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Arts and Wellness

By Christine Byrd The seats were empty, the orchestra silent, the studios dark. More than 700 undergraduate and 150 graduate students, and the scores of faculty and staff who teach and support them, disappeared literally overnight. It was March 17, and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts,...

Kristine N. Haag, ’06

Costume design alumna Kristine N. Haag has been nominated for a 2020 Emmy Award. Haag is part of the costume design team nominated for “Outstanding Contemporary Costumes” for her work as the Assistant Costume Designer on the Netflix show Grace and Frankie for the episode “The Tank.” Her colleagues...

In the Zoom Where It Happens

What San Diego Theater Looks Like in the Age of Social Distancing Local theater companies are adapting their art Dan Letchworth | Sep 1, 2020 (excerpt) "At the same time up in Solana Beach, North Coast Repertory Theatre was facing a similar dilemma with the Eric Pfeffinger comedy Human...

Meet UCI Drama alumna Andrea Caban

Q&A with Certificate in Presentation Design Lead Faculty Andrea Caban Andrea Caban, lead faculty of the new Certificate in Presentation Design program (CPD), traverses the fields of business, medicine and art making in a way that lends a unique perspective to presentation design, a creative...

Feats of Engineering & Artistry

By Christine Byrd If you see opera singers on a flying alligator’s back or snakes chasing Mozart, if it rains inside the theatre or a wild owl swoops overhead, it’s not magic. It’s just another day’s work for the Claire Trevor School of the Arts production team. “We’re prototyping and...

UCI students put diversity center stage in a summer series for young theatre professionals

UCI graduate students and their colleagues present Re-Creating the Stage: a round table for our new reality, a six-week digital summer program produced and organized by K.B. Theatre Company and collaborators. The program consists of panel conversations and workshops with industry professionals...

Going ‘solo’ to come together

UCI Illuminations contest showcases student creativity during COVID by Lilibeth Garcia, UCI | June 24, 2020 "Students have been social distancing since mid-March, and it hasn’t been easy for them. They have had to adapt to the loneliness being apart from friends and classmates, the...

Humorous Empathy from North Coast Rep

David Dixon reviews North Coast Repertory Theatre video production of Human Error, directed by Jane Page, professor of directing in the department of drama, for San Diego Story. "Before North Coast Repertory Theatre’s Zoom video production of Human Error begins, Artistic Director David...

Director Jane Page On HUMAN ERROR & New Forms of Storytelling

Broadway World Los Angeles interviews department of drama's Prof. Jane Page regarding her new project, HUMAN ERROR. "North Coast Rep's west coast premiere of playwright Eric Pfeffinger's HUMAN ERROR will go on as originally planned, only in these times of social distancing, being presented...

UCI Drama alum Taylor Fagins produces a powerful message through song

Taylor Fagins, Department of Drama alum, B.A. ’17, recently released a moving piece, “we need more.” The song is dedicated to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless others who have died through violence. The project was written and sung by Taylor Fagins, and arranged,...

Meet Costume Designer Lauryn Terceira

Feature by Voyage LA Lauryn Terceira, M.F.A. '19, Costume Design Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauryn Terceira. Lauryn, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far. Though my official job title reads ‘Costume Designer,’ the...

Hemsley Lighting Programs Selects 2020-21 Lighting Interns

The Hemsley Lighting Programs announces the selection of Rachael N. Blackwell and Avery Reagan as the Hemsley Lighting Interns for 2020-21. Reagan is just completing her MFA studies at UC-Irvine and Blackwell will be finishing this spring at CCM-University of Cincinnati. Reagan’s internship will...

#UCIArtsAnywhere

As our faculty, students, and staff prepare for an unusual spring quarter of remote teaching and learning, the lyrics to Barbra Streisand’s “People” keep swimming through my mind. “People, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world.” In a world facing an international pandemic, it...

From ball to ballet

Story by Christine Catlett, '21 “I am very proud that I’ll be the first one in my family to hold a bachelor’s degree,” says fourth-year drama major Shawna Jackson. “Without the scholarship, I don’t think it would have been possible, considering that I’m working to put myself through college.”

An important update from Dean Barker

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, we want to keep you, our valued supporters and community members, updated on how the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) in collaboration with the greater UCI community are responding. We are working diligently to quickly adapt to the rapidly...

COVID-19 Update | Spring Quarter Arts Events

March 12, 2020 While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at UCI at this time, the greatest priority at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is the health and well-being of our students, faculty, audiences, and staff. CTSA is taking all appropriate precautions as it monitors the...

The Spirit of Revolution Thrives in UCI Performance of Hollywood and the Red Scare

Scott Feinblatt, from the Irvine Weekly, reviews "Hollywood and the Red Scare" presented by the Department of Drama's Prof. Robin Buck and a creative team from the opera community at UCI's Winifred Smith Hall.

Setting Dreams in Motion

New York City is ever-moving, marked by a quick flow of people and ideas. Many artists dream of calling it home, to submerge themselves in a life they have been anticipating. It is 6 a.m. in the sleepless city, and Isaiah Tadros, B.F.A. ’20, having already been awake for several hours, stands in...