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A part of being a great designer is understanding how to use space. Some of the theatres allow for scale, other demand a pictorial sensibilities, still others offer intimacy and detail. At UCIrvine, you will have the opportunity to work in a wide-variety of venues.

The theatres below are the most-used performance spaces in the School of the Arts, but keep in mind that performances may occurred anywhere from lobbies to balconies to construction sites.

Here's a brief look at our theatres:

THE CLAIRE TREVOR THEATRE

CTT PLAN

Claire Trevor Theater

[Claire Trevor Theater]

The Claire Trevor Theatre is a classic California proscenium house. It's wide profile opening (41'w x 21' h) offers a dramatic cinemascope feeling. The theater is equiped with linesets every six inches and generous wings both left and right to store scenery. Large sections of the stage are equipped with traps and the orchestra pit raises and lowers to create an ample forestage when needed. Measuring 40' from plaster line to back wall, the space can feel either epic or initimate depending on the production.

Bacchae

[opening of The Bacchae Triology designed by Luke Hegel-Cantarella in the Claire]

THE STUDIO THEATRE

ST Small

[groundplan of the Cohen Studio Theater]

The Studio Theatre is a 47' x 47' x 20' tall (approximately) black box theatre. There is no standard seating layout, so the theatre can be a proscenium, thrust, arena (etc...) space. This space allows for numerous staging possibilities.

THE WINIFRED SMITH HALL

WSH

[Jeanine Nicolas' design for 12th Night in Winifred Smith Hall]

The Winifred Smith Hall has a unique modified thrust stage with a wooden sprung dance floor. It is used often for dance and music events but occasionally for theatre. Directors tend to love the space because of the relationship between actor and audience.

THE LITTLE THEATRE

Littlt

[concept drawing of the Little Theater]

The Little Theatre is the original theatre space for the Drama Department. It is our second smallest proscenium theatre with 165 seats and no fly system. We are currently in the process of re-imagining how this space should be used. For more information on this project click here: The Little Theater Project.

THE IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE

IBT

[installing a dance project at the Irvine Barclay]

The Irvine Barclay Theatre is a large proscenium roadhouse space on the UCI campus just 2 blocks from the Arts. Under a special charter agreement, the School of the Arts presents shows here -- typically large musicals, dance concerts and symphonic concerts.

THE NIXON THEATRE

Tucked away inside the Department of Studio Art is the Nixon Theatre. This 50 seat proscenium is used exclusively for Drama student productions. There is a robust student-produced season of shows each year with little or no faculty input.

THE MULTIMEDIA PERFORMANCE SPACE (MMPS)

This space is set to open with the new arts building currently under construction. It is a rectangular black box with a balcony rail and tension wire grid. It can seat 225 at full capacity. This theatre is designed to foster the integration of technology and performance, especially the use of video in performance. This space will foster collaborations with students in the M.F.A. studio art program and work in more experimental or non-narrative forms.

MMPS-1

[The MMPS under construction (11/09). Stage level facing south.]

MMPS-2

[The MMPS under construction (11/09). Balcony rail facing north.]

 

 

 

 

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Department Phone: 949-824-6614, Fax: 949-824-3475, Email: drama@uci.edu
Address: University of California, Department of Drama, Irvine, CA 92697-2775