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UCI Drama plays with language and love in the classic THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

UCI DRAMA PLAYS WITH LANGUAGE AND LOVE IN THE CLASSIC THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, GUEST DIRECTED BY SHISHIR KURUP

Irvine, Calif., November 20, 2018 – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama continues its 2018-19 season, entitled “Against All Odds,” with Oscar Wilde’s classic farce The Importance of Being Earnest. Guest directed by actor-director Shishir Kurup, it will play December 1 – 9 2018 in the Little Theatre on the UC Irvine campus. Widely thought to be Wilde’s most popular play, the rich language and quick wit of Earnest is a perennial draw, with this production given a notable depth of texture by Kurup’s dedication to drawing out a deeper level of resonance beneath the sparkling dialogue.

Simone Forti receives the Claire Trevor School of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award

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Simone Forti receives the Claire Trevor School of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award

EVENT:
The Art of Performance in Irvine: Simone Forti and Friends

WHEN/WHERE:
7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2018, Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL) at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts.
Mesa Parking Structure (4002 Mesa Road, Irvine, CA 92617)

INFORMATION:
Media planning to attend should contact Jaime DeJong at 949-824-2189 or jdejong@uci.edu. Attendance and parking are complimentary for media who RSVP in advance.

HIGHLIGHTS:
earlier in the day - 12:00 p.m. Movement workshop with Simone Forti for UCI Students
7:00 p.m. Performances and award ceremony

UCI Drama Celebrates Women in Law with the Award-Winning Musical LEGALLY BLONDE

UCI DRAMA OPENS ITS SEASON BY CELEBRATING WOMEN IN LAW WITH THE AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL LEGALLY BLONDE

Irvine, Calif., October 22, 2018 –  UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama opens its 2018-19 season, entitled “Against All Odds,” with the irresistibly fun musical Legally Blonde at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Nell Benjamin and Laurence O’Keefe’s 2007 Broadway hit, with a book by Heather Hach based on the Amanda Brown novel and movie of the same name, was nominated for multiple Tony Awards and won an award for Best Touring Musical in 2009. This story of Elle Woods’ journey, which begins as a quest for love and ends as a story of personal transformation, cleverly embeds its message of empowerment in a pink and rollicking world of music, humor, and double entendre.

First Glimpse: Introducing The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art

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First Glimpse: Introducing The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art

Curated by Kevin Appel, Stephen Barker, and Cécile Whiting
On View: September 29, 2018 – January 5, 2019
Opening Reception: September 29, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

IRVINE, Calif. (August 24, 2018) – The UCI Institute and Museum for California Art will host a ‘First Glimpse’ of The Buck Collection – an exquisite but long hidden collection of California art – at the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

Ella de Búrca's FLAT AS THE TONGUE LIES bids sound, text, kinetic sculpture and video

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UC IRVINE’S CLAIRE TREVOR SCHOOL OF THE ARTS PRESENTS FLAT AS THE TONGUE LIES, A SOLO EXHIBITION BY ELLA DE BÚRCA

IRVINE, Calif. – UC Irvine’s Room Gallery is pleased to present new works by Ella de Búrca in her first U.S. solo exhibition Flat As The Tongue Lies, as a part of the University Art Galleries (UAG) Emerging Artist Series. The exhibition will open Saturday, September 29, 2018, with a reception from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

UCI Drama tackles rage, love, and disillusionment in Green Day’s American Idiot

UCI DRAMA TACKLES RAGE, LOVE, AND DISILLUSIONMENT IN GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT

Irvine, Calif., May 10, 2018 –  UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama wraps its 2017 – 18 season, The Business of Politics/The Politics of Business, with Green Day’s iconic and defiant musical American Idiot. With songs from the punk band’s 2004 album of the same name, as well as additions from their follow-up 21st Century Breakdown, the soundtrack combines a visceral howl of coming-of age-disillusionment with the sharp-tongued political commentary that is Green Day’s trademark.

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Names the Annual ASTAIREAWARDS® Scholarship and Award Recipients

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Names the Annual ASTAIREAWARDS® Scholarship and Award Recipients

The Department of Dance Honors Laman Musayeva and Rachel Wu

Irvine, Calif., May 3, 2018 – The Department of Dance in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine announces their annual ASTAIREAWARDS® Scholarship and Award recipients are fourth-year dance students Laman Musayeva and Rachel Wu. The annual scholarship is given to students for excellence in dance, choreography, and music. The students will be honored at the upcoming Claire Trevor School of the Arts Scholarship breakfast at the Claire Trevor Theatre on Friday, May 11, 2018. 

A scientist in the dance studio

A Scientist in the Dance Studio

When you think of the artistry of dance, it probably conjures thoughts of bodies in motion in theatres and rehearsal studios and not stark white stem cell research laboratories or clinics; for Dr. Kelli Sharp, it does. For her, it is just another day in the classroom and at the office.

We recently sat down with Dr. Sharp to find out how she integrates her two passions as a scientist in a world of artists as she prepares to be a first-time artistic director for the upcoming Dance Escape 2018 graduate student choreography concert.

The Coup de Comedy Festival 2018 is back for a 6th year!

IRVINE, Calif.  (April 18, 2018) – UC Irvine's Improv Revolution (iRev) continues its tradition of The Coup de Comedy Festival 2018, a 4-day celebration of free fun for the community, featuring some of the best comedic talent in the world. iRev is an improvisational ensemble composed of undergraduate students from UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA). This year’s festival will be May 9-12, 2018 in the Little Theatre, Nixon Theatre, Winifred Smith Hall, xMPL, and other workshop spaces at CTSA.

Admissions to all festival events, workshops, and performances are free, however, reservations are required because of limited seating in each venue. Early sign-ups are highly encouraged; a limited number of walk-up seats will be available at every event but are not guaranteed.

To place reservations and obtain more information or calendar updates go to

Pioneer of the electric harp Zeena Parkins to perform at UCI

Irvine, Calif., April 16, 2018 –The Gassmann Electronic Music Series at UC Irvine will present a concert and improvisation workshop by composer, improviser, and pioneer of the electric harp Zeena Parkins.

Ms. Parkins will perform her original work titled Captiva, a multi-movement composition that explores a compendium of possibilities on the acoustic harp, deploying improvisational strategies on composed fragments, triggering new material. The concert will be held Friday April 20, 2018 at 8:00 in Winifred Smith Hall in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts on the campus of UC Irvine. The event is free; no ticket is required.

Earlier that same day, Friday, April 20, 2018, at 1:00 pm, Zeena Parkins will lead an Improvisation Workshop for musicians, held in Room 218 of the Music and Media Building at UCI. The workshop is free and open to all.

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