Drama News

Anteaters in the Arts: Kelly Perine

“Hard work is the best-kept secret in Hollywood!” That was the advice Kelly Perine (M.F.A. ’98) gave to a class of 12 graduate students on a recent visit to his alma mater, the Department of Drama. Perine is no stranger to hard work. Growing up, his innate ability for acting led him to Lake...

UCI Drama Students Receive Outstanding Crew Member Award

UCI Drama students, Chloe Cuberly and Sawyer Maier were recently awarded the Outstanding 101 Crew Member award of the Year for completing exceptional work while participating in UCI’s Drama 101 program.  The Drama 101 program allows dance and drama students to learn about the inner workings of...

From Claire Trevor To Broadway: Justin Keats’ Career After Graduation

By Lauren Knight A few years after he graduated from UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Justin Keats’ phone rang in an audition waiting room in New York City. Preparing to sing at an audition in four minutes for another Broadway musical, Keats saw his agent’s name on his screen and did not...

Assistant professor of drama wins NEH grant

Tara Rodman, UCI assistant professor of drama, has won a 2018 Fellowship for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The $60,000 grant will enable her to research and write a book about the international career of Japanese dancer and choreographer...

UC Irvine alum Jon Lovitz returns home

Jon Lovitz goes back to his roots Saturday, Sept. 29, by bringing his stand-up routine to his alma mater, UC Irvine, where the Irvine Barclay Theatre is located. Although this will be his Irvine Barclay debut, the comedian/actor/stand-up comic will recognize the surrounding campus.  Or not...

Outstanding 101 Crew Member Award for 2018

The UCI Drama Stage Management program awarded Kyle Causey and Hannah Lafferty the Outstanding 101 Crew Member Awards for 2018.  Kyle is a first-year who has a strong interest in sound design. Hannah is a 3rd-year transfer student interested in all things drama and has done amazing work on 101...

FADA (Film-Arts-Drama Alliance) club produces "The Greatest Show at UCI"

CREDITS CAST: THE SHOWMEN (In Order of Appearance) Trystan Colburn Tina Pham Kenai Gonzales FEATURED SINGER Emily Johnson-Frantz (Standing in for Olivia Pech) FEATURED DANCERS Alyssa Corella Anna Reiser Cayla Flagg Hannah Lafferty Lilla Lavanakul Makeila Lee DANCERS Abby...

L.A. Theater Review: Tom Hanks in ‘Henry IV’

Professor Holly Poe Durbin is the costume designer for Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ presentation of “Henry IV.”

Contemplating ‘Costuming the Leading Ladies of Shakespeare: From Stratford to Orange County’ at UC Irvine

The first actress you encounter in the compact lobby exhibit “Costuming the Leading Ladies of Shakespeare: From Stratford to Orange County” at UC Irvine’s Langson Library is Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth. In the reproduction of a painting by John Singer Sargent, Terry wears one of the most notorious...

Guilty or not guilty? That is the question as UCI law school deans face off in a mock trial of Hamlet

Zak Houston, MFA 2015, played Hamlet, Shakespeare's fictional Danish prince, during a mock trial presented by UCI Law at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on April 11, 2018.

UC Irvine exhibit spotlights Shakespearean stage costuming for women

Marcy Froehlich, professor and costume designer with the drama department, presented a keynote lecture April 5 during the opening night of UCI Libraries' 2018 Spring Exhibit, "Costuming the Leading Ladies of Shakespeare: From Stratford to Orange County," a collection running through the end of...

Center Stage with UCI Alum Jacob Ben-Shmuel

UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts has trained and molded many rising stars and artists of today, who have taken their talents to live out their dreams. The New University was able to talk with one of these alumni, Jacob Ben-Shmuel. He is currently starring in the touring cast of “The...

Costuming the Leading Ladies of Shakespeare

Orange County has a unique tie to The Bard with Madame Modjeska. You will find elements of her story in UC Irvine’s Spring 2018 exhibit that makes the connection from Stratford to the OC. Professor Marcy Froehlich, UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts – Drama, made an incredible presentation last...

Grace Morrison (MFA 2016) will play the role of Viola in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Pioneer Theatre Company presents William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, running Friday, March 30 through Saturday, April 14, 2018. Grace Morrison, MFA 2016, plays Viola in her first PTC role. Her favorite regional credits include Kate in The Taming of the Shrew and Horatio in Hamlet with New Swan...

Jacob Ben-Shmuel (BFA 2017) comes home in the National Tour of "The Book of Mormon"

Jacob Ben-Shmuel (BFA 2017) comes home in the National Tour of The Book of Mormon, running at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts 20 March – 1 April 2018.

Sepideh Moafi (MFA 2013) is starring in the new musical One Thousand Nights and One Day

Sepideh Moafi (MFA 2013) is starring in the new musical One Thousand Nights and One Day, to debut Off-Broadway this spring. Billed as a fresh take on The Arabian Nights, the new work will play in the mezzanine theatre at ART/New York. 

Musical Theatre West names Matt Terzigni as Production Manager

Matt Terzigni is a stage manager and company manager who has worked on both coasts and internationally. His extensive credits includes productions on the New York stage scene, including The Events with the New York Theater Workshop and Should I Have...It's all Wright, Sex with a Censor,...

UC Irvine theater professor’s new production tells a story through physical movement

The runaway wanders the cold streets of Los Angeles grasping for meaning in the uncompromising urban sprawl. Fleeing a life of evangelical conformity, the girl hopes to find something valuable hidden within the city's outer husk. The perennial theme of the directionless child's search for identity...