Meet the Dean

A very heartfelt welcome to the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts! I’m very proud to be joining CTSA, a nationally regarded school of the arts named after a woman field leader and innovator. As CTSA’s dean with 30 years of experience in public higher education and professional theater, I consider my administrative leadership a form of institutional dramaturgy. This means that listening, collaboration, and consistent reflection on the distance between intention and impact are foundational.

The strength of any organization is its people and its commitment to the community. What drew me to CTSA is the extraordinary alignment of our core values: creativity, authenticity, experimentation, collaboration, and community. I am a first-generation Latinx student, born and raised in Southern California, and a proud alum of the University of California, California State University, and California community colleges. Many of CTSA’s and UCI’s students, alumni, and leaders are first-generation college students, something that fuels our shared mission to give back and strengthen the path for future Anteaters. UCI is a gold-standard campus led by a Chancellor who is also a first-generation college student and champion of the arts as foundational to a college education and life overall.

UCI is nationally recognized for our commitment to advancing social mobility that connects to our work as a Hispanic-serving and minority-serving institution. In these ways, UCI and CTSA intentionally foster a culture of excellence. Studies show that more diverse environments – people, thoughts, and approaches – lead to more innovative and agile work. It also empowers us to expand the frameworks we have inherited. Solving the world’s most significant challenges requires collaboration across fields and borders. CTSA understands this well and cultivates our students to be inspired leaders who embrace the arts as a space for exploration, collaboration and community. Being here, I feel a profound sense of coming home and that I’m precisely where all roads in my life have led.

Our goal is for students to have total confidence in their vision and voice – the work they want to make and the stories they need to tell – and clarity using the broader creative toolkit built from their training. We see CTSA as UCI’s creative engine to serve field leaders, change makers, and impact partners.

I invite you to join us as impact partners in our brilliant future! We endeavor to explore the human experience through all of our artistic forms and modes of expression. We invite you to engage with us through various opportunities, including the hundreds of events and research activities we present during the academic year. Or join one of our membership circles, where you will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see firsthand the research that makes our performances and exhibitions uniquely UCI and uniquely CTSA.

Tiffany Ana López, Ph.D.
Claire Trevor Dean of the Arts
Professor, Department of Drama

Learn more about Dean López through some of her various engagements below.

Woman in a yellow dress singing with her arms extended and accompanied by a man at the piano

As we prepare to unveil our performance and exhibition season, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to each of you for your generosity of spirit and unwavering dedication to the arts and our community. With great excitement, I anticipate the incredible works, collaborations, and discoveries awaiting in the upcoming months.

Tiffany Lopez

The bulk of the event was a panel moderated by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Willie Banks and included discussion among Jun Jang, president of the Associated Students of UCI, Tiffany Lopez, dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, and Megan Enciso, director of student affairs at the Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing.

As we approach the end of an incredible year, I am filled with gratitude and admiration for the exceptional accomplishments we have achieved together. It has been an honor to serve as the new Dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts and witness the remarkable talent, passion and dedication that flows through every corner of our vibrant community.

Follow CTSA on Instagram as we share Dean López's experiences in her new role as dean at CTSA. We are excited to share her experiences with students, faculty and staff through our new social media series, "Behind the Scenes with Dean López." #btswithdeanlopez

Tiffany Ana López

Learn more through UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts' fall 2022 issue of CONNECT. Read how the arts and education helped new dean Tiffany Ana López reimagine her own life.

Dean López with Sara Guerrero on Directing "The Sweetheart Deal"

Dean López sat down with guest director Sara Guerrero to talk about UCI Drama's production of The Sweetheart Deal, which ran April 29 through May 7, 2023, in the Robert Cohen Theatre.

Triumph Over Adversity Festival Creator Roundtable

Dean López joined the Triumph Over Adversity Festival Creator Roundtable at OCMA to talk about how to make impactful and relevant work within an arts institution today. Watch the recorded live-steam to hear insights from the intersection of creator and administrator as they discussed what it takes to find the balance of both roles.

UCI Podcast: The importance of the arts in higher education

Dean Tiffany López sits down with Tom Vasich for the UCI Podcast to share her views since joining CTSA in July, expressing what she has learned about the school, how she is developing a new vision for it, and much more.

Orange Coast Magazine

"'All Roads Lead to This One' - New dean of Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine has spent her life battling to build pathways for herself and future students." Feature story for Orange Coast Magazine by Aliese Muhonen.

Freedom Writers Podcast

Erin Gruwell speaks with dramaturge, author, and the new dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine, Dr. Tiffany López . They discuss Dr. López 's journey from being a first generation college student to becoming a leading voice in the fight for diversity and inclusion in higher education and the arts.

“AirTalk” Live Event with host Larry Mantle

Dean López joined the Summit of the Arts in Orange County panel for an “AirTalk” Live Event with host Larry Mantle for Laist, hosted at the newly built Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA). Listen to the lively conversation about the post-pandemic climate incorporating the different cultures that influence the arts in Orange County, from fine art to film to music, live theater and beyond.

Dean López

Dr. Tiffany Ana López is a visionary artist, administrator and proven champion for diversity, equity and inclusion. In her new role at UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Dean López intends to further the School’s mission by creating and building connections with the community by harnessing the strengths of the School to create clear throughlines and professional pathways for both student and faculty research.

Tiffany López by Christine Johnson Photography

Tiffany López is named dean of UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Visionary arts and diversity leader comes from Arizona State University.

Arts Research at UCI

Contribute to the Dean’s Excellence Fund and support special opportunities for research and art production. This fund is unique in that it provides support for areas of the School with the greatest need, or toward special projects that arise.