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Have you ever wondered what a Dramaturg does for the theatre?

IRVINE, CA (November 20, 2015) - Have you ever wondered what a Dramaturg does for the theatre?  UCI Drama utilizes a Dramaturg for main stage productions offering the audience insight and depth into the playwright’s context, language, and backstory.  The director will guide and mold the actors and creative team to bring the play to life, but the job of the Dramaturg is to know as much about the play and its conception as the original playwright; enhancing every part of the director’s vision.

Take a deeper look at These Shining Lives, and go into the mind of Dramaturg Wind Dell Woods with his latest notes for the upcoming play by Melanie Marnich opening Saturday, November 21, 2015. 

These Shining Lives Dramaturgical Notes
by Wind Dell Woods, Dramaturg

Clayton Garrison Memorial Celebration

Save the Date: Clayton Garrison Memorial Celebration

Sunday, February 21, 2016

5:30 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Save the date to celebrate the life of internationally acclaimed choreographer, director, and our Founding Dean, Clayton Garrison.

If you would like to share your memories in words or performance, please email us at UCIDramaNews@uci.edu.

Hosted by UCI Drama

 

More on Founding Dean, Clayton Garrison

Clayton Garrison, founding dean of the School of Fine Arts at the University of California, Irvine, died 27 July 2015 at the age of 93. He was a visionary stage director, choreographer and theater professor who left a lasting imprint on UCI and what’s now known as the Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

Director Sarah Butts opens up about THESE SHINING LIVES

Director Sarah Butts opens up about THESE SHINING LIVES

Recently Dr. Daniel Gary Busby, Chair of the Department of Drama, sat down with Director Sarah Butts to discuss her upcoming performances of These Shining Lives by playwright Melanie Marnich.  

DGB: What about this play excites you the most?

SB: Getting to bring to life a story that draws attention to a particular event in American history that is widely unknown. Before reading this play I had never heard of radium women and I find that many of the people I talk to about the play also are unfamiliar. I love getting to explore the world of the 1920s. It is such a fascinating time in American history, specifically for women.

DGB: What do you think is the most salient point of the story?

UCI Drama Explores Corporate Greed and Personal Resilience In Melanie Marnich’s These Shining Lives

UCI DRAMA EXPLORES CORPORATE GREED AND PERSONAL RESILIENCE IN MELANIE MARNICH’S THESE SHINING LIVES

IRVINE, Calif. (October 28, 2015) – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama presents Melanie Marnich’s engaging social drama These Shining Lives. Based on the true story of four women working at the Radium Dial Company in 1920s Illinois, the play explores the political nuances of female emergence in the work force within the timeless context of employee rights in the face of corporate greed.

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Video

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Video (click here if the above image doesn't work)

Credits:
Bryan Jackson, Director
Quyen Tran, Director of Photography
Austin Kearsley, Editor
Steve Chieh-Wei Chiu, Composer

Special thanks to Steve Zylius and UCI Strategic Communications for all their assistance!
 

UCI Drama Returns to the Irvine Barclay Theatre with Man of La Mancha

UCI DRAMA RETURNS TO THE IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE WITH BROADWAY MUSICAL CLASSIC MAN OF LA MANCHA FOR EIGHT REMARKABLE PERFORMANCES

IRVINE, Calif. (October 20, 2015) – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama presents the classic Broadway musical, Man of La Mancha, November 14 - 22, 2015. The show marks the first performance in the “Care/Cure/Corruption” Series for the 2015-16 Drama season. The production also marks the department’s return to the Irvine Barclay Theatre stage.

BEALL CENTER FOR ART + TECHNOLOGY PRESENTS AN INTERNATIONAL EXHIBTION, OBJECTS OF WONDER

THE BEALL CENTER FOR ART + TECHNOLOGY PRESENTS AN INTERNATIONAL EXHIBTION, OBJECTS OF WONDER, AT THE UC IRVINE CLAIRE TREVOR SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, OCTOBER 3, 2015 – JANUARY 23, 2016.

IRVINE, Calif. (September 24, 2015) -- The Donald R. and Joan F. Beall Center for Art + Technology at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts will mount “Objects of Wonder” highlighting artworks of internationally acclaimed artists working in strange and unusual mediums. The exhibition opens Saturday, October 3, 2015 with an Artist reception open to the public from 2:00PM -5:00PM and will be on exhibit through Saturday, January 23, 2016. 

OBJECTS OF WONDER

Robert deMaine and Kevin Kwan Loucks perform for one night only

AMERICAN VIRTUOSO CELLIST ROBERT DEMAINE AND TRIO CÉLESTE’S PIANTIST KEVIN KWAN LOUCKS PERFORM FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

IRVINE, Calif. (September 21, 2015) -- Chamber Music | OC in association with UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts presents Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Cellist Robert deMaine and Trio Céleste pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks in a special season-opening duo recital featuring Sergei Rachmaninoff’s passionate Sonata for Cello and Piano. The concert will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm in Winifred Smith Hall on the Claire Trevor School of the Arts campus.

“Radicals of Irvine” Exhibition Dedicated To the Original Rebels of UCI Art

 

UC IRVINE’S CLAIRE TREVOR SCHOOL OF THE ARTS ILLUMINATES “RADICALS OF IRVINE,” EXHIBITION DEDICATED TO THE ORIGINAL REBELS OF UCI ART

IRVINE, Calif. (September 10, 2015) -- The University Art Gallery (UAG) at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts will unveil A Performative Trigger: Radicals of Irvine. The group exhibition focuses on luminary artists Chris Burden, Nancy Buchanan, Richard Newton, Alexis Smith, Barbara T. Smith, Bradley Smith, Paula Sweet, and Robert Wilhite when they were making radical art as students at UCI.  The exhibition will open Saturday, October 3 with a reception open to the public from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and will exhibit through Saturday, December 12, 2015. 

Six New Musicals by High School and College Students Debut at ShowSearch

 

 

SIX NEW MUSICALS BY HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS DEBUT AT SHOWSEARCH ON AUGUST 29, 2015

IRVINE, CA (August 19, 2015) - After a nationwide search for new short musicals created by young writers, the six final shows have been selected for SHOWSEARCH, produced by The Festival of New American Musicals in residence at University of California, Irvine.

After receiving submissions from across the U.S., six musicals have been chosen as finalists for SHOWSEARCH, the national competition for 10-minute original musicals. These young writers, all high school and college students, hail from all corners of the country. Their musicals will be presented in a one time only reading by a professional ensemble of actors on Saturday, August 29th at 3 pm in the Claire Trevor Theatre, University of California, Irvine.

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