Ben Jacoby Stars in Beautiful-The Carole King Musical

Ben Jacoby (MFA 2012) has been tapped to take over the role of "Barry Mann" in Broadway's production of Beautiful-The Carole King Musical. LINK.

Alan Mingo Plays Lead Roll in Kinky Boots on Broadway

Alan Mingo, Jr. (MFA 1998) is set to take over the lead role of "Lola" in the Tony Award winning musical Kinky Boots, on Broadway. LINK.

Christopher Dobrian Appointed 2016 International Conference on Musical Gesture as Creative Interface Committee

Professor of Music Christopher Dobrian was appointed to the scientific committee of the 2016 International Conference on Musical Gesture as Creative Interface in Porto, Portugal. He will be presenting his research there in March on the topic of "Using Detected Gestures in Music as the Control...

Michael Dessen Trio Awarded New Music USA Project Grant

Associate Professor of Music, Michael Dessen, was awarded a project grant by New Music USA to support performances, outreach events and a recording by his electro-acoustic trio. The trio, featuring bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Dan Weiss along with Dessen on trombone/computer/composition, has...

Teresa K. Pond Named Producing Artistic Director

Teresa K. Pond (MFA 2003) has been named Producing Artistic Director for the Cyrano’s Theatre Company in Anchorage, Alaska. Teresa previously served as the Producing Artistic Director of Millbrook Playhouse in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania. She also served as Executive Director of Anchorage Community...

Professor Joe Lewis in Artists' Talk at Sacramento State

Pump Up the Volume is Jane Dickson and Joe Lewis’ celebration of hip hop’s ascension into a global movement from its earliest moments that they witnessed in the South Bronx. The exhibition consists of approximately 60+ discrete pieces, including portraits of important genre artists, dating from...

Legendary actor William Needles dies at 97

William "Bill" Needles, former professor of Drama and one of Canada's best-known Shakespearean actors, has died at age 97. Needles served as an acting teacher at the University of California for a number of years and was a mentor to hundreds. "Perhaps the greatest of his many talents was his...

Sakina Ibrahim Nominated for NAACP Image Award

Author, performer and dance educator Sakina Ibrahim (MFA 2014) has been nominated for the 47th Annual NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work Instructional for her self-published book Big Words to Little Me: Advice to the Younger Self. Big Words to Little Me serves as a creative approach...

UCI Drama Alumni Talk Post-Grad Success

UC Irvine drama alumni Garrett Deagon (BFA 2011) and Madisen Johnson (BFA 2015) recently returned to their alma mater to discuss their experience on the road with the national tour of “Annie,” which had local runs at OC’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts and LA’s Pantages Theatre... New University...

Take My Story, Add Your Story, and You Get Our Stories!

The final bell rings as classrooms turn into a whirlwind of departure. Bags are packed with worksheets and math problems and crayons and juice boxes. Eager legs scurry to the playground, their parents’ arms, soccer practice. But for 15 students at Culverdale Elementary School, school ending means...

Ansel Adams' Student Photo Call

(c) Theater Times - November 14, 2015 by Cristofer Gross with Robert Cohen ANSEL ADAMS' STUDENT PHOTO CALL A surprising photo credit for a college rehearsal shot sparks inquiry. Walking into UC Irvine’s main library in 2008, I stopped before a poster bearing a remarkable photograph. The...

Director Don Hill’s Take on “La Mancha”

The New University sits down for a Q&A with the Director of Man of La Mancha and Vice Chair of the Drama department, Donald “Don” Hill. New University - Click to read article...

The Dance Department Hosts Dancetech

The Dance Department Hosts Dancetech On November 3, 2015, the Dance Department hosted the Dancetech Company from High River, Alberta, Canada.  Eighteen young dancers age seven to eighteen spent the afternoon in improvisation and choreography workshops with dance faculty and graduate student...

‘Elsewhere’ Here at Claire Trevor

Annie Loui’s Elsewhere presented by Counter-Balance Theater returns to UC Irvine as part of the Chancellor’s Illuminations initiative. The play, based on the Kazuo Ishiguro’s book “Never Let Me Go,” questions the boundaries of medical ethics and explores the universal-timeless search for self-...

Jane Page Received Great Reviews for Directing “I and You” at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Professor of Drama Jane Page receives great reviews from multiple media outlets for her work directing “I and You” at the Repertory Theater of St. Louis. The show runs from October 28-November 15, 2015. To read all reviews click on the links below. http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2015/11/02/i-and-...

Tony DeLap Featured in Coast Magazine

Tony DeLap was a Professor of Art at UC Irvine from 1965 until 1991. He has collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Guggenheim in New York, as well as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Laguna Art Museum. To read the full article click on the link. www.coastmagazine.com/...

Cindy Lin Released New CD Album, French Character Pieces, by Centaur Records

UCI Alumna Cindy Lin (BM, 2003) released a new CD album, French Character Pieces, by Centaur Records Dr. Cindy Lin is a concert pianist and recording artist. While specializing in French music and American contemporary music, her repertoire also includes composers from the baroque period through...

Michael Moshe Dahan in Solo Exhibition at the John Sloan Art Gallery at Lock Haven University

Michael Moshe Dahan (MFA 2015) has a solo exhibition "Two Points of Failure" at the John Sloan Art Gallery at Lock Haven University, which opened October 26, 2015.