News+Events Archive

“The Spitfire Grill” Opens!

The Department of Theatre and Dance and the Department of Music are proud to present the Hawai’i State Premiere of “The Spitfire Grill” the musical on the Kennedy Theatre Mainstage.  You don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to see this premiere performance! Check out the trailer, and click here for ticket information and…+ More Information


UHM Theatre Alumna in the News

UHM Theatre Alumna Parichat Jungwiwattanaporn is currently Dean of Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at Thammasat University in Thailand. Rarely does she get the chance to Direct, but she recently took on The Voyage which is turning heads and hearts by telling true stories of migration and immigration.  “Even though it’s not political with a capital…+ More Information


“The Spitfire Grill” Trailer

UHM’s Department of Theatre + Dance and Department of Music present the Hawai’i premiere of the musical The Spitfire Grill. Check out our trailer! Join us in Gilead from September 15-September 24! September 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 7:30PM                              …+ More Information


10 Days Left to Save Up to 35% on Tickets ONLINE

There are just 10 days remaining to purchase your Advance SuperSaver Tickets for any of the Kennedy Theatre’s 4 Mainstage Shows.  Tickets are available ONLINE at etickethawaii.com.  Sale ends September 1, 2017.  Don’t miss out on your chance to save up to 35% off Regular Adult ticket prices for shows like Taiko Dance & Drum: Hana Hou!

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Cast and Artistic Team of “The Spitfire Grill”

The Spitfire Grill, a Musical Kennedy Theatre Mainstage Sept. 15-24, 2017 Director: Lurana Donnels O’Malley Music Director: Ike Webster Choreographer: Amy Schiffner Lighting Design: Christopher Patrinos Scenic and Props Design: Rachel Filbeck Costume Design: Marc Marcos   Announcing the cast . . . PERCY  Jorin Young SHELBY Rachael Uyeno HANNAH Christine Lamborn EFFY Emily Steward JOE Jeff Brackett CALEB  Akea…+ More Information


UHM Theatre & Dance Dept. Wins 17 Po’okela Awards

UHM Theatre + Dance Department was honored with 17 Po’okela Awards celebrating excellence in design, directing and performance during the 2016-2017 Season of Shows. Additional awards were distributed to UHM students and faculty performers  as well as faculty designers participating in community theatre productions. (CHM = Chaminade University; DHT = Diamond Head Theatre; HSF =…+ More Information


“The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” (8/18-9/3) Features Familiar Faces

While not part of the Kennedy Theatre season, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot presented by Theatre Found,  features many UHM faculty and students who are contributing their time and talents to this community theatre endeavor which will take place in the newly renovated Earle Ernst Lab Theatre within the Kennedy Theatre Building.  Familiar faces include:  Mark…+ More Information


Tickets up to 35% off now on sale ONLINE

Advance SuperSaver Tickets to any of Kennedy Theatre’s 4 Mainstage Season shows are onsale now ONLINE at etickethawaii.com.  Save up to 35% off Regular Adult ticket prices. Sale ends September 1, 2017.

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Recently Published: Lurana Donnels O’Malley

The Witch of Endor Slept Here: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Crisis of the George Washington Bicentenary Lurana Donnels O’Malley MELUS (2016) 41 (4): 32-54. In 1932 (the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of George Washington and a time of institutionally sponsored patriotic fervor), the African American writer W. E. B. Du Bois…+ More Information


Kennedy Theatre’s 2017/18 Season of Performances

Kennedy Theatre Announces 2017/18 Season UHM Theatre + Dance Productions return to Kennedy Theatre The 2017/18 Season brings the UHM Department of Theatre + Dance back home to the newly renovated Kennedy Theatre. Long-awaited backstage code and safety upgrades were addressed in the spring of 2017 and are scheduled to be completed this summer. Patrons…+ More Information


5/28/17 Zombies Flee Kennedy Theatre

Sunday, May 28th, shortly after dark, Director Ryan Ishii filmed a scene outside UHM Kennedy Theatre for a film written by and starring UHM theatre alum Desmond Gilla. Spoiler Alert: it involves zombies, and some recent UHM theatre alumna.

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Scholarship Fundraising Appeal: Friends of Kennedy Theatre

Contribute to Theatre Student Scholarships “But if the while I think on thee, dear friend, all losses are restored and sorrows end.” – William Shakespeare With The FRIENDS OF KENNEDY THEATRE Scholarship … MASEEH “…I was a part of the best Asian Theatre program in the world.” (PhD student) MARC “….I was able to participate…+ More Information


Listen to Veteran Actor and NY Agent, Gary Epstein on HPR!

Gary Epstein, Agent/Owner of Phoenix Artists, Inc. NYC Epstein started Phoenix Artists in 1986 and merged with Los Angeles agent, Craig Wyckoff in 1991, giving both Epstein and Wyckoff visibility and offices for clients on both coasts. Epstein’s nine year association with the prestigious Hesseltine Baker Agency gave him rigorous training for helming his own…+ More Information


35 Graduates-To-Be Honored at Theatre + Dance Award Ceremony 2017

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Theatre & Dance Dept Award Ceremony TODAY at 5pm! (5/3)

Come celebrate the achievements of our 2017 graduates.  All undergraduate and graduate students finishing their degree programs in theatre or dance this calendar year will be recognized. 5:00pm Kennedy Theatre Upper Lanai, May 3, 2017

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AUDITION FOR A NEW YORK AGENT, Gary Epstein & MORE! – May 1, 3, 5

Gary Epstein, NY Agent Gary Epstein, Agent/Owner of Phoenix Artists, Inc. NYC, is here visiting the Department of Theatre and Dance during this Spring 2017 semester with the possibility of future visits! Come to Epstein’s 2 FREE workshops and then AUDITION for him! Epstein started Phoenix Artists in 1986 and merged with Los Angeles agent,…+ More Information


TONIGHT (4/4): KZOO Radio Interview on Upcoming “Power & Folly” kyogen production!

Tune in to KZOO Radio for a special interview broadcast* about upcoming kyogen production, “Power & Folly: Japanese Satire for the 21st Century”! Broadcast Time: TONIGHT, April 4, 2017 7:30PM – 8PM AM 1210 *In Japanese and in English.

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AUDITIONS for September 2017 Mainstage Show,”THE SPITFIRE GRILL”!

THE SPITFIRE GRILL Kennedy Theatre Mainstage Production, September 2017 Directed by Lurana Donnels O’Malley AUDITIONS will be held on April 17 & 18, 2017! Performers are sought for 7 roles (4 women, 3 men). Performers of all ethnicities will be considered for all roles. All within UH System (students, faculty, staff) are invited to audition….+ More Information


Playwriting Workshop with British Playwright Mark Ravenhill – Apr. 3-7

British playwright, dramaturge, director, actor,  show runner (Vicious) and journalist (The Guardian) Mark Ravenhill will be a guest artist at the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa this upcoming spring. Ravenhill will be teaching a playwriting workshop/masterclass: Date: April 3 – 7 Time: 5:00PM – 8:00PM Location: Kennedy Theatre For the…+ More Information


Theatre Safety Training with Monona Rossol at UHM – March 21 -22

Hazardous Materials Safety Training with MONONA ROSSOL Attend 7 hours of OSHA HazMat training for certification! MARCH 21 and 22, 2017 at UHM* *Location on UHM Campus – TBA FREE to students and the public. For more info: Monona Rossol Flyer AFTERNOON sessions: March 21, 2017 12 noon – 4:30 pm & March 22, 2017 12 noon…+ More Information


Watch “Smile, You’re Under Surveillance!” PROMO video! OPENS WEDNESDAY!

MARCH 15-26 at Kennedy Theatre – For more info click here. Get tickets at etickethawaii.com and at the Box Office during show weeks! Inspired by Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations, Smile, You’re Under Surveillance! explores the question of how the age of social media and a culture of surveillance have changed our everyday behavior and interactions.

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Dance/Performance/Film Lectures & Wkshps with Dr. Suparna Banerjee & Dr. Angana Jhaveri – 3/14-18

Dr. Suparna Banerjee and Dr. Angana Jhaveri Dance/Performance Studies Lectures and Dance Film Workshops March 14 – 18, 2017 Open to the Public at the Dance Building Suparna & Angana Wkshps Flyer LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS: TUESDAY March 14 : 9AM – 10:15AM Lecture: I/digi-I? Reading the ‘digital double’: new aesthetics and technoculture in contemporary/Bharatanatyam choreographies…+ More Information


Argentine Tango with Erin Malley & Doruk Golcu! – Mar. 17

Love dance? Want to learn Argentine tango? Join in this free dance workshop! Friday, March 17, 2017 12:30PM – 1:50PM UHM Dance Building Free and open to the public! Check out the poster here: Erin and Doruk Poster Erin Malley & Doruk Golcu are an internationally touring, teaching couple of Argentine Tango. Partners on the dance floor…+ More Information


FREE Acting & Meisner Technique Workshops with LA-based Actor Brian Mulligan – Mar. 10-12

3 days of exciting workshops taught by experienced actor Brian Mulligan! Brian Mulligan is an LA-based Actor/Teacher who specializes in teaching workshops on the Business of Acting and also Meisner Technique. Friday, March 10th: 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm “The Business of Acting” Workshop on “How to Get the Job, Keep the Job and Keep…+ More Information


“Hikoi” Honolulu Biennial 2017 Dance Performances with UHM Dancers! 3/11

HIKOI Honolulu Biennial 2017: Opening Week Events – Dance Art Installation* MARCH 11 at 2PM The Hub FREE and open to the public. Registration is required: michaela@honolulubiennial.org. *Features live performances by UHM dancers! Hikoi is conceived as a procession and series of vignettes that respond to artwork in one of the main exhibition venues in the biennial….+ More Information


UHM Hawaiian Theatre MFA Thesis Production OPENS March 9th!

Huuuui. E mai a e nānā ʻoukou kēia hana keaka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. Whether you ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, are learning to speak Hawaiian, would like to experience an immersive ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi event or love moʻolelo– Come and watch Nā Kau a Hiʻiaka. One week. Three Shows. THU/FRI March 9 & 10 AT 7:00 PM SAT March 11…+ More Information


Listen to HPR’s “The Conversation” Interview of “Smile, You’re Under Surveillance!”

Click here to listen to “Smile, You’re Under Surveillance!” creator Markus Wessendorf share the inspiration and development of Kennedy Theatre’s third Primetime production in an exclusive interview with HPR! Then, get your tickets! etickethawaii.com/ SHOWTIMES: MARCH 15, 16, 17, 18, 24, 25, 2017 at 7:30pm MARCH 26 at 2:00pm

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“ArtChangeUS@Oʻahu” Event ft. Hawaiian Theatre professor Hai’li Baker and UHM Students – 3/3-4

Join us for ArtChangeUS@Oʻahu, a series of events that range from participatory performance workshops, performance and discussion. You are welcome to join for any component, but registration is required because space is limited. ArtChangeUS@Oʻahu will feature cross-cultural exchange and insight into sustaining traditional and contemporary Hawaiian spaces. It is also a rare opportunity for theater artists and…+ More Information


Korean Masked Dance-drama Workshops with Chang Yeol Heo & Judy Van Zile – 2/27, 3/2

An Introductory Workshop on Korea’s Masked Dance-dramas with Visiting Guest Artist: Chang Yeol Heo Monday February, 27 12:30pm – 1:50pmUHM Dance Building StudioOpen to Public Chang Yeol Heo Flyer CHANG YEOL HEO is recognized as a talented emerging traditional Korean masked dance performer, and has also been involved in creatively adapting and developing this kind of…+ More Information


UHM Dance Improvisation students performing at Honolulu Museum of Art – Feb. & Apr.

Through the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Art + Choreography collaboration, UHM Assistant Professor of Dance Peiling Kao and her Dance Improvisation class students will be presenting a dance piece. February 25th, 2017 11am – 12pm Honolulu Museum of Art Introduction to Exhibition April 15th, 2017 11am – 12pm Honolulu Museum of Art Dance Performance Public…+ More Information


Tune in to Olelo for “MemoryHouse: Dreams” piece, “The Gathering”!

Here are the air dates for the broadcast of “The Gathering,” a dance piece from UHM’s November 2016 Dance + Technology Concert, MemoryHouse: Dreams. www.olelo.org/olelonet “The Gathering” 2/19/2017  10:30PM     OLELO53 2/20/2017   8:00PM      OLELO53 2/22/2017   1:00PM      OLELO53 2/26/2017   8:00AM      OLELO53

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Dance & Performance Studies Public Lecture with Gretchen Jude – Feb. 16

“From Performance Anxiety to Performance Studies: Reverberations of an Academic Journey” with Gretchen Jude Thursday, February 16th @ 3:45pm UHM Dance Building Room 100 Open to the Public! Gretchen Jude Flyer Gretchen Jude is a Ph.D. candidate in Performance Studies at the University of California Davis.  Gretchen’s doctoral research explores the intersections of Japanese voice and…+ More Information


Sound Design Public Lecture with Dr. John Signor – Feb. 9

Public Lecture with Dr. John Signor Thursday, February 9, 2017 @3:45PM, UHM Dance Building Room 100 Dr. John Signor Flyer Artist/Scholar Dr. John Signor shares aspects of his interdisciplinary research in creating music for dance, theater, and film. A graduate of CalArts, Juilliard, The University of Miami and Willamette University, he has collaborated locally with…+ More Information


Dr. Desiree Quintero & Dr. Wayland Quintero Dance Studies Lecture – Jan. 26

Thursday, January 26, 3:45pm UHM Dance Building Room 100 Open to the Public Made possible in part by Special Funding from the Hawaiʻi State Legislature Dr. Quintero Lecture Flyer Artists/scholars Dr. Desiree A. Quintero and Dr. Wayland Quintero share aspects of their respective doctoral research and fieldwork experiences among people in Sabah, Malaysia and in…+ More Information


HPR Interview with “Twelfth Night” Director Paul Mitri

Listen in on a sneak peek of second Mainstage production, “Twelfth Night,” which opens this Friday, January 27 at 7PM! Click here: HPR Interview with Paul Mitri. (Third story from the top). Get your tickets now! etickethawaii.com  

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UHM Dance Professors Performing in “EXIT monkey” piece – Jan. 21

Come and enjoy “<EXIT> monkey,” a performance directed by Yukie Shiroma, UHM’s Okinawan Dance professor! Also performing in the piece are Department of Theatre and Dance Chair and Professor of Dance, Dr. Betsy Fisher, and fellow Dance professors, Peiling Kao and Amy Schiffner. Date: January 21, 2017 Check out the details here: “<EXIT> monkey” Flyer

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Peiling Kao and Kara Miller present “TINY SEISMIC” at FRINGE FESTIVAL – Jan. 13-14

“TINY SEISMIC” Dance Production “Tiny Seismic” is a shared dance and new media program with dance artists Peiling Kao, Kara Miller, and Friends. The event includes an improvisation duo electroViolet between Peiling Kao (movement) and Gretchen Jude (sound), video dance installations Mango Dream and Seconds by Kara Miller, and excerpts from Degrees of Separation by the Spinning Goats. Live…+ More Information


Musical Theatre Class with Broadway producer Michael Jackowitz – Feb. 9

Musical Theatre Workshop with Michael Jackowitz The Broadway musical producer Michael Jackowitz (Tuck Everlasting, Daddy Long Legs, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Pippin) will share his creative journey and use the upcoming Hawaiian Goddess as an example of how to create and produce a Broadway musical. Date: February 9, 1:30pm-2:45pm Venue: Kennedy Theatre, Men’s…+ More Information


Tune in to Olelo for MemoryHouse: DREAMS segments!

Tune in to Olelo for segments on Kennedy Theatre’s Dance Production, “MemoryHouse: DREAMS”!  www.olelo.org/olelonet Here are the Olelo airdates: UHM Theater and Dance Department: Next Stop Mauna Kea 12/27/2016 8:00 PM Olelo 53 1/1/2017 9:00 AM Olelo 53 1/2/2017 3:00 PM Olelo 53 1/3/2017 11:00 PM Olelo 53 UHM Theater and Dance Department: Over as…+ More Information


Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company Senior Dancer teaches Masterclass – Jan. 27

Join Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s Senior Dancer, I-Ling Liu’s Dance Masterclass! Friday, January 27, 2017 12:30PM – 1:50PM UHM Dance Building Free and open to the public! Check out the flyer here: I-Ling Masterclass Originally from Taiwan, I-Ling Liu is a senior member of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and received her BFA from Taipei…+ More Information


Dance Masterclass with New York Choreographer/Performer Molissa Fenley – Jan. 11

New York-based experienced choreographer and performer, Molissa Fenley will be teaching a Dance Masterclass right here at UH Manoa! Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 12:30PM – 1:50PM UHM Dance Building Free and open to the public! Check out the flyer here: Molissa Fenley Masterclass Fenley founded Molissa Fenley and Company in 1977 and has since created over 85…+ More Information


Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Awarded to UHM Asian Theatre PhD Candidate Jennifer Yoo!

Congratulations to UHM Asian Theatre Ph.D Candidate Jennifer M. Yoo! Jennifer M. Yoo has been awarded the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship for study in Japan for the 2017-2018 year. Yoo has received her M.A. in Asian Theatre and is currently a Ph.D Candidate in Asian Theatre and an Asian Theatre Graduate Assistant at UH Manoa….+ More Information


Congratulations to UHM Theatre + Dance Alumna Kumu Vicky H. Takamine

Congratulations, Kumu Hula Victoria Holt Takamine! PAʻI Foundation founder and executive director, Kumu Hula Victoria Holt Takamine, has been named the 2016 USA Doris Duke Fellow of Traditional Arts. Takamine received her M.A. in Dance from the U.H.M. Department of Theatre and Dance. She has participated in numerous Kennedy Theater productions and taught Hula in…+ More Information


Tony-Award Winner John Rubinstein Gives Master Class! – Dec. 5

John Rubinstein, a Tony-Award winning star of Broadway/TV/Film, will give a FREE master class in Auditioning for Musical Theatre! Monday Dec. 5, 2016, at 6pm Location: Seto Hall on the ‘Iolani School campus Everyone is welcome! Spectators will observe Rubinstein work with pre-selected students from UHM and ‘Iolani.  Rubinstein’s visit is co-sponsored by the UHM…+ More Information


HEADS UP: AUDITIONS for Winter/Spring Footholds – Jan. & Apr.

Love dance? Preparations are in order for the upcoming Winter and Spring Footholds! The “Winter Footholds” performances will run February 15-19 and the “Spring Footholds” performances will run April 26-30. For more information about the auditions, see the flyer: Winter/Spring Footholds Auditions IMPORTANT notice for auditioners: The audition piece must be finished and have been advised…+ More Information


Master Dance Class with Kelly del Rosario – Dec. 7

Join us for a Master Dance Class with Kelly del Rosario on December 7th, 2016 here at UH Manoa! For more information: Master Dance Class with Kelly Flyer Kelly Del Rosario was born and raised in Mililani, Hawaii. He began his studies in dance in 2001 at the University of Hawaii and received his BFA…+ More Information


Ka Unulau o Halāli’i Special Presentation – Nov. 22

Join us for a special presentation on the art of mele/waiata composition, haku kole, and the use of imagery in poetry composition by Dr. Tīmoti Karetu, Kumu Hula Keali‘i Reichel, and Kumu Hula Keawe Lopes. For more information: Ka Unulau o Halāli’i Flyer. Dr. Tīmoti Karetu Kumu Hula Keali‘i Reichel Kumu Hula Keawe Lopes    …+ More Information


Ballet Master Class with NYC Ballet’s Yvonne Borreé – Nov. 21

Master Class by former principal with New York City Ballet, Yvonne Borreé on November 21, 2016 at UH Manoa! For more information: Ballet Master Class Flyer.

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“The Thin Man on the Ladder” opens next week! – Nov. 17

THU-SAT NOVEMBER 17, 18, 19 at 9:00pm SUN NOVEMBER 20 at 7:00pm Location: Kennedy Theatre Studio S The second Late Night Theatre production is a devised theatre production devised and directed by Nathaniel Niemi and Aubrey Watkins. Niemi was recently awarded the National Prize in Directing by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. This…+ More Information


Special Lecture Demonstration by Noh and Kyōgen Mask Maker – Nov. 10

Lecture Demonstration by Noh and Kyōgen Mask Maker KITAZAWA HIDETA 能面打ち北澤秀太 Thursday, November 10, 2016 1-2pm Hamilton Library Room 301 KITAZAWA Hideta is a second-generation woodcarving artist who began studying under his woodcarver father Kitazawa Ikkyō. Becoming an independent wood carver and mask maker in 1997, Kitazawa Hideta has since created masks for noh plays performed…+ More Information


FREE Dance Master Class + Workshop next week! – Nov. 9, 10

Exciting dance classes FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Dance Master Class with Jack Gray “Muscle and Bone/Maori Games” Wednesday November 9, 12:30pm – 1:50pm Indigenous physicality draws upon an innate groundedness, with locomotive movements that apply repetition, directionality and spatial assertion – this training methodology combines a robust rhythm to upbeat music to work…+ More Information


New Media & Dance Concert Opens in 1 Week!

MemoryHouse: Dreams tickets are on sale now at etickethawaii.com.  Don’t wait – seating is limited! ONE WEEKEND ONLY: FRI/SAT/SUN Nov 11-13, 2016

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“A House Divided” opens TONIGHT! -View Trailer

Immersive theatre production, “A House Divided,” opens TONIGHT (10/19) at 7:30 p.m. Check out the trailer here:

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Kevin Berg’s “A House Divided” HPR Interview -10/12/16

Playwright and Director Kevin C. K. Berg shares a sneak peek into his immersive theatre production, “A House Divided,” which runs October 19-23. Check it out here: HPR Interview 10/12/16

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AUDITIONS for “Smile, You’re Under Surveillance!” – Nov. 14, 15

Find out the audition info for Primetime’s Edward Snowden-inspired production, “Smile, You’re Under Surveillance!” Smile, You’re Under Surveillance! Flyer

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AUDITIONS for “Twelfth Night” – Oct. 24, 25

Find out the audition info for second Mainstage production, Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”

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“From Biscuits to Bananas” – Pilates Workshop Oct. 14

Oct. 14, 2016 Time: 12:30p – 1:50p Location: UHM Dance Building Studio Free and open to the public! Presented by the UHM Department of Theatre + Dance and the Dennis Ihara Guest Artist/Scholar Series This workshop, taught by Kim Gibilisco and Bob Turner, will focus on taking a rigid foot, aka, “biscuit,” and transforming it to a strong,…+ More Information


Representative Isaac W. Choy, special guest at Hawaiian Theatre Symposium 2016

Representative Isaac W. Choy will be a special guest in attendance at the Hawaiian Theatre Symposium (HTS). Representative Choy currently serves as the Chair of the House Education committee and represents District 23, which includes Manoa and University. He will present a Legislative Proclamation at the HTS at 9:30AM.

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FINAL WEEKEND! Antigone at Kennedy Theatre

Last chance to watch the outdoor production that everyone is talking about! FRI SEP 23 at 5:00pm SAT SEP 24 at 2:00pm SAT SEP 24 at 5:00pm SUN SEP 25 at 2:00pm SUN SEP 25 at 5:00pm Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/osbItAHzcFQ Details about the show: manoa.hawaii.edu/liveonstage/antigone CLICK HERE to Buy Tickets

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Tune in to OLELO 53 for HSTC Stars’ Night Out Gala Airing!

The airdates for the HSTC Stars’ Night Out Gala are coming up. Tune in to OLELO 53 to “attend” the Hawaii State Theater Council’s award ceremony which took place on August 8, 2016.  Lots of award winning performers, shows, and designers from Kennedy Theatre and the UHM Department of Theatre + Dance are honored at…+ More Information


Free Dance Masterclass THIS FRI 12:30pm

What: Dance Masterclass with Rachel Berman Long-time member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, mover and shaker with Dancers Responding to AIDS, and kama’āina, Rachel Berman, teaches a contemporary dance master class at UHM. Presented By: UHM Department of Theatre + Dance When: FRI September 16, 2016;  12:30pm – 1:50pm Where: UHM Dance Studio in the…+ More Information


Watch our Antigone Trailer! Show opens Friday

https://youtu.be/osbItAHzcFQ   Show opens Friday, September 16.  Click Here to Purchase Tickets Online 24/7.

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Congratulations to our UHM Po‘okela Award Recipients

On Monday, August 8th, much of the Oʻahu theatre community came together for the Hawaii State Theater Council’s annual Stars’ Night Out! During the event, numerous UHM students and faculty received awards and praise, mostly in the form of Po‘okela Awards, for outstanding work on last season’s shows. Below is a comprehensive list of all UHM’s recipients…+ More Information


Welcome! Assistant Professors Peiling Kao & Michelle Bisbee

Fall 2016 ushers in a new school year, show season, and two new Assistant Professors. UHM Department of Theatre + Dance welcomes: Assistant Professor of Scenic Design Michelle Bisbee – read more. Assistant Professor of Dance Peiling Kao – read more. 

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Acclaimed Educator, Director and Author Libby Appel at UHM Aug. 22-27, 2016

The UHM Department of Theatre + Dance is proud to announce that highly-acclaimed Educator, Director and Author Libby Appel, Artistic Director Emeritus of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will be in residence August 22-27, 2016. Appel will lead a workshop, Text Work for Actors and Directors, August 22-26, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each…+ More Information


Center Stage with Donna Blanchard talks about Kennedy Theatre 2016/2017 Season

Host Donna Blanchard interviews Kennedy Theatre Manager Jessica Jacob about the coming season of shows “outside the box.”

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3 T+D Assistant Professors Promoted and Tenured

Congratulations to: Tammy Hailiʻōpua Baker John “Mark” Branner Kara Miller CLICK HERE for full 2016 UHM Tenure & Promotion List

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UHM Theatre (TYA) Graduate Student Margot Fitzsimmons receives National Scholarship Award

Margot Fitzsimmons receives Winifred Ward Scholarship Award From her award letter, “As the selection committee, we delight in wishing you many years filled with inspiration and creative opportunities to lead the field as you join the ranks of other Winifred Ward Scholars. The award will be announced at the AATE [American Alliance for Theatre and…+ More Information


Kennedy Theatre a part of “Concrete in Paradise” Architecture

Here is a gorgeous photo essay by Architectural Photographer Darren Bradley that shares some of the background of the historic UHM Kennedy Theatre and the sibling buildings of the East-West Center. http://modernistarchitecture.blogspot.com/2015/12/concrete-in-paradise-east-west-center.html

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UHM National Commercial Features a visit to Kennedy Theatre and cameos of 2 UHM Dancers

Over the next few years, this commercial spot will air on national television when the Rainbow Warriors and Wahine play on major television networks like CBS Sports, ESPN, etc. It will also play in local movie theaters during the previews throughout the upcoming summer and holiday blockbuster periods. It will also air locally on TV and…+ More Information


Department Awards Photos: Wed May 4

Honored guests from the Hawaii State Legislature were on hand.   Many students were honored with Theatre + Dance Department Awards in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre Wednesday, May 4th. Followed by some student-produced entertainment!

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MON 5/9: Free August Wilson Lecture

Dr. Kimberly C. Ellis will give a free lecture on August Wilson’s Hill District in his life and plays, titled “May All Your Fences Have Gates” on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 5:30pm in Kennedy Theatre Room 101 on the UHM Campus. Dr. Ellis is a scholar of American and Africana Studies and a poet, playwright…+ More Information


Grad Student Tim Callais on Hawaii Five-0 tonight!

Catch soon-to-graduate graduate student Timothy  Callais (MFA Acting May 2016) on Hawaii Five-0 tonight. http://m.imdb.com/title/tt5586434/

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Auditions for Antigone May 12, 2016

More Info: branner@hawaii.edu  

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MFA Thesis Performance this WED/THU

The thesis work of MFA candidate in Asian Directing, Sami L.A. Akuna, will be presented this week alongside a spring classwork showcase. It will take place in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre within Kennedy Theatre, UHM Campus (mauka doors). The showcase begins at 5:30pm on Wednesday and Thursday with the thesis performance starting at approximately…+ More Information


UHM Theatre Graduate Student Takes National Award in Directing

This week, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa graduate student Nathaniel Niemi was awarded the SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society) Directing Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington D.C. Established in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center’s founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 18,000…+ More Information


SHAZAM! Opening Weekend Delights

Only one more weekend left to experience SHAZAM! Dance + Science at UHM’s Kennedy Theatre. Opening weekend audiences were delighted with this innovative approach to a dance-filled evening.  Tickets are still available: CLICK HERE.

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Student Theatre Workers Honored at Award Luncheon

This Thursday (April 14, 2016), at a Campus Center Ballroom Awards Event, Margot Fitzsimmons and Heather Kalehuawehe were honored for their exceptional service as student employees. Fitzsimmons was ultimately named the #1 University of Hawaii at Manoa Student Employee of the Year 2016 in her employee “step and class” and was a finalist for the overall…+ More Information


Double Feature starts Friday: SHAZAM! then FIRE HORSE

Two new productions open Friday 4/15: Mainstage Series SHAZAM! Dance + Science FRI/SAT APRIL 15, 16, 22, 23 at 7:30 p.m. & April 24 at 2:00 p.m. Showcasing UHM undergraduate and graduate student dancers, the annual dance concert is a feast of movement, lights, sound and technology.  With choreography from UHM dance faculty as well…+ More Information


OPENING TONIGHT! Spring Footholds: STREAMS

SHOW RUN: WED-SAT Mar 2, 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m. and SUN Mar 6 at 2:00 p.m. Spring Footholds: STREAMS features new and innovative choreography by MFA Dance candidates Faith S. Im and Camille Monson.  Rounding out the program are exciting dances choreographed by Charlaine Katsuyoshi, Amy Bukarau, Keoni Brache and Toni Pasion and Sami…+ More Information


′AI PŌHAKU, an MFA Dance Thesis Performance

UHM Department of Theatre + Dance Primetime Season Addendum Performance ′AI PŌHAKU Resistance and Resilience to Colonization in Hawai′i an MFA Dance Thesis Performance Directed and Choreographed by Wailana Simcock MARCH 9 & 10 at 7:00pm Reception at 6:30pm Location: Hālau ′O Haumea Auditorium UHM’s Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies 2645 Dole St, Honolulu Free/Donations Accepted…+ More Information


THU FEB 25: Free Lecture-Demonstation on Japanese Noh

FREE LECTURE DEMONSTRATION on NOH Kennedy Theatre Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 12:00 to 1:15 pm Click Here for Poster You are invited to participate in this rare opportunity, as professional noh artists of the TERAI family of the Kanze School of noh, share their art. Doors will open at 11:45am. Open seating. TERAI Sakae (寺井栄) is a shite…+ More Information


FRI FEB 26: Free Bharatanatyam/Yoga Workshop

ANITA SHANMUGANATHAN INTERSECTION OF YOGA AND NAATYA For Poster Click Here Friday February 26, 2-3:15pm Dance Studio Free and Open to Public The dance workshop will involve a brief introduction to yoga practices in Bharatanatyam training, focus on the Siva Sutras, and research in South Asian studies. The workshop will consist of a warm-up and…+ More Information


Friday 2/19 at 7pm – Famous Dancer Celebrates 100th Bday at Kennedy Theatre

Joseph Campbell Foundation Announces “Jean Erdman: The Creative Legacy” A 100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION & RETROSPECTIVE OF OUR LOCAL AWARD-WINNING DANCER, CHOREOGRAPHER, AND THEATRE DIRECTOR Friday, February 19th at 7:00pm in the Ernst Lab Theatre on the UHM campus, the Joseph Campbell Foundation in cooperation with the UHM Department of Theatre + Dance celebrates the distinguished career…+ More Information


UHM Competitors Move up the Ranks at KCACTF!

Breaking News – UHM’s Timothy Callais and Johnny Reed  are moving forward to the semi-final round of the Irene Ryans, on Saturday at 12:30 on the MainStage! There’s more – Nathaniel Neimi’s directing scene advanced to second presentation on Sunday at 1 pm in Mamiya at Chaminade! Go team UH!

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KCACTF is Underway at UHM Kennedy Theatre

1,100 college students from Region VIII college and university theatre programs  and their advisors arrived at UHM and Chaminade this week for the American Theatre College Festival.  This is Hawaii’s first time hosting this prestigious event featuring displays, presentations, workshops and performances from some of the most promising emerging talents in the field.

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Interview on Hawaii Public Radio: Kirstin Pauka talks about Wayang Listrik on “The Conversation”

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Cinematik

FRI/SAT Jan 22, 23, 29, 30 at 11:00 p.m. Directed by Michael Donato The premise: The Late Night Theatre Company purchased a space for a theatre that they didn’t know what to do with. Enter the Strange Friends: an improv troupe that loves to take their inspiration from movie genres. The audience is invited on a journey to not only…+ More Information


View the trailer: Battle of the Monkey Kings

Click here for a two-minute trailer and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of UHM Theatre + Dance’s upcoming production, Subali-Sugriwa: Battle of the Monkey Kings. Show Info

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American College Theatre Festival 2016

Information and Festival Registration: https://kcactf-8.org/ What: The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region 8 Presented By: UHM Department of Theatre + Dance and Chaminade University Where: UHM Campus and Chaminade University Campus When: February 11-14, 2016 More: The UHM Dept. of Theatre + Dance and Chaminade University are proud to host this year’s Region 8 Kennedy…+ More Information


“Gorilla” shows SOLD OUT

The UHM Dept. of Theatre + Dance’s Theatre for Young Audiences production of Gorilla is sold out for its public performances on SAT/SUN December 12/13/19/20. This production takes place in the Commons Gallery at the UHM ARTS BLDG complex.

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Body Percussion Workshop with Keith Terry 11/25/15

Keith Terry will be in town for a few days and has agreed to conduct a body percussion class at the University of Hawaii Dance Building on November 25, 2015 Kenny Endo and Takashi Koshi will be accompanying the class. Class time: 12:30-1:50PM Date: Wednesday, November 25 Place: New Dance Building, UHM (off Maile Way)…+ More Information


Student Fee Board (SAPFB) Free UHM Student Ticket Event: Sunday in the Park with George

Breaking News: Your very own Student Activity and Program Fee Board is inviting a limited number of current UHM students to see Sunday in the Park with George – the award-winning Broadway musical – at Kennedy Theatre for FREE. Click Here to find out HOW!!

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Graduate Assistantship Positions Available

NEWS: APPLICANTS FOR FALL 2016: Graduate Assistantship positions as Acting Lecturer, Scene Shop Assistant, and Electrics Assistant available. Applicants must also apply for admission to the University’s MFA theatre degree programs with a deadline of January 15, 2016.  Very competitive salary for 9-month appointments: $17,502 (pending funds), plus graduate tuition waived.  Full-time students only.  Preference…+ More Information


UHM’s emeritus Dr. Brandon (1927-2015) Honored in Star Advertiser 10/2/15

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Celebration of Life for UHM emeritus James R. Brandon Nov. 29, 2015

          James Rodger Brandon, beloved husband, trailblazing scholar, inspiring director, mentor, teacher, translator, actor, and friend, passed away in Honolulu on Sept. 19, 2015, leaving a remarkable legacy in the world of Asian theatre studies, a discipline he pioneered and fertilized with numerous scholars and artists he so graciously and carefully…+ More Information


La’ieikawai excerpt at 2015 Po’okela Awards featured in ‘Olelo Broadcast

Stars Night Out 2015 Po’oleka Awards show is now available online at ‘Olelo Community Media’s Video-on-demand website. See the scene from La’ieikawai at 6:45. HSTC Stars Night Out 2014 -15 Po’okela Awards: http://olelo.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=18&clip_id=50986  

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TICKETS ON SALE THIS MONDAY!

Get your tickets for The Butterfly, Fall Footholds, Sunday in the Park with George, and more when ticket sales hit the internet, phone lines and walk-up locations: UHM Campus Center, Stan Sheriff open all day as well as Kennedy Theatre Box Office open 10am-1pm that week. MORE SHOW INFO MORE TICKET INFO BUY TICKETS NOW

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GORILLA Cast Announced!

GORILLA CAST LIST NAME – CHARACTER Margot Fitzsimmons  – Hannah Aubrey Watkins  – Hannah Maseeh Ganjali  – Dad/Puppet Gorilla Nathaniel Niemi  – Dad/Puppet Gorilla Soonsup Hong  – Gorilla Joanna Mills – Gorilla Rachel Filbeck – Safari Guide Andrea Gordon – Safari Guide Michelle Huynh –  Safari Guide Shannon Iriarte – Safari Guide Traci Oya –…+ More Information


UHM Theatre honored at Po’okela Awards: Olelo Broadcast Dates

Start planning your parties now to watch Oleloʻs Broadcast of the 2014-2015 Poʻokela Awards featuring several UHM Theatre Shows and Performers. HSTC Stars Night Out 2014-15 Po’okela Awards Broadcasts: 9/16/2015 10:30 AM OLELO53  (Wednesday) 9/20/2015 10:00 PM OLELO53 (Sunday) 9/21/2015 7:00 PM OLELO53 (Monday) 9/23/2015 10:30 AM OLELO53 (Wednesday)

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AUDITION NOTICE: Gorilla (a play for children)

WHEN: SEPT 5, 2015 WHERE: Kennedy Theatre Substage Classroom (back door of Kennedy Theatre, turn right then 1st door on left) TIME: 9 AM – 12 PM Please contact director Mark Branner (branner@hawaii.edu) for additional details or if you CANNOT make the audition. SYNOPSIS: Hannah loves gorillas, but she’s never seen a real one. It’s the night…+ More Information


AUDITION NOTICE – Balinese Wayang Listrik

Auditions for Subali-Sugriwa: Battle of the Monkey Kings WED SEP 16 & THU SEP 17 4:00-9:00pm UHM HENKE HALL ROOM 314 Sign Up for an audition slot on the Kennedy Theatre Production Bulletin Board inside the back doors of Kennedy Theatre. A copy of the script will be in the T+D Main Office for review by…+ More Information


AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT – Sunday in the Park with George

Audition for the Broadway musical Sunday in the Park with George on Wed. Aug. 26 & Thu. Aug. 27 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. The Kennedy Theatre Mainstage is at 1770 East-West Road; entrance is the stage door at the back of the theatre. Please prepare 32 bars of a song in the style of the show and bring a…+ More Information


UHM Theatre Garners 19 Po’okela Awards

The Hawaiʻi State Theater Council recognized UHM’s Department of Theatre and Dance with 19 Poʻokela Awards for Excellence at the 2015 “Stars Night Out” held on August 10, 2015. Kennedy Theatre’s production of Lā‘ieikawai received 10 awards, the most for any production. Below is a complete list of UHM Theatre student, designer and production honorees….+ More Information


Kennedy Theatre Schedule in Star Advertiser Season Preview

Click here to view the Honolulu Pulse version of the Honolulu Star Advertiser’s 2015/2016 Theatre Season Preview article published Sunday, July 5, 2015.

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2015/2016 Mainstage Season

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE OCTOBER 23 – OCTOBER 31, 2015 SONDHEIM’S BROADWAY SMASH HIT This Pulitzer Prize-winning musical distills past and present into enchanting, poignant truths about art, love and life.  Inspired by George Seurat’s world-famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, this play breathes life into the…+ More Information


Health Cast, a groundbreaking partnership

See an amazing article and PSA video about this innovative partnership between T&D and the Department of Nursing.  Click here for News, University of Hawaii Also, a lovely article in Ka Leo. Want to get involved?  If interested, contact: hcast@hawaii.edu

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Kennedy Theatre gets mention in the Moscow Times

The department’s 2012 production “Uncle Vanya and Zombies” was a trendsetter, and continues to attract positive attention as noted in this week’s Moscow Times article. Read the full article here  

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Double Improv Rainbows Take 2nd Place in Tournament

The Double Improv Rainbows is UHM’s first long-form improv team; the team was founded in spring 2014 by Timothy Callais, MFA Acting candidate in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Rooted in a free-flowing, Chicago-style of improvisation, the team recently made history for the state of Hawai’i by competing in the College Improv Tournament in San Francisco,…+ More Information


T&D attends USITT conference

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Stacy Ray joins UH Faculty in Theatre and Dance Department

We are pleased to announce that Stacy Ray will join our faculty in August 2015, as an Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing. Stacy is an actor, director, and teacher of theatre, film, and television. She studied at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and received her MFA…+ More Information


Theatre and Dance invited to Regional Theatre Festival

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is proud to announce that it has been invited to present a scene from its 2013-14 jingju (Beijing/Peking “opera”) production, Lady Mu and the Yang Family Generals, at the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) Region VIII Festival in St. George, Utah, in…+ More Information


Lori Chun begins new position

As of January 21st Lori Chun has moved into her new position as the Departmental Secretary for Theatre & Dance (Secretary 2).  Please give your encouragement and support as she takes on these new duties. A search is currently underway to fill Lori’s previous position (Secretary 1).

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Health Cast: a unique collaboration between Theatre and Nursing students

HealthCAST is a new collaboration between the Department of Theatre & Dance and the School of Nursing that casts and trains actors to portray patients suffering from a variety of physical and emotional symptoms. Actors work alongside a dedicated director and subject matter experts to make sure they are portraying the patient—and their symptoms—accurately and…+ More Information


Faculty Costume Designer Cheri Vasek curates exhibition on Bollywood & Beyond: Costume in Indian Film

Assistant Professor Cheri Vasek has been fascinated with India and has spent two summers in India studying Indian costume design and technique. She brings her interest and study of Bollywood films to an exhibition at the East-West Center’s Art Gallery, serving as co-curator, along with Michael Schuster. This exhibition focuses on film costume—its superb design…+ More Information


UHM Theatre Alum Receives Tony Award

Peter Lawrence, who received his MFA from the University of Hawaii in 1969, was honored at the 2013 Tony Awards with a Tony for Excellence in Theatre for his 30 year career in theatre. Lawrence has worked as production stage manager for over 20 Broadway shows including the current revival of Annie. Lawrence served as…+ More Information


UH Alums make a big splash at Manoa Valley Theatre’s “Toxic Avenger”

UH Alumni contributed to all facets of the recent production of Toxic Avenger at Manoa Valley Theatre in Honolulu. Hannah Schauer Galli, who served as Guest Director, received her MFA in Directing. Michelle Boudreau, starring as Sara, has her BA in Theatre. Jenn Thomas, who did an amazing turn as Mayo Babs Belgoody and Ma…+ More Information


Theatre students participate in ACTF Region VII festival in Los Angeles.

Theatre students from the UHM Department of Theatre and Dance are attending the Region VII American College Theatre Festival in Los Angeles Feb 12–15. Three students were invited to particulate in the Irene Ryan Acting competition based on their performances at Kennedy Theatre. They are: Leah Koeppel (Thread Hell) and partner Kyle Scholl Karissa Myers…+ More Information


UH Contingent attending 2014 USITT Conference in Fort Worth

Several members of the faculty and staff as well as a group of nine students are headed to Fort Worth to participate in this year’s USITT conference. Faculty Members Brian Shevelenko and Cheri Vasek and Staff Members Rick Greaver and Hannah Schauer will be making presentations and will be available in the University of Hawaii…+ More Information


TYA Grad student awarded prestigious Doyle Fellowship

Recent graduate Yasu Ishida, who received his MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences in May 2014, has been  selected as the winner of the American Alliance for Theatre Education’s Doyle Fellowship. This is one of the most prestigious awards given to graduate students in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences. Yasu submitted an extensive portfolio of videos, photos, reviews,…+ More Information


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