Drama News

Revisiting ‘Cabaret’

Provocative musical is part of UCI’s Year of Free Speech lineup By Roy Rivenberg, UCI Dressed in a sleeveless fishnet shirt, striped pants and a crop-top suit jacket, Robert Zelaya will slink onto the stage Nov. 11 to begin a one-week run of “Cabaret,” a carnivalesque musical adapted from a...

Chantrell M. Lewis to be honored at Orange County Arts Awards

By Mia Hammett At 26, Chantrell M. Lewis (M.F.A. ’22, Drama) has built a strong arts career in service of other people. A creative polymath devoted to all things arts and education, Lewis is a multi-talented performer, author and teaching artist who treats the impact of her work with sincere...

Creative Wayfinding

Roadmaps in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts guide students to artistic success By Christine Byrd When emerging artists come to the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, they encounter more than an art school. Students find themselves at a top-10 public research university nestled in Orange...

2023 New Swan Shakespeare Festival Reviews

Reviews Newport Beach Independent Newspaper At New Swan, ‘Complete Works of William Shakespeare’ is Hilarious Improv Comedy By Eric Marchese | Special to the NB Indy | August 20, 2023 | Newport Beach Independent It would take months and a dedicated core of theater enthusiasts...

UCI Faculty and Alum Receive California Arts Council (CAC) Artist Fellowships

Arts Orange County (ArtsOC) recently announced the California Arts Council (CAC) grants which awarded $840,000 in Individual Artist Fellowships to 58 talented artists in Southern California. These distinguished grants are designed to recognize, uplift and honor California artists practicing diverse...

A Timely ‘Julius Caesar’ at New Swan Shakespeare Festival

Eric Marchese reviews the New Swan Shakespeare Festival's "Julius Caesar" for the Newport Beach Independent. Click on the link to read the full feature. (Image: Scene from “Julius Caesar” at New Swan. Photo by Jesús López Vargas.)

CTSA Launches Retail!

In honor of our August Alumni Appreciation Month, UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts is introducing our new e-shop! Step into a world of artistic expression and style with our carefully curated collection of apparel and branded items. Embrace your passion for the arts and proudly showcase your...

August is CTSA Alumni Appreciation Month

August is Alumni Appreciation Month at the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Join us as we honor and express gratitude for our talented alumni. Throughout August, we will spotlight the remarkable achievements of our former students on our social media channels. Each week will be dedicated to a...

Artful Horizons

CTSA students are passionate about giving back and fostering artistic endeavors By Greg Hardesty | UCI Magazine, Spring 2023 What does it mean to be part of a community? For Claire Trevor School of the Arts students, it often means focusing on the underrepresented, social justice,...

Community Canvas

Forming connections is critical to school’s mission of forging arts students’ pathways to UCI and beyond By Greg Hardesty | UCI Magazine, Spring 2023 The four out-of-state guests sat in a classroom at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, their eyes fixed on a large monitor. The...

Professor Joel Veenstra Named the 2023 Oscar Brockett Outstanding Teacher

  The UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts is pleased to share that Professor Joel Veenstra from the Department of Drama has been awarded the prestigious 2023 Oscar Brockett Outstanding Teacher Award by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Named after the renowned...

Unveiling “Love and Identity”

UCI Drama's 2023-24 Mainstage Season Explores the Power of Belonging by Mia Hammett From post-war romance to mid-century surrealism, UCI’s 2023-24 mainstage season of ‘love and identity’ uniquely engages with both new and familiar narratives. It showcases stories from the 20th and 21st...

Stage Management Student Sam Allen Awarded 2023 Cody Renard Richard Scholarship

  Sam Allen, a third-year Drama M.F.A. candidate in stage management, received the 2023 Cody Renard Richard Scholarship. Allen was one of ten students selected for this year's cohort. Recipients received a $10,000 grant for the academic spring semester as well as networking, mentoring, and...

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Names Twelve New Medici Circle Scholars

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is pleased to announce the 2023 Medici Circle Scholars. Twelve awards were given to both undergraduate and graduate students offering an opportunity to take their education beyond the classroom and collaborate with academics and artists in the community...

Dean López to Be a Featured Panelist for OC Forum’s “Visual Arts: Connecting Diverse Communities”

Dean Tiffany Ana López, Ph.D., the Dean of the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA), has been selected as a featured panelist for the OC Forum’s upcoming luncheon program, “Visual Arts: Connecting Diverse Communities.” The event will take place on Thursday, June 29, 2023, at 11:30 a.m. at...

Tania Katan to Give the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Commencement Address

Trailblazing storyteller and champion of creativity to inspire the Class of 2023   Tania Katan, a powerful storyteller, bestselling author, and co-creator of the globally viral social impact campaign #ItWasNeverADress, has been chosen as the 2023 commencement speaker for the joint...

UROP Honors Claire Trevor School of the Arts 2023 Undergraduate Mentors

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) held the annual UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium, where they presented the Chancellor's Award Recipients for Undergraduate Mentorship. The ceremony occurred on May 19, 2023, at the Bren Center, where winners of the Chancellor's Award...

He’s Paid ‘Rent’ in Full

Broadway veteran Telly Leung comes full circle by guest-directing UCI Drama production of landmark 1996 rock musical whose themes particularly resonate in 2023 By Greg Hardesty When he was 16, native New Yorker Telly Leung was a self-described Rent head. He would line up on 41st Street...