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Alumnus Sofia Carreras' Career A Dream Come True Despite Cancer Diagnosis

MFA Alumnus Sofia Carreras has shared the stage with Mikhail Baryshinikov and trained with the Sacramento Ballet, Capitol City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. 

As a choreographer, Carreras has had work performed at New York's Lincoln Center and a far away as Varna, Bulgaria.

“I didn’t think, ‘I want to be a Prima Ballerina,’ like every other little girl,” she says. “I thought ‘I want to have a ballet school.’ Well now I’m a Professor of Dance at Riverside City College and I have a dance company, so that’s close enough to a dream come true.

In 2006, Carreras was five months into the pregnancy with her now 11 year-old son, Sebastian, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After five surgeries, nine months of chemotherapy and weeks of radiation, plus giving birth, Carreras was declared cancer free.

“It was a real battle,” says Carreras. “I was cancer free for about almost 10 years and a year and a half ago, the breast cancer returned, having...

Musical Theatre West names Matt Terzigni as Production Manager

Matt Terzigni is a stage manager and company manager who has worked on both coasts and internationally. His extensive credits includes productions on the New York stage scene, including The Events with the New York Theater Workshop and Should I Have...It's all Wright, Sex with a Censor, and August Strindberg's A Dream Play at the TBG Theatre .

He served as the Operations Manager for the New Swan Shakespeare Festival as well as for the Ives Concert Park. Internationally, Terzigni presented the new work, Lysistrata: The Disco, Vaudeville, Rock 'N' Roll Musical at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Terzigni received his Bachelor of Arts in Theater Design and Technology and Theate Arts Management from Western Connecticut State University and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Stage Management from the University of California, Irvine. While at Western Connecticut State University, he served as a stage management, coach, and mentors. Alongside his time as a mentor, he also...

Celebrating a Leader of Chicano Art

"That’s what Gilbert Luján loved to create. The late artist, who went by the nickname “Magu,” was a pioneer in the Chicano art movement in Los Angeles starting in the 1960s. A member of the Chicano art collective Los Four (which, ironically, later gained a fifth member in Judith Hernandez), he created murals in East Los Angeles and eventually the rest of the city. His mainstream work included helping design the Hollywood/Vine Red Line Metro station before his death in 2011."

SoCal Sculptor Eric Johnson Brings Wood and Resin Masterpieces to Doyle Arts Pavilion

The work of second-genteration "Finish Fetish," or "L.A." Look," arist Eric Johnson, MFA, will be on view at Orange Coast College's Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion from February 8 until April 7 in an exhibit entitled "Helix2: Sculptures by Eric Johnson."

Johnson - whose art combines shipwright-like woodworking with the resins of hot rods, aerospace industry, and surfboards, alll allusiions to his family history and youthful activities from the 1960s and 70 - is well-known in the art world for large-scale sculptues that incorporate elements of mathematics, biology, physics and cosmology.

"Helix2"  is curated by former OCC art instructor and alumus Tom Dowling.

UCI Art Department Alum Alexis Smith's Exhibition at Pepperdine’s Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art

January 20 - April 1, 2018

For over 40 years, Alexis Smith's art has explored the depths of popular culture. She begins with an array of images—ranging from thrift-store finds to nostalgic advertisements—and juxtaposes them with poetic and poignant texts. Her art underscores how the media shapes our self-image and reminds us that meaning is often fugitive and always surprising.

Amandla Bearden Featured in National Commercial

UCI Drama Alumni Amandla Bearden is currently featured in a national commercial for Credit Karma.

 

Nick Manfredi in an Episode on "Betrayed"

Nick Manfredi (MFA 2016) was recently featured in an episode of Betrayed on ID (Information Discovery) Network.

Gwyn Conaway-Bennison recently published "The Story We Wear: Costume Design for Animators and Illustrators"

Gwyn Conaway-Bennison (MFA 2015), who is currently guest Costume Designer on UCI Drama’s Mrs. Packard, recently published The Story We Wear: Costume Design for Animators and Illustrators (Design Studio Press 2017).

Fun Home’s Beth Malone Joins Broadway’s Angels in America

The Tony nominee will share the role of the Angel at select performances with Amanda Lawrence.

Beth Malone earned her first Tony nomination for her portrayal of Alison Bechdel in Fun Home. She also originated the role of June Carter Cash in Ring of Fire on Broadway, as well as the roles of Betty Jean in The Marvelous Wonderettes and Alison in Bingo Off-Broadway. She recently starred in the world premiere of Kathleen Marshall's revised The Unsinkable Molly Brown at the Muny and recently led a development workshop of the production through Roundabout Theatre Company.

Kelly Moran's "Bloodroot" made Rolling Stone Magazine's 20 best Avant Albums of 2017

"New York pianist Kelly Moran turns the fuzzy, buzzy world of prepared piano into something more prismatic..."

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