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.
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.
Ray Huth (’13) makes in NY debut as “Mr. Davonshire” in WATSON: THE MUSICAL at NY Theatre Workshop. March 13 – 16.
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.
Actor/director/playwright/alum Michael Lluberes’ play PETER PAN: THE BOY WHO HATED MOTHERS has won the BroadwayWorld LA Theatre Award for Best Play. It has also been nominated for 4 LA Weekly Theatre Awards (Best Production, Director, Ensemble & Supporting Female Actress.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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&feature=share&list=PLexX4WflzocnORXXyeWQl6tkFYJ6tatFH
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.
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 Louis 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.
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
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.
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 YETco-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
Jake Lacy joins the cast of NBC’s THE OFFICE for its 9th season as “Pete”, the newest staff member at Dunder Mifflin,
premiering Thurs. Sept. 20th. http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/07/28/the-office-jake-lacy/
Ciera Payton guest stars on COMMON LAW Friday July 13th @ 10 PM/9c, the USA Network.
Ian Antal plays Sir Andrew Aguecheek in TWELTH NIGHT for the New York Classical Theatre,
June 26-July 22 at Battery Park (in front of the Castle Clinton). http://newyorkclassical.org/whats-playing
Igor Goldin directs the new musical SWING STATE for the NY Musical Theatre Festival
at the 45th Street Theatre (354 W. 45th Street) July 20-July 29. http://www.nymf.org/module-ShowManager-display-sid-1984.html
Billy Magnussen will appear opposite David Hyde Pierce & Sigourney Weaver in the
world premiere of Christopher Durang’s VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE directed
by Nicholas Martin. It will first preview at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ and
move to NYC’s Lincoln Center Theater Company Oct. 25.
NYC’s acclaimed UNCSA alumni company Sonnet Repertory Theatre presents a new adaptation of
Oscar Wilde’s THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY directed by Directing Program alumnus and adjunct
faculty Quin Gordon, August 9-19 at Signature Theatre’s new Frank Gehry designed home on 42nd St.
Featured is Drama alumnus William Connell & rising senior Sydney Shepherd. Lighting is by Design &
Production alumnus David Sexton, and rising senior directing major Wiley Gorn is assistant director. http://www.sonnetrepertorytheatre.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=111&Itemid=108
Molly Carden is in the world premiere of award winning playwright Eve Ensler’s
EMOTIONAL CREATURE at Berkeley Repertory Theatre June 14-July 15. It’s
scheduled to move Off-Broadway to the Signature Theatre this fall.
Charles Osborne, class of 2012, plays Billy Crocker in ANYTHING GOES at Modesto, CA’s
Gallo Center for the Arts, June 30-July 8. He is then featured in THE PRODUCERS at the Hollywood Bowl directed by Susan Stroman, Tony winner for the original Broadway production for both direction and choreography. Musical director is frequent School of Drama guest artist Kevin Stites. Re-creating his Tony winning Best Featured Actor Performance
in a Musical as Roger DeBris is Drama alumnus Gary Beach.
Alumni Patrick Osteen (’11) and Danny Yoerges (’09) are in the U.S. national tour of Lincoln Center Theater Company’s Tony Award winning WAR HORSE presently at the Ahmanson in LA thru July 29 then across the nation.
Joe Mantello directs off-Braodway world premiere of the musical DOGFIGHT at Second Stage w/music & lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul,
book by Peter Duchan. Based on the 1991 feature film starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor, it begins previews June 27th, opening July 16.
Gaye Taylor Upchurch, alumna of the School of Drama Directing Program, directs
Susan Mosakowski’s ESCAPE at the La Mama Theatre (74A East 4th Street), feature Acting
alumnus Ted Schneider. June 7 thru 24. http://lamama.org/first-floor-theatre/escape/
As part of New York Stage & Film and Vassar College’s summer Powerhouse Theatre,
Gaye Taylor Upchurch directs a stage reading of 22 SECONDS by Michele Lowe.
Scott Hinson, class of 1996, in MEN’S LIVES written by Joe Pintauro and directed by Harris Yulin at the Bay Street Theatre. http://www.baystreet.org/
Alumni inspired No Rules Theatre Company produces the Washington, DC premiere of
Andrew Hinderaker’s SUICIDE, INCORPARATED directed by alumnus/co-artistic
director Joshua Morgan, featuring alumni Joe Isenberg, Brian Sutow (co-artistic director),
Spencer Trinwith, and rising UNCSA Drama senior Dylan Jackson.
May 30 – June 23 at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H Street NE.
Anna Camp has been nominated for a NY Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured
Actress in a Play for her Off Broadway/Second Stage performance in ALL NEW PEOPLE penned by “Scrubs” star Zach Braff. She recently co-starred w/Mind Kaling in the
FOX TV pilot THE MINDY PROJECT, and this fall she teams w/Anna Kendrick and Brittany
Snow in the motion picture PITCH PERFECT scheduled to open in October.
Anna Wood guest stars Sun. May 20th on episode 10 of AMC’s MAD MEN.
Jeremy Webb appears as Victor in Noel Coward’s classic comedy PRIVATE LIVES at Boston’s
Huntington Theatre Company directed by Maria Aitken. May 25 thru June 24. http://www.huntingtontheatre.org/season/2011-2012/private-lives/
Will Rogers has been nominated for the 2012 NY Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in
Classic Stage Company’s UNNATURAL ACTS. He will appear in the 50th anniversary season of the NY Public Theater’s
Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater as Silvius in AS YOU LIKE IT directed by Daniel Sullivan. And to top it off, he
stars in the independent movie NANCY, PLEASE which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. http://www.shakespeareinthepark.org/about.aspx
Ciera Payton guest stars on the new USA Network Series COMMON LAW Friday May 18th @ 10 pm Eastern/Pacific and 9 pm Central.
Logan Fahey guest stars opposite Kathy Bates on NBC’s HARRY’S LAW Sunday, May 13th.
BLOOD AND GIFTS by JT Rogers has been nominated for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play by the Outer Critics Circle. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/165195-62nd-Annual-Outer-Critics-Circle-Award-Nominations-Announced-Nice-Work-Receives-Nine-Nods
Aubrey Deeker plays Prior in Tony Kushner’s ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART ONE: MILLENNIM APPROACHES(May 23-July 1) and PART TWO: PERESTROKIA (Sept. 12-Oct. 21) at the Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia.
The Guggenheim Foundation has just announced School of Drama alumnus J.T. Rogers is a 2012 recipient of the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Grant for Creative Arts
in the area of Drama and Performing Arts. His most recent play BLOOD AND GIFTShad its American premiere at the Lincoln Center Theater Company.
Billy Magnussen co-stars in the feature film DAMSELS IN DISTRESS opening
nationally April 6th. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2915105/news He is also featured in the NY Times Styles section article “Leaving Etiquette Behind”.
Two School of Drama alumni are nominated for the prestigious Lucille Lortel Award celebrating excellence in Off-Broadway work – Outstanding Play, Lincoln Center’s
production of BLOOD AND GIFTS by JT Rogers; and Outstanding Musical, Playwrights
Horizons THE SHAGGS: PHILOSOPHY OF THE WORLD story and direction by John Langs. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/161274-Lucille-Lortel-Award-Nom
Trieste Kelly Dunn co-stars w/Matt Servitto and Daniel Ross Owens in the Cinemax TV series
BANSHEE, executive producer Alan Ball (AMERICAN BEAUTY, SIX FEET UNDER, TRUE BLOOD). http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/news/a369029/true-blood-execs-cinemax-series-banshee-casts-leads.html
Joshua Morgan (class of ’09) appears at award winning Greensboro, NC professional theatre
Triad Stage in “tick, tick…BOOM!, a Musical Autobiography” w/book, music & lyrics by RENT
Pulitzer Prize winner Jonathan Larson, March 15-31. Artistic Director of Triad Stage is Drama
alumnus Preston Lane. Josh Morgan is co-artistic director of No Rules Theatre Co. www.NoRulesTheatre.org http://triadstage.org/upstage/boom/personnel.php
Anna Camp, recently of THE GOOD WIFE, co-stars in the yet to be titled Mindy Kaling Pilot for FOX TV. http://njuice.com/8A4
Anna Wood is presently shooting the CBS pilot TROOPER opposite Mira Sorvino
in NYC. She guest stars in the March 25th episode of Showtime’s HOUSE OF LIES.
Ashley Austin Morris guest stars on ABC's DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Sun. March 25th.
Matt Lauria co-stars with Blythe Danner and Madeline Zima in ABC’s dramatic
pilot GILDED LILYS. Executive producer is Shonda Rhimes of GREY’S ANATOMY.
No Rules Theatre Co., a UNCSA alumni company based in both Washington, DC and
Winston Salem, NC premieres PETER PAN: THE BOY WHO HATED MOTHER’S adapted and directed
by School of Drama alumnus Michael Lluberes, based on J.M. Barrie’s PETER AND WENDY.
The title role of Peter is played by Drama alumnus John Evans Reese, and Slightly/Starkey by
Nathaniel Mendez. Having concluded its critically acclaimed run in DC it opens
Hanesbrand Theatre in downtown Winston Salem March 20 thru April 7.
Tim Guinee stars in the NBC pilot REVOLUTION produced by Eric Kripke (SUPERNATURAL)
and J.J. Abrams (ALIAS, LOST, STAR TREK).
Drama alumnus Bill English continues on Broadway in the lead role of Billy Crocker opposite Sutton Foster as Reno Sweeney in the Tony winning revival of ANYTHING GOES thru April 1st..
Bridget Regan co-stars in the NBC western-themed pilot THE FRONTIER oppostie
Ethan Embry and Jake McLauglin shooting in Australia. Bridget starred in the
popular series LEGEND OF THE SEEKER.
Thurs. Feb. 23rd Drama alumnus Matt Lauria is special guest star on CBS's night time
series PERSON OF INTEREST, 9 PM EST.
Kathryn Saffell (class of 2011) plays Bianca in Theatre for a New Audience's THE TAMING OF THE SHREWdirected by Arin Arbus on Broadway at the Duke on 42nd Street, March 17 thru 21.
Tiffany Little-Canfield, alumna of the Directing Program and casting director with Telsey + Company in NYC
is a recipient of the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards annual Robert Altman Award for the feature film MARGIN CALL. The Altman Award is bestowed upon one film's director, casting director and ensemble
cast. She is also the casting director for the new NBC series SMASH featuring two alumni Neal Bledsoe (John Goodwin) and Wesley Taylor (Bobby).
Drama alumnus Richard Corley directs Githa Sowerby's 1912 drama RUTHERFORD AND SON Off Broadway for the Mint Theater Company. Fellow alumnus David Van Pelt is featured in the production. Feb. 4 thru April 1. http://minttheater.org/onstage/current.html
Variety.com has just announced School of Drama alumnus Dane DeHann (class of 2008) will co-star with Daniel Radcliffe, Elizabeth Olsen & Jack Huston in the upcoming motion picture KILL YOUR DARLINGS. He stars in the upcoming FOX supernatural thriller CHRONICLE due for national release in Feb. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118048545
Jordan Brown (class of 2007) plays Martin Hanlon in A SKULL IN CONNEMARA by Martin McDonagh at Baltimore's premiere professional theatre Centerstage directed by BJ Jones, Jan. 25 - March 4. Jordan will be remembered for his memorable performance as Tony in UNCSA’s 50th anniversary all school revival of WEST SIDE STORY.
Dave Brown (class of 2010), High School and College Drama alumnus, appears off-Broadway in the Flea Theatre's NY premiere of Sean Graney's interpretation of Sophocles' seven surviving plays, THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES performing Jan. 19 thru Feb. 12.
School of Drama alumnus Jeremy Webb (class of 1994) joins the cast of LA Theatre Works staged reading and radio recording of
Geoffrey Nauffts' critically acclaimed Broadway play NEXT FALL. Original cast members Patrick Breen, Patrick
Heusinger & Maddie Corman along with Tony winner Julie White appear. It performs at the James Bridges
Theatre at UCLA Jan. 19 thru 22 and will be broadcast on Public Radio stations nationwide at a later date. http://losangeles.broadwayworld.com/article/LA-Theatre-Works-Completes-Casting-for-NEXT-FALL-20120110
School of Drama alumna Missi Pyle co-stars in the critically acclaimed "silent film" THE ARTIST directed, written & edited by Michael Hazanavicius. http://weinsteinco.com/sites/the-artist/
The New York Times special Oscar section by Dennis Lim "Don't-Miss Movies You Probably Missed". Mr. Lim makes special mention of COLD WEATER directed & co-written by School of Filmmaking alumnus Aaron Katz featuring Drama alumna Robyn Rikoon and Trieste Kelly Dunn. Lim writes about Mr. Katz, "beneath the laid back drift of his movies are real ambition and depth, a poetic sense of place and a delicate grasp of character".
School of Drama alumnus Paul Whitty (class of 2002) is featured in New York Theatre Workshop's Irish-pop infused musical ONCE, inspired by the hit 2006 indie movie of the same title, transfering to Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre for previews on 2/28, opening on 3/18.
Bill English (class of 2002) will join the cast of the Tony Award-winning revival of Anything Goes starring Sutton Foster and Joel Grey. He replaces Colin Donnell in the lead role of Billy Crocker Jan. 26 through Feb. 19, 2012. For more information, see: http://www.anythinggoesonbroadway.com/.
Legend of the Seeker’s Bridget Regan (class of 2004) co-stars as Annabelle Granger in the TNT Mystery Movie HIDE. For more information, see: www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/legend-seeker-star-joins-tnt-227348.
Blake Griffin (class of 2007 college and 2003 high school) co-stars in the NBC pilot The Game of Your Life at 8 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 2.
Travis Smith (class of 2000) joins the cast of Atlanta's Alliance Theatre world premiere of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, book by Stephen King, music and lyrics by John Mellencamp, and musical direction by T Bone Burnett. The cast includes Tony winner Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma!) and Tony nominee Emily Skinner (Side Show). Performances begin April 4. For more information, see: http://www.atlantatheaterfans.com/2011/11/
Jeremy Webb (class of 1994) appears as the schoolmaster in the Actors Fund benefit concert of Terrence McNally, John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical adaptation of The Visit, based on a play by Friedrich Durrenmatt, starring Chita Rivera and John Cullum. One performance only, Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Broadway's Ambassador Theatre. For more information, see: http://www.broadway.com/buzz/
J.T. Rogers (class of 1990) opened his most recent play, Blood and Gifts, at the Lincoln Center Theater Company on Nov. 21. It is directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher. Charles Isherwood in The New York Times wrote: "…the strength of Mr. Rogers' drama is in its dramatically clarifying the murky motives driving all the big players in the drama, at the same time humanizing the characters representing them. A history lecture ‘B&G’ definitely isn't; Mr. Rogers’ knowledge of the hearts and minds of his characters is as deep as his grasp of the geopolitical games being played." For more information, see: http://lct.org/showBio.htm?id=205&creditId=2428.
Alex Reznik, class of 2001, is executive producer of a new ABC game show called “Million Dollar Mind Game.”
Aleque Reid, class of 2009, is in the national tour of the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair in the role of Jeanie. The world premiere of Hair, which opened Joe Papp's Public Theatre in 1967, was directed by UNCSA School of Drama Dean Gerald Freedman. For more information, see: http://www.hairontour.com/tribe.php
Michael Abbott Jr. (class of 2000) is currently filming the movie MUD – written and directed by UNCSA film alumnus Jeff Nichols – with Reece Witherspoon, Sam Shepard and Matthew McConaughey.
Lucas Hall plays Orsino in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, directed by Mark Lamos, at the Westport Country Playhouse, Oct. 11 through Nov. 5. For more information, see: http://www.westportplayhouse.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=1126
Two-time Tony-winning UNCSA alumna Jennifer Ehle makes quite a splash in Steven Soderberg’s motion picture CONTAGION co-starring Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law and Kate Winslet. For more information, see: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/04/PKOF1KTBAT.DTL
Tyler Lea (class of 2011) makes his professional New York stage debut in the Ethos Performing Arts Theater's production of The Family Room at the Arclight Theater, 152 W. 72nd St., Sept. 30 - Oct. 23. For more information, see: http://www.thefamilyroomnyc.com./TylerLea.html.
Will Rogers (class of 2004) co-stars in the Manhattan Class Company's The Submission by Jeff Talbott with Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening, Glee), Eddie Kaye Thomas (AMERICAN PIE) and Rutina Wesley
(True Blood) at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St., New York. Directed by Walter Bobby, it runs Sept. 9 through Oct. 22. For more information, see: http://www.mcctheater.org/shows/11-12_season/submission/whoswho.html.
Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher is set to direct School of Drama alumnus J.T. Rogers' play Blood and Gifts at the Mitzi Newhouse Theatre for the Lincoln Center Theatre Company. Previews begin Oct. 27 and the opening is Nov. 21. Commissioned by Lincoln Center, Blood and Gifts had its world premiere at the National Theatre of London in autumn 2010. For more information, see: http://www.theatermania.com/off-broadway.... Rogers (Class of 1990) was the 2009 UNCSA commencement speaker and honorary doctorate recipient.
Mando Alvarado appears off-Broadway in Neil LaBute's The New Testament at the Summer Shorts 5 one-act festival at 59E59 Theatres. For more information, see: http://www.59e59.org/shows/SummerShorts.html
School of Drama alumnus Jonathan Gould is presently appearing with the renowned Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, in the world premiere of the musical Maria Severa by Jay Turvey and Paul Sportelli, and as Mr. Felix in Ferenc Molnar's The President. For more information, see: http://www.shawfest.com/the-ensemble/jonathan-gould/
Colin Hovde (class of 2004, Directing) has been named the new artistic director of Theater Alliance in Washington, D.C. For more information, see: http://www.theateralliance.com/documents/TA_Colin_Hovde_Press_Release.pdf
9THIRTY THEATRE COMPAY (AN ECO THEATRE), artistic director UNCSA School of Drama alumnus Jeff Burroughs, presents "Seeds, New Voices Exploring ECO Issues.” Among the works are “The Age of Bees” featuring alumnus Joshua Brocki; and “Fertile Lies” directed alumnus Isaac Klein, featuring alumni Cooper D'Ambrose, Jolly Abraham, Jennifer Ferrin, Stacy Salvette, Paul Whitty and Aaron Gonzalez. The theatre is located at Penthouse 1, 244 W. 54th Street, New York City. For more information, see: http://www.9ttc.org/program.php
True Blood’s Anna Camp, alumna of both High School and College Drama, co-stars Off-Broadway in All New People by Zack Braff (Garden State, Scrubs) at 2nd Stage Theatre. She is also featured in the in the highly anticipated feature film THE HELP, based on Katheryn Stockett's best-selling novel of the same name. The film will be released nationally on Aug. 10. For more information on the play, see: http://www.2st.com/index.php?option=com_plays&task=viewPlay&Itemid=0&id=147&saction=com. For more information on the film, see: http://truebloodnet.com/true-bloods-anna-camp-star-newfilm-the-help/ and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1454029/
Ian Antal (class of 2010) plays Montjoy, the Ambassador of France, in Shakespeare's The Life of King Henry the Fifth for the New York Classical Theatre on location in Battery Park & Governor's Island through July 24. For more information, see: http://newyorkclassical.org/henry-v
School of Drama Directing Program alumnus Christopher Schilder directs Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle off-Broadway for Sonnet Repertory Theatre July 28 through Aug. 7 at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row/42nd Street. The cast includes Drama alumni Ro Boddie, Adam Levinthal, Stacey Salvette, Luke Smith and Andrew Wells Ryder. The creative team includes the following UNCSA alumni: Robyne Parrish (Drama, assistant director), Danielle Emile aka Rennalls (Drama/Directing Program, assistant director), Leo Hurley (Music, composer), Johnny Milani (Design & Production, stage manager), Seth Easter (D&P, set design), M. Meriwether Snipes (D&P, costume design), Janie Bullard (D&P, sound design), Jolly Abraham (Drama, choreographer). Co-artistic directors of Sonnet Rep are Drama/Directing Program alumni Todd Lloyd and Tiffany Little-Canfield. For more information, see: http://www.sonnetrepertorytheatre.org/?page_id=19
Jonathan Frappier (class of 1997) has joined the prestigious American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco as associate director of individual giving. He leaves the Flat Rock Playhouse in the mountains of North Carolina, where he was their director of development.
Dane DeHaan (High School Class of 2004 and College Class of 2008) has been cast in a leading role opposite Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta in the feature film THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, directed by Derek Cianfrance. For more information, see: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118040181?categoryid=4076&cs=1&cmpid=RSS. DeHaan plays the role of Timbo in the first three episodes of the 4th season of “True Blood.” He has finished shoot THE WETTEST COUNTY IN THE WORLD co-starring Shia Labeouf, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman and Mia Wasikowska, due for release in 2012; and is presently filming 20th Century Fox's supernatural mystery CHRONICLE, in which he appears opposite his fiancé and fellow UNCSA School of Drama alum Anna Wood. For more information, see: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2851530/
Rachel Wallace (class of 2009), presently in the ensemble and understudy of the title role in the North American Tour of Disney’s Mary Poppins, takes over as Mary Poppins on Sept. 13 in Salt Lake City. For more information, see: http://disney.go.com/theatre/marypoppins/tour//.
School of Drama Directing Program alumnus Christopher Schilder directs Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle off-Broadway for Sonnet Repertory Theatre July 28 through Aug. 7 at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row/42nd Street. The cast includes Drama alumni Ro Boddie, Adam Levinthal, Stacey Salvette, Luke Smith and Andrew Wells Ryder. The creative team includes the following UNCSA alumni: Robyne Parrish (School of Drama; assistant director), Danielle Emile aka Rennalls (School of Drama’s Directing Program; assistant director), Leo Hurley (School of Music; composer), Johnny Milani (School of Design and Production; stage manager), Seth Easter (D&P; set design), M. Meriwether Snipes (D&P; costume design), Janie Bullard (D&P; sound design), Jolly Abraham (Drama; choreographer). Co-artistic directors of Sonnet Rep are School of Drama Directing Program alumni Todd Lloyd and Tiffany Little-Canfield. For more information, see: http://www.sonnetrepertorytheatre.org/?page_id=19
Directing Program alumnus and Kenan Fund for the Arts Kennedy Center Fellow Gus Heagerty (class of 2010) directs Who Killed Captain Kirk? as part of the DC Capital Fringe Festival. In the cast is Drama alumnus Jon Odom (class of 2008) and rising junior Dylan Jackson. For more information, see: http://pinklineproject.com/event/8686.
Two School of Drama alumni appear this summer in the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival's A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by David Cromer, June 22-July 3: Daniel Stewart Sherman (class of 1998) (as Mitch) and Emily Simoness (class of 2007) (as the Nurse). Blanche is being played by Jessica Hecht and Stanley by Sam Rockwell. Emily Simoness will also appear in Williamstown's She Stoops to Conquer with Drama alumnus Jeremy Webb (class of 1994), July 27-Aug. 7. For more information, see: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/.
Wendy McClellan (class of 1996, Directing) co-directed a staged reading of eight “Brand New Short Plays” for the Red Bull Theater in New York City on June 13.
Will Rogers, class of 2004, appears off-Broadway in Unnatural Acts, Harvard’s Secret Court of 1920 at the Classic Stage Company, conceived and directed by Tony Speciale, June 14 - July 10. For more information, see: www.classicstage.org/
Scott Sowers, class of 1987, is appearing off-Broadway in the Ensemble Studio Theatre's 33rd Marathon of One-Act Plays in In the Middle of the Night by Billy Aronson, May 20 - June 18. For more information, see: http://ensemblestudiotheatre.org//
Aleque Reid, class of 2009, appears in the Shakespeare in the Park Ensemble in June and July. She is also the Diana understudy in the Park’s All's Well That Ends Well, which starsJohn Cullum, Tonya Pinkins and Daikin Mathews, and is directed by Daniel Sullivan. Recently, Reid appeared in Camp Wanatachi by Natalie Weiss, produced by Ian Pai and Brigette Reagan for the New York Fringe Festival. Previously, Reid played Girl in the play I like you you're hot by Greta Ferwig for Sonnet Rep. And No Rules Theatre cast her as Yitzsak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, performed in Washington, D.C.
Jared Thompson, class of 2010, appears in a revival of Christopher Fry’s The Lady’s Not For Burning off-off Broadway at the Parenthesis Theatre in Tribeca, at Walkerspace, 46 Walker Street, New York City. Performances continue through June 11.
Directing Program alumnus John Langs (class of 1996) directs a major new musical, The Shaggs, Philosophy of the World, at Playwrights Horizons, off-Broadway in New York City. Previews began May 12, and the show opens June 7 and runs through July 3 at 416 W. 42nd Street on Theatre Row. For more information, see: www.playwrightshorizons.org/mainstage.asp. Langs, who has directed recent School of Drama productions 1776, Two Shakespearean Actors, Our Country’s Good, and Trojan Women, is co-creator of this musical, which has been in development for several years. The show’s assistant director is Directing Program alumnus Gus Heagerty (class of 2010), who is presently a Kenan Directing Fellow at the Kennedy Center. Heagerty has just been appointed 2011-12 Directing Fellow at the Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, D.C., under the artistic directorship of Michael Kahn.
Directing Program alumna Gaye Taylor Upchurch will direct the much acclaimed British actor Simon Russell Beale in Bluebird by Simon Stephens for the Atlantic Theatre Company. Previews begin Aug. 9, opening is Aug. 22 and it plays through Sept. 6 at Atlantic Stage 2, 320 W. 16th St. in New York City. Upchurch and Beale met working together when she was associate director of the Sam Mendes’ Bridge Project. Beale is a two-time Laurence Olivier Best Actor award winner for Uncle Vanya and the musical by the same name. He was nominated for a Tony for Tom Stoppard’s Jumpers. For more information, see: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/...
Drew Madland (class of 2010) appears in Knickerbocker, a new comedy by Jonathan Marc Sherman, at the New York Public Theatre May 6-29. For more information, visit: http://www.publictheater.org/...
Neal Bledsoe, class of 2005, in an "amazing" Old Spice commercial. To see it, download: http://cdn.creatiu.com/mp4/jungle_wilderness.ipad.mp4.
Lauren Culpepper (class of 2008) appears in the East Coast premiere of a three-actor adaptation of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment at Baltimore Center Stage April 13 - May 15. For more information, see:
Drama alumnus Andrew Pastides will appear off-Broadway in Love Song, written & directed by John Kolvenback, at the 59E59 Theatres April 5 through May 7. Love Song was a London Olivier Award nominee for Best New Comedy in 2007. For more information, see: www.59e59.org/shows/LoveSong.html
Two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello (class of 1984) has directed the off-Broadway premiere of The Other Place, produced by the Manhattan Class Company at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. His critically praised production of Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities, at Lincoln Center, will move to Broadway in the fall of 2011. For more information, see: www.mcctheater.org.
Lucas Hall (class of 2003 andtitle role in the adaptation of Hamlet, with the Shostakovich score, performed by the North Carolina Symphony and conducted by Chancellor John Mauceri and directed by Drama Dean Gerald Freedman in '08) and Ted Schneider (class of 2002) appear in New York's Theatre for a New Audience'sThe Merchant of Venice starring F. Murray Abraham as Shylock in New York, Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles. Lucas is Basssanio, and Ted is Gratiano.
Avery Glymph recently appeared in The Overwhelming and Stick Fly at the Contemporary American Theater Festival and the West Coast premiere of The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez, for which he was nominated for a San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award and an NAACP Theatre Award for Best Male Lead.
Jordan Brown, class of 2007, memorable as Tony in the 2007 UNCSA all-school 50th Anniversary revival of West Side Story, joins the cast of Sense and Sensibility at Chicago's Northlight Theatre March 10 - April 17. Drama alumna and UNCSA Board of Trustees member Lynn Baber is artistic administrator and casting director at Northlight. For more information, visit: http://northlight.mighty-site.com
Alumnus Joe Mantello (class of 1984) will play Ned Weeks when Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart makes its Broadway debut this spring at the Golden. Joel Grey will direct Mantello, Ellen Barkin and John Benjamin Hickey in the show, which is scheduled for an official opening on April 27 after performances begin on April 19.
Billy Magnussen(class of 2007) co-starred with the legendary Betty White in the Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie THE LOST VALENTINE on CBS Jan. 30. For more information, see: http://www.examiner.com/e.
Wesley Taylor (class of 2008) will play Mouse in Tales of the City, a new musical based on the popular Armistead Maupin novels, with a book by Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music by The Scissor Sisters, directed by Jason Moore (Shrek, The Musical and Avenue Q) premiering at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco May 19 through June 19. Taylor also appears on the soap One Life to Live on Feb. 14, and will play Dorian in a workshop of The Picture of Dorian Gray, directed by fellow alumnus Quin Gordon (class of 2008). As of Jan. 28, Taylor has six weeks left as an original cast member of The Addams Family on Broadway before moving on to these exciting new projects. For more information, see: www.act-sf.org/1011
Terence Archie (class of 1998) appears at D.C.'s Arena Stage in Mary Zimmerman's The Arabian Nights, based on "The Book of the 1000 Nights and One Night." This production is in collaboration with Berkeley Rep, Kansas City Rep, and Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre and runs Jan. 14 through Feb. 20. For more information, visit: http://www.arenastage.org/
Matt Lauria (class of 2007) co-stars with Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke and Delroy Lindo in the new FOX primetime television series The Chicago Code, premiering Feb. 7 at 9/8c. Lauria, who was Romeo in Romeo & Juliet his senior year at UNCSA, most recently played Luke Cafferty on NBC’s Friday Night Lights. For more information, see: http://www.tv.com/the-chicago-coder
Jennifer Ehle (class of 1988) co-stars with Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter in the critically acclaimed feature film THE KING'S SPEECH. Ehle is daughter of novelist John Ehle (one of the founders of the School of the Arts) and stage, television and screen actress Rosemary Harris. For more information, see: http://www.kingsspeech.com/cast.html
Ashley Robinson (class of 2004) appeared off-Broadway in the Irish Repertory Theatre's musical adaptation of Dylan Thomas' A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Dec. 12 through Jan. 2. For more information, see: http://www.irishrep.org/...
Joe Mantello (class of 1984) directs the world premiere of Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities for the Lincoln Center Theater Company at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater with a stellar cast including Stacey Keach, Stockard Channing and Linda Lavin. For more information, see: http://www.lct.org/showWhosWho.htm?id=201
Jennifer Ferrin (class of 2003), former star of As the World Turns, is a series regular on the new NBC series The Cape, premiering with a two-hour special Sunday, Jan. 9. Its regular time slot is Mondays at 9 p.m. EST, starting Jan. 17. For more information, see: http://www.nbc.com/the-cape/
Scott Sowers (class of 1987) plays Scrooge and everyone else in a musical one-man version of A Christmas Carol at the Empire Stage in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., directed by Kevin Thomsen (class of 1986).
Tre Garrett, aka Declois Garrett Beacham, School of Drama Directing Program class of 2004, has been named artistic director of the Jubilee Theatre in Ft. Worth, Texas. He has been a Kenan Institute for the Arts Directing Fellow, director-in-residence at the John F. Kennedy Center, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographer’s John Gielgud Directing Fellow, directing assistant at the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and assistant director of the Broadway production of Julius Caesar, starring Denzel Washington. Since 2005, Garrett has been a show director with Walt Disney Entertainment. With the mission to create and produce theatrical works that reflect the African American experience, this season marks the 30th anniversary of the Jubilee Theatre. For more information, see: http://artandseek.net/2010/11/19/tre/
Aubrey Deeker appears in the world premiere of A Fox on the Fairway by Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Crazy For You) at the Signature Theatre, one of Washington, D.C.'s leading theatres, Oct. 12-Nov. 14. For more information, see:
Simoness (class of
2007) will be playing Paula Abdul
Blackwood in Nick Jones and Zak Vreeland's Straight Up Vampire at Joe's Pub and Jamie in
in Transient Places at ARS
NOVA, both in New York City, in
Emily Simoness (class of
2007) will be playing the role of Dixie Scott in Noah Haidle's new
musical, Western Country, and will also appear in Bekah
Brunstetter's new play as part of the Williamstown Theatre
Festival's 2010 Fellowship Projects.
School of Drama Directing Program alumnus
and frequent UNCSA guest director John Langs directs
the world premiere of The Good Book of Pedantry and Wonder by Moby
Pomerance at The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena, Calif., this
summer. In the cast are alumni Melonie Lora (High
School Program) and Blake Griffin (High School and
BFA Program), and the assistant director is class of 2010 Directing
Program alumnus Augustus Heagerty. Sets and lighting
are by Design & Production alumnus Brian Bembridge.
For more information, see: www.bostoncourt.com/events/61/the-good-book-of-pedantry-and-wonder.
Jordan Brown, Tony in
UNCSA’s 50th anniversary revival of West Side Story, played
Fabrezio in Adam Guettel’s The Light in the Piazza at
the River Valley Repertory Theatre on the campus of Marist College in
Poughkeepsie, N.Y., July 22-Aug 1
Ashley Austin Morris (class
of 2007) joined the cast of Nora and Delia Ephron's off-Broadway hit Love,
Loss, and What I Wore this summer. She also returns this season
on the PBS series The New Electric Company as Francine
Carruthers, the power-mad teen-ager who wants to be president of The
Electric Company. For more information, see: www.newyorktheatreguide.com/news/jun10/lovelossandwhatiwore556009.htm.
New York City's Sonnet Repertory Theatre
presented Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the Theatre @ St.
Clements, July 23-Aug. 1. UNCSA alumni in the cast included Jolly
Abraham (Viola), Lucas Hall (Orsino), Jennifer
Lyon (Maria), Brynne Morrice (Valentine), Ted
Schneider (Malvolio), Henry Vick (Sir
Andrew) and Paul Whitty (Sir Toby).
Sonnet’s artistic staff includes alumni Michael Lluberes
(director), Seth Easter (sets), Janie Bullard
(sound), Henry Williamson (assistant director) and Michelle
Davis (props). Other UNCSA alumni with Sonnet Rep are Todd
Loyd and Tiffany Little-Canfield (co-artistic
directors), Katrina Kent (executive director), Robyne
Parrish (founding artistic director and associate executive
director) and Sean Kent (education curriculum
development). For more information, visit: http://www.sonnetrepertorytheatre.org/?page_id=19.
Two recent films feature prominent UNCSA
School of Drama alumnae: SOLITARY MAN starring Michael Douglas and Mary-Louise
Parker, and THE EXTRA MAN starring Kevin Kline with Celia
The New York Times gives a thumbs up to THE
NEW YEAR, directed and co-written by UNCSA School of Filmmaking alumnus
Brett Haley: http://movies.nytimes.com/2010/07/30/movies/30newyear.html?ref=arts.
Featured in the film are School of Drama alumni Linda Lee
McBride, Kevin Wheately and Trieste Kelly Dunn, and School of
Filmmaking alumnus Ryan Hunter.
Wesley Taylor (class of
2008) is interviewed on Broadway.com: http://www.broadway.com/shows/
New York City’s up-and-coming
eco-friendly 9Thirty Theatre Company presented Aristophanes’ The
Birds at the Greek Cultural Center in Astoria, Aug. 8-21. Directed by
School of Drama Directing Program alumnus Aaron Gonzales,
it featured alumni Freddie Bennett, Matthew Jellison, Nicole
Hodges and Kim Ramirez. 9Thirty's founder
and artistic director is alumnus Jeff Burroughs.
Other alumni staff
include Justin Eure (associate artistic director), Nicholas
Townsend (director of education) and Amanda Whiting
(London correspondent). Check out their website www.9TTC.org to find out more about
this innovative theatre company.
Jake Lacy (class of 2008)
stars in the role of “Casey” in the premiere of the new ABC
sitcom Better With You, Sept. 22 at 8:30 p.m. East Coast
Time. For more information, see: http://abc.go.com/shows/better-with-you
John Reese (class of 2010)
makes his New York debut in the Repertorio Espanol production of Way
To Heaven (Himmelweg) at the Gramercy Park Theatre beginning Sept.
28. For more information, see:
The third season of HBO’s drama series
In Treatment will premiere two
back-to-back half-hour episodes on Oct. 25 and two more on Oct. 26.
Gabriel Byrne returns as Dr. Paul Weston and new cast members are
Irrhan Kahn, Debra Winger, Amy Ryan and UNCSA School of Drama
alumnus Dane DeHaan (high school class of 2004 and college
class of 2008) in the role of Jesse. In the following
“tease,” co-executive producer Dan Futterman refers to
“a new actor named Dane DeHaan. He’s
J.T. Rogers, School of
Drama Class of 1990, 2009 Commencement speaker and UNCSA honorary
doctorate recipient, has just opened the world premiere of his newest
play Blood and Gifts at the Royal National Theatre of Great
Britain directed by Howard Davies. His critically acclaimed The
Overwhelming also had its premiere at the National under Mr.
Davies’ direction and later was presented on Broadway by the
Roundabout Theatre. About Blood and Gifts Michael
Billington of The Guardian UK wrote "J.T. Rogers is that rare creature:
an American dramatist who writes about global issues…the result
is a compelling political thriller that exposes the naivety and
arrogance that contribute to the current tragic impasse." For more
School of Drama Dean Gerald Freedman
directs The Diary of Anne Frank at the prestigious Westport
Country Playhouse Sept. 28 through Oct. 30. The cast includes Drama
alumna Lauren Culpepper, and Design and Production
alumnus Travis McHale is lighting designer.
Senior Drama directing majors Andy Madson, Sam Mandlebaum,
Drew Perrin, Harry Poster and Danielle Rennalls are interns on
the production. For more information, see: http://www.theatermania.com/connecticut/...l.
Dean Freedman returns to campus immediately after opening to begin
rehearsals for Light Up the Sky, with college juniors and
School of Drama alumnus Travis Smith is one
of the four actors in Bouncers, opening the new Hanesbrands
Theatre in the new Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in downtown
Winston Salem, Sept. 14-25. The production is directed by Mark Woods,
founder of the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. For more
information, see: http://www2.journalnow.com/.../
Will Rogers (class of 2004) plays George
Gibbs in Thornton Wilder's Our Town at the Williamstown
Theatre Festival July 21 through Aug. 1. The play is directed by
longtime School of Drama guest artist Nicholas Martin. For more
information, see: http://www.theatermania.com/berkshires/news/...
"Outsourced," featuring Diedrich Bader '87,
is NBC's new addition to their fall Thursday night comedy lineup, which
includes "30 Rock" and "The Office." It will air at 9:30 p.m. EST. For
more information, see: http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox...
Cinny Strickland (class of 1987) and Michael
Abbott, Jr. (class of 2000), appear in the world premiere of
"Providence Gap, The World Premiere of an Appalachian Saga," at Triad
Stage in Greensboro, N.C., through July 4. The play is written
and directed by Triad Stage artistic director and School of Drama
alumnus Preston Lane (class of 1992), with original music by Laurelyn
Dossett. For more information, see: http://www.triadstage.org/mainstage/providence/personnel.php
Brian D. Coats (class of 1993) appears in On
the Levee at the Duke Theatre on 42nd Street in New York
June 14-July 10 as part of Lincoln Center Theatre’s New
Artists/New Audiences initiative. For more information, see: http://www.lct.org/showBio.htm?id=194&creditId=2084
Directing Program graduate Robby
Lutfy (class of 2010) directs Cormac McCarthy's The Sunset
LTD at Charlotte, N.C.’s Blumenthal Performing Arts Center,
Aug. 5-8. Rising Drama senior Jacobi Howard
plays the role of Black, an ex-con evangelical Christian. Howard is
known locally for his powerful performance as Troy in August Wilson's Fences
at UNCSA in the fall of 2009. For more information, see: http://www.blumenthalcenter.org/default.asp?blumenthal=59&objId=2057
Ben Yannette (class of 2009) guest starred
on Episode 2, entitled “Lovesick,” of the USA
Network’s popular series Royal Pains.
Scott Sowers (class of 1987) appears
off-Broadway in the Ensemble Studio Theater’s prestigious Annual
One-Act Festival in Matthew and the Pastor’s Wife. For more
information, see: http://theater.nytimes.com/...
Fox Network has just announced its 2010-11
prime-time season. Matt Lauria (class of
2007), presently Luke Cafferty on NBC's “Friday Night
Lights,” will join the cast of “Ride-Along,” created
by Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”). Co-stars of the new
series include Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke and Delroy Lindo. The
first episode airs Monday, Feb. 6, 2011, at 9 p.m. EST, right after
“House.” For more information, see: www.cinemablend.com/television
Dane DeHaan (class of 2008 and high school
class of 2004), fresh back from shooting the John Sayles feature film
BARYO in the Philippines opposite Chris Cooper, is presently
off-Broadway at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre in The Aliens
by Annie Baker. The New York Times on April 23 said that DeHaan
plays “the bespectacled high schooler Evan Shelmerdine …
with moving precision and comic truth.” For more information,
This coming fall DeHaan joins the cast of HBO’s “In
Treatment” as one of Dr. Paul Weston’s (Gabriel Byrne)
Avery Glymph (class of 1995) appears in the
West Coast premiere of Matthew Lopez's The Whipping Man at
San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre. For more information, see: www.theoldglobe.org/tickets/production.aspx?PID=7522
(click on website and then on "artists" to read actor bios).
Terence Archie (class of 1998) plays the
title role in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at
Off-Broadway’s 2nd Stage Theatre. Sets are designed by
UNCSA Design & Production alumnus Brian Bembridge. For more
One of the major theatrical events of the
Broadway season will open on April 20 at the legendary St. James
Theatre. American Idiot, with music by Green Day, is produced
by School of Drama alumnus Tom Hulce (classes of 1971 high school and
74 undergraduate) and directed by Michael Mayer (both Tony
Award-winners for Spring Awakening). It stars School of Drama
alumna Rebecca Naomi Jones (class of 2003) opposite John Gallagher Jr.,
winner of the 2007 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical (for
Spring Awakening). For more
information, see: www.americanidiotonbroadway.com/?gclid=CM-o5MPU4KACFUWU7Qod9HfvDA.
Cynthia Darlow (class of 1970) plays the
pivotal role of "grandma" in the national tour of Billy Elliot,
presently in-residence in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre through July
11, 2010. The tour will then go on to San Francisco and Los Angeles.
For more information, see: www.theatreinchicago.com/newswire.php?newsID=117.
Scott Sowers (class of 1987) heads the
off-Broadway cast of Lenin’s Embalmers, directed by
artistic director William Carden, at the Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Mr. Carden is father of Drama senior Molly Carden, who played the title
role in Dean Freedman’s Saint Joan in November 2009.
For more information, see: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/....
Nick Searcy (class of 1978) and Rhoda
Griffis (class of 1983) are featured in the motion picture THE LAST
SONG starring Miley Cyrus and Greg Kinnear. Griffis is also featured in
the highly praised movie THE BLIND SIDE as Beth, one of the three
friends Sandra Bullock’s character lunches with
Theatre World Award winner Wesley Taylor
(class of 2008), presently in previews for the Broadway musical The
Addams Family (opening at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 8),
will perform in concert with other noted Broadway actors at Joe's Pub
at the Public Theatre on May 3. For more information, see: www.broadwayworld.com/article/
Ben Gunderson (class of 2009), Riff in
UNCSA’s 50th anniversary revival of West Side Story and
George in Dean Gerald Freedman’s Sunday in the Park with
George, will play Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof at the
John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport, N.Y., April 29 through June
20. The director is past UNCSA guest artist B.T. McNicholl,
resident director of the Broadway production of Billy Elliot.
For more information, see: www.bengunderson.com.
Anna Wood, one of the two Marias in the
UNCSA all-school 50th anniversary revival of West Side Story
in 2007, will guest star on ABC's Brothers and Sisters on
Sunday, April 11. She will be playing Rachel Griffiths’
character "Sarah Walker" at an earlier age. To see Anna Wood on Access
Hollywood, click here:
Lori Foxworth (class of 1991) will make her
feature film debut in NIGHTBEATS, which will premiere at Method Fest in
Calabasas, Calif., on March 27. NIGHTBEATS is a modern style noir film
set in the sleepless underbelly of the city. Named after the famous
school of acting, The Method Fest is the only major film festival in
the United States focusing on acting, celebrating breakout‐acting
performances in story driven independent films.
Ira David Wood III (classes of 1966 –
high school and 1970 – college) leads the cast of The Full
Monty with Sally Struthers and Jarrod Emick at Raleigh's North
Carolina Theatre. Also in the cast is fellow Drama alumnus Jeremy Mills
(class of 2002). See:
Quincy Dunn-Baker (class of 2005) will
appear off-Broadway at the Classic Repertory Company in Alexander
Ostrovsky's The Forest opposite two-time Academy Award-winner
Dianne Wiest. See: www.newyorktheatreguide.com/...
Chris Hartl (high school class of 1999 and
college class of 2003) co-stars with Tony-winner John Glover and
Malcolm Gets at the Kennedy Center in Terrence McNally's Lisbon
Traviata, directed by Christopher Ashley. See: www.theatermania.com/washington-dc/news/...
Dane DeHaan (class of 2008), presently in
the Philippines shooting the John Syles feature film BARYO opposite
Chris Cooper, will appear off-Broadway in the Rattlestick Playwrights
Theatre production of Aliens, beginning performances April
14. For more information, see: http://www.playbill.com/news/...
Joe Mantello (class of 1984) directs the
American premiere of Alexi Kaye Campbell's Olivier Award-winning The
Pride off-Broadway for the MCC Theatre at The Lucille Lortel
Theatre. See: http://mcctheater.org/currentseason.html
Ben Gunderson (class of 2009), who was
George in Sunday in the Park with George and Riff in the
UNCSA 50th anniversary revival of West Side Story, appears in
The Hidden Sky, a new musical playing
off-off Broadway at the West End Theatre, 263 W. 86th St. in New York
City. See: http://vimeo.com/9352565
Alumni Cedric Mays (class of 2006) and Lucas
Hall (class of 2003) have been cast in the new Rebecca Gilman play, A
True History of the Johnstown Flood, which will have its world
premiere at The Goodman Theater in Chicago this spring 2010. For more
information, see: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/08/...
On Jan. 25, the nominees for The 26th Annual
Helen Hayes Awards were announced in Washington, D.C. For a list of
UNCSA School of Drama alumni nominated or involved with nominated
productions, see: http://www.uncsa.edu/pressreleases/...
9Thirty Theatre Company (Jeff
Burroughs class of 2006, Founder & Artistic Director)
is one of New York City’s "movers and shakers ... who will no
doubt be producing some solid and provocative work" and made Broadway
World's Top 10 theatre companies to watch in 2010. Read the full
article at www.broadwayworld.com/...
Will Rogers (class of 2004) and
Henry Vick (class of 2003) have joined the cast of Lincoln
Center Theater Company's upcoming When the Rain Stops Falling
by Australian playwright Andrew Bovell, best known for the screenplay
LANTANA and Baz Luhrmann's STRICTLY BALLROOM. The
production is directed by David Cromer, who directed off-Broadway's hit
revival of Our Town, and begins previews at the Mitzi E.
Newhouse Theater on Feb. 11 and opens March 8. For more
information, see: www.broadwayworld.com/article/....
Neal Bledsoe (class of 2005)
plays the long-lost son of Claire Meade (Judith Light) on multiple
episodes of ABC's Ugly Betty, beginning in December 2009. For
more information, visit: www.tvfanatic.com/2009...
Lisa Tharps (class of 1997)
was featured as Sophie Hernandez in CBS’ Cold Case on
Erica Bradshaw (class of 1996)
will be appearing in an upcoming episode of The Good Wife on
CBS. Bradshaw has been the court clerk on NBC’s Law &
Order SVU for the past four years.
Alumni Celia Weston and Daniel
Stewart Sherman are both featured in the motion picture THE
BOX starring Cameron Diaz, James Marsden and Frank
Wendy McClellan (Class of 1996,
Directing) has directed the highly praised Off-Broadway world
premiere of Or, by Liz Duffy Adams, for the Women’s
Project at the Julia Miles Theater, 424 W. 55th St., New York.
For more information, visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/09/theater/reviews/09or.html
Emily Simoness, class
of 2007, will appear in The Flea Theater's production The
Great Recession beginning Nov. 20 in New York City. She
will perform in Classic Kitchen Timer, written and
directed by Adam Rapp, and Unum, written by Will Eno
and directed by Jim Simpson.
Wesley Taylor (class of 2008)
is prepping for the Broadway premiere of The
Addams Family Musical, which begins previews Nov. 13 and opens to
press in December. Taylor will play Lucas, Wednesday's boyfriend.
Nathan Lane will play Gomez, and Bebe Neuwirth will play Morticia. For
more on Taylor and his new role, see: http://www3.timeoutny.com/...
Ciera Payton (High School '04,
College '08) appears off-Broadway in The Negro Ensemble
Company's Savannah Black and Blue. For more information, visit
Jeremy Webb, class of 1994,
plays George Hastings in She Stoops To Conquer this fall at
the McCarter Theatre. The production is directed by Nicholas Martin
(artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival), who taught
acting in the School of Drama at UNCSA in the 1990s. Webb co-stars in
the upcoming Law and Order episode “Boy Gone
Astray” on NBC. He was nominated for a 2009 Helen Hayes Award for
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for Kander and Ebb’s The
Rebecca Naomi Jones (class of 2003)
can be seen in Spike Lee's feature film adaptation of Passing
Strange, in which she appeared at New York's Public Theatre and on
Broadway. She is presently the female lead in Berkeley Rep's world
premiere of the rock musical American Idiot, directed by Michael Mayer
(Tony Award for SPRING AWAKENING), with score by the band Green Day.
For more information, visit: www.berkeleyrep.org/season/0910/ai_whoswho.asp#jones
Dane DeHaan (class of '08 and High
School class of '04) will make his feature film debut in
AMIGO, directed by Oscar nominee John Sayles (LONE STAR, SILVER CITY,
SUNSHINE STATE, EIGHT MEN OUT) and co-starring Oscar winner Chris
Cooper. The film is set during the Philippine-American War at the turn
of the 20th century, and will shoot in the Philippines beginning
February 2010. For more information, visit www.danedehaan.com/DaneNews.html
Drama alumni are making guest appearances on
CBS’s Cold Case. Ryan Carr ’07
appeared on the seventh season opener (“The Crossing”) on
Sept. 27. Anna Wood ’08 (& High School
’04) will appear on episode 6 (“Dead Heat”), airing
Brian Coats, class
of 1993, appears in a new show on HBO titled How To Make
It In America.
Neal Bledsoe (class of 2005)
makes scandalous Gossip Girl TV history by smooching with
series star Ed Westwick (character of Chuck Bass) on episode 6 airing
Oct. 19 on the CW Network. For more information, see: www.gossipgirlinsider.com/tags/neal-bledsoe/
Ro Boddie (college class of 2009
& high school class of 2005) makes his professional debut
as Belize in Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in
America at the Forum Theatre, one of the Washington, D.C., area's
leading theatres. The director is Directing Program alumnus Jeremy
Skidmore (class of 2000). Performances begin Oct. 4. For more
information, visit: broadwayworld.com/article...
Briana Venskus, High School class of
2005, has been cast for this upcoming season as the new med
student on Fox's hit series "House M.D."
Cooper Harris, class of 2006,
recently appeared in the long-awaited cult hit MEGA SHARK VS. GIANT
OCTOPUS on the SyFy channel . She can also be seen in the films DOUGH
BOYS and LOVE CONQUERS PAUL, currently in release (September 2009).
Ashley Morris (class
of 2007) has been cast in a new play called IN
The Daylight at Second Stage Theatre in New York.
Matt Lauria (class
of 2007) has been cast as series regular Luke
on the hit NBC TV show Friday Night Lights. New episodes
begin this fall on DIRECTV. For more information, see:
Nick Dothee (class of 2005)
performed a concert of Counting Crows
music on Aug. 10 at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City.
Brian D. Coats (class of 1993)
has been nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for
Outstanding Ensemble for his work in “Stomp and Shout (An Work It
All Out),” which was produced by the Babel Theatre Project.
Mark Finley (class of 1987) is
directing Meryl Cohn's “And Sophie Comes Too” for the New
York International Fringe Festival from Aug. 15-29. The
production features Birgit Darby (also class of 1987). For more
Anna Wood (class of 2008)
just completed a guest starring role as “Ana” on Royal
Pains (USA Network), which airs Aug. 13. She also has wrapped up a
lead role in the new Ed Burns film, SAY UNCLE.
Cedric Mays (class of 2000)
will see his first full-length play presented at The National Black
Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, Aug. 3-8. The play, titled Buh
Fuh De Ro Uh Saints (But For The Row Of Saints) was selected to be
part of the festival’s Readers’ Series. For more
information, visit: http://www.nbtf.org/
Clay McLeod Chapman (high school
class of 1996) will be doing his first-ever
reading/performance of old and new short stories, appearing with The
Venn Diagrams on Aug. 22 at Joe’s Pub in New York City. For more
information, visit: http://www.joespub.com/component/option,com_shows/task,view/Itemid,40/id,4672
Briana Venskus (class of 2005, High
School), will appear on stage in "Medea" alongside Annette
Benning and Mary Lou Rosato this fall as part of UCLA Live's 2009-10
season. The show will be directed by Lenka Udovicki. For more
information, visit: www.uclalive.org/event.asp?Event_ID=646
Quincy Dunn-Baker (class of 2005)
appears off-Broadway in the Second Stage Theatre's production of
“Wildflower” by Lila Rose Kaplan, July 13 – Aug. 8.
For more information, see:
Dane DeHaan (class of 2004, High
School, and class of 2008, College) is presently in Toronto
shooting two Lifetime Network movies based on Patricia Cornwall’s
novels: AT RISK and THE FRONT, co-starring Andie MacDowell and Daniel
Ashley Morris (class of '07)
is Prankster "Francine Carruthers" on PBS's "The Electric Company." For
more information, see: www.sesameworkshop.org/inside/pressroom/tec/cast
Clay McLeod Chapman (high school
class of 1996) wrote the libretto for Sick Bastard,
a new musical by Grammy winner Bruce Hornsby. The musical received a
private industry reading directed by Tony Award-winner Kathleen
Marshall the week of June 15. See: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/130178-Barzee_Cullum_Hensley_Swenson_Will_Test_Hornsby_Musical_Sick_Bastard_Marshall_Directs
Anna Camp (class of 2004)
has joined the cast of HBO’s vampire drama True Blood,
which starts its second season on June 14. She plays Sarah Newlin, wife
of the pastor of an anti-vampire church. She was most recently seen on
Broadway in Equus.
UNCSA School of Drama alumnus Daniel
Stewart Sherman (class of 1998) plays ESU Lt. Staley in the
remake of THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123. The film is slated for release on
JUNEBUG playwright and screenwriter Angus
MacLachlan (class of 1980) is set to see his play Stone
begin filming in Detroit in May. Robert DeNiro and Edward Norton will
star, and John Curran (THE PAINTED VEIL) will direct.
Wesley Taylor (class of 2008),
has been named a winner of a Theatre World Award, for his performance
as Franz in Rock of Ages. Taylor also received a
nomination for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured
Actor in a Musical. In the May 13 issue of The New York Times, critic
Charles Isherwood said that Taylor “should have been
nominated” for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.
Taylor played Falstaff in Dean Gerald Freedman's Henry IV and
Action in UNCSA's 50th anniversary revival of West Side Story..
For more information, visit: www.theatermania.com/new-york/news/
Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms,
featuring Daniel Stewart Sherman (class of 1998),
opened to great reviews on April 27 at the St. James Theatre on
Broadway. For more information, visit: www.broadwaysbestshows.com/shows/desireundertheelms/cast.
Dane DeHaan (class of 2004, High
School, and class of 2008, College) plays a 16-year-old Elvis
impersonator in the prestigious off-Broadway Ensemble Studio Theatre's End
Days, directed by Lisa Peterson. The play runs March 30 through
April 19. DeHaan made his Broadway debut in November 2008 understudying
Haley Joel Osment in the revival of David Mamet's American Buffalo,
and his off-Broadway debut in the highly praised premiere of 60
Miles to Silver Lake at Soho Rep. He also guest starred in
an episode of LAW & ORDER: SVU. For more information, visit www.ensemblestudiotheatre.org/#EndDays.
Wesley Taylor (class of 2008) will
be doing a workshop reading of Andrew Lippa's new musical, The
Addams Family Musical, in June 2009. Taylor will be playing Lucas,
Wednesday's boyfriend. Nathan Lane will play Gomez, and Bebe Neuwirth
will play Morticia. The producers are anticipating a Broadway opening
in January 2010.
Freddie Bennett (class of 2006),
Jeff Burroughs (class of 2006), Chance Carroll (class of 2006), Nicole
Hodges (class of 2007), Rebecca Naomi Jones (class of 2003), Ashley
Morris (class of 2007), Holly Pierson (class of 2006), Will Rogers
(class of 2004), Stacy Salvette (class of 2003), Trevor Vaughn (class
of 2005), and Elizabeth Van
Meter (class of 1997) will star in9Thirty
Theatre Company's A Fresh Assortment, an Eco
One-Act Festival, playing April 22- 25 at The Seaport
Cultural Space located at Seaport 210 Front St., New York City. With
writing and direction from Michael Anderson (class of
2006), Justin Eure (class of 2007), Sarah H. Haught (class of 2005),
Isaac Klein (class of 2006), and Jesse
Patch (class of 2005), the festival also features lighting
designs by Rachel Gilmore (class of 2007). Jeff
Burroughs is the founding artistic director of 9Thirty
Tim Eulich (class of 2003) was
fight coordinator for "The Princess and the Pear," a segment of FOX
TV's primetime series Bones that aired on Feb. 19. Eulich also played
the Black Knight character.
Ashley Robinson (class of 2004)
will star in the Signature Theatre’s world premiere of the
musical Giant, based on Edna Ferber’s novel, and
the inspiration for the famous movie with James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor
and Rock Hudson. Robinson plays the role of Jett (the James Dean
part). The composer/lyrist is five-time Tony nominee Michael John
LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Marie Christine). Giant
plays April 28 through May 31. The Signature Theatre is in Arlington,
Va. For more information, visit
Daniel Stewart Sherman, class of
1998, appears as Simeon Cabot in the highly praised revival
of Eugene O'Neill's early classic Desire Under the Elms starring Brian
Dennehy and directed by Robert Falls at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. The
production is projected to move to Broadway this spring. Sherman also
was recently seen in Law & Order as Deputy Robbie Linz and in
Gossip Girl as Deep Throat.
Dana Acheson (class of 2002) and
Timothy Kiefer (class of 2006) will appear in the
two-character play Last Train to Nibroc at the Cincinnati
Playhouse in the Park, directed by Rob Ruggiero, longtime artistic
associate of Dean Gerald Freedman and UNCSA guest director. The show
runs March 28 through April 26. For more information, visit: www.cincyplay.com/shows/Details.aspx?performanceNumber=4306
Blake Griffin, class of 2007,
has been cast as Billy in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing
opening April 17 at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, founded by
Tony-nominated director Milton Katselis. Recently, Griffin guest
starred as Condon on ABC Family's hit show Greek and appears
as Jim Martin in the upcoming television feature Dire Wolf
for the Sci- Fi Channel, starring opposite Gil Gerard and Maxwell
Quincy Dunn-Baker (class of 2005) appears
in Tracey Scott Wilson's The Good Negro at New York's Public
Theater March 3 through April 19. For more information, visit: www.publictheater.org/component/option,com_shows/task,view/Itemid,141/id,960
Ashley Morris (class of 2007)
is featured as one of the “Pranksters” in Sesame
Workshop’s highly anticipated return of its classic
children’s series, “The Electric Company.” The new
series, designed to combat the literacy crisis, has been re-energized
with 35 half-hour episodes for today’s media-driven generation.
The series launched on PBS KIDS GO! Jan. 19 with a special two-hour
sneak peek marathon before it began its regular weekly timeslot on
Fridays, on Jan. 23 (check local listings). Morris’ off Broadway
credits include Edith in Charles Bush's Die Mommie Die;
Isabel in Paper Dolls; Sea; and Lysistrata New.
Her regional theatre work includes Juliet in John Langs’ Romeo
and Juliet and Clown in Five Clowns at the American
School in Singapore. On television Morris had a guest roll as Harmony
on Ugly Betty. Her film credits include Maggie in BE GOOD
DANIEL and an upcoming role in SUNDAYS AT FORT GREEN.
Nick Dothee (class of 2005) performs
a solo concert of his original music at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at The Laurie
Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd St., New York, N.Y.
Jessica Webb (class of 2008) appears
in Southern Girls, directed by NAACP Image Award Nominee Dan
Martin, at the Complex Ruby Theater in Los Angeles Jan. 22-March 1.
J.T. Rogers (class of '90)
will have his play White People performed at Atlantic Stage 2
from Jan. 28 through Feb. 22. The production is directed by fellow
Drama alum Gus Reyes (class of '90) and designed by
UNCSA School of Design and Production alumnus Michael Sharpe (high
school Visual Arts class of '87 and D&P class of '94). For more
information, visit: www.whitepeopletheplay.com.
Rogers also has had an opinion piece published in the January 2009
issue of American Theatre magazine, titled “Writing Without a
John Langs (directing program,
1996), will direct the world premiere of Battle Hymn,
by award-winning playwright Jim Leonard, presented by Circle X Theatre
Co., Jan. 17 through Feb. 21 at the 87-seat [Inside] the Ford.
This is the second production in the 2008-09 season of new plays that
is part of the Ford Theatres' partnership program with L.A.
County-based performing arts organizations. Set and lighting designer
for Battle Hymn is UNCSA School of Design and Production
alumnus Brian Sidney Bembridge. Langs will direct Our
Country’s Good at UNCSA in April 2009.
Anna Camp (class of
2008), currently starring on Broadway in Equus
opposite Daniel Radcliffe, will join the cast of Alan Ball's hit HBO
series True Blood. For details, see:www.theatermania.com/emailer/process_in.cfm/id/77854
Ryan Hill (class of '03, directing
program), now assistant dean and general manager of UNCSA's
School of Dance, with world renowned dancer Ethan Stiefel as our new
dean of Dance, portrayed Mother Ginger in The Nutcracker at
the Stevens Center Dec. 6-14. For a review, see: www2.journalnow.com/content/2008/dec/07/070100/energetic-the-nutcracker-remains-a-memorable-spect/
Drama alumna Cinny Strickland
recreates her role as Vestina Ledbetter in Triad Stage's Beautiful
Star: An Appalachian Nativity, written and directed by fellow
Drama alumnus Preston Lane, founding artistic
director of Triad Stage, one of the Southeast's leading professional
theatre companies. For more information, visit: http://www.triadstage.org/mainstage/star/personnel.php
Dane DeHaan (class of 2008
undergraduate & 2004 high school program) will appear in
the world premiere of Sixty Miles to Silver Lake by Dan
LeFranc off-Broadway at the Soho Repertory Theatre. Performances begin
Jan. 15, 2009. For more information, visit: www.sohorep.org/sixtymiles.html
Billy Magnussen (class of 2007),
who stars as Casey Hughes on “As the World Turns” on CBS,
guest starred on the Dec. 10 episode of “Law & Order”
on NBC. Also appearing on that episode was Stephen McKinley
Henderson (class of 1972), who stars on the Fox series “New
Paloma Garcia-Lee, alumna of both
the UNCSA School of Dance and High School Drama Program (class of
’08), makes her Broadway debut in Phantom of the Opera
beginning Nov. 14.
Thom Miller (class of 2005)
is presently appearing opposite Dan Butler ("Bulldog" Briscoe of Frasier
fame) in Ira Levin's Deathtrap at Northern Stage in Vermont.
For more information, visit: www.northernstage.org/deathtrap
Gaye Taylor-Upchurch (class of 2005,
Directing Program) is associate director for The Bridge
Project (director, Sam Mendes) , a collaboration between the Brooklyn
Academy of Music and London’s Old Vic Theatre (Kevin Spacey,
artistic director). Mr. Mendez directs Shakespeare’s The
Winter’s Tale and Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard
with noted English and American actors Simon Russell Beale, Sinead
Cusack, Richard Easton, Rebecca Hall, Josh Hamilton and Ethan Hawke,
among others. The two plays will perform in repertory at BAM Jan.
2, 2009, through March 8, and at the Old Vic May 23 through Aug. 15.
Ashley Morris (class of 2007) will
guest star as Harmony on ABC's Ugly Betty this Thursday, Oct. 23, at 8
p.m. EST. For more information, see: www.dingorue.com/category/tv-show/ugly-betty/
Celia Weston is featured in
the Oct. 17 issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine in an article
titled, “The Hardest Working Actors in Showbiz.”Celia
Weston is featured in the Oct. 17 issue of Entertainment Weekly
magazine in an article titled, “The Hardest Working Actors in
EJ Cantu (College Drama 2008, High
School Drama 2004) makes his off-Broadway debut as Private 1st
Class Hinson in the Roundabout Theatre's revival of David Rabe's
Streamers. Performances begin at the Laura Pels Theatre on Oct. 17. For
more information, see: www.playbill.com/events/event_detail/16563.html
Rebecca Naomi Jones (class of 2003),
Nicole Hodges (class of 2007), Elizabeth Van Meter (class of 1996)
and Stacy Salvette (class of 2003) star in Lysistrata,
Now, featuring Freddie Bennett (class of 2006), Jeff
Burroughs (class of 2006), Cooper D'Ambrose (class of 2006), Andrew
Pastides (class of 2006), Ciera Payton (class of 2008), and Ashley
Morris (class of 2007), with Jordon Brown (class of
2007), Chance Carroll (class of 2006), and Lauren
Culpepper (class of 2008). The show is directed by Aaron
Gonzalez (class of 2007) and Justin Eure (class of
2007), with music by Pastides and adaption and lyrics by
Burroughs. Lysistrata, Now is a fresh adaptation of the
anti-war, feminist Greek comedy Lysistrata. This modernized
version of the classic is infused with live blues and folk music and
tells the tale of a group of politically charged women who band
together to fight for peace. Lysistrata, Now is a part of
9Thirty Theatre Company's (9TTC) premier season. 9TTC was founded by
Burroughs and has more than 100 UNCSA alumni across disciplines
involved in its productions. See: http://www.9TTC.org
John Halbach (class of 2002)
stars in the off-Broadway premiere of The Affair in 22B at
the Producer’s Club. Performances began Oct. 13. See: http://BroadwayWorld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=33430
Catherine Dent (class of 1993),
who plays savvy beat cop Danni Sofer on FX's The Shield, is
featured in the Oct. 10 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s
“Celebrity College Flashback” at http://www.usnews.com/blogs/college-flashback/2008/10/10/catherine-dent.html.
Bridget Regan (class of 2004)
is the star of a new action adventure series from Disney-ABC Studios, Legend
of the Seeker, premiering in national syndication the weekend of
Nov. 1. She plays Kahlan, a beautiful and mysterious woman who has
sworn her life to protect Richard Cypher (Craig Horner), in this
one-hour, weekly series executive produced by SPIDER-MAN’s Sam
Raimi and the teams behind the popular Xena and Hercules.
Regan recently starred on Broadway in the comedy Is He Dead?
and appeared in the SEX AND THE CITY movie and THE BABYSITTERS. She has
had recurring roles in the television series The Black Donnellys and
Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Wesley Taylor (class of 2008)
makes his off-Broadway debut in the musical Rock of Ages at
New World Stages, opening Oct. 16. Previously, he appeared in the world
premiere of SEE ROCK CITY at the Barrington Stage
Company, where he also sang in William Finn's cabaret for new
performers; and in Myth, at the Eugene O'Neill Theater
Center's National Music Theater Conference. For more information, see: http://rockofagesmusical.com/
Dane DeHaan (college class of 2008
and high school class of 2004), will make his Broadway debut
as standby for Haley Joel Osment in the revival of David Mamet's
American Buffalo at the Belasco Theater. See:
DeHaan was scheduled to make his off-Broadway debut at Soho Rep in
Sixty Miles to Silver Lake beginning Nov. 25. DeHaan will also guest
star, along with James Brolin and Chris Elliot, on NBC's Law &
Order: SVU on Oct. 14. Since graduation in May 2008, DeHaan has
workshopped a new musical, Myth, at the prestigious National Music
Theater Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center; also in the
cast was fellow 2008 Drama alumnus Wesley Taylor.
Julia Klein (class of 1993)
was featured in the 2008-09 season opener of “Law & Order:
Travis Smith (class of 2000)
was nominated for a Suzi Bass Award for Leading Actor in a Play
for his performance as Lenny in “Of Mice and Men” at the
Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta. Nominees for the 2007-08 Suzi Bass
Awards, which honor the best in Atlanta's professional theatre scene,
were announced Sept. 8. For more information, see: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/121173.html
Bill English (class of 2002)
co-stars in the new upcoming FOX series Outnumbered. For more
information, see: http://www.fox.com/programming/shows/new/outnumbered.htm.
Robyn Rikoon (class of 2008 and High
School Drama Program 2004) makes her professional debut at the
Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minn., as Catherine in Arthur Miller's
A View from the Bridge, Sept. 13 through Nov. 9. See a video interview
Missi Pyle (class of 1995)
is making her Broadway debut in “Boeing-Boeing,” the 2008
Tony Award-winning Best Play Revival, on Sept. 9 at the Longacre
Theatre. She is joining Christine Baranski, Gina Gershon and Kathryn
Hahn in Marc Camoletti’s classic ‘60s comedy of errors,
directed by Matthew Warchus. See the article on Broadwayworld.com:
Mary-Louise Parker (class of 1986)
returns to Broadway in January 2009 to play the title role in Henrik
Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" at the Roundabout Theatre. See:
Quincy Dunn-Baker is seen
in The New York Times Aug. 17 edition in a photo from The Signature
Theatre’s production of “The First Breeze of Summer”
with Leslie Uggams. See:
Neal Bledsoe (class of 2005)
appears as Mitchell in Douglas Carter Beane's "The Little Dog Laughed"
at Seattle's Intiman Theatre, Aug. 15 through Sept. 13. See: http://www.seattleactor.com/news/modules.php?name=News&file=print&sid=802
This past spring, Bledsoe guest starred in the new Dove for MTV
miniseries “Fresh Takes,” starring Alicia Keys. See: http://www.dovegofresh.com/#/gofresh/ft_video.aspx/
Nicholas Galbraith (class of 2007)
appears as Joe Kennedy in the first post-Broadway production of the
acclaimed musical "Grey Gardens” at San Francisco Bay area's
TheatreWorks, Aug. 20 through Sept. 14. Since graduating more than
a year ago, Galbraith has been a busy actor, making his New York debut
in the premiere of Charles Strouse's "I, and Albert" at the York
Theatre, teaching in Harlem and the upper West Side through his Kenan
Fellowship at the Lincoln Center Institute, “A Christmas
Carol” at the famed Westport Country Playhouse, and this past
spring’s “The Full Monty” at Vermont's Northern
Stage. He also made his television debut as a guest on MTV's
"LEGALLY BLOND: The Search for the Next Elle Woods.” See: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/119836.html
(class of 1986) once again has been nominated for an Emmy
Award in the category of Leading Actress in a Comedy Series for
Showtime's “Weeds.” See: http://cdn.emmys.tv/awards/2008pte/60thpte_nomswin.php
Will Rogers (class of 2004)
appears in the world premiere of Ellen Melaver's “Not
Waving” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival this August. See: http://www.wtfestival.org/performances/detail.php?PerformanceID=545
Ashley Morris joins fellow class of
2007 alumnus Billy Magnussen in “Paper Dolls” as
part of New York City’s 11th annual International Fringe Festival
in August. See: http://www.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=30019.
The production is directed by 2005 Directing Program alumna
Gaye Taylor Upchurch. This past spring Upchurch was assistant
director of the Broadway revival of Caryl Churchill’s “Top
Girls,” produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club. Morris spent
this past spring and summer as a cast member of PBS's updated version
of “The Electric Company,” due to air in January
2009. Magnussen was recently cast in a guest role on the CWTV
Network's “Gossip Girl.” Aside from his contract role as
Casey Hughes on “As the World Turns,” Magnussen is filming
the feature HAPPY TEARS, opposite Rip Torn, Ellen Barkin, Demi Moore
and alumna Parker Posey. See: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/119144.html
Kate Norby (class of 1998)
appears as Gail Sexton on the CBS summer primetime series,
“Swingtown.” See: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0928173/
Anna Camp (class of
2004, and High School Program class of 2000) joins the cast of
the Broadway revival of “Equus,” starring Daniel Radcliff
(of HARRY POTTER fame) and Sir Richard Griffins, Tony winner for
“The History Boys.” She is set to play Jill Mason, the girl
who becomes romantically involved with Ratcliff’s character, Alan
Strang. Camp can be seen on Broadway in “The Country
Girl” with Morgan Freeman and Frances McDormand. Also joining the
cast is Paul David Story as standby for Daniel Radcliff in the lead
role. “Equus” is set to open at the Broadhurst Theatre on
Nick Dothee (class of '05)
played Tony in “West Side Story” at the West Virginia
Public Theatre in Morgantown, July 8 -13. Dothee performed
opposite School of Drama junior Rachel Wallace in a
cabaret, "Vienna on Broadway," at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna in
November 2007 during the Korngold Festival, where Chancellor John
Mauceri conducted the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. See: http://www.wvpublictheatre.com/cgi-bin/shopper.cgi?preadd=action&key=SHO14WEST
Anna Wood (class of 2008)
made her New York debut one week after graduation in
“Monsterface,” presented by the AUDAX Theatre Group at The
Irish Arts Center, 553 W. 51st Street. Also in the production is Ted
Schneider (class of 2002). The show ran June
5-28. See: http://www.audaxtheatre.org/
Isaac Klein (Directing Program, 2006)
is writer and co-director of “the prophecy of isaiah,”
presented this summer at East Hampton, N.Y.’s Guild Hall John
Drew Theatre. Klein’s recent projects have included
assistant director to Arthur Laurents for the Tony-nominated Broadway
revival of “Gypsy,” starring Patti LuPone, and
“Camelot” at the New York Philharmonic with Gabriel
Byrne and Christopher Lloyd. Klein will assistant direct the revival of
“West Side Story” on Broadway next season. Other drama
alumni involved with “the prophecy of isaiah” are
co-director Matt Cowart (class of 2004) and actors Dana
Acheson (class of 2002), Mike Anderson (class of 2006), Chance Carroll
(class of 2006) and Trevor Vaughn (class of 2005).
Bridget Regan (class of 2004),
who made her Broadway debut this past fall in the David Ives adaptation
of Mark Twain's “Is He Dead?” will star in the new ABC
miniseries “Wizzard’s First Rule,” based on Terry
Goodkind's “Sword of Truth” adventure novel series. The
series is directed by Sam Rami. See: http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20201560,00.html
This summer, Adrianne
Gould (class of 1998) begins her ninth season in the acting
company of the world-famous Stratford Shakespeare Festival in
Stratford, Ontario. This season she plays Ophelia in
“Hamlet” and Bianca in “The Taming of the
Shrew.” See the Toronto Star story: http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/418076
Matt Lauria (class of 2007)
made his off-Broadway debut in May in Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning
playwright David Auburn's “An Upset” at the Ensemble Studio
Theatre 2008 One-Act Marathon, a festival of one-act plays. He
will continue his role of Roy Merritt, costume designer Victoria Ford's
assistant, on NBC's primetime show “Lipstick Jungle” in the
coming fall season. See:
T. Scott Cunningham (class of 1984)
performed in the world premiere of Richard Greenberg's “The
Injured Party” at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Cinny Strickland (class of 1987)
played Sheree in the new comedy “The Dixie Swim Club” at
the Broach Theatre in Greensboro, NC., this past spring. It is
co-authored by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and long-time “Golden
Girls” writer/producer Jamie Wooten. The News and Record said the
production “is but three video cameras shy of a hit TV
Quincy Dunn-Baker (class of
’05) is in rehearsals for “The Good Negro”
at New York’s Public Theatre. This new play, by Tracy Scott
Wilson, is winner of the 2007 Weissberger Award. Dunn-Baker recently
appeared in the Portland (Maine) Stage Company’s world premiere
of “Magnetic North” by William Donnelly, winner of the
Clauder Competition for New England Playwrights. See: http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=179831&ac=Audience
Cedric Mays (class of 2006)
played Citizen Barlow in the Penumbra Theatre Company's production of
August Wilson's “Gem of the Ocean” at the world-renowned
Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minn., April 22 - May 18. See: http://www.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=27177
Jeremy Webb (class of 1994)
performed opposite Broadway legend Chita Rivera and Tony Award-winner
George Hearn in the Kander/Ebb/McNally musical adaptation of
Durrenmatt's “The Visit” at the Signature Theatre in
Arlington, Va., May 13-June 22. See: http://www.sig-online.org/kanderandebb.htm
John Langs (Directing Program, 1996),
director of the School of Drama’s production of “The Trojan
Women,” which played April 18-27, directed Eugene
O’Neill’s “Ah, Wilderness” at the American
Players Theater in Wisconsin this summer. He directs “I Am My Own
Wife” at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, opening Oct. 14; Elmer
Rice’s “The Adding Machine,” as the inaugural
production of The New Century Theatre in Seattle, opening Nov. 14; and
“The Merchant of Venice” at the Seattle Shakespeare
Company, opening March 13, 2009.
Danny Hoch (class of 1989),
actor/playwright/performance artist, has received a distinguished 2008
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship to Assist Research
and Artistic Creation. Other notable Fellows have included W.H.
Auden, Aaron Copeland, Martha Graham, Langston Hughes, Vladimir
Nabokov, Philip Roth, Wendy Wasserstein and Derek Walcott. See: http://www.dannyhoch.com/index.html
K. Todd Freeman (class of 1987)
appeared in “Carter’s Way” at Chicago’s
Steppenwolf Theater Company this past spring. Freeman has been a member
of the prestigious
Steppenwolf ensemble since 1993. See: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117936451.html?categoryid=33&cs=1
Shane Andries (class of 2007)
recently joined BLUE MAN GROUP playing off-Broadway at the Astor Place
Theatre. The other two Blue Men playing opposite him in the New York
company are also NCSA drama alumni: Wes Day and Colin Hurd
(both class of 1997). There are also Blue Men companies
in Boston, Las Vegas, Orlando, Berlin, Oberhausen, Tokyo, Stuttgart and
Basel. Also, drama alumnus Bryce Somerville (class of 1997)
performed with the Blue Men in Boston, Chicago, and Berlin from 1998 to
Jeremy Skidmore (Directing Program,
2000), assistant directed “Macbeth” at the Folger
Shakespeare Library Theatre in Washington, D.C., this past spring. (The
production was directed and conceived by Teller (of Penn & Teller)
and Aaron Posner. The production also featured Dale Girard,
member of the School of Drama faculty, as fight director, and Joe
Isenberg (class of 2006) played Angus. See: http://www.folger.edu/woSummary.cfm?wotypeid=2&season=c&woid=413
Michael Abbott and Travis Smith
(both class of 2000) play lead roles in the award-winning and
critically acclaimed film SHOTGUN STORIES, which was written and
directed by UNCSA School of Filmmaking alumnus Jeff Nichols
(writer/director), produced by film alumnus David Gordon Green, and
shot by film alumnus Adam Stone. Drama alumna Cosmo Pheil
is first assistant director. The film tracks a feud that erupts
between two sets of half-brothers following the death of their father.
Set against the cotton fields and back roads of southeast Arkansas, the
drama explores to what lengths the brothers will go to protect their
family. See” http://www.shotgunstories.com/ for more
information, including links to reviews (The New York Times, Variety,
Robert Ebert, among others).
Andrew Pastides (class of 2006)
played Tom, and William Connell (class of 2005)
played the Gentleman Caller in “’The Glass Menagerie”
at the Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, N.J., this past spring.
Gregg Mozgala (High School Drama
class of 1996) played Romeo off-Broadway in the Theater
Breaking Through Barriers production of “Romeo &
Juliet” at the Kirk Theatre on Theater Row. See the rave
review in The New York Times http://theater2.nytimes.com/2008/03/18/theater/reviews/18rome.html;
information on the remarkable Theater Breaking Through Barriers http://www.tbtb.org/bios.htm; and Mozgala’s
article “An Anecdote,” written for Alliance for Inclusion
in the Arts http://www.ntcp.org/NationalDiversityForum/OpinionPieces/GreggMozgala.htm.
Aubrey Deeker (class of 2001)
played Octavius Caesar in both “Antony and Cleopatra,”
directed by Michael Kahn, and “Julius Caesar,” directed by
David Muse, in repertory at the Shakespeare Theatre of Washington,
D.C., April 26 through July 6. Deeker also played Iraqi veteran Terry
Hanning on HBO’S “The Wire.”
Shirley Serotsky (Directing Program,
class of 1999) was nominated for the prestigious Washington,
D.C., Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Director of a Resident Play for
the Rorschach Theatre's production of “References to Salvador
Dali Make Me Hot” by Jose Rivera. See: http://www.helenhayes.org/sub/nr.cfm
Trieste Kelly Dunn (class of 2004)
played Molly McConnell on FOX TV's “Canterbury’s
Law.” See: http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2927990272/nm1384840
Stephen McKinley Henderson (class of
1972) starred in FOX TV’s “New Amsterdam”:
Jennifer Lyon (class of 2003) headed
the cast of a recent revival of Claire Booth Luce's classic American
comedy “The Women,” at Seattle's ACT Theatre. Last
year she received rave reviews at the same theatre for her performance
as Billie Dawn in “Born Yesterday.” See: http://www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/seattle/se352.html
Tony Award-winning Gary Beach
(class of 1970) stars in the national tour of the Broadway
mega-hit “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT” as King Arthur.
Jason Rhyne (High School Program
class of 1997) received the prestigious 2008 Jonathan Larson
Performing Arts Foundation Award, presented at the 21 Club in New York
City on Feb. 14. Rhyne is a former member of the BMI Workshop and
is at work on the Las Vegas-themed musical, “High Life.”
His one-act, “The MacGuffin,” was presented at the 2006 New
York Musical Theatre Festival.
(class of 2006), played the
title role in “Mala” in July at The Complex in Los Angeles.
It is based on the true story of Mala Zimmetbaum, a young Jewish woman
from Belgium who escaped with her lover from Auschwitz in 1944. She has
appeared off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theater, in numerous TV
commercials (including the new POM Wonderful campaign), and in films
such as LOVE CONQUERS PAUL with Peter Riegert. See www.CooperHarris.net.
Mark Karafin (Directing Program,
2007), is directing Ian Merrigan (class of 2005),
in the one-man show, "Bombs and Manifestos,” by Brian Polak for
the Emerging Artist's Theatre Festival (EATFEST), part of “ONE
MAN TALKING: A developmental series for one-man shows.” Karafin
also recently directed “The Big Ride,” by Stephanie Alison
Walker, for the 14th Annual New York City 15 Minute Play Festival at
the American Globe Theatre.
(class of 2007) co-produced
and directed one play in the Howling Moon Cab Company’s one-act
play festival, “Arcs and Triumphs,” in New
York City this past spring.
Tre Garrett (class
of 2004) recently directed
a new show at the Apollo Theatre about the life of Harlem jazz musician
Art Tatum. The show, produced by the Sony Music Company and Zenph
Technology, opened at the Apollo in June for a limited engagement
before touring the country. Garrett is currently a show director for
Walt Disney Entertainment and a free-lance stage director.
(Directing Program, 1996)
recently shot her
adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” with Martin
Sheen (Henry), Angela Bassett (Westmoreland), Chiwetel Ejiofor
(Hotspur) and Haley Joel Osment (Hal). Tolleson created her
adaption to be both informative and evocative, in the style of a combat
field guide for a soldier. In addition, she has been invited to join
the faculty of Stella Adler in Los Angeles – teaching, directing,
directing students’ shows, and teaching the career breakthrough
Michael Lluberes (class of 2001)
wrote the book and music for the show “The Boy in the
Bathroom,” which was among six new musical works (out of 200)
selected for presentation at the annual ASCAP Foundation/Disney Musical
Theatre Workshop in New York this past spring. The workshop was
directed by Academy and Grammy Award-winning composer/lyricist Stephen
Schwartz. “The Boy in the Bathroom” premiered at the 2007
New York Musical Theatre Festival, where it received the Award for Best
Book and Most Promising New Musical). See: www.nymf.org/Show-202.html
Jim Lauderdale (class of 1979)
was a guest on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” on NBC
on Feb. 18, performing a song from his album “Honey
Songs.” On Feb. 10, Lauderdale won the Grammy Award for
Best Bluegrass Album for “The Bluegrass Diaries,” his
second Grammy in the category. His first was in 2002, with
“Lost in the Lonesome Pines,” a collaboration with Ralph
Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys.
Anna Camp (class of 2004)
joins Morgan Freeman, Frances McDormand and Peter Gallagher in the
Broadway revival of Clifford Odets' “The Country Girl”
directed by legendary Mike Nichols. Performances being on April 3,
opening April 27 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. See:
Travis Smith (class of 2000)
will be playing the lead role of Lenny in John Steinbeck's “Of
Mice and Men” at the New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta,
Ga., March 14 through April 6. See: http://www.shakespearetavern.com/coming_up.htm
Chandler Parker (class of 2002)
plays a featured role in the feature film BE KIND REWIND opposite Jack
Black, Danny Glover, Mos Def and Mia Farrow. The film, opening in movie
theatres on Feb. 22, is being distributed throughout the country and
internationally by New Line Cinema. See: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0662122/
Will Connell (class of 2005)
is in the off-Broadway production of “The Maddening Truth”
presented by the Keen Company at the Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row
through Feb. 23. See: http://www.keencompany.org/
The Two River Theater Company in Red Bank,
N.J. presents “Macbeth” in collaboration with the Folger
Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, D.C. This production is conceived
and co-directed by celebrated magician Teller (of Penn & Teller).
Assistant director is Jeremy Skidmore (directing program,
class of 2000) and fight director is Dale Girard
(NCSA School of Drama faculty). Joe Isenberg (class
of 2006) plays Angus and is fight captain, and Cooper
D'Abrose (class of 2006) plays Young Siward and Sergeant.
“Macbeth” plays Two River through Feb. 17 and the Folger,
Feb. 28 through April 6. See: http://www.trtc.org/pages/1season/Underpants.html
Will Rogers (class of 2004),
who was seen at Salt Lake City's Pioneer Theatre Company in David
Hare's “The Vertical Hour” through Jan. 26, has returned to
New York to begin rehearsals for the premiere of Liz Flahive's
“From Up Here” for The Manhattan Theatre Club. Rogers
will appear opposite Tony Award-winning actress Julie White. Previews
begin at N.Y. City Center Stage 1 on March 27, opening on April 16.
Rebecca Naomi Jones (class of 2003)
made her Broadway debut in the rock musical “Passing
Strange,” which opened at The Belasco Theatre on Feb. 8.
“Passing Strange” was a hit at the Joseph Papp Public
Theatre this past summer and moves to Broadway with its original cast.
Michael Anderson (class of 2006)
just completed a run of Larry Shue's “The Foreigner”
playing the dim-witted Ellard Sims at Salt Lake City's Pioneer Theatre
Company. See: http://www.pioneertheatre.org/season/Foreigner_cast.html
Christy Pusz (class of 2001) joins
Linda Lavin, Jayne Houdyshell and Peter Bartlett in Paul Rudnick's
“The New Century” at the Lincoln Center Theater Company. It
plays the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater March 20 through June 15 and is
directed by longtime NCSA friend and guest artist Nicholas Martin,
artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival. See: http://www.lct.org/calendar/event_detail.cfm?ID_event=52002817
Nicole Hodges (class of 2007)
made her daytime debut on ABC’s “All My Children” as
a young battered wife on Feb. 7.
Jennifer Ferrin (class of 2003)
opened in January on Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre's “The 39
Steps” at the American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd Street, to
rave reviews. See: http://theater2.nytimes.com/2008/01/16/theater/reviews/16steps.html?ref=theater
Michael Jean Dozier (class of 2007)
played the title role of Rosencrantz and Paul David Story
(class of 2005) is Hamlet in Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and
Guildenstern are Dead" at Baltimore Center Stage, Feb. 1 thru March 9.
Benim Foster (aka Barry Stein)
(class of 1995) recently appeared on “Law & Order.”
Drama alumna Mary-Louise Parker (class
of 1986) was nominated for a 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award
and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Nancy Botwin in "Weeds" on
Billy Magnussen (class of 2007)
joined the cast of “As the World Turns” as series regular
Casey Robert Hughes (debut on Jan. 29) after making his Broadway debut
in "The Ritz" directed by Joe Mantello (class of 1984) this past fall.
Cinny Strickland (class of 1987)
was featured in "Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity" at the
award-winning Triad Stage in Greensboro, N.C. Written and directed by
Triad Stage Artistic Director Preston Lane (class of 1992), this
critically acclaimed holiday offering featured music by folk
musician-performer Laurelyn Dossett. Playing to sold out houses for the
second year in a row, “Beautiful Star” features Strickland
as Vestina Ledbetter, who originated the role in its world premiere
last year. See: http://www.triadstage.org/beautifulstar/who.php
Joe Mantello (class of 1984)
will direct “9 to 5,” Dolly Parton’s stage adaptation
of the 1980 feature film in which she co-starred with Jane Fonda and
Lilly Tomlin, at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Performances
begin in September 2008. See: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jl2XSHiQGEbliXJvtFnavh4PaSNgD8SUIFS03
Andrew Pastides (class of 2006)
is playing Danny Saunders in Chaim Potok's "The Chosen" at the
Cleveland Playhouse through Nov. 25. See: http://www.clevelandplayhouse.com/thechosen_cast.asp?eventID=3
Jennifer Lyon (class of 2003)
headed the cast of a recent revival of Claire Booth Luce's classic
American comedy "The Women" at Seattle's ACT Theatre. Last year she
received rave reviews at the same theatre for her performance as Billie
Dawn in "Born Yesterday." See: www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/seattle/se352.html
Jason Rhyne (high school class of 1997)
received the prestigious 2008 Jonathan Larson Performing Arts
Foundation Award presented at the 21 Club in New York City on Feb. 14.
Rhyne is a former member of the BMI Workshop and is currently at work
on the Las Vegas-themed musical “High Life.” His one-act
“The MacGuffin” was presented at the 2006 New York Musical
J.T. Rogers (class of 1990)
makes his Broadway debut as a playwright with his searing drama
“The Overwhelming” at the Roundabout (Laura Pels Theatre).
Variety.com said, “Stop the presses! There's
finally a play in town that makes thinking a pleasure again.”
The New York Sun said: “An
urgent new theatrical voice has arrived… .” (http://www.nysun.com/article/65218)
The New Yorker said: “I loved everything about
the young American playwright J. T. Rogers’s ‘The
Rogers also wrote the cover article for the November 2007 issue of
American Theatre magazine, which features a photo from his play on the
Peter Hedges (class of ’84)
receives high praise for feature film DAN IN REAL LIFE, which he
directed & co-authored. The film stars Steve Carell, Juliette
Binoche, Dane Cook and John Mahoney. Variety.com said: “Gracefully understated and thoroughly engaging, DAN IN REAL
LIFE deftly interlaces heart and humor in a witty, warm and
well-observed comedy about the unexpected and inconvenient blooming of
romance at the weekend gathering of an extended family. Pic more than
fulfills the promise evidenced in PIECES OF APRIL, the 2003 directorial
debut of playwright-novelist-scriptwriter Peter Hedges (ABOUT A BOY,
WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE). From a B.O. perspective, his
follow-up has the potential to delight a demographically diverse
audience, and generate enough favorable word of mouth to register as
one of the fall's true sleepers.” Rolling Stone said:
“Seeing the name of Iowa writer Peter Hedges on a movie
(WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE, ABOUT A BOY, PIECES OF APRIL) means
you're in for a unique blend of humor and heartbreak, with the bruising
and healing powers of family right at the core. APRIL in 2003 repped an
auspicious directing debut for Hedges, which he now follows with the
blissfully funny and touching DAN IN REAL LIFE, the real thing in
romantic comedy in that its characters manage to be romantic, hilarious
and recognizably human at the same time.”
Jeremy Webb (class of 1994),
is starring in “The Glorious Ones,” a new musical by Lynn
Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, directed by Graciela Daniele, at the
Lincoln Center Theater Company's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, Oct. 11
through Jan. 6, 2008. See photos from the production and read The New
York Times review at: http://theater2.nytimes.com/2007/11/06/theater/reviews/06glorious.html.
Webb returned to NCSA for a week last year to take a refresher course
with master mask teacher Robert Francesconi in preparation for this
Ashley Morris (class of 2007)
makes her professional debut in Charles Busch’s off-Broadway hit
“Die Mommie Die.” See the Variety review at: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117935143.html?categoryid=33&cs=1.
For more about Morris, visit www.Broadway.com
and click on Broadway Buzz and then Fresh Face.
Read about NCSA drama alumni Joe
Mantello and Billy Magnussen in the Oct. 12 story about the
opening party for “The Ritz” on Broadway at http://www.playbill.com/news/article/111879.html.
Mantello directs and Magnussen, a 2007 graduate, appears in the play.
Jeremy Skidmore, Directing Program,
class of '00, directs "Ambition Facing West" by Anthony
Clarvoe at Washington, DC's award winning Theater Alliance. Appearing
in the production is Joe Isenberg, class of '06.
Mary Louise Parker, class of '86,
appears opposite Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck and Sam Shepard in Andrew
Dominik's feature film THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD
Jolly Abraham, class of '02,
is presently playing Ophelia in the off-Broadway Pearl Theater Company
of "Hamlet" thru Oct. 28th.
Paul David Story, class of '05, is
at the Dallas Theater Center thru Sept. 23rd playing Charles Bingley in
"Pride & Prejudice" directed by Stan Wojewodski.
John Halbach, class of '02, plays
Wes in the musical "Urban Cowboy" at the Gateway Playhouse on Long
Island in Bellport, NY.
The New York Musical Theatre Festival in
association with Montsgo Project and Geranium Theatre present The Boy
in the Bathroom, a new musical with book and lyrics by Michael
Lluberes, class of '01. The Boy in the Bathroom was selected
as one of only 18 new musicals for NYMF's Next Link Project. Through a
blind submission process, over 400 works were evaluated by a committee
of theater professionals and selected by a grand jury made up of Tony
Cynthia Darlow (class of 1970) and
Ashley West (class of 1996) are off-Broadway at the Beckett
Theatre on 42nd Street in Milan Stitt’s “The Runner
Stumbles”. The New York Times review on Nov. 13 (http://theater2.nytimes.com/2007/11/12/theater/reviews/13runner.html)
said as Mrs. Shandig “Cynthia Darlow is positively
virtuosic” and Ashley West “invests (Rita) with her own
Jennifer Ferrin (class of 2003)
will star in the Roundabout Theatre’s Broadway production of
“The 39 Steps” at the American Airlines Theatre on West
42nd Street. Performances begin Jan. 4, 2008, opening Jan. 15 and
closing March 23. The show transfers from the Huntington Theater
Company in Boston, where Broadwayworld.com called Ferrin’s
performance “delightfully mercurial” and Variety.com said,
“Ferrin is even more hysterical as a
thick-accented German babe who gets offed in the hero's flat.”
Read more about the production at: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/111958.html
Quincy Dunn-Baker (class of
’05) appeared in the opening fall episode of “Law
& Order, SVU,” entitled “Impulsive.”
Matt Lauria (class of ’07)
made his primetime debut on the Oct. 11 episode of “30
Rock,” entitled “Jack Gets in the Game.”
Avery Glymph, class of 1995,
is appearing in two shows this winter at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
He will be in “Spunk” from Nov. 13 – Dec. 15 and
“The Tempest” from Jan. 2 – Feb. 2, 2008.
Jonathan Hadley, class of 1986,
is presently playing Bob Crewe in the Broadway production of
“Jersey Boys.” In spring of 2008 he is in the national
Tiffany Little Canfield (Directing
Program, class of 2000) was the casting director for Julie
Taymor’s recently released feature film ACROSS THE
UNIVERSE. Canfield, casting associate with Telsey & Company
in NYC, spent nine months on this special project.
Read about NCSA
drama alumni Joe Mantello and Billy Magnussen in the
Oct. 12 story about the opening party for “The Ritz” on
Broadway at http://www.playbill.com/news/article/111879.html.
Mantello directs and Magnussen, a 2007 graduate, appears in the play.
Peter Hedges (class of 1984)
is director/co-writer of the feature film DAN IN REAL LIFE, due to be
released nationally on Oct. 26, 2007. It stars Steve Carell and
features Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, John Mahoney, Dianne Wiest and
Allison Pill. Tiffany Little Canfield (class of 2000)
of Bernard Telsey Casting was the casting director. For more
information, visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0480242/
Check out Justin Eure's
exciting website from Nepal: http://web.mac.com/eredgorgoroth/Ramro/Blargh/Blargh.html.
Eure (Directing Program, Class of 2007 & High School Drama, 2003)
is there studying theatre on a Fulbright & was the 2006-07
recipient of the Sarah Graham Kenan Scholarship at NCSA.
Jeremy Skidmore, Directing Program,
class of '00, directs "Ambition Facing West" by Anthony
Clarvoe at Washington, DC's award winning Theater Alliance. Appearing
in the production is Joe Isenberg, class of '06.
Mary Louise Parker, class of '86,
appears opposite Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck
and Sam Shepard in Andrew Dominik's feature film THE ASSASSINATION OF
JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD.
Jolly Abraham, class of '02,
is presently playing Ophelia in the off-Broadway
Pearl Theater Company of "Hamlet" thru Oct. 28th.
Jeremy Webb, class of '94,
will appear in THE GLORIOUS ONES at the Lincoln Center Theater Company,
a new musical by Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty directed by
Graciela Daniele. It plays Oct. 11 thru Jan. 6 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse
The New York Musical Theatre Festival in
association with Montsgo Project and Geranium Theatre present The Boy
in the Bathroom, a new musical with book and lyrics by Michael
Lluberes, class of '01. The Boy in the Bathroom was selected
as one of only 18 new musicals for NYMF's Next Link Project. Through a
blind submission process, over 400 works were evaluated by a committee
of theater professionals and selected by a grand jury made up of Tony
Ashley Morris, class of '07, makes
her professional acting debut this Oct. in the New York premiere of
Charles Busch's DIE MOMMIE DIE! Mr. Busch reprises his cult performance
from the 2003 feature film of the same name as Angela Arden, and Ashley
plays his/her vengeful daughter Edith. Previews begin at off-Broadway's
New World Stages on Oct. 10, opening on Oct. 21.
Paul David Story, class of '05, is
at the Dallas Theater Center thru Sept. 23rd playing Charles Bingley in
"Pride & Prejudice"
directed by Stan Wojewodski.
John Halbach, class of '02, plays
Wes in the musical "Urban Cowboy" at the Gateway Playhouse on Long
Island in Bellport, NY.
Travis Smith, class of '00,
plays Prince Xerxes in the critically acclaimed production of "The
Persians" by Aeschylus at the Theatre in the Square in Marietta, GA.
Drama alumni Robyne Parrish, class
of '98, and William Connell, class of '05,
appear in "Sherlock Holmes: The Early Years, a new
mystery/comedy-musical at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
For the second year in a row Klea
Scott, class of '97, has been nominated for Canada's
prestigious Gemini Award for Best Actress in a Continuing Leading
Dramatic Role in INTELLIGENCE presented on CBC, the Canadian Broadcast
Corporation. The Gemini Awards annually recognize & celebrate
excellence in Canadian English-language television.
Isaac Klein, class of '06,
directs "Actors With Day Jobs" at the Where Eagles Dare Theater off-off
Broadway on W. 36th Street. Cast members include Jefferson Isleib '06,
Demetrios Saites '05 and Karen Young '06.
THE OVERWHELMING by J.T. Rogers,
class of '90, has its NY
premiere at the Roundabout Theatre Company's Laura Pels Theatre on
Broadway. Performances begin Sept. 28th and continue thru Dec. 23rd.
THE OVERWHELMING had its world premiere at the Royal National Theatre
of Great Britain in the summer of 2006.
Marilyn McIntyre, class of '72,
plays Lori Thomas on GH: NIGHT SHIFT, a new nighttime soap
opera airing on the cable network SOAPnet.
Quincy Dunn-Baker, class of '05
, is presently appearing in ROMEO & JULIET
at the NY Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare in the Park. He will be
on LAW & ORDER this fall, possibly the fall premiere episode; and
will play Brick
in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at the English Theatre of Frankfurt, Germany
thru Oct. 28th.
The 2007 Broadway Tony Awards and
The School of Drama -
Jennifer Ehle '88 won Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a play
for THE COAST OF UTOPIA. Also appearing in Tom Stoppard's UTOPIA at the
Lincoln Center Theater Company were Jennifer Lyon '03 and Will Connell
'05. Tom Hulce '74 won as producer of the Best Musical SPRING
AWAKENING. Ed Schloss '72 was nominated as producer of GREY GARDENS.
Also appearing in Tony nominated productions were Scott Sowers '87
INHERIT THE WIND, Christy Pusz '01 TALK RADIO, Jolly Abraham '02 CORAM
BOY, and Matt Coward '04 assistantdirector of 110 IN THE SHADE.
Billy Magnussen, class of '07, lands
his first Broadway show! On August 21st he goes into rehearsals for the
Roundabout Theatre's revival of Terrence McNally's THE RITZ directed by
NCSA alumni Joe Mantello, class of 1984. Prior to that Billy goes to
the prestigious O'Neill Center Playwrights Conference to do Roberto
Aguirre-Sacasa's GOOD BOYS AND TRUE opposite Tony Award winning actress
Will Rogers, Class of '04,
appears in Kate Fodor's 100 SAINTS YOU SHOULD KNOW directed by Ethan
McSweeny at off-Broadway's prestigious Playwrights Horizons Aug. 24
thru Sept. 30.
Trieste Kelly Dunn, Class of '04,
co-stars in the major new FOX TV series CANTERBURY'S LAW due on the air
in Jan. 2008. Directed by Oscar nominated Mike Figgis her co-stars
include Julianna Margulies, Linus Roache, Ben Shenkman and Jocko Sims.
Bridget Regan, Class of '04,
has just been cast in her first Broadway play. This fall 2007 she will
go into rehearsals for IS HE DEAD?, a comedy adapted by David Ives from
a play by Mark Twain. It will be directed by the legendary Michael
Blakemore. Also cast is Norbert Leo Butz, Tony winner for DIRTY ROTTEN
Lance Kramer, Class of 2005,
is currently in rehearsals for the musical “Assassins” at
Sight Unseen Theatre in LA. He plays John Hinkley
Missi Pyle, Class of 1995, has
recently guest starred in episodes of ABC's “Boston Legal”
and NBC's “Heroes.” She will also star in the upcoming ABC
pilot TRAVELING IN PACKS.
Dan Perry, Class of 1983,
is currently the head writer on the new Steven Spielberg/Mark Burnett
series "On the Lot," which airs this summer on Fox.
Will Rogers '04 was
recently (April 4) seen in The New York Times. His photograph from
"Dark Play" accompanied an article by Charles Isherwood, who reviewed
the prestigious Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival of New
American Plays. Rogers received high praise in the article.
Both Tim Kiefer, Class of 2006, and
Sarah Viccellio, Class of 2005, are featured in the upcoming
Focus feature film EVENING, directed by Lajos Koltai (BEING JULIA),
adapted by Michael Cunningham from Susan Minot's best selling novel.
The film stars Meryl Streep, Claire Danes, Natasha Richardson, Glenn
Close and Barry Bostwick, among others. Viccellio also plays the
recurring role of Miranda on “As the World Turns.”
Neil Bledsoe, Class of 2005,
has been busy on TV of late. He just finished shooting a lead role for
the CW pilot I AM PAIGE ARMSTRONG, in Providence, R.I.; a guest role on
CBS's “CSI:NY,” along with 2005 classmate Quincy
Dunn Baker; a guest role on ABC's “Six
Degrees”; and a guest starring role on the pilot LIPSTICK JUNGLE
by Candace Bushnell (“Sex & the City”) for NBC.
Jully Abraham, Class of 2002,
joins the Broadway cast of “Coram Boy” opening at the
Imperial Theatre on May 2.
Bill English '02 has the
lead role in the ABC television pilot THE CAVEMEN, based on the popular
Geico TV commercials. Variety reported in March that: "CAVEMEN will
revolve around three pre-historic men who must battle prejudice as they
attempt to live as normal thirtysomethings in modern Atlanta."
Christy Pusz, Class of 2001,
appears in the Broadway revival of Eric Bogosian's “Talk
Radio,” directed by Tony Award-winning director Robert Falls and
starring Liev Schreiber
Bridget Regan, Class of 2004,
is shooting the Gary Tieche FOX pilot “Supreme Courtships,”
about the personal and private lives of six Supreme Court clerks. She
also has a recurring role on “Law & Order: Criminal
Intent” and will guest on an upcoming episode of “Six
Trieste Kelly Dunn, Class of 2004,
is shooting a leading role on the FOX pilot “Canterbury’s
Law,” directed by Mike Figgis (LEAVING LAS VEGAS, TIMECODE) and
opposite Juliana Margulies, Linus Roache and Ben Shenkman.
Will Connell, Class of 2005,
has joined the cast of Tom Stoppard's “The Coast of Utopia”
at the Lincoln Center Theater Company with NCSA alumnae
Jennifer Ehle and Jennifer Lyon.
Quincy Dunn-Baker, Class of 2005, had
a recurring role on “One Life to Live.”
Joe Mantello, Class of 1984, was
nominated for a Lawrence Olivier Award for Best Director for the London
production of “Wicked.” The awards were presented in
Anna Camp, Class of 2004, is
presently shooting an ABC/Warner Bros. pilot tentatively titled
“Family Juleps” (also known as the Untitled Rita Mimoun
Project) opposite Alyssa Milano, Mary Steenbergen and James Brolin. She
just came off of the hit Off- Broadway production of Theresa Rebeck's
"The Scene," starring Patricia Heaton and Tony Shalhoub, at Second
Stage Theater. Camp graduated from the High School Drama Program in
2000, prior to attending the college program.
Will Rogers, Class of 2004, was
recently seen at Actors Theatre of Louisville, performing in
“Mary’s Wedding,” and is currently appearing there
(through March 31) in “Dark Play” by Carlos Murillo at the
Humana Festival of New American Plays.
Erich Bergen, Class of 2005, is
playing Bob Gaudio in the national tour of “Jersey Boys.”
Tom Hulce, Class of 1971/1974, made
his Broadway producing debut with the rock musical “Spring
Jennifer Ferrin, Class of 2003, had
a recurring role on the CBS show “3 LBS” as Penny Marx,
while Jerzy Gwiazdowski, Class of 2004,
appeared on the show in November.
Gary Beach, Class of 1970, is
currently appearing as Thenardier in the Broadway revival of “Les
Miserables” at The Broadhurst.
Lauren Ward, Class of 1992,
plays Baroness Schrader in the London revival of “The Sound of
Music” directed by Jeremy Sams and produced by Sir Andrew Lloyd
Allison Nichols, Class of 2003, recently
hosted a one-hour TV special for Fine Living Network,
titled “Pet Parenting 101.”
Alex Reznik, Class of 2001, had
a guest spot on ABC’s “Brothers and Sisters” in
Peter Hedges , Class of 1984, directed
the film DAN IN REAL LIFE, scheduled for release in September 2007.
Bridget Regan, Class of 2004, appeared
on CBS’s “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” last fall.
Whitney Pastorek, High School/1993,
is a full-time writer for Entertainment Weekly.
Terrence Mann, Class of 1978, has
been named the Carolyn Plemmons Phillips and Ben R. Phillips
distinguished professor in musical theatre at Western Carolina
University in Cullowhee.
Wendy McClellan, Class of 1996, directed
Actor’s Theatre of
Louisville’s production of “The Christmas Carol,”
while Daniel Frith, Class of 2001, played Young
Ebenezer in the production.
Jeremy Skidmore, Class of 2000, directed
Lanford Wilson’s play “The Gingham Dog” last fall for
the African Continuum Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.
Class of 1996, saw his play “Makeout Session,”
produced at TBG Arts Center last fall. It was directed by Matt
Cowart ’04 and starred Andrew Pastides
and Adrian Wyatt ’06. The associate producer
was Isaac Klein ’06.
Travis L. Smith, Class of 2000, was
nominated for a 2006 Suzi Award, Atlanta’s
equivalent of the Tony Awards. Smith was nominated for Best Featured
Actor in a Play for his role in “Keeping Watch,” a new play
by Tom Ward.
Klea Scott, Class
of 1997, was nominated for Canada’s coveted Gemini
Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a
Dramatic Program for her role on the Canadian Broadcasting
Channel’s show “Intelligence.”
Jennifer Lanier, Class of 1995, has
been performing in a one-woman show titled “None of the
Above.” It was honored with two awards by the Columbus National
GLBT Theatre Festival. It won Best Socio-Political Show and Best of the
Festival: Solo Show.
Kelly Maxner (Parsley), Class of
2000, is the interim director of the School
of Drama’s High School Program.
Jeremy Beazlie, Class of 2003,
is part of the cast of a new MTV series titled “The
Gamekillers,” which airs Friday, Feb. 6, at 11 p.m. He plays
Sensitivo. The casting director of the show is Tiffany Little Canfield,
Class of 2000.
Gaye Taylor Upchurch, Class of 2005
(directing), is completing her fellowship at The Lincoln
Center Institute by directing "The Language of Angels" by Naomi Iizuka
on March 3 and 4 in New YorkRebecca Jones, Class of 2003,
is presently in the Asian tour of "Rent" in China, Singapore and Korea.
Erica Bradshaw ‘96 will
perform in the play “Syringa Tree” by Pamela Gien at the
Delaware Theatre in March 2006
Tre Garrett, Class of 2004
directing graduate, has just directed “Draft Day” to rave
reviews at the African Continuum Theater Company in Washington, D.C.
Ben Cherry, Class of 1999, is
starring in “The Andrews Brothers” at Milwaukee Rep.
Quincy Dunn Baker (Class of 2005) is
understudying Michael Chemus and Pablo Schreiber in the New York
premiere of "Mr. Marmalade" at the Roundabout Theatre, following his
successful portrayal of Stanley in "A Streetcar Named Desire" at
Greensboro's Triad Stage, directed by its artistic director, Preston
Melodie Sisk (Class of 2004) is
the female lead in "The Turn of the Screw" at Triad Stage Oct. 16 thru
Neal Bledsoe (Class of 2005) is
doing a three-month guest stint on "The Guiding Light." He will know in
January 2006 if his Lifetime pilot THE HUNTERS is going to series.
Paul (Schlapkohl) Story (Class of 2005)
recently did a staged reading of David
Rabe's "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel," directed by Philip Seymour
Hoffman, as part of the Joe Papp Public Theatre's 50th anniversary.
The New York Times (Sept. 30) had a positive review of "The Shaggs:
Philosophy of the World," directed by John Langs (Class of'
1996) and produced by the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
In the cast were Dana Acheson ('02) and Bill
English ('02). Langs is now directing the Seattle Shakespeare
Festival's "Romeo and Juliet" with Acheson as Juliet and Ian
Merrigan ('05) as Benvolio. Langs will return to NCSA this
winter to direct the musical adaptation of James Joyce's "The Dead."
The New York Times (Oct. 7) reviewed the New York premiere of "Marion
Bridge," produced at Urban Stages by Ashley Gates (Class of
1994). She directed the play at NCSA in February 2004 and
will be returning as guest acting faculty in winter 2006.
Bridget Regan (Class of 2004)
received a good review in the Oct. 3-9 issue of Variety for her
performance in the premiere of Lee Blessing's "The Scottish Play" at
the La Jolla Playhouse.
Bridget Regan, Class of 2004,
appears in the world premiere of Lee Blessing's "The Scottish Play" at
La Jolla Playhouse.
Will Rogers, Class of 2004,
has the role of Warren in “This is Our Youth” at the
Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.
Danny Sherman `98 going to be
in the Roundabout's production of A TOUCH OF THE POET
Drama alumna Wendy McClellan ’96, director of
“Uncle Sam’s Satiric Spectacular,” won the praise of
The New York Times in a review of the show, at Players Theatre in
Greenwich Village, in the Aug. 22, 2005, article “New Politics
and Oldfangled Vaudeville.” The production premiered in April at
the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Ky. It was
commissioned by the Actors Theater of Louisville to showcase its
Quincy Dunn-Baker ('05) will
make his professional stage debut as Stanley Kowalski in A STREETCAR
NAMED DESIRE at Triad Stage in Greensboro.
Reynaldo Rosales ('00) will be
a series regular in the cast of INCONCEIVABLE on NBC premiering Friday
nights @ 10 PM starting in September. The series is by the creators of
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, SMALLVILLE & ALLEY MCBEAL.
Mike Abbott (‘00) and
Melodie Sisk (‘04)
played the lead roles in BUS STOP at Triad Stage directed by artistic
director Preston Lane (‘92)
Diedrich Bader ('87) co-stars
with Sandra Bullock in film MISS CONGENIALITY 2.
Gary Beach (‘70) stars
in the hit Broadway revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at the Marquis
Anna Camp (‘04) appeared
as Cecily in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at the Dallas Theatre
Center. She is presently appearing off-Broadway in GOD HATES THE IRISH.
Deb Colvin-Tener (’85)
appeared as Mae West/Jo in DIRTY BLONDE at the Contemporary American
Theatre in Columbus, Ohio.
Matt Cowart (‘04)
directed "[sic]" in NYC at the 78th Street Theatre Lab with Jerzy
Will Rogers (‘04), Stacy Salvette
(‘04), Jennifer Etzkin (‘03) and Tom Sawyer (‘04).
T. Scott Cunningham (‘84)
played Gooper in the Kennedy Center production of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
as part of their Tennessee Williams Festival.
Jeff Cusimano (‘03) and
Andrew Honeycutt (‘04)
presently appear in the major revival of MR. ROBERTS at The Kennedy
Center directed by Robert Longbottom.
MOSON Productions recently produced Jonathan Davidson's
(‘00) new play A MODERN WORLD off-off Broadway.
Featured in the production were Mr. Davidson, James Ryan
(‘01), Chandler Parker (‘02) and Cosmo
Aubrey Deeker (‘01)
appeared in THE CLANDESTINE MARRIAGE at The Folger Theatre and
LORENZACCIO at The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, DC directed by
Catherine Dent (‘93)
continues her role as Danny Sofer on the FX series THE SHIELD. She
recently guest starred on CBS's JUDGING AMY.
Ruth Eglsaer (‘03)
played Celimene in THE MISANTHROPE at the Denver Theatre Center and is
presently at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival playing Rosalind in AS
YOU LIKE IT, Ann in ALL MY SONS and Debbie in THE REAL THING.
Bill English (‘02) played
Dr. Seward in Preston Lane's (‘92) world
premiere adaptation of DRACULA at Triad Stage.
Angela Forrest (‘94) was
featured in Back Stage as one of the "10 Standout Stand-ups Worth
John Frappier (‘97) starred
in FUDGIE & JANE, voted a Top Hot Short of the Year by Film Threat.
Jay Freer (‘83) directed
SUMMER AND SMOKE in Atlanta at the Theatrical Outfit. Appearing in the
production were Leigh Pittard (‘00) and Travis
Daniel Frith (‘01) appeared
in ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL at the Folger Theatre and COOKING WITH
ELVIS at the Woolly Mammouth Theatre in Washington, DC. He was featured
in an article in The Washington Post about "10 Young Actors Bursting on
Tre Garrett (‘04) is
presently assistant director to Tony winner Dan Sullivan for JULIUS
CAESAR starring Denzel Washington on Broadway.
Jerzy Gwiazdowski's (‘04)
new play WE THREE was directed by Matt Cowart (‘04)
at the Lincoln Center Institute at Lincoln Center in NYC. In the cast
were Stacy Salvette (‘04), Evan Lubeck (‘04),
Gabriel Scoggin (‘04), Timothy Eulich (‘03), John Halbach
(‘02), John Patrick (‘04) and Mr. Gwiazdowski as
William Shakespeare. Assistant director was Tom Sawyer
(‘04) ant the fights were staged by Mr. Eulich.
Jonathan Hadley (‘86)
directed TARTUFFE for Sonnet Rep in NYC. Featured in the cast were Robyne
Parrish (‘98), Josh Perilo (‘98), Allison Nichols
(‘03), Ben Cherry (‘99) and Katrina Kent (‘98).
John Halbach (‘02) is
presently playing the Dentist in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Northern
Stage in Vt.
Lucas Hall (‘03) is
presently playing Ferdinand in THE TEMPEST at The Pittsburgh Public
Lindsey Harrison (‘03) appeared
in M. BUTTERFLY at Arena Stage in Washington, DC.
Cedric Hayman (‘03) played
Feste in 12TH NIGHT at Shakespeare Festival LA and appeared in the
critically acclaimed TOPDOG/UNDERDOG at the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas
Stephen McKinley Henderson (’02)
played Van Helsing on Broadway in DRACULA: THE MUSICAL.
Ryan Hill (’03)
continues to work with and for the Producing Office in New York City,
the producers of AVENUE Q and RENT.
Tom Hulce (‘74) is one
of the producers of the highly acclaimed move A HOME AT THE END OF THE
WORLD based on the novel by Michael Cunningham.
Lindsay Jones (‘92) was
sound designer of Sam Shepard's THE GOD OF HELL starring Randy Quaid
and Tim Roth presented at the Actors Studio in NYC.
Rebecca Jones (’03)
appeared in the LA and San Francisco production of the Tony nominated
musical CAROLINE OR CHANGE directed by George C. Wolfe.
Elizabeth Kapplow (‘01)
received Best Lead Performance from Durham, NC's Independent Weekly for
PROOF at Triad Stage.
Alex Knold (‘99) toured
13 different military bases in the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's
MACBETH as part of the NEA's Shakespeare in American Communities
program co-founded by the U.S. Dept. of Defense.
Eddie Kurtz (’04) is
assistant to the artistic director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre in
Preston Lane (‘92)
artistic director of award winning Triad Stage starred in his own
production of David Sedaris' THE SANTALAND DIARIES to great critical
John Langs (‘96) won
best director at the Back Stage West Garland Awards for the world
premiere of THE SHAGGS at the Powerhouse Theatre Company in LA.
Chad Leslie (’99) is the
founding director for an international arts network called Worldwide
Art Collective, which conducts projects with artists in more than 30
nations. Some notable organizations include the Alliance Francaise, the
British Council, the Taiwan and Macau Federal Governments, as well as
the Asian Cultural Council, a subdivision of the Rockefeller Brothers
Tiffany Little-Canfield (’00)
is casting director for theatre, TV, film and commercials with Bernard
Telsey Casting in New York City.
Michael Lluberes (‘01) appeared
in 12TH NIGHT at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
Jennifer Lyon (‘03)
played the lead in a new play HAIL MARY at the Buffalo Studio Arena.
Angus MacLachlan's (‘80)
THE RADIANT ABYSS premiered at the Kennedy Center in the Woolly Mammoth
Theatre Company's production starring Jeremy Beazlie
(‘03) and Dana Acheson (‘02). His movie JUNEBUG
directed by Phil Morrison and featuring Celia Weston
(‘73) received a special award at the Sundance Film
Joe Mantello (‘84)
won the 2004 Tony Award for best director of a musical for ASSASSINS.
He recently directed Mario Cantone on Broadway in LAUGHING WHORE and is
directing the upcoming Broadway revival of David Mamet's GLENGARRY GLEN
Jordan Miller (‘04) will
play Curly in OKLAHOMA at the Dutch Apple Theatre in Pennsylvania this
Marlon Morrison (‘98)
played Lymon in THE PIANO LESSON at The Cleveland Playhouse.
Aaron Nagler (‘00) appears
in the national tour of THE FULL MONTY.
Allison Nicholas (‘03)
appeared off-Broadway in two productions with The Pearl Theater
Company, Gogol's MARRIAGE and Lorca's THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA.
Chandler Parker (‘02)
made guest appearances on NBC's THIRD WATCH, HBO’s THE SOPRANOS
and FOX's THE JURY.
Mary Louise Parker (‘86)
won the 2004 Emmy for best supporting actress for the HBO movie of Tony
Kushner's Pulitzer Prize winning ANGELS IN AMERICA. She recently
starred on Broadway in RECKLESS and will soon have her own Showtime TV
series, WEEDS, with Elizabeth Perkins and Kevin Nealson.
This summer John Patrick (’04) will play Buddy
in FOLLIES at the Barrington Stage directed by Julianne Boyd.
Ashley Robinson (‘04)
guest starred in he Showtime series HATE and will join the national
tour of WICKED.
J.T. Rogers ('90) was one of
six finalists for the Steinberg Award presented by the American Theatre
Critics Association and won their Osborne Award for best play by an
American Playwright for MADAGASCAR produced by the Salt Lake Acting
Will Rogers (‘04) played
a lead role in P.J. Paparelli's COLUMBINUS at the Round House Theatre
in Silver Spring, Md. Also in the production was Daniel Frith
Reynaldo Rosales (‘00)
starred in the Steppenwolf Theatre's world premiere of ONE ARM based on
Tennessee William's short story adapted & directed by Moises
Kaufman. The production is scheduled to move to Broadway next season.
Charles Sargent (‘02)
directed a critically acclaimed "site-specific" HAMLET for Working Mutt
Productions in Brooklyn, NY. Lucas Hall (‘03) played
Hamlet and the cast included Jennifer Ferrin (‘03),
Robyn Parrish (‘98), John Halbach (‘02), Tim Eulich
(‘03), and Jerry Miceli (‘03). Original score was
by Alcorn Minor (‘03).
Gabe Scoggin (‘04) appeared
on THE GUIDING LIGHT.
Shirley Serotsky (‘99)
directed Shakespeare's THE WINTER'S TALE in NYC at PC2 Theatre for
Sonnet Repertory Theatre. In the production were Monica
Francisco (‘00), John Halbach (‘02), Michael Johnson
(‘80), Brian Kelly and Maggie Marlin
Jeremy Skidmore (‘00)
received a Helen Hayes nomination for his direction of MARY'S WEDDING
at Theater Alliance in Washington, DC. Kelly Parsley
(‘00) received a nomination for Outstanding Choreography
and the production starred Aubrey Deeker (‘01).
Theatre Alliance, where Mr. Skidmore is artistic
director, received a total of 10 nominations.
Carrie Specksgoor (‘01)
appeared opp. Ally Sheedy off-Broadway in TRIPTYCH at the Irish
Lisa Tharps (‘97)
played the title role in MEDEA at the Boston Court Theatre in Pasadena,
Jeffries Thaiss (‘93)
appeared in LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE at the Idaho
Shakespeare Festival directed by Vicki Bussert.
Brandon Wardell (‘97)
plays a leading role in the Broadway musical GOOD VIBRATIONS. Last
season he appeared in the Tony winning revival of ASSASSINS.
Jeremy Webb (‘94) starred
opp. Kristen Johnson and David Marshall Grant off-Broadway in the
Signature Theatre Company's revival of THE BALTIMORE WALTZ by Paula
Vogel. He also guest starred in a recent episode of LAW AND ORDER.
Stoney Westmoreland (‘95)
guest starred in an episode of CROSSING JORDAN.
Kevin Wheatley (‘02)
booked an ABC comedy pilot, ADAPTED, opp. Bernadette Peters. He
continues postproduction on his film THRESHOLD OF HELL with features
many NCSA alumni. You can check it out at www.thresholdofhell.com.
Henry Vick (‘03) is
presently a member of the John Houseman Acting Company.
Gregory Vore (‘94) directed
HONKY TONK at the Hip Pocket Theatre in Ft. Worth, TX.
JENNIFER FERRIN ('03), was
nominated yesterday for a daytime Emmy Award for Best Younger Actress
for her role as Jennifer Munson on "As The World Turns."
JT ROGERS ('90) is one of six
finalists in the country for the Steinberg Award, presented by the
American Theatre Critics Association and has won their Osborne Award.
KLEA SCOTT ('97) guest starred
on NBC’s new Friday night drama “Medical
Investigation.” She played Kim Powell, wife of Frank Powell (a
series regular), in the episode “Ice Station” that aired
REYNALDO ROSALES (’00) will
be playing the lead in the new Moises Kaufman play ONE ARM that will
open at Steppenwolf and then move to New York.
MANDO ALVARADO (’01) is
presently appearing in “Jeaus Hoped the ‘A’
Train” at the Round House Theatre in Washington, DC
MIKE ABBOTT (‘00) appeared
in "Batboy: The Musical" at Portland Center Stage in Oregon
DANA ACHESON (‘02) appeared
in "Brighton Beach Memoirs" at the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, Pa.
This past summer she played Mandy Patinkin’s daughter in
“An Enemy of the People” at the Williamstown Theater
Festival directed by DEAN GERALD FREEDMAN
JULLY ABRAHAM ('02) is about
to make her Broadway debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Bombay Dreams"
RASHAD ANTHONY (‘03) is
presently appearing in Charles Randolph Wright's "Blue", first at the
Cincinnati Playhouse and now at the GeVa Theatre in Rochester, NY. The
production is directed by Kenny Leon
JEREMY BEAZLIE (‘03) appeared
opp. Whoopi Goldberg in a recent episode of "Whoopi"
Both TED BRUNETTI (‘83) and MARILYN
McINTYRE (‘72) are teaching professional acting classes
at the Howard Fine Studio in Los Angeles
KENNY CAHALL (‘03, Dir. Program) directed
the Gunter Grass play "Only 10 Minutes To Buffalo" for the Lincoln
MARIO CAMPANARO (‘99) appeared
in Brian Kulick's "The Mysteries" off-Broadway
STEWART CARRICO (’02) and
LINDSEY HARRISON (’03) will
appear in “Pieces of Pracht” at Primary Stages in New York
the end of April
New York's Sonnet Rep, founded by NCSA alumni performed Oscar Wilde's
"An Ideal Husband" at the Sande Shurin Theatre on West 43rd Street. The
cast included BEN CHERRY (‘99), MONICA FRANCISCO
(‘00), CHRISTY PUSZ (‘01), KATRINA KENT (‘98), ROBYNE
PARRISH (‘98) and JORDAN SIMMONS (‘00)
RICHARD CORLEY (‘91) is
artistic director of the Madison Repertory Theatre in Madison, WI
T. SCOTT CUNNINGHAM (‘84) can
presently be seen in the off-Broadway Second Stage production of
Charles L. Mee's "Wintertime” opp. Marsha Mason. This past summer
he appeared in “An Enemy of the People” at the Williamstown
Theater Festival directed by DEAN GERALD FREEDMAN.
MISTY DEBERRY (‘01) is
a member of NY Theatre Ensemble Paper Hat Productions that premiered
"Boy Steels Train" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
AUBREY DEEKER (‘01) played
Connie Rivers in "The Grapes of Wrath" at the Ford's Theater in
Washington, DC. He will play the title role in the upcoming Studio
Theatre production of "The Cripple of Inishman" in Washington in May
BILL ENGLISH (‘02) can
presently be seen on Broadway in the Roundabout Theater's revival of
"20th Century" with Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche
JENNIFER FERRIN (’03) continues
to play the contract role of Jennifer Munson on “As The World
DANIEL FRITH (‘01) appeared
at the Kennedy Center in the Wooly Mammoth Theatre's "Cooking With
Elvis" by Lee Hall, and will be appearing in the Shakespeare Theatre of
Washington’s outdoor production of “Much Ado About
Nothing” this summer
School of Drama faculty member DALE
GIRARD did the fight choreography for "Cyrano de Bergerac" at
the Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City
AVERY GLYMPH (’95) is
presently appearing in “Three Seconds in the Key”, a new
play by Deb Margolin at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in New York
The following NCSA Drama alumni appeared in the Gene Hackman/Dustin
Hoffman movie "Runaway Jury" - RHODA GRIFFIS (‘83), NICK
SEARCY (‘78) and CELIA WESTON (‘73)
TIM GUINEE (‘85) guest
starred in a recent episode of the ABC series "Karen Sisco"
LUCAS HALL (‘03) is
presently at the Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, DC appearing in
"Henry IV parts 1 and 2", and will also appear there in "Cyrano de
SARAH HAYS (‘98) will
appear in "The Shaggs" at the Lookingglass Theater in Chicago. Directed
by JOHN LANGS (‘96, Dir. Program) , this
production originated at the Golden Mean Theater in LA, where Mr. Langs
is artistic director. "The Shaggs" is also scheduled for a workshop at
the Manhattan Theatre Club in NY
PETER HEDGES (‘84) wrote
and directed the highly praised independent film "Pieces of April"
starring Patricia Clarkson (Oscar nomination), Oliver Pratt and Sean
CEDRIC HAYMAN (‘03) is
presently touring with the John Houseman Acting Company in
Shakespeare's "Richard III" which will perform in NY in May
RYAN HILL (‘03, Dir. Program) has
joined the staff of the Producing Office in NY, producers of "Avenue
Q", "Rent", "De La Guarda" and Baz Luhrman's "La Boheme"
SCOTT THOMAS HINSON (‘96) appeared
in "Cinders" at the Milagro Theatre off-off Broadway with the Spring
Theatre Works Company
MARC DAMON JOHNSON (’93) is
presently appearing opp. Bill Irwin in “Mr. Fox: A
Rumination”, a new play by Mr. Irwin at the Signature Theater
REBECCA JONES (‘03) can
presently be seen as Joanne in the National tour of "Rent"
ELIZABETH KAPPLOW (‘01) just
completed a run of "Proof" playing the lead, Catherine, at Triad Stage
in Greensboro, NC. Playing opp. was MARTY RADER, who
taught acting at NCSA for 28 years. PRESTON LANE (‘92) is
the founding artistic director of Triad Stage which the New York Drama
League named "one of the 50 top best regional theatres in America!"
ALEX KNOLD (‘99) can
presently be seen in the world premier of A. R. Gurney's "Big Bill" at
the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center
TIFFANY LITTLE CANFIELD (‘00,
Dir. Program) is a casting associate at Bernie Telsey Casting
in NY. This summer she will direct “Prophets of Nature” for
Sonnet Rep’s summer series The Bard’s Backyard
MICHAEL LLUBERES (‘01) is
presently playing Otto in "The Food Chain" at The Old Globe Theatre in
TODD LOYD (’00, Dir. Program) will
be artistic director of Sonnet Rep’s summer series The
JENNIFER LYON (‘03) appeared
in the world premier of the musical "Embarrassments" at The Wilma
Theatre in Philadelphia
Tony Award winning JOE MANTELLO (’84) will
direct Broadway revivals of Sondheim's "Assassins" and David Mamet's
"Glengarry Glen Ross". He is presently represented on Broadway with the
hit musical "Wicked"
SARAH McCAFFREY (‘01) was
in the recent off-Broadway play "From Door to Door" at the Westside
ANGUS MacLACHLAN'S (‘82) "The
Radiant Abyss" will premiere at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in
Washington, DC in June 2004, JEREMY BEAZLIE (’03) and
DANA ACHESON (’02) will
JERRY MICELI (‘03) is
presently out on the National tour of the Broadway production of
ALLISON NICHOLS (‘03) is
presently appearing in the off-Broadway Pearl Theatre production of
Marivaux's "Double Infidelity"
School of Drama faculty member CIGDEM
ONAT starred in the world premier of "Attacks on the Heart" by
Tony Award winning playwright Arthur Laurents at the George Street
MEGAN PAPIER (‘03) recently
appeared in an episode of "Law & Order"
MARY LOUISE PARKER (‘86) starred
opp. Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson in the 2-part HBO movie
of "Angles in America" directed by Mike Nichols. She is presently
preparing for a revival of "Reckless" by Craig Lucas on Broadway
sometime in the near future
CHRISTY PUSZ (‘01) appeared
in the LA production of Baz Luhrman's "La Boheme"
MISSI PYLE (‘’95) is
featured in Tim Burton's acclaimed film "Big Fish"
TAYLOR ROBERTS (‘02) recently
guest starred in an episode of "Law & Order". She is also featured
in the Julia Roberts movie “Mona Lisa Smile”
"Murmuring in a Dead Tongue" by J.T. ROGERS (‘90) was
presented by the Epic Theatre off-Broadway and directed by GUS
REYNALDO ROSALES (‘00) starred
in an episode of "Law & Order" opp. Barry Bostwick. He also has a
lead role in the Showtime pilot "Sucker Free City" directed by Spike
Lee and the upcoming Spike Lee film "She Hate Me"
TED SCHNEIDER (‘02) played
the title role in "Birdy" off-Broadway directed by Lisa Peterson
DANNY SHERMAN (‘98) recently
appeared in the Lincoln Center Theater Company production of
Shakespeare's "Henry IV" with Kevin Kline
JORDAN SIMMONS (‘00) performed
in "Lend Me a Tenor" at the Portland Stage Company in Maine this past
Jan. and Feb.
Theater Alliance in Washington, DC, whose artistic director is JEREMY
SKIDMORE (‘00, Dir. Program) received 4 Helen Hayes
nominations for "Slaughter City". He also directed "The Dispute" with
NCSA alumni - MAGGIE MARLIN (‘03), BRIAN SUTHERIN
(‘03), JOSHUA SKIDMORE (‘01) and the choreography
was done by KELLY PARSLEY (School of Dance '96 & Dir.
CARRIE SPECKSGOOR (’01) is
in “Five by Ten”, 5 Tennessee Williams one-acts directed by
Michael Kahn at the Kennedy Center
JEFFRIES THAISS (’93) appeared
in "Anna Karenina", Neal Bell's "Monster" and "Piaf" at the Olney
Theatre Center. He also recently appeared in "The Importance of Being
Earnest" at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
LISA THARPS (‘97) recently
played Titania/Hippolyta in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the
Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, DC. Her photo appears on the cover
of the March 2004 edition of American Theatre
ERIC TRADER (’01, Dir. Program) is
the assistant director to Moises Kaufman for the Pulitzer Prize winning
Broadway hit "I Am My Own Wife"
HENRY VICK (‘03) played
the title role in "Lobby Hero" at the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City,
KEVIN WHEATLEY (‘02) played
Jim in "The Rainmaker" at Center Stage in Baltimore and recently shot
the WB pilot in “Joint Custody”
KEVIN WONG (‘02) appeared
in "TopDog/UnderDog" at the Philadelphia Theatre Company