The Dramatists Guild Foundation recently honored prolific playwright Philip Kan Gotanda, UC Berkeley’s own professor of playwriting and a creator of one of the largest canons of Asian-American-themed theatre, with the Legacy Playwrights Initiative Award.

Fall 2020 Schedule
Arts + Design Thursdays: Visual Cultures: Aesthetics of the Digital

 

Fall 2020 Schedule
Arts + Design Mondays: Together: Reinventing Politics, Reimagining Health

 

Amid the current coronavirus pandemic, widespread social upheaval and the persistent California wildfires, it is deceptively easy for those in the arts to fall into the trap of cynicism, especially with the nagging worry that live theater may never come back.

The first time that Laila Espinoza crossed the U.S.-Mexico border was as a young girl with her grandmother. “I’ve always been a border crosser,” said Espinoza. “It’s who I am.”

With all eyes on “Watchmen,” its masked heroes and anti-heroes didn’t disappoint.

The made-for-the-moment HBO show about self-appointed superheroes, police violence, domestic terrorism and racial strife in America won the Emmy Award for best limited series or TV movie on Sunday night.

It’s not every day that UC Berkeley students get to spend an evening with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Or watch a concert recorded at Louis Armstrong’s historic home in Queens, New York. Or ring in the new year with original performances by world-class soloists, jazz artists and chamber ensembles.

As the fall semester will start remotely, UC Berkeley professors are combining their expertise and creativity to come up with unique ways to teach their traditionally in-person classes online.

Together, Apart: A Musical Reunion Rings in the Solstice

Almost two decades after graduating, a group of 2002 UC Berkeley alums received an email from their old music professor. Would they like to get together again—at least, virtually—to create a video that might give people comfort during the pandemic? Nineteen of them responded with an enthusiastic “yes!”

If necessity is the mother of invention, more than a few winners of the campus’s first-ever Berkeley Changemaker Technology Innovation Grants found inspiration in the teaching and learning challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.