November 14th - 23rd
The Last Lifeboat, written by Luke Yankee and directed by Drama faculty, Don Hill, will make its world premiere debut here at UCI. Read a feature about the production on
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Department founder, Claire Trevor Professor of Drama, Robert Cohen, celebrates his 50th and final year at UC Irvine Drama. Visit, for news on his retirement.
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November 15th - 23rd
To metamorphose is to change/undergo transformation by enchantment. Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in both language and image to reflect the variety and persistence of narrative in the face of inevitable change.
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The Drama Department is proud to announce that Dr. Jaye Austin Williams is the 2014-15 Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship Recipient in Drama.
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December 6th - 14th
Winner of the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof explores the complex family relationships of the wealthy cotton tycoon Big Daddy Pollitt.
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Drama Chair, Daniel Gary Busby, sat down with Kent Nicholson to talk about coming to UCIrvine to direct Stephen Sondheim’s PASSION in January 2015.
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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.
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Entering its 50th year as one of the premier academic and professional training programs in the country, the Department of Drama at UC Irvine is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of faculty, alumni, and current students alike. Our rare combination of distinguished permanent faculty, high profile guest master class teachers and colloquia, an excited and interactive student population, and excellent facilities, fosters an environment of creativity and in-depth learning of both performance and scholarly activity. This 50th year, we honor our founding Chair ROBERT COHEN, Claire Trevor Professor of Drama, for his visionary leadership in forming a department that is simultaneously rigorous and filled with a zest for life and storytelling of the highest caliber and remains consistently informed by exploration, intellectual scrutiny, and the examination of social, political, and cultural phenomena. UCI Drama is not a department with a single-minded approach; rather, it delights in an excitement generated by the multiple points of view of its diverse faculty and students. We look forward to sharing our creative and intellectual discoveries with you, as well as the provocative offerings of our upcoming season, "Love, Lust and Greed."

—Dr. Daniel Gary Busby, Chair of Drama

Written by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
Directed by Kent Nicholson
Dennis Castellano, Music Director/Conductor

Opening January 23rd
Closing January 25th

Written by Naomi Wallace
Directed by Jaye Austin Williams

Opening January 31st
Closing February 8th

Created and Directed by
Mihai Maniutiu

Opening March 7th
Closing March 15th

Written by Marc Camoletti
Directed by Eli Simon

Opening April 25th
Closing May 3rd

Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Craig Carnelia
Book by John Guare
Directed by Myrona DeLaney
Choreographed by Andrew Palermo
Daniel Gary Busby, Music Director/Conductor

Opening May 30th
Closing June 6th

Fall 2014 Productions

  • The Last Lifeboat
  • Metamorphoses
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Winter 2015 Productions

  • The Liquid Plain
  • Passion
  • The Electra Project

Spring 2015 Productions

  • Boeing-Boeing
  • Sweet Smell of Success