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Exploring the Interconnection of Body and Mind at UC Irvine's Beall Center

Dave Barton from the OC Weekly reviews "Embodied Encounters" the current exhibition at the Beall Center for Art + Technology. On display through January 21, 2017.

Sound Design for Video Games: Bridging the Gap Between Departments

The videogame industry is a rising and ever changing industry. It takes innovation and determination to stay ahead of the curve. Vincent Olivieri and Richert Wang are well aware of that.

Wheelchair dance company to conduct workshop at UC Irvine

Ten years ago, former Irvine resident Marisa Hamamoto was taking a contemporary dance class when she suddenly found herself paralyzed from the neck down. “I felt my elbows tingle and the next thing I collapsed,” said Hamamoto who at the time was in...

A Step Up For UCI Dance With Addition of Lar Lubovitch to Faculty

UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts has a reputation for appointing esteemed working choreographers to join the faculty of the Department of Dance, and its latest hire continues the trend. Lar Lubovitch, whom The New York Times named “one of the

Summer Shakespeare: A critic's take on the secret to theatrical success

By Charles McNulty, Theater Critic August 16, 2016 Summer Shakespeare. These words can strike fear in the heart of a reluctant theatergoer. Yes, the plays are supposed to be good for you. But semiprofessional productions in which the artistic company...

Shakespeare Invades OC This Summer

... But the Shakespeare that ought to get the pulse of any Shakespeare-lover truly pulsing can be found in the county's most unique theater: the New Swan, a portable, 16-ton, three-level, steel-and-wood cylinder stationed on the campus of UC Irvine...

Choreographer Joins UCI Arts School

By Deirdre Newman - July 11, 2016. International artistic director and choreographer Lar Lubovitch has joined the dance department at the University of California-Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts as a Distinguished Professor...

On Theater: UCI brushing up its Shakespeare

For a fellow who's been pondering whether to be or not to be since the 16th century, "Hamlet" certainly still gets around, especially around Orange County. Shakespeare's greatest tragedy is currently being offered at three countywide venues — Costa Mesa'

Stephen Barker Appointed Dean of UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts

The University of California, Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts, has announced that drama professor Stephen Barker has been named dean. Barker has served as the interim dean of the school since September 2014. Lisa Naugle, chair of the dance...

Arts Grads: Dance

The following students plan to continue their studies in dance after graduation. The list includes the student’s name, the school from which the student will graduate, the school or conservatory he or she plans to attend and the intended areas of study...

Theater setting gives the Bard that extra something

New Swan Shakespeare Festival's fifth season is featured in the Daily Pilot. (Photo by Paul R. Kennedy)

THR Ranks the 25 Best Drama Schools for an MFA

There are enough schools offering master's degrees in the performing arts to fill every page of this magazine — about 17,000 students get an MFA degree a year. Of course, a lot of those diplomas aren't worth the parchment they're printed on, much less...

The Top 25 Undergraduate Drama Schools Ranked

Aspiring thesps can follow in the footsteps of some of the industry's biggest stars, who got their start at these top programs.

Artist of the Week: Daniel Lopez

For the past four years, Santa Ana High School students have been learning alongside musicians from UC Irvine in a series of master classes and coaching sessions that lead to year-end concerts in which the high school and college students play side by...

Mother's Day: How 4 inspirational moms are changing their worlds

DANCE, DANCE REVOLUTION What if your little girl wanted something desperately but it seemed impossible because she has cerebral palsy? That was the problem facing Debbie Fragner, 53, of Rancho Santa Margarita. Two years ago, Fragner’s daughter...

Return of the Opera: Dido and Aeneas

After a five-year hiatus, opera finally made an appearance at UCI last weekend. Winifred Smith Hall, home to all kinds of theatrical and musical productions, opened its doors Friday and Saturday night for a performance of Henry Purcell’s “Dido and...

Art, Time, Memory and Passion: Musings from UCI’s Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

Usually, whenever I come to UCI on a Saturday it’s awfully quiet and disconcerting. This wasn’t the case at the bustling 2016 MFA Exhibition, where masses of people herded around various artful displays. First up was the University Art Gallery for Mona...

One Story, Two Rooms: The Telematic Project

Responsibility. Heroes. Morals versus rules. Bureaucracy. Confusion. Desperation. Siblings. Chaos. Fuck the man! Distance versus closeness. Passive aggressiveness. Safety. Fire. Decisions. Privilege. This potpourri comprises the smattering of audience...