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FADA (Film-Arts-Drama Alliance) club produces "Zot Zot Land" to celebrate the Arts at UCI

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Arts students from University of California, Irvine came together to put their spin on La La Land's "Another Day of Sun!" 80+ students and mentors were involved in the film project that included newly recorded instrumentals, vocals, lyrics, along with new choreography.  The film was produced by the Film-Arts-Drama-Alliance (FADA) at UCI specifically for the 18th annual Zotfest film festival at UCI.  The team wanted to create a "Soft Opening" film that would unite the students together for one large project. With the teamwork from Paper Sketch Media, FADA, and UCI Illuminations, they were able to pull resources together to bring the project "Zot Zot Land" to life! Filmmakers, Designers, Singers, Dancers,...

Congratulations to UCI alum and faculty on CCF fellowships!

Congratulations to UCI alums Shagha Ariannia,Maura Brewer, Aaron Sandnes, Samira Yamin, and UCI Professor Amanda Ross-Ho on receiving this year’s fellowships for Visual Artists!

Shauna Toh Wins Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Shauna Toh (BA 2016) is a recipient of the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. Designated by the Dean and Associate Dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, this award recognizes outstanding work in faculty-mentored research and/or creative activity. One faculty member and one student from each school receives this award.  The selected faculty members are recognized with certificates of excellence, and one Chancellor’s Award winner will receive a substantial award to support the purchase of computer equipment. Each student awardee will receive a certificate and a stipend. Shauna will be recognized at the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Shining Stars Dance Program Providing Dance Classes to Underserved Communities

Shining Stars Dance Program achieved a goal of providing free dance classes to 58 children from ages 5-12 from underserved communities in Orange County.  The brainchild of this program, Irishia Hubbard (BFA 2016), partnered with Nicole Rivor (MFA 2015) and together they co-directed this program, mentored by Associate Professor Sheron Wray. 

The online application for children participants will be available early Spring 2016. If you are interested in receiving the link to the application, please sign up for the email newsletter by emailing

Irishia Hubbard is the inaugural recipient of the Donald McKayle Scholarship

Donald McKayle, a legendary choreographer and UC Irvine Emeritus Professor, has generously provided a scholarship for UCI Dance majors. Reflecting the extraordinary creative talent and character that Donald McKayle has brought to modern dance in the USA, The Donald McKayle Scholarship seeks applicants that have a strong technical command of modern dance, vivid artistic and choreographic voice that speaks to the human condition articulated through a definite approach to musicality. The inaugural scholarship was awarded to Irishia Hubbard (BFA 2016). She is in her senior year, completing her double major in Choreography and Education.

Take My Story, Add Your Story, and You Get Our Stories!

The final bell rings as classrooms turn into a whirlwind of departure. Bags are packed with worksheets and math problems and crayons and juice boxes. Eager legs scurry to the playground, their parents’ arms, soccer practice. But for 15 students at Culverdale Elementary School, school ending means it’s time for rehearsal...
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The Dance Department Hosts Dancetech

The Dance Department Hosts Dancetech

On November 3, 2015, the Dance Department hosted the Dancetech Company from High River, Alberta, Canada.  Eighteen young dancers age seven to eighteen spent the afternoon in improvisation and choreography workshops with dance faculty and graduate student mentors.  

The group started with warm-ups then segregated into small groups each with a graduate mentor to create short choreography pieces based on themes the students chose.  Some of the pieces burst onto the floor while others were melodic and fluid.  All were smiling and enjoying the experience!

The class culminated in a group discussion where the students and mentors were able to talk about what they learned, the movements, and reasons for their step choices.  There were discussions of what it means to become a dance major at a university and what it how incorporating dance into the rest of one’s life if motivational and empowering.  Young girls listened intently...

Second Annual Student Lighting Showcase Held At Chauvet Professional Showroom

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BURBANK, CA – Vividly dynamic lightshows weren’t the only thing only on display at the Second Annual Student Lighting Showcase. Also shining brightly was the creative bond that connects generations with a shared passion for lighting, as students from four colleges got the incredible opportunity to have their designs evaluated by some of the most respected LDs in the industry...

Building Community Through Theatre

New University News, story by Sarah S. Menendez, Apr 26, 2015

Last year, the service workers across the UC system went on strike. Ring Road and the flagpoles were flooded with a sea of green union shirts, picket signs and empowering chants. Students passing by the flagpoles stopped to witness this movement and learn more about why the workers were on strike. For many it was a moment of curiosity, for some an impetus to organize in solidarity, for others they saw community.

When the members of UCI’s latino drama collective, Brown Bag Theatre Company set out to create a new project for the new school year, they looked to the strike and saw an opportunity to tell the stories of an often forgotten latino community on campus.... read full article

A Musical Theatre Revue for the Holidays!

A group of grads and undergrads performed a musical theatre revue for an audience of 300 at Leisure World, Laguna Hills on December 11, 2014.

Pictured left to right:  Joey Abrego (BFA/Music Theatre ’16), Catherine Nickerson (BFA/Music Theatre ’15), Haylee Cotta (BFA/Music Theatre ’15), Zak Houston (MFA/Acting ’15), Tasha Tormey (BFA/Music Theatre ’15), Caitlin Scott (MFA/Acting ’15), Adam Schroeder (MFA/Acting ’16) and Madisen Johnson (BFA/Music Theatre ‘15).

Production was directed by Professor Myrona DeLaney and accompanied by Professor Dennis Castellano.