Drama News

Flourishing this fall: UCI arts

Upcoming performance season includes such bold and ambitious programs as a modern take on ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Nick Schou, UCI | September 26, 2022 After a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UCI once again hosted its popular New Swan Shakespeare Festival on campus this summer. With...

For Alex Dreschke, a role in Hamilton at Segerstrom seems like homecoming

Event-News Enterprise (excerpt) By David N. Young | September 15, 2022 (Read full feature)   When he graduated with a Fine Arts degree from UC Irvine years ago, Alex Dreschke could hardly have imagined he would return to SoCal with a role in HAMILTON, one of the most engaging...

Made in California

The arts and education helped new dean Tiffany Ana López reimagine her own life By Christine Byrd For Tiffany Ana López, joining the Claire Trevor School of the Arts as dean is a double homecoming. Both a return to her native California and to the public higher-education system that shaped...

UCI Drama alum scores critical praise for horror thriller

Ryan Imhoff, M.F.A. Acting ’11 and New Swan Shakespeare Festival alum,  has written and directed the award-winning horror film Fresh Hell, which has won Best Feature Film at four film festivals dedicated to the horror genre. “This film was created on a string and a prayer by a group of...

CTSA celebrates alumni during the month of August

At the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, August is Alumni Appreciation Month! We have dedicated our Instagram account to celebrating our alums' work and accomplishments in and beyond the arts all month long. Spend the month learning more about just a few of our outstanding alumni! CTSA alums from...

The Celebrate New Swan Gala honored a decade of the Bard at UCI

  On Friday, July 15, UCI’s New Swan Shakespeare Festival welcomed 120 guests for its Celebrate New Swan Gala and a midsummer’s night to remember. Guests were treated to a magical and elegant evening under the stars celebrating the tenth anniversary season and the opening night of The...

Artful Summers

Summer Academies in the Arts offer college and career preparatory programs  By Christine Byrd Mafer Reyes had been dancing at private studios and ballet academies since she was 5 years old. But when it came time to think about college, she realized she had no idea what to...

‘We Need More’ of Taylor Fagins

The UCI Drama alum shares more about his journey to become an American Idol It’s nearly 10 p.m. on the third straight day of filming, and Taylor Fagins, ’17 is the final contestant to audition for American Idol’s celebrity judges. He sits down at a grand piano — an instrument he plays but...

Arts Advocates: Mary Gilly & John Graham

BARD BOOSTERS Q&A with Mary Gilly & John Graham Mary Gilly and her husband, John Graham, professors emeriti of marketing, are passionate about theater and the dramatic arts. They have been loyal supporters of the New Swan Shakespeare Festival since its founding in 2012. They became...

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Announces the 2022-23 Claire Trevor Society Scholars

  UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is pleased to announce the next cohort of Claire Trevor Society Scholarships recipients for the 2022-23 academic year. Each year the Society awards six merit-based scholarships to exceptional students majoring in the Departments of Art, Dance,...

Shakespeare, Reunited

This, this! No more, you gods! Your present kindness Makes my past miseries sports. – Pericles By Christine Byrd Pericles’ joy over being reunited with his family after years apart may resonate with actors and audiences when Pericles, Prince of Tyre and The Comedy of Errrorrs (note the...

Indeed It's Our Town

South Coast Repertory continues to foster a professional pipeline to retain local talent from UCI By Matt Coker When David Ivers, the artistic director of South Coast Repertory (SCR), approached Beth Lopes about directing a rival of Thornton Wilder’s classic play Our Town in December 2019,...

Outdoor stage built at UCI for return of Shakespeare Festival

Eli Simon, the artistic director for the New Swan Shakespeare Festival and a professor in the Drama Department at UC Irvine, stands on the stage of the New Swan Theater being constructed on the plaza outside Langson Library at UC Irvine on Tuesday, May 31

65 Questions with Department Chair of Drama, Don Hill

New University’s 65 Questions with Department Chair of Drama, Don Hill. Walking through Claire Trevor School of The Arts, The New University immersed themselves into the directorial world of UCI’s upcoming show, Into the Woods.

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

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is pleased to announce the 2022 Medici Circle Scholars. Thirteen 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...

The art of inquiry

While much of the attention on research at UCI is directed at the sciences, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts has also generated research, although to much less notice. Jesse Colin Jackson is on a mission to change that.

CTSA has a record-breaking Giving Day!

On May 18, 2022, the UCI community held its annual online Giving Day, and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) had its most successful Giving Day to date, raising more than $60,000 from more than 150 gifts. Funds raised on went directly to the Departments of Art, Dance, Drama, and Music...

Taking a Bow

By Christine Byrd One of the most satisfying parts of my tenure has been raising awareness of the way in which arts are radically interdisciplinary. Stephen Barker’s career is hard to pin down: He has been a dancer, actor, director, creative writer, translator, critical theorist and, for...