School of Drama at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts
trains talented young men and women to be exciting, versatile and
accomplished professionals. The school emphasizes classical values in
its training process to meet a well-recognized demand for actors to be
technically skilled and, at the same time, creatively inspired. This
vital combination of talent and skill is developed and refined by a
highly qualified professional faculty through close, personal attention
to their students' growth.
UNCSA NAMES NEW DRAMA DEAN - Carl Forsman is Award-Winning Director, Producer and Artistic Director of NYC’s Keen Company
Geordie MacMinn Named UNCSA Recipient of UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence.
Read about the work of director John Dillon and playwright Amlin Gray with the junior class students in Studio 3 on Gray’s adaptation of the Stalin-era play THE DRAGON by Soviet playwright Yevgeny Shvarts playing in April in the Catawba Theatre of the UNCSA campus.
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.
Follow Drama student Timothy Thompson’s blog at http://www.theatermania.com/north-carolina-theater/tmu/09-2012/greetings-from-a-fighting-pickle_61059.html, where he hopes to share “some conservatory approaches and processes going on around me, as well as the things we create.”
Entertainment Weekly pegs School of Drama graduates Anna Camp and Dane DeHaan as “ones to watch” noted in the following press release
Directed by Drama Dean Carl Forsman, the Asolo Repertory Theatre's production of GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS plays at Mertz Theatre in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, Sarasota, FL., Jan. 11 - Feb. 28. Read the reviews here.
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.
UNCSA Drama senior Allan Washington wins an Emerging Talent Award at the 2013 Lotte Lenya Competition. Allan played the Wolf and Cinderella’s Prince in Drama’s INTO THE WOODS this past Feb.
Thurs. March 14th Logan Fahey guest starred on ABC’s GREY’S ANATOMY in the role of Brad Parker, episode “Transplant Wasteland”.
Wed. March 20th Robyn Rikoon guest starred as Heidi Dolman on NBC’s LAW & ORDER SVU, episode “Undercover Blue”.
Directing Program alumnus Aaron Gonzalez is presently Resident Director on the national tour of
Tony winning BILLY ELLIOT, THE MUSICAL.
Joe Isenberg has been nominated for a 2013 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography for
THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre. The prestigious Helen
Hayes Awards are DC’s version of the Tony’s and winners will be announced April 8. Joe has mentored
with School of Drama Combat faculty member Dale Girard, and is now one of the leading fight choreographers
in the DC area.
Directing Program alumnus & artistic director of Ft. Worth’s Jubilee Theatre, Tre Garrett, is set to direct Lorraine
Hansberry’s classic A RAISIN IN THE SUN as the 2013/14 season kick off at the Dallas Theater Center. Sept. 13-Oct. 27.
Mollye Maxner, alumnus of the Directing Program and adjunct faculty in the School of Drama
directs THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at the Brock Performing Arts Center,
Bridget Regan has landed a lead role on ABC’s drama pilot MURDER IN MANHATTAN.
Jake Lacy, Pete on the last season of NBC’s THE OFFICE has joined the cast of CBS’s family comedy pilot THE MCCARTHYS.
Christopher Durang’s hit comedy VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE has transferred from Lincoln Center to Broadway’s Golden Theatre.
Billy Magnussen re-creates his role as “Spike” opposite Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce. Below read his interview w/TheaterMania.
Neal Bledsoe wins the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Long Island International Film Expo for the feature film
JUNCTION, written and directed by playwright Tony Glazer.
Anna Wood has been cast as the lead in the CBS pilot RECKLESS.
Neal Bledsoe is to co-star opposite Blair Underwood in the NBC pilot based on the popular 1960’s/70’s TV Drama IRONSIDE.
Ian Merrigan is co-author and featured performer in The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s world premiere of
THE UNFORTUNATES, March 22 thru Nov. 2.
Charles Osborne (class of 2012) is Male Understudy in Gerald Alessandrini’s off-Broadway hit
FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: ALIVE AND KICKING! at the 47th Street Theatre.
Avery Glymph appears at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, DC
in repertory in Friedrich Schiller’s WALLENSTEIN directed by Michael Kahn, and
Shakespeare’s CORIOLANUS. March 28-June 2.
Dane DeHaan is the face of Prada's spring/summer fashion campaign. Read attached New York Times
Braxton Molinaro plays John Wilkes Booth in Sondheim & Weidman’s ASSASSINS at the Cygnet Theatre,
San Diego, directed by artistic director Sean Murray, March 14-April 28.
Nick Bailey appears in HIT THE WALL, a new play by Ike Holter, off-B’way at the Barrow Street Theatre.
First developed & produced by Steppenwolf’s Garage Rep. series in Chicago, previews begin Feb. 19,
opening March 10. http://www.barrowstreettheatre.com/whats-on/hitthewall.asp
Tonight Wed. Feb. 13 and next Wed. Feb. 20 Travis Smith guest stars on the two-part finale of
USA Network's NECESSARY ROUGHNESS as a star quarterback who makes the "decision to come
out of the closet while still on the team". USA 10/9c
Lauren Ward recreates her role as Miss Honey from the original London production of MATILDA THE MUSICAL on
Broadway at the Shubert Theatre. Ben Furey, former Drama faculty member & frequent guest teacher, is dialect
coach. Previews March 4, opening April 11. http://www.playbillvault.com/Show/Detail/13970/Matilda-The-Musical
Lincoln Center Theater Company’s VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE by Christopher Durang moves to Broadway with the original
cast including Billy Magnussen as Spike. Golden Theatre, previews March 5, opening March 14.
Brian D. Coats appears in Boston’s Huntington Theatre production of Oren Jacoby’s
adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s GREAT American novel INVISIBLE MAN.
Jonathan Majors (class of ’12) will appear in the world premiere of CRY OLD KINGDOM by Jeff Augustin
at the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 37th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays. March 8-April 7.
Will Rogers will appear in the off-Broadway Signature Theatre production of Lanford Wilson’s THE MOUND BUILDERS,
Feb. 26 thru April 7 at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, Pershing Square Signature Center.
Gaye Taylor Upchurch directs the critically acclaimed world premier of Laura Marks’ BETHANY w/America Ferrera
for The Women’s Project, off-Braodway at City Center Stage thru Feb. 17.
Jamar Williams (class of ’12) appears in WITNESS UGANDA, 2012 Richard Rodgers Award Winner, presented in collaboration with the American Repertory Theatre,
Playwrights Horizons and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Directed by Tony nominee Diane Paulus.
Travis Smith is a recurring guest star on USA Network’s NECESSARY ROUGHNESS startingWed. Feb. 6th, 10pm/9C
Tre Garrett, artistic director of Ft. Worth’s Jubilee Theatre has been recognized by The Column’s annual Best of Dallas/Ft. Worth Theatre for 2012: Best Artistic Director (“Taking over the AD job from a legend is dangerous and challenging. How do you honor the legacy of a founder, yet bring fresh life to a strong patronage. Garrett's show selection this year and last and his direction of designers and casts creates an exciting continuity towards the themes Jubilee promotes, even while stretching their vision.”); Best Director of the Year, and Best Production for PRETTY FIRE by Charlayne Woodard.
Jennifer Ehle plays Jessica in Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s feature film ZERO DARK THIRTY.
Paloma Garcia-Lee, alumna of both the School of Dance & Drama High School Programs,
has joined the Broadway cast of Gershwin’s NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT @ the Imperial Theatre.
Tim Guinee appears in Gus Van Sant’s feature film PROMISED LAND W/Matt Damon, Frances McDormand and John Krasinski.
Marc Damon Johnson joins the cast of the much anticipated Broadway premiere of Nora Ephron's LUCKY LADY starring Tom Hanks,
directed by George C. Wolfe. Previews begin at the Broadhurst Theatre on March 1st.
Two time Tony Award winning alumnus Joe Mantello directs Laurie Metcalf & Daniel Stern
in THE OTHER PLACE at The Manhattan Theatre Club, 261 W. 47th Street, now thru Feb. 24th.
Design & Production alum Barclay Stiff is the production stage manager.
Lucas Hall appears in John Cariani’s ALMOST, MAINE at TheaterWorks in Hartford, CT directed by Amy Saltz, Jan. 25-March 3.
Rob Ruggiero, guest director for UNCSA’s A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE in 2011, has recently been appointed producing artistic
director of TheaterWorks.
UNCSA School of Drama Dean Carl Forsman directs David Mamet’s GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, FL, previews Jan. 9 & 10, opening Jan. 11 thru Feb. 28.
Jennifer Ferrin guest stars as Hannah on the first episode of NBC’s new primetime series DECEPTION,
Mon. Jan. 7th at 10 pm EST. Anna Wood plays recurring character Nichole Frishette beginning Mon. Jan. 14th
and will appear in multiple episodes thru the season.
The Manhattan Class Company announces the casting of the NY premiere of REALLY REALLY by Paul Downs Colaizzo
directed by David Cromer. Three School of Drama alumni headline – Lauren Culpepper, Matt Lauria and Aleque Reid.
Jan. 31 – March 10, 2013 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street.
K. Todd Freeman appears in the NY Theatre Workshop’s A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS by
Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel, directed by Tina Landau. Thru Dec. 30 @ 79 E. 4th St.
Dane DeHaan will play bad boy Harry Osborn in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 opposite Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.
Ashley Robinson appears in the much anticipated London revival of Stephen Sondheim’s MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG directed by Maria Friedman at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Avery Glymph plays John in Matthew Lopez’s THE WHIPPING MAN at the Cleveland Playhouse thru Dec. 2.
Two UNCSA/School of Drama alumni appear in Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN - Stephen Henderson as
William Slade, the President’s steward; and Dane DeHaan as a young Union Soldier who recites
part of the Gettysburg Address during the first scene of the film.
Brett Gelman, regular on the NBC series GO ON is featured in the 11/18/12 New York Times article “The One to Watch, Just to the Left Of the Star”.
Rebecca Naomi Jones appears off-Broadway in the Manhattan Theatre Club’s new musical
MURDER BALLAD at The Studio at Studio II now thru Dec. 2.
Jolly Abraham, resident member of the off-Broadway Pearl Theatre Company, is presently
playing Suzanne in their production of Beaumarchais’ LE MARIAGE DE FIGARO thru Dec. 2.
Will Rogers appears opposite Richard Easton and Bebe Neuwirth in Terrence McNally’s
GOLDEN AGE at the Manhattan Theatre Club, NY City Center – Stage 1. Previews begin
11/15, opening 12/4.
UNCSA Drama alumnus Ben Cherry is in the national tour of the Broadway
musical hit MARY POPPINS.
And Rachel Wallace is presently playing the title role of MARY POPPINS in the
international production in Auckland, New Zealand.
Molly Carden appears off-Broadway in Eve Ensler’s EMOTIONAL CREATURE at
the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, 480 W. 42nd Street, now thru Jan. 13, 2013.
The much anticipated musical KINKY BOOTS, book by Harvey Fierstein, music & lyrics by Cyndi Lauper,
direction & choreography by Jerry Mitchell, ends its pre-Broadway premiere at Chicago’s Bank of America
Theatre Nov. 4. Featuring School of Drama alumnus Daniel Stewart Sherman, previews begin at Broadway’s
Al Hirschfeld Theatre March 5, opening April 4.
ACT Theatre of Seattle announces John Langs as new associate artistic director as of Jan. 2013.
Alumnus of the Directing Program & frequent School of Drama guest director, Mr. Langs’
Seattle Shakespeare Co. production of ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA plays Nov. 1-18.
Fellow alumna and adjunct faculty Mollye Maxner is Movement/Dance Choreographer.
ACT names John Langs to associate artistic director post | Entertainment | The Seattle Times
Billy Magnussen is presently appearing opposite David Hyde Pierce, Sigourney Weaver & Kristine Nelson
in Christopher Durang’s new comedy VANYA AND SONYA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at the Lincoln Center
Theater Company, directed by Nicholas Martin. Now in previews it opens at the Newhouse Theater
on Nov. 12. http://www.lct.org/showBio.htm?id=212&creditId=2850
Hayley Treider appears in the off-Broadway adaptation of Rona Jaffe’s influential 1958 pre-women’s
liberation novel THE BEST OF EVERYTHING, adapted and directed by Julie Kramer. At the HERE Arts Center,
145 6th Ave., Sept 29-Oct. 20. http://www.bestofeverythingplay.com/
Missi Pyle plays Sister Joan in BARE, THE MUSICAL at New World Stages, 340 W. 50th Street, NYC. Previews begin Nov. 19, opening Dec. 9. She just completed shooting the TV Land pilot I’M NOT DEAD YET co-starring Ben Falcone and Elliot Gould.
Anna Camp co-stars in Universal Studio’s PERFECT PITCH as “the meticulous, tyrannical
Aubrey”, captain of a competing college cappella group.
John Evans Reese plays Jack Merridew in LORD OF THE FLIES based on William Golding’s novel
for the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA. Oct. 3 – Oct. 21. John will be remembered
for his performance in the title role of PETER PAN: THE BOY WHO HATED MOTHERS last season
for alumni No Rules Theatre Company.
Jordan Brown is a busy Chicago actor. He just finished BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, will play Young Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Goodman Theatre (Nov. 17-Dec. 29), and then Basil Bob in Congo Square Theatre’s THE FALL OF HEAVEN by Walter Mosely (Feb. 22-March 24). He is presently shooting a role
in DHOOM 3 with Bollywood star Hamir Khan. Jordan is nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award (Chicago’s Tony) in the category of Best Ensemble Acting for Time Line Theatre’s
THE PITMEN PAINTERS. http://www.congosquaretheatre.org/wordpress/the-season#!fall of heaven/cb51 http://www.timelinetheatre.com/pitmen_painters/artists.htm
Jonathan Majors, class of 2012, makes his professional debut as Cory Maxson in the Virginia Stage Company’s
FENCES by August Wilson. http://www.vastage.com/the-plays/fences
Anna Camp co-stars w/Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina and Ed Weeks in the new FOX Television series THE MINDY PROJECT premiering Sept. 25th. http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/anna-camp/photos/297837
Drama Directing Program alumna and adjunct Drama faculty Mollye Maxner directed William Congreve’s
THE WAY OF THE WORLD at the Franklin Stage Company in upstate NY featuring Drama alumni
John Reese, Andrew Wells Ryder & Jennifer Wells. Aug. 15 – Sept. 2.
The Casting Society of America (CSA) announced the 28th annual Artios Awards celebrating outstanding achievement in casting film, television & theatre.
Drama Directing Program alumna Tiffany Little Canfield (casting associate with Telsey + Company) was nominated for Studio or Independent Feature Film
Drama/MARGIN CALL; Studio or Independent Feature Film Comedy/FRIENDS WITH KIDS; and Television Pilot Drama/SMASH. The 2nd season of SMASH
premieres Mon. Sept. 17th.
Gabriel Brown will play George Murchison in Lorraine Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN
directed by Phylicia Rashad at the Westport Country Playhouse, Oct. 9 – Nov. 3.
This summer he was Jaques de Boys in AS YOU LIKE IT at the Inwood Shakespeare
Festival in NYC. http://www.westportplayhouse.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=1937
Matt Lauria joins the 4th season of NBC’s PARENTHOOD in the major recurring role of a
soldier returning from Afghanistan who bonds with fellow veteran Zeek Braveman played
by Craig T. Nelson. http://tvline.com/2012/07/31/parenthood-season-4-matt-lauria-recurring/
Brett Gelman co-stars with Matthew Perry, Laura Benanti, John Cho & Julie White
in NBC’s new prime-time series GO ON beginning Tues. Sept. 11th 9/8c.
NYC’s Atlantic Theater Company has announced its 2012/13 season and Gaye Taylor Upchurch
directs the NY premiere of HARPER REGAN by Simon Stephens, Sept. 19 – Oct. 28, the Linda Gross
Theatre, 336 W. 20th Street. http://www.atlantictheater.org/page.aspx?id=12017164
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