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UCI's Creative Engine

Through art, dance, music and drama, UCI artists push boundaries and fuel innovation By Christine Byrd This winter, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts will treat audiences to riveting performances and thought-provoking exhibitions, all of which are the result of a thriving creative engine...

Living the Dream

M.F.A. student Blake Elliott returns to UCI after following career aspirations in New York City By Christine Byrd For students dreaming of a career in theater, nothing beats working on a New York City stage. Just ask second-year M.F.A. student Blake Elliott, who returns to UCI this winter...

The Highly Collective Work of ICIT’s “Circadian Etudes”

And the pursuit of ‘remote interconnectedness’ Inherent to UCI’s Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT) Ph.D. program is collaboration; all projects to emerge from the ICIT program suggest a degree of collectivity and interactivity. Rather—the entire music-making process...

Behind the Scenes: New Slate

From the audition to performance, Dance majors gain real-world experience By Isabella Granqvist It’s the beginning of the school year, and a line of students outside the dance studios in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) stretches on endlessly, filling up the walkways. At the front...

A Name to Remember

M.F.A. candidate Mary Hill stars as Biddy Mason – and hopes you’ll remember them both By Christine Byrd Unlike many of her peers who were on stage from the time they were little, Mary Hill didn’t find her way to the theater until college. In fact, her pursuit of the arts resulted from a happy...

Ph.D. Candidate Joao Martins wins prestigious musicology award

Joao Martins, a candidate in the Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Music program at the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Music, has won the 2022 Ingolf Dahl Award in Musicology. This award was established by the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society in...

Flutist is flying high

UCI Symphony Orchestra member Savanna Nygard has found inspiration in nature – and an act of generosity by Dhanika Pineda, UCI | October 17, 2022 Savanna Nygard started playing the flute when she was 10 years old. An avid “birder,” she associates the sound of her craft with birdsong, which...

Flourishing this fall: UCI arts

Upcoming performance season includes such bold and ambitious programs as a modern take on ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Nick Schou, UCI | September 26, 2022 After a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UCI once again hosted its popular New Swan Shakespeare Festival on campus this summer. With...

Artful Summers

Summer Academies in the Arts offer college and career preparatory programs  By Christine Byrd Mafer Reyes had been dancing at private studios and ballet academies since she was 5 years old. But when it came time to think about college, she realized she had no idea what to...

Shakespeare, Reunited

This, this! No more, you gods! Your present kindness Makes my past miseries sports. – Pericles By Christine Byrd Pericles’ joy over being reunited with his family after years apart may resonate with actors and audiences when Pericles, Prince of Tyre and The Comedy of Errrorrs (note the...

Indeed It's Our Town

South Coast Repertory continues to foster a professional pipeline to retain local talent from UCI By Matt Coker When David Ivers, the artistic director of South Coast Repertory (SCR), approached Beth Lopes about directing a rival of Thornton Wilder’s classic play Our Town in December 2019,...

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Names Thirteen New Medici Circle Scholars

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is pleased to announce the 2022 Medici Circle Scholars. Thirteen awards were given to both undergraduate and graduate students offering an opportunity to take their education beyond the classroom and collaborate with academics and artists in the community...

Catalyst for Innovation

Art students get creative outside gallery walls By Christine Byrd After more than a year away from campus due to the pandemic, Claire Trevor School of the Arts students were thrilled to get back into studios and in-person classes in fall 2021. For the five student leaders of the Catalyst...

Mafer Reyes: Dance-Educator-in-the-Making

Support UCI Giving Day By Mia Hammett A second year undergrad, Mafer Reyes has managed to balance an ever-growing series of interrelated professional positions within and without the UCI campus. And she’s only just begun.  Ostensibly generous with her time and energy, Reyes dedicates...

Teerath Majumder: The Social Phenomenon of Music

Support UCI Giving Day By Mia Hammett While continuing his creative work as an independent artist and producer, Majumder hopes to step into a near-future teaching position –– thus securing his place in music academia. He’s already got a jump-start by teaching a winter course of his own making...

Jazz Pianist Hime Ikehara: Music as Second Nature

Support UCI Giving Day By Mia Hammett Highly versatile and deliberate in her approach to music, fourth-year jazz piano major Hime Ikehara sounds up-to-par with your favorite seasoned pianists of the twenty-first century. Ikehara has only actively played jazz piano for five years, but her...

#IamUCI – Q&A with Class of 2022 graduate Anna Medina, M.F.A.

Q&A with Class of 2022 graduate Anna Medina, M.F.A. by Tom Vasich / UCI News In an essay for UCI’s Dance Major Journal, San Diego native Anna Medina wrote, “Growing up both Mexican and American, I lived on both sides of the border at different times in my life, sometimes sure that I...

Music Theatre Talent Kayla Quiroz on Identity and the Future

Support UCI Giving Day By Mia Hammett Triptych talent and third-year music theatre B.F.A. Kayla Quiroz won’t be slowing down anytime soon.  The actor-singer-dancer’s resume boasts a string of music theatre experience as early as her formative years. From an eight-year-old’s ...