Faculty News

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...

Made in California

The arts and education helped new dean Tiffany Ana López reimagine her own life By Christine Byrd For Tiffany Ana López, joining the Claire Trevor School of the Arts as dean is a double homecoming. Both a return to her native California and to the public higher-education system that shaped...

Umezaki joins the the first Silkroad Ensemble tour with Artistic Director Rhiannon Giddens

Now in his 21st year with the ensemble, Professor Kojiro Umezaki joined the summer Phoenix Rising tour including performances at the Newport International Folk Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center. The summer festival tour was the first with MacArthur Fellow and multiple GRAMMY...

Professor of Music Mari Kimura nominated for OC 2022 Innovator of the Year

Professor of Music Mari Kimura has been nominated for the 8th annual Innovator of the Year honor presented by the Orange County Business Journal (OCBJ). Kimura is one of 74 outstanding nominees from various industries throughout Orange County.    This program is...

Local Choreographer Molly Lynch Brings her National Dance Initiative Back to Irvine Barclay Theatre July 30

By Christopher Trela | July 15, 2022   Ever since Ballet Pacifica closed its doors in 2007, Orange County has relied on a handful of local dance troupes and touring professional companies to provide the county with quality dance programs. And then there is National Choreographer’s...

Nicole Grimes receives Danijela Kulezic-Wilson Prize Honorable Mention

Nicole Grimes receives Society for Musicology in Ireland’s Danijela Kulezic-Wilson Prize Honorable Mention The Department of Music is pleased to share the news that Associate Professor of Music, Nicole Grimes, has received the Danijela Kulezic-Wilson Prize 2022 Honorable Mention for her book...

The Music Pioneer

Mari Kimura came to BU to study violin performance and left as an innovator at the intersection of art and technology Excerpt from CFA, a publication of the Boston University College of Fine Arts By Joel Brown May 16, 2022 "Now a professor of music in the Integrated Composition,...

The Maestro Has Left the Building

Dr. Stephen Tucker, 22-year music director for the UCI Symphony Orchestra, reflects on his time at CTSA By Matt Coker Stephen Tucker’s accomplishments would not only fill the orchestra pit but the entire Hollywood Bowl. The professor and Robert and Marjorie Rawlins Chair of Music teaches...

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...

Taking a Bow

By Christine Byrd One of the most satisfying parts of my tenure has been raising awareness of the way in which arts are radically interdisciplinary. Stephen Barker’s career is hard to pin down: He has been a dancer, actor, director, creative writer, translator, critical theorist and, for...

Launching Clara Schumann Studies, Celebrating Women in Music

On March 1, 2022, in association with the Women in Global Music Network, the Department of Music was pleased to host the online launch of Clara Schumann Studies, a collection of essays edited by Dr. Joe Davies for Cambridge University Press. The event, attended by an...

Trailblazing Artist Ulysses Jenkins is being recognized for his critical work in video art

Groundbreaking video and performance artist. video and digital artist, Professor Ulysses Jenkins, presented the first major retrospective Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation Feb. 5 - May 15, 2022, at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Below includes some of the various press and...

Play explores UCI’s PrisonPandemic project

The disembodied voices of incarcerated people – scared, pleading, angry, upset – will haunt a UCI play about the coronavirus in California’s crowded penitentiaries. Set to run April 29 through May 1 in the campus’s Little Theatre, “COVID in Custody” chronicles the real-life efforts of three UCI...

Hooked from the Start

Professor Michael Hooker receives top honor for career achievement in sound design By Jill Kato Professor Michael Hooker has received the 2022 Distinguished Achievement Award in Sound Design from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), the premiere organization in his...

UCI’s Bruce Yonemoto is named a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow

Professor of art is among 180 recipients of the renowned award Bruce Yonemoto, a video and digital media installation artist, educator, writer, curator, and professor of art at the University of California, Irvine, has been awarded a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship. He joins 179 other American and...

Los Angeles exhibit features work of video art pioneer Ulysses Jenkins

PBS Newshour (CANVAS Arts), March 18, 2022 (Video) Ulysses Jenkins is considered a pioneer in the world of video art, which emerged as artists in the 1960s and '70s began using lighter and more affordable video cameras to create work and tell stories. One of the first Black artists in the field...