Please note that we are actively following federal, local, and University mandates related to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to run next summer's program in-person on campus at UC Irvine, and are committed to the safety of our participants, instructors, and staff.



Summer 2021



The Summer Academies LITE program is a modified version of our in-person Summer Academies in the Arts that focuses on college admissions preparation and professional development opportunities for experienced high school and transfer arts students in a virtual learning environment. 




Peter the Dancer Anteater


July 12-July 16, 2021

Registration Fee: $99



Peter the Actor Anteater


July 26-July 30, 2021

Registration Fee: $99


Financial assistance is available. Please email us at artsoutreach@uci.edu for more information.

Our Commitment to Youth Safety



Praesidium Accredited 2020-2023


We are proud to be the first youth program on the UCI campus, as well as the the first in the entire University of California system, to be accredited by Praesidium, the leader in abuse risk management.

When considering attending our program or referring your student to us, you can rest assured that they will be in an environment that promotes learning and development in a welcoming and safe space.

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Artist Support



It has been a difficult year for all of us in many ways.  The arts have been hit particularly hard because so much of the work we do requires physical closeness and interaction.  While our traditional summer program on the UCI campus has been suspended to prioritize the health and safety of our participants, instructors, and staff, we still need to support our community of artists.

For that reason, we are excited to offer the Summer Academies LITE program.  It provides advanced young artists the tools they will need as they prepare applications and audition material for college and career pursuits.  It also provides much needed employment for our team of instructors ⎼ practicing artists themselves ⎼ who have seen their commissions, gigs, and contracts cancelled.

If you are able, please consider making a gift of any amount to support the Summer Academies LITE program.  Your contribution will make a significant impact by supporting the artists who make it possible.

Summer Academies Instructor






Arts Outreach



Students with audience in a performance studio



The mission of Outreach at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is to provide the community with access to the creative capital available through CTSA.

We partner with local schools and community organizations to share the talents and knowledge of our students, faculty, and staff with people of all ages. Composed of several community-minded programs, we introduce children to the arts, prepare middle and high school students for the next step in their arts education, and provide adults with active experiential immersion in the arts to help enrich lives. CTSA’s Outreach programs support the mission of the school as conduits for community engagement, fostering leadership both in the young artists who participate in them, and in the CTSA students and faculty who facilitate them.

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