Read the UCI.EDU news feature on the innovative Department of Drama course, Science of Acting, and how it blends neurobiology and the stage.
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December 2 - 10, 2017
Esther Mills, a skilled African-American seamstress in 1905 NYC, dreams of saving enough money to open her own beauty parlor. Romance beckons in the form of George Armstrong, a stranger who writes to her from his work on the Panama Canal; after George arrives in New York City, and after they are...
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November 11 - 18, 2017
This iconic 80s musical develops the ancient game of chess into a metaphor for political and romantic intrigue. The loutish American Grandmaster, the earnest Russian Champion, the Hungarian-American chess second, and the discarded wife all vie for attention and dominance. Think Trump-Putin...
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Welcome to UC Irvine’s Department of Drama, whose mission – as stated by our founding faculty  – continues to be that of cultivating both intellectual inegrity and professional excellence. In support of this vision, we provide conservatory-level practical training within the educational framework of a Research I university, and strive to create space for the increasingly diverse voices and cultural backgrounds represented both within the academy and beyond. We seek to welcome all races and ethnicities, religions, gender identities, and sexual orientations, and remain vigilant about fostering inclusive classrooms and creative spaces.


In today’s fractured and divisive political climate, we also recognize our responsibility to give voice to the disenfranchised, and to offer and encourage work that provokes the examination of held beliefs. Theatre has the rare ability to take us on visceral journeys through the histories and emotional habitats of others; ideally, this experience will awaken audiences to new possibilities, be they ideological, aesthetic, cultural, political, or interpersonal. As we embark on our 2017 – 18 season, “The Business of Politics/The Politics of Business,” we hope that our patrons are inspired to discuss, investigate, and continue to engage in the broader community conversation.


In addition to our mainstage season, we continue to offer master classes, workshops, Director Class Projects, guest lectures, and original student work. We encourage you to remain in touch with us, to ask questions, and to give us your feedback on the work that we do. In a university full of research, we in the arts have the unique distinction of sharing what we discover in a very public way; we hope you will take that journey with us.


—Dr. Daniel Gary Busby, Chair of Drama

Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer
Music by Green Day
Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Directed and Choreographed by Andrew Palermo

Opening June 2
Closing June 9

Written by Tony Kushner
Directed by Andrew Borba

Opening April 28
Closing May 6

Written and Directed by Juliette Carrillo

Opening March 10
Closing March 18

Written by Emily Mann
Directed by Melissa Livingston

Opening February 3
Closing February 11

Written by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Jane Page

Opening December 2
Closing December 10

Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Directed by Robin Buck
Musical Direction by Gary Busby

Opening November 11
Closing November 18