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...

Welcome new ballet faculty, Vitor Luiz!

The UCI Department of Dance announces the hiring of Vitor Luiz as a new ballet faculty. Vitor is an international dancer, choreographer and ballet master. Since 2009 he has been a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet. He has also performed with the Ballet of Rio de Janeiro, English National...

Student Outreach: Creative Connections in the Community

UCI provides curriculum-based arts projects to K-12 students Claire Trevor School of the Arts students take their creativity and enthusiasm for arts to K-12 schools across Orange County each year, thanks to the Creative Connections program.  In the first six months of each year, arts...

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...

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...

Arts Advocates: Tinnie Grewal

CULTURE BUILDER Q&A with Tinnie Grewal Tinnie Grewal is a longtime member of the Dean’s Advisory Board, a group of diverse individuals who foster closer ties between the school, its alumni and the community while also shaping and implementing the vision and goals for the Claire Trevor...

Dr. Stephen Tucker: UCI Chair of Music & Conductor of the UCI Symphony Orchestra

By Terry Schilling | September 19, 2019 Over the past several years, the UCI Symphony Orchestra has delighted me with many exhilarating performances. Maestro Dr. Stephen Tucker is the newly appointed chair of the music department at UCI (Marjorie Rawlins Chair of Music).  This comes on...

Professional Pathways

It’s summer in Rome and, inspired by the architecture of the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, a UCI student ties on her pointe shoes and begins dancing in the cobblestone plaza. As if on cue, a street musician emerges from an alleyway playing Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance” on his harmonica....

Creative Connections in the Community

Claire Trevor School of the Arts students take their creativity and enthusiasm for arts to K-12 schools across Orange County each year, thanks to the Creative Connections program. In the first six months of each year, arts majors serve as Teaching Artist Interns for one to five hours each week...

Paul Taylor American Dance Company Pays Special Tribute to Donald McKayle

As a tribute to the passing of world-renowned choreographer and former UCI Dance Faculty Member, Donald McKayle, Paul Taylor American Dance Company (PTDC) will include three of McKayle’s most notable choreographic works in their fall season at the Lincoln Center: Crossing the Rubicon (2017),...

Summer Dance ‘Intensive’ Embodies Improvisation

S. Ama Wray, Ph.D., associate professor of dance, was featured in the El Paso Herald-Post for her work conducting an Embodiology workshop at The University of Texas at El Paso's Fox Fine Arts Center. "A half dozen or so pairs of bodies set in a circle moved in tandem though almost never in sync...

Choreographers Get Lab Time to Experiment Without Restrictions

Professor Molly Lynch, chair for the Department of Dance, is featured in "Voice of OC" for her upcoming National Choreographers Initiative 2019 showcase. By Kaitlin Wright "Molly Lynch, professor and chair of UC Irvine’s Department of Dance, has over 35 years experience creating, producing, and...

Dr. S. Ama Wray is Making New Global Strides

In May 2019, Associate Professor of Dance at UC Irvine, Dr. Ama Wray, was invited to the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Good-Global Summit at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. This Summit aims to amalgamate the work of both scientific and artistic innovators in hopes of utilizing AI in...

Tony DeLap, pioneering West Coast figure in abstract art, dies at 91

Via Los Angeles Time, June 1, 2019 "Tony DeLap, the Orange County artist who helped to define West Coast minimalism through his meticulous exploration of the intersection of sculpture and painting, has died. He was 91. DeLap died Wednesday at his home in Corona del Mar, said his studio...

UCI Drama Students Receive Outstanding Crew Member Award

UCI Drama students, Chloe Cuberly and Sawyer Maier were recently awarded the Outstanding 101 Crew Member award of the Year for completing exceptional work while participating in UCI’s Drama 101 program.  The Drama 101 program allows dance and drama students to learn about the inner workings of...

UCI Faculty Member Jason Harnell Released Solo Album “Total Harnage”

On Sunday, May 12th,there was a release party at The Baked Potato --- a jazz club housing talented, upcoming musical artists since 1970 (thebakedpotato.com) --- for UCI Music Department Faculty Member Jason Harnell who debuted his first solo album entitled “TOTAL HARNAGE.”  Harnell is a world-...