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As our faculty, students, and staff prepare for an unusual spring quarter of remote teaching and learning, the lyrics to Barbra Streisand’s “People” keep swimming through my mind. “People, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world.” In a world facing an international pandemic, it...

An important update from Dean Barker

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, we want to keep you, our valued supporters and community members, updated on how the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) in collaboration with the greater UCI community are responding. We are working diligently to quickly adapt to the rapidly...

COVID-19 Update | Spring Quarter Arts Events

March 12, 2020 While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at UCI at this time, the greatest priority at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is the health and well-being of our students, faculty, audiences, and staff. CTSA is taking all appropriate precautions as it monitors the...

Setting Dreams in Motion

New York City is ever-moving, marked by a quick flow of people and ideas. Many artists dream of calling it home, to submerge themselves in a life they have been anticipating. It is 6 a.m. in the sleepless city, and Isaiah Tadros, B.F.A. ’20, having already been awake for several hours, stands in...

Faculty Research: Embodying Humanity

What if dance could make us all better people? S. Ama Wray, associate professor of dance, believes it can. “The world needs dance to connect with our bodies in terms of rhythm (since the constraints of time impact everything), and to connect with empathy to one another,” Wray says. “These things...

Anteaters in the Arts: David Torres

  “My Son, I will eternally miss you, you have left a void in our lives that the Pacific Ocean could not fill.” — Ricardo Torres   The Claire Trevor School of the Arts community is heartbroken by the passing of recent Department of Art undergraduate David Andrew Torres (B.A...

Arts Advocates: The Ruszats

COMMUNITY CONNECTORS Q&A with the Ruszats   Cheryll and Richard Ruszat are longtime UCI supporters and leaders. They are trustees of the UCI Foundation, co-presidents of the Chancellor’s Club, and support numerous causes across campus, from education to health sciences. In their...

Shining a Light on Future Artists

By Christine Byrd As a violinist begins to play on stage, UCI graduate student Tomoko Ozawa transforms the solo into a live electronic ensemble piece by manipulating data from the player’s hand movements with computer software. Ozawa is able to collaborate on this experimental strings...

Citizen Artist: Christine Dianne Guiyangco

View the full pictorial in CONNECT, the quarterly magazine for UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Art graduate student Christine Dianne Guiyangco (M.F.A. ’20) is a first-generation Filipino immigrant. Through her artwork, she explores the instabilities of migration and the...

An Experimental Stage: Morgan Embry

Written by Christine Byrd In the few short months since graduating, Morgan Embry, M.F.A. ’19, has criss-crossed the country as a lighting designer for live music concerts. When she has time to spend in one place, it’s usually Los Angeles, where she’s busy showcasing her immersive art...

Faculty Research: Lighting and Sound Labs Enhance the Drama

When the lights fade and the music builds, an audience of theater-goers can feel transported—before the action even starts. That’s why drama faculty in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts focus on creating high-tech sound and lighting labs that help students produce top-quality shows and then...

Student Research: Corey Cao Nguyen

New Tools for School Students at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts explore the human experience through a variety of creative avenues by using skills as classically trained fine artists, but also through emerging technology and media. Students from all four departments have access to a range...

Student Research: Jehbreal Jackson

New Tools for School Students at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts explore the human experience through a variety of creative avenues by using skills as classically trained fine artists, but also through emerging technology and media. Students from all four departments have access to a range...

Student Research: Gretchen Diane Ugalde

New Tools for School Students at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts explore the human experience through a variety of creative avenues by using skills as classically trained fine artists, but also through emerging technology and media. Students from all four departments have access to a range...

Student Research: Alex Lough

New Tools for School Students at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts explore the human experience through a variety of creative avenues by using skills as classically trained fine artists, but also through emerging technology and media. Students from all four departments have access to a range...

Alumni: Erik Smith

Erik Smith, M.F.A. ’19, got his start with Cirque du Soleil back in 2013 as an undergraduate in the UCI Department of Drama. Smith took a class in advanced stage management where he met Emily Carr, a guest lecturer from Cirque du Soleil. It was always a dream of Smith’s to work for Cirque, so Carr...

The Dance Scientist

View the full pictorial in CONNECT, the quarterly magazine for UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Dr. Kelli Sharp is not your typical dance professor. She spends her days collecting and analyzing motion-capture data to investigate movement patterns, responses to stimuli, and the acceleration...

Viewing Science and Society Through Art

Written by Christine Byrd American Monument invites you to put a record on, but what you hear may make you uncomfortable. The turntables mounted on 22 white pedestals play audio from police body cams and eyewitness recordings from some of the most notorious examples of police brutality against...