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NATIONAL MAGAZINES PEG UNCSA ALUMNI AS ‘ONES TO WATCH’Entertainment Weekly and Dance Magazine recognize graduates of School of Dance and School of Drama
WINSTON-SALEM – Three alumni of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) are included on “ones-to-watch” lists by national magazines. Entertainment Weekly named Anna Camp (Drama, B.F.A. 2004 and high school 2000) and Dane DeHaan (Drama, B.F.A. 2008 and high school 2004) to its list of 21 breakout stars, and Dance Magazine tapped Juel Lane (Dance 2002) as one of 25 dancers to watch in 2013. Each of the alumni spent time on the UNCSA campus during the fall semester.
Camp has appeared in films, on Broadway, and on some of television’s most popular series, often juggling multiple roles. She plays Mindy Kaling’s levelheaded best friend on the FOX-TV comedy The Mindy Project, and she starred as an uptight college a cappella queen in last year’s box office sleeper PITCH PERFECT.
She told Entertainment Weekly that she enjoys dipping her toes in various projects. “''I love playing all sorts of different characters at once and going back and forth. I hope I'm not creating character A.D.D.,'' she said.
Camp, of Aiken, S.C., also appeared in THE HELP, and on Broadway in the revival of Equus. Her television credits include HBO’s True Blood, AMC’s Mad Men, CBS’ The Good Wife and NBC’s The Office.
Last fall, she visited campus for a “talk-back” with Drama students, while she was in town to film GOODBYE TO ALL THAT, written and directed by UNCSA alumnus Angus MacLachlan (Drama, 1980 – B.F.A., and Visual Arts, 1975 – high school). The independent film is scheduled for release this year. Camp also appears in AUTUMN WANDERER, an independent drama due out this year.
DeHaan has been cast in the upcoming film SPIDER-MAN 3. He told Entertainment Weekly that his road to becoming an actor started when he was a tot dressing up as superheroes. ''The fact that everything has come full circle and I get to play superhero dress-up for a living is a dream come true,'' he said.
DeHaan, of Allentown, Pa., recently appeared in Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN, as well as CHRONICLE, LAWLESS, JACK AND DIANE, and THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES. In 2013, he will appear in BLOOD KNOT and KILL YOUR DARLINGS. DeHaan won an Obie Award for the critically acclaimed off-Broadway production of The Aliens, and he appeared in the third season of HBO’s In Treatment.
He is married to the actress Anna Wood of Mount Airy, also a 2004 and 2008 graduate of the School of Drama. The two visited campus in November and spoke at a celebrity dinner that marked the naming of UNCSA’s largest theatre in honor of Gerald Freedman, School of Drama Dean Emeritus. They also met in a talk-back with Drama students.
Lane was an adjunct faculty member for UNCSA’s School of Dance in 2011-12, and he choreographed Touch and Agree, which premiered at Fall Dance 2011. He visited the campus again in November 2012 to attend the Fall Dance production.
Lane will perform in Winston-Salem Feb. 28 and March 1 with Helen Simoneau Danse at Hanesbrands Theatre. (Simoneau is a 2002 graduate of UNCSA’s School of Dance.)
Lane, of Atlanta, also will perform with alumna Camille A. Brown’s (Dance 2001) company at San Francisco’s Dance Mission Theater in February, and in April he will produce his first solo choreography concert at Atlanta’s Southwest Arts Center. Last March, he choreographed Moments of Dis, Atlanta Ballet’s first-ever main-stage commission from a locally based, independent choreographer.
Lane toured nationally and internationally for six years with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Dance Company, and has taught at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, various schools, camps and studios.
The article in Dance Magazine includes a quote from Brenda Daniels, associate dean of Dance, as Lane’s mentor.
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.