Outdoor stage built at UCI for return of Shakespeare Festival

Eli Simon, the artistic director for the New Swan Shakespeare Festival and a professor in the Drama Department at UC Irvine, stands on the stage of the New Swan Theater being constructed on the plaza outside Langson Library at UC Irvine on Tuesday, May 31

65 Questions with Department Chair of Drama, Don Hill

New University’s 65 Questions with Department Chair of Drama, Don Hill. Walking through Claire Trevor School of The Arts, The New University immersed themselves into the directorial world of UCI’s upcoming show, Into the Woods.

The art of inquiry

While much of the attention on research at UCI is directed at the sciences, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts has also generated research, although to much less notice. Jesse Colin Jackson is on a mission to change that.

8 Top Costume Design Programs

The Department of Drama Costume Design Program recently made the list for the top 8 design programs for Backstage Magazine's annual list. The program combines practical professional training with exploring and identifying each student's artistic voice.

'How I Met Your Murderer': Meet Rachele Schank (UCI Drama, 2009) from Lifetime's psychological thriller

Starring in the lead role of the film is actress Rachele Schank. Schank attended London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and has a B.A. in Drama from UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Read the MEAWW.com article by Aurelia Fernandes.

CTSA Expands Comms to Facilitate Remote Productions & New Learning Opportunities

UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Expands Comms to Facilitate Remote Productions & New Learning Opportunities

UCI’s “She Kills Monsters” Delights with Dungeons and (Digital) Dragons

The New University reviews UCI Drama’s Fall 2020 production of “She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms.” Directed by Beth Lopes, this production follows the “Young Adventurers Edition” of the play — an aged-down, less explicit version of the original work by

Claire Trevor School of the Arts Virtual Tour

With the current restriction of COVID-19, our campus is closed to the public. If you are looking to get a closer view inside the school, take our new virtual tour! You may also learn more through our Student Affairs pages on the main menu..

Irvine is a hub of arts and culture in OC

It’s all around town. Laugh at the Improv. Cry at the New Swan Theater. Engage your senses with 4DX movies at Regal Irvine Spectrum. Groove to Grammy-winning jazz. Take a look.

Live Performance May Be on Pause, but Arts Students Continue Their Studies with Hope

Arts students have been forced to continue their studies online during the coronavirus pandemic. Adam Jacobson, a UCI drama student, has created an in-home studio to capture his performances on camera for class attendance and assignments.

UC Irvine Art Department: Recontextualizing Instruction During Changing Times

The visual and performing arts inspire and enlighten us. They provide solace, help us rise above difficulties and uplift our spirits during times of change and confusion. “Art is essential to the well-being of individuals and society...”

At the end of summer comes UC Irvine’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Zoom’

Four days will quickly steep themselves in night; four nights will quickly dream away the time — for four nights, UC Irvine’s New Swan Shakespeare Theater will draw its audience into the bard’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” albeit unconventionally...

A Midsummer Night’s Zoom

A Beloved Shakespeare play transformed for a virtual world - The creative collaboration of Eli Simon, Chancellor’s Professor of drama, and Julia Lupton, professor of English, “A Midsummer Night’s Zoom” captures the elements of a beloved play.

A New Cultural Paradigm at the UC Irvine School of the Arts

“Performance is the golden thread of connection among living bodies,” said Stephen Barker Ph.D., Dean, UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA), during a recent Zoom interview. “It captures the essence of the human experience.”

On Theater

UC Irvine’s New Swan Shakespeare Festival has canceled both its 2020 productions, but it will offer encore of its 2018 shows — “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Winter’s Tale” — online for playgoers yearning for an olde English fix.

Art and soul

#UCIArtsAnywhere encourages people to post photos or videos of themselves engaging with the arts on social media.

UCI Drama’s “Living Out” Sparks Empathy And Awareness

Plunging their audience into the brutally truthful world of working mothers in today’s culture, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts’ Drama Department did justice to the theme of their 2019-2020 season, “Women & Co.” (Feature written by Rachel Golkin '22)

UCI Campus Virtual Reality Tour

Even though we cannot host our future students on campus at this time, it is no reason for you to not be able to take a tour! Learn more about UCI here. (Hosted through You Visit)