With UCLA itself being a globally engaged research university, the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA is involved in the life and scholarly rigor on our campus as well as communities that stretch far beyond. Our past partnerships have led us toward new collaborations in our models for presenting and supporting artists and their work.

Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes
The Daisy Theatre

CAP UCLA was the first U.S. presenter to showcase Canada’s master puppeteer Ronnie Burkett, with his full-evening narrative work Penny Plain on the 2013-2014 season, and again with his ingeniously raucous The Daisy Theatre in the 2014-2015 season. As co-commissioner of The Daisy Theatre, we are proud to collaborate with Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) in New York to bring Ronnie back to the states. This unique work travels to NYC where Burkett and his cast of hilarious and poignant marionette creations will open the BAC season. CAP UCLA Artistic and Executive Director Kristy Edmunds will be on hand to conduct artist interviews and celebrate the Center’s ongoing commitment to Burkett as he continues to make his presence known in the United States. Time to plan a trip!

Baryshnikov Arts Center, in association with Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, presents: 
Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes
The Daisy Theatre (N.Y. Premiere) 
September 30, October 1-3 & 7-10 
Wednesday - Saturday at 8pm
Tickets $25 - On Sale June 1
Baryshnikov Arts Center
Jerome Robbins Theater
450 W. 37th Street, NYC

For more information on Baryshnikov Arts Center’s upcoming season and Ronnie Burkett’s appearance visit:  bacnyc.org

The Gloaming

In partnership with USC’s Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative, CAP UCLA supports the presentation of The Gloaming, a unique music collective that carves new paths connecting the rich Irish folk tradition and the New York contemporary music scene. From haunting sean-nós songs, to rousing instrumental medleys, Iarla O’Lionaird, Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh, Dennis Cahill, Martin Hayes and Thomas Bartlett create a new musical alchemy between ancient traditions, experimentation and modernity.

The group released its first album in January 2014 to rave reviews and landed on many Best Albums of 2014 lists, including The Guardian, NPR, The Irish Times and won the Meteor Choice Music Prize representing the best Irish album of the year.

The Gloaming
Fri, Oct 2
7:30 Preshow/8pm Performance
Free Admission
Bovard Auditorium
3551 Trousdale Parkway
USC Campus – 90089
For more information on the upcoming USC Visions & Voices program:  visionsandvoices.usc.edu

Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company

In the 2013-2014 season, CAP UCLA presented an intimate and personal work from New York theater star Young Jean Lee, with five performances of her musical theater work WE’RE GONNA DIE. Since then the Center has been following Lee’s current project closely and collaborating to bring this exciting artist back to Los Angeles for a longer run. This year, L.A. theater audiences will have many opportunities to see Lee’s new work, STRAIGHT WHITE MEN  as it runs at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre from November 20 through December 20. CAP UCLA subscribers with be the first Los Angeles audiences to catch this new work, with a special preview night Friday, November 20.

For more information and updates from CTG visit: centertheatregroup.org

Agua Furiosa


The local dance-activists of CONTRA-TIEMPO have long been a teaching partner with CAP UCLA, regularly contributing to our work with elementary school students at UCLA Community School as part of our Design for Sharing arts-education program. They also participate often in free DFS demonstration performances in Royce Hall, sharing their work with students from across Los Angeles.

For the last two years CONTRA-TIEMPO, led by its founder Ana Maria Alvarez, has been in residence at CAP UCLA working on Agua Furiosa. We are able to bring this work to the main program in a series of performances at Kaufman Hall as part of our collaboration with UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance (WACD).

For more information on WACD:  wacd.ucla.edu 


Jean-Baptiste Barrière and Kajia Saariaho

One of our closest neighbors on campus is the Herb Alpert School of Music. This season, two special concert events are presented in collaboration with the School of Music, featuring evenings of exceptional repertoire and creative visual presentations from masterful composers Jean-Baptiste Barrière and Kajia Saariaho. These two performances will be part of a larger symposium at the school titled BEYOND MUSIC: Composition and Performance in the Age of Augmented Reality. Featured in the concerts are members of HASOM faculty Movses Pogossian (violin) and Gloria Cheng (piano) as well as students Terri Richter (soprano), Gary Heaton-Smith (percussion) and Nikolaus Keelaghan (percussion).

For more news and information in the coming school year visit: schoolofmusic.ucla.edu