Oct. 23, 2012/For Immediate Release
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NEW FACULTY ON BOARD AT UNCSA
WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has welcomed 17 new faculty members. They are:
Gail Clements, adjunct instructor of English in the Division of Liberal Arts. She received a B.A. in English from UNC-Greensboro and an M.A. in English linguistics from University of South Carolina at Columbia. She is working toward a Ph.D. in English linguistics at the University of Cambridge. Clements is a member of the Linguistic Society of America, the College English Association, Council on Undergraduate Research, and North Carolina Conference of English Instructors, and she has presented research at these and other conferences.
Roslyn Fulton-Dahlie, instructor in lighting technology in the School of Design and Production. Fulton-Dahlie is an award-winning multimedia artist with a focus in lighting design and video. Her most recent work includes designs for PlayMakers Repertory Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Duke University, North Carolina Opera, Guilford College, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Prague Quadrennial. Recent projection work includes the premiere of the new play The Parchman Hour at PlayMakers Rep, and Les Enfants Terribles at North Carolina Opera in conjunction with the Carolina Ballet. In 2010 she won the Triangle Award for Best Lighting Design for The Beatification of Area Boy at Duke University. She was also listed as the projection designer in LIVE Design magazine's article “Designing Women,” which featured five up-and-coming young female designers. Fulton-Dahlie currently is the resident lighting and video designer for Kinesthetic Sense dance company.
Eve Gelfand, adjunct instructor of French in the Division of Liberal Arts. She holds a B.A. in French and an M.A. in French literature, both earned at Wayne State University. For 19 years Gelfand taught French at Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville, where she taught in all three divisions: the lower school, the middle school and in the upper school, retiring in 2008. Since then she has been teaching French to students who are being home schooled. She is a member of The Friends of the Judaic Arts Gallery of the N.C. Museum of Art.
Charles Haid, adjunct instructor in the School of Filmmaking. Haid is an actor, director and producer who has appeared in television series including “In Plain Sight,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Criminal Minds,” “Third Watch,” “The Division,” “NYPD Blue,” “Murder, She Wrote,” and “Hill Street Blues.” He has directed episodes of “Criminal Minds,” “The Defenders,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “In Plain Sight,” “Breaking Bad,” “ER,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Nip/Tuck,” “The Closer,” “Third Watch,” “Boston Legal,” “NYPD Blue,” “L.A.Law” and “Doogie Howser M.D.” Haid has been co-producer for television series and television movies THE NIGHTMAN, THE LINE OF DUTY: A COP FOR THE KILLING and CHILDREN IN THE CROSSFIRE.
Laura Martin, ballet instructor in the School of Dance. Martin was trained primarily at The Washington School of Ballet under the direction of Mary Day, with summer training at The Joffrey School and The Chautauqua Institute. She went on to join The Washington Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre, where she danced the works of choreographers such as Balanchine, Tudor, de Mille, Tharp, Taylor, and Graham, as well as most of the classical ballets. Martin performed on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera. She has taught at many studios around the country, including Princeton Dance and Theater Studio, Ballet Academy East, The Washington School of Ballet, and Piedmont School of Music and Dance. She has been a guest instructor at UNCSA since 2010, and is now a permanent faculty member.
Dr. Cale LaSalata, adjunct instructor of Italian in the Division of Liberal Arts. He received his B.A. in Italian studies from Providence College (with honors) and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Italian studies from UNC-Chapel Hill. A native New Englander, his research interests primarily deal with Italian American historiography and ethnography. His other research interests include: 18th- and 19th- century Italian history, the “Questione meridionale,” 20th-century Italian literature, and the history of organized crime. He teaches all levels of Italian language, in addition to courses on Italian-American literature and cinema, the Italian Baroque and Italian Unification. His published works deal with the metaphysics of ethnic American identity and the persistence of culture within a given community. He is a member of the Modern Language Association, the Italian American Studies Association, the Order Sons of Italy in America, and the American Association of Teachers of Italian.
Janet Orenstein, instructor of violin in the School of Music. Orenstein performed in the United States and abroad as a chamber musician, soloist and advocate of contemporary music. She is a founding member of the Guild Trio and has toured with them extensively in Canada, Europe and the United States for more than 10 years. As winner of the USIA Artistic Ambassador Competition, Orenstein toured extensively in Africa, giving recitals and master classes with pianist Christina Dahl. As a chamber musician she has appeared in New York's Alice Tully and Merkin concert halls, as well as at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Orenstein has performed at the Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival in Nelson, N.H., the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vt., and the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove in Cornwall, England. An advocate of contemporary music, she has premiered works by Sheila Silver, William Bolcom, and Harvey Sollberger, among many others, and performs from a vast repertoire of new music. Orenstein has taught violin and chamber music at The University of Virginia, UNC-Greensboro and Wake Forest University. She has appeared numerous times as a guest violinist in concerts with Dimitri Sitkovetsky as part of the Greensboro Symphony's chamber music series and plays frequently with members of UNC-G, Wake Forest and UNCSA faculties. Orenstein is a founding member of the Open Door Chamber players in Greensboro.
Christal Schanes Kwiatkowski, wig and make-up instructor in the School of Design and Production. Kwiatkowski has an M.F.A. in wigs and makeup from UNCSA and a B.S. in costume design from Illinois State University. Her professional work includes television (“Saturday Night Live” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”) and film (SPIDER MAN 3, NOISE, BROKEN ENGLISH). Theatre credits include assisting with wig building, fitting and alterations for Bob Kelly Wig Creations of New York, whose clients included Tarzan, Spamalot, and Zumanity; hairstylist for Jennifer Jason Leigh in Abigail’s Party at Acorn Theatre in New York; and assisting wig supervisors for American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Opera, Troika Entertainment, Piedmont Opera Company, Barter Theatre, Atlanta Opera Company and Illinois Shakespeare Festival. She has designed commercially and for film and theatre in North Carolina, New York, California, Ohio and Maryland. Kwiatkowski has taught seminars at Duke University and for Bob Kelly’s Wig Creations.
Michelle Callaway Speas, adjunct instructor in the Performing Arts Management Program of the School of Design and Production. She holds an M.A. (magna cum laude) from the University of Mississippi, and a B.A. (cum laude) from UNC-Chapel Hill. Speas is president of The NonProfit Collaborative, a consulting firm based in Advance. She was the U.S. national partnership director for Africa Renewal Ministries in Uganda, Africa, and has worked in fund raising for Old Salem Museums and Gardens, the Mebane Charitable Foundation, Oak Ridge Military Academy, and United Way of Greater High Point. She is an adjunct instructor of nonprofit leadership and management for High Point University’s department of human relations.
Adam Tate, adjunct instructor in the School of Filmmaking. Tate has a B.F.A. in filmmaking from UNCSA and an M.A. in media studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Recent credits include PILGRIM SONG (2012, producer), SATURDAY MORNING MASSACRE (2012, actor), and ROSS MACKENZIE'S REDEMPTION ON THE WEST TEXAS BBQ TRAIL (2010, writer, producer, director). He has worked for Troublemaker Studios and the Austin Film Society, both in Austin, Texas, and has taught at UNCSA's summer program for rising and advanced filmmakers. Tate is a member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and the Society of American Archivists.
Darrell Tousley, instructor in the Visual Arts Program and the School of Design and Production. He received his B.F.A. from Brigham Young University and his M.F.A. from Arizona State University. Tousley’s large-scale kinetic sculptures are on permanent exhibition at the Mesa Art Center in Mesa, Ariz. He has been an innovator of new design and development foundry processes and foundry construction for more than a decade. His works and processes have been featured in publications such as Horizon and Grand Valley Magazine, have been discussed on NPR, and have been featured in international journals such as Nikephoros.
Abigail Yager, contemporary dance instructor in the School of Dance. Yager was a member of the Trisha Brown Company and served as Brown’s musical assistant. She has danced in the companies of Donna Uchizono, Sungsoo Ahn, Joanna Mendl Shaw, Emma Diamond, and Robin Becker. As a reconstructor of Brown’s choreography, she has worked with Candoco (London, England), Lyon Opera Ballet (Lyon, France), at La Monnaie National Opera of Belgium (Brussels, Belgium), Le Festival International d’Art Lyrique (Aix-en-Provence, France), and has directed educational projects at the Taipei National University of the Arts, Theatre Academy Helsinki, The Five College Dance Department, The Ohio State University, American Dance Festival and at P.A.R.T.S. Yager has taught at universities, festivals, and studios worldwide, including the Kyoto International Dance Festival, Independent Dance at Siobhan Davies Studios, Le Centre Choréographique National de Rennes et de Bretagne, the Irish World Academy of Music, Taipei National University of the Arts, The Ohio State University, Korean National University of the Arts, and American Dance Festival. Her movement practice is directly informed by her studies of the Alexander Technique, Klein Technique and Qi Gong. Yager earned a B.A. in compositional studies theory and practice from Mount Holyoke College, graduating magna cum laude, and an M.F.A in dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival.
Ming-Lung Yang, contemporary dance instructor in the School of Dance. Yang is a native of Taiwan. He earned his B.A. in dance from Chinese Culture University and his M.F.A. in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Yang was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company and has danced professionally with Henry Yu and Dancers, Ku and Dancers, Hilary Easton, Wally Cardona, and was a founding member of Dance Forum Taipei. Yang was choreographer in residence and artistic director of Dance Forum Taipei Dance Company. His choreography has been presented by numerous venues across Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Dance Theatre Workshop, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Foundation, Taipei Theatre (New York), Little Asia Dance Exchange Network (Hong Kong, Melbourne, Taipei, Tokyo), Crown Art Theatre (Taipei), Rencontres Choréographiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (Seoul), Pusan International Dance Festival, Het Muziektheater (Amsterdam), Bernese Dance Days International Festival (Bern), and Tropentheater (Amsterdam). Yang has taught at Taipei National University of the Arts, Korean National University of Arts, The Ohio State University, and the American Dance Festival.
As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.