Hosted by Dean Emeritus Stephen Barker

The Claire Trevor School of the Arts is pleased to present ArtsTalk, a series of interdisciplinary conversations with Dean Emeritus Stephen Barker and faculty, students and staff across the four departments of Art, Dance, Drama, and Music. The initial series Leading the Arts Through a Pandemic will feature interviews with the department chairs and graduate students, highlighting how CTSA is adapting and adjusting to the remote learning environment. The forthcoming episode will feature graduate students from Music. The full schedule of episodes will be posted and archived here.


Episode Eight: In the final episode of the Leading the Arts Through a Pandemic series, Dean Barker sits down with Joao Martins (M.F.A. Musicology ’20; Ph.D. History and Theory of Music ’25) and Omar Costa Hamido (Ph.D. ICIT ’21) to discuss their experience in the two unique Ph.D. programs in the Music department.

Episode Seven: Dean Barker speaks with the Department of Music Chair Stephen Tucker regarding his experience growing up in Jamaica, training as a conductor, Outreach work with Santa Ana High School, and the dynamic landscape of the Music department.

Episode Six: Dean Barker sits down with two M.F.A. students in the Department of Art, Ivy Guild (’21) and Gosia Wojas (’22) to learn more about what led them to UC Irvine, their interdisciplinary and critical practices, and what the future holds for them.

Episode Five: Dean Barker speaks with the Department of Art Chair Kevin Appel about the storied history of the department; how faculty and students are continuing to pivot their practices; and the current exhibition The Black Index at the University Art Gallery.

Episode Four: Dean Barker sits down with the Department of Dance's M.F.A. students Beverly Bautista ('21) and Carl "Dougie" Sanders ('21) to discuss their professional and personal background, experience at UC Irvine, and forthcoming choreography pieces for the Dance department's fall performance New Slate Online in December.

Episode Three: Dean Barker speaks with the Department of Dance Chair Molly Lynch about adjusting to remote learning; the Student Resource Campaign; forthcoming New Slate Online performances in December; and welcoming the two new Assistant Professors, Ariyan Johnson and Cyrian Reed.

Episode Two: Dean Stephen Barker speaks with the Department of Drama's M.F.A. students Hailey Byerly (’21), Tolu Ekisola (’22) and Arizsia Staton (’22) about their experience in the Acting program at UC Irvine, their new initiative Students Mobilizing for Change, how they have adjusted to remote learning and personal projects they are working on this summer.

Episode One: The inaugural episode will feature an interview with the Department of Drama Chair Don Hill. In the interview, Dean Barker and Don Hill discuss the department's programs for 2020-2021 and how students, faculty and staff have adapted during the remote spring 2020 quarter.