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UCI students put diversity center stage in a summer series for young theatre professionals

UCI graduate students and their colleagues present Re-Creating the Stage: a round table for our new reality, a six-week digital summer program produced and organized by K.B. Theatre Company and collaborators. The program consists of panel conversations and workshops with industry professionals that represent diversity in the industry. The program aims to help those students and young industry professionals who have lost their internships, apprenticeships and summer work opportunities due to COVID-19. 

The program takes place on six Saturdays beginning on July 11, with the final event on August 15, 2020. The 60- to 90-minute panels and workshops focus on collaboration and art devising. The team has also created affinity spaces for emerging professionals to speak about the hardships they face in the industry in a closed and safe arena. 

The free programs are open to undergraduate and graduate students and entry-level professionals in the theatre and performance...

Hemsley Lighting Programs Selects 2020-21 Lighting Interns

The Hemsley Lighting Programs announces the selection of Rachael N. Blackwell and Avery Reagan as the Hemsley Lighting Interns for 2020-21. Reagan is just completing her MFA studies at UC-Irvine and Blackwell will be finishing this spring at CCM-University of Cincinnati. Reagan’s internship will include working with the resident and guest lighting designers at San Francisco Opera, New York City Ballet, and Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. Blackwell will have the opportunity to work with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and lighting designer Paul Miller.

Avery Reagan
Avery Reagan is a lighting designer currently based in the Los Angeles area. She is a third-year graduate student at UC Irvine, in the final stages of completing her MFA in Lighting Design.

Originally hailing from Atlanta, GA, Reagan was young when she found her passion for lighting through various school and community theater productions. It wasn’t until Reagan began to specify and mature her craft...

From ball to ballet

Story by Christine Catlett, '21

“I am very proud that I’ll be the first one in my family to hold a bachelor’s degree,” says fourth-year drama major Shawna Jackson. “Without the scholarship, I don’t think it would have been possible, considering that I’m working to put myself through college.”

UCI Drama Students Receive Outstanding Crew Member Award

UCI Drama students, Chloe Cuberly and Sawyer Maier were recently awarded the Outstanding 101 Crew Member award of the Year for completing exceptional work while participating in UCI’s Drama 101 program.  The Drama 101 program allows dance and drama students to learn about the inner workings of performing arts productions, specifically applying skills in stage management and shop --- costuming, lighting, sound, and scenic elements.  This program enlightens students about all elements of developing a main stage performance at UCI and allows them to get hands-on experience in the field. Congratulations to Chloe and Sawyer on further developing and showing a superb application of your skills as a crew member!

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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