Presenting the Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production’s 2024-25 Season

Dear TFDP Community,

Serving as our department's Artistic Director over the past four years has been one of the greatest, most rewarding joys of my life as I've had the rare pleasure of working with our brilliant students, staff, faculty and visiting artists, and engaging with our beloved audiences.

It is with equally great delight that I ask you to join me in welcoming our new AD, Dr. Donatella Galella, as we introduce the exciting 2024-2025 season. Our mainstage productions this year include one magical musical and two powerfully poignant classics. While the shows are all the work of male writers, they are thematically connected in the way they each feature strong female characters navigating worlds ruled by men. Our season will also shine the light on the original work of our very own UCR storytellers who will continue to dazzle on both stage and screen in the TFDP Film Festival, Playworks, and New Works Festival.

Presenting the Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production’s 2024-25 Season:
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER A Play by Rick Elice, Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Music by Wayne Barker
November 2024
Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair... and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love.
MACBETH by William Shakespeare
February 2025
Driven by his relentless thirst for power, Macbeth descends into madness leaving a trail of destruction in his wake in Shakespeare's timeless tragedy of unchecked ambition and its devastating consequences.
A DOLL’S HOUSE by Henrik Ibsen
May 2025
In this gripping tale of a woman torn between societal expectations and her own desires, we’ll follow the journey of Nora Helmer as she confronts the confines of marriage and gender roles in Henrik Ibsen's groundbreaking exploration of autonomy and liberation.

Featuring Original Short Films by UCR Filmmakers
May 2025

Featuring 10-Minute Original Plays by UCR Undergraduate and MFA Playwrights
May 2025

Featuring Original New Projects by UCR MFA Playwrights and Screenwriters
June 2025

We hope you will join us as we embark on this exciting next chapter in our Storytelling journey at UCR!

Kimberly Guerrero, Artistic Director
Dr. Donatella Galella, Incoming Artistic Director
Ben Tusher, Production Director for the Performing Arts