Curtains Up

UCI alumni and faculty help reopen live theater on Broadway and national tours By Christine Byrd One of Kaden Kearney’s, M.F.A. ’19, last performances before the pandemic was at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Now, Kearney is taking curtain calls at the Kennedy Center and the Ahmanson...

Making Music Together

After a lonely year and a half, the UCI Symphony Orchestra is reveling in live performances once again. By Jill Kato After being away from the stage and studio, the students from the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) are emerging from the pandemic and ...

Learning the Steps

Young alumni are prepared to thrive in their professional dance careers By Christine Byrd Lauren Gresens’ final performance as a student was a solo in North Star, a piece by acclaimed modern dance choreographer and UCI professor Lar Lubovitch. When she graduated a few months later, in June...

12 Must-See U.S. Art Museum Shows in 2022

Excerpt from Artnet News, January 13, 2022: 12 Must-See U.S. Art Museum Shows in 2022, From Philip Guston’s Scandal-Stalked Survey to Faith Ringgold’s Big New York Moment Plus, a full-scale Cézanne survey for a new generation, and Ulysses Jenkins gets the retrospective treatment in L.A....

TOP TEN: Sky Hopinka’s highlights of 2021

#10 ULYSSES JENKINS (ICA PHILADELPHIA; CURATED BY MEG ONLI AND ERIN CHRISTOVALE) The work of Ulysses Jenkins was a revelation. Across the videos and performances featured in this career retrospective—among them Two-Zone Transfer, 1979, and Inconsequential Doggerel, 1981—one found a...

New Book on Clara Schumann Published for the Cambridge University Press Composer Studies Series

The Department of Music is pleased to announce the publication of Clara Schumann Studies edited by Dr. Joe Davies and featuring a chapter by Professor Nicole Grimes. The volume is dedicated to the late Nancy B. Reich as a tribute to her pioneering scholarship on Clara Schumann. Since the 1980s,...

Bringing to Life Madame Modjeska’s Fairytale

By Mia Hammett   Living, breathing on-screen animation. A kaleidoscopic patchwork of actors awhirl. Engaging sonic and visual experimentalism. This is Madame Modjeska’s Fairytale, the latest film production from Annie Loui, Claire Trevor School of the Arts professor of acting and...

New Slate Brings Collaboration and Kindness

By Jezebel Ramirez-Robles New Slate 2021, the first dance concert of the season, brings a show of eight unique performances. Artistic director, Professor S. Ama Wray, is leading this year’s dance graduate students through the process as choreographers. Throughout the creation of this year’s New...

Getting In On The Act

After performing a live reading of an in-progress play at UCI’s Winifred Smith Hall, the actors and others working with Orange County’s South Coast Repertory theater company offered the audience of about 80 UCI drama students the kind of career advice they had probably gotten before from their...

G. Thomas Allen wins 1st place in international vocal competition

Vocal Arts alum, vocalist, composer, and music educator G. Thomas Allen recently placed 1st in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Allen is known for his remarkable vocal flexibility, warm timbre and cross-genre experimentation. He has worked with the late David Baker and the...

UCI Department of Music recognized as a thriving hub for Clara Schumann research and performance

The article “Wieck Spot” in VAN Magazine by Sarah Fritz pays tribute to the pioneering research and performance on Clara Schumann that is being carried out by UCI faculty at the Department of Music including Joe Davies, Lorna Griffitt, Nicole Grimes, and Nina Scolnik. It highlights the prominence...

Jeffrey Lo Strives to Connect Theater with Diverse Communities

By Richard Chang Since graduating from UC Irvine in 2010, Jeffrey Lo has kept busy. He has stuffed a résumé full of accomplishments while pursuing theater in Silicon Valley — not exactly the first place you might think of when it comes to live theater. But he’s a San Jose native, so blazing...

Arts Advocates: Susan Hori

CREATIVE DEFENDER Q&A with Susan Hori Susan Hori is a partner at the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, where she specializes in land use and environmental law. She has supported the Claire Trevor School of the Arts since 1997, and has been a longtime member of the Medici Circle,...

UCI Drama Faculty and Students Produce Multimedia Dance Theater About Madame Marie Curie

Chancellor's and Claire Trevor Professor Bryan Reynolds in the Department of Drama leads a thrilling collaboration of theater focused on the life and work of Madame Marie Skłodowska Curie, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. The partnership is between Transversal Theater Company and Laurie...

UCI Art Professor Hosts International Symposium Focused on Industrial Crafts Research

The Industrial Crafts Research Network (ICRN), co-directed by Department of Art Professor Simon Penny and Professor Tom Fisher (Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom), will host the inaugural symposium, Exhibiting Skill: Understanding, Documenting, and Communicating Skilled Practices of...

Elaine Koshimizu Endowed Scholarship for Inclusive Excellence in Dance

The Department of Dance at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts ranks third in California and 10th in the U.S. Despite being nationally acclaimed, each year the department competes with other top dance programs to recruit high-achieving and underrepresented students in dance. Students often select...

Take it From the Class of 2022: You Got This

By Lauren Knight, B.A. ’21  There are four classes of students heading back to Claire Trevor School of the Arts this fall, but only one class has spent a full year on campus. It’s crazy to think that half of our CTSA community has never stepped foot on campus before Welcome Week! We know...

Kaden Kearney (M.F.A., '18) Will Star As Emma In THE PROM National Tour

The tour is set to open November 2nd in Cleveland. Casting has been announced for the upcoming National Tour of THE PROM. Kaden Kearney (they/them) will star as Emma, Kalyn West as Alyssa Greene, Courtney Balan as Dee Dee Allen, Patrick Wetzel as Barry Glickman, Emily Borromeo as Angie Dickinson...