Thanks to their experience in student productions and the training they receive at UC San Diego, alumni from the department of theatre and dance make significant contributions in film, television, Broadway, off-Broadway and at major regional theaters.
In fact, two alumni stars will be making a splash soon at San Diego’s acclaimed Old Globe Theatre. Tony Award-winning actor Jefferson Mays, M.F.A.’91, plays eight different roles in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, pulling off the ”top 10 hottest tickets of the year,” (New York Times) and Kirsten Brandt, Muir ’94 directs a new adaptation of the classic Henrik Ibsen masterwork A Doll’s House.
The campus community is invited to experience a special night at The Old Globe, including a pre-reception featuring May and Brandt, UC San Diego theatre and dance faculty and other alumni. Playgoers will also receive an exclusive UCSD Alumni discount off premium seat prices for Brandt’s show that evening, which is a world premiere adaptation of A Doll's House. This video offers an introduction to the cast and creative team for the show as they begin rehearsals.
Tuesday, March 26
Reception at 5 p.m. | Show curtain times at 7 p.m.
The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park
Special UCSD Alumni ticket offer:
Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House—$25/ticket (discounted from $49)
Reception attendance is complimentary with ticket registration and includes light refreshments.
Click Here to Register
Student productions in UC San Diego’s department of theatre and dance are integrally tied to curriculum: Hands-on, collaborative work provides a fertile environment for students to make significant contributions on all aspects of a production, from lighting and sound design to acting, dance, directing and choreography.
Actor Jefferson Mays, who is also a two-time Obie Award winner known for his outstanding stage work, earned his M.F.A. degree in 1991. “The only real way to practice the craft of acting is by doing plays,” he said. “I don’t know of any other M.F.A. training program in the country that gives its students the performance opportunities I had at UC San Diego.”
UC San Diego is considered one of the top three graduate theater training programs in the country, offering M.F.A. degrees in acting, design, directing, playwriting, stage management and the new areas of dance theatre and sound design, as well as a Ph.D. in theater. Private support is critically needed to help continue the valuable training experience for students, including funding actual productions and associated program expenses. To learn more about giving to the Student Production Fund, visit http://theatre.ucsd.edu/SPF.
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