Tayor 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...