Alumni News

Broadway Visions Come True

UCI Dance alumni Justin Keats and Amy Quanbeck share their skills during a masterclass homecoming By Isabella Granqvist and Mia Hammett At UCI, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) Department of Dance does one thing exceptionally well: turn talented, eager undergraduate dance majors...

UCI Dance alumna Sakina Ibrahim receives an outstanding arts educators award

The author and artist put arts education at the forefront to shift the culture of society   UCI Dance alumna Sakina Ibrahim, M.F.A. '14, was recognized for Arts Advocacy from Orange County Music and Arts Administrators Awards (Orange County Department of Education) for her work...

The Photographer Undoing the Myth of Appalachia

For Stacy Kranitz, replacing negative stereotypes with a triumphant counternarrative would be too easy. The Atlantic | Dec. 20, 2022 | By Andrew Aoyama Photographs by Stacy Kranitz Journalist Andrew Aoyama weaves a colorful story detailing historical perspectives and the latest work by...

Two UCI Drama alums win at the Emmys!

Darcy Prevost (M.F.A. ’09) and Jeanine Ringer (M.F.A. ’09), alumni from the scenic design program in the Department of Drama, each won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) inaugural Children’s...

ICIT Alumnus Omar Costa Hamido publishes groundbreaking dissertation work on quantum computing and music.

When considering music and technology, most people probably do not think of the intersection between creative expression through music and new directions in quantum computing. The work of Omar Costa Hamido–a recent recipient of a doctoral degree from the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (Ph.D. in...

Marlaina Owens Is An Operatic Force to Reckon With

The Fulbright scholar on privilege, Paris and the paired criticisms of being ‘too much’ By Mia Hammett A classical singer, actress and performer, Marlaina Owens has the pleasure of adding “2022-23 Fulbright Scholar” to an already extensive set of professional arts experiences. Owens...

Amplifying a classic Black music genre

UCI to host 25th anniversary African American Art Song Alliance conference by Nick Schou, UCI | October 9, 2022 If early African American classical music composers such as Scott Joplin, who went bankrupt trying to promote his 1911 opera “Treemonisha,” had been better received by white...

For Alex Dreschke, a role in Hamilton at Segerstrom seems like homecoming

Event-News Enterprise (excerpt) By David N. Young | September 15, 2022 (Read full feature)   When he graduated with a Fine Arts degree from UC Irvine years ago, Alex Dreschke could hardly have imagined he would return to SoCal with a role in HAMILTON, one of the most engaging...

UCI Dance alum receives Community Engagement grant

Sakina Ibrahim, M.F.A. ’14, author and artist, receives Community Engagement award to support Santa Ana youth Sakina Ibrahim, M.F.A. ’14, is the recipient of a 2022 Community Engagement grant to support her work in arts education. Community Engagement is a nonprofit in Orange...

UCI Drama alum scores critical praise for horror thriller

Ryan Imhoff, M.F.A. Acting ’11 and New Swan Shakespeare Festival alum,  has written and directed the award-winning horror film Fresh Hell, which has won Best Feature Film at four film festivals dedicated to the horror genre. “This film was created on a string and a prayer by a group of...

CTSA celebrates alumni during the month of August

At the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, August is Alumni Appreciation Month! We have dedicated our Instagram account to celebrating our alums' work and accomplishments in and beyond the arts all month long. Spend the month learning more about just a few of our outstanding alumni! CTSA alums from...

Local Choreographer Molly Lynch Brings her National Dance Initiative Back to Irvine Barclay Theatre July 30

By Christopher Trela | July 15, 2022   Ever since Ballet Pacifica closed its doors in 2007, Orange County has relied on a handful of local dance troupes and touring professional companies to provide the county with quality dance programs. And then there is National Choreographer’s...

‘We Need More’ of Taylor Fagins

The UCI Drama alum shares more about his journey to become an American Idol It’s nearly 10 p.m. on the third straight day of filming, and Taylor Fagins, ’17 is the final contestant to audition for American Idol’s celebrity judges. He sits down at a grand piano — an instrument he plays but...

Indeed It's Our Town

South Coast Repertory continues to foster a professional pipeline to retain local talent from UCI By Matt Coker When David Ivers, the artistic director of South Coast Repertory (SCR), approached Beth Lopes about directing a rival of Thornton Wilder’s classic play Our Town in December 2019,...

CTSA has a record-breaking Giving Day!

On May 18, 2022, the UCI community held its annual online Giving Day, and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) had its most successful Giving Day to date, raising more than $60,000 from more than 150 gifts. Funds raised on went directly to the Departments of Art, Dance, Drama, and Music...

Alumnus Skyler Gray is changing the industry, one production at a time

By Mia Hammett Alum Skyler Gray (B.A. Directing and Stage Management, ’11) continues to push the boundaries of new play development. Having entered UCI as a music theater major, Gray’s academic and professional career inevitably evolved to recognize his desire to advocate for creators,...

Forging a Common Bond

Three UCI M.F.A. artists from 1969-71 reconvene in an Armory exhibition in Pasadena. By Richard Chang In 1969, three young women entered the newly formed M.F.A. program at UCI not really knowing what to expect. They were all divorcees with children. Each was doing a kind of art that was...

Art from displacement and loss

(excerpt from the Los Angeles Times) Born a refugee, Jenny Yurshansky (UCI, M.F.A. '10) creates works about migration and inherited trauma. By Deborah Vankin When Jenny Yurshansky’s parents fled Soviet-era Moldova in 1978, they could take only a handful of items with them— what...