M.F.A. Student and Alumnus Earn National Recognition

Avery Reagan, M.F.A. ’20, Wins the Hemsley Lighting Internship

Avery Reagan, M.F.A. ’20 candidate in the drama department’s lighting design program, was recently awarded the 37th annual Gilbert Hemsley Lighting Internship. The internship provides a unique professional training experience for young designers and their career development. Reagan is the first UCI student to receive the coveted prize, which is awarded to just one or two recipients from across the U.S. each year. During her eight-month internship, Reagan will work with the San Francisco Opera, The New York City Ballet, and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. She will assist several designers with productions for those organizations and also meet with various dance and Broadway designers throughout the internship. 


Dante Puleio, M.F.A. ’17 Named Artistic Director for the Limón Dance Company

Dante Puleio, M.F.A. ’17 has been named Artistic Director for the Limón Dance Company in New York City. He will be the sixth artistic director in 74-year history of the company, which is named after founder José Limón. Puleio began his dance training at Laban Centre in London and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and received his B.F.A. from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He went on to a successful career with Limón for more than a decade before earning his M.F.A. in dance from UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts.  

“I am looking forward to collaborating with the Foundation to continue celebrating this historical legacy and reimagining Limón’s vision to reflect these rapidly changing times,” said Puleio.