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The artistic vision of UCLA’s Kristy Edmunds

originally posted by the Los Angeles Times
September 22, 2012

The CAP-UCLA executive and artistic director has big plans for performing arts at the campus, including more university-centric work, more student involvement and a return to adventurous programming.

When David Sefton resigned as the executive and artistic director of UCLA Live at the end of the 2009-10 season, he complained that excessive budget cuts would afford him little opportunity to keep the campus’ venturesome performance series relevant. The deciding factor was the university’s elimination of the high-profile and hugely valuable International Theatre Festival that Sefton had established. With generic programming in its stead, UCLA overnight got the reputation for provincialism, eclipsed in scope and sophistication by the programs at UC Berkeley, UC Davis and the smaller UC Santa Barbara.

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