Saturday, April 21


Tiana Okoye (pictured) plays the role of the snow queen Elsa in "Frozen – Live at the Hyperion" at Disney California Adventure. The 2013 theater, film and television alumna is the first black actress to play the role in the live action production based on the original 2013 animated film. Okoye has also performed as the title role in "Carrie" at the Hollywood Bowl. (Alyssa Dorn/Daily Bruin)

UCLA alumnae defy racial archetype as Elsa in ‘Frozen – Live’

Nine UCLA alumni joined the cast of “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” performing as Elsa, Olaf, Hans, Kristoff or the ensemble. The live adaptation of the 2013 Disney animated film “Frozen” currently plays three times a day at Disney California Adventure after opening in May. Read more...

Photo: Tiana Okoye (pictured) plays the role of the snow queen Elsa in "Frozen – Live at the Hyperion" at Disney California Adventure. The 2013 theater, film and television alumna is the first black actress to play the role in the live action production based on the original 2013 animated film. Okoye has also performed as the title role in "Carrie" at the Hollywood Bowl. (Alyssa Dorn/Daily Bruin)

Tiana Okoye (pictured) plays the role of the snow queen Elsa in "Frozen – Live at the Hyperion" at Disney California Adventure. The 2013 theater, film and television alumna is the first black actress to play the role in the live action production based on the original 2013 animated film. Okoye has also performed as the title role in "Carrie" at the Hollywood Bowl. (Alyssa Dorn/Daily Bruin)

Third-year political science student and art series director for the Cultural Affairs Commission Weiwen Balter (not pictured) helped organize Kerckhoff Art Gallery's "This Body is a Rebellion," to celebrate National Coming Out Week and Disabilities Awareness week. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo editor)

Kerckhoff Art Gallery showcases work of LGBTQ and disabled community

Weiwen Balter said the very act of existence can be a form of rebellion.   Balter was suspended for openly identifying as queer as a high school student in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Read more...

Photo: Third-year political science student and art series director for the Cultural Affairs Commission Weiwen Balter (not pictured) helped organize Kerckhoff Art Gallery's "This Body is a Rebellion," to celebrate National Coming Out Week and Disabilities Awareness week. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo editor)

Third-year political science student and art series director for the Cultural Affairs Commission Weiwen Balter (not pictured) helped organize Kerckhoff Art Gallery's "This Body is a Rebellion," to celebrate National Coming Out Week and Disabilities Awareness week. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo editor)

UCLA employee Joseph Mango (right) wrote the play “The One With Friends” about characters with mental illnesses that find friendship over a shared interest in the sitcom “Friends.” (Anthony Tran/Daily Bruin)

Theater meets psychiatry in play about mental illness and ‘Friends’

Joseph Mango knows friends can be the best therapy – and Phoebe, Joey, Rachel, Ross, Chandler and Monica are the best therapists. Mango, a senior public administrative analyst for the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society, penned a play called “The One With Friends,” about a struggling Los Angeles actor who meets a writer who is scripting a reunion episode for the television show “Friends.” Both the main characters of the play, which will debut at the Tamkin Auditorium on Friday, struggle with depression and eventually find comfort and healing through their newfound companionship and mutual love for “Friends.” Mango, a lifelong “Friends” enthusiast, incorporated more than just his love of the 1990s sitcom into his play. Read more...

Photo: UCLA employee Joseph Mango (right) wrote the play “The One With Friends” about characters with mental illnesses that find friendship over a shared interest in the sitcom “Friends.” (Anthony Tran/Daily Bruin)

UCLA employee Joseph Mango (right) wrote the play “The One With Friends” about characters with mental illnesses that find friendship over a shared interest in the sitcom “Friends.” (Anthony Tran/Daily Bruin)

Casting director Victoria Thomas, who attended UCLA, searched around the world to cast the lead character Kunta Kinte in the television miniseries “Roots.” The show was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or Special in 2016. (Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival)

Alumna earns Emmy nomination for casting ‘Roots’

Forty-three UCLA staff members and alumni were involved in projects nominated for the 2016 Emmy awards in 16 different categories. Over the course of four weeks, the A&E staff will feature some of these UCLA-affiliated nominees and their projects. Read more...

Photo: Casting director Victoria Thomas, who attended UCLA, searched around the world to cast the lead character Kunta Kinte in the television miniseries “Roots.” The show was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or Special in 2016. (Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival)

Casting director Victoria Thomas, who attended UCLA, searched around the world to cast the lead character Kunta Kinte in the television miniseries “Roots.” The show was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or Special in 2016. (Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival)

Katheryne Penny is one of three UCLA Theater, Film and Television alumni that perform in the ensemble of "Frozen – Live at the Hyperion," a new live entertainment show at Disney California Adventure. (Miriam Bribiesca and Harish Balasubramani/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Alumnae take the stage in ‘Frozen’ production at California Adventure

Nine UCLA alumni joined the cast of “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” performing as Elsa, Olaf, Hans, Kristoff or the ensemble. The live adaptation of the 2013 Disney animated film “Frozen” currently plays three times a day at Disney California Adventure after opening in May. Read more...

Photo: Katheryne Penny is one of three UCLA Theater, Film and Television alumni that perform in the ensemble of "Frozen – Live at the Hyperion," a new live entertainment show at Disney California Adventure. (Miriam Bribiesca and Harish Balasubramani/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Katheryne Penny is one of three UCLA Theater, Film and Television alumni that perform in the ensemble of "Frozen – Live at the Hyperion," a new live entertainment show at Disney California Adventure. (Miriam Bribiesca and Harish Balasubramani/Daily Bruin senior staff)



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