Performances at CI range from world premiere original works to modern takes on Shakespeare to classics of the musical theatre canon like CABARET to the ground-breaking interdisciplinary, student research-based creations of our annual Arts Under the Stars extravaganza. 

El Fandango de la Muerte / Death's Fandango 

The 2023-24 season will open with an original play written and directed by guest artist Javier Gomez, Artistic Director and Founder of Oxnard's award-winning Inlakech Cultural Arts Center. The show explores pre-colonization Dia del los Muertos / Day of the Dead stories and traditions, with campus performances running October 12-15.

Purchase tickets and learn more about El Fandango de la Muerte

The Lightning Thief: the Percy Jackson Musical

We are thrilled to announce that we will close out the Fall 2023 semester with this energized rock musical adaptation of Rick Riordan's popular and award-winning novel. Prof. Laura Covault and CI Theatre alum Griffon Giboney co-direct. Performances run two weekends, November 9-11 and 16-18.

Lightning Thief ticketing link coming soon! 

University Chorus Concerts

The CSUCI University Chorus will perform Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, excerpts from Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and more!
Free will donations welcomed.

SANTA BARBARA OLD MISSION PARISH, 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
7 p.m. Saturday, December 2, 2023

VENTURA FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 1338 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura
3 p.m. Sunday, December 3, 2023

Dr. KuanFen Liu, Conductor


Learn more about University Chorus concerts 

Spring Play To Be Announced

Spring 2024's play will be announced soon!

Arts Under The Stars: Channels Island's Annual Integrative Extravaganza

Arts Under The Stars is a campus wide research and creative performance event that brings the entire campus and community together. Subjects ranging from transgender bullying, bird migration, cancer cells, the Santa Rosa Island research station, and feminist mythology have all been presented as multi-media spectacles that speak to the heart and mind. Student and faculty researchers, creators, performers, and visual artists collaborate to bring campus, regional, and global issues to life.

As in past years, AUTS has been on the forefront of partnering performance with digital technology. Mobile device programs offered in English and Spanish, augmented reality scavenger hunts, and an interactive website have all been student driven innovations reflecting our culture, green movement, and untethering capabilities. 

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