Shaken, Not Stirred

Be careful wandering around Irvine, Calif.—you could get ambushed by with some Bard-spewing prose by a fobbing lily-livered vassal! Or at least a University of California Irvine student. Jane Page, head of drama, has taken Shakespeare off the boards...

Student-written musical gets the star treatment

The Festival of New American Musicals, in residence at UC Irvine, hosts a nationwide search each year for new short musicals created by high school and college students. Show Search 2015 included six musicals written by aspiring artists ages 16-23 and...

You've only got 10 minutes: Can you put on a musical? They did, in contest performances at UC

The winners of a national musical-writing competition for college and high school students were declared Aug. 29 after the six student finalists debuted their shows at UC Irvine. Judges at the Showsearch performance in the Claire Trevor Theatre...

UCI's first fine arts dean, Clayton Garrison, dies at 93

Clayton Garrison, stage director, theater professor and inaugural dean of the school of fine arts at UC Irvine, died July 27. He was 93. The university's founding chancellor, Daniel G. Aldrich Jr., invited Garrison to create the school in 1964, luring...

Founder of UC Irvine fine arts school was a 'Renaissance man'

Clayton Garrison, an internationally acclaimed choreographer and director, left a lasting legacy at UC Irvine. The founding dean of the School of Fine Arts, now known as the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, he envisioned a full-fledged conservatory...

UCI's New Swan Shakespeare Festival Brings On the Bard

Eli Simon wanted to build a theater. Like, a really cool theater. He had the money, thanks to funds from a department of excellence award (given to the UC Irvine drama department), as well as generous donors. He had the talent; he's been UC Irvine chancel

On Theater: UCI bringing Shakespeare into modern age

Shakespeare under the stars has become a summer fixture at UC Irvine, where the university's New Swan Shakespeare Festival is gearing up for its fourth season. This year's schedule, opening next Friday, features a tragedy and a comedy, "Macbeth" and...

Martin atmospheric effects bring the set alive in UC Irvine production

University of California, Irvine’s (UCI) Claire Trevor School of the Arts presented "The Electra Project", famed Romanian director Mihai Maniutiu’s reimagining of the classic Electra story. This stunning and avant-garde piece followed Maniutiu’s...

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS

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Sweet Smell of Success

Listen to Ashton Martin's review of SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS on AMB Theatre, Fridays 4-5pm PST, online at KUCI.org.

The 25 Best Drama Schools for a Master of Fine Arts

This year, THR is lifting its annual ranking of the best drama schools to a higher level. The magazine is concentrating on the best places to get a postgraduate education (with one- to three-year programs) and for the first time is expanding the polling..

A Star Studded ‘Coup’

A member of the Improv Revolution troupe runs out from a long line of other improv actors onto the center of the stage, a smile breaking across their face. “Sex with me is like boba …sold for $2 on the side of Ring Road!” they yell and the audience...

When art taps you on the shoulder

Marianne Manalang was in the middle of enjoying a pizza at UC Irvine's outdoor food court last week when a woman descended on her with an urgent message. "Think not I love him, though I ask for him," the stranger implored, taking a seat next to hers...

'Boeing' set for takeoff

Director's orders: Take a break from heavy drama and catch a comedy. "Laughter is good medicine," said Eli Simon, chancellor's professor of drama at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts. "Let's have a fun time in the theater." He should know...

Will Ferrell Astounds UCI Students

Ron Burgundy, Buddy the Elf, Ricky Bobby, and even George W. Bush are just a few of the countless characters and personalities that actor and comedian Will Ferrell has generated to cement himself in entertainment history. On Thursday April 16, UCI’s...

UCI's Electra Revives Greek Tragedy Through a Romanian Lens

Electra is one of the oldest existing plays in Western literature. Some version of it is attributed to each of ancient Greeks' towering tragedians: Sophocles, Euripides and Aeschylus. Through the centuries, the mythological revenge tale has inspired...

FNAM & UC Irvine Launch Show Search for New Musicals

The Festival of New American Musicals and the University of California, Irvine a nnounce the launch of a nationwide search for new, short musicals created by writers between the ages of 14 - 23. The Festival produced a pilot of ShowSearch in 2013 in...

Complete Casting Announced for Finding Neverland on Broadway; Teal Wicks to Play Mary Barrie

Casting is now complete for the Broadway production of Finding Neverland. Teal Wicks (Jekyll & Hyde, Wicked) and more will join a company that includes the previously announced Matthew Morrison, Kelsey Grammer, Laura Michelle Kelly and Carolee Carmello...