Claire Trevor Society

Named after the leading lady of our school, the Claire Trevor Society celebrates current supporters who demonstrate the passion and commitment to the arts, exemplified by Ms. Trevor, by giving $1,500 or more annually to the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA).

“We felt it was critical to honor Claire Trevor’s leadership and generosity in addition to recognizing current donors who carry on the tradition,” said Cheryll and Richard Ruszat, founding members of the Claire Trevor Society.

Claire Trevor was a legendary Oscar and Emmy Award-winning actress whose career included work in film, on stage, radio and television. As a passionate advocate for the arts and arts education, it was only natural that she became deeply devoted to the arts at her local Orange County research university, UC Irvine.

Ms. Trevor sat in on rehearsals and interacted with student actors and faculty regularly. She liked getting to know the students and seeing their work. She often spoke of the important role the arts played in her life and believed that using one’s imagination to its fullest is necessary to live a happy life. Students and faculty cherished her presence and valued her wise professional advice she generously shared. Ms. Trevor’s commitment to the students never wavered.

In 2000, our school became the Claire Trevor School of the Arts when Ms. Trevor’s stepsons, Peter and Donald Bren, acknowledged her legacy as an artist and her commitment to future artists and performers with a transformational gift to support three endowed professorships, expanding the arts educational outreach programs, and each department’s greatest needs. Ms. Trevor’s passion and dedication lives on in the work happening in our classrooms, studios, and stages each and every day.

Society Tiers & Courtesies


Annual gifts to the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA), at qualified society tiers, will be celebrated by the Claire Trevor Society. Gifts may be designated to the Dean’s Excellence Fund, the Dean’s Scholarship Fund, to a department, or any area that you are passionate about at CTSA.


$1,500 - $2,499

  • Invitation to 4 signature Society events a year
  • A Society lapel pin
  • Spotlight in the Society E-Newsletter
  • Recognition on Society website
  • Advance electronic distribution of season brochure
  • Listing in Annual Honor Roll
  • The Society annual impact report
  • Priority seating for tickets and subscriptions*
  • * Subject to availability

$2,500 - $4,999

  • Fellow Society members receive all of the benefits of the previous tier
  • Early exhibition viewings
  • Opportunity to audit a lecture/workshop
  • Group behind-the-scenes tour of a department/program/gallery
  • Signed publication or program selected by the Dean


$5,000 – $9,999

  • Benefactor Society members receive all of the benefits of the previous tiers
  • Profile in a school publication
  • Volunteer leadership opportunities
  • Private insiders tour of a department/program/gallery

$10,000 - $24,999

  • Patron Society members receive all of the benefits of the previous tiers
  • Concierge service for the Arts & UCI campus
  • Acknowledgment from the stage/podium
  • Selected invitations to Dean’s Advisory Council events
  • Selected invitations to high-level UCI events


  • Investor Society members receive all of the benefits the previous tiers
  • Personalized impact report & annual giving summary
  • Interactive immersive arts production experience
  • Exclusive guest of Dean at a cultural event
  • Opportunity to host a private performance or show

Questions? Call (949) 824-8750 or email

Society Courtesies are subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts.