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 20 participants and focuses on a specific area of the arts paired with a unique global location for full cultural immersion.

Students, recent graduates, and lifelong learners 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 THE 2017 PROGRAM IS OPEN! The two-week session, traveling July 15-29, 2017, 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.

Requirements

STUDENTS AND RECENT GRADUATES - To be considered for enrollment, you must be interested in extending your training beyond the classroom. You must also have completed at least one year of university training, however you do not need to be a Drama or Theatre major to participate.

LIFELONG LEARNERS AND OBSERVERS - CADE is open to lifelong learners or "Observers" who are interested in experiencing the arts + culture and viewing the performances but not actually participating in workshops. Observers could be non-arts students, parents, staff, faculty, alumni, or donors.

2017 Schedule - Activities Subject to Change

JULY 15 Depart United States for London, United Kingdon
JULY 16 Arrive in London - Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon
JULY 17 CADE Orientation, Walking Tour of Stratfod-upon-Avon, PERFORMANCE - Antony & Cleopatra @ The Royal Shakespeare Company
JULY 18 Travel to London, Housing Orientation, PERFORMANCE - 42nd Street @ Theatre Royal Drury Lane
JULY 19 TOURS - Red Bus, Thames River, PERFORMANCE @ Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
JULY 20 WORKSHOPS @ ArtsEd - Day 1
JULY 21 WORKSHOPS @ ArtsEd - Day 2
JULY 22 WORKSHOPS @ Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA)
JULY 23 FREE DAY - Explore London!
JULY 24 TOUR - Hampton Court Palace
JULY 25 WORKSHOPS @ Shakespeare's Globe, PERFORMANCE - Much Ado About Nothing @ Shakespeare's Globe
JULY 26 PERFORMANCE @ The Donmar Warehouse
JULY 27 PERFORMANCE - Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time @ Gielgud Theatre
JULY 28 TOURS - Backstage of West End Theatres, Farewell Dinner
JULY 29 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.

Bill Lett

Professor, CSU Fullerton – Bill is an award-winning choreographer specializing in dance for musical theatre who holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from California State University, Long Beach and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from the University of Arizona in addition to his training at the EPCOT Institute of Entertainment Arts, the Academy of Dance on Film, and the Goodsell Grande Institute for the Arts and Humanities. As a performer, he has worked in regional theatre, civic light opera, television, voice over and film, including work for, CBS, NBC Touchstone Pictures and The Walt Disney Company. Bill has served on the faculty at the Orange County High School of the Arts, the College of the Desert and currently is a master clinician for The Walt Disney Company: Disney Performing Arts and a Senior Lecturer in Musical Theater and Dance at California State University, Fullerton.

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, and 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 a mentor to the Occidental Women’s Soccer Team where she was a three year captain and a four year starter as a student.

What's Included

FLIGHTS

Participants will depart from and return to Los Angeles (LAX) on pre-determined flights to the London area. You are responsible for obtaining transportation to and from LAX. If you would prefer to fly in and out of another U.S. airport, your total fee to participate will decrease $800, however, you must arrange your own flight.

HOUSING

Apartment-Style Flats will be provided in central London with easy access to the city center, SoHo and the West End. For an additional fee of $700, housing can be provided in an area hotel.

TRANSPORTATION

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

MEALS

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

WORKSHOPS

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 – English Musical Theatre Development, Period Dance, British Music Hall, Restoration Comedy

TICKETS

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

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Much Ado About Nothing
Antony & Cleopatra
42nd Street

INTERACTIONS

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

STUDENTS

Students, who will participate in the workshops, must submit an Artist Statement, Resume and Letter of Recommendation and be accepted into CADE.

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OBSERVERS

Observers may register directly for CADE, they do not participate in the workshops listed above.

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DEADLINES

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, 2017.

Contact

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

Megan MacDonald

megan.macdonald@uci.edu

(949)824-8976

Claire Trevor School of the Arts

UC Irvine

200 Mesa Arts Building

Irvine, CA 92697-2775

 

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