IICSI funded student Johnny Trinh successfully defended his MFA in May 2015 and graduated in September 2015, his thesis performance work combined slam poetry, improvisation and social media.
Eric Arce, M.A. candidate in Sociology at UCSB. Thesis on low wage immigrant workers in the food preparation and service industries in Los Angeles with special attention to the role of improvised tactics among primary work groups and cultural celebrations as a form of art based community making.
Jonathan Gomez, M.A, and now PhD candidate in Sociology at UCSB. Thesis on improvisational uses of public and private space in East Los Angeles by Chicana/o punk rockers, car customizers, mural painters, and spoken word artists.