The Celebrate New Swan Gala honored a decade of the Bard at UCI

  On Friday, July 15, UCI’s New Swan Shakespeare Festival welcomed 120 guests for its Celebrate New Swan Gala and a midsummer’s night to remember. Guests were treated to a magical and elegant evening under the stars celebrating the tenth anniversary season and the opening night of The...

Dr. Nicole Grimes named chair of the Department of Music

  The UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts has named Dr. Nicole Grimes, associate professor of music, the next department chair of the Department of Music. Dr. Grimes is an internationally recognized scholar of German music whose research is focused at the intersection between criticism...

Artful Summers

Summer Academies in the Arts offer college and career preparatory programs  By Christine Byrd Mafer Reyes had been dancing at private studios and ballet academies since she was 5 years old. But when it came time to think about college, she realized she had no idea what to...

‘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...

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...

Arts Advocates: Mary Gilly & John Graham

BARD BOOSTERS Q&A with Mary Gilly & John Graham Mary Gilly and her husband, John Graham, professors emeriti of marketing, are passionate about theater and the dramatic arts. They have been loyal supporters of the New Swan Shakespeare Festival since its founding in 2012. They became...

Vera Molnár: Searching for Humanity in the Machine

Variations at Beall Center for Art + Technology, Irvine, is the first major solo show of a pioneer of generative art. Molnár is a pioneer of generative art whose work has, for six decades, influenced artists exploring the potential of autonomous systems.

Nicole Grimes receives Danijela Kulezic-Wilson Prize Honorable Mention

Nicole Grimes receives Society for Musicology in Ireland’s Danijela Kulezic-Wilson Prize Honorable Mention The Department of Music is pleased to share the news that Associate Professor of Music, Nicole Grimes, has received the Danijela Kulezic-Wilson Prize 2022 Honorable Mention for her book...

The Music Pioneer

Mari Kimura came to BU to study violin performance and left as an innovator at the intersection of art and technology Excerpt from CFA, a publication of the Boston University College of Fine Arts By Joel Brown May 16, 2022 "Now a professor of music in the Integrated Composition,...

The Maestro Has Left the Building

Dr. Stephen Tucker, 22-year music director for the UCI Symphony Orchestra, reflects on his time at CTSA By Matt Coker Stephen Tucker’s accomplishments would not only fill the orchestra pit but the entire Hollywood Bowl. The professor and Robert and Marjorie Rawlins Chair of Music teaches...

$30,000 Gift from the Richard B. Siegel Foundation Supports Arts Outreach at UCI

  The UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) outreach unit was recently awarded a $30,000 gift from the Richard B. Siegel Foundation to support the School's community engagement programs.   The CTSA's outreach program partners with local schools and community organizations...

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Announces the 2022-23 Claire Trevor Society Scholars

  UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is pleased to announce the next cohort of Claire Trevor Society Scholarships recipients for the 2022-23 academic year. Each year the Society awards six merit-based scholarships to exceptional students majoring in the Departments of Art, Dance,...

Shakespeare, Reunited

This, this! No more, you gods! Your present kindness Makes my past miseries sports. – Pericles By Christine Byrd Pericles’ joy over being reunited with his family after years apart may resonate with actors and audiences when Pericles, Prince of Tyre and The Comedy of Errrorrs (note the...

Uncovering Hidden Spaces at UCI’s Open Studios

Seeing the works by the University of California, Irvine’s MFA students, many of which use leftover material site-specific to the campus, lead me to wonder if they also constitute a kind of leftover material of time.

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,...

Outdoor stage built at UCI for return of Shakespeare Festival

Eli Simon, the artistic director for the New Swan Shakespeare Festival and a professor in the Drama Department at UC Irvine, stands on the stage of the New Swan Theater being constructed on the plaza outside Langson Library at UC Irvine on Tuesday, May 31

65 Questions with Department Chair of Drama, Don Hill

New University’s 65 Questions with Department Chair of Drama, Don Hill. Walking through Claire Trevor School of The Arts, The New University immersed themselves into the directorial world of UCI’s upcoming show, Into the Woods.

UCI’s Earl Gordon Quartet: Serenading OC’s Jazz Enthusiasts

Liz Golder covers the quartet of undergraduate students – “While all the musicians are in their 20s, their playing is so well executed and sophisticated, that they sound as though they have been together for decades.