Our piece introduces the exploration of color and how color can represent so many different worlds/emotions. The goal is to create a physical world of escapism - a place that we haven't been able to experience. People need people. The monochromatic world is beautiful, but it doesn't contain the full spectrum of color and wonder. Only when there is life present is there an opportunity to experience a fantastical spectacle. Our hope is to bring out a child-like wonder among those that interact and view the exhibit.
Melissa Tobar is a current first year grad here at the University of California Irvine. She specializes in Scenic Design and Scenic Art. Part time hot Cheeto connoisseur, full time student Melissa previously worked as a scenic artist for Riverside theatre in Florida for which had regular collaborations with the Walnut Street Theatre and graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a BA. She is the current Scenic Designer for Human Error and hopes to work on many more productions at UCI.
Jacqueline is in her first year of the graduate lighting design program at UC Irvine. Her interests range from lighting for theatre to theme park design to music video and film lighting. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from UC Riverside in 2015, and she has worked at a number of regional theatres and festivals including South Coast Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and The Williamstown Theatre Festival as a lighting technician and programmer. In her spare time, Jacqueline likes to spend time with her family, exercise, and watch cooking shows while practicing her embroidery skill. She is looking forward to soaking up as much knowledge as possible while at UCI.
Diana (class of 2023) is a first year graduate lighting design candidate here at UC Irvine and also the first in her family to attend grad school. She is ecstatic and thankful to be a part of this wonderful program. Diana became intrigued by lighting in her 2nd year of undergrad when she took an introduction to lighting course taught by one of UCI’s stellar lighting alumni. Following her interest in lighting design, she accepted an internship offer to work with the lighting design company for Halloween Horror Nights which came to strongly influence her passion and decision to pursue a career as a lighting designer. She earned a BA in Theatre Arts and Dance with an emphasis in Production from Cal State Los Angeles in Fall 2019 and applied to UCI’s program in a heartbeat. Over the few years in the industry, her interests in lighting not only lie within theatre and theme park entertainment, but also interactive installations, dance, and film. She looks forward to expand her interests and skills throughout her time here and is eager to see where this path may lead her beyond grad school. Aside from the theatrical arts, she loves spending her free time eating, painting, and taking spontaneous trips wherever the road may take her.
Meghan Roche is a sound designer, editor, and engineer, as well as a second-year Sound Design MFA student at UCI. Her theatre design work has been heard on stages at UCI as well as at a variety of Seattle theatres including Seattle Public, Intiman, Theatre Schmeater, Seattle Shakespeare/Wooden O, upstart crow collective, ACT/ACTLab, Taproot Theatre Company, Sandbox Radio, Macha Theatre Works, Book-It Rep, West of Lenin, and Town Hall.
Costandina J. Daros is a sound designer and engineer in her first year as a Sound Design MFA candidate at UC Irvine. Throughout her undergrad at Western Michigan University, she has worked on several productions in both the Theatre and Dance Departments, her favorites including Sound Design for Jesus Christ Superstar and Tribes. In her summers, she has worked at The Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre in Logan, Utah and The Stephen Foster Story in Bardstown, Kentucky.