On Stage To On-Camera: How Two Drama Students Landed a Spot in “The Prom” Movie

By Lauren Knight On December 11, Netflix released the Ryan Murphy film adaptation of “The Prom,” which included UCI second-year drama students Jessica Spruiell and Hailey Mogul as extras on the production.  Filming just before the pandemic halted TV and film production in Hollywood, both...

Prof. Kei Akagi to perform in Spring Arts & Lecture Series for CSUSM

The longstanding Arts & Lectures series at CSUSM will offer a virtual spring lineup, with all of the events taking place via Zoom. This season boasts a diverse selection of eight events as the university hosts renowned guest speakers and performances. ...

Four CTSA faculty members chosen for the UCI Beall Applied Innovation Fellowship Program

UCI Beall Applied Innovation announced this week the second cohort to their Faculty Innovation Fellowship Program. The program draws from all schools and fields on UC Irvine’s campus to promote cross-collaboration and stimulate campus connections using Applied Innovation’s resources. Faculty...

Prof. Chris Dobrian will serve on a panel about Korean film music

Lecture Recital and Panel Q& A entitled, "Korean Sensibility and the Double Reed in Korean Film Music”  Yoon Joo Hwang (Assistant Professor of Music), Jung Choi (Assistant Professor of Music, Missouri State University), Jisoo Lee (Assistant Professor of Music, Seoul National University...

Avery Evans chosen for The Cody Renard Richard Scholarship Program

The Broadway Advocacy Coalition (BAC) and veteran Broadway stage manager Cody Renard Richard (Variety’s 2020 Broadway Players to Watch, Hamilton, Freestyle Love Supreme) announced the 15 recipients of The Cody Renard Richard Scholarship Program, dedicated to honoring, uplifting, and supporting the...

Arielle Sidney's Upcycled Designs Go Viral on TikTok

Excerpt from Vouge Magazine January 17, 2021 By Christian Allaire One of the most interesting parts of the upcycling movement is seeing how brands can turn even the most unlikeliest of textiles into modern ready-to-wear—and Arielle Sidney, a college student in California, is a prime example of...

Taylor Fagins, B.A. '17, Wins 1st Place in the American Songwriters Contest

Excerpt from American Songwriter by Jacob Uitti "Fagins grew up in southern California and attended the University of California at Irvine, studying drama and musical theater. He moved to New York City for its plethora of stories, diversity and myriad faces, and he now works with two different...

Zachary Price Combines Scholarship and Drama

By Richard Chang Professor Zachary Price is fascinated with various modes of performance, from the proscenium stage to the street corner. He’s a new faculty member at UC Irvine, teaching in the Department of Drama. He started his position as assistant professor of doctoral studies in July...

Is A Career In Dance Worth All The Sacrifices?

Sometimes, there’s a struggle between your passion and a longing for financial stability. At other times, your practical grandmother has the answer. By Sydney Leong, a feature from Dance Major Journal, Volume 8, 2020 “Are you impressed, Lola?” I always showed video clips of rehearsal to my...

Alumni Profile: A Conversation with Glenn Kaino

Professor of Art Simon Leung chats with Glenn Kaino (B.A. ’93), an artist who’s been at the intersectional forefront of art and activism for more than two decades. Known for his conceptual, activist, and frequently collaborative multifaceted art practice, Kaino occupies a unique place in the art...

Young artists reflect on their first semester of college during COVID-19

Excerpt from The Los Angeles Times, Dec. 23, 2020 By Makeda Easter Natalie Aronno is studying dance remotely at UC Irvine A first-generation college student, Natalie Aronno chose to study dance at UC Irvine, a school close to her home in South Gate, because her tuition would be fully...

Hip-hop gets its props

Two new dance faculty members bring cultural and artistic gravitas to the street genre. UCI News features the department's newest faculty members. Read more about Ariyan Johnson and Cyrian Reed, two new faculty members in the Department of Dance at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, both...

CTSA Music Student Spotlights: Can Anybody Still Hear Me?

Get an in-depth view to the challenges students in UCI music have and are facing during the pandemic.  The cancellation of concerts and recitals, plus the challenges of performing though an online portal. Read more from the student reporters at the New University.

Prof. Jesse Colin Jackson presents the exhibition "Suburban Ecologies" for the City of Irvine

Prof. Jesse Colin Jackson, in the Department of Art, presents the exhibition "Suburban Ecologies" for the City of Irvine at the Great Park Gallery through Sunday, February 14, 2021. Orange County’s suburban sprawls are an undeniable characteristic of the region. From historic architecture to...

Behind-the-Scenes of SHE KILLS MONSTERS: VIRTUAL REALMS with Tolu Ekisola

By Lauren Knight Instead of prepping in the wings of a theater before the curtain rises, Tolu Ekisola adjusts her light sources and fixes the laptop that rests on two cardboard boxes in her home office in Minnesota. With her props laid out on the desk in front of her and a large green screen...

Kathleen Y. Clark Publishes New Book "The White House China"

Southern California-based multimedia artist and photographer Kathleen Y. Clark, M.F.A. ’93, recently published The White House China, a provocative new book filled with photographic and mixed media reconstructions based on dinnerware collections at the presidential residence in Washington, D.C....

Ross Jackson Named Artistic Producer for the Geffen Playhouse

UCI Alumni Ross Jackson will assume the position of Artistic Producer for the Geffen Playhouse, a prominent non-profit theater company in Los Angeles. Jackson, a UCI Drama M.F.A. ’15, found his way to Broadway three days after graduation with an internship at Wicked. He has since become a member...

Arts Advocates: Janice F. Smith

OPPORTUNITY MAKER Q&A with Janice F. Smith   Janice Smith is a longtime advocate for the arts in Orange County, having served on the board of the Bowers Museum, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, and the John Wayne Airport Arts Commission. She served on the Claire Trevor School of...