Want to support the arts in Orange County? Consider Irvine Barclay Theatre’s ArtsReach!

ArtsReach encompasses the various performances and performance-related activities held at Irvine Barclay Theatre (IBT) and in schools designed to foster a greater appreciation, awareness and understanding of various art forms. These activities are specifically aimed at serving students from grade school through university, and individuals from diverse geographic, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. ArtsReach offerings enrich lives and hopefully, pique greater interest in the arts among students, teachers and families. For an example, see the Taking Jazz to the Kids video below.

Designed to make a real difference.

In developing ArtsReach programming, the Barclay’s objective is to create eclectic and intimate experiences that will instill strong, lasting impressions. Stressing hands-on interaction with professional artists and access to meaningful main-stage performances, ArtsReach activities include performance attendance, pre- and post-performance Q&A’s, master classes, in-school workshops, lecture/demonstrations, behind-the-scenes tours, artist interviews and “family days.” In addition, IBT often provides teachers with support and training materials. In some instances, workshops link classroom activities and curricula with attendance at a main-stage performance at the theatre.

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Promoting the arts…and so much more!

In planning ArtsReach activities, the Barclay parallels its mainstage programming by featuring artists from various ethnic, cultural, and geographic backgrounds. These diverse artists provide creative and positive role models, encouraging the development of an open-minded and culturally tolerant appreciation of the performing arts and, in turn, of one another.

A sampling of the diverse group of prominent, international artists featured by ArtsReach:


  • Mark Morris Dance Group,
  • Savion Glover
  • Akram Khan
  • Hubbard Street Dance Company
  • Joe Goode Performance Group
  • Les Sept Doigts (7 Fingers – Cirque)
  • Doug Varone
  • Compagnie Kafig
  • Pilobolus
  • Diavolo
  • Momix
  • Spellbound Dance Company
  • Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech (a residency at the Wooden Floor)
  • Elizabeth Streb’s STREB
  • Cirque Eloise


Numerous New World Flamenco Festival artists including Soledad Barrios and Noche Flamenca, La Tania, Farruquito, and Eva Yerbabuena


  • Yo-Yo Ma
  • Philip Glass
  • David Gonzalez and the Latin Legends Band
  • JazzReach’s Metta Quintet
  • Lila Downs


  • Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration on Tour
  • Rick Miller
  • Hal Holbrook
  • Black Light Theatre of Prague
  • Nova Scotia’s Mermaid Theatre Company
  • Denmark’s Det Iille Turneteater
  • Germany’s Theater Triebwerk

You make a difference in the community by supporting the Barclay’s ArtsReach programming.

A sampling of this season’s ArtsReach offerings

The first ArtsReach activity of the new year took place in mid-January in collaboration with the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD), the musicians and master teachers of Metta Quintet and their highly acclaimed JazzReach program, as IBT presented 12 live, multi-media sessions for grades 4, 5 and 6 at four Irvine schools.

ArtsReach activities also included IBT-featured cirque companies - audience favorites from Montreal’s international cirque festival, Montreal Completement Cirque - Cirque Alfonse and Gravity and Other Myths, each with a wholly unique perspective and programs that opened students’ eyes to exciting new worlds of movement art.

2016 ArtsReach programming continues in conjunction with our international Contemporary Dance series and benefits members of UCI’s Contemporary Dance Immersion program (CDI), students at The Wooden Floor, the UCI Dance Department and Irvine Unified School District students, among other groups.

In addition, students and dance enthusiasts benefit from exclusive critical essays (commissioned by the Barclay) provided by noted Montreal dance journalist, Philip Szporer. Distributed in advance of each performance, the essays add much to the understanding and appreciation of the works performed.

The ArtsReach promise

The Barclay strives to create a welcoming environment for audience members and artists alike and to be inclusive and respectful of the many constituencies we serve, both as arts presenters and as custodians of the unique and wonderful performing arts facility that we have the privilege to operate.

Our board of directors and staff are committed to ArtsReach and its primary goal of providing young people with a meaningful introduction to the arts. This introduction, particularly when offered at a young age, is a gift that is capable of providing lifelong enjoyment and enrichment to the recipient.

We are proud to partner with organizations like the National Endowment for the Arts, The Allergan Foundation, the Pacific Life Foundation, WESTAF, and hundreds of individual donors in providing this gift to many thousands of young people in Orange County this season and in the years ahead.

We can't do it without you! Please support the Barclay’s ArtsReach programming TODAY.