Theatre and Dance Ensemble
A Bay Area native, and current fourth year at the University of California-Davis, Elena is a Political Science and Dramatic Arts double major. As an active member of the UC Davis Theatre Department family, Elena works as a Company Manager, has been a Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager four times, and performed in eight productions. Elena began her theatre journey at Contra Costa Community College, where she earned an Associates Degree in Math and Science, as Hermia (A
Midsummer Night’s Dream) and has most recently played Helena here at Davis. Some of her favorite credits include W in Lungs and Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet. Elena is honored to be a member of the Ensemble and excited for the future!
Josh Hazeghazam is a third year, UC Davis Material Science and Engineering major (with an emphasis on Biomedical Engineering) from Granite Bay, CA. Josh was previously casted as PFC Jackson in Gospel According To First Squad, and as Daedalus in The Trojan Women. This will be his second time collaborating with Danika Sudik and his first time with Mindy Cooper. He is looking forward to being a part of the Ensemble this year and to continue to grow as an actor. Josh is currently interning as a Fabrication Engineer at Circle of Bees Inc at Davis. He hopes you enjoy his performance, and to have a wonderful time.
Talia is an incoming second year Political Science and Theater & Dance double major. Last winter, she played Nina in the UC Davis Theater Department’s production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Talia is a graduate of the Marin School of the Arts’ Theatre program at Novato High School, where she won awards in several regional and state wide theatre competitions and performed in plays and musicals. Her favorite
role was Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Talia loves Shakespeare, musical theater, and singing and playing piano. She is thrilled to be working on new theater pieces or works and cannot wait to share them with you.
Is a Bay Area Native and current senior studying for his Bachelor’s of Arts in Theatre and Dance, here at UC Davis. Thomas made his UC Davis debut in last Fall’s The Trojan Women as Talthybius. He has also been cast in non-UC Davis productions such as The Prince of Morocco in The Merchant of Venice, Kenny in Detroit, and a Seabee in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific for the Wesleyan Theatre Company. He is excited about the challenges and explorations to be undertaken in this upcoming season’s New Works Initiative, and is very thankful to be part of such an awesome team.
Ryan Gerberding is a senior at UC Davis. He has acted in seven productions in the theatre department, and has also performed in shows produced by Studio 301 and Green Valley Theatre Company. He recently directed The Pillowman for Studio 301 and is a board member of the club.
Ashleigh, who is finally completing her final quarter as a Theatre and Spanish double major, has been an active member of the Theatre Department for the past several years with a focus in stage management and occasional bouts of acting. Ashleigh is tickled to join the Ensemble in the first season of the Ground and Field Theatre Festival and dedicates her performances to her late Grandma Elevyn. Happy 80th Birthday!
Jordan Wilson is currently a third year at UC Davis and is originally from the Coachella Valley, CA. They study Theatre and Dance and International Relations at UC Davis. Jordan is an officer of The Dead Arts Society, a student-run club that produces student-written and directed work in a quarterly showcase. Jordan has directed and written several scenes and one-acts for DAS. They are very excited and thankful to be a part of Ground and Field Theatre Festival inaugural season.
Shannon McCoy is in her third
year at UC Davis studying both
theatre and wildlife conservation biology. She is originally from Huntington Beach, CA. She made her debut in the UC Davis Theatre and Dance department as Prince Escalus in Romeo and Juliet. Some of her favorite previous roles are Audrey II (Little Shop of Horrors) and Gloria Thorpe (Damn Yankees). She is also studying lighting design and
has worked as an electrician for UC Davis’s productions of Mr. Burns and The 39 Steps. She is looking forward to getting back on stage again, especially with such an amazing team.
An Orange County native and transfer student at the UC Davis, Salvador Velazquez joins Ground and Field Theatre Festival as a member of the Ensemble. Salvador is an economics major who has recently discovered a passion for theater and would like to thank Tom Burmester, Mindy Cooper, Lisa Quoresimo, and Danika Sudik for the opportunity.
Rachele was born and raised in orange county and now attends UC Davis as an Animal Science major and Communication minor. She attended Orange County High School of the Arts to study musical theatre and has continued her love of theatre with a student run club at UC Davis called Studio 301. She has performed in musicals as well as sung in musical revues. Her most recent stage experiences include Mrs. Mayor in Seussical and Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown, performed at UC Davis.
A Los Angeles native and current third year student at the University of California – Davis,
Alicia has had the pleasure of taking part in various plays and musicals produced by Studio 301 Productions and the UC Davis Theatre Department. These productions include Urinetown: The Musical, Once Upon a Dream: A Disney Musical Revue, and Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play. Other credits include the role of Katurian (The Pillowman), Ilse (Spring Awakening), and a vocalist in La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin (Los Angeles). Alicia is currently pursuing a Theatre and Dance Major, as well as an Education Minor. She is ecstatic to have the opportunity to work on the new shows that have been made available to the Ensemble.
Charlie is San Francisco native and current sophomore at UC Davis. Favorite past credits include Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Brick (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Laertes (Hamlet), and the Baker (Into the Woods). He has also proudly interned, understudied, and performed at the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. He is a true believer that theater can change lives for the better, bridge communities, and heal.
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Jasmine Washington is a fourth year Theatre and Dance major
and African American & African Studies minor at UC Davis from Sacramento, CA. Some productions that Jasmine has been featured in include Trojan Women, B More, and Charlotte Charke/ Mr. Browne. She also worked as assistant stage manager on MFA project Nam War Raw Man in the winter and interned for Music Circus in Sacramento last summer. She is excited to be in the Ensemble and active in the creation and production of new art.
Was born and raised in Los Angeles, Ca. She is a third-year, studying both Theatre and Dance and Chicano Studies- Civic Policy at UC Davis. Sanchez’s most recent work includes “ You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown” as Charlie Brown with Drama in the Middle, Inc. and as an Theatre and Dance Ensemble. Her past work includes “Bring it on: The Musical” as Kylar and “Spring Awakening” as Ernst. Behind scenes she has interned with “Ophelia’s Jump” Theatre Company as a crew member, and has worked as an electrician and dresser at the UC Davis Theater Department. She is thankful for the effort, dedication and support she has found in the Ensemble and is thrilled to culminate from this learning opportunity alongside her phenomenal team.
Rose Kim’s past roles in the dept. include Oberon/Theseus (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Cassandra (The Trojan Women), Maria/Marge (Mr. Burns), Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), and Marie (Woyzeck). In 2015 she co-founded Millennial Theater (IG: @kimandkothi), an experimental rebellious theatre vehicle making plays for friends by friends.
Naveen Bhat is a fourth year Film and Theatre double major at UC Davis. Past credits include Asha (She Should Have Been Playing with Dolls), and Young Tommy (The Who’s Tommy the Musical). They also assistant directed the the Ensemble and Theatre Department's co-production of Gospel According to First Squad. Naveen has had the pleasure of taking part in films as well, the most notable being the multi-award winning documentary Escaping Agra. They are excited to pursue their passion of building community and celebrating diversity through storytelling as part of such a wonderful team