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Artist in Residence Series

The artist-in-residence program brings to campus leading performers and visual artists from San Diego and Southern California to UC San Diego. Each artist is featured for one year and given the opportunity to develop new showcase work, which often goes on to fuller production off campus.

Jennifer Bobiwash 2014-2015 Artist in Residence

bobiwashNovember 2014 Ms. Bobiwash will perform There Is No “I” in NDN a humorous and probing one-woman show that explores what it means to be NDN (American Indian). A First Nations actress, writer and producer, Bobiwash hails from "a tiny tipi in Canada" and came to Los Angeles to act in local theater and film. She created the YouTube channel Welcome to the Tipi, on which she and her co-host, Geraldine Chases-her-Tail, share their stories about being NDN in today’s society. A technophile, Bobiwash jumped at the chance to make her own content in the infancy of YouTube and has since produced more than 300 episodes of online content for her channel. She has also guest starred in APTN's (Canada) Mohawk Girls.

Youtube Channel

Artist's Website

Fernando Vega 2014

fernando-vegaFernando Vega holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. San Diego audiences have seen him onstage in musicals, comedies and classical dramas over the last 20 years. As a San Diego REPertory Theatre veteran, some shows include: Sweet 15 QuinceneraCorridos REMIXNuevo CaliforniaEarthquake SunRestless SpiritsMerchant of VeniceWorking and Buddy the Buddy Holly Story. Other shows include ¡Ay! compadreThe Taming of the ShrewPippinBye Bye BirdieShe Loves MeJoseph and Man of La Mancha. Fernando has performed all over North America and has been featured on many radio stations across the U.S. as a classical, classic rock and roll and theatrical singer, most notably on NPR singing with legendary father of Chicano theatre Luis Valdez. Mr. Vega performed two shows;

Cancionces De Mi Mama winter 2014

Cesar Chavez Spring 2014

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Antonio T. Johnson 2012-2013

Antonio Johnson

Antonio T. Johnson has been an actor, teacher, singer, songwriter, director, and producer for over 30 years in San Diego. He has appeared in major roles at The Old Globe, Moonlight Amphitheatre, Black Ensemble Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Common Ground Theatre, and Lamb’s Player’s.

Antonio’s Awards include a Dramalogue Award, Playbill,  2008 Critic Circle Award, and the Patte Award for Best Lead actor in The Cygnet Production of “FENCES.”

Antonio was the project director of the highly successful August Wilson Century Cycle in 2005/2006 .He has produced, directed and acted in over 30 August Wilson plays.  Mr. Johnson performed two original shows as part of the Artist in Residence Program on campus, Preuss School, and Gompers Prep Academy.

  • A Tribute to Thurgood Marshall on November 8, 2012
  • Walking in the Shadows with August Wilson on February 12, 2013

Monique Gaffney 2011-2012

Monique Gaffney

Monique Gaffney is a Marshall College distinguished alumna, actor/dancer, and daughter of Dr. Floyd Gaffney - one of the faculty founders of UCSD’s renowned Theatre Program.  The late Dr. Gaffney, a Marshall faculty member, was widely regarded as the father of San Diego’s African American theatre life.  She taught the fall 2011 honors seminar and performed two original shows in collaboration with two Theatre and Dance Department students.

November 16th 2011 performed Anita Hill Imagining

For Black History Month on February 2, 2012 Ms. Gaffney presented Being Henrietta a piece that explored the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor black tobacco farmer whose cancer cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine, with damaging consequences for her family who today can’t afford access to the health care advances their mother’s cells helped make possible.

Monique Gaffney on theater dynasties…

Robin Sanford Roberts Spring 2011

Robin Roberts

UCSD MFA alumna Robin Sanford Roberts is a theatrical scenic designer and artist working in models and mixed media. She has designed for Broadway, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, San Jose's Repertory and Swine Palace Productions. She is a recipient of the prestigious NEA/Theatre Communications Group Grant.

Ms. Roberts has received both San Diego Critics and Patté awards for 'outstanding scenic design'.

Ms. Roberts created a unique art installation titled The Boat, El Barco A meditation on the perils of open water migration between Mexico and the United States.

Sadie Barnette Winter 2011

Sadie Barnette

Sadie Barnette is originally from Oakland, California and received her MFA from UC San Diego.  She uses drawing, photography, and objects to construct a visual language out of sub-culture codes, west coast vernacular, geometric formalism and economy. She activates meaning and power in anonymous faces, signs for nothing, and negative space to create thought provoking social messages.

This mural is installed on the south facing wall of the Marshall College admin building and creates an optical illusion that transports viewers to another place entirely. The mural transports viewers to the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd & an anonymous urban street.

M'Lafi Thompson 2010

M'Lafi Thompson - 2010Awarded winning actress M'Lafi Thompson performed an inspiring piece on the first anniversary of President Barack Obama's inauguration, creating political portraits in an engaging narrative. The script was partly inspired by Ms. Thompsons’s participation in the Washington D.C. inaugural parties celebrating the historical event.

James Avery Fall 2010

James Avery

James Avery, famed film, TV, stage actor and UC San Diego TMC alumnus is a very successful classically trained actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Uncle Phil Banks- in the TV hit show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  Mr. Avery has provided the voice for over a dozen animated series including the voice of Shredder in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television show.  Several times in his career, Mr. Avery has played legal scholars and judges.  In Simple Justice, he portrayed law school dean Charles Hamilton Houston, the mentor of Thurgood Marshall.

Mr. Avery is no stranger to our university; he studied Theatre and Literature here and graduated in 1976. Over the years he has remained very active on campus having participated in Black History Month, and served as the keynote speaker at Commencement in 2007 and 2011.

November 3rd, 2010 Mr. Avery performed the Thurgood Marshall Evening – an Actor's Tribute. This one person show comes from public speeches and interviews with Thurgood Marshall, edited by playwright Allan Havis who is the provost at Thurgood Marshall College. 

Shelley Berman Fall 2009

Shelley Berman

Shelley Berman, with his subtle, observational brand of humor, broke all the rules of stand-up -- and influenced every generation of comedians that has followed in his wake. His iconoclastic 1959 album Inside Shelley Berman was the first spoken-word comedy album ever to win a Grammy Award. To this day he remains a sought-after performer and occasional playwright, appearing on the big screen opposite the likes of Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller, and earning big laughs as Larry David's father (a recurring role) on the hit series Curb Your Enthusiasm.

November 9th 2009 Mr. Berman presented a public reading of Playwriting Professor Allan Havis's play A Word of Secrecy at the La Jolla Playhouse. The cast included UCSD's very own Professor Arthur Wagner and Acting Instructor Julia Fulton in the cast.

YouTube Videos:

Unscripted: Shelley Berman
What's my Line?
Curb Your Enthusiasm

Seema Sueko 2008

Seema Suoko

Seema Sueko is the co-founder and artistic director of Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company  . [Insert link here - http://moolelo.net/ ] For Mo`olelo, she directed Since Africa, The Adoption Project: Triad, Permanent Collection, and Good Boys; and directed Since Africa again for The Old Globe. Some of her acting credits include Jennifer in The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at The Old Globe and Yale Repertory Theatre (KPBS Patte Award), Connie in A Chorus Line at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre, Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol at San Diego Repertory Theatre, and The Phoenician Women at NYC's The Ohio Theatre. She is a three-time winner of the Chicago "Jeff Citation" Award for her performances in the world premiere of Rebecca Gilman's The Crime of the Century (Best Actress in a Principal Role), The Waiting Room (Best Actress in a Supporting Role) and A Piece of my Heart (Best Ensemble). Ms. Sueko received the KPBS Patte "McDonald Playwriting Award" and the Anti-Discrimination Committee's "Artistic and Cultural Achievement Award" for her script, and Mo`olelo's inaugural show, remains.

Ms. Sueko holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago, is a member of Actors' Equity Association, and was named one of the "50 People to Watch in 2005" by San Diego Magazine.

Diverse Voices: An Interview with Seema Sueko 

Karole Foreman 2008

Karole Foreman

Karole Foreman is the 2008 recipient of the Edgerton Foundation grant for her musical The Princess and the Black-Eyed Pea of which she wrote the book and lyrics. Her show garnered the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award and a Richard Rodgers Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. It was also selected for presentation in the National Alliance for Musical Theater's 1999 Fall Festival in New York and had a concert presentation at the prestigious Ravinia Festival in Chicago fall of 2006.

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Karole performed two of her original pieces Crossing the Color Line and Reinventing Josephine Baker. She also taught an honors course called “Race, Art and the Creative Process”.

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Mark Christopher Lawrence is one of Hollywood's most sought after character actors. In addition to displaying a variety of theatrical skills, this diverse actor also excels as a producer, a vocalist, a comedian, and a literary scholar. To the tribute of his memorable charm and hilarious wit, Lawrence continues to meet the demands, and overcome challenges in the world of entertainment. Best known for his role of Mix Master Tone Def, in the cult classic Fear of a Black Hat, Lawrence utilized his creative talents as a character actor and besieged audiences in this comical spoof based on This is Spinal Tap, about a Gangsta Rap group named N.W.H.

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Contact Information

Office

Thurgood Marshall College Admin Building
Provost Office

Mailing Address

TMC Artist in Residence Program
Thurgood Marshall College
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093-0509

Phone:

858-534-4004
Email: tmcprovost@ucsd.edu