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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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UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of The Arts Stages Revival of Eugene Loring’s Billy The Kid

IRVINE, Calif. (December 5, 2014) -- The Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at the University of California, Irvine is thrilled to announce that as part of our 50th anniversary season the Department of Dance will stage a revival of founding faculty member Eugene Loring’s classic American ballet, Billy the Kid. The work will be featured as part of Dance Visions, an annual constellation of faculty works which runs from February 11 – 15, 2015 in the Claire Trevor Theatre. The program will also include choreography by outstanding current faculty members Tong Wang, Shaun Boyle, and Donald McKayle.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Elevates the Production with Professional Chops

CTSA Drama Gives Back to Orange County Community

IRVINE, Calif. (Nov. 25, 2014) – The Department of Drama, Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at the University of California, Irvine will mount Tennessee Williams’ classic, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, opening December 6 and running through December 14. The play, which was the winner of the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, explores the complex family relationships of the wealthy cotton tycoon family of Big Daddy Pollitt. Several recurring motifs such as social morés, greed, superficiality, decay, sexual desire, repression and death are explored.

A Gift of Art, A Special Fundraiser

The Department of Art is pleased to present a unique opportunity to support its programs and collaborative projects with a collection of prints by artists Kevin Appel, Barbara T. Smith, Bruce Yonemoto, and Liat Yossifor.  With your generous donation, you will receive one or more of the four prints, as a gift from the Department of Art.  Each print is signed by the artist and comes with a certificate of authentication.

Please join us on November 6, 2014 for CTSA's Annual Open House where the art will be on display in the Contemporary Arts Center lobby from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  You will have the opportunity to view the prints, donate, and receive the prints.

Please click on the link below to learn how to donate to the Department of Art, and to learn about each artist and their respective artwork.

Dept. of Art Fundraiser

A Season of Love, Lust and Greed

Drama at UC Irvine announces the 2014-2015 Season:
Love, Lust and Greed

Dr. Daniel Gary Busby, Chair of Drama at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine, announces the 2014-2015 Drama Season. Featuring works that explore the most basic human instincts: LOVE, LUST and GREED. These elemental issues drive most human interaction and form the basis of all great dramatic works of literature since the time of the Greeks. Following on the heels of the 2013-14, A Season of Justice: An exploration of Citizenship, the Drama faculty has made a turn for next year’s season, choosing a theme which offers both exciting new and fascinating re-telling of classic stories about our shared human condition.


Fall 2014 Productions


The Last Lifeboat -- faculty directed workshop

Written by Luke Yankee
Directed by Don Hill

UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Annual Open House

IRVINE, Calif. (October 20, 2014) -- The Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at the University of California, Irvine invites you to attend its fourth annual arts Open House on Thursday, November 6 from 5:30 – 8:00pm. As UCI and our School embark on this 50th anniversary year, the evening’s festivities will highlight our expansive legacy of learning and creativity. Admission to the event is free, so bring the whole family to enjoy an array of entertainment, many complementary food options, and live jazz on the arts plaza.

CTSA Explores the Aftermath of Titanic in a World Premiere Play by Luke Yankee

IRVINE, Calif. (Oct. 16, 2014) -- The Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at the University of California, Irvine is pleased to announce the world premiere of a new play by award-winning playwright Luke Yankee. The Last Lifeboat is the untold story of J. Bruce Ismay, the owner of the White Star Line at the time of the sinking of the Titanic, whose decision to save himself rather than go down with the ship made him the scapegoat for one of the greatest disasters of all time. An ensemble cast playing multiple roles tells this epic tale which explores not only the tragedy itself, but the sensationalized trials and aftermath of the night that changed the world forever. The production will be directed and produced by Don Hill, Vice Chair of the UCI Drama Department.

Beall Center’s Free Family Day On Sat., October 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

IRVINE, Calif. (October 14, 2014) -- The Beall Center for Art + Technology at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts will have its free Family Day on Sat., October 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. around the Arts Plaza of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine.

Children and adults of all ages enjoy hands-on art and technology projects and experience an introduction to new media art relating to the Beall Center’s many ongoing exhibitions and initiatives.

Scheduled Activities Include:

2014-2015 Season Brochure

Welcome to the 50th Anniversary of UC Irvine — and to the Claire Trevor School of the Arts’ 2014-15 season of exciting exhibitions, performances, and special events. Since its founding in 1965, the School of Fine Arts has been a unique and vibrant presence in the community, nationally, and internationally, building from strength to strength across these five decades.