Faculty In the News

Assistant professor of drama wins NEH grant

Tara Rodman, UCI assistant professor of drama, has won a 2018 Fellowship for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The $60,000 grant will enable her to research and write a book about the international career of Japanese dancer and choreographer Ito Michio (1893-1961). The Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan are a joint activity of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and the NEH. Awards support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan’s international affairs and U.S.-Japan relations.

- Pat Harriman, UCI News

L.A. Theater Review: Tom Hanks in ‘Henry IV’

Professor Holly Poe Durbin is the costume designer for Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ presentation of “Henry IV.”

Rauch delivers a rousing ‘Oklahoma!’

Let’s cut straight to the chase. Bill Rauch’s production of “Oklahoma!” by Rodgers and Hammerstein is a total delight. That’s not too surprising; when you put together a person of Rauch’s creative insight and a classic musical as vaunted as this one, it’s bound to please, and it does, with a warm audience reception that manifests with roaring applause from the very first song and continues until the end of the show. Costuming is wonderful, and casting is spectacular — and a talented sextet under conductor Daniel Gary Busby provides superb accompaniment to the action.

Contemplating ‘Costuming the Leading Ladies of Shakespeare: From Stratford to Orange County’ at UC Irvine

The first actress you encounter in the compact lobby exhibit “Costuming the Leading Ladies of Shakespeare: From Stratford to Orange County” at UC Irvine’s Langson Library is Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth. In the reproduction of a painting by John Singer Sargent, Terry wears one of the most notorious costumes in Shakespearean leading-lady history: The dress has a crocheted layer in green wool and metallic blue thread, but its eye-catching iridescence is provided by a thousand green beetles’ wings. (They are routinely shed, not ripped off the insect.)

Oregon Shakespeare Festival review: ‘Oklahoma!’ a rousing and poignant work

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved musical “Oklahoma!” is a beautifully realized experience that dazzles from start to finish. 

The musical numbers here are vibrant and well executed, with a live band led by conductor Daniel Gary Busby bringing this classical score vibrantly alive. 

“Oklahoma!” opened Sunday, April 22 at the Angus Bowmer Theatre at OSF in Ashland, Oregon, and runs until Oct. 27.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA! Opens April 22 with Daniel Gary Busby as Music Director

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will open Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, directed by OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch, on April 22 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Preview performances are April 18, 20 and 21, and the musical runs through Oct. 27. Music direction for Oklahoma! is by Daniel Gary Busby.

UC Irvine exhibit spotlights Shakespearean stage costuming for women

Marcy Froehlich, professor and costume designer with the drama department, presented a keynote lecture April 5 during the opening night of UCI Libraries' 2018 Spring Exhibit, "Costuming the Leading Ladies of Shakespeare: From Stratford to Orange County," a collection running through the end of September that features pieces used in various Shakespearean productions at UCI — including the summertime New Swan Theater productions — and newly acquired materials from the late Shakespearean actress Helena Modjeska who made her home in Orange County.


The visual arts department welcomed Jesse Colin Jackson for a week of creation and education as Artist-in-Residence, turning the visual arts center into a fun and interactive hub for creative construction.

Mr. Jackson is an assistant professor of art at the University of California, Irvine, and brought his interactive project “Marching Cubes” to the Alisa and William Reising Gallery. The project consists of hundreds of 3D-printed magnetic shapes that allow for endless creative possibilities.

Mr. Jackson engaged students with his “Marching Cubes” project throughout the week, building various pieces as students passed by and classes took breaks to come observe. He also lectured in the Upper School’s AP art history and digital photography classes, shared his art with students during a tutorial and hosted a lunch where students could share their projects with him.

Costuming the Leading Ladies of Shakespeare

Orange County has a unique tie to The Bard with Madame Modjeska. You will find elements of her story in UC Irvine’s Spring 2018 exhibit that makes the connection from Stratford to the OC. Professor Marcy Froehlich, UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts – Drama, made an incredible presentation last evening about her professional career in fashioning actors in period pieces on stage and the film set.

Drama Chair & Professor Daniel Gary Busby is Music Director & Conductor of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of Oklahoma!

Drama Chair and Professor Daniel Gary Busby is Music Director and Conductor of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s upcoming production ofOklahoma! This fresh look at a classic, directed by Bill Rauch, features non-traditional casting and gender-fluid characters. Professor Michael Hooker is the Sound Designer for the production, which opens 22 April 2018