Faculty News

Timeless Echoes

Exploring Kojiro Umezaki’s new album A Distance, Intertwined Kojiro Umezaki, UC Irvine professor of music, esteemed shakuhachi player and composer, has just released his latest album, A Distance, Intertwined. Born in Tokyo and based in Los Angeles, Umezaki's artistry and research merge...

A Life of Song

Exploring Professor Darryl Taylor's Influence on African American Music: A Q&A session In July, Professor Darryl Taylor from the Department of Music at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts will receive an honor from the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. (NANM). Commemorating its...

Joel Veenstra to be the next Chair in Drama

Cultivating inclusivity, sustainability and well-being in theatre education The UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) has named Professor of Teaching Joel Veenstra as the next chair of the Department of Drama. He currently serves as the department’s vice chair of production and co-...

In Memoriam of Classical Guitarist Alexander Dunn

Alexander Dunn Internationally regarded guitarist and educator Alexander Dunn Ph.D., passed away on May 8, 2024. Dunn was a valued member of the UC Irvine Department of Music, an instructor of guitar and led the guitar ensemble since 2021.  “I knew Alex not only as a skilled musician but...

Behind the Curtain: The Making of UCI's The Prom

An inside look at the collaboration, creativity and themes of love and acceptance in the drama department’s closing show Co-directed by Don Hill and Daniel Keeling, The Prom addresses LGBTQ+ themes and societal issues, highlighting the importance of love and acceptance amidst challenges. Through...

That’s Show Biz

Don Hill makes his final curtain call after 20 years with CTSA By Christine Byrd Theater is a risky business. No one knows that better than veteran stage manager and producer Don Hill, who left the Nebraska cornfields to ultimately work with legends like Carol Burnett and Patti Lupone....

Professor Kevin Appel Named Fellow in Inaugural Clyfford Still Museum Institute Program

Honoring a Legacy of Innovation in Painting and Architecture The Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine is pleased to share that Professor Kevin Appel, chair of the Department of Art and executive director of University Art Galleries, has been selected as a fellow in the inaugural cohort...

CTSA Awards the 2023-24 Research & Innovation Grants

The Research and Innovation Advisory Committee (RI Committee), composed of esteemed faculty members representing each department within the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA), rigorously evaluated an influx of 33 research proposals requesting a total of $152,000 for the 2023-2024 academic...

Stringing it Together

Dennis Kim on Fusing the Old and the New  By Chiara Guastella An extensive musical education and career could not make Assistant Professor Dennis Kim any prouder to be part of the UCI Music faculty. Kim will take the stage at Winifred Smith Hall for the sixth and final performance of the...

Professor Jibade-Khalil Huffman: Art Beyond Boundaries

By Mia Hammett Professor Jibade-Khalil Huffman is an accomplished multi-media artist, writer and newly appointed assistant professor of art whose interdisciplinary work runs the gamut of subject, medium and materiality. Huffman’s art draws on personal and collective histories, the aesthetic...

“Turning” a New Page

Andreas Mitisek's innovative approach to opera takes center stage at UCI with Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw, promising a hauntingly immersive experience that pushes the boundaries of traditional opera By Chiara Guastella Andreas Mitisek, renowned for his work as the former director...

Nature's Projection: Jesse Colin Jackson’s New Exhibition Brings the Arts Outdoors

Associate Dean Jackson’s "Plein-Air en Plein Air" for Langson IMCA unveils historical California landscapes in outdoor exhibition at UCI “Plein-Air en Plein Air,” a play on words meaning "outdoors in the outdoors," allows us to experience historical California landscapes in their intended...

ICIT Turns 15

A weekend to remember On March 8-9, 2024, the Department of Music celebrated the 15th anniversary of its graduate program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT) with a weekend-long series of events. These events included experimental music and innovative musical research...

A Second Act for Ballet in Iran?

A Second Act for Ballet in Iran? A new work, “The White Feather” is inspired by the history of the Iranian National Ballet, which went dark during the Islamic Revolution and was never revived. By Brian Seibert | March 25, 2024 | The New York Times (subscription required) EXCERPT...

In Memoriam: Yong Soon Min (1953-2024)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of artist, curator, and professor Yong Soon Min. Through her multidisciplinary practice, Min investigated the ongoing Korean War, colonialism, intersections of memory and history, and diasporic identity. She was an innovator in the field of...

Launching into the Arts

Drama's annual Santley Showcase is a springboard for UCI actors By Christine Byrd The Claire Trevor School of  the Arts’ annual Santley Showcase puts the work of graduating actors in front of countless casting directors, agents and managers who hold the potential to make an aspiring star...

Grace on the Keys

Lorna Griffitt and her musical journey By Chiara Guastella Graciously talented and with an extensive background as a musician, Professor Lorna Griffitt strives to be a medium between the composer and the audience through her playing. Griffitt will take the stage at Winifred Smith Hall for the...

Celebrating Black Artists

UCI’s African American faculty members have made creative contributions to culture in dance, drama, art and music With its roots dating to the 1910s, Black History Month was first officially recognized by the U.S. government in 1976 to celebrate the contributions of African Americans to this...