Alumni In the News

UCI Art Department Alum Alexis Smith's Exhibition at Pepperdine’s Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art

January 20 - April 1, 2018

For over 40 years, Alexis Smith's art has explored the depths of popular culture. She begins with an array of images—ranging from thrift-store finds to nostalgic advertisements—and juxtaposes them with poetic and poignant texts. Her art underscores how the media shapes our self-image and reminds us that meaning is often fugitive and always surprising.

Amandla Bearden Featured in National Commercial

UCI Drama Alumni Amandla Bearden is currently featured in a national commercial for Credit Karma.


Nick Manfredi in an Episode on "Betrayed"

Nick Manfredi (MFA 2016) was recently featured in an episode of Betrayed on ID (Information Discovery) Network.

Gwyn Conaway-Bennison recently published "The Story We Wear: Costume Design for Animators and Illustrators"

Gwyn Conaway-Bennison (MFA 2015), who is currently guest Costume Designer on UCI Drama’s Mrs. Packard, recently published The Story We Wear: Costume Design for Animators and Illustrators (Design Studio Press 2017).

Fun Home’s Beth Malone Joins Broadway’s Angels in America

The Tony nominee will share the role of the Angel at select performances with Amanda Lawrence.

Beth Malone earned her first Tony nomination for her portrayal of Alison Bechdel in Fun Home. She also originated the role of June Carter Cash in Ring of Fire on Broadway, as well as the roles of Betty Jean in The Marvelous Wonderettes and Alison in Bingo Off-Broadway. She recently starred in the world premiere of Kathleen Marshall's revised The Unsinkable Molly Brown at the Muny and recently led a development workshop of the production through Roundabout Theatre Company.

Kelly Moran's "Bloodroot" made Rolling Stone Magazine's 20 best Avant Albums of 2017

"New York pianist Kelly Moran turns the fuzzy, buzzy world of prepared piano into something more prismatic..."

Matt Koenig to perform in Southern California Production of "Cabaret"

Matt Koenig (MFA 2014) will be playing Ernst in La Mirada Center for the Performing Arts’ production of Cabaret in January – February 2018.

Alum Bree Murphy to Play Adelaide in Upcoming Production of 'Guys and Dolls'

Bree Murphy (MFA 2014) is playing Adelaide in Music Theatre West’s upcoming production of Guys and Dolls, and current second year MFA in Music Direction candidate Benet Braun is the Music Director for the show.

Alumni Composer Jeffrey Mumford had recent works performed at over a half dozen venues in 2017

Composer Jeffrey Mumford (BA, 1977) had recent works performed at over a half dozen venues in 2017: the  violin piece “eight musings . . . revisiting memories” (2005), was performed at Eastman School of music, Lawrence University and Chicago; “eight aspects of appreciation II” (2005) for violin and cello, at Ohio's Lorain County Community College, “billowing pockets brightly layered (2000, rev. 2007) was performed by New York’s Ensemble 212; “ . . . becoming clear (2017)” for solo viola was premiered at the Print Center in Philadelphia; Mivos Quartet performed “the promise of the far horizon (2002, rev. 2013)” at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.; and the Ossia Ensemble performed “a garden of flourishing paths (2008, rev. 2017) at the  Eastman School of Music. The works “eight aspects,” “billowing pockets” and "two rhapsodies for cello and strings" will be performed in Houston, St. Louis and Cleveland Heights, Ohio respectively in 2018. 

Ry Bradley Nominated for California Country Artists in the Best Album category

Alumni Ry Bradley is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter rising to prominence in the country music scene. Bradley is based in California but travels frequently  to Nashville to perform and co-write songs with Nashville songwriters.  Ry performs constantly in venues ranging from bars to festivals, has a number of recordings, and has won a number of awards.  His latest album has been nominated by the California Country Artists in the Best Album category.