Alumni News

The Collective to Open 2016-17 with ‘THE HAMLET PROJECT’ - Round VII

May 13, 2016 The Collective, a new Chicago Theatre Company, opens its 2016-17 season with its seventh installment of THE HAMLET PROJECT, directed by Riley McIlveen and Assistant Directed by Omer Abbas Salem. The Collective is dedicated to gender-, color-, and age-blind casting. The cast and...

Leslie Liu Receives 2016 Chancellor's Award of Distinction

Leslie Liu (BA 2016) has been chosen as one of thirty-four recipients to receive the 2016 Chancellor's Award of Distinction. This award recognizes graduating students who exhibit a commitment to cutting-edge research, leadership, or service to UCI. Leslie will be honored with a special shoulder...

Things are looking up for Orange County's Trio Céleste

A good thing to know about Trio Céleste, though not absolutely necessary, is how to pronounce the name. “I don’t even know how to correctly pronounce it, there you go,” the group’s cellist Ross Gasworth quips. The other two members, pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks and violinist Iryna Krechkovsky,...

David Golbeck cast in ‘The Big Meal’

David Golbeck (BA 1981) was cast in The Big Meal at the Chance Theater in Anaheim, California. The show runs April 21, 2016 – May 22, 2016. LINK.

Sepideh Moafi Booked a Role in Notorious

Sepideh Moafi (MFA 2013) has booked a series regular role opposite Daniel Sunjata and Piper Perabo in ABC’s drama pilot Notorious. LINK.

Brett Doar featured in UCI Magazine

For M.F.A. grad Brett Doar, who builds large-scale Rube Goldberg machines, one success has led to another. If Hasbro ever invents a million-dollar version of the game Mouse Trap, it might look like one of Brett Doar’s madcap contraptions. The 2009 M.F.A. grad is gaining fame for his elaborate...

Sheldon Chau Interviewed by Filmmaker Magazine

Sheldon Chau (BA 2010) was interviewed by Filmmaker Magazine on his Sundance Short, Jungle. LINK.

Ben Jacoby Stars in Beautiful-The Carole King Musical

Ben Jacoby (MFA 2012) has been tapped to take over the role of "Barry Mann" in Broadway's production of Beautiful-The Carole King Musical. LINK.

Alan Mingo Plays Lead Roll in Kinky Boots on Broadway

Alan Mingo, Jr. (MFA 1998) is set to take over the lead role of "Lola" in the Tony Award winning musical Kinky Boots, on Broadway. LINK.

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...

Sakina Ibrahim Nominated for NAACP Image Award

Author, performer and dance educator Sakina Ibrahim (MFA 2014) has been nominated for the 47th Annual NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work Instructional for her self-published book Big Words to Little Me: Advice to the Younger Self. Big Words to Little Me serves as a creative approach...

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...

Cindy Lin Released New CD Album, French Character Pieces, by Centaur Records

UCI Alumna Cindy Lin (BM, 2003) released a new CD album, French Character Pieces, by Centaur Records Dr. Cindy Lin is a concert pianist and recording artist. While specializing in French music and American contemporary music, her repertoire also includes composers from the baroque period through...

Michael Moshe Dahan in Solo Exhibition at the John Sloan Art Gallery at Lock Haven University

Michael Moshe Dahan (MFA 2015) has a solo exhibition "Two Points of Failure" at the John Sloan Art Gallery at Lock Haven University, which opened October 26, 2015.

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...

Kevin Jellison Hired as Professor of Guitar at Irvine Valley College

Kevin Jellison (BM 2015) has been hired as a part-time Professor of Guitar at Irvine Valley College, beginning this fall.

Johnathan Minei Appointed Guitar Program Director at El Camino College

Jonathan Minei (BM 2000) has been appointed as a full-time Professor and Director of the Guitar Program at El Camino College in Torrance, California.

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.