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...

Professor Haroutune Bedelian Retires

In 1997, Haroutune Bedelian told a reporter from the Los Angeles Times, “I don’t know what it means not to be a musician. It goes with breathing, with living, everything.” That sentiment embodies the tenure of our beloved violin professor. Bedelian was born in 1945 on the island of Cyprus...

Empowering the Artists of Tomorrow Amid the Pandemic

By Christine Byrd Theaters, concert halls and art galleries have been closed for nearly a year, but the global pandemic hasn’t stopped artists from creating. If anything, it’s fueling rapid incorporation of technology across all artistic mediums and inspiring new ways to create and share art...

CTSA Drama Student Spotlights: Acting In Virtual World

"Stage actors thrive off of the applause and the thrill of performing for a packed theatre. There is a certain energy that is cultivated between fellow actors and the audience that can’t be recreated in an online format, but UCI drama students are taking on the challenge of creating live theatre in...

ZotTube - A Day in the Life of Drama Student Brandon Foxworth

What is life at UCI like during COVID-19? Drama student Brandon "Fox" Foxworth shows off his daily routine, including teaching undergraduate students via Zoom, and offers some advice for students navigating pandemic life. Plus, see some of Fox's favorite spots on and off-campus!

The NEW U features dancers Sergio Camacho and Sophia Vangelato

The New University profiles dancers Sergio Camacho and Sophia Vangelatos and what they have faced during the pandemic regarding dance. Excerpts: "Camacho, who is studying styles such as modern and ballet, is a third year philosophy and dance major at Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Like...

UC Instructors Build Bridges Via Telematics

Excerpt from DownBeat.com By Bobby Reed   During the pandemic, educators have wrestled with a pragmatic and philosophical question: How can music students effectively play together when they cannot be together? During the past few months, as DownBeat has spoken with collegiate educators in...

Students Create Commercials in Time for the Election

Students Create Commercials in Time for the Election Professor Juliette Carrillo, a nationally recognized theatre director, writer and award-winning filmmaker, is teaching UCI Drama students more than the fundamentals of writing and directing for professional theatre. Her Drama 15 (Performance...

The 25 Most Influential Works of American Protest Art Since World War II

Three artists, a curator and a writer came together to discuss the pieces that have not only best reflected the era, but have made an impact. Excerpt from the New York Times By Thessaly La Force, Zoë Lescaze, Nancy Hass and M.H. Miller Oct. 15, 2020 "The famously polarizing 1993 edition...

Dance Professor Kelli Sharp Collaborates with Undergraduate Students in an Innovative UCI Research Program

By Richard Chang At most universities, undergraduates don’t typically get opportunities to do serious research with their professors, let alone get published alongside them in professional journals. But through UC Irvine’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), undergrads are...

Prof. Zachary Dietz and UCI Drama Tests Aloha Software to Reduce Music Latency

The World’s Leading Music Schools Turn to Aloha By Elk Real-Time Music Creation and Performance Service to Reconnect Teachers and Students  Royal College of Music in Stockholm, University of California-Irvine, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University and Saint...

The latest volume of Dance Major Journal is now available

Dance Major Journal 2020 is out! The 2020 Edition of Dance Major Journal “Dancing Still Goes On,” is now online, with timely writing by dance majors and graduate choreographers. Donald McKayle with his last Etude Ensemble, author Sadie Sandoval at right. McKayle’s influence goes on, with the...