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UCI Lighting Designers Reunite

COVID-19 has ushered in a new way to connect and reconnect with the people in our lives.  One opportunity that faculty and students at UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts have taken advantage of is the connection through Zoom online virtual meetups. The digital platform allows people from all...

Arts Advocates: Ivan Williams

MEDIA MENTOR Q&A with Ivan Williams   Ivan Williams, MBA ’96 is a former chemical engineer and oil executive who now focuses on something that first captivated his attention in high school: filmmaking. Today, he is a film, television and theater producer, and a staunch advocate of...

Tapping Into a New Era

By Christine Byrd In his dance, “Waiting for Amazon,” Carl “Dougie” Sanders, M.F.A. ’21, moves in his living room, expressing the exhausting boredom of being stuck at home, and the angsty anticipation before a parcel delivery. We may not move quite like Sanders, but we know exactly what he’s...

UCI Music Professor Uses Technology to Build Bridges

By Richard Chang Michael Dessen, a music professor at UC Irvine, specializes in telematics, or networked music performance. He knew his field was important and growing, but he didn’t expect the entire world of musicians to be calling him nonstop during the coronavirus pandemic. It turns out...

Kristine N. Haag, ’06

Costume design alumna Kristine N. Haag has been nominated for a 2020 Emmy Award. Haag is part of the costume design team nominated for “Outstanding Contemporary Costumes” for her work as the Assistant Costume Designer on the Netflix show Grace and Frankie for the episode “The Tank.” Her colleagues...

Jason Valdry Named Assistant Dean, Claire Trevor School of the Arts

Dean Stephen Barker has named Jason Valdry the next assistant dean for the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA). The assistant dean is responsible for the entire scope of planning, operations, and resource management for the School, involving its administrative, instructional, and research...

Arts and Wellness

By Christine Byrd The seats were empty, the orchestra silent, the studios dark. More than 700 undergraduate and 150 graduate students, and the scores of faculty and staff who teach and support them, disappeared literally overnight. It was March 17, and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts,...

UCI Dance mourns the passing of Donald Dale Bradburn

Donald Dale Bradburn June 14, 1940 - July 23, 2020 Renowned dance photographer, dancer, designer and choreographer, Donald Dale Bradburn passed away on July 23 in Cedar City, Utah after an extended illness. Don's photos captured such dance luminaries as Nureyev, Baryshnikov, Markova,...

From Waste to Wonder: Face Shields Transform Into Art

UCI art piece commemorates the efforts of UCI’s face shield project and global pandemic. September 15, 2020 By Kate Wokowsky / UCI Beall Applied Innovation News "The face shield project at UC Irvine left behind piles of clear and colorful plastic scraps that were bound for the trash can, but...

UC Irvine Art Department: Recontextualizing Instruction During Changing Times

The visual and performing arts inspire and enlighten us. They provide solace, help us rise above difficulties and uplift our spirits during times of change and confusion. “Art is essential to the well-being of individuals and society...”

How the Pandemic Made UCI Composer Michael Dessen’s World Go Zoom

By Peter Lefevre September 11, 2020 "If you’ve ever been in a video meeting, you’ve had this experience: Someone’s lips move, and a fraction of a second later, you hear the sound of their voice. That millisecond of being out of sync, that delay between when a sound enters a system and when it...

In the Zoom Where It Happens

What San Diego Theater Looks Like in the Age of Social Distancing Local theater companies are adapting their art Dan Letchworth | Sep 1, 2020 (excerpt) "At the same time up in Solana Beach, North Coast Repertory Theatre was facing a similar dilemma with the Eric Pfeffinger comedy Human...

At the end of summer comes UC Irvine’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Zoom’

Four days will quickly steep themselves in night; four nights will quickly dream away the time — for four nights, UC Irvine’s New Swan Shakespeare Theater will draw its audience into the bard’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” albeit unconventionally...

A Midsummer Night’s Zoom

A Beloved Shakespeare play transformed for a virtual world - The creative collaboration of Eli Simon, Chancellor’s Professor of drama, and Julia Lupton, professor of English, “A Midsummer Night’s Zoom” captures the elements of a beloved play.

Review: lauren woods: American Monument: 22/2019

Review: lauren woods: American Monument: 22/2019 By Andrea Liss for Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism June 2020 Who can read the news today without seeing a headline and a visceral photograph recounting yet another shooting of an African American person? The...

Jesse Colin Jackson Named Inaugural Associate Dean, Research and Innovation

Dean Stephen Barker has named Jesse Colin Jackson, associate professor in the department of art, to the inaugural role of associate dean, research and innovation at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA). The associate dean will be responsible for developing a vision and plan for faculty...

Professor Emeritus Joseph Huszti Named 2020 Swan Award Winner

The California Choral Directors Association (CCDA) recently presented Professor Emeritus Joseph Huszti with the Howard S. Swan Award. Since 1985, the CCDA has recognized an outstanding choral director in California who is retired from full time conducting, having spent the major portion of their...

Meet UCI Drama alumna Andrea Caban

Q&A with Certificate in Presentation Design Lead Faculty Andrea Caban Andrea Caban, lead faculty of the new Certificate in Presentation Design program (CPD), traverses the fields of business, medicine and art making in a way that lends a unique perspective to presentation design, a creative...