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SCHOOL OF DRAMA FACULTY NEWS – Greg Walter, associate professor of voice and musical theatre, receives the coveted “Encore Award” from his alma mater Belmont University in Nashville, TN on Sept. 18th. Given annually to an outstanding alumni from Belmont’s School of Music, the Encore Award celebrates “their accomplishments as musicians and their contributions to their field of Music”.
Geordie MacMinn Named UNCSA Recipient of UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence.
This video was created by two students, Terrell Calloway, Drama, and West Webb, Film, for prospective students to get an idea about the School of Drama here at UNCSA.
Entertainment Weekly pegs School of Drama graduates Anna Camp and Dane DeHaan as ones to watch noted in the following press release http://www.uncsa.edu/pressreleases/releases2013/January2013/OnesToWatch.htm
UNCSA’s alumni Peppercorn Theatre presents Goldoni’s THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS at the Children’s Museum of Winston Salem, NC, Aug. 7-16. Directed by Peppercorn artistic director Harry Poster (Drama ’11), adaptation & sets by producing dir. John Bowhers (D&P ’12), costumes - Grace Schmitz (D&P ’17), Sound Design - Jon Fredette (DP '14), Stage Manager - Sarah Dodson (DP '18), cast - Samuel Farnsworth (DR '18), Tij Doyen (DR '17), Devin Kessler (DR '18),Jonathan Olivares (DR High School '12), Emily DeForest (DR '18), William Valles (DR '17), Ehinomen Okojie (DR '18), Margaret Gayford (DR '18), production crew -Lou Gerstle (DP '16), Dan Martell (DP '18), Henry Ballard (DP '18), Indy Karmi (DP '18), Clare Parker (DP '17), Joshua Shelden (DP '16), Shelby Mills (DP '18),Edie Simpson (DP '18), Frances Smith (DP '16), Grayson Cusimano (DP '17), Iris Indicott (DP '17). http://www.peppercorntheatre.org/#!the-servant-of-two-masters/cvbo
Samip Raval (’12) will play Abe in Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer winning DISGRACED directed by Shishir Kurup at Playmakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, NC Sept. 16-Oct. 4. He will also appear in DC’s Arena Stage production directed by frequent UNCSA guest director Timothy Douglas April 22-May 29.
Mia Vallet (’13) has been cast opposite Skeet Ulrick in the ABC family pilot STAY. http://deadline.com/2015/07/skeet-ulrich-cast-abc-family-drama-pilot-stay-1201487581/
Stephen Shore (’13) plays LeBret in CYRANO DE BERJERAC at the Heartland Regional Theatre in
Damariscotta, ME. July 23-Aug. 1. http://www.heartwoodtheater.org/event/cyrano-de-bergerac
Tyler Lea (‘11) makes his Broadway debut as Christopher Sharp the lead role in 2015 Tony winning Best Play THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at the Barrymore Theatre on Sept. 15th. http://www.broadway.com/buzz/181410/tyler-lea-will-replace-alex-sharp-in-tony-winning-the-curious-incident-of-the-dog-in-the-night-time-on-broadway/
Ray Huth (’13) plays Demetrius in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM with the Stag & Lion Company at NYC’s West Side Community Garden, 142 W. 89th St., July 18-Aug. 2. http://www.stagandliontheatre.com/the-2015-company/4589520504
Michael Abbott Jr. ('00) plays the lead role in feature film IN THE RADIANT CITY currently filming in and around Louisville, KY. Fellow Drama alum Celia Weston also appears. Film School alum Jeff Nichols is producer, and DP is Zoe White.
Terence Archie (’98) plays Orsino in 12TH NIGHT at San Diego’s Tony winning Old Globe Theatre. June 21-July 26. http://www.theoldglobe.org/tickets/production.aspx?PID=11652
Ted Schnider (‘02) leads the cast of Origin Theater’s off-B’way production of THE INTERNATIONAL at Playwrights Horizons
on W. 42nd St. July 15-Aug. 2. http://www.theatermania.com/off-broadway/shows/the-international_309722/
Billy Magnussen (’07) has been tapped as one of the leads in FX pilot SNOWFALL from John Singleton (BOYZ N THE HOOD).http://deadline.com/2015/06/billy-magnussen-cast-john-singleton-snowfall-fx-pilot-1201461715/
Gabriel Brown (’11) plays Walker “Scott” Williams in the world premiere of A.R. Gurney’s LOVE AND MONEY directed by Mark Lamos, a co-production of the Westport Country Playhouse (July 21-Aug. 8) and NYC’s Signature Theatre on 42nd St. (Aug. 15-Sept. 27). http://www.westportplayhouse.org/love-and-money-meet-the-cast
Manhattan Class Company (MCC) announces its 2015/16 season at off-Broadway’s fabled Lucille Lortel Theatre beginning with Matthew Lopez’s THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE with Dave Thomas Brown (’10) in the
leading role of Casey. Prev. Aug. 20, opening Sept. 9 thru Oct. 4.
The Firehouse Theatre in Richmond, Virginia presents THE BOY IN THE BATHROOM – Book and lyrics by Michael Lluberes (’01) July 15-Sept. 4. Read the Announcement in American Theatre Magazine: http://www.americantheatre.org/2015/05/28/firehouse-theatre-announces-2015-16-season/
Tiffany Little-Canfield (Dir. Program ’00) CSA casting director with Telsey + Company (one of NYC’s leading independent casting offices for film, Broadway, off-Bway & regional, television, commercials & voice-overs) will be covering Telsey casting on the West Coast starting fall 2015. Films Tiffany has cast premiering
soon include RICKI & THE FLASH directed by Jonathan Demme starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Sebastian Stan & Audra McDonald, and THE INTERN with
Robert De Niro, Ann Hathaway & Adam DeVine.
Two School of Drama alumnae, Jada Pinkett Smith and Rhoda Griffis, appear in the audacious hit feature film MAGIC MIKE XXL.
Blake Cooper Griffin (’07) guest stars as Brad Pearson on TNT’s MAJOR CRIMES, season 4, episode 4 “Turn Down”, airing 6/29 and 7/6 @ 8pm est.
Jerzy Gwiazdowski (’04) is in EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH and Molly Carden (’10) ON CLOVER ROAD at
the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in Shepherdstown, WV, July 10-Aug. 2. http://catf.org/
Avery Glymph (’95) plays George Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer winner INTIMATE APPAREL at Vermont’s Dorset Theatre, June 25-July 7. This fall he goes to Repertory Theatre of St. Louis to play MLK, Jr. in Robert Schenkkan’s Tony winning Best Play ALL THE WAY, Sept. 9-Oct. 4. http://dorsettheatrefestival.org/show/intimate-apparel/ http://www.repstl.org/season/show/all_the_way/
Jeremy Webb (’94) returns to Houston’s Alley Theatre to play Ellard Sims in THE FOREIGNER. July 3-Aug. 9. http://www.alleytheatre.org/Alley/Cast24.asp
Jordan Brown (’07) plays Spike in Chicago’s Goodman Theatre production of Christopher Durang’s Tony winningVANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE. June 20-July 26. http://www.goodmantheatre.org/vanya
Jake Lacy (’08) plays 5th year college senior, Caleb, who goes “for one last shot at glory in the semi-competitive world of Intramural football” in feature film BALLS OUT. http://www.thewrap.com/snl-packed-football-comedy-balls-out-lands-distribution-from-orion-releasing/
Jonathan Majors (’12) returns for the 2nd consecutive summer to The Chautauqua Theatre Company in southwestern NY
State to play Howie Newsome in Thornton Wilder’s OUR TOWN (July 3-12) and the title role in Shakespeare’s HENRY V (Aug. 14-21) http://theater.ciweb.org/index.php/shows
Alex Hoeffler (’10) plays and Patrick Osteen (’11) appear in the San Diego premiere of musical DOGFIGHT at The Cygnet Theatre directed by Sean Murray (’89). July 16-Aug. 23. http://www.cygnettheatre.com/show/15-16/dogfight.html
Cinny Strickland (‘87) plays Eleanor Blessings in Greensboro, NC’s Triad Stage world premiere of COMMON ENEMY written& directed by Triad’s founding artistic director Preston Lane (’92) thru June 28. http://triadstage.org/series/168/common-enemy
William Connell (’05) plays Stanley in the west coast premiere of ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS at Berkeley Rep thru June 28th. The production then movies to Costa Mesa, CA’s South Coast Repertory Theatre Sept. 11-Oct.11. http://www.berkeleyrep.org/season/1415/8250.asp http://www.scr.org/calendar/view?id=7451
Eli Williams (’14) plays the lead in Chicago Musical Theatre Festival’s ONE THOUSAND WORDS. July 1-18. In its 2nd year CMTF showcases “Chicago’s emerging musical theatre creator community”.
Paul Whitty (‘02) after more than 1000 performances as Billy in Tony winner ONCE now appears in the critically acclaimed world premiere musical BE MORE CHILL at the Two River Theatre, Red Bank, NJ. Thru June 28. http://tworivertheater.org/plays_events/current_season.php?categoryID=205
Stephen Shore (’13) plays Benvolio in ROMEO & JULIET for the Barefoot Shakespeare Company at Summit Rock in NYC’s
Central Park. http://www.barefootshakespeare.org/#!Barefoots-2015-Summer-Season/zoom/mainPage/image_1rft
Samip Raval (HS Drama Program ’08 & Dir. Program ’12) is assistant director of Quiara Alegria Hudes’ THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST directed by Shishir Kurup
at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. July 7-Nov. 1. https://www.osfashland.org/productions/2015-plays/the-happiest-song-plays-last.aspx
Scott Sowers appears off-Broadway in CARD AND GIFT by Kate E. Ryan at The Wild Project, 195 E. 3rd Street as part of the Clubbed Thumb’s 20th Summerworks. http://www.clubbedthumb.org/
DC’s award winning Theatre Alliance, Colin Hovde (Dir. Program ’04) artistic dir., presents the world premiere of OCCUPIED TERRITORIES. School of Drama adjunct faculty Mollye Maxner (Dir. Program ‘09) conceived, co-wrote, co-choreographed& directed. Co-choreographed by Kelly Maxner (Dir. Program ‘00), director of School of Drama High School Program. Cast includes Freddie Bennett (’10), Desmond Bing (’09), Thomas Rowell (’12) and Cody Robinson (’17). D&P alum Kyle Grant is light designer. July 10 – July 5 at the Anacostia Playhouse. http://www.theateralliance.com/project/occupied-territories/
LA’s Blank Theatre 2015 Young Playwrights Festival includes SUSPENDED w/Missi Pyle (’95), week one/June 11-14; and BROMEO AND JULIUS w/Braxton Molinaro (’11), week four/June 25-28. http://ypf.theblank.com/ypf-2015-schedule/
Tom Frey (’89) plays Max Sennett in Jerry Herman’s musical MACK AND MABEL at Houston’s Stages Repertory Theatre thru June 28th. http://stagestheatre.com/shows/#mack-and-mabel
The Cry Havoc Company presents 3 short plays for Lincoln Center Originals at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, including GRIEVOUS CIRCLE by Jerzy Gwiazdowski (’04), directed by Matt Cowart (’04), featuring Allan K. Washington (’13),
with the following Drama alums in the ensemble, Bobby Allan (’14), Will Bethmann, Michael Calciano, Lindsay Carter, Madeline Fox, Benton Guinness, Andrew Manning, and assistant dir. Rebecca Brinkley (all ’15). Lighting by D&P alum
Travis McHale, sets by Steven Royal. Fri. June 12th @ 7:30pm. http://cryhavoccompany.org/lincolncenteroriginals.html
Two recent Drama alums to star as real life characters – Dane DeHaan (’08) will play a young Karl Rove opposite Daniel Radcliffe’s Lee Atwater in YOUNG AMERICANS directed by John Krokidas, who brought them together for KILL YOUR DARLINGS; and Billy Magnussen (’07) will play Kato Kaelin in upcoming FX miniseries AMERICAN CRIMESTORY: THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON w/John Travolta (Robert Shapiro) & Cuba Gooding, Jr. (OJ Simpson). Dane & Billy last appeared on stage at UNCSA in the 2007 50th
anniversary all school revival of WEST SIDE STORY. Dane was Baby John and Billy, Snowboy.
K. Todd Freeman (’87) wins the 60th annual Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for Steppenwolf’s AIRLINE HIGHWAY directed by Joe Mantello (’84). Quincy Dunn-Baker (’05) & Jenn Lyons (’03) were in A.R. Gurney’s THE WAYSIDE MOTOR INN receiving a special award for Outstanding Acting Ensemble.http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/60th-Annual-Drama-Desk-Award-Winners--Updating-LIVE-20150531#
Jolly Abraham (’02) plays Donne Elvire in Moliere’s DON JUAN off-Broadway at the Pearl Theatre thru June 7.https://pearltheatre.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0Sd0000006F0d4EAC
Molly Carden (’10) appears in 52ND TO BOWERY TO COBBLE HILL, IN BROOKLY by Chiara Atik as part of Series A of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s 35th Marathon of One-Act Plays thru June 6. http://ensemblestudiotheatre.org/35th-marathon-one-act-plays
Tony and Emmy Award winning alum Mary Louise Parker stars in the world premiere of HEISENBERG by two time Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens. The Manhattan Theatre Club, NYC thru June 3. http://www.manhattantheatreclub.com/heisenberg/
Two time OBIE winner, NEA Solo Theatre Fellow, Sundance Writers Fellow, Tennessee Williams Fellow, and CalArts/Alpert Award in Theatre winner Danny Hoch receives the 2015 DUTF (Downtown Urban Theater Festival) Playwright Masters Award. http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Danny-Hoch-to-Receive-2015-DUTF-Playwright-Masters-Award-at-Tomorrows-Opening-20150511
UNCSA’s newest NY based alumni theatre company, TAKSU, presents Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST directed by Wiley Basho Gorn (Dir. Program ’13).Alec Shaw (’13) is Prospero, Julianne Lawson (’14) plays Miranda/Ariel, Michael Labaddia (’14) is Alonso, Dave Thomas Brown (10) plays Antonio/Trinculo, and Miles Duffield (14) plays Sebastian/Stephano. The South Oxford Space, Brooklyn. May 28-31 http://www.taksutheatre.com/
Alums Chesley Polk (’12), Rob Morris (Dir. Program ’13) & Heidi McIver (HS and BFA Dir. Program ’09) along w/School of Drama Faculty Janine Hawley & Greg Walter teach new UNCSA acting & musical-theatre community outreach program ACTING OUT!http://www.journalnow.com/relishnow/the_arts/performing_arts/creative-class-young-students-engage-minds-bodies-in-acting-class/article_834dedf6-8a64-5462-ba76-064314af755b.html
Drama alum’s Logan Fahey, Isabelle Ellingson & Ari Itkin will appear in CUCKOLD, Wesley Taylor’s short play entry into the Manhattan Repertory Theater 2015 One Act Competition. June 16-19
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Casting-Confirmed-for-Wesley-Taylors-CUCKOLD-at-MRT-20150429 In the meantime, Mr. Taylor plays the Emcee in DC areas CABARET at The Signature Theatre. May 12-June 28. See him in the below promo -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79G7KDFTfkI&feature=player_embedded&app=desktop
Mark Karafin (Dir. Program ’07) has directed Shakespeare’s SONNET 108 as part of The Sonnet Project NYC starring fellow alum Billy Magnussen and MacKenzie Mauzy, Rapunzel opp. Billy’s Prince in INTO THE WOODS,. Karafin is presently in residency at MASS MOCA as assistant director of
Phantom Limb Company’s MEMORY RINGS due at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) in 2016. http://www.youtube.com/user/SonnetProjectNYC. http://www.broadwayworld.com/…/Billy-Magnussen-MacKenzie-Ma….
May 15th marks the national release of much anticipated PITCH PERFECT 2 with Anna Camp (’04) returning as
Aubrey, member of Barden U’s all-girl singing group “The Bellas”. Read her interview in Vanity Fair. http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2015/04/anna-camp-pitch-perfect-2-may-2015
Lorenzo Roberts (’14) appears in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s OTHELLO directed by John Langs (Dir. Program ’96), April 29-May 17. Later this summer he plays Blunt in Seattle Shake’s HENRY IV, PART ONE, July 1-Aug. 9. Mr. Langs returns to Wisconsin’s American Players Theatre this summer to direct THE ILIAD (June 6-Oct. 18) and OTHELLO (Aug. 7-Oct.3). He is presently Assoc. Artistic Director of Seattle’s ACT and assumes Artistic Directorship in 2016.http://www.seattleshakespeare.org/casting-news-wooden-o-2015/ http://americanplayers.org/about/people/john-langs
Daniel Kelly (Dir. Program ’13), presently assistant to the Producing Artistic Director at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, directs GIDION’S KNOT at Sarasota, FL’s new Urbanite Theatre. In June he directs MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS at Ozark Actors Theatre in Rolla, Missouri. Later this summer he assists frequent UNCSA guest artist’s Rob Ruggiero (director) andKevin Stites (musical director) on OKLAHOMA! at St. Louis’s famed Muny Opera.
K. Todd Freeman is nominated for a Broadway Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play for AIRLINE HIGHWAY directed by fellow alum Joe Mantello. Freeman was nominated for the Best Actor Award in 1993 for his performance in the title role of THE SONG OF JACOB ZULU.
Mantello also directed THE LAST SHIP, nominated for Best Score by Sting. Marc Damon Johnson was featured in YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU,
nominated for Best Play Revival; Paloma Garcia-Lee appears in ON THE TOWN, Best Musical Revival nomination; Ben Furey, former School of Drama
Faculty and frequent guest artist is Dialect Coach on THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, THE LAST SHIP and GIGI; and
frequent guest artist Kevin Stites is musical director of ON THE 2OTH CENTURY. http://www.broadway.com/buzz/180570/an-american-in-paris-fun-home-top-2015-tony-nominations/
UNCSA Drama is well represented with nominations for the 2014-15 Drama Desk Awards – Stephen McKinley Henderson, Outstanding Actor in a Play/BETWEEN RIVERSIDE & CRAZY;K. Todd Freeman, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play/AIRLINE HIGHWAY; Josh Grisetti (High School DR), Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical/IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU;Quincy Dunn-Baker & Jenn Lyon, Outstanding Acting Ensemble/THE WAYSIDE MOTOR INN; Paul Tazewell (D&P), Outstanding Costume Design/HAMILTON; Howard Binkley (D&P Guest Faculty), Outstanding Lighting Design/HAMILTON. Outstand Play nominee/AIRLINE HIGHWAY, directed by Joe Mantello; Paloma Garcia-Lee (HS DR & DA), cast of Outstanding Revival of a Musical/ON THE TOWN;Kevin Stites (Drama Guest Faculty), musical director of Outstanding Revival of a Musical/ON THE 20TH CENTURY; Ben Furey (Drama Guest Faculty), dialect coach for Outstanding Play/THE CURIOUSINCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, Outstanding Revival of a Musical/SIDE SHOW, as well as LENNON: THROUGH THE GLASS ONION and THE LAST SHIP.
School of Drama alum Stephen McKinley Henderson has been nominated for the 2014-15 Outer Critics Circle “Outstanding Actor in a Play” Award for BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY. Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis has been awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. https://liachang.wordpress.com/2015/04/20/stephen-adly-guirgis-between-riverside-and-crazy-garners-2015-pulitzer-prize-for-drama/
Artistic director of San Diego’s Cygnet Theatre Sean Murray (’89) directs and plays Henry Higgins in MY FAIR LADY thru April 26. Andrew Oswald (’91) will play Charlie in Cygnet’s upcoming THE WHALE May 14-June 14.http://www.cygnettheatre.com/show/14-15/my-fair-lady.html http://www.cygnettheatre.com/show/14-15/the-whale.html
Paloma Garcia-Lee (High School Drama & Dance ’08), appearing in current B’way hit revival of ON THE TOWN is featured in attached BroadwayWorld “At This Performance” interview. http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/At-This-Performance-Paloma-Garcia-Lee-of-Broadways-ON-THE-TOWN-20150415
UNCSA’s School of Drama wins big at DC’s coveted 2015 Helen Hayes Awards! Artistic director of Theatre Alliance, Colin Hovde (Dir. Program ’04) wins Outstanding Director of a Play w/fellow alum Nathaniel Mendez (’07) for THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISSOCIA, which also won Outstanding Play, Outstanding Sound & Lighting Design; Wayne Bennett (’10) won the James MacArthur Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play for Seven Guitars at alumni No Rules Theatre Company, Joshua Morgan (’09), artistic director; Jon Hudson Odom (’08) was featured in COLOSSAL, Charles MacArthur
Award for Outstanding New Play at the Olney Theatre; Theatre J, Shirley Serotsky (’99) acting artistic director, won the Robert Prosky Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play, & Outstanding Performer in a Visiting Production; Theatre Alliance also won Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical, and Outstanding Musical Director for BLACK NATIVITY; and D&P alum Paul Tazwell won Outstanding Costume Design forSIDE SHOW at the Kennedy Center. http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/2015-helen-hayes-awards/2015/04/06/2fdeec3a-dc76-11e4-be40-566e2653afe5_story.html
Luke Smith (’11) joins the cast of SIGNIFICANT OTHERS by Joshua Harmon (BAD JEWS) at NYC’s Roundabout Theater. May 21-Aug. 16.https://www.roundabouttheatre.org/Shows-Events/Significant-Other/Significant-Other-Cast-and-Creative.aspx#LukeSmith
Read Press Pass LA interview with Blake Cooper Griffin (’07) on upcoming feature film RIDE directed by Helen Hunt (release date May 1), his role in LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED?, full length feature based on K. Rocco Shield’s acclaimed short, and playing Scott on Disney channel’s JESSIE.
SWEENY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET starring Emma Thompson & Bryn Terfel has transferred from Lincoln Center to London’s English National Opera. Matt Cowart (Dir. Program ’04) is Associate Director & Ashley Robinson (’04) in the cast.
Wesley Taylor (’08) heads the workshop cast of Broadway bound NERDS, recipient of the Barrymore Award for Outstanding Original Music and New Play.
NYC’s UNCSA alumni Sonnet Repertory Theatre presents a new adaptation of Goldoni’s THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS w/original music by “Bandits on the Run” featuring Drama alum’s Brian D. Coats, Regina Strayhorn & Jeff Burchfield. Janie Bullard (sound designer) and Shayna Penn (stage manager) are from the School of Design & Production. Teatro LATEA at the Clemente Center, NYC, April 17 thru May 2.
Gabriel Brown (’11) makes his Lincoln Center Theater debut as understudy in Bethsheba Doran’s THE MYSTERY OF LOVE & SEX directed by Sam Gold, starring Tony Shalhoub and Diane Lane. At the Nitzi Newhouse thru April 26.
Gaye Taylor Upchurch (Dir. Program ’05) directs world premiere of OF GOOD STOCK by Melissa Ross at South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, CA. High School Drama alum Melanie Lora is in the cast and Design & Production alum Tony Fanning is set designer. March 27-April 26.
Eric Todd aka Eric Guggisberg (’13) guest starred as Justin Taylor on CBS’s BLUE BLOODS, season 5, episode 13 “Loves Stories”
Diedrich Bader says “a friendly hello in an unfriendly way” in the season premiere of HBO’s VEEP playing Bill Ericcson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s presidential campaign consultant. Sunday, April 12th 10:30pm EST. http://www.hbo.com/veep#/
Wesley Taylor (’08) guest stars in the season finale of HBO’s LOOKING Sunday, March 22 @ 9pm. And on Sunday April 5 @ 9pm he guests with fellow alum Tim Guinee on CBS’s THE GOOD WIFE. After that he goes into rehearsals for CABARET “as the iconic role of the Emcee” at Arlington, VA’s Signature Theatre, May 12-June 28. http://www.signature-theatre.org/shows/cabaret
Alec Shaw (’13) plays Dan in Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s BUZZER by Tracey Scott Wilson directed by frequent School of Drama guest director Timothy Douglas. March 21-April 19. http://www.cincyplay.com/index.php?option=com_production&id=74&Itemid=439
Gus Halper (’14) less than a year after graduation and last seen at UNCSA as Romeo in Drama Dean Carl Forsman’s ROMEO & JULIET has landed the central role of Eli in ABC’s drama pilot THE KINGMAKERS. http://deadline.com/2015/03/gus-halper-star-kingmakers-abc-pilot-1201392599/
Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s world premier of Lisa D’Amour’s AIRLINE HIGHWAY directed by Joe Mantello and featuring fellow alum K. Todd Freeman moves to Broadway, previews beginning April 1st, opening April 23. Mantello also directs David Javerbaum’s new Broadway comedy AN ACT OF GOD starring BIG BANG THEORY’S 4 time Emmy winner Jim Parsons, previews May 5, opening May 28. http://airlinehighwaybroadway.com/ http://anactofgod.com/
Jeremy Webb plays all 8 characters in Jonathan Tolin’s hit NY one man show BUYER AND CELLER at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis thru March 29. http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/actor-plays-everybody-in-buyer-cellar/article_2b6e0848-c733-5cc8-a4ef-39568420271b.html
Billy Magnussen (’07) guest stars on CBS’s THE GOOD WIFE as Chris Fife, season 6, episode 15 “Open Season” airing Sunday, March 15. http://www.welovesoaps.net/2015/02/guest-stars-update-billy-magnussen-on.html
Jake Lacy plays recurring character Fran on season 4 of HBO’s GIRLS beginning episode 6, Sunday’s 9pm EST. He is also featured as Keith on Direct TV’s original series BILLY & BILLIE written and directed by Neil LaBute. Tues. 8pm. http://www.hbo.com/girls#/
Sydney Shepherd (’13) joins the developmental cast of new musical based on feature film 17 AGAIN. http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Darren-Criss-Caissie-Levy-Andy-Mientus-Carly-Hughes-Jackie-Hoffman-and-More-Set-for-Reading-of-New-17-AGAIN-Musical-Next-Week-20150226
The NY Times announces Tony winner Mary Louise Parker returns to the stage in Manhattan Theater Club’s HEISENBERG by Simon Stephens (THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME). Previews begin May 19, opening June 3.
Jolly Abraham (‘02 ) plays Hermione in Shakespeare’s THE WINTER’S TALE at NYC’s Pearl Theatre Company thru March 15. http://www.pearltheatre.org/1415/winters/
Rebecca Naomi Jones (’03) joins the cast of Broadway rock musical comedy hit HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH as Yitzhak at the Belasco Theatre April 4, 2015. http://www.broadway.com/buzz/179774/rebecca-naomi-jones-to-star-opposite-john-cameron-mitchell-in-hedwig-and-the-angry-inch-on-broadway/
Jenn Lyons (’03) opens March 5th in the is much anticipated new Broadway comedy FISH IN THE DARK written and starring legendary Larry David In the role of Michelle. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, at the Cort Theatre. http://fishinthedark.com/company
Jordan Brown (’07) appears in the world premier of WHITE GUY ON THE BUS by Bruce Graham at Chicago’s Northlight Theatre. Fellow Drama alum Lynn Baber (CSA) is Northlight’s casting director. http://www.northlight.org/pages/white_guy_on_the_bus/360.php Jordan joins the ever growing list of UNCSA alums to take his clothes off in Chris Durang’s Tony winning VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE as Spike at The Goodman Theatre this June. http://www.goodmantheatre.org/Upcoming-Season/Vanya-Masha-Sonia-and-Spike/
William Connell (’05) plays John Watherstone in Terence Rattigan’s THE WINSLOW BOY at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis thru March 8. http://www.repstl.org/season/show/the_winslow_boy/
Cedric Lamar (’03) is company member for the 2015 season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival appearing in PERICLES directed by Joseph Haj, and ANTONY & CLEOPATRA directed by Bill Rauch. Directing Program alum Isaac Klein (’06) heads out to OSF to assistant direct the world premier of HEAD OVER HEELS, book by Jeff Whitty (Tony Award for AVE. Q), music/lyrics by The Go-Go’s, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. https://www.osfashland.org/artist-biographies/acting-company/cedric-lamar.aspx
Michael Abbott Jr. ('00) guest stars as Junkie Jake in episode 9 of Marvel's new Netflix series DAREDEVIL premiering 4/10.. He will guest star opp. James Spader in Season 2/Episode 14 of THE BLACKLIST on NBC, and he recently wrapped filming short film MUTT co-starring ‘03 Drama Alum, Jennifer Ferrin (HELL ON WHEELS, THE KNICK), and will appear as the lead in the 1930's drama short film KENNEDY HILL executive produced by David Lynch.http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/80018294?locale=en-US
Shane Andries (’07) became another Drama alum to play Spike in Christopher Durang’s Tony winning VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE at the Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples Fl. http://www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org/2014season/VanyaSoniacast.asp
Matthew Brookshire (HS Drama & directing program ’98), Activities Director of The Actors Fund Arts Center at the Schermerhorn Building downtown Brooklyn, NY. He appeared recently in critically acclaimed WOW at Danspace, NYC singing the poetry and lyrics of Kate Bush, a new dance performance piece by Keely Garfield. http://matthewbrookshire.com/bio/https://actorsfund.wordpress.com/tag/matthew-brookshire/ http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/arts/dance/keely-garfield-draws-on-kate-bush-at-danspace-project.html?_r=0
Joshua Morgan (’09) appears in the world premiere of ensemble musical SOON, book/music lyrics by Nick Blaemire, at DC area’s Arlington, VA Signature Theatre. March 10-April 26. http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Natascia-Diaz-Jessica-Hershberg-Alex-Brightman-Joshua-Morgan-Will-Lead-Premiere-of-Nick-Blaemires-SOON-at-Signature-Theatre-20150210 http://www.signature-theatre.org/shows/soon
Anna Camp (’04) is now in previews for VERITE’ a new play by Nick Jones at Lincoln Center Theater Company’s Claire Tow Theatre. Opening Feb. 16. thru March 15. http://www.lct.org/shows/verite/whos-who/
Rebecca Naomi Jones (’03) is Lydia in Charles Mee’s BIG LOVE directed by Tina Landau at the Signature Theatre on 42nd Street, NYC thru March 15. http://www.broadway.com/buzz/179072/rebecca-naomi-jones-bobby-steggert-more-set-for-signature-theatres-big-love-off-broadway/
Celebrated Drama alum Terrence Mann plays the Man in the Yellow Suit in the world premiere of musical TUCK EVERLASTING at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta thru Feb. 22. http://alliancetheatre.org/production/tuck-everlasting
Taksu Theatre Company, UNCSA Drama’s absolutely newest alumni NY theatre, Miles Mandwelle artistic director, presents THE SCREEN featuring “The Red Nose Sim?pletons” Ian Antal, Andrew Jernigan & Jared Thompson (all ’10), directed by Steven Kopp (’13), produced by Mr. Kopp and Leah Faye Caddigan (’15), Feb. 13 & 14 @ The Sonnet Theatre, Producers Club, 258 W. 44th St. May 29-31 Taksu presents Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST directed by Wiley Basho Gorn (’13). http://www.taksutheatre.com/upcoming.html
Braxton Molinaro (’11) plays Charles in the LA premiere of Stephen Karam's Pulitzer nominated play Sons of the Prophet through April 10th at the Blank Theatre.
Timothy Eulich (’03) is Stunt Coordinator on Disney Channel’s KC Undercover Sundays at 8:30pm. He can also be seen as a stunt double on CSI: Cyber which premiering in March on CBS. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2361928/
Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre presenting “musical theatre (America’s greatest indigenous art form) with the highest standards of artistic excellence” announces a co-production with A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) of Sondheim’s ASSASSINS directed by incoming Artistic Director John Langs (Dir. Program ’96). 3/3 – 5/15. Mr. Lang’s critically acclaimed production of Chekhov’s THE THREE SISTERS runs thru 2/8. https://www.5thavenue.org/boxoffice/subscribe http://www.acttheatre.org/Tickets/OnStage/TheThreeSisters
The School of Drama’s newest alumni theatre OH FORCE! THEATRE COMPANY announces Bumpin’ Benefit Bash, a fundraiser on Feb. 7th at Tribeca’s LOFT 2C, 258 Broadway 8 to 11pm, for its upcoming production of DAISES by Ari Itkin (‘12) directed by Harry Poster (‘11) at The Secret Theatre on Long Island City, March 26-29. http://www.ohforcetheatreco.com/ OH FORCE! co-artistic directors are Ari Itkin and Ryan Pater (‘13) and grew out of Ryan’s Lincoln Center/Kenan Performing Arts Fellowship original performance piece THE WIZARD OF ODD in ’14. Devoted to producing “new and entirely original work”, company members include Andrew Wells Ryder (‘11), Betsy Brown (‘13), Daniel Emond (‘12), Devon Diffenderfer (‘13), Harry Poster (’11), Jackie Renee Robinson (‘12), Molly-Ann Nordin (‘13), and Samip Raval (‘12).
Rob Lutfy (Directing Program ’09) has been named Associate Artistic Director of San Diego’s Cygnet Theatre by Artistic Director and alum Sean Murray (’89). Rob just directed Cygnet’s critically acclaimed THE SONS OF THE PROPHET w/fellow alum’s Alex Hoeffler and Austin Vaccaro. He is presently National New Play Network Producer in Residence at the Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley, CA. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/jan/19/cygnet-theatre-new-season-rob-lutfy/
School of Drama Faculty Jeanne Hawley and Greg Walter, along with alumni Heidi McIver ’09, Rob Morris ’13 and Chesley Polk ’12 offer acting and musical theatre classes in new community outreach program ACTING OUT! http://www.journalnow.com/relishnow/the_arts/performing_arts/acting-out-teaches-students-of-all-ages/article_524ed7c6-9fe5-11e4-ba4e-5f653b52352b.html
More alum’s with Helen Hayes Nominations – Theatre J, acting artistic director Shirley Serotsky (Dir. Program ‘99 ), has 3 nominations, one for Outstanding Original New Play. And Lindsay Jones (Drama ‘92) has been nominated for Outstanding Sound Design.
Nominees for the 2015 Helen Hayes Awards, one of the country’s most prestigious cultural honors recognizing and celebrating excellence in professional theatre in the Washington, DC metro area, have been announced. Prominent among nominees are two UNCSA Drama alumni Theatre Companies, NO RULES THEATRE and THEATRE ALLIANCE. NO RULES received 5 nominations for August Wilson’s SEVEN GUITARS w/Outstanding Supporting Actor nod to Wayne Bennett (’10), and Outstanding Actor to Ro Boddie (’09). Directed by beloved past UNCSA guest director Michele Shay, it was also nominated for Outstanding Ensemble in a Play. THEATRE ALLIANCE received a total of 19 nominations for two productions, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISSOCIA and Langston Hughes’s musical BLACK NATIVITY. Artistic Director ColinHovde (‘04) and Nathaniel Mendez (‘07) were nominated for their direction of DISSOCIA. It was nominated for Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Play, as was BLACK NATIVITY in the Musical categories. Joe Isenberg (‘06) received 2 nominations for Outstanding Choreography of a Play, THE TOTALITARIANS and WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT… both at the Wooly Mammoth Theatre. The awards will be presented on April 6, 2015. http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/2015-Helen-Hayes-Award-Nominations-Announced-Ceremony-Set-for-April-6-20150126
Kenan/Lincoln Center Fellow Madeleine Meigs (’14) is in Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn’s FIFTH PLANET Jan. 30 & 31 at 7pm. The Clark Studio Theatre, Rose Building, 7th Floor, Lincoln Center Plaza. http://www.dance-enthusiast.com/community/events/view/Lincoln-Center-Education-presents-performances-by-Kenan-Fellows-2015-01-29_31
Read Wesley Taylor (‘08) interview in PLAYBILL.COM’s new feature series “Booking It”. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/booking-it-wesley-taylor-talks-breaking-through-fighting-nerves-and-pigeonholes-self-producing-and-more-339387 Wes and fellow alum Nick Bailey (‘09) are presently in the “developmental cast” workshop of Duncan Sheik’s much anticipated musical AMERICAN PSYCHO based on Bret Easton Ellis’ sensational novel. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/benjamin-walker-zosia-mamet-jennifer-damiano-isabel-keating-wesley-taylor-among-lab-cast-of-american-psycho-musical-339526
Brett Gelman (’99) returns to Adult Swim TV with his new special DINNER WITH FAMILY WITH BRETT GELMAN AND BRETT GELMAN’S FAMILY (yes, that’s the title!) Co-starring Patti LuPone and Tony Roberts. Premiering Fri. Feb. 13th at 12:30am on Adult Swim. http://splitsider.com/2015/01/brett-gelmans-new-adult-swim-special-airs-on-february-13th/ Brett also plays series regular AJ on the FX Network’s MARRIED. http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/married/cast-crew/married-brett-gelman
School of Drama alum’s Angus MacLachlan and J.T. Rogers participate in the 50th Anniversary Speaker Series Sunday, Jan. 18 @ 7pm, UNCSA’s Freedman Theatre, Performance Place. Angus’s most recent film which he wrote and directed, GOODBYE TO ALL THAT, is now playing at select theatres nationally and is available on Video On Demand, iTunes and Amazon. It features fellow alums Paul Schneider, Anna Camp, Celia Weston, Beth Bostic and Steve Coulter. J.T.’s BLOOD AND GUTS had its world premiere at the National Theatre of Great Britain, American premiere at Lincoln Center. THE OVERWHELMING also premiered at the National and in America on Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre. Both Angus and J.T. hold honorary doctorates from UNCSA. http://www.uncsa.edu/pressreleases/Releases2015/January%202015/SpeakerSeries.htm
Adrienne Gould (’98) celebrates her 10th season as a resident member of Canada’s Stratford Festival playing Ophelia opp. her husband Jonathan Goad in the title role of HAMLET. May thru Oct. ’15. http://www.stratfordfestival.ca/OnStage/productions.aspx?id=29231&prodid=57749
Last week Jan. 8th Chris Parnell began his 6th season as the voice of Cyril Figgis on FX Networks ARCHER, Thurs. @ 10pm est. Chris will guest stars on FOX Network’s BROOKLYN 9-9 on Jan. 25 in episode 2/14 “Defense Rests”. Sunday 8:30 est. http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/archer/cast-crew http://www.fox.com/brooklyn-nine-nine
Samip Raval ( ’12 Directing Program alum and presently Lincoln Center/Kenan Fellow) directs his original play PACKING UP at Lincoln Center’sClark Studio Theatre w/fellow alums Jacobi Howard (’11), Emily Ussery (’12) and Ari Itkin (’12) Jan. 29 @ 8pm and Jan. 31 @ 1pm.Later this year he travels to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to work as assistant director to Shishir Kurup on Quiara Alegria Hudes’sTHE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST. https://www.osfashland.org/en/productions/2015-plays/the-happiest-song-plays-last.aspx
Lincoln Center Kenan Fellow Kevin Carillo (’14) plays Egon Schiele in his one-man play “The Expressionist” directed by fellow alum Julianne Lawson (’14). Lincoln Center Plaza, Clark Studio Theatre. Jan. 29 @ 7pm, Jan. 30 @ 8pm. http://lcikenanfellowship.blogspot.com/2014/07/kevin-carillo-reflects-on-phase-i.html
Star-Telegram Critics’ picks: Best Theater of 2014 Notice that the No. 1 picks from both of their Drama critics come from the same director and theater: Tre Garrett, (directing alumni 2004) who had a banner year at Jubilee Theatre, showing a maturation in the level of plays produced at the theater, which has traditionally been known more for its musicals.
Hayley Treider (’09), recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship for the Performing and Visual Arts will premiere the fruits of her labors, DAWN, her play with original music, in a workshop performance as part of the Emerging Artists Theatre’s New Works Series at the TADA Theatre, 15 W. 28th Street, NYC on Fri. Oct. 17th at 9pm. Directed by School of Drama Directing Program alumSamip Raval, musical direction by School of Music alum Leo Hurley, the cast includes fellow alums Sydney Shepard, Alex Hoeffler, Casey Predovic, Kacie Brown, Jackie Robinson, Chris French, Lauren Karaman, Max Stampa-Brown, Mary Kate Harris, and Miss Trieder.http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/870872
Elizabeth Lail (’14) makes her prime-time debut on ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME as the character “Anna” from Disney’s Oscar winning FROZEN. Sun. Sept. 28, 8pm EST. http://www.justjaredjr.com/tags/elizabeth-lail/
Travis Smith (’00) appears in the world premiere of the musical BULL DURHAM, based on the MGM movie, at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre thru Oct. 5.http://alliancetheatre.org/member/travis-smith
Luke Smith (’11) plays Alan in ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS by Richard Bean, based on Goldoni’s THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Sept. 10 – Oct. 5. http://www.repstl.org/season/show/one_man_two_guvnors/ http://www.broadwayworld.com/houston/article/BWW-Interviews-Luke-Smith-Talks-Disneys-PETER-AND-THE-STARCATCHER-His-Career-and-Awning-20131001
UNCSA alumni No Rules Theatre Company presents August Wilson’s SEVEN GUITARS directed by frequent School of Drama guest director and Tony nominated actressMichele Shay. Featured alums are Ro Boddie (Floyd), Ron Dortch (Hedley), Wayne Bennett (Canewell) with Kenan/Kennedy Center Fellow Thomas Rowell as assistant dir. Sept. 10 – 28 at the Signature Theatre, Arlington, VA. http://www.norulestheatre.org/shows/2014-season-seven-guitars-by-august-wilson/
Artistic Director of alumni No Rules Theatre Company Joshua Morgan is also a very busy actor in DC. He plays Sam Feinschreiber in Clifford Odets’s AWAKE AND SING! at The Olney Theatre Center Sept. 24 – Oct. 19, and Motel in Arena Stage’s FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Oct. 31 – Jan. 4. http://www.olneytheatre.org/shows-a-events/awake-and-sing http://www.theatermania.com/washington-dc-theater/news/08-2014/fiddler-arena-stage_69623.html
Nick Bailey ('09) can currently be seen as college jock LeFevre on the Amazon Studios comedy pilot RED OAKS directed by fellow UNCSA Film School Alum David Gordon Green and produced by Steven Soderbergh. A coming-of-age comedy set in the “go-go” 80’s about a college student enjoying a last hurrah before summer comes to an end—and the future begins. The pilot streams for free on Amazon for the month of September. The link to watch is: http://amzn.to/1qLbykQ
Helen Hayes Award winner Joe Isenberg (’06) plays Louis XVI in David Adjmi’s MARIE ANTOINETTE “Let Them Eat Cake” at DC’s Wooly Mammoth Theatre. Directed by Yury Urnov. Sept. 16 – Oct. 12. http://www.woollymammoth.net/marie-antoinette/
Quincy Dunn-Baker (’05) and Jenn Lyon (’03) appear in A.R. Gurney’s THE WAYSIDE INN off-Bway at the Signature Theatre, Pershing Sq., 480 W. 43nd Street. Thru Sept. 28. http://www.signaturetheatre.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=3756
Charles Osborne (’12) will have an NYC staged reading of his new musical PARIS THROUGH THE WINDOW for which he has written book & lyrics w/music by UNCSA School of Music alum Leo Hurley as part of the York Theatre Company’s Developmental Reading Series. Fellow Drama alums Patrick Osteen, Sydney Shepherd and Allan Washington are featured. Tues. Sept. 9th at 3 & 7pm at the York Theatre, 619 Lexington Ave. @ 54th street.http://www.yorktheatre.org/upcoming-readings.html
Billy Magnussen (’07) cuts it up with Meryl Streep. They appear together in the much anticipated screen adaptation of Sondheim’s INTO THE WOODS opening Christmas Day 2014. http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Meryl-Streep-Billy-Magnussen-Behind-The-Scenes-Of-INTO-THE-WOODS-20140830
Jordan Brown (’07) has been nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award (Chicago’s Tony’s”) for his performance as Charlie Dalrymple in BRIGADOON at the Goodman Theatre in the category of ‘Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical”. Next up he plays Achilles in IPHIGENIA IN ALULIS directed by Charles Newell at Chicago’s Cort Theatre. Nov. 6 – Dec. 7.http://www.jeffawards.org/nominees/nominees.cfm?div=1 http://www.courttheatre.org/season/show/iphigenia_in_aulis/
Jordan Miller (’04) plays Enjolras and is fight director for San Diego’s Lamb’s Players Theatre production of LES MISERABLES, thru Sept. 28.http://www.lambsplayers.org/show.php?id=321
Gina Hecht plays Kate Jerome in Neil Simon’s BROADWAY BOUND directed by Jason Alexander at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, LA. Thru Sept. 21. http://www.odysseytheatre.com/broadway_bound.php
Dane DeHaan co-stars with Aubrey Plaza, John P. Reilly, and Molly Shannon in his first “zombie-comedy” feature film LIFE AFTER BETH. Read interview w/DeHaan and Plaza. http://www.vulture.com/2014/08/aubrey-plaza-and-dane-dehaan-on-life-after-beth.html
Cynthia Darlow appears off-Broadway in Pulitzer winner George Kelly’s rarely performed last Broadway play from 1946 THE FATAL WEAKNESS. The Mint Theater, 311 W. 43rd Street. Aug. 19-Oct.12. http://minttheater.org/currentproduction.php?tab=tab-3
Elizabeth Lail (’14) is all FROZEN up as Anna. Soon to be seen on ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME.http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo-Flash-First-Look-at-Elizabeth-Lail-as-FROZENs-Anna-in-ONCE-UPON-A-TIME-20140807
Ashley Robinson is in rehearsals for the world premiere of the new American musical BRIGHT STAR at San Diego Old Globe. Book by Steve Martin, music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, directed by Walter Bobbie. Previews 9/13, opening 9/28 thru Nov. 2. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/aug/06/old-globe-theatre-bright-star-steve-martin-cast/
Directing Program alum Isaac Klein directs FALLS FOR JODIE by Eric Holmes featuring fellow alums Ted Schneider and Trevor Vaughn, Little Theater at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, NY. Aug. 6 & 7 @ 8pm.
Ira David Wood III, founder and executive director of Raleigh’s Theatre in the Park and recipient of UNCSA’s Distinguished Alumni Award, is director of famous outdoor historical drama THE LOST COLONY on Roanoke Island, Manteo, NC. http://thelostcolony.org/blog/portfolio/ira-david-wood-iii/
The Carolina Summer Music Festival will present a special performance of UNCSA alumni & student Peppercorn Children’s Theatre along with The Amigos and their “foot-stomping, accordion-infused Americana music” plus the “funky acoustic soul of the Blue Eyed Bettys”, featuring Drama alum Daniel Emond. Thurs. August 7th @ 7:30pm @ The Hanesbrands Theatre, Winston Salem, NC.http://www.rhodesartscenter.org/carolina-summer-music-festival-with-the-amigos/
Joe Mantello has been nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award for his performance in HBO’s THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie. Presented Mon. Aug. 25 on NBC, 8ET, 5PT. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193344-The-Normal-Heart-Earns-16-Emmy-Nominations-Jesse-Tyler-Ferguson-Bryan-Cranston-Allison-Janney-and-Tony-Awards-Also-Recognized
Paloma Garcia-Lee, alum of both Schools of Drama and Dance, joins the cast of Broadway revival of Bernstein, Comden & Green’sON THE TOWN, directed by John Rando. Previews begin Sept. 20, opening Oct. 16. http://www.onthetownbroadway.com/ http://www.palomagarcialee.com/#!bio/c66t
Drama Directing Program alumnus Daniel Kelly returns to the Asolo Repertory Theatre for his second season as Assistant to the Producing Director. This summer he was assistant director to Rob Ruggiero for Goodspeed Opera’s critically acclaimed FIDDLER ON THE ROOF playing thru Sept. 12.http://www.goodspeed.org/productions/2014/fiddler-on-the-roof
Marc Damon Johnson will play “Donald” in the Broadway revival of Kaufman & Hart’s classic American comedy YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU starring James Earl Jones as “Grandpa Vanderfof”. Directed by Scott Ellis previews begin at the Longacre Theatre Aug. 26, opening Sept. 28. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193358-Additional-Casting-Announced-for-Broadway-Revival-of-You-Cant-Take-It-With-You
Hallie Cooper (’11) plays Lillian Watkins in TUCUMCARI written and directed by Riley Steiner in N. Hollywood at the Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center. Aug. 7 – 31. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/793653
UNCSA’s alumni and student Peppercorn Children’s Theatre ends its spectacular 3rd summer season with an imaginative and inventive adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s beloved THE JUNGLE BOOK. Adapted for the stage by D&P alum/producing director John Bowhers and directed by Drama alum Thomas Rowell w/live music from the Carolina Summer Music Festival, it plays Winston Salem’s Hanesbrands Theatre Aug. 1 – 10. http://www.peppercorntheatre.org/
Legendary actress Rosemary Harris, wife of John Ehle (one of the founders of UNCSA), mother of alumna actress Jennifer Ehle, muse and inspiration to UNCSA, will play Eleanor Swan in Tom Stoppard’s INDIAN INK at NYC’s Roundabout Theatre. Laura Pels Theatre, previews Sept. 4, opening Sept. 28 thru Nov. 30.http://www.playbill.com/news/article/188067-Tony-Winner-Rosemary-Harris-Will-Star-in-Tom-Stoppards-Indian-Ink-Off-Broadway
Jonathan Majors (’12) plays Sebastian in THE TEMPEST with the Chautauqua Theatre Company. Aug. 8 – 15.http://theater.ciweb.org/index.php/the-tempest
Read The New York Times on Wesley Taylor’s edgy, provocative, hip & funny DIY web series IT COULD BE WORSE. Season Two, episode 1 “Uncharted Territory” features fellow alums Billy Magnussen, Matt Lauria, Aleque Reid and Blake Cooper Griffin. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/19/arts/television/it-could-be-worse-comedy-series-moves-to-hulu.html?_r=2 http://itcouldbeworse.tv/
Brett Gelman, named by Variety Entertainment as one of the “10 Comics to Watch”, co-stars as “A.J.” on the new FX sitcom MARRIED. Thurs. 10pm EST.http://www.journalnow.com/relishnow/film_tv/tv_tidbits/tv-tidbits-uncsa-grad-appreciates-skills-he-learned-at-school/article_15e8bd06-0e8b-11e4-af6e-001a4bcf6878.html http://www.fxnetworks.com/married/cast/aj
Billy Magnussen co-stars with Anna Gunn in SEX WITH STRANGERS by Laura Eason off-Bway at 2econd Stage Theatre, directed by David Schwimmer. Thru Aug. 24. http://2st.com/shows/current-production/sex-with-strangers#cast
Charles Osborne (’12) plays “Miss Texas” in the musical PAGEANT at San Diego’s Cygnet Theatre, fellow alumSean Murray artistic director. July 10 – Aug. 31. http://www.cygnettheatre.com/show/14-15/pageant.html
Directing Program alum Harry Poster directs AFTER ETERNITY by Eugenie Carabatsos at NYC’s Access Theatre. Fellow alums Kevin Carillo (’14) and Ryan Pater (’13) are in the cast, Isabelle Ellingson (’14) is co-producer. July 24 – 27. https://www.facebook.com/aftereternitytheplay
Read the attached NY Times review of Chicago’s Goodman Theater production of BRIGADOON with photo Drama alum Jordan Brown as “Charlie Dalrymple”. Jordan will be remembered as one of the double cast “Tony’s” in UNCSA’s all school 50th anniversary production of WEST SIDE STORY in 2007. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/15/theater/brigadoon-a-musical-revival-at-the-goodman-theater.html?_r=0
’14 alum Michael Labbadia makes his NY off-Bway debut as “famous singer and notorious playboy” Gus Di Ruvo in Preston Sturges’ rarely performed 1929 comedy STRICTLY DISHONORABLE by Preston Sturges with the Attic Theatre Company. School of Drama adjunct faculty Laura Braza directs. July 26 – Aug. 12. http://www.theflea.org/show_detail.php?page_type=0&show_id=151
Hayley Treider, recipient of the esteemed Leonore Annenberg Fellowship, appeared as Sister Sheila in Netflix’s ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, season 2, episode 11 “Take a Break From Values”.
John Langs, assoc. artistic director of Seattle’s ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) and frequent UNCSA adjunct faculty directs Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL at the American Players Theatre in bucolic Spring Green, WI. http://americanplayers.org/plays/the-seagull
Broadway veteran and critically acclaimed interpreter of the works of August Wilson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, creates the lead role in the premiere of BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY by Stephen Adly Guirgis at off-Bway’s Atlantic Theatre Company. Directed by Austin Pendleton. July 10 – Aug. 16. http://atlantictheater.org/playevents/between-riverside-and-crazy-may-jun-2014/
Anna Camp has returned as the vampire hating “Sarah Newlin” for the 7th and final season of HBO’s TRUE BLOOD. Sundays 9pm EST.http://www.mstarz.com/articles/32964/20140702/true-blood-season-7-spoilers-will-anna-camp-s-sarah-newlin-return-for-final-season.htm
UNCSA alumni and student Peppercorn Children’s Theatre presents BILLY AND THE GOLDEN PENCIL at SECCA. Written and directed by artistic dir. Steven Kopp, music by Big Bang Boom, lyrics by producing dir. John Bowhers. July 11 – 13. http://www.peppercorntheatre.org/#!billy/c4mw http://bigbangboom.weebly.com/about-the-band.html
Julianne Lawson, class of ’14, makes her professional debut at NH’s Peterborough Players in THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES (June 28 – July 26) and LITTLE WOMEN (Aug. 23 – 25) directed by UNCSA guest director Gus Kaikkonen. http://www.peterboroughplayers.org/Julianne-Lawson
UNCSA Alumni No Rules Theatre Company (Joshua Morgan, artistic director) bring their hit production of the hilarious comedy BOEING BOEING from DC to Winston Salem’s Hanesbrand Theatre. July 9 – 27. Director is alum Matt Cowart, fresh from being assoc. director of the Tony winning LADY DAY AT THE EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL starring Audra McDonald. Fellow alum Nick Kowalczyk plays “Bernard”, Jerzy Gwiazdowski is assoc. director, and D&P alum Travis McHale is lighting designer. http://www.rhodesartscenter.org/boeing-boeing/ http://www.broadwayworld.com/washington-dc/article/BWW-Reviews-No-Rules-Theatre-Companys-BOEING-BOEING-is-a-First-Class-Production-20140609#.U7ayrJRdU80
ABC will feature storylines from FROZENin the upcoming season of primetime series ONCE UPON A TIME. 2014 Drama alumna Elizabeth Lail makes her professional debut as “Princess Anna”. Beginning fall 2014. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/once-a-time-scott-michael-foster-frozen-716076
Lucas Hall plays “Torvald” in NORA, Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of Ibsen’s A DOLL’S HOUSE, at CT’s Westport Country Playhouse. July 15 – Aug. 2. http://www.westportplayhouse.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=2814
Matt Lauria will star in the new DirecTV primetime drama series KINGDON (formerly titled NAVY STREET) premiering Wed. Oct. 8 @ 9pm EST. Set in a Venice, CA martial arts gym, Lauria plays “Ryan Revis”, an Ultimate Fight Champion (UFC) recently released from prison. http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Matt-Lauria-to-Co-Star-with-Frank-Grillo-in-DirecTVs-MMA-Drama-NAVY-ST-20140225#
Jonathan Majors plays “Walter Lee” in Lorraine Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN with NY State’s Chautauqua Theatre Company. June 28 – July 6.http://www.broadwayworld.com/central-new-york/article/Ethan-McSweeny-to-Direct-Chautauqua-Theater-Companys-A-RAISIN-IN-THE-SUN-628-76-20140617#.U6gSC5RdU80
REMINDER! The new CBS primetime series RECKLESS starring Anna Wood premieres Sunday June 29th @ 9pm/8c. http://www.cbs.com/shows/reckless/
Michael Lluberes directs BAYONETS OF ANGST, and original musical set to bluegrass and narrated by the last remaining veterans of the Amer. Civil War, at the 2014 NY Musical Theatre Festival. Fellow alum Paul Whitty plays Ulysses S. Grant and Michael Abbott, Jr. is William Tecumseh Sherman. Pershing Sq. Signature Center (480 W. 42nd st.) July 9 thru 16. http://www.nymf.org/tickets/2014-events/bayonets-angst/
Wed. June 18th Ciera Payton guest starred as “Cassandra” on USA Network’s GRACELAND. http://www.usanetwork.com/graceland
Erich Bergen plays “Bob Gaudio” in the feature film JERSEY BOYS directed by Clint Eastwood. He created the same role in the 1st national tour of the Tony winning musical. He also plays “Blake Morgan” in the CBS prime time series MADAM SECRETARY beginning this fall on Sundays at 8/7c. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/180920-Erich-Bergen-Lands-Role-in-Clint-Eastwoods-Jersey-Boys-Film http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/bebe-neuwirth-erich-bergen-to-co-star-in-cbs-pilot-madam-secretary/
Tiffany Little Canfield, Directing Program alum and casting director with Telsey + Company, is currently casting FLESH AND BONE for the Starz Network. Other recent projects include Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX, HBO’s LOOKING, LINE OF SIGHT for AMC, and Disney’s feature film INTO THE WOODS. She is a guest artist at the School of Drama teaching audition technique. http://stagelighter.com/coaches/tiffanylittlecanfield
Alumna and UNCSA guest director Gaye Taylor Upchurch is presently represented off Bway at the Atlantic Theater with OUR NEW GIRL by Nancy Harris. Former Drama faculty and frequent guest artist Ben Furey is dialect coach; D&P alum Timothy Mackabee is scenic designer; Peyton Taylor Becker is ASM, and Caroline Schreiber is production assistant. http://atlantictheater.org/playevents/our-new-girl-may-jun-2014/
Interview in Forbes Magazine with Drama alum Emily Simoness, founder and executive director of SPACE ON RYDER FARM, a non-profit Artist residency program located in Brewster, NY. Alumni contributing teammates include Dave Thomas Brown, Ashley Gates, Isaac Klein and Rebecca Wolf. http://www.forbes.com/sites/tiffanypham/2014/06/05/how-i-did-it-from-actress-to-founder-executive-director-of-a-leading-arts-nonprofit/
'08 alum Wesley Taylor's web series IT COULD BE WORSE is now a cable network television show. Pivot TV has acquired Season One(it premiered June 8 after the Tony Awards at 11pm). Season Two has been acquired by hulu.com for a July release. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/191660-Will-Wesley-Taylor-and-Mitchell-Jarvis-Web-Series-It-Could-Be-Worse-Be-Acquired-by-Hulu
Preston Lane, Drama alum and artistic director of Triad Stage directs his first Shakespeare at Greensboro, NC’s Pyrle Theatre, ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL. Fellow alum’s Cinny Strickland and Chloe Clark Oliver (HS Drama Program ’11) are featured in the cast. Bill Brewer, UNCSA Design & Production faculty is costume designer and David E. Smith is sound. D&P alum Robert Perry is lighting designer. June 8-29. http://triadstage.org/series/129/alls-well-that-ends-welll
Drama alumna Nadiyah Dorsey Quander has been appointed new Executive Director of The Delta Fine Arts Center, Winston Salem, NC. http://deltaartscenter.org/
Dave Thomas Brown (’10) joins the cast of the hit off-Bway musical HEATHERS as “JD” on June 9. Also in the production is UNCSA High School Drama alum Evan Todd as “Kurt Kelly”. New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St. http://www.broadway.com/buzz/176183/how-very-hit-off-broadway-musical-heathers-welcomes-dave-thomas-brown-kristolyn-lloyd-to-the-cast/
Tonight Wed. June 4th Missi Pyle co-stars in the new TV Land comedy series JENNIFER FALLS. 10:30pm/9:30c. http://www.tvland.com/shows/jennifer-falls/bios/missi-pyle
Kayla Carter (’14) appears in the Tony Award winning musical PASSING STRANGE at the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. June 5-28. http://www.atcharlotte.org/passing-strange/
Stephen Shore (’13) plays the lead role in THE LEGEND OF JIM CULLEN at the Heartwood Regional Theatre, Parker B. Poe Theatre, Damariscotta, Maine. “A Canadian/Appalachian musical based on a true story about the only man to ever be lynched in Maine.” July 19-Aug. 2. http://www.heartwoodtheater.org/event/legend-jim-cullen-1
Jeremy Webb plays “Victor” in Noel Coward’s PRIVATE LIVES at DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company, directed by celebrated Coward specialist Maria Aiken. Assistant director is Directing Program alum Gus Heagerty. May 29-July 13. http://www.broadwayworld.com/washington-dc/article/Shakespeare-Theatre-Company-to-Present-PRIVATE-LIVES-529-713-20140507#.U4SUc3JdU80
Drama alum Joe Mantello plays “Mickey Marcus” in the HBO movie THE NORMAL HEART based on Larry Kramer’s play. Premiering on HBO May 25 at 9pm EST. http://www.thenormalheart.hbo.com/characters/mickey-marcus/
Class of 2014 alum Gabriel Douglas aka “Gabe Arant” booked his first professional job at his very first NY audition! He goes to the Berkshire Theatre Group in Pittsfield, MA to play “Frid” in Sondheim’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC w/B’way legends Kate Baldwin, Gregg Edelman and Penny Fuller. June 30 – July 19. http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/index.php/on-our-stages/theatre/347-a-little-night-music
Two time Tony winner Joe Mantello directs THE LAST SHIP, music and lyrics by 16 time Grammy winner Sting, at Chicago’s LaSalle Bank Theatre, June 10 – July 13, moving to Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre Sept. 30. Former School of Drama faculty and now frequent guest artist, Ben Furey, is production dialect coach. http://www.chicago-theater.com/theaters/bank-of-america-theater/the-last-ship-cast-creative.php
Jordan Brown (’07) plays “Charlie Dalrymple in Lerner & Lowe’s celebrated musical BRIGADOON at the Goodman Theatre, June 27 – Aug. 3. http://www.goodmantheatre.org/Artists-Archive/creative-partners/actors/Jordan-Brown/
Conde’ Nast “Traveler” interview with nationally recognized photographer Gregory Vore featured in May 2014 issue. He is an alum of the first graduating class of the Drama Directing Program. http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2014/05/this-photographer-saw-an-entire-story-in-one-rickshaw
Billy Magnussen joins the cast of feature film THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS. Co-stars include Julia Stiles, Kathy Bates, Bill Cobbs, Octavia Spencer and Glenn Close. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/191032-Billy-Magnussen-and-Julia-Stiles-Join-The-Great-Gilly-Hopkins-Film
Rob Lutfy, Directing Program alum, directs Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Tony nominated THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT at San Diego’s Cygnet Theatre, alum Sean Murray artistic director. May 15 – June 22. http://www.cygnettheatre.com/show/13-14/the-motherf--ker-with-the-hat.html
CBS premieres prime-time series RECKLESS starring Anna Wood. Set in Charleston, SC, Anna plays a “cool, confident Yankee litigator”. Sunday June 29 at 9pm/8C. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Reckless-First-Look-1080420.aspx
John Langs, assoc. artistic director of Seattle’s ACT (A Contemporary Theatre), Directing Program alum and frequent UNCSA guest director, is presently in Tashkent, Uzbekistan w/ACT’s THE SEAGUL PROJECT, directing Chekhov’ great play as part of the Ilkhom Theatre’s International Festival. ACT the first US theatre ensemble to perform at the Ilkhom. http://www.theseagullproject.org/
Dane DeHaan is all over the place as May 2 marks the USA opening of THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2. He’s on NBC’s THE TONIGHT SHOW w/Jimmy Fallon Tues. 4/29, and both of ABC’s GOOD MORNING AMERICA and LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL Wed. 4/30. In the attached Denver Post interview he says – “I spent a lot of time learning how to do this. I didn’t even step into an audition room until I graduated from college, then spent 5 years training from 7 in the morning to 11 at night learning how to do this.” http://www.denverpost.com/movies/ci_25631722/spider-man-2s-dane-dehaan-is-about-be
Directing Program alum Colin Hovde, artistic director of Theater Alliance of Washington, DC directs DREAM OF A DISENFRANCHISED BLACK MAN by Psalmayene 24 as part of their Hothouse New Play Reading Series. http://www.theateralliance.com/
Drama alum Missi Pyle has two major projects coming up. Wed. June 4th TV Land premieres the comedy series JENNIFER FALLS co-starring Jaime Pressley, Jessica Walter and Ethan Suplee. 10:30pm EST. Oct. 3, ’14 marks the opening of feature film GONE GIRL based on Gillian Flynn’s best selling thriller. Missi is featured opposite Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry.http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/TV-Land-Announce-Summer-Premiere-Dates-for-THE-EXES-JENNIFER-FALLS-More-20140326#.U1UM-VVdU80 http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/check-out-the-david-fincher-shot-gone-girl-cover-for-ew-featuring-ben-affleck-and-rosamund-pike
Jennifer Ferrin returns to Calgary, Alberta to shoot season 4 of AMC’s HELL ON WHEELS play strong-willed NY Tribune reporter“Louise Ellison”. http://www.amctv.com/shows/hell-on-wheels/cast/louise-ellison
Benim Foster (’95) played “Matt Friedman” in Lanford Wilson’s TALLEY’S FOLLY at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA. He appears in the feature film THAT THING WITH THE CAT. http://www.mrt.org/ http://www.thatthingwiththecat.com/
Nick Bailey makes his Broadway debut in Harvey Firestein’s new play CASA VALENTINO directed by fellow UNCSA alum Joe Mantello. Manhattan Theatre Club. Now in previews, opening April 23. He was recently featured on two episodes of FX Network’s THE AMERICANS, and filmed a supporting role in J.C. Chandor’s upcoming feature A MOST VIOLET YEAR staring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain.http://www.playbillvault.com/Show/Detail/CurrentCast/14040/Casa-Valentina-at-Samuel-J-Friedman-Theatre
Jordan Brown (‘07) guest stars this Thurs. April 10th on the USA Network’s SIRENS. 10/9c. He will play “Jerry Devine” in Chicago’s Timeline Theatre production of JUNO, the Marc Blitzstein/Joseph Stein musical based on Sean O’Casey’s JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK beginning April 23. He will play “Charlie Dalrymple” in BRIGADOON at the celebrated Goodman Theatre this summer. June 27 – Aug. 3. http://www.broadwayworld.com/chicago/article/TimeLine-Theatre-to-Stage-Chicago-Premiere-of-JUNO-423-727-20140407#
Busy Chicago/Hollywood stuntman & actor Ryan Carr (’07) was recently featured as an EMT of Dick Wolf’s NBC series CHICAGO PD. He is a stuntman/actor in feature film DIVERGENT starring Kate Winslet, & his SAG/AFTRA indie horror short CA$H, which he wrote, directed, produced & stars in is now being submitted to film festivals. At the Lakeshore Academy of Artistic Gymnastics Ryan is an assistant coach to gold medal gymnast Natalya Yurchenko. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqvBBb5nGlE
HANK AND ANNA co-starring Andrew Pastides screens at the RiverRun International Film Festival April 5th (8pm @ UNCSA’s Babcock), April 6th (10am at UNCSA’s Gold), and April 7th (5:30pm at the Aperture Cinema). Winner of the Slamdance Audience Award HANK & ANNA plays in NYC at the Village East Cinema April 11-17, and LA at Laemmle NoHo 7 April 18-24. http://2014.riverrunfilm.com/films/hank-and-asha
Trieste Kelly Dunn (BANCHEE) plays the recurring guest star role of “Elizabeth Farrell” on NBC’s prime-time Series BELIEVE. Sundays 9/8c. Ciera Payton plays the recurring role of “Meg” on CBS’s prime-time series BAD TEACHER premiering Thurs. April 24. 9:30/8:30c. Her play MICHAEL’S DAUGHTER has been added to the Indie Theater Now online library. http://www.indietheaternow.com/Play/michaels-daughter
Winston Salem’s 16th annual RiverRun International Film Festival screens Gillian Robespierre’s OBVIOUS CHILD starring Jenny Slate (SLN) and Drama alum Jake Lacy. Fri. April 11th, 7pm, UNCA School of Filmmaking’s Main Theatre. http://2014.riverrunfilm.com/films/obvious-child
Cynthia Darlow plays the unconventional psycho-therapist “Charlotte” in The Actors Company off-Bway revival of Christopher Durang’s BEYOND THEARAPY at the Beckett Theatre. March 11 – April 19. http://tactnyc.org/beyond-therapy-cast-creative/
Lincoln Center presents Rebecca Naomi Jones in a solo concert as part of the American Songbook Series, April 4th at 8pm at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. This performance will be streamed live on Watch.LincolnCenter.org http://americansongbook.org/events/rebecca-naomi-jones
TV interview with Patrick Osteen & Danny Yoerges, Drama alum cast members of national tour of the National Theatre of Great Britain/NY Lincoln Center Theater’s award winning WAR HORSE. http://wreg.com/2014/03/26/meet-the-puppeteers-that-bring-war-horse-to-life/
Matt Cowart (Dir. Program ’04) is assoc. director to Lonny Price for the Broadway production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL starring 5 time Tony winner Audra McDonald. 1st preview, March 25, opening April 13. http://www.playbillvault.com/Show/Detail/CurrentCast/14057/Lady-Day-at-Emersons-Bar-and-Grill-at-Circle-in-the-Square-Theatre
Neal Bledsoe plays Count Almaviva in the McCarter Theatre’s THE FIGARO PLAYS by Pierre Beaumarchais. Adapted and directed by Stephen Wadsworth, this is an ambitious presentation of both THE BARBER OF SEVILLE & THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO in revolving rep. Princeton, NJ, April 1 – May 4. http://www.mccarter.org/figaroplays/2-about/castandcreative.html
Mia Vallet (’13) plays “Dani” on NBC prime time drama BELIEVE. Sundays 9/8c. http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/heather-mccomb-set-to-recur-on-showtimes-ray-donovan-mia-vallet-joins-nbcs-believe/
The Tribeca Film Festival will screen the GOODBYE TO ALL THAT directed, written & co-produced by Drama alum & UNCSA honorary doctorate recipient Angus MacLachlan. Fellow alums featured are Anna Camp, Steve Coulter & Celia Weston. http://tribecafilm.com/filmguide/53208a3cc07f5df7d2000486-goodbye-to-all-that
Chris Grace aka Chris Shieh, ‘94/95 UNCSA Sarah Graham Kenan Scholarship recipient appears off-Broadway in 50 SHADES!, THE MUSICAL at The Electric Theatre, Times Square Arts Center. http://50shadesthemusical.com/new-york-company/
Lucas Hall plays "Karl Hupka" in David Grimm's TALES FROM RED VIENNA at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Feb. 26 - April 27. http://talesfromredvienna.com/
Steven Kopp (Directing Program ’13) is assistant director to Jack Cummings III for the Off-B’way revival of John Van Druten’s I REMEMBER MAMA for the Transport Group. March 16 – April 20. http://transportgroup.org/i-remember-mama
Alec Shaw plays “Spike” in Christopher Durang’s Tony winner VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE at the Philadelphia Theatre Company. March 21 – April 20. http://philadelphiatheatrecompany.org/
Busy Directing Program alum Rob Lutfy is finishing up an artistic-fellowship at the Marin Theatre Company in CA, a LORT theatre committed to developing new plays. Next up, he has received a Charlotte, NC Arts and Science Council grant to attend the Double Edge Theatre Winter Intensive in Ashfield, MA. He then goes to San Diego’s Cygnet Theatre to direct THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT. May 15 – 23. http://www.cygnettheatre.com/show/13-14/the-motherf--ker-with-the-hat.html
Directing Program alum Matt Cowart is co-producer with Lonny Price of the NY Philharmonic’s SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET w/Oscar winner Emma Thompson as “Mrs. Levitt”. March 5 – 8. It will be telecast nationally at a later date TBA on LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER, PBS. http://lc.lincolncenter.org/shows/208477?show_date=2014-03-06+19%3A30%3A00
Ray Huth (’13) makes in NY debut as “Mr. Davonshire” in WATSON: THE MUSICAL at NY Theatre Workshop. March 13 – 16. http://www.ktvu.com/events/detail/4695432/
Recent Drama alums Taylor Aldrich ('13) and Dave Thomas Brown ('10) appear in SPRING AWAKENING directed by alum/artistic director of San Diego's Cygnet Theatre, Sean Murray (’89). March 6 - April 27. http://www.cygnettheatre.com/show/13-14/spring-awakening.html
Jerzy Gwiazdowski appears in the world premier of Rebecca Gillman’s SOUPS, STEWS & CASSEROLES: 1976 at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. March 12 -30.http://www.broadwayworld.com/st-louis/article/World-Premiere-of-SOUPS-STEWS-AND-CASSEROLES-1976-Concludes-The-Reps-2013-14-Studio-Theatre-Series-312-30-20140224#.Uw9S1uNdU80
Drama alumna Aleque Reid (’09)and daughter of Page Moseley (Drama ’81) will be on NBS’s Tonight Show tonight Wed. 2/26 with Jimmy Fallon doing a comedy sketch based on ROMEO AND JULIET.
Victor Mack plays “Ralph D” in the NW premier of Bway hit THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT at Portland, Oregon’s Artists Repertory Theatre. Feb. 25-March 30. http://www.artistsrep.org/onstage/2013---2014-season/the-motherf%5E%5Eker-with-the-hat.aspx
Blake Cooper Griffin co-stars as series regular “Scott” in hour long TV pilot presentation FLIPSIDE. See attached article and promo video trailer. http://www.deadline.com/2014/02/mark-feuerstein-flipside-tv-concept-trailer/
Jeremy Webb appears in the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck's FOOL at Houston's Alley Theatre, with voice & text work by Barney Hammond, former head of voice at the School of Drama. Feb. 21 - March 16. http://www.alleytheatre.org/Alley/Cast15.asp
Stephen Shore (’13) appears in the world premiere of LOST IN SPACE by Dejan Dukovski at the Whitelisted Theatre Company, Producers Club, 358 W. 44th St. March 21 – April 6. WhiteListed’s mission is “to discover, stage and perform Eastern European plays in NYC”. http://www.whitelistedtheatre.com/
John Langs, alum of the Directing Program, assoc. artistic director of ACT Theatre of Seattle, and frequent UNCSA guest artist, directs AN ILIAD at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Feb. 25 – March 23. http://www.milwaukeerep.com/Tickets/2013-14-Season/An-Iliad/
Jake Lacy co-stars with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in the feature film CAROL directed by Todd Haynes, based on the novel “The Price of Salt” by Claire Morgan aka Patricia Highsmith (THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN). http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/news/a550753/the-office-actor-joins-cate-blanchett-film-carol.html
Stephen Shore (’13) appears in the world premiere of LOST IN SPACE by Dejan Dukovski at the Whitelisted Theatre Company, Producers Club, 358 W. 44th St. March 21 – April 6. WhiteListed’s mission is “to discover, stage and perform Eastern European plays in NYC”. http://www.whitelistedtheatre.com/
John Langs, alum of the Directing Program, assoc. artistic director of ACT Theatre of Seattle, and frequent UNCSA guest artist, directs AN ILIAD at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Feb. 25 – March 23. http://www.milwaukeerep.com/Tickets/2013-14-Season/An-Iliad/
Jake Lacy co-stars with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in the feature film CAROL directed by Todd Haynes, based on the novel “The Price of Salt” by Claire Morgan aka Patricia Highsmith (THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN). http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/news/a550753/the-office-actor-joins-cate-blanchett-film-carol.html
Stephen McKinley Henderson, one of the defining interpreters of the plays of August Wilson, joins Denzel Washington in the Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic American drama A RAISIN IN THE SUN. March 8 – June 15.http://www.raisinbroadway.com/company
Allan K. Washington (’13) appears off-Broadway in Bertolt Brecht’s A MAN’S A MAN at the Classic Stage Company. Joining the cast Thurs. 2/13 thru the end of the run is his ’13 classmate Ryan Pater. http://www.classicstage.org/season/productions/amansaman/
Directing Program alum Chad Leslie has been promoted to Artistic Director of THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER in Macau, China. The largest water based theatrical spectacle in the world, it is a Franco Dragone production, creator of Cirque Du Soleil’s O, SALTIMBANCO and Las Vegas’ LA REVE. http://thehouseofdancingwater.com/en/ http://www.creativemacau.org.mo/EN/page.php?area=9&part=265
William Connell plays Duke Orsino and Jon Hudson Odom plays Antonio in Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL at Baltimore Center Stage. March 5 – April 6. https://www.centerstage.org/2013-14Season/TwelfthNight.aspx#5240171-press-center
Jenn Lyon co-stars with George Lopez as “his all-American ex-wife” in the FX Network primetime series SAINT GEORGE premiering March 6th @ 9pm ET. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/01/27/fx-saint-george-lopez/
Brian Coates appears in The New Brooklyn Theatre's critically acclaimed site-specific production of Edward Albee's THE DEATH OF BESSIE SMITH at the Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Extended thru Feb. 9. http://newbrooklyntheater.com/upcoming/
Directing Program alum Samip Raval is assistant director to Keith Baxter for THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at the Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, DC. Thru March 9. http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/plays/details.aspx?id=382&source=l#
Alums Andreu Honeycutt and Joe Isenberg appear in Washington, DC Wooly Mammoth Theatre Company’s WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT by Jackie Sibblies Drury. Helen Hayes winner Isenberg doubles as fight choreographer. Feb. 10 – March 9. http://www.woollymammoth.net/performance/we-are-proud
Aubrey Deeker (’01) plays the celebrated title role in The Tragedy of HAMLET, Prince of Denmark at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Jan. 24-Feb. 23. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0SnaSnT7J4
Jennifer Ferrin, two time Emmy nominated alum & series regular "Louise Ellison" on AMC series HELL ON WHEELS plays
"Crystal" in west coast premiere of Laura Marks' BETHANY at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, directed by fellow alum Gaye Taylor Upchurch. Jan. 25 - Feb. 23.
Jacobi Howard appears in Bertolt Brecht's MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN starring Kathleen Turner at Washington, DC's
Arena Stage. Jan. 31 March 9.
Chris Parnell ('89) is "one of the most familiar alumni from UNC School of the Arts and one of the most prolific
ABC's SUBURGATORY, FX's ARCHER, Cartoon Network's RICK AND MORTY, PBS's WORDGIRL.
Igor Goldin directs and Jordan Miller appears in San Diego Cygnet Theatre's MAPLE AND VINE. Fellow Drama
alum Sean Murray is artistic director of Cygnet.
Feature film LOVES HER GUN starring alumna Trieste Kelly Dunn, written/directed/produced by Geoff Marslett, is a NY Times Critics' Pick.
Jamar Williams ('12) appears in the world-premiere staging of WITNESS UGANDA at the American Repertory Theatre in
Cambridge, MA. directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (PIPPIN). Winner of the 2013 Edgerton Foundation New Plays
Award, and the 2012 Richard Rogers Award for Musical Theater. Feb. 4 March 16.
Alex Hoeffler ('10) plays Daniel in Nina Raine's TRIBES in a co-production between The Philadelphia Theatre Company (Jan. 24 Feb. 23)
and The Pittsburgh City Theatre (March 8 30) directed by Stuart Carden.
Jeremy Webb plays Tim in critically acclaimed production of Richard Nelson's THE APPLE FAMILY PLAYS at DC's Studio Theatre,
extended thru Jan. 5, 2014.
Alum of the Drama Directing Program, Miky Wolf, edited the highly praised HBO documentary SIX BY SONDHEIM.
He is a partner with Big Sky Edit in NYC.
Cinny Strickland ('87) appears in Triad Stage's SNOW QUEEN written and directed by artistic director and fellow UNCSA alum Preston Lane. Dec. 1 22.
Also, in Triad's UpStage Cabaret Mark Finley ('87) directs The Paper Lantern Theatre's THE SANTALAND DIARIES by David Sedaris, adapted for the stage by alum Joe Mantello. Dec. 12 21.
John Woodson, Drama alum, noted classical actor and theatre faculty member of Coastal Carolina University, presently
has his first one-man art exhibit in Winston-Salem at Swift & Wade Gallery on Trade Street, center of the downtown
arts district. Proprietor of the gallery is UNCSA Design & Prod. faculty member and woodturner, Bland Wade.
Stephen Friedrich ('13) appears in the NY premiere of Vladimir Nabokov's THE TRAGEDY OF MR. MORN in a staged reading
at the Obie Award winning Red Bull Theatre. Dec. 9.
Check out the first AMAZING SPIDER MAN-2 trailer with Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborne.
PETER PAN: THE BOY WHO HATED MOTHERS by Drama alum Michael Lluberes is nominated for 5 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Theatre Awards
including Best Play.
Crystal Arnette ('09) appears off-Bway in the Flea Theater Company's world premeire of Mallery Avidon's MARY-KATE OLSEN IS IN LOVE. 41 White Street, Nov. 1 Dec. 9.
Jordan Miller plays Count Carl-Magnus in Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC opp. Stephanie Zimbalist, Patrick Cassidy & Piper Laurie
at the Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara, CA. Dec. 5 22.
Ben Gunderson, '08 Princess Grace Scholar in Acting & Riff in UNCSA's 50th anniversary revival of WEST SIDE STORY, presently in the acclaimed
new production of LES MISERABLES in Toronto, moves to Broadway with LES MIS opening at the Imperial Theatre, 249 W. 45th Street, beginning
March 1, 2014. In his spare time he co-produces, shoots and edits the BroadwayWorld.com on-line series BREAK DOWN THE RIFFS starring Natalie Weiss.
Gaye Taylor Upchurch, Dir. Program alumna, who just directed School of Drama's graduating class of 2014 in the musical SHE LOVES ME, moves on to San Diego's Old Globe Theatre to direct the west coast premiere of BETHANY by Laura Marks.
Jan. 25 Feb. 23. She directed the original off-Bway production for NY's Women's Project this past year.
Broadway legend and multi-Tony nominated alum, Terrence Mann, performs a number in the the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
from the Tony winning musical PIPPIN in which he plays Charlemagne.
Mary Louise Parker co-stars w/Andy Garcia and Many Moore in Hallmark Hall of Fame's CHRISTMAS IN CONWAY on ABC, Sunday, Dec. 1st 9/8c.
Broadwayworld.com wide ranging interview with Billy Magnussen.
Ashley Austin Morris appears in A&E's 1st scripted on-line comedy, THINK TANK, playing Hannah Trouter.
If views and "like button" hits are high A&E plans to develop it into a prime-time TV series.
NYC's Columbia University MFA Theatre Program presented PETER PAN: THE BOY WHO HATED MOTHERS by Drama alum Michael Lluberes. Nov. 15-17
School of Drama inspired NY theatre company Sonnet Repertory Theatre (executive director Katrina Kent, co-artistic directors Todd Loyd & Tiffany Little Canfield) present Jean Genet's THE MAIDS directed by Directing Program alum Christopher Schilder and
assistant directed by Steven Kopp. Signature Theatre, 480 W. 42nd Street. Nov. 22 Dec. 1.
Neal Bledsoe co-stars opposite Michael O'Keefe, Tom Pelphrey, Anthony Rapp & David Zayas in feature film JUCTION.
Winner of numerous awards including Spirit of Indie Award (Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival) and Best Actor
for Bledsoe (Long Island International Film Expo). Opens in NYC Nov. 15 w/a multi-city rollout soon after.
Logan Fahey guest stars on Showtime's MASTERS OF SEX, Sunday Nov. 17 & 24 at 10pm EST.
Dan Kennett ('13) makes his professional debut as Sheriff Vallon in SHOW BOAT at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota, FL
directed by frequent UNCSA guest artist Rob Ruggiero. Nov. 12 Dec. 29. 2013 Directing Program alum Daniel Kelly is Assistant
to Asolo Producing Dir. Michael Donald Edwards for the '13/14 season.
Terence Archie will play Apollo Creed in the Broadway musical based on Sylvester Stallone's Oscar winning ROCKY with 5 time Tony winning creative team, Thomas Meehan (book w/Stallone), Stephen Flaherty (music), Lynn Ahrens (lyrics)
and Alex Timers (director). Winter Garden Theatre, previews begin Feb. 11, 2014.
Stephen Friedrick ('13) makes his prime-time TV debut on CBS's ELEMENTARY, episode "Blood Thicker",
Thurs. Nov. 14th at 10pm EST.
Molly Nordin ('13) makes her NY debut in the world premiere of A.R. Gurney's FAMILY FURNATURE off-Bway at the Flea Theater, 41 White Street. Nov. 12 Dec. 22.
Directing Program alum Mark Karafin directs the NY premier of winner of the 2013 Sanguine Theatre Company's 2013
Playwright Competition, EXIT 27, by Aleks Merilo, featuring fellow alums Christian Daly & Alec Shaw. Medicine Show
Theatre, 549 W. 52nd Street, Nov. 7 17.
The Gotham Independent Film Awards has nominated Dane DeHaan as one of the 5 "Breakthrough Actors" of 2013
for his performance in KILL MY DARLINGS. Winners will be announced Dec. 2nd.
Directing Program alum Isaac Klein co-directs w/Ed Sylvanus Iskandar DANI GIRL, A NEW MUSICAL at
Exit, Pursued By A Bear (EPBB), Loft 227, 227 W. 29th Street, NYC.
Cinema Live presents the celebrated London West End production of Sondheim's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG featuring alum Ashley Robinson playing nationally at select movie theatre's around the country Wed. Oct. 23rd @ 7pm. It Winston Salem it plays The Grand Cinema.
Tony & Emmy winning alumna Mary-Louise Parker returns to Broadway in the world premiere of
Sharr White's THE SNOW GEESE directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan. Manhattan Theatre Club.
Previews thru Oct. 23, opening Oct. 24.
Matt Lauria has returned for season 5 of NBC's PARENTHOOD playing "Ryan York" now engaged to "Amber". Thurs. 10pm EST.
Tony nominated alumnus Billy Magnussen, in London filming INTO THE WOODS with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp amongst
others, has been cast as series regular "Greg Castman" in HBO's THE MONEY opp. Nathan Lane, Brendan Gleeson, Mamie
Gummer, Ray Liotta, and School of Drama muse Rosemary Harris. Tony winner Miss Harris is married to legendary NC
writer John Ehle, one of the Founders of UNCSA. Their daughter & UNCSA alumna is 2-time Tony winner Jennifer Ehle.
Billy Magnussen Cast in Upcoming HBO Drama "The Money," With Nathan Lane, Rosemary Harris and More - Playbill.com
VARIETY, American's premiere entertainment-trade magazine, names Dane DeHaan one of "10 Actors to Watch".
Aleque Reid appears in Pulitzer and Tony winning playwright Bruce Norris' DOMESTICATED at Lincoln Center Theater.
Directed by Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro, the cast includes Laurie Metcalf, Jeff Goldblum, Lizbeth Mackay
and Mary Beth Peil. 1st preview Oct. 10, opening Nov. 4.
Directing Program alum Jeremy Skidmore directed the world premiere of BELL by Jim Lehrer,
renowned former news anchor for the PBS News Hour. Commissioned by the National Geographic
Society and about the life of Alexander Graham Bell, it played the society's Grosvenor Theater.
Cedric Mays plays Martin Luther King, Jr. in Katori Hall's THE MOUNTAINTOP at Playmakers Repertory Company, Chapel Hill, NC
in a co-production with Greensboro, NC's Triad Stage (Drama alum Preston Lane Artistic Director) where it transfers Oct.20 Nov. 10.
Megan West aka Megan Stanke ('13) makes her prime-time television debut. Tues. Oct. 1st, "Haley" on CBS's PERSON OF INTEREST episode "Hide & Seek"; and Wed. Oct. 9th, "Tanya Jenkins" on NBC's LAW & ORDER: SVU episode "Internal Affairs".
Bwayworld.com documents Billy Magnussen enjoying his downtime with cast member Chris Pine while in London filming Disney's feature film of Sondheim & Lupine's musical INTO THE WOODS.
The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, DC presents MEASURE FOR MEASURE directed by Jonathan Munby, assistant director, Gus Heagerty. Sept. 12 Oct. 27.
Leon Addison Brown has replaced Cuba Gooding, Jr. as "Ludie Watts" opp. Cicely Tyson & Vanessa Williams
in the critically acclaimed B'way revival of Horton Foote's THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, directed by Michael Wilson.
Two time Tony winning alum Joe Mantello will direct the world premiere of Harvey Fierstein's CASA VALENTINA on B'way spring 2013.
His hit production of Bette Midler's one-person show I'LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS transfer's from B'way to LA's
Geffen Playhouse for a limited run Dec. 2 22.
Betsey Brown ('13) has been keeping herself busy since graduating this past May. She filmed a low budget indie with Alice Ripley this summer,
and just wrapped an episode of CW's THE CARRIE DIARIES playing the role of "Jen".
Tony nominated alum K. Todd Freeman (THE SONG OF JACOB ZULU) plays "Stepin Fetchit" in Will Power's FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN, a play
about Hollywood actor Fetchit's unlikely friendship with Muhammad Ali. NY Theatre Workshop, Aug. 12 Oct. 13. Directed by Tony winner Des McAnuff.
Mike Abbott, Jr. ('00) will co-star as the son of Burt Reynolds in the feature film comedy ELBOW GREASE,
written and directed by Jason Shirley. He recently wrapped production on A SHRIMP'S TALE, a short film
drama written and directed by Andrew Robert Swisher, scheduled for release in 2014.
Hayley Treider joins the cast of the hysterical, door slamming comedy ROOM SERVICE as "Hilda Manney"
at the Westport Country Playhouse, directed by Mark Lamos. Oct. 8 26.
Anna Camp, fresh from playing Sarah Newlin on HBO's TRUE BLOOD and narrowly surviving the last episode of season 6, will guest star on an upcoming episode of CBS's HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER as Cassie, described as "one of the most attractive, available and unfortunate guests at the wedding". Mon's at 8pm EST.
As of Oct. 2013 Jonathan Frapper ('97) becomes Executive Director of Institutional Advancement for Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD),
with campuses in Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong and Lacoste, France. He credits his "education as an actor and drive from UNCSA" with
his success in funding for the arts.
Hollywood has announced that Dane DeHaan will play legendary actor James Dean in bio-pic LIFE co-starring
Sean Murray, Artistic director of San Diego's Cygnet Theatre and UNCSA alum, directs Oscar Wilde's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST and Tom Stoppard's TRAVESTIES in revolving rep. Appearing are fellow alum's Jordan Miller (Algernon in EARNEST and Henry Carr in TRAVISTIES),
and Patrick McBride (James Joyce in TRAVASTIES). Sept. 18 Oct. 27.
Gaye Taylor Upchurch, alumna of the Directing Program, directs the final production of NYC's Atlantic Theater's 2013-14 season, OUR NEW GIRL, by Nancy Harris. May 28 - June 22. This fall she returns to UNCSA to direct the graduating class of 2014 in
the musical SHE LOVES ME. Nov. 20 - 24.
Megan West FKA Stanke ('13) will play "Haley" on CBS's PERSON OF INTEREST Oct. 1st, 10/9c;
and she has just shot an upcoming episode of NBC's LAW AND ORDER: SVU.
Dane DeHaan co-stars in three movies being screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 5 15. KILL ME DARLING, directed by John Krokidas, with Danielle Radcliffe, Elizabeth Olsen and Michael J. Hall; DEVIL'S KNOT, directed by Atom Egoyan, with Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth; and METALLICA: THROUGH
THE NEVER, directed by Nimrod Antal, with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.
Marc Damon Johnson ('93) joins the cast of Yale Repertory Theatre's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Sept. 20 Oct. 12.
UNCSA Alumni touring company, The Open Dream Ensemble, sponsored by the Kenan Institute for the Arts begins its 2013 tour of the original children's musical BIG SHOES by School of Drama High School alumna Michaela Morton. Directed by Directing Program alum Robert Lutfy, BFA Drama alum's in the cast include Ali Bill, Wiley Basho Gorn, Chesley Polk and Haydee Thompson.
Directing Program alumnus, Thomas Rowell, is assistant director at the Goodspeed Opera House to Rob Ruggiero,
frequent UNCSA guest artist, for THE MOST HAPPY FELLA. For what it's worth, Thomas bicycled 670 miles from
Boone, NC to East Haddam, CT over 11 days to start rehearsals for this production.
Alejandro La Rosa, class of 2013, is Administrative Intern at NY's The Keen Company, Jonathan Silverman, artistic director. Carl Forsman, prior to becoming Dean of the School of Drama July 2012, was
artistic director of this award winning off-Broadway theatre.
Jane Hallstrom (HS Drama 1968) just played Holofernes in LOVES LABOUR'S LOST with the Montford Park Players in Asheville, NC,
and will play the Duchess of Gloucester in Richard II at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Sept. 19-Oct. 19.
Mia Vallet (class of 2013) makes her professional debut off-Bway in ASHVILLE directed by Karen Allen, part of the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's
5-play cycle THE HILL TOWN by Lucy Thurber. Directing program alumna Gaye Taylor Upchurch directs the last play in the cycle, STAY. Gaye returns
to UNCSA this fall to direct Masteroff, Harnick and Bock's musical SHE LOVES ME, Nov. 20-24.
J.T. Rogers writes the screenplay for TOKYO VICE starring Daniel Radcliffe set to begin shooting in early 2014.
School of Drama alum Jeff Burchfield plays both Strom Thurman and George Wallace in THE GREAT SOCIETY, Alexander Harrington's new play
about LBJ, off-Bway at the Clurman Theatre.
Jenn Lyon co-stars opposite George Lopez in new FX primetime sitcom SAINT GEORGE.
Neal Bledsoe talks about his role on NBC's upcoming primetime series IRONSIDE. 1st episode is Wed. Oct. 2nd 10/9c.
Jennifer Ferrin join the principle cast of AMC's primetime series HELL ON WHEELS as Louise Ellison, "strong-willed reporter for
the NY Tribune". 2hr. premiere Sat. August 10, 9pm EST, 8pm C.
Earlier this summer Charles Osborne left off-B'ways FORBIDDEN BROADWAY to play the Emcee in CABARET at the Modesto, CA Performing Arts Center. He has joined the cast
of the new musical HARMONY, music by Barry Manilow, book and music by Bruce Sussman, playing Atlanta's Alliance Theatre (Sept. 15-Oct. 6), and the Ahmanson Theatre in LA (March 4-April 13).
Wesley Taylor joins the cast of 2nd Stage Company's new off-Broadway musical LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE by Tony winners William Finn
(music & lyrics) and James Lapine (book & direction). Previews begin Oct. 15, opening mid-Nov.
Billy Magnussen, School of Drama alumnus and Tony nominated actor for Chris Durang's Tony winning VANYA & SONYA & MASHA & SPIKE joins the cast of Rob Marshall's movie version of Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS as Rapunzil's Prince. Other cast members include Meryl Streep,
Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Chris Pine and Christine Baranski.
Luke Smith plays Smee in the 1st National Tour of 5-time Tony Award winning musical play PETER AND THE STARCATCHER directed by Rick Elice and Roger Rees.
Washington DC's Theater Alliance, artistic director Colin Hovde and assoc. artistic director Nathaniel Mendez, present
Nathan Louis Jackson's BROKE-OLOGY featuring Jacobi Howard at the Anacostia Playhouse, Aug. 14-Sept. 8.
Ciera Payton plays recurring role of Cassandra, ex wife of Agent Dale Jakes (Brandon Jay McLaren), on USA Networks GRACELAND, July 18th 10pm/9c.
NYC's The Greene Space in partnership with the August Wilson estate presents AUGUST WILSON'S AMERICAN CENTURY CYCLE,
staged readings of his 10 play cycle capturing 100 years of African American life during the 20th century. Stephen McKinley Henderson directs SEVEN GUITARS and performs in JITNEY and KING HEDLEY II. Jonathan Majors performs in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM and FENCES. Frequent UNCSA guest director Michele Shay directs TWO TRAINS RUNNING and RADIO GOLF.
Matthew Brookshire, alumnus of the Directing Program, is manager of the Actors Fund Arts Center at
the Schermerhorn in Brooklyn, NY. http://www.actorsfund.org/about/publications/blog/BuildingCommunitiesSchermerhorn
Sydney Shepherd, class of 2013, makes her Broadway debut in the musical comedy FIRST DATE at the Longacre Theatre,
220 W. 48th St. Previews begin July 9th.
Gregg Mozgala, UNCSA High School Drama alumnus and artistic director of NYC's The Apothetae Theatre Company presents
and performs in THE PENALTY written by fellow High School Drama alumnus Clay McLeod Chapman. June 14-29 at Dixon
Place, 161A Chrystie Street. http://www.theapothetae.org/index.html Read the about this unique theatre company "dedicated
to the production of full-length plays about the 'disabled experience'
featuring characters (and actors) w/disabilities or dealing
Neal Bledsoe co-stars in NBC's new primetime series IRONSIDE premiering Wed. Oct.2nd 10pm/9c.
Rob Morris, directing program 2013, has joined the staff of Comedy Central in NYC as an assistant in the Movie Studio Production Department.
Sean Murray, artistic director of San Diego's Cygnet Theatre directs Sondheim/Firth's musical COMPANY featuring
fellow UNCSA alumni Andrew Oswald and Andrew Wells Ryder. July 5-Aug. 18.
Aleque Reid appears in Second Stage Theatre's off-Broadway musical NOBODY LOVES YOU beginning performances June 20th.
Alec Shaw aka Alec Grooms, class of 2013, is presently shooting the lead in indie feature film SILVER COVE directed by Jake Laguardia & produced
by Warren Smith, both alumni of UNCSA School of Film Making. Mid July he goes to the prestigious O'Neill National Playwrights Conference
to work on OREGON TRAIL, a new play by Bekah Brunstetter.
Mary-Louise Parker has two major motion pictures opening this summer on the same day, July 19th RED 2 co-starring Bruce Willis,
John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Brian Cox, Anthony Hopkins & Catherine Zeta-Jones; and R.I.P.D. (Rest in Peace Department) co-starring Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds & Kevin Bacon. She will also return to Broadway this fall in the world premiere of THE SNOW GEESE by Sharr White directed by Daniel Sullivan. Previews Oct. 1st, opening Oct. 24th.
John Langs, associate artistic director of Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre, directs HAMLET at the American Players Theatre
in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Ro Boddie plays Horatio in both HAMLET and ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD as
well as appearing in TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA. June 13 Oct. 6. http://americanplayers.org/plays-and-tickets/hamlet
Blake Griffin is featured in LIFE OF A KING starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Dennis Hayberts premiering
June 22 at the LA Film Festival. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2708254/
Jenn Lyon is Hildy Johnson in HIS GIRL FRIDAY, John Guare's adaptation of THE FRONT PAGE by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur & the Howard Hawks 1940 feature film at the LaJolla Playhouse. May 28 June 30. http://www.lajollaplayhouse.org/his-girl-friday
Lucas Hall plays Puck in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Bassanio in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, and Hamlet
in ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre. June 2 Sept. 28. Lucas
played the title role in HAMLET at the Old Globe in 2007. http://www.theoldglobe.org/tickets/index.aspx
Jordan Brown plays Chad in the world premiere of Neil LaBute's newly revised stage version of his feature film IN THE COMPANY OF MEN at Chicago's Profile Theatre. May 16-June 30.
Will Rogers plays the title role in George Kelly’s 1920’s classic American comedy THE SHOW OFF at the Westport Country Playhouse, directed by Tony nominated Nicholas Martin, director of the
B’way hit VANYA & SONIA & MASH & SPIKE featuring Tony nominated Billy Magnussen for the role
of Spike. June 11-29. http://www.westportplayhouse.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=2306
Diandra Langenbach, who accepted her BFA diploma on May 4, 2013 makes her professional
debut in Agatha Christie’s THE HOLLOW at Houston’s Alley Theatre, directed by Gregory Boyd.
July 7-Aug. 4. http://www.alleytheatre.org/Alley/Agatha_Christie's_The_Hollow.asp
Haley Treider plays Daphne Stillington in Noel Coward’s PRESENT LAUGHTER at the Two River
Theatre Company in Red Bank, NJ. Former faculty member and frequent guest artist Ben Furey is
vocal/dialect coach. June 1-23. http://trtc.org/plays_events/current_season.php?categoryID=153
Alex Hoeffler appears at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC in the new musical DERMA, June 3-8.
CBS has announced its upcoming fall and midseason prime-time programing. Anna Wood will star opp. Cam Gigandet in RECKLESS.
Set in Charleston, SC, Miss Wood plays Jamie Sawyer, "gorgeous Yankee litigator."
Ben Carbo plays Romeo in The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival's ROMEO & JULIET July 11-27. Also, he will appear in a featured re-occurring role as an alien high school
student in the CW Network series STAR-CROSSED airing this fall.
Nicholas Baily will be performing off-Broadway in MOONLIGHT AND LOVE SONGS at the Abingdon Theatre May 23-June2. http://theater.nytimes.com/show/120268/Moonlight-Love-Songs/overview. He then goes to the Williamstown Theatre
Festival to play Michael in the much anticipated musical adaptation of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, music and lyrics
by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown, book by Tony and Pulitzer winner Marsha Norman, direction by Tony winner Bartlett Sher.
Aug. 1-18. http://wtfestival.org/2013/bridges
Mark Karafin is Assistant Director/Company Manager of Oberon Theatre Ensemble's THE DRAWER BOY off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse, 4/19-6/16.
Mando Alvarado is an emerging voice on the burgeoning Hispanic American theatre scene.
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater presents his newest play BASILICA off-Broadway at the
Cherry Lane Theatre, May 8 thru June 16.
The new musical MURDER BALLAD featuring Rebecca Naomi Jones transfers it's sold out run from the Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II to
the Union Square Theatre for a 9 week engagement. Previews May 7, opening May 22, closing July 7.
San Diego's Cygnet Theatre closes its 10th season with Joe Calarco's SHAKESPEARE'S R&J. Artistic Director
and UNCSA alumnus Sean Murray has cast four recent graduates of the School of Drama, and says
"I'm thrilled to continue the relationship with my alma mater". Christian Daly is Romeo, Dave Thomas Brown plays Mercutio/Lady Capulet/Friar Lawrence, Tyler Lea is Juliet and Benvolio, and John Evans Reese is Tybalt
and the Nurse. May 22-June 16.
This morning April 30th Sutton Foster and Jesse Tyler Ferguson announced the nominees for the 2013
American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards. The following School of Drama alumni are nominated Billy Magnussen, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play, VANYA AND SONIA AND
MASHA AND SPIKE; Terrence Mann, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical, PIPPIN; and Lauren Ward, Best Performance in a Featured Role in a Musical, MATILDA, THE MUSICAL. Daniel Stewart Sherman is featured in the musical KINKY BOOTS w/13 nominations, and Marc Damon
Johnson appears in LUCKY GUY starring Tom Hanks w/6 nominations. D&P alumnus Barclay Stiff is
Production Stage Manager for THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES w/3 nominations, and former School of Drama
Faculty and frequent guest teacher Ben Furey is Associate Dialect Coach for MATILDA, THE MUSICAL.
The awards will air live on CBS, Sun. June 9th 8pm E/7pm C.
PETER PAN: THE BOY WHO HATED MOTHERS by Michael Lluberes receives it West Coast premiere at Hollywood's The Blank Theatre. April 20-June 2.
Two time Tony winning director Joe Mantello directs Bette Midler on Broadway in I'LL EAT YOU LAST.
Previews April 5, opening April 24. http://www.illeatyoulast.com/ Mr. Mantello also joins the cast of the
feature film version of Larry Kramer's THE NORMAL HEART opposite Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin and Mark Ruffalo.
John Langs, Associate Artistic Director of Seattle's ACT Theatre, directs Kenneth Alber's
world premiere adaptation of Franz Kafka's THE TRIAL at Seattle's New Century Theatre
Company. April 4-28.
http://www.wearenctc.org/#!our-season A spellbinding descent into chaos: 'The Trial' | The Arts | The Seattle Times
Anna Camp returns to HBO for season 6 of TRUE BLOOD, recreating her role as Sarah Newlin,
the "anti-vamp puritan". The series resumes Sun. June 16 at 9pm EST.
Jackie Hansen appears in WORDS, RAZORS, AND THE WOUNDED HEART, a new play by
James Presson at NYC's St. Marks Theatre. April 11-17.
Nan Barnett has been named Executive Director of the National New Play Network
(NNPN) in Washington, DC. She was Executive Director of Actors Express in Atlanta,
a founding member & managing director of Florida Stage in Manalapan, and past
president of the Florida Professional Theatre Assoc.
School of Drama alumnus Joe Isenberg wins the prestigious 2013 Helen Hayes Award
for Outstanding Choreography in a Resident Production for THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE
OF CHAD DEITY at DC's Woolly Mammoth Theatre, the first time this auspicious honor
has ever been awarded to a fight choreographer. Joe was unable to attend the
ceremonies because he is presently rehearsing SHOWBOAT at the Washington
Interview with Braxton Molinaro presently playing John Wilkes Booth in ASSASSINS at San Diego's Cygnet Theatre, directed by artistic director and alumnus Sean Murray.
Sarah Haught, Directing Program alumna, is assistant director on the LA premiere of Daniel
Talbotts' SLIPPING, off-Broadway Rattlestick Theatre's first production on the West Coast.
April 4 May 5.
Interview with Wes Day, School of Drama alumnus & member of Blue Man Group. Other Blue Men alumni have include Bryce Somerville, Colin Hurd and Shane Andries.
Lauren Culpepper appears in Lincoln Center Theater Company's much anticipated NIKOLAI AND THE OTHER by Richard Nelson, directed by David Cromer. Previews
begin April 4, opening May 6.
Gabriel Brown will appear in August Wilson’s JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE at the Los Angles Music Theatre’s
Mark Taper Forum. Directed by Phylicia Rashad, previews begin April 24, opening May 8 thru June 9.
No Rules Theatre Company (Joshua Morgan & Brian Sutow co-artistic directors)
present Peter Shaffer's BLACK COMEDY at the Hanesbrand's Theatre, Winston-Salem, NC,
after it's critically acclaimed run at the Signature Theatre in DC. Thru April 7th. The
cast includes alums Jerzy Gwiazdowski, Kathryn Saffell & Brian Sutow; directed by
Dir. Program alum Matt Cowart, w/sets by John Bowhers & lighting by Travis McHale,
both D&P alums.
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