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UCI, Chapman, and CSUF Launch Collaborative Arts Development Experience (CADE) in London


IRVINE, Calif., (March 9, 2015) – Faculty and staff from Chapman University’s College of Performing Arts, CSU Fullerton’s College of the Arts and UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts have joined forces to develop the Collaborative Arts Development Experience (CADE) – a program that provides cultural enrichment for lifelong learners and artistic development for emerging student artists and performers.

CADE ( was created to harness the collaborative power of three of Orange County’s premier institutions of higher education.  The Program encourages learning by doing outside a traditional academic setting and helps young artists find their artistic voice through practical training, experiential learning and industry immersion.

THE ELECTRA PROJECT: A conversation between Daniel Gary Busby and Mihai Maniutiu

IRVINE, Calif. (February 26, 2015) – In preparation for the Drama Department's presentation of THE ELECTRA PROJECT, UCI Drama Department Chair Daniel Gary Busby sat down with the Creator/Director and Distinguished Professor Mihai Maniutiu for some Q & A.

Daniel Gary Busby: Where does THE ELECTRA PROJECT’s generative energy come from, and what inspired you to revisit/explore the Electra story as a “musical tragedy”?

THE ELECTRA PROJECT Brings an International Cast Together for a Music and Cultural Experimentation

IRVINE, Calif. (February 19, 2015) – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) Drama Department presents THE ELECTRA PROJECT, March 7 – 15, 2015. The production, which is the fifth installment in the department’s LOVE, LUST & GREED season, is written and directed by Mihai Maniutiu Distinguished Professor of Drama, native of Romania and Artistic and Executive Director of the National Theatre in Cluj, Romania. The production reimagines the classical Electra story in a new way, incorporating Romanian folk music (performed by renowned guest artists Ioan Pop and Iza Group, from the Maramures region of Romania) to drive and synergize the dramatic action. 

CTSA Launches Registration for 2015 Summer Academies in the Arts


CTSA Launches Registration for 2015 Summer Academies in the Arts for High School and Middle School Students

IRVINE, Calif., (February 6, 2015) – The Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at the University of California, Irvine launched registration for its 2015 Summer Academies in the Arts today. The Academies are part of a movement by the school to provide meaningful opportunities for the community to engage with the arts on campus at UCI and to contribute to youth development. These college and career preparatory intensives for high school and middle school students, and exploratory arts and learning camps for elementary school students, enhance students’ 21st century skills, and support college and career goals, self-confidence and leadership.

UCI’s Dance Department Offers a Unique Look at Dance Visions 2015

IRVINE, Calif. (February 3, 2014) – Dance Visions 2015 prepares to illuminate audiences with a mixture of new choreography and the re-staging of an American classic. This exceptional performance is being presented by the UCI Dance Department as a part of their 50th anniversary celebration for the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. The performance led by Artistic Director, Molly Lynch, will feature Eugene Loring’s classic American ballet, Billy the Kid, with live music from the UCI Symphony Orchestra led by conductor, Dr. Stephen Tucker.  New original pieces from faculty members Tong Wang, Shaun Boyle, and legend Donald McKayle will also premier as part of this annual constellation of exceptional works.  Dance Visions 2015 will run from February 11 – 15, 2015 in the Claire Trevor Theatre.

Triple Artist Exhibition Opening at the Beall Center for Art + Technology



EVENTS:  The Beall Center for Art + Technology at UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts will host an exhibition opening reception on Saturday, February 7, 2015, which is open to the public.  The new exhibit runs through Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Guest Artist Aiyun Huang Joins The Gassmann Electronic Music Series

IRVINE, Calif. (January 23, 2015) – The Gassmann Electronic Music Studio in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at UC Irvine presents Wired Percussion: A concert of music for percussion and computers by Aiyun Huang, Friday, January 30, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. in Winifred Smith Hall on the UCI campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Ms. Huang will also give a lecture titled "Interactive Improvisation - Percussion and Computer" Thursday, January 29, 2015 on the CTSA campus in the Music and Media Building, Room 216 at 11:00 am, free and open to all. She’ll discuss her collaborations with computer and media artists, previewing the technological bases underlying two of the works she will perform in the Friday concert.

THE LIQUID PLAIN Explores Themes of Sexuality and Violence as Part of the Season of Love, Lust and Greed

IRVINE, Calif. (January 9, 2015) – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) Drama Department will present Naomi Wallace’s play THE LIQUID PLAIN from January 31 through February 8. The production is commissioned through the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle and is the winner of the 2012 Horton Foote Prize for “Promising New American Play”. Jaye Austin Williams, current Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Fellow, will guest direct. UCI Drama’s production will be the second production of Wallace’s play, as well as the California premier.

PASSION Takes the Stage At Claire Trevor School of the Arts, An Interview with Director Kent Nicholson

IRVINE, Calif. (December 20, 2014) – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) Drama Department will produce Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical PASSION with guest Director Kent Nicholson, January 23 – 25, 2015. The play is an essential part of the Department’s second themed season - LOVE, LUST AND GREED.  PASSION is a semi-staged concert version of the 1994 Tony Award winner (Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score), adapted from Ettore Scola’s film Passione d’Amore, focused on the themes of love, sex, obsession, illness, passion, beauty, power and manipulation. Its narrative centers on the impending consequences of the consummation of love, and the repercussions that often follow.

CTSA Mounts A Triple Artist Exhibition Of Works By Nina Waisman, Joe Mckay, And David Rokeby At The Beall Center For Art + Technology

IRVINE, Calif. (December 16, 2014) -- The Donald R. and Joan F. Beall Center for Art + Technology at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts will mount “Play: In Three Acts” highlighting three interactive works by three artists, Nina Waisman's Body Envelope (2012 to Present), Joe McKay’s Light Wave (2013), and David Rokeby's Dark Matter (2010). Their installations explore various modes of interaction. Waisman and Rokeby incorporate sound and embodied interaction. McKay's work incorporates playful interaction with a choice to compete or cooperate to extend the play. The exhibition opens Saturday, February 7, 2015 with an Artist reception open to the public from 2:00PM -5:00PM and will be on exhibit through Saturday, May 2, 2015. 

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