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Reid Davis

Actor, director, professor, and Shotgun Players member Reid Davis directs the West Coast premiere of A Seagull in the Hamptons, a play written by Emily Mann, at Shotgun Players Theater. This play, freely adapted from Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull," has the San Francisco Chronicle's little man clapping! A Seagull in the Hamptons features the work of Saint Mary's own Liam Callister ('12) in the Treplev role, alums Leah McKibbin ('08) as assistant director, Christina Hogan ('09) as stage manager, and members of the design team from Saint Mary's own Sweeney Todd: Robert Broadfoot, Matthew Royce, and Victoria Livingston Hall.

A Seagull in the Hamptons runs from March 24 through April 25, 2010. Showtimes are Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 5 p.m. Ticket information can be found at shotgunplayers.org

Dana L.Lawton

Dana L. Lawton, professional dancer, choreographer, and professor in the performing arts department at St. Mary’s College, performed her solo Coasting, with music composed by David Karagianis, on March 8th. Her performance was part of the Vision Series at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco.

She will perform Coasting again on March 23rd at the Brava Theater in San Francisco as part of the Bay Area Isadora Duncan Awards for dance.

Lino Rivera

Professor and classical pianist Lino Rivera gave a piano recital at the University of Illinois, Chicago on February 17th. On February 27th, Lino was hosted at Western Washington University by the Department of Music for another successful piano recital.

Rebecca Engle

Rebecca Engle, Theatre Program Director, has been selected as one of seven awardees of the 2009 Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Grant. In October, Rebecca was named a Region VIII Teaching Artist by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, given in “appreciation of her reputation and achievement as a teacher and artist.” That award came with the invitation to apply to the Kennedy Center for funds to support a specific creative proposal.

Rebecca's national Teaching Artist grant will fund a three-week residency next summer at Artists’ Repertory Theater, a professional company in Portland, OR. There, Rebecca will join an interdisciplinary collaborative team in the development of a new script, "The Hillsboro Story," as part of the theater’s PlayLab series.

Catherine Marie Davalos

Catherine Marie Davalos (with The Davalos Dance Company), performed the dance concert Six Questions on February 15th, at ODC Dance Commons. Six Questions was inspired by the music of New Music Composer, Martin Rokeach, of Composers Inc. The concert celebrates over ten years of collaboration between Rokeach and Davalos. The evening asks six questions about female space and place, partnerships, and aging. Dances included three premieres: Coda, Terrain, and Queen/Goddess/Witch; and three from the repertory: Sleepless Night, Storm, and Revised Dido, Clever Queen. The evening marked the first time the Davalos Dance Company performed to live accompaniment, with world class musicians. Six Questions was supported by a set designed and built by artist David Gaylord, twenty-two year partner of Catherine Marie Davalos.

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