Faculty In the News

UC Irvine exhibit spotlights Shakespearean stage costuming for women

Marcy Froehlich, professor and costume designer with the drama department, presented a keynote lecture April 5 during the opening night of UCI Libraries' 2018 Spring Exhibit, "Costuming the Leading Ladies of Shakespeare: From Stratford to Orange County," a collection running through the end of September that features pieces used in various Shakespearean productions at UCI — including the summertime New Swan Theater productions — and newly acquired materials from the late Shakespearean actress Helena Modjeska who made her home in Orange County.

Honoring the late Donald McKayle

Modern dance pioneer Donald McKayle, one of the first African American men to break through racial barriers via dance, has died. The iconic performer, choreographer, teacher, director and writer had a wide-ranging impact on the United States’ creative and cultural landscape. He died Friday night, according to his wife. He was 87 years old.

“Donald McKayle’s passing is truly the end of an era in American dance,” said University of California, Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman. “His passion for teaching and mentoring young, talented dancers remained unabated throughout his long life, and one of his greatest legacies is the hundreds of professional dancers now performing around the world.”

A UCI professor emeritus of dance who continued teaching until shortly before his death, McKayle created deeply socially conscious works that focused on the human condition and the African American experience. His seminal works “Games,” “Rainbow ’Round My Shoulder,” “District...

Amy Bauer Keynote Speaker at West Coast Conference on Music Theory and Analysis

Amy Bauer delivered the keynote lecture "'Did You Say Post-Spectral,': The orchestral imaginary in millenium works by Tulve, Dalbavie and Haas," at the at the 27th annual meeting of the West Coast Conference on Music Theory and Analysis, April 6–8 at San Diego State University.

Costuming the Leading Ladies of Shakespeare

Orange County has a unique tie to The Bard with Madame Modjeska. You will find elements of her story in UC Irvine’s Spring 2018 exhibit that makes the connection from Stratford to the OC. Professor Marcy Froehlich, UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts – Drama, made an incredible presentation last evening about her professional career in fashioning actors in period pieces on stage and the film set.

Dr. S. Ama Wray will present On Becoming: A Neo-African Performance Architect at FIU

Dr. S. Ama Wray to present a lecture On Becoming: A Neo-African Performance Architect at the 11th Annual Chris Gray Memorial Lecture on April 13 at Florida International University.

Laguna Art Museum’s centennial honors artist Tony DeLap

Just as DeLap’s art influenced and inspired new generations of younger artists, so too did his efforts in the classroom. DeLap taught and mentored some of today’s most notable contemporary artists, including Bruce Nauman, John McCracken and James Turrell. But while he pioneered art forms and founded a major artist community at UC Irvine, he never sought out the same level of attention as some of his contemporaries. For him, teaching, creation and experimentation were enough.


San Diego Tribune's: 10 Things to Watch in Music this Spring

Michael Dessen, Associate Professor and the Robert and Marjorie Rawlins Chari of Music and Nicole Mitchell, Music Professor are to play with the Mark Dresser Quintet on Friday, March 30.

Expect a night of dazzling aural adventure when San Diego contrabass great Mark Dresser is joined by a stellar band featuring the superb flutist Nicole Mitchell, rising piano phenom Joshua White and trombonist Michael Dessen.

An Evening with Darryl Taylor in New York

Darryl Taylor will perform "An Evening with Darryl Taylor" on April 3, 2018 at the National Opera Center in New York. His program will feature works recorded by him as well as severarl explicitly written for him.

Drama Chair & Professor Daniel Gary Busby is Music Director & Conductor of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of Oklahoma!

Drama Chair and Professor Daniel Gary Busby is Music Director and Conductor of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s upcoming production ofOklahoma! This fresh look at a classic, directed by Bill Rauch, features non-traditional casting and gender-fluid characters. Professor Michael Hooker is the Sound Designer for the production, which opens 22 April 2018

Nicole Mitchell received Champion of New Music Award

Nicole Mitchell is one of three recipients of the American Composers Forum "Champion of New Music Award." The Champion of New Music Award was established as a national mark of recognition to honor individuals and ensembles that have made a significant and sustained contribution over time to the work and livelihoods of contemporary composers.