of Round House Theatre’s 2018 production of Gem of the Ocean in the August Wilson Journal.

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Kelley Holley awarded a Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship

Summer Research Fellowships provide support to doctoral students during the summer to advance in their program.

School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Author/Lead: Kelley Holley
Award Organization:

Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship, College of Arts & Humanities


Dates:

PhD candidate Kelley Holley has been awarded a Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship for Summer 2020 to work on her dissertation about dramaturgy and site-specific performance. Summer Research Fellowships provide support to doctoral students in the period shortly before or after advancement to candidacy. The fellowship enables doctoral students to devote a summer of focused work to prepare for or complete a benchmark in their program.

Jared Mezzocchi nominated for a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award

Mezzocchi was nominated for his projection design work on Qui Nguyen's "Poor Yella Rednecks."

School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Author/Lead: Jared Mezzocchi
Dates:

Assistant professor Jared Mezzocchi was nominated for a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for his projection design work on Qui Nguyen’s Poor Yella Rednecks. The Off-Broadway production was postponed due to COVID-19; stay tuned for new dates.

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Q-Mars Haeri and Allison Hedges awarded Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowships

The fellowships will support the completion of their dissertations.

School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Author/Lead: Q-mars Mazandarani Haeri, Allison Hedges
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Ph.D. candidates Q-Mars Haeri and Allison Hedges were awarded Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowships for the semester of their choice in the next academic year, 2020-21. These fellowships will support the completion of their dissertations.