Alumni In the News
Beth Lopes (MFA 2011) is directing Atlas Pit, a new play by Alex Burkart. The play runs from September 30 – October 23, 2016 at The Working Stage Theatre in Los Angeles. LINK.
May 13, 2016
The Collective, a new Chicago Theatre Company, opens its 2016-17 season with its seventh installment of THE HAMLET PROJECT, directed by Riley McIlveen and Assistant Directed by Omer Abbas Salem. The Collective is dedicated to gender-, color-, and age-blind casting. The cast and crew members include UCI Drama Alumni Jesse Sharp (MFA), Vinny Tangherlini (BA 2015), Ryan Imhoff (MFA 2011) and Beth Lopes (MFA 2011).
A good thing to know about Trio Céleste, though not absolutely necessary, is how to pronounce the name.
“I don’t even know how to correctly pronounce it, there you go,” the group’s cellist Ross Gasworth quips. The other two members, pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks and violinist Iryna Krechkovsky, quickly chime in. It’s “Say-lest,” they say, though “Seh-lest” is fine by them, too. Where did the name come from? The first time the group played was during a harvest moon, a “celestial event.”
The three of them showed up the other morning at an Irvine eatery to sip coffee and talk about recent developments, like the release of their first album, on Navona Records. The group, ensemble-in-residence at UC Irvine, seems on the verge of a breakout. Already busy on chamber music series throughout California, the trio recently signed with New York management, which will pursue out-of-state opportunities.
The non-profit organization they run, Chamber Music | OC, which promotes...
For M.F.A. grad Brett Doar, who builds large-scale Rube Goldberg machines, one success has led to another.
If Hasbro ever invents a million-dollar version of the game Mouse Trap, it might look like one of Brett Doar’s madcap contraptions. The 2009 M.F.A. grad is gaining fame for his elaborate chain-reaction machines, which have starred in popular music videos, television shows and commercials – and will appear in an upcoming movie.
Like falling dominoes on steroids, Doar’s creations rely on synchronized sledgehammers, crashing pianos, toy sharks, chainsaws, catapults and other quirky props. The mesmerizing results have gone viral on YouTube and turned heads at major art museums. LINK.
Ben Jacoby (MFA 2012) has been tapped to take over the role of "Barry Mann" in Broadway's production of Beautiful-The Carole King Musical. LINK.
Alan Mingo, Jr. (MFA 1998) is set to take over the lead role of "Lola" in the Tony Award winning musical Kinky Boots, on Broadway. LINK.
Teresa K. Pond (MFA 2003) has been named Producing Artistic Director for the Cyrano’s Theatre Company in Anchorage, Alaska. Teresa previously served as the Producing Artistic Director of Millbrook Playhouse in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania. She also served as Executive Director of Anchorage Community Theatre. She has worked with New York Classical Theatre, Vital Theatre Company, and the New York Fringe Festival. LINK.