Alumni News

UCI Drama alum Taylor Fagins produces a powerful message through song

Taylor Fagins, Department of Drama alum, B.A. ’17, recently released a moving piece, “we need more.” The song is dedicated to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless others who have died through violence. The project was written and sung by Taylor Fagins, and arranged,...

Introducing the Shut In Dance Film Fest

Andrew Pearson, B.F.A. '09, Choreography and Performance, is launching a new dance film festival directed by Nicole Berger, choreographer for television programs including The Good Place, VEEP, and Brooklyn Nine Nine. "I first met Nicole two years ago when I started teaching at AMDA (American...

Prof. Jennifer Pastor and two UCI Art Alumnae named 2020 Guggenheim Fellows

Jennifer Pastor, professor of art in the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Art’s department of art, is among the 175 writers, scholars, artists, and scientists awarded the 2020 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Guggenheim Fellowships. In addition, two UCI Art alumnae Rheim Alkadhi (M.F.A. ’99...

UCI M.F.A. Alumni Waeli Wang Appointed Visiting Assistant Professor

UCI M.F.A. Alumni Waeli Wang Appointed Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Kansas Dance Department Recent UCI M.F.A. ’19 dance graduate Waeli Wang will be joining the University of Kansas Theatre and Dance Department as a visiting assistant professor for 2020-22. As a dance and...

UCI Dance alum named Artistic Director for the Limón Dance Company

Dante Puleio (M.F.A. ’17) has been named Artistic Director for the Limón Dance Company in New York, NY. Starting in July 2020, Puleio will succeed Colin Connor as the sixth Artistic Director of the Company in its 74-year history. Puleio first began his dance training at Laban Centre in London...

Anteaters in the Arts: Michelle Caumiant Zehnder

Michelle Caumiant Zehnder, B.A. Dance, ’76, continues to inspire students with clever choreography and carefully crafted lesson plans. Zehnder has taught ballet and jazz for the past nine years at the OASIS Senior Center of Newport Beach, for students ages 50 and up. Zehnder states that “it is a...

Meet LA’s Art Community: Linda Stark Likes the “Challenge of Resurrecting a Bankrupt Image”

HYPERALLERGIC's Meet LA’s Art Community: An interview series spotlighting some of the great work coming out of Los Angeles. Hear directly from artists, curators, and art workers about their current projects and personal quirks. In the 16th installment of the series, writer Elisa Wouk Almino...

UCI Alumni in Bay Area Musicals' THE FULL MONTY

CTSA Alumna, Briel Pomerantz, B.A. ‘07, will be performing with Bay Area Musicals’ first 2020 production, the 10-time Tony Award-nominated musical, The Full Monty.  The musical includes a soulful score that will leave the audience awestruck as they witness the journey of a group of maverick...

An Experimental Stage: Morgan Embry

Written by Christine Byrd In the few short months since graduating, Morgan Embry, M.F.A. ’19, has criss-crossed the country as a lighting designer for live music concerts. When she has time to spend in one place, it’s usually Los Angeles, where she’s busy showcasing her immersive art...

Alumni: Erik Smith

Erik Smith, M.F.A. ’19, got his start with Cirque du Soleil back in 2013 as an undergraduate in the UCI Department of Drama. Smith took a class in advanced stage management where he met Emily Carr, a guest lecturer from Cirque du Soleil. It was always a dream of Smith’s to work for Cirque, so Carr...

Anteaters in the Arts: Maryjo Lang

Having admirably contributed to over 300 movie soundscapes, professional Foley mixer and UCI alumna, MaryJo Lang, B.A. Drama, ’74, has amplified the creative landscape of Hollywood sound design for over 25 years. Lang was deemed “a force of nature” in Foley mixing by Cinema Audio Society president...

Skye Schmidt: Photographer/Dancer

Skye Schmidt: Photographer/Dancer by Terry Schilling | December 23, 2019 / Irvine Community News & Views Capturing magical moments in dance takes a professional dancer and a seasoned photographer.  I was lucky enough to meet an artist who is both: Skye Schmidt.

UCI Alum in Bay Area Musicals’ GYPSY

UCI alum Cassie Grilley will play “Agnes” in Bay Area Musicals’ GYPSY production.  A 6-Time Tony Award-winning performance, the musical GYPSY is based on the memoirs of famous striptease artist, Gypsy Rose Lee. The story specifically focuses on Lee’s mother, Rose, who has been deemed “the...

Art of Social Change

Two more UCI faculty and alumni receive Guggenheim Fellowships When a shiny sculpture of a rabbit by the most commercially successful living artist sold for a record-breaking $91 million at auction earlier this year, UCI art professor Daniel Joseph Martinez shrugged. “We don’t remember the...

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...

Anteaters in the Arts: Eliza Rubenstein

On June 17, Eliza Rubenstein (M.F.A. ’97) stepped onto the conductor’s podium at Carnegie Hall — for the second time. In June 2017, Rubenstein conducted the Carnegie Hall premiere of Kirke Mechem’s Songs of the Slave, a powerful reflection on racial justice and hard-won freedoms. While it...

CAM Alum Cyndie Klorer brings her Fourth Wall Entertainment Troupe to the Metropolitan

"San Andreas, CA…Mardi Gras Karaoke Party with Sweet Harmony Entertainment! About the new team at the helm of the historic Metropolitan. In 1994, Cyndie Hoffman (Klorer) was involved in her first theatrical production out of high school at the historic Metropolitan Theater in San Andreas. Once...

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...