Contemporary Arts Center

Contemporary Arts Center photo by Steve Zyllus

The Contemporary Arts Center is an eco-friendly and technologically-advanced building.  It is a four-story building which boasts an experimental media lab black box theatre, an art gallery designed to be a world-class exhibition space, a 2,000-square-foot performance capture studio, a state of the art sound design and recording studio, a costume design studio and storage space, computer labs and more.

The Center is LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum Certified and was primarily constructed using locally-sourced materials to reduce the School’s carbon footprint.  In addition, the building contains a system of natural ventilation and was designed and oriented on the land to take advantage of the wind patterns that occur on site.  The hallways of the Center are open and allow for the breeze to come through in order to naturally ventilate the building.  Against the exterior of the building are fixed, perforated panels that block out the summer sun so that the Center is kept cool during the hottest time of the year and still allow wind to flow through the hallways.

Along with its eco-friendly design, the Center’s advanced technological capabilities provides the School of the Arts with invaluable resources. The Center has a quarter million feet of networking cable throughout the building and is fed by fiber optic connections, which increases efficiency and network communication. The majority of the building is secured through the use of proximity-based card keys, which allows easily programmable access for faculty and students at all times.

  • The Meyers Sound Design Studio, located on the lower level of the building, is a state of the art recording studio with an isolated vocal booth and sound editing suite. The ground-level location keeps the rooms isolated from the lo-frequency sounds that can be heard in other rooms.
  • The performance capture studio is a combination green screen and traditional motion capture system that uses infrared markers and will allow for a mix between video and animation. Its primary use is for dance research and for some classes.
  • The costume design studio, serves as an extension of the current costume studio, contains a modern storage system, similar to that of a dry cleaner.
  • A colloquium room serves as a seminar room for graduate students and guest lecturers. The room contains three projection screens and is specifically targeted toward visual programs, particularly in the Studio Art Department.


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Coup de Comedy Festival 2018

May  9-12, 2018

All welcome to over 30 FREE Events & Performances

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For reservations and calendar updates go to:

Coup de Comedy website

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Festival registration site

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 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.

The Claire Trevor School of the Arts is located at 4000 Mesa Road, Irvine, CA  92617. For maps, driving directions and parking information go to

May 9 - 8:00 pm, May 10 (All day), May 11 (All day), May 12 (All day)
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