Alumni News

UCI Drama alumni in 'Frozen' at Disneyland Resort’s Hyperion Theatre

Two UCI Drama alumni are currently working on Frozen at Disneyland Resort’s Hyperion Theatre; Ashley Moniz (BA 2009) is performing as Anna, and Nathaniel Chase (MFA 2017) is working as an Assistant Stage Manager.

UCI Drama alumni Karyn Lawrence works as Lighting Designer in several shows

Karyn Lawrence (BA 2007/MFA 2012), winner of a 2016 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Lighting for her work on Fences, has worked as Lighting Designer on five shows this year thus far, including Next to Normal at East West Players and Moby Dick at South Coast Repertory.

UCI Drama alumni performing in the Broadway musical 'The Book of Mormon'

True to the Department of Drama's long-standing reputation of training the future stars of Broadway, three UCI Drama alumni are currently performing in the Broadway musical 'The Book of Mormon': Jacob Haren (BFA 2013) can be seen on Broadway; Jacob Ben-Shmuel (BFA 2017) and Oge Agulué...

UCI Alum inspired by Dance Professor to Teach

“I was also very influenced and encouraged by Jo Dierdorff and Rita Chenoweth, my professors at RCC, my choreography teacher at Cornish College of the Arts, Wade Madsen, and my faculty advisor and mentor at UCI, the great Donald McKayle.”

DanceWatch: Dancer Ching Ching Wong says good-bye

"Ching Ching Wong has danced for NW Dance Project for the past seven years. When she and I sat down this past weekend to talk, we estimated that she had danced approximately 70 new dances in her seven years with the company. If you’re wondering if that’s a lot? It is. It’s a whole lot. Wong’s...

What this UCI Alum Says About Her Tony-Nominated Role in "Come From Away"

“I learned so much about who I am and who I want to be. And at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, they don’t have a program to mold one into a certain kind of actor; they give you exactly what you need… UC Irvine was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life.” – Jenn Colella

UC Irvine MFA Graduate Joshua Romero on Playing Statue

Article by Rachel Lee UC Irvine MFA graduate Joshua Romero works for an events company that requires him to stand perfectly still while painted to resemble marble, bronze, or gold.  

"Telematic Bridges" music course links students in California and Colombia

In August, 2017, UCI's Trevor School partnered with Santa Ana High School to lead a week-long "telematic" course for two groups of high school students, one in California and one in Manizales, Colombia. The two groups of students and instructors were linked by high-bandwidth internet using cutting-...

Hamilton Stage Management Team Slated for L.A. Panel

The Stage Managers' Association of the United States (SMA) presents IN CONVERSATION WITH THE HAMILTON STAGE MANAGEMENT TEAM (Angelica Tour), hosted by Actors Co-op Theatre Company, a panel moderated by Joel Veenstra, SMA Western Regional Representative and Associate Head of Stage Management at UC...

Faculty and Alumni Duo Excels on Rare All-Beethoven Program

John Schneiderman (guitar and terz guitar) and Hideki Yamaya (7-string guitar and guitar-in-D), provide us with a sumptuous recording on their period instruments (both originals and modern copies). 

From UCI to 'SNL'

Chris Kelly is the second Anteater alum to join NBC's celebrated sketch comedy show.

Recent MFA graduates in Los Angeles Exhibitions

Actual Size Los Angeles presented three consecutive exhibitions by the graduating artists in the MFA program at UC Irvine. Each week will featured two artists in conversation. Links to exhibition images below. JASON GOWANS & CHRISTINA TSUI  | June 10 - 13, 2017 MARIAH...

Opening Reception for Heather Rasmussen & Tomory Dodge

Opening reception: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 3-6 PM ACME. is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by Los Angeles based artist Heather Rasmussen. Included in the show are recent photographs, sculptures, and video. Greatly influenced by Hans Breder, Ujj Zsuzsi and Rene Magritte in this...

L.A. Art Icons Remember Tina Turner, Lenny Bruce and Warhol's Cans

'Cool School' alumni Ed Ruscha, Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston and Larry Bell gather to recall the city's art scene in the early 1960s.

Legends of the Early L.A. Art Scene to Hold Rare Reunion

Ahead of a talk featuring Ed Ruscha, Robert Irwin and others — sponsored by The Broad Stage and Sotheby's Institute of Art — veterans of the Ferus Gallery recall the early days of the L.A. art scene and the new administration's possible threat to free speech.

Beth Lopes Directing ‘Atlas Pit’ at the Working Stage Theatre

Beth Lopes (MFA 2011) is directing Atlas Pit, a new play by Alex Burkart. The play runs from September 30 – October 23, 2016 at The Working Stage Theatre in Los Angeles. LINK.