Drama News

Teresa K. Pond Named Producing Artistic Director

Teresa K. Pond (MFA 2003) has been named Producing Artistic Director for the Cyrano’s Theatre Company in Anchorage, Alaska. Teresa previously served as the Producing Artistic Director of Millbrook Playhouse in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania. She also served as Executive Director of Anchorage Community...

Legendary actor William Needles dies at 97

William "Bill" Needles, former professor of Drama and one of Canada's best-known Shakespearean actors, has died at age 97. Needles served as an acting teacher at the University of California for a number of years and was a mentor to hundreds. "Perhaps the greatest of his many talents was his...

UCI Drama Alumni Talk Post-Grad Success

UC Irvine drama alumni Garrett Deagon (BFA 2011) and Madisen Johnson (BFA 2015) recently returned to their alma mater to discuss their experience on the road with the national tour of “Annie,” which had local runs at OC’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts and LA’s Pantages Theatre... New University...

Take My Story, Add Your Story, and You Get Our Stories!

The final bell rings as classrooms turn into a whirlwind of departure. Bags are packed with worksheets and math problems and crayons and juice boxes. Eager legs scurry to the playground, their parents’ arms, soccer practice. But for 15 students at Culverdale Elementary School, school ending means...

Ansel Adams' Student Photo Call

(c) Theater Times - November 14, 2015 by Cristofer Gross with Robert Cohen ANSEL ADAMS' STUDENT PHOTO CALL A surprising photo credit for a college rehearsal shot sparks inquiry. Walking into UC Irvine’s main library in 2008, I stopped before a poster bearing a remarkable photograph. The...

Director Don Hill’s Take on “La Mancha”

The New University sits down for a Q&A with the Director of Man of La Mancha and Vice Chair of the Drama department, Donald “Don” Hill. New University - Click to read article...

‘Elsewhere’ Here at Claire Trevor

Annie Loui’s Elsewhere presented by Counter-Balance Theater returns to UC Irvine as part of the Chancellor’s Illuminations initiative. The play, based on the Kazuo Ishiguro’s book “Never Let Me Go,” questions the boundaries of medical ethics and explores the universal-timeless search for self-...

Jane Page Received Great Reviews for Directing “I and You” at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Professor of Drama Jane Page receives great reviews from multiple media outlets for her work directing “I and You” at the Repertory Theater of St. Louis. The show runs from October 28-November 15, 2015. To read all reviews click on the links below. http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2015/11/02/i-and-...

Jaymi Smith, Noelle Hoffman (MFA '11), and Karyn Lawrence (MFA '12) Nominated for Ovation Awards

Congratulations to our outstanding faculty and CTSA alumna for their 2015 Ovation Award nominations.  The Ovation Awards are the only peer-judged theatre awards in Los Angeles, created to recognize excellence in theatrical performance, production and design in the Greater Los Angeles area...

Allison Case Returning to Broadway

Allison Case (Drama ’05) is returning to Broadway and starring as Miss Honey in the hit musical, Matilda.   Broadway.com - Click to read article...  

Laura D'Andre Stars in 'Hair'

Laura D’Andre (BA Drama ’07) stars as Sheila in Hair at the Sacramento Music Circus. The production is musically directed by Senior Lecturer and Head of Music Theater, Dennis Castellano.

Ryan Fransworth Appearing in National Tour of 'Beautiful – The Carol King Musical'

Ryan Farnsworth (BFA/Music Theatre ’09) will be appearing in the national tour of Beautiful - The Carol King Musical.  

Andrew Samonsky playing Cinderella’s Prince in ‘Into the Woods’

Andrew Samonsky (MFA/Acting ’03) is playing Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods at The Muny in St. Louis MO.    

Kari Yancy stars as Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Kari Yancy (BA/Drama ’11) stars as Belle in Beauty & the Beast at Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Utah.  

Ben Gibson Appearing in the Musical "Dogfight"

Ben Gibson (Drama ’13) is appearing in Dogfight at the Cygnet Theatre in San Diego, California.

Sharon Rietkirk and Laura D’Andre Star in the New Musical “Triangle”

Sharon Rietkirk (Drama/Honors in Music Theatre ’06) and Laura D’Andre (Drama ’07) star in the new musical, Triangle, at Theatreworks in Palo Alto, California.

Jenn Colella Playing the Title Role in "Peter Pan"

Jenn Colella (MFA/Acting ’02) is playing the title role in Peter Pan at the Sacramento Music Circus.

With Sandra Tsing Loh back to lead the way, change is very good

by Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Writer-performer Sandra Tsing Loh wants the world to know that she didn't set out to become the spokesperson for menopause. What woman would sign up to be the poster child for "old" and "dry"? she asks in her signature frisky manner, composed of equal...