As we continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of UC Irvine and the Department of Drama, we honor the vision of our Founding Chairman, Robert Cohen, and Founding Dean, the late Clayton Garrison. Their commitment to creating a school that offered professional caliber conservatory training has led to the consistent intellectual and artistic quality that has distinguished ours as a UCI Department of Excellence. In every regard, we aim to fulfill the 1965 mission statement written so eloquently by our founders: The goal of the Department of Drama at the University of California at Irvine is a simple one: to produce students who combine a critical intelligence with disciplined theatrical experience. It is our most fundamental belief that intellectual integrity is not incompatible with professional excellence, and that in point of fact one cannot exist without the other. Thus in our productions we will aim at perceiving and expressing the depth of an author’s art and skill, and in our instructional program we will demand the same dedication and involvement expected of members in a theatrical company. Our commitment to theatre is total: to its art and to its genius in the expression of Life. Given the tireless efforts of our distinguished and dedicated faculty, exciting colloquia with guest speakers, and our state of the art facilities, we provide our students an unparalleled educational and creative experience. Our 2015-16 season, “Care, Cure, Corruption,” explores varieties of somatic, mental, and societal illnesses and their possible remedies. In addition to our six main stage productions, we will offer a variety of Director Class Projects, as well as other solo and group performances. On 24 April, we are excited to present a joyful celebration of the career of Professor Emeritus Robert Cohen, featuring five decades of distinguished alumni whose lives he has influenced. As ever, we look forward to sharing our intellectual and creative discoveries with you.
—Dr. Daniel Gary Busby, Chair of Drama