Theatre Arts & Dance Department

Announcing the 2014-2015 Season!

The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek by Naomi Wallace
Directed by Ken Sonkin, Studio 76
Oct. 16-25

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Judy Navas, Person Theatre
Oct. 30-Nov. 9

Super Mega Molten HOT Lava New Play Festival
Curated by Scott Horstein, Studio 76, Nov. 13-15

Fall Dance 2014 / SSU Student Choreography
Director TBA, Evert B. Person Theatre, Nov. 20-23

Stage Direction by Jane Hammett
Music Direction by Lynne Morrow
Coproduced by The Depts. of Music and Theatre Arts & Dance
Evert B. Person Theatre, Feb. 5-15, 2015

Orchard Development
Directed by Paul Draper
Choreography by Kristen Daley
Evert B. Person Theatre, April 17-26, 2015



Theatre News

Inside Look at Acting Block’s Comedy of Errors

A highly physical approach to Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors that follows the story of two sets of twin brothers, separated at a young age by two consecutive shipwrecks, who were given the exact same name and now find themselves in the same city. Neither one is aware of the other's existence while everyone else in town mistakes their identities, including a wife. Using techniques based on the tradition of the Commedia del Arte, over the top archetypes with a tendency for an excessive playfulness and overindulgent nature will make use of Shakespeare's words as a platform to satisfy their disproportionate egos expecting, of course, to be celebrated by you -the audience- with constant laughter...or flowers. 

Dario Tangelson is an Argentinean-born director, teacher and performer who first came to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship. In Argentina he worked in theater, film and television, while teaching mask at the IUNA and Lanus universities. In New York he collaborated with ensemble companies such as International Wow, NTUSA, Flying Machine and continued teaching mask workshops through the Museo del Barrio and The New School University. In Minneapolis he has worked with Jon Ferguson, Mixed Blood, Live Action Set, Guthrie Theater and Interact and has taught mask technique, workshops and directed plays for Macalester, Concordia, Augsburg College and the U of M/Guthrie BFA Program. 

Dance News

Spring Dance 2014 – “A wild ride!”

“I am honored to have directed the Sonoma State University Student Dance Concert for a second time. Once again I find myself incredibly inspired and challenged by the fifteen student choreographers whose work you will experience this evening.

All of the pieces you will see are deeply personal to the choreographers, yet universally
meaningful. The concert reflects the diverse culture of SSU arts as well as the rigor and creative talent that exists within the student body and faculty.

Spring Dance, though lead by faculty and staff, is a student-run event from choreography to light and costume design, to stage management and crew: the students really make it happen.

The choreographers have explored a wide range of themes and concepts to create their
work often crossing disciplines and always collaborating. Utilizing a diverse range of dance styles including modern, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, tap, tango, ballet and more, choreographers have also taken on social, political and environmental concerns inside of their work. They are asking questions and developing their creative voices through powerfully sophisticated choreography.

I am excited to also share a work on this evening’s program. Suspect, which opens the show was set on Sonoma State dancers and given the opportunity for adjudication at The American College Dance Association (ACDA) at Arizona State University in March 2014. Suspect was one of twelve from 48 pieces selected for the closing night Gala Concert. This was a great honor for me as a choreographer and teacher, and honestly, I owe the accomplishment to the performers and the dynamic and evolving SSU dance program directed by Kristen Daley.

These fifteen student works have resonated beyond the theater for all involved and I hope it will resonate with you. I am honored to witness the evolution of these young dance artists and excited to have them share their evocative, humorous and fresh creative voices with you this evening. You are in for a wild ride!”

--Christine Cali