Black Performers You Probably Don't Know About — But Should

“‘Ah haaa!’ – The most ferocious sound in the room at the David H. Koch Theater was coming from an 85-year-old man in a wheelchair. But the years melted away as that man — Donald McKayle, the modern dance and Broadway choreographer known for exploring African-American themes in his work — watched a...

LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING: Black Opera Singers Raise Their Voices in Remembrance and Triumph

Prof. Darryl Taylor, countertenor, recently participated in soprano Nicole Heaston’s Purple Robe Song Series. The Juneteenth tribute features 65 of the nation’s top operatic talents, singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing!” arranged by Roland Carter. The song was written by James Weldon Johnson and...

Director Jane Page On HUMAN ERROR & New Forms of Storytelling

Broadway World Los Angeles interviews department of drama's Prof. Jane Page regarding her new project, HUMAN ERROR. "North Coast Rep's west coast premiere of playwright Eric Pfeffinger's HUMAN ERROR will go on as originally planned, only in these times of social distancing, being presented...

UCI Vocal Arts students pay tribute to the lives lost to Covid-19

On June 6, 2020, the UCI Chamber Singers released a virtual choral performance of “Unclouded Day,” an old American folk song, newly arranged by renowned composer Shawn Kirchner. Dr. Irene Messoloras, Choir Director at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, conducted the virtual performance,...

Chiisana Omatsuri by Kei Akagi

Jazz pianist and head of the Jazz Studies program at UCI, Prof. Kei Akagi, was recently invited by Bay Area artists Brenda Wong Aoki and Marl Izu to be part of Earth Dance 2020: First Voice Earth Day, Offerings to Mother Earth. "Many traditions believe everything and everyone is part of a living...

‘Lint Lady,’ Long Beach artist Slater Barron dies at 89

By Asia Morris, Long Beach Post From abstract lint paintings and life-sized installations to bite-sized works mimicking plates of upscale sushi in her series Chef’s Special, artist Slater Barron found joy in using a material most would consider worthy only of discarding: lint. Known as the “...

UCI Drama alum Taylor Fagins produces a powerful message through song

Taylor Fagins, Department of Drama alum, B.A. ’17, recently released a moving piece, “we need more.” The song is dedicated to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless others who have died through violence. The project was written and sung by Taylor Fagins, and arranged,...

Saints and Anteaters together in Music during COVID-19

2020 was going to be the year that the annual combined concert, comprised of the UCI Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Ana High School (SAHS) Symphony Orchestra, "went bigger" and became the "Triple Jubilee." The ensembles were poised to perform in the Downtown Santa Ana Arts District on the 2nd...

Ballet in the kitchen: Alana Isiguen

"Alana Isiguen was a mere 2-years-old when she became so committed to emulating the movements in her older sister’s dance class that the instructor eventually conceded, much to the young pupil’s delight, in letting her join. From there, it was love. Isiguen, who will join the UW department of...

In remembrance of Peter Alexander

UCI Institute and Museum of California Art and Claire Trevor School of the Arts remember Peter Alexander The University of California, Irvine’s Institute and Museum of California Art (IMCA) and Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) community mourn the passing of artist Peter Alexander—a...

Investigating Exploration and the ‘Aha’ Moment

"What happens in your brain when you experience an ‘aha!’ moment? Anecdotally you may feel your world expand and your understanding blossom…but what does that mean and how can someone create that experience? These questions sparked an innovative collaboration between two scientists, Linda Palmer...

Meet Costume Designer Lauryn Terceira

Feature by Voyage LA Lauryn Terceira, M.F.A. '19, Costume Design Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauryn Terceira. Lauryn, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far. Though my official job title reads ‘Costume Designer,’ the...

The radical possibilities of a box

By Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson for Curbed Online Magazine "Brigham became a minor celebrity during her lifetime—regularly contributing articles to popular magazines like Ladies’ Home Journal and displaying rooms of box furniture inside model homes and at international exhibitions—but like so many...

Introducing the Shut In Dance Film Fest

Andrew Pearson, B.F.A. '09, Choreography and Performance, is launching a new dance film festival directed by Nicole Berger, choreographer for television programs including The Good Place, VEEP, and Brooklyn Nine Nine. "I first met Nicole two years ago when I started teaching at AMDA (American...

Prof. Jennifer Pastor and two UCI Art Alumnae named 2020 Guggenheim Fellows

Jennifer Pastor, professor of art in the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Art’s department of art, is among the 175 writers, scholars, artists, and scientists awarded the 2020 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Guggenheim Fellowships. In addition, two UCI Art alumnae Rheim Alkadhi (M.F.A. ’99...

Hemsley Lighting Programs Selects 2020-21 Lighting Interns

The Hemsley Lighting Programs announces the selection of Rachael N. Blackwell and Avery Reagan as the Hemsley Lighting Interns for 2020-21. Reagan is just completing her MFA studies at UC-Irvine and Blackwell will be finishing this spring at CCM-University of Cincinnati. Reagan’s internship will...

The Artists

By M.H. Miller for New York Times Style Magazine "For decades, the art world ignored artists of color — an institutional neglect it’s now trying to correct. But in the 1960s and ’70s, in Los Angeles and New York, three galleries led the way in showing the work of black artists, many of whom are...

UCI M.F.A. Alumni Waeli Wang Appointed Visiting Assistant Professor

UCI M.F.A. Alumni Waeli Wang Appointed Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Kansas Dance Department Recent UCI M.F.A. ’19 dance graduate Waeli Wang will be joining the University of Kansas Theatre and Dance Department as a visiting assistant professor for 2020-22. As a dance and...