Collaborative Arts Development Experience (CADE) provides unparalleled backstage access and impactful exposure to London's theatre scene to university students and lifelong learners.

CADE was created through the collaboration of three top Orange County Universities — UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, and Chapman University.

The session blends art + culture and includes a mix of practical workshop training, concrete and experiential learning and industry immersion. Each session is limited to 30 students and focuses on a specific area of the arts paired with a unique global location for full cultural immersion.

Students and recent graduates enrolled in CADE will gain valuable practical and networking experience working alongside passionate like-minded peers, faculty, and industry professionals. Our mission is to encourage you to become citizen artists through experiential learning and practical training in culturally enriched locations across the globe.

Program Details

REGISTRATION FOR CADE-LONDON IS NOW CLOSED! The two-week session includes immersion in the London theatre scene through backstage tours and talk-backs, the opportunity to work with the UK’s best actor training programs which may include RADA, ArtsEd, and The Globe, and access to the arts + culture that have made London a cultural hub for centuries.


To be considered for enrollment, you must be either a recent graduate or a currently enrolled arts student interested in extending your training beyond the classroom. You must also have completed at least one year of university training.

CADE is also open to observers (non students) who are interested in experiencing the art + culture and viewing the performances but not actually participating in workshops. Observers could be parents, staff, faculty, alumni, or donors.

Schedule 2016 - Dates and Activities To Be Confirmed

JULY 16 Depart Los Angeles for London
JULY 17 Arrive in London - Check-in and Housing Orientation
JULY 18 CADE-London Orientation, Red Bus Tour, Thames River Boat Tour
JULY 19 WORKSHOP at ArtsEd - Day 1, IVANOV @ Olivier Theatre
JULY 20 WORKSHOP at ArtsEd - Day 2, GROUNDHOG DAY @ The Old Vic
JULY 21 FREE DAY - Optional Day Trips to Oxford, Highclere Castle
JULY 22 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR @ Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
JULY 23 WORKSHOP at Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA)
JULY 24 FREE DAY - Optional trips to Secret Cinema, Football Matches
JULY 25 TOUR of Hampton Court, Alumni Mixer
JULY 26 WORKSHOP at Globe Education, MACBETH @ Shakespeare's Globe
JULY 28 DAY TRIP - Stratford-upon-Avon - WALKING TOUR and CYMBELINE @ Royal Shakespeare Company - Celebrating Shakespeare's 400
JULY 29 Farewell Dinner and DIARY OF A MADMAN @ The Gate Theatre
JULY 30 Depart London for Los Angeles

Meet the Faculty and Staff

Tom Bradac

Professor, Chapman University – Tom has been a theatre professional for over forty years.  He recently adapted and staged Shakespeare’s poem Venus and Adonis for the Prague Fringe Festival.  Tom created Shakespeare Orange County (SOC) (1992-2013) where he directed and produced over 60 productions and was the Founding Artistic Director of the Grove Shakespeare Festival (1979-1991) a two theatre Actors Equity Company.  He is a founding director and Life Member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association and has served as the organization’s President.  He has also served on the performance advisory board for the Internet Shakespeare Editions, University of Victoria, Canada. Most recently this past summer Tom played Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for SOC, and is currently directing Hamlet at Chapman.

Mitch Hanlon

Professor, CSU Fullerton – A highly sought after artist and coach, Mitch has worked at the Hollywood Bowl for 20 seasons, as pianist, vocal director, and Assistant Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He has worked with many stars including Julie Andrews, Kristin Chenoweth, Patrick Stewart, John Lithgow, Patti LuPone, Jeremy Irons and Carol Burnett, has accompanied many more including Audra McDonald, Chita Rivera, Bernadette Peters, Marin Mazzie, Hugh Jackman, Shirley MacLaine, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Alice Ripley. He is the founder of the Mitch Hanlon Singers. Mr. Hanlon is Professor of Musical Theatre at California State University Fullerton and Coordinator for the nationally-acclaimed BFA program in Musical Theatre.

Don Hill

Senior Lecturer, UC Irvine – Don has worked for 35 years as a stage manager, production manager, director, producer and union negotiator including at the Los Angeles Theatre Center and the Geffen Playhouse. Hill worked with Tony Award winning producer Barry Brow on Company in Concert and with such personalities as Carol Burnett, Bebe Neuwirth, Bill Pullman, Philip Baker Hall and Elaine Stritch. Hill served on the board of LA Stage Alliance, as production stage manager for the LA Actors Fund Tony Awards Gala, and as an active member of Western Regional Stage Manager’s Committee for Actors’ Equity. He is currently the Head of the Graduate Stage Management at UC Irvine and has been voted Outstanding Professor of the Year at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Eve Himmelheber

Professor, CSU Fullerton – Eve has performed and directed in diverse professional settings, including the Kennedy Center, the Greek Theatre (Los Angeles), the Hollywood Bowl and Segerstrom Concert Hall.  She has been honored with Los Angeles Times and OC Weekly “Critic’s Pick” awards.  Prior to coming “home” to teach and direct for the Musical Theatre BFA program at Cal State Fullerton, where she earned her MFA in Acting in 1995, Eve taught Theatre at the University of Arizona, Iowa State University, Cypress College and Rio Hondo College.  She has served on the Executive Board for Region VIII (Southwest) of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival from 1995 through 2009, earning the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion and an Excellence in Education award, and is now a regional Fellow.

Brandon Force

Program Coordinator, CADE – Originally from Orange County, Brandon received a BFA in Theatre Performance from Chapman University in 2005. Upon graduating, Brandon moved to London, where he has worked ever since as an actor, director and theatrical agent. He is an Associate Director at the London Theatre Workshop where he directed Romeo & Juliet, Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness!, and Tennessee Williams’ Interior: Panic. Acting credits include Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors, Richard III, and Assassins. Force has over 3 years’ experience working as a theatrical agent’s assistant at Mitchell Maas McLennan (London) and he has spent the last year working as a junior agent for Boland & Reeve (London).

Megan MacDonald

Program Director, CADE – Megan is an experienced arts manager who joined the staff at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts in January 2012. Prior to beginning her position at UC Irvine, Megan completed her MA in Arts Management at Claremont Graduate University, held positions in cultural hubs including in the Cultural Affairs unit at the City of West Hollywood, the Arts Council for Long Beach and the Pasadena Arts Council. Megan completed her BA in Art History at Occidental College and continues to act as the Assistant Coach of the Occidental Women’s Soccer Team where she was a three year captain and a four year starter as a student.

What's Included


All participants will depart from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on pre-determined flights to the London area. However, you are responsible for obtaining transportation to and from LAX.


Housing will be provided at a location to be determined, it will be within easy access to Central London, SoHo and the West End.


Participants will be provided with two seven-day travel cards giving you the freedom to travel on London’s excellent bus and Tube system within Zones 1 and 2.


Breakfast will be provided each day in addition to a culminating dinner on the last day of the trip.


Workshops are open to students only and will take place in partnership with the UK’s premier dramatic education institutions. Workshops include:

RADA – Movement, Voice, Acting Actions, Clowning

Globe Education – Reading Stage Practices in Shakespearean Texts, Stage Combat, Globe Performance Practice

ArtsEd – TBD


Participants will receive tickets to six shows currently running on London’s West End. Shows will include:

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time



Groundhog Day


Some of London’s outstanding industry professionals will provide talk-backs, Q&As and backstage access to participants in conjunction with many of the performances.

How to Apply



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Deposits are due upon admission to the program, for students, and upon registration for observers. All fees must be paid no later than June 1, 2016.


Contact Program Director Megan MacDonald at UC Irvine with questions and for more information:

Megan MacDonald


Claire Trevor School of the Arts

UC Irvine

222 Mesa Arts Building

Irvine, CA 92697-2775


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