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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Elevates the Production with Professional Chops

CTSA Drama Gives Back to Orange County Community

IRVINE, Calif. (Nov. 25, 2014) – The Department of Drama, Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at the University of California, Irvine will mount Tennessee Williams’ classic, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, opening December 6 and running through December 14. The play, which was the winner of the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, explores the complex family relationships of the wealthy cotton tycoon family of Big Daddy Pollitt. Several recurring motifs such as social morés, greed, superficiality, decay, sexual desire, repression and death are explored.

A Gift of Art, A Special Fundraiser

The Department of Art is pleased to present a unique opportunity to support its programs and collaborative projects with a collection of prints by artists Kevin Appel, Barbara T. Smith, Bruce Yonemoto, and Liat Yossifor.  With your generous donation, you will receive one or more of the four prints, as a gift from the Department of Art.  Each print is signed by the artist and comes with a certificate of authentication.

Please join us on November 6, 2014 for CTSA's Annual Open House where the art will be on display in the Contemporary Arts Center lobby from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  You will have the opportunity to view the prints, donate, and receive the prints.

Please click on the link below to learn how to donate to the Department of Art, and to learn about each artist and their respective artwork. Dept. of Art Fundraiser

A Season of Love, Lust and Greed

Drama at UC Irvine announces the 2014-2015 Season:
Love, Lust and Greed

Dr. Daniel Gary Busby, Chair of Drama at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine, announces the 2014-2015 Drama Season. Featuring works that explore the most basic human instincts: LOVE, LUST and GREED. These elemental issues drive most human interaction and form the basis of all great dramatic works of literature since the time of the Greeks. Following on the heels of the 2013-14, A Season of Justice: An exploration of Citizenship, the Drama faculty has made a turn for next year’s season, choosing a theme which offers both exciting new and fascinating re-telling of classic stories about our shared human condition.  

Fall 2014 Productions


The Last Lifeboat -- faculty directed workshop

Written by Luke Yankee
Directed by Don Hill Performances:

UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Annual Open House

IRVINE, Calif. (October 20, 2014) -- The Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at the University of California, Irvine invites you to attend its fourth annual arts Open House on Thursday, November 6 from 5:30 – 8:00pm. As UCI and our School embark on this 50th anniversary year, the evening’s festivities will highlight our expansive legacy of learning and creativity. Admission to the event is free, so bring the whole family to enjoy an array of entertainment, many complementary food options, and live jazz on the arts plaza.

CTSA Explores the Aftermath of Titanic in a World Premiere Play by Luke Yankee

IRVINE, Calif. (Oct. 16, 2014) -- The Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at the University of California, Irvine is pleased to announce the world premiere of a new play by award-winning playwright Luke Yankee. The Last Lifeboat is the untold story of J. Bruce Ismay, the owner of the White Star Line at the time of the sinking of the Titanic, whose decision to save himself rather than go down with the ship made him the scapegoat for one of the greatest disasters of all time. An ensemble cast playing multiple roles tells this epic tale which explores not only the tragedy itself, but the sensationalized trials and aftermath of the night that changed the world forever. The production will be directed and produced by Don Hill, Vice Chair of the UCI Drama Department.

Beall Center’s Free Family Day On Sat., October 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

IRVINE, Calif. (October 14, 2014) -- The Beall Center for Art + Technology at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts will have its free Family Day on Sat., October 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. around the Arts Plaza of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine. Children and adults of all ages enjoy hands-on art and technology projects and experience an introduction to new media art relating to the Beall Center’s many ongoing exhibitions and initiatives. Scheduled Activities Include:
  • Beall Center Exhibition - “Eddo Stern: New Works”, presents five interactive game-based projects, the epitome of art + technology.
  • University Art Gallery Exhibition - “Ed Moses: Cross-Section”, a solo exhibition of five decades of paintings by this west coast icon, and UCI School of the Arts original faculty member in Studio Art.
  • Optricks-Optobotics - Discover light and its “magical” properties from the Optics

2014-2015 Season Brochure

Welcome to the 50th Anniversary of UC Irvine — and to the Claire Trevor School of the Arts’ 2014-15 season of exciting exhibitions, performances, and special events. Since its founding in 1965, the School of Fine Arts has been a unique and vibrant presence in the community, nationally, and internationally, building from strength to strength across these five decades.

Claire Trevor School of the Arts Announces the 2014-15 Season

The Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at the University of California, Irvine is pleased to announce the entire lineup of performances, concerts, and special events taking place on campus during the 2014-15 season. Season subscriptions go on sale Sept. 2, 2014 followed by individual ticket sales on Sept. 15, 2014. 

Highlights of the season include promising new works from all four Departments (Art, Dance, Drama, Music), as well as from the Beall Center for Art + Technology.

The Beall Center for Art + Technology brings Eddo Stern's Art and Gaming World to CTSA

The Donald R. and Joan F. Beall Center for Art + Technology at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts will mount a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist and game designer, Eddo Stern. The exhibition entitled Eddo Stern: New Works will present five game based projects: Darkgame 4.0, Vietnam Romance, Still Life With Putin, House Stern Pachinko, and Cruise Control. The exhibition runs from October 10 through January 24, with an Opening Reception that is open to the public on Saturday, October 11 from 2:00PM – 5:00PM. Eddo Stern: New Works will feature a new multiscreen installation of Stern’s well-known work Darkgame in which the immersive gameplay is based upon the experience of communication and conflict under stress of sensory deprivation and sense isolation. During the game the player is equipped with custom made head gear, applying different sensations to the head that allow for non-visual and auditory interaction and navigation of the virtual world.

UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts mounts a solo exhibition of works by Ed Moses at the UAG

The University Art Galleries (UAG) at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts will mount a solo exhibition of paintings by Ed Moses, utilizing all three galleries and featuring works from the 1970s to the present. The exhibition entitled Ed Moses: Cross Section will open Saturday, October 11 with a reception open to the public from 2:00pm – 5:00pm and will exhibit through Saturday, December 13, 2014. “Cross-Section will trace the common thematic thread binding Moses’s prolific and continuous act of exploration.” says co-curator and Director for the University Art Galleries, Juli Carson. “In so doing, the philosophical continuity of the artist’s disparate visual strategies are framed, strategies the artist has repeated and contradicted, as his investigation into the painted form has changed direction or reversed course over the past five decades.”