Featured Actors 6/11/16

Atim Udoffia

Atim Udoffia

Atim Udoffia will read “Boyfriend” by Carmen Lau. Udoffia spent over a decade performing in theater and short films in Los Angeles before relocating to the Sacramento area. She most recently played the role of Jory in Disgraced at Capital Stage, where she has also appeared as Lena/Francine in Clybourne Park. Additional Sacramento credits include Harriet Tubman in The Conductor at B Street Theatre and Nola in After Hours with EMH Productions. Favorite roles include Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the title character in Hamlet, both at Studio/Stage in Los Angeles. Udoffia also works in videos, commercials, webisodes, and print. She is a graduate of Stanford University.

Deni Scofield

Deni Scofield

Deni Scofield will read “Nina Brown” by Genanne Walsh. Scofield has been teaching theater in the Sacramento area for the past twenty-four years and serves as Theatre Coordinator for the San Juan Unified School District. She is an active presenter at workshops, teaching others how to incorporate theater into core curriculum. Prose and poetry pushed her into the halls of CSUS where she graduated with a BA in English in 1991. In 1998, her love of words led her back to CSUS, where she earned her MA in creative writing. Scofield’s first play, Clippings, was published by Samuel French in 1997, and that publication was followed by two more, All The King’s Horses and Othello Undone. When not teaching and directing high school theater, she enjoys the opportunity to tread the boards herself, having performed at several of the wonderful theaters in Sacramento and in a commercial or two! Scofield has read for Stories on Stage Sacramento, and she is very happy to read in Davis and share “Nina Brown”!

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Featured Authors 6/11/16

Carmen Lau

Carmen Lau

Carmen Lau graduated from the UC Davis Creative Writing MA program in 2009. Since then, she has lived in Shanghai, Berkeley, and Hong Kong. She currently lives in Atascadero, where she is training to become a psychiatric technician. Her stories have appeared in a number of literary journals, in print and online, including Fairy Tale ReviewThe CollagistHayden’s Ferry Review, and GiganticThe Girl Wakes, her first book, was the winner of Alternating Current’s 2015 Electric Book Award.

Genanne Walsh

Genanne Walsh

Genanne Walsh is the author of Twister, awarded the Big Moose Prize for the Novel from Black Lawrence Press and published in December 2015. Twister was also a finalist for the Brighthorse Prize, and a chapter from the novel was nominated for The Pushcart Prize. Excerpts appeared in earlier form in Puerto del SolBlackbird, and Red Earth Review. Her other work has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet TendencySwinkBLOOM, and elsewhere. She has been awarded two residencies from the Ragdale Foundation and holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College.

A San Francisco resident for almost twenty-five years, she lives in the heart of the city with her wife and dogs. In her day job, she works as a nonprofit grant writer and freelance editor. Visit her online at genannewalsh.com, @genannewalsh, and facebook.com/GenanneWalshAuthor.

 

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Featured Actors 5/14/16

Tara Henry

Tara Henry

Tara Henry will read “Year of the Tree” by Becky Mandelbaum. Henry is thrilled to be making her debut at Stories on Stage Davis. Highlights of her past roles include Mute/Mortimer in The Fantasticks (Sacramento Theatre Company), Emma/Ensemble in The Behavior of Broadus (Capital Stage), Fanny Dashwood/Charlotte Palmer in Sense and Sensibility (Sacramento Theater Company), Cassandra in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Main Street Theatre Works), Charlotte/Mrs. Gardner in Pride and Prejudice (Sacramento Theatre Company), both Dromios in Comedy of Errors (Sacramento Shakespeare Festival), Goneril in King Lear (The Alternative Arts Collective), Mildred in The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild (Costa Mesa Playhouse), and a Fantasy Festival 28 cast member with B Street Theatre.

Evan White

Evan White

Evan White is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English. Since 2011 he has read many original stories on programs on KDVS 90.3 FM, the UC Davis campus and community radio station. He has appeared as a reader at both the Poetry Night Reading Series and the Sacramento Poetry Center’s “Foam at the Mouth” reading series. As an undergraduate he co-founded Absurd Publications and published an anthology of poetry and short fiction, All the Vegetarians in Texas Have Been Shot, in addition to the creative journal The Oddity, of which there were seven issues. Currently he works as a graphic designer at UC Davis.

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Featured Authors 5/14/2016

We’re happy to introduce the winners of this year’s Stage on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest, Becky Mandelbaum and Christina Turner. We can’t wait for you to hear their work!

Becky Mandelbaum

Becky Mandelbaum

Becky Mandelbaum is the winner of the Third Annual Stories on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest for her story “Year of the Tree.” Mandelbaum is from Kansas but is currently finishing her second year in the Creative Writing MA program at UC Davis. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Salt Hill Journal, The East Bay Review, Midwestern Gothic, and Kansas City Voices.

Christina Turner

Christina Turner

Christina Turner is the runner-up of the Third Annual Stories on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest for her story “The Quick and the Dead.” Turner is a native West Virginian, an adopted North Carolinian, and a second-year MA student in creative writing at UC Davis, where she has received the Elliot Gilbert Prize. Before coming to UC Davis, she received a Master of Divinity from Duke University. She writes short stories and essays and is at work on a novel about God, grief, and love in Appalachia.

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