Claire Trevor Theatre

The Claire Trevor Theatre was originally known as the Village Theatre. The edifice was renovated thanks to a generous contribution by Academy Award-winning actress Claire Trevor and renamed in her honor when the updates were completed. Today, the proscenium theatre is our largest on-campus venue with seating for almost 300 persons.

Claire Trevor Theare - photo by Henry DiRocco

Claire Trevor Theare Seating Plan

Claire Trevor Theatre lobby (Photo credit: Rosemary Rosales, Summer Academies 2016, Digital and Darkroom Photography)


Directions to the Claire Trevor School


American Idiot

Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer; Music by Green Day; Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong        

Directed by Andrew Palermo


June 2 – 9, 2018

Claire Trevor Theatre

Bold, brash, and fun, American Idiot takes Green Day’s chart-topping 2005 punk rock album and brings it vibrantly to life. American Idiot follows a young anti-hero, Johnny, the self-proclaimed “Jesus of Suburbia” and his two buddies, Will and Tunny, as they attempt to break out of their mind-numbing, aimless suburban existence. Each of the men struggles to find the balance between rage and love — a conflict that defines their generation, in the socio-political climate of the Trump era.

Evenings: Jun. 2, 7, 8, 9 at 8:00 p.m.
Evening: Jun. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Jun. 3*, 9 at  2:00 p.m.

*Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast.

General $18
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff $15
UCI Students & Children under 17 $11

Shuttle services will begin one hour before showtime and will meet patrons on Level Two (Mesa Road street level) of the Mesa Parking Structure, by the elevator. Advance notice is appreciated, but not required.  For additional information, please call the Arts Box Office (949) 824-2787 or email  (Schedules are subject to change. See posted schedule at



The Business of Politics/The Politics of Business

Money talks. In an age when politicians are carefully-crafted public figures bought and paid for by lobbyists, Super PACs, corporate dollars and—potentially—a foreign government, a failed reality-TV star holds the office of the most powerful leader in the free world. Unsupported promises are more powerful than provable facts, and the interests of the ruling class are carried on the backs of the voiceless many… this is the era of the business of politics/the politics of business: where dirty deals are done daily.

- Daniel Gary Busby, Producing Artistic Director, Drama Season

June 2 - 8:00 pm, June 3 - 2:00 pm, June 6 - 7:30 pm, June 7 - 8:00 pm, June 8 - 8:00 pm, June 9 - 2:00 pm, June 9 - 8:00 pm
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Donald McKayle

UCI Etude Ensemble performs three masterworks by the legendary Donald McKayle


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Memorial and reception to follow

7:00 pm


Thursday, June 14, 2018

7:00 pm


Claire Trevor Theatre

Dance legend Donald McKayle transcended boundaries for more than six decades with a multifaceted and wide-ranging career as a choreographer, director, performer, and professor of dance creating a repertoire of acclaimed masterworks.

The UC Irvine Etude Ensemble is an elite group of undergraduates who are chosen annually by audition. Under McKayle’s guidance, the dancers are not only dynamic performers, but also historians. Dancers are challenged to personalize each movement by forming an emotional and physical connection to the story itself.

Join us as we honor the late Professor McKayle with performances by his Etude Ensemble for a night of incredible works.

Memorial information:
Following the concert on Wednesday, June 13 will a reception with light refreshments in front of the theatre. Attendees will then move back into the theatre for the Memorial. There will a video presentation followed by speakers.

Free admission, but online reservations required.
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June 13 - 7:00 pm, June 14 - 7:00 pm
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