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Ariyan Johnson Brings Innovation and Passion to UCI Dance

By Jezebel Ramirez-Robles and Lauren Knight   Professor Ariyan Johnson is a multidisciplinary artist with a rich background in dancing, choreographing, acting, producing, and directing, the list continues with each new project she takes on. At a young age, Johnson’s mother -- a dancer...

Prof. Monica Majoli wins a prestigious Hammer Museum award

Excerpt from the Los Angeles Times by Deborah Vankin July 15, 2021 "The Hammer Museum announced Thursday that L.A. artist Kandis Williams, co-founder of Cassandra Press and a visiting faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts, will receive the museum’s $100,000 Mohn Award for...

Donnetta Lavinia Grays Views Theater as a Place ‘Where Community Can Flourish’

By Richard Chang UC Irvine M.F.A. graduate Donnetta Lavinia Grays (acting, ’02) was already an accomplished actor and playwright when she received news this year that would change her life. In February, she was informed that she had won a prestigious Whiting Award, a $50,000 annual grant that...

Coup de Comedy Festival brings a global community together

  By Lauren Knight When founding UCI’s student improv team, Improv Revolution (iRev), with his fellow students in 2011, Joel Veenstra had no idea that UCI’s student improv group would grow into what it is today. Now, Veenstra serves as the group’s faculty mentor, and produced an event...

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Names Ten New Medici Scholars

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is pleased to announce the 2021 Medici Circle Scholars. Ten awards were given to both undergraduate and graduate students offering an opportunity to take their education beyond the classroom and collaborate with academics and artists in our community and...

Arts Advocates: Rick Stein

COMMUNITY STRATEGIST Q&A with Rick Stein   Rick Stein has served as the president and CEO of Arts Orange County, the local nonprofit arts agency, since 2008. He was previously the executive director of the Laguna Playhouse for 17 years and, prior to that, managing director of the...

Raising Community Voices

Director and playwright Juliette Carrillo helps bring hidden stories to the stage By Christine Byrd When Juliette Carrillo's play Plumas Negras was performed in 2013 in the East Salinas, Calif., community where it was set, some audience members were brought to tears. Not only had Carrillo...

Zooming to UCI

Artists from around the world paid virtual visits to UCI students, opening new windows of opportunity By Christine Byrd When music major Cassandra Leisher asked the New York Philharmonic’s Ryan Roberts, a classical French horn and oboe player, how he calms pre-audition nerves, she was...

A Natural Artist

By Christine Byrd Ivy Guild’s art studio evokes a dystopian greenhouse. Ribbon-like strips of redwood trees and a 9-foot-long aloe vera trunk hang from the walls, as fungi thrive on various other biological materials. Guild, who completes her M.F.A. in June 2021, envisions her thesis show in...

New book by alumni Kitty Felde ’76

Children’s book author Kitty Felde (’76) released her newest book, Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza, on Dec. 3, 2020. Felde’s story — that has since been adapted to an audio drama and taped as an episodic podcast — tells the story of the 10-year-old daughter of a Los Angeles congressman who...

Alumni Darcy Prevost, M.F.A. ’09, creates things larger than life

If you’ve seen Disney+’s original TV series, Earth to Ned, you’ve seen the work of Darcy Prevost, a UCI alumnus who worked as the production designer on the show. Prevost, who has worked for several major television companies including HBO, ABC Studios and Warner Bros., completed her Bachelor of...

21C Supports Faculty and Graduate Student Creative Research in the Arts

  Since its founding in 2017, the Institute for 21st Century Creativity (21C) has sought to cultivate experimental and arts-based research to innovate and challenge creativity for this century and beyond. With support from the UCI Office of Research, Dean Stephen Barker founded the...

Women in Global Music (WIGM): Network Launch

The Department of Music is pleased to support the online launch of the Women in Global Music (WIGM) Research and Industry Network, co-founded by Dr. Joe Davies, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow, and Dr. Yvonne Liao, from the Oxford Research Center in Humanities. The official launch events...

Letter From a Senior

I never knew my favorite college experiences would be rooted in performance By Lauren Knight As someone who joined the Department of Drama during their third year at UCI, my biggest fear was feeling like an outsider amongst a tight-knit group of drama majors who all knew and bonded with each...

Critical and Curatorial MFA Thesis Exhibition: ‘how to gently unpack an empire’

"The exhibition was delivered online through Zoom in a series of six sessions, each focusing on different cultural archives specific to the artists’ history. This created a level of intimacy that worked towards unpacking and divulging..."

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Coup de Comedy Festival Goes Global

Comedy Festival and Global Improvisation Initiative Symposium “Transform” on June 3-6, 2021 IRVINE, Calif. (May 12, 2021) - The Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at the University of California, Irvine, virtually hosts the 7th annual Coup de Comedy Festival returning after last...

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company To Present A Digital Program Of Highlights From Three Acclaimed Works

The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company will present a unique compilation of highlights from the broadcast premieres of three acclaimed works by UCI Distinguished Professor Lar Lubovitch. Read more at BROADWAY WORLD.

The Magnitude of Mari Kimura: Prolific Composer and Academic

"To say that the Claire Trevor School of the Arts professor Mari Kimura is one-of-a-kind is an understatement. An award-winning composer, violinist and instrumentalist, Kimura’s innovative approach to sound foresees vast technological advances..."