The Center for the Arts and Humanities welcomes Visiting Artist Dan Hoyle back to campus for Fall 2020!
On November 17 at 8:45 am, Dan Hoyle will visit Prof. Aldo Billingslea's Acting class for a live first reading of a pilot tv episode, "Town Bidness," written by Dan Hoyle. Parts will be played by Aldo Billingslea, visiting professional actors, recent alumni, current Theatre Arts majors, minors, and students in Aldo’s class.
"Town Bidness" is a tv pilot about a broke weed dealer and a bougie pastry chef who join forces in an attempt to capitalize on the exploding legal cannabis market and turn back the tide on wackness in a gentrifying Oakland.
Literature and Performance
On November 19 at 12:10, Dan Hoyle will visit Prof. Brian Thorstenson's Literature and Performance class to talk with students about how he moves from in-depth journalistic interviews to creating a play from those interviews. One special focus of the discussion will be on writing and performing in a virtual Zoom space, and another will be on solo performers recreating multiple characters from interviews.
2019-20 Visiting Artist-in-Residence Dan Hoyle
In addition to performing his one-man show, Border People, Dan will be visiting classes and working with our students and faculty throughout the year. Dan's performance work spans many topics: race and ethnicity, U.S. electoral politics, immigration and travel, marginality and borders, international oil politics, media and technology, sports cultures, and beyond.
Dan Hoyle is an Oakland-based actor and playwright. His brand of journalistic theater has been hailed as “riveting, funny and poignant” (New York Times) and “hilarious, moving and very necessary” (Salon). His solo shows EACH AND EVERYTHING, THE REAL AMERICANS, TINGS DEY HAPPEN, FLORIDA 2004: THE BIG BUMMER, and CIRCUMNAVIGATOR – all created and premiered at The Marsh Theater in his native San Francisco–have toured the country and overseas including Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater (NYC), Culture Project (NYC), Berkeley Repertory Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, Mosaic Theater Company (D.C.), Portland Center Stage, Playmakers Rep (North Carolina), Painted Bride (Philadelphia), The Park in Calcutta, India, the Samuel Beckett Theater in Dublin, Ireland, and a U.S. State Department-sponsored five-city tour of Nigeria. As an actor, Hoyle recently appeared in Widowers’ Houses at Aurora Theater Company in Berkeley and Off-Broadway in Samantha Chanse’s FRUITING BODIES at The Sheen Center. His multi-actor plays include GAME ON, co-written with Tony Taccone, (TBA award for Outstanding New Play) THE BLOCK, which had a critically acclaimed run Off-Broadway in Spring 2016 (Working Theater), and GROW, a Northern California marijuana comic thriller, which premiered at Mendocino College in Ukiah, CA. He has been an artist-in-residence at Trinity College, Dublin and Columbia University’s Heyman Center for Humanities. www.danhoyle.com
“Dan Hoyle’s brilliant portrayals are exactly what we need right now.”
—Cecilia Muñoz, immigration advocate and director of the Domestic Policy Council in the Obama White House
“A gifted actor. So transformative and empathetic. Enthralling, sometimes heartbreaking, more often funny. Deeply moving."