Drama News

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...

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...

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...

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!

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...

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...

Three dynamic professors join the Department of Drama

Three new UCI faculty members are joining the Claire Trevor School of the Arts’ Department of Drama this fall, bringing diverse backgrounds and fresh ideas to the disciplines of doctoral studies, scene design and music direction. “We’re excited to be able to welcome these three faculty members...

UCI Drama alumna Julianna Ojeda talks to KPFK about the "Together LA: A Virtual Stage Festival"

From Broadway World Los Angeles KPFK's Arts In Review Welcomes L.A. Live Theater Leaders Stephanie Black, Julianna Ojeda, and Grett T. Daniels Over the course of three weekends, thirty-four (34) of ATLA theatre companies will showcase 10-minute works. by BWW News Desk Sep. 25, 2020...

UCI Lighting Designers Reunite

COVID-19 has ushered in a new way to connect and reconnect with the people in our lives.  One opportunity that faculty and students at UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts have taken advantage of is the connection through Zoom online virtual meetups. The digital platform allows people from all...

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...

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,...

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...