Students In the News

Outstanding 101 Crew Member Award for 2018

The UCI Drama Stage Management program awarded Kyle Causey and Hannah Lafferty the Outstanding 101 Crew Member Awards for 2018.  Kyle is a first-year who has a strong interest in sound design. Hannah is a 3rd-year transfer student interested in all things drama and has done amazing work on 101 costume crew for the Department of Drama productions this year.

Prof. Don Hill, Acting Chair and Head of Stage Management, presented the students with the awards before the Saturday matinee performance of American Idiot in the Claire Trevor Theatre on June 9.

FADA (Film-Arts-Drama Alliance) club produces "The Greatest Show at UCI"


THE SHOWMEN (In Order of Appearance)
Trystan Colburn
Tina Pham
Kenai Gonzales

Emily Johnson-Frantz (Standing in for Olivia Pech)

Alyssa Corella
Anna Reiser
Cayla Flagg
Hannah Lafferty
Lilla Lavanakul
Makeila Lee

Abby Martinez
Alyssa Corella
Anna Reiser
Cayla Flagg
Daphnie Rivera
Elijah Punzal
Emily Johnson
Eunice S. Martinez
Hannah Lafferty
Hannah Limon
Junna Saito
Kirsten Lange
Lia Prindle
Lilla Lavanakul
Lydia Nyingi
Makeila Lee
Raymond King
Sarajane Bradford
Tiffany Hui
Trystan Colburn
Xinyuan Ye

Adrian Snuffer
Alec Risley
Ali Rostami
Alyssa Marie Corella...

Lex Leigh is Associate Music Director for South Coast Repertory’s upcoming production of Shakespeare in Love

Current second year MFA in Music Direction candidate Lex Leigh is Associate Music Director for South Coast Repertory’s upcoming production of Shakespeare in Love. Lex previously worked on last summer’s production of Once at SCR. 

Hope Reborn in “Is There Life After Birth?”

In partnership with UCI Illuminations, “Is There Life After Birth?”, directed by MFA Directing Candidate Melissa Livingston, had a moving opening night on Friday, Nov. 17, here on campus in Studio 4 at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. This 35-minute production includes rich emotional performances from seven student actors (Lindsey Chanel, Sarah Medina, Monica Minix, Brook Morris, Molly O’Donnell, Kerry Vang, Ashlyn Weatherford), real stories transcribed from interviews of girls from teen pregnancy home Mary’s Shelter, and eye-opening statistics on teen childbearing and child welfare.

FADA (Film-Arts-Drama Alliance) club produces "Zot Zot Land" to celebrate the Arts at UCI

Watch the Behind the Scenes Film ->

Arts students from University of California, Irvine came together to put their spin on La La Land's "Another Day of Sun!" 80+ students and mentors were involved in the film project that included newly recorded instrumentals, vocals, lyrics, along with new choreography.  The film was produced by the Film-Arts-Drama-Alliance (FADA) at UCI specifically for the 18th annual Zotfest film festival at UCI.  The team wanted to create a "Soft Opening" film that would unite the students together for one large project. With the teamwork from Paper Sketch Media, FADA, and UCI Illuminations, they were able to pull resources together to bring the project "Zot Zot Land" to life! Filmmakers, Designers, Singers, Dancers,...

Take My Story, Add Your Story, and You Get Our Stories!

The final bell rings as classrooms turn into a whirlwind of departure. Bags are packed with worksheets and math problems and crayons and juice boxes. Eager legs scurry to the playground, their parents’ arms, soccer practice. But for 15 students at Culverdale Elementary School, school ending means it’s time for rehearsal...
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Second Annual Student Lighting Showcase Held At Chauvet Professional Showroom

Excerpt from LIVE DESIGN

BURBANK, CA – Vividly dynamic lightshows weren’t the only thing only on display at the Second Annual Student Lighting Showcase. Also shining brightly was the creative bond that connects generations with a shared passion for lighting, as students from four colleges got the incredible opportunity to have their designs evaluated by some of the most respected LDs in the industry...

Building Community Through Theatre

New University News, story by Sarah S. Menendez, Apr 26, 2015

Last year, the service workers across the UC system went on strike. Ring Road and the flagpoles were flooded with a sea of green union shirts, picket signs and empowering chants. Students passing by the flagpoles stopped to witness this movement and learn more about why the workers were on strike. For many it was a moment of curiosity, for some an impetus to organize in solidarity, for others they saw community.

When the members of UCI’s latino drama collective, Brown Bag Theatre Company set out to create a new project for the new school year, they looked to the strike and saw an opportunity to tell the stories of an often forgotten latino community on campus.... read full article

A Musical Theatre Revue for the Holidays!

A group of grads and undergrads performed a musical theatre revue for an audience of 300 at Leisure World, Laguna Hills on December 11, 2014.

Pictured left to right:  Joey Abrego (BFA/Music Theatre ’16), Catherine Nickerson (BFA/Music Theatre ’15), Haylee Cotta (BFA/Music Theatre ’15), Zak Houston (MFA/Acting ’15), Tasha Tormey (BFA/Music Theatre ’15), Caitlin Scott (MFA/Acting ’15), Adam Schroeder (MFA/Acting ’16) and Madisen Johnson (BFA/Music Theatre ‘15).

Production was directed by Professor Myrona DeLaney and accompanied by Professor Dennis Castellano.