Alumni News

An Experimental Stage: Morgan Embry

Written by Christine Byrd In the few short months since graduating, Morgan Embry, M.F.A. ’19, has criss-crossed the country as a lighting designer for live music concerts. When she has time to spend in one place, it’s usually Los Angeles, where she’s busy showcasing her immersive art...

Alumni: Erik Smith

Erik Smith, M.F.A. ’19, got his start with Cirque du Soleil back in 2013 as an undergraduate in the UCI Department of Drama. Smith took a class in advanced stage management where he met Emily Carr, a guest lecturer from Cirque du Soleil. It was always a dream of Smith’s to work for Cirque, so Carr...

Anteaters in the Arts: Maryjo Lang

Having admirably contributed to over 300 movie soundscapes, professional Foley mixer and UCI alumna, MaryJo Lang, B.A. Drama, ’74, has amplified the creative landscape of Hollywood sound design for over 25 years. Lang was deemed “a force of nature” in Foley mixing by Cinema Audio Society president...

Skye Schmidt: Photographer/Dancer

Skye Schmidt: Photographer/Dancer by Terry Schilling | December 23, 2019 / Irvine Community News & Views Capturing magical moments in dance takes a professional dancer and a seasoned photographer.  I was lucky enough to meet an artist who is both: Skye Schmidt.

UCI Alum in Bay Area Musicals’ GYPSY

UCI alum Cassie Grilley will play “Agnes” in Bay Area Musicals’ GYPSY production.  A 6-Time Tony Award-winning performance, the musical GYPSY is based on the memoirs of famous striptease artist, Gypsy Rose Lee. The story specifically focuses on Lee’s mother, Rose, who has been deemed “the...

Anteaters in the Arts: Kelly Perine

“Hard work is the best-kept secret in Hollywood!” That was the advice Kelly Perine (M.F.A. ’98) gave to a class of 12 graduate students on a recent visit to his alma mater, the Department of Drama. Perine is no stranger to hard work. Growing up, his innate ability for acting led him to Lake...

Anteaters in the Arts: Eliza Rubenstein

On June 17, Eliza Rubenstein (M.F.A. ’97) stepped onto the conductor’s podium at Carnegie Hall — for the second time. In June 2017, Rubenstein conducted the Carnegie Hall premiere of Kirke Mechem’s Songs of the Slave, a powerful reflection on racial justice and hard-won freedoms. While it...

Alumni reunite at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) Baja Regional Conference

  Spring break on college and university campuses can be quiet. This was not the case in March 2019 for the Department of Dance, which hosted the American College Dance Association (ACDA) Baja Regional Conference. The ACDA’s goal is to promote and exalt the existing and potential artistry...

Art of Social Change

Two more UCI faculty and alumni receive Guggenheim Fellowships When a shiny sculpture of a rabbit by the most commercially successful living artist sold for a record-breaking $91 million at auction earlier this year, UCI art professor Daniel Joseph Martinez shrugged. “We don’t remember the...

CAM Alum Cyndie Klorer brings her Fourth Wall Entertainment Troupe to the Metropolitan

"San Andreas, CA…Mardi Gras Karaoke Party with Sweet Harmony Entertainment! About the new team at the helm of the historic Metropolitan. In 1994, Cyndie Hoffman (Klorer) was involved in her first theatrical production out of high school at the historic Metropolitan Theater in San Andreas. Once...

From Claire Trevor To Broadway: Justin Keats’ Career After Graduation

By Lauren Knight A few years after he graduated from UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Justin Keats’ phone rang in an audition waiting room in New York City. Preparing to sing at an audition in four minutes for another Broadway musical, Keats saw his agent’s name on his screen and did not...

Kelly Moran’s Trippy, Beautiful Piano Music

Kelly Moran’s Trippy, Beautiful Piano Music New York artist’s avant-garde compositions break through to unique transcendence By Christopher R. Weingarten “I kind of just accepted that no one would really care about my work because I was such a weirdo,” says New York’s Kelly Moran, an avant-...

UC Irvine alum Jon Lovitz returns home

Jon Lovitz goes back to his roots Saturday, Sept. 29, by bringing his stand-up routine to his alma mater, UC Irvine, where the Irvine Barclay Theatre is located. Although this will be his Irvine Barclay debut, the comedian/actor/stand-up comic will recognize the surrounding campus.  Or not...

Jérémie Favreau, MFA piano performance, 2008, performs Boston Court Pasadena

Jérémie Favreau, MFA piano performance, 2008, performs "Remembering Things Past: Proust and his Music" with violinst Ken AIso at 8p.m. September 22, 2018 at Boston Court, in Pasadena.

Kelly Moran, MFA ICIT 2012 performed at famed Brooklyn Club, Roulette

Kelly Moran, MFA ICIT, peformed at the famed Brooklyn club, Roulette on September 7. Mora is a versatile keyboardist and composer, spent recent months touring with the prominent electronic artist Oneohtrix Point Never. Traces of that collaboration are evident in the dreamy reveries and playful...

14 Art World “Bad Boys” Whose Macho Work Was Impossible to Ignore

At the height of Performance Art, University of California Irvine student Chris Burden asked a friend to shoot him in the arm with a .22 rifle. He titled the action Shoot (1971). The friend was supposed to just graze the artist’s skin. Instead, the bullet passed straight...

Jasmine Ejan (BA 2001) in "Cabaret" at the Celebration Theatre in Hollywood

Jasmine Ejan, BA Dance 2001, is currently playing the role of Rosie in Cabaret at the Celebration Theatre in Hollywood.

Summer Reading List by Faculty and Alumni

With summer here, we thought we would share summer read recommendations by faculty and alumni.   Books by Faculty “György Ligeti’s Cultural Identities” by Amy Bauer (Associate Professor of Music), Márton Kerékfy. "Making Sense: Cognition, Computing, Art and Embodiment" by Simon...