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NY’s York Theatre Company to produce A TIME FOR SINGING, Drama dean emeritus Gerald Freedman and Oscar nominated composer John Morris’s 1966 Broadway musical based on Richard Llewellyn’s novel and John Ford’s 1941 Oscar winning HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY.  Last produced at UNCSA in 2000 and not seen in NY for 48 years, it is directed by Michael Montel, music direction by Dale Rieling (guest music director for UNCSA’s GUYS AND DOLLS April 2015), Drama faculty member Greg Walter

is assistant musical director, and featured in the cast are Drama alum’s Ben Gunderson (’09) and Gus Halper (’14).  York Theatre, 619 Lexington Ave.  Oct. 25 – Nov. 2. http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/Glenn-Seven-Allen-Wilson-Bridges-More-to-Star-in-Yorks-A-TIME-FOR-SINGING-as-Part-of-Musicals-In-Mufti-20141017

 

Sting’s THE LAST SHIP opens at Broadways Neil Simon Theatre as directed by alum Joe Mantello Oct. 26th.  Next up, Mantello directs fellow alum K. Todd Freeman in AIRLINE HIGHWAY at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Dec. 4-Feb. 8.

http://www.thelastship.com/?gclid=CPqfxtDnwsECFaZj7Aodb0gA0A#tickets  http://www.steppenwolf.org/Plays-Events/productions/index.aspx?id=623

 

Alec Shaw aka Alec Grooms plays Stephen Undershaft and Snobby Price in Off-B’way Pearl Theatre Company’s Major Barbara by G.B. Shaw. Nov. 4 – Dec. 11.  http://www2.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumnpics.cfm?colid=845847&photoid=553723#sthash.ERjxIrpN.kbu2RlOy.dpbs

 

Dir. Program alum and frequent UNCSA guest director Matt Cowart (’04)is co-producer w/Lonny Price of the Live From Lincoln Center telecast of the NY Philharmonic’s SWEENY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET w/Bryn Terfel in the title role and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett.  PBS, Fri. Sept. 26th at 9pm EST.http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/New-York-Philharmonics-SWEENEY-TODD-to-Air-Nationally-on-PBSs-Live-From-Lincoln-Center-926-20140508

 

Cinny Strickland plays the title role in the Paper Lantern Theatre’s MRS MANNERLY by Jeffrey Hatcher.  Hanesbrands Theatre, Winston Salem, NC.  Oct. 8-18. http://paperlanterntheatre.org/portfolio/mrs-mannerly/

 

Jeremy Webb plays “Renfield” and School of Dance alum Peter Pucci choreographs DRACULA, THE ORIGINAL VAMPIRE PLAY, at Houston’s Alley Theatre featuring Edward Gorey’s famous sets and costumes for the 1977 Broadway revival.

Oct. 3 – Nov. 2  http://www.alleytheatre.org/Alley/Cast20.asp

 

Missi Pyle can presently be seen in motion picture GONE GIRL as “Ellen Abbott” with Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry. She is presently shooting CAPTAIN FANTASTIC opp. Viggo Mortensen and will play herself being stalked by Penn Jillette (Penn and Teller) in satire
movie DIRECTOR’S CUThttp://deadline.com/2014/09/missi-pyle-directors-cut-penn-jillette-adam-rifkin-828703/

Alums Christian Daly and Kathryn Hunter-Williams appear in Christopher Durang’s Tony winning VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE directed by Libby Appel at Playmakers Repertory Theatre in Chapel Hill, NC thru Oct. 5th.   http://www.playmakersrep.org/vanyaandsoniaandmashaandspike

Directing Program alum Isaac Klein directs THE DISCARDED featuring fellow alum Will Rogers for the Vertigo Theater Company’s COLLAB, a collaborative workshop program promoting the development of original work, co-curated by alum Emily Simoness.
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Fisher Hillman Studio.  Oct. 3 & 4.  http://www.bam.org/theater/2014/collab

Megan West (’13) guest stars as “Lila Stangard” on the new ABC prime-time series HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER starring Viola Davis, Thurs. Sept. 25th @ 10pm EST. http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Scoop-HOW-TO-GET-AWAY-WITH-MURDER-on-ABC-Thursday-September-25-2014-20140916

Hayley Treider (’09), recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship for the Performing and Visual Arts will premiere the fruits of her labors, DAWN, her play with original music, in a workshop performance as part of the Emerging Artists Theatre’s New Works
Series at the TADA Theatre, 15 W. 28th Street, NYC on Fri. Oct. 17th at 9pm.  Directed by School of Drama Directing Program alumSamip Raval, musical direction by School of Music alum Leo Hurley, the cast includes fellow alums Sydney Shepard, Alex Hoeffler,
Casey Predovic, Kacie Brown, Jackie Robinson, Chris French, Lauren Karaman, Max Stampa-Brown, Mary Kate Harris, and Miss Trieder.http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/870872

Elizabeth Lail (’14) makes her prime-time debut on ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME as the character “Anna” from Disney’s Oscar winning FROZEN.  Sun. Sept. 28, 8pm EST.  http://www.justjaredjr.com/tags/elizabeth-lail/

Travis Smith (’00) appears in the world premiere of the musical BULL DURHAM, based on the MGM movie, at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre thru Oct. 5.http://alliancetheatre.org/member/travis-smith

Luke Smith (’11) plays Alan in ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS by Richard Bean, based on Goldoni’s THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.  Sept. 10 – Oct. 5.  http://www.repstl.org/season/show/one_man_two_guvnors/
http://www.broadwayworld.com/houston/article/BWW-Interviews-Luke-Smith-Talks-Disneys-PETER-AND-THE-STARCATCHER-His-Career-and-Awning-20131001

UNCSA alumni No Rules Theatre Company presents August Wilson’s SEVEN GUITARS directed by frequent School of Drama guest director and Tony nominated actressMichele Shay.  Featured alums are Ro Boddie (Floyd), Ron Dortch (Hedley), Wayne Bennett (Canewell) with Kenan/Kennedy Center Fellow Thomas Rowell as assistant dir.  Sept. 10 – 28 at the Signature Theatre, Arlington, VA.  http://www.norulestheatre.org/shows/2014-season-seven-guitars-by-august-wilson/

Artistic Director of alumni No Rules Theatre Company Joshua Morgan is also a very busy actor in DC.  He plays Sam Feinschreiber in Clifford Odets’s AWAKE AND SING! at The Olney Theatre Center Sept. 24 – Oct. 19, and Motel in Arena Stage’s FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Oct. 31 – Jan. 4.
http://www.olneytheatre.org/shows-a-events/awake-and-sing   http://www.theatermania.com/washington-dc-theater/news/08-2014/fiddler-arena-stage_69623.html

Nick Bailey ('09) can currently be seen as college jock LeFevre on the Amazon Studios comedy pilot RED OAKS directed by fellow UNCSA Film School Alum David Gordon Green and produced by Steven Soderbergh.  A coming-of-age comedy set in the “go-go” 80’s about a college student enjoying a last hurrah before summer comes to an end—and the future begins. The pilot streams for free on Amazon for the month of September. The link to watch is: http://amzn.to/1qLbykQ

Helen Hayes Award winner Joe Isenberg (’06) plays Louis XVI in David Adjmi’s MARIE ANTOINETTE “Let Them Eat Cake” at DC’s Wooly Mammoth Theatre. Directed by Yury Urnov.  Sept. 16 – Oct. 12. http://www.woollymammoth.net/marie-antoinette/

Quincy Dunn-Baker (’05) and Jenn Lyon (’03) appear in A.R. Gurney’s THE WAYSIDE INN off-Bway at the Signature Theatre, Pershing Sq., 480 W. 43nd Street.  Thru Sept. 28.  http://www.signaturetheatre.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=3756

Charles Osborne (’12) will have an NYC staged reading of his new musical PARIS THROUGH THE WINDOW for which he has written book & lyrics w/music by UNCSA School of Music alum Leo Hurley as part of the York Theatre Company’s Developmental Reading Series.  Fellow Drama alums Patrick Osteen, Sydney Shepherd and Allan Washington are featured.  Tues. Sept. 9th at 3 & 7pm at the York Theatre, 619 Lexington Ave. @ 54th street.http://www.yorktheatre.org/upcoming-readings.html

Billy Magnussen (’07) cuts it up with Meryl Streep.  They appear together in the much anticipated screen adaptation of Sondheim’s INTO THE WOODS opening Christmas Day 2014.  http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Meryl-Streep-Billy-Magnussen-Behind-The-Scenes-Of-INTO-THE-WOODS-20140830

Jordan Brown (’07) has been nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award (Chicago’s Tony’s”) for his performance as Charlie Dalrymple in BRIGADOON at the Goodman Theatre in the category of ‘Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical”.   Next up he plays Achilles in IPHIGENIA IN ALULIS directed by Charles Newell at Chicago’s Cort Theatre.  Nov. 6 – Dec. 7.http://www.jeffawards.org/nominees/nominees.cfm?div=1        http://www.courttheatre.org/season/show/iphigenia_in_aulis/

Jordan Miller (’04) plays Enjolras and is fight director for San Diego’s Lamb’s Players Theatre production of LES MISERABLES, thru Sept. 28. http://www.lambsplayers.org/show.php?id=321

Gina Hecht plays Kate Jerome in Neil Simon’s BROADWAY BOUND directed by Jason Alexander at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, LA. Thru Sept. 21.  http://www.odysseytheatre.com/broadway_bound.php

Dane DeHaan co-stars with  Aubrey Plaza, John P. Reilly, and Molly Shannon in his first “zombie-comedy” feature film LIFE AFTER BETH. Read interview w/DeHaan and Plaza.  http://www.vulture.com/2014/08/aubrey-plaza-and-dane-dehaan-on-life-after-beth.html

Cynthia Darlow appears off-Broadway in Pulitzer winner George Kelly’s rarely performed last Broadway play from 1946 THE FATAL WEAKNESS. The Mint Theater, 311 W. 43rd Street.  Aug. 19-Oct.12.  http://minttheater.org/currentproduction.php?tab=tab-3

Elizabeth Lail (’14) is all FROZEN up as Anna.  Soon to be seen on ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME.http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo-Flash-First-Look-at-Elizabeth-Lail-as-FROZENs-Anna-in-ONCE-UPON-A-TIME-20140807

Ashley Robinson is in rehearsals for the world premiere of the new American musical BRIGHT STAR at San Diego Old Globe.  Book by Steve Martin, music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, directed by Walter Bobbie.  Previews 9/13, opening 9/28 thru Nov. 2.
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/aug/06/old-globe-theatre-bright-star-steve-martin-cast/

Directing Program alum Isaac Klein directs FALLS FOR JODIE by Eric Holmes featuring fellow alums Ted Schneider and Trevor Vaughn, Little Theater at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, NY.  Aug. 6 & 7 @ 8pm.

Ira David Wood III, founder and executive director of Raleigh’s Theatre in the Park and recipient of UNCSA’s Distinguished Alumni Award, is director of famous outdoor historical drama THE LOST COLONY on Roanoke
Island, Manteo, NC.  http://thelostcolony.org/blog/portfolio/ira-david-wood-iii/

The Carolina Summer Music Festival will present a special performance of UNCSA alumni & student Peppercorn Children’s Theatre along with The Amigos and their “foot-stomping, accordion-infused Americana music” plus the “funky acoustic soul of the Blue Eyed Bettys”,
featuring Drama alum Daniel Emond.  Thurs. August 7th @ 7:30pm @ The Hanesbrands Theatre, Winston Salem, NC.http://www.rhodesartscenter.org/carolina-summer-music-festival-with-the-amigos/

Joe Mantello has been nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award for his performance in HBO’s THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.  Presented Mon. Aug. 25 on NBC, 8ET, 5PT. 
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193344-The-Normal-Heart-Earns-16-Emmy-Nominations-Jesse-Tyler-Ferguson-Bryan-Cranston-Allison-Janney-and-Tony-Awards-Also-Recognized

Paloma Garcia-Lee, alum of both Schools of Drama and Dance, joins the cast of Broadway revival of Bernstein, Comden & Green’sON THE TOWN, directed by John Rando.  Previews begin Sept. 20, opening Oct. 16.  http://www.onthetownbroadway.com/
http://www.palomagarcialee.com/#!bio/c66t

Drama Directing Program alumnus Daniel Kelly returns to the Asolo Repertory Theatre for his second season as Assistant to the Producing Director. This summer he was assistant director to Rob Ruggiero for Goodspeed Opera’s critically acclaimed FIDDLER ON THE ROOF playing thru Sept. 12.http://www.goodspeed.org/productions/2014/fiddler-on-the-roof

Marc Damon Johnson will play “Donald” in the Broadway revival of Kaufman & Hart’s classic American comedy YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU starring James Earl Jones as “Grandpa Vanderfof”.  Directed by Scott Ellis previews begin at the Longacre Theatre Aug. 26, opening Sept. 28.
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193358-Additional-Casting-Announced-for-Broadway-Revival-of-You-Cant-Take-It-With-You

Hallie Cooper (’11) plays Lillian Watkins in TUCUMCARI written and directed by Riley Steiner in N. Hollywood at the Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center.  Aug. 7 – 31.  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/793653

UNCSA’s alumni and student Peppercorn Children’s Theatre ends its spectacular 3rd summer season with an imaginative and inventive adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s beloved THE JUNGLE BOOK.  Adapted for the stage by D&P alum/producing director John Bowhers and directed
by Drama alum Thomas Rowell w/live music from the Carolina Summer Music Festival, it plays Winston Salem’s Hanesbrands Theatre Aug. 1 – 10.  http://www.peppercorntheatre.org/

Legendary actress Rosemary Harris, wife of John Ehle (one of the founders of UNCSA), mother of alumna actress Jennifer Ehle, muse and inspiration to UNCSA, will play Eleanor Swan in Tom Stoppard’s INDIAN INK at NYC’s Roundabout Theatre.  Laura Pels
Theatre, previews Sept. 4, opening Sept. 28 thru Nov. 30. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/188067-Tony-Winner-Rosemary-Harris-Will-Star-in-Tom-Stoppards-Indian-Ink-Off-Broadway

Jonathan Majors (’12) plays Sebastian in THE TEMPEST with the Chautauqua Theatre Company.  Aug. 8 – 15.http://theater.ciweb.org/index.php/the-tempest

Read The New York Times on Wesley Taylor’s edgy, provocative, hip & funny DIY web series IT COULD BE WORSE.  Season Two, episode 1 “Uncharted Territory” features fellow alums Billy Magnussen, Matt Lauria, Aleque Reid and Blake Cooper Griffin
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/19/arts/television/it-could-be-worse-comedy-series-moves-to-hulu.html?_r=2
http://itcouldbeworse.tv/

Brett Gelman, named by Variety Entertainment as one of the “10 Comics to Watch”, co-stars as “A.J.” on the new FX sitcom MARRIED. Thurs. 10pm EST.http://www.journalnow.com/relishnow/film_tv/tv_tidbits/tv-tidbits-uncsa-grad-appreciates-skills-he-learned-at-school/article_15e8bd06-0e8b-11e4-af6e-001a4bcf6878.html
http://www.fxnetworks.com/married/cast/aj

Billy Magnussen co-stars with Anna Gunn in SEX WITH STRANGERS by Laura Eason off-Bway at 2econd Stage Theatre, directed by David Schwimmer. Thru Aug. 24.  http://2st.com/shows/current-production/sex-with-strangers#cast

Charles Osborne (’12) plays “Miss Texas” in the musical PAGEANT at San Diego’s Cygnet Theatre, fellow alumSean Murray artistic director.  July 10 – Aug. 31. http://www.cygnettheatre.com/show/14-15/pageant.html

Directing Program alum Harry Poster directs AFTER ETERNITY by Eugenie Carabatsos at NYC’s Access Theatre. Fellow alums Kevin Carillo (’14) and Ryan Pater (’13) are in the cast, Isabelle Ellingson (’14) is co-producer. 
July 24 – 27.  https://www.facebook.com/aftereternitytheplay

Read the attached NY Times review of Chicago’s Goodman Theater production of BRIGADOON with photo Drama alum Jordan Brown as “Charlie Dalrymple”. Jordan will be remembered as one of the double cast “Tony’s” in UNCSA’s all school 50th anniversary production of WEST SIDE STORY in 2007.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/15/theater/brigadoon-a-musical-revival-at-the-goodman-theater.html?_r=0

’14 alum Michael Labbadia makes his NY off-Bway debut as “famous singer and notorious playboy” Gus Di Ruvo in Preston Sturges’ rarely performed 1929 comedy STRICTLY DISHONORABLE by Preston Sturges with the Attic Theatre Company.  School of Drama adjunct faculty Laura Braza directs.
July 26 – Aug. 12.  http://www.theflea.org/show_detail.php?page_type=0&show_id=151

Hayley Treider, recipient of the esteemed Leonore Annenberg Fellowship, appeared as Sister Sheila in Netflix’s ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, season 2, episode 11 “Take a Break From Values”. 

John Langs, assoc. artistic director of Seattle’s ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) and frequent UNCSA adjunct faculty directs Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL at the American Players Theatre in bucolic Spring Green, WI.  http://americanplayers.org/plays/the-seagull

Broadway veteran and critically acclaimed interpreter of the works of August Wilson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, creates the lead role in the premiere ofBEWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY by Stephen Adly Guirgis at off-Bway’s Atlantic Theatre Company.  Directed by Austin Pendleton.  July 10 – Aug. 16.
http://atlantictheater.org/playevents/between-riverside-and-crazy-may-jun-2014/http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/13/theater/stephen-mckinley-henderson-takes-the-lead.html?mabReward=RI%3A5&action=click&contentCollection=Television&region=Footer&module=Recommendation&src=recg&pgtype=article

Anna Camp has returned as the vampire hating “Sarah Newlin” for the 7th and final season of HBO’s TRUE BLOOD.  Sundays 9pm EST.http://www.mstarz.com/articles/32964/20140702/true-blood-season-7-spoilers-will-anna-camp-s-sarah-newlin-return-for-final-season.htm

UNCSA alumni and student Peppercorn Children’s Theatre presents BILLY AND THE GOLDEN PENCIL at SECCA.  Written and directed by artistic dir. Steven Kopp, music by Big Bang Boom, lyrics by producing dir. John Bowhers.  July 11 – 13.
http://www.peppercorntheatre.org/#!billy/c4mw      http://bigbangboom.weebly.com/about-the-band.html

Julianne Lawson, class of ’14, makes her professional debut at NH’s Peterborough Players in THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES (June 28 – July 26) and LITTLE WOMEN (Aug. 23 – 25) directed by UNCSA guest director Gus Kaikkonen.  http://www.peterboroughplayers.org/Julianne-Lawson

UNCSA Alumni No Rules Theatre Company (Joshua Morgan, artistic director) bring their hit production of the hilarious comedy BOEING BOEING from DC to Winston Salem’s Hanesbrand Theatre.  July 9 – 27.  Director is alum Matt Cowart, fresh from being assoc. director of the Tony winning
LADY DAY AT THE EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL starring Audra McDonald.  Fellow alum Nick Kowalczyk plays “Bernard”, Jerzy Gwiazdowski is assoc. director, and D&P alum Travis McHale is lighting designer.    http://www.rhodesartscenter.org/boeing-boeing/
http://www.broadwayworld.com/washington-dc/article/BWW-Reviews-No-Rules-Theatre-Companys-BOEING-BOEING-is-a-First-Class-Production-20140609#.U7ayrJRdU80

ABC will feature storylines from FROZENin the upcoming season of primetime series ONCE UPON A TIME.  2014 Drama alumna Elizabeth Lail makes her professional debut as “Princess Anna”.  Beginning fall 2014.  http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/once-a-time-scott-michael-foster-frozen-716076

Lucas Hall plays “Torvald” in NORA, Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of Ibsen’s A DOLL’S HOUSE, at CT’s Westport Country Playhouse. July 15 – Aug. 2.  http://www.westportplayhouse.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=2814

Matt Lauria will star in the new DirecTV primetime drama series KINGDON (formerly titled NAVY STREET) premiering Wed. Oct. 8 @ 9pm EST. Set in a Venice, CA martial arts gym, Lauria plays “Ryan Revis”, an Ultimate Fight Champion (UFC) recently released from prison.
http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Matt-Lauria-to-Co-Star-with-Frank-Grillo-in-DirecTVs-MMA-Drama-NAVY-ST-20140225#

Jonathan Majors plays “Walter Lee” in Lorraine Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN with NY State’s Chautauqua Theatre Company.  June 28 – July 6.http://www.broadwayworld.com/central-new-york/article/Ethan-McSweeny-to-Direct-Chautauqua-Theater-Companys-A-RAISIN-IN-THE-SUN-628-76-20140617#.U6gSC5RdU80

REMINDER!  The new CBS primetime series RECKLESS starring Anna Wood premieres Sunday June 29th @ 9pm/8c. http://www.cbs.com/shows/reckless/

Michael Lluberes directs BAYONETS OF ANGST, and original musical set to bluegrass and narrated by the last remaining veterans of the Amer. Civil War, at the 2014 NY Musical Theatre Festival.  Fellow alum Paul Whitty plays Ulysses S. Grant and Michael Abbott, Jr. is William Tecumseh Sherman. 
Pershing Sq. Signature Center (480 W. 42nd st.)  July 9 thru 16.  http://www.nymf.org/tickets/2014-events/bayonets-angst/

Wed. June 18th Ciera Payton guest starred as “Cassandra” on USA Network’s GRACELAND.  http://www.usanetwork.com/graceland

Erich Bergen plays “Bob Gaudio” in the feature film JERSEY BOYS directed by Clint Eastwood.  He created the same role in the 1st national tour of the Tony winning musical.  He also plays “Blake Morgan” in the CBS prime
time series MADAM SECRETARY beginning this fall on Sundays at 8/7c. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/180920-Erich-Bergen-Lands-Role-in-Clint-Eastwoods-Jersey-Boys-Film
http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/bebe-neuwirth-erich-bergen-to-co-star-in-cbs-pilot-madam-secretary/

Tiffany Little Canfield, Directing Program alum and casting director with Telsey + Company, is currently casting FLESH AND BONE for the Starz Network.  Other recent projects include Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX, HBO’s LOOKING,
LINE OF SIGHT for AMC, and Disney’s feature film INTO THE WOODS.  She is a guest artist at the School of Drama teaching audition technique.   http://stagelighter.com/coaches/tiffanylittlecanfield

Alumna and UNCSA guest director Gaye Taylor Upchurch is presently represented off Bway at the Atlantic Theater with OUR NEW GIRL by Nancy Harris. Former Drama faculty and frequent guest artist Ben Furey is dialect coach; D&P alum Timothy Mackabee is scenic designer; Peyton Taylor Becker is ASM, and Caroline Schreiber is production assistant.  http://atlantictheater.org/playevents/our-new-girl-may-jun-2014/

Interview in Forbes Magazine with Drama alum Emily Simoness, founder and executive director of SPACE ON RYDER FARM, a non-profit Artist residency program located in Brewster, NY. Alumni contributing teammates include Dave Thomas Brown, Ashley Gates, Isaac Klein and Rebecca Wolf. 
http://www.forbes.com/sites/tiffanypham/2014/06/05/how-i-did-it-from-actress-to-founder-executive-director-of-a-leading-arts-nonprofit/

'08 alum Wesley Taylor's web series IT COULD BE WORSE is now a cable network television show. Pivot TV has acquired Season One(it premiered June 8 after the Tony Awards at 11pm). Season Two has been acquired by hulu.com for a July release.
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/191660-Will-Wesley-Taylor-and-Mitchell-Jarvis-Web-Series-It-Could-Be-Worse-Be-Acquired-by-Hulu

Preston Lane, Drama alum and artistic director of Triad Stage directs his first Shakespeare at Greensboro, NC’s Pyrle Theatre, ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL. Fellow alum’s Cinny Strickland and Chloe Clark Oliver (HS Drama Program ’11) are featured in the cast. Bill Brewer, UNCSA Design & Production faculty is costume designer and David E. Smith is sound.  D&P alum Robert Perry is lighting designer.  June 8-29. http://triadstage.org/series/129/alls-well-that-ends-well#bios?utm_source=All%27s+Well+First+Week+Meet+the+Cast+6.3.14&utm_campaign=All%27s+Well+%231&utm_medium=email

Drama alumna Nadiyah Dorsey Quander has been appointed new Executive Director of The Delta Fine Arts Center, Winston Salem, NC. http://deltaartscenter.org/

Dave Thomas Brown (’10) joins the cast of the hit off-Bway musical HEATHERS as “JD” on June 9.  Also in the production is UNCSA High School Drama alum Evan Todd as “Kurt Kelly”. New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St.
http://www.broadway.com/buzz/176183/how-very-hit-off-broadway-musical-heathers-welcomes-dave-thomas-brown-kristolyn-lloyd-to-the-cast/http://heathersthemusical.com/

Tonight Wed. June 4th Missi Pyle co-stars in the new TV Land comedy series JENNIFER FALLS.  10:30pm/9:30c. http://www.tvland.com/shows/jennifer-falls/bios/missi-pyle

Kayla Carter (’14) appears in the Tony Award winning musical PASSING STRANGE at the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. June 5-28.  http://www.atcharlotte.org/passing-strange/

Stephen Shore (’13) plays the lead role in THE LEGEND OF JIM CULLEN at the Heartwood Regional Theatre, Parker B. Poe Theatre, Damariscotta, Maine.  “A Canadian/Appalachian musical based on a true story about the only man to ever be lynched in Maine.”
July 19-Aug. 2.  http://www.heartwoodtheater.org/event/legend-jim-cullen-1

Jeremy Webb plays “Victor” in Noel Coward’s PRIVATE LIVES at DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company, directed by celebrated Coward specialist Maria Aiken.  Assistant director is Directing Program alum Gus Heagerty.  May 29-July 13.
http://www.broadwayworld.com/washington-dc/article/Shakespeare-Theatre-Company-to-Present-PRIVATE-LIVES-529-713-20140507#.U4SUc3JdU80

Drama alum Joe Mantello plays “Mickey Marcus” in the HBO movie THE NORMAL HEART based on Larry Kramer’s play. Premiering on HBO May 25 at 9pm EST.  http://www.thenormalheart.hbo.com/characters/mickey-marcus/

Class of 2014 alum Gabriel Douglas aka “Gabe Arant” booked his first professional job at his very first NY audition! He goes to the Berkshire Theatre Group in Pittsfield, MA to play “Frid” in Sondheim’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC w/B’way
legends Kate Baldwin, Gregg Edelman and Penny Fuller.  June 30 – July 19. http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/index.php/on-our-stages/theatre/347-a-little-night-music

Two time Tony winner Joe Mantello directs THE LAST SHIP, music and lyrics by 16 time Grammy winner Sting, at Chicago’s LaSalle Bank Theatre, June 10 – July 13, moving to Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre Sept. 30.  Former
School of Drama faculty and now frequent guest artist, Ben Furey, is production dialect coach. http://www.chicago-theater.com/theaters/bank-of-america-theater/the-last-ship-cast-creative.php

Jordan Brown (’07) plays “Charlie Dalrymple in Lerner & Lowe’s celebrated musical BRIGADOON at the Goodman Theatre, June 27 – Aug. 3.  http://www.goodmantheatre.org/Artists-Archive/creative-partners/actors/Jordan-Brown/

Conde’ Nast “Traveler” interview with nationally recognized photographer Gregory Vore featured in May 2014 issue. He is an alum of the first graduating class of the Drama Directing Program.
http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2014/05/this-photographer-saw-an-entire-story-in-one-rickshaw

Billy Magnussen joins the cast of feature film THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS.  Co-stars include Julia Stiles, Kathy Bates, Bill Cobbs, Octavia Spencer and Glenn Close.  http://www.playbill.com/news/article/191032-Billy-Magnussen-and-Julia-Stiles-Join-The-Great-Gilly-Hopkins-Film

Rob Lutfy, Directing Program alum, directs Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Tony nominated THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT at San Diego’s Cygnet Theatre, alum Sean Murray artistic director.  May 15 – June 22.
http://www.cygnettheatre.com/show/13-14/the-motherf--ker-with-the-hat.html

CBS premieres prime-time series RECKLESS starring Anna Wood.  Set in Charleston, SC, Anna plays  a “cool, confident Yankee litigator”.  Sunday June 29 at 9pm/8C. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Reckless-First-Look-1080420.aspx

John Langs, assoc. artistic director of Seattle’s ACT (A Contemporary Theatre), Directing Program alum and frequent UNCSA guest director, is presently in Tashkent, Uzbekistan w/ACT’s THE SEAGUL PROJECT, directing Chekhov’ great play as part of the
Ilkhom Theatre’s International Festival.  ACT the first US theatre ensemble to perform at the Ilkhom.  http://www.theseagullproject.org/

Dane DeHaan is all over the place as May 2 marks the USA opening of THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2.  He’s on NBC’s THE TONIGHT SHOW w/Jimmy Fallon Tues. 4/29, and both of ABC’s GOOD MORNING AMERICA and LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL Wed. 4/30.  In the attached
Denver Post interview he says – “I spent a lot of time learning how to do this.  I didn’t even step into an audition room until I graduated from college, then spent 5 years training from 7 in the morning to 11 at night learning how to do this.”
http://www.denverpost.com/movies/ci_25631722/spider-man-2s-dane-dehaan-is-about-be

Directing Program alum Colin Hovde, artistic director of Theater Alliance of Washington, DC directs DREAM OF A DISENFRANCHISED BLACK MAN by Psalmayene 24 as part of their Hothouse New Play Reading Series. http://www.theateralliance.com/

Drama alum Missi Pyle has two major projects coming up.  Wed. June 4th TV Land premieres the comedy series JENNIFER FALLS co-starring Jaime Pressley, Jessica Walter and Ethan Suplee. 10:30pm EST.  Oct. 3, ’14 marks the opening of feature film GONE GIRL based on Gillian Flynn’s
best selling thriller.  Missi is featured opposite Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry.http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/TV-Land-Announce-Summer-Premiere-Dates-for-THE-EXES-JENNIFER-FALLS-More-20140326#.U1UM-VVdU80
http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/check-out-the-david-fincher-shot-gone-girl-cover-for-ew-featuring-ben-affleck-and-rosamund-pike

Jennifer Ferrin returns to Calgary, Alberta to shoot season 4 of AMC’s HELL ON WHEELS play strong-willed NY Tribune reporter“Louise Ellison”.  http://www.amctv.com/shows/hell-on-wheels/cast/louise-ellison

Benim Foster (’95) played “Matt Friedman” in Lanford Wilson’s TALLEY’S FOLLY at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA.  He appears in the feature film THAT THING WITH THE CAThttp://www.mrt.org/    http://www.thatthingwiththecat.com/

Nick Bailey makes his Broadway debut in Harvey Firestein’s new play CASA VALENTINO directed by fellow UNCSA alum Joe Mantello. Manhattan Theatre Club.  Now in previews, opening April 23.  He was recently featured on two episodes of FX Network’s THE AMERICANS,
and filmed a supporting role in J.C. Chandor’s upcoming feature A MOST VIOLET YEAR staring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain.http://www.playbillvault.com/Show/Detail/CurrentCast/14040/Casa-Valentina-at-Samuel-J-Friedman-Theatre

Jordan Brown (‘07) guest stars this Thurs. April 10th on the USA Network’s SIRENS. 10/9c.  He will play “Jerry Devine” in Chicago’s Timeline Theatre production of JUNO, the Marc Blitzstein/Joseph Stein musical based on Sean O’Casey’s
JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK beginning April 23.  He will play “Charlie Dalrymple” in BRIGADOON at the celebrated Goodman Theatre this summer.  June 27 – Aug. 3.
http://www.broadwayworld.com/chicago/article/TimeLine-Theatre-to-Stage-Chicago-Premiere-of-JUNO-423-727-20140407#

Busy Chicago/Hollywood stuntman & actor Ryan Carr (’07) was recently featured as an EMT of Dick Wolf’s NBC series CHICAGO PD. He is a stuntman/actor in feature film DIVERGENT starring Kate Winslet, & his SAG/AFTRA indie horror short CA$H, which he wrote, directed,
produced & stars in is now being submitted to film festivals.  At the Lakeshore Academy of Artistic Gymnastics Ryan is an assistant coach to gold medal gymnast Natalya Yurchenko.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqvBBb5nGlE

HANK AND ANNA co-starring Andrew Pastides screens at the RiverRun International Film Festival April 5th  (8pm @ UNCSA’s Babcock), April 6th  (10am at UNCSA’s Gold), and April 7th  (5:30pm at the Aperture Cinema). Winner of the Slamdance Audience Award HANK & ANNA
plays in NYC at the Village East Cinema April 11-17, and LA at Laemmle NoHo 7 April 18-24. http://2014.riverrunfilm.com/films/hank-and-asha

Trieste Kelly Dunn (BANCHEE) plays the recurring guest star role of “Elizabeth Farrell” on NBC’s prime-time Series BELIEVE.  Sundays 9/8c. Ciera Payton plays the recurring role of “Meg” on CBS’s prime-time series BAD TEACHER premiering Thurs. April 24. 9:30/8:30c.
Her play MICHAEL’S DAUGHTER has been added to the Indie Theater Now online library. http://www.indietheaternow.com/Play/michaels-daughter

Winston Salem’s 16th annual RiverRun International Film Festival screens Gillian Robespierre’s OBVIOUS CHILD starring Jenny Slate (SLN) and Drama alum Jake Lacy.  Fri. April 11th, 7pm, UNCA School of Filmmaking’s Main Theatre.
http://2014.riverrunfilm.com/films/obvious-child

Cynthia Darlow plays the unconventional psycho-therapist “Charlotte” in The Actors Company off-Bway revival of Christopher Durang’s BEYOND THEARAPY at the Beckett Theatre.  March 11 – April 19.
http://tactnyc.org/beyond-therapy-cast-creative/

Lincoln Center presents Rebecca Naomi Jones in a solo concert as part of the American Songbook Series, April 4th at 8pm at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.  This performance will be streamed live on Watch.LincolnCenter.org 
http://americansongbook.org/events/rebecca-naomi-jones

TV interview with Patrick Osteen & Danny Yoerges, Drama alum cast members of national tour of the National Theatre of Great Britain/NY Lincoln Center Theater’s award winning WAR HORSEhttp://wreg.com/2014/03/26/meet-the-puppeteers-that-bring-war-horse-to-life/

Matt Cowart (Dir. Program ’04) is assoc. director to Lonny Price for the Broadway production of  LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL starring 5 time Tony winner Audra McDonald. 1st preview, March 25, opening April 13.
http://www.playbillvault.com/Show/Detail/CurrentCast/14057/Lady-Day-at-Emersons-Bar-and-Grill-at-Circle-in-the-Square-Theatre

Neal Bledsoe plays Count Almaviva in the McCarter Theatre’s THE FIGARO PLAYS by Pierre Beaumarchais. Adapted and directed by Stephen Wadsworth, this is an ambitious presentation of both THE BARBER OF
SEVILLE & THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO in revolving rep.  Princeton, NJ, April 1 – May 4.http://www.mccarter.org/figaroplays/2-about/castandcreative.html

Mia Vallet (’13) plays “Dani” on NBC prime time drama BELIEVE.  Sundays 9/8c.http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/heather-mccomb-set-to-recur-on-showtimes-ray-donovan-mia-vallet-joins-nbcs-believe/

The Tribeca Film Festival will screen the GOODBYE TO ALL THAT directed, written & co-produced by Drama alum & UNCSA honorary doctorate recipient Angus MacLachlan
Fellow alums featured are Anna Camp, Steve Coulter & Celia Weston. http://tribecafilm.com/filmguide/53208a3cc07f5df7d2000486-goodbye-to-all-that

Chris Grace aka Chris Shieh, ‘94/95 UNCSA Sarah Graham Kenan Scholarship recipient appears off-Broadway in 50 SHADES!, THE MUSICAL at The Electric Theatre, Times Square Arts Center.  http://50shadesthemusical.com/new-york-company/

Lucas Hall plays "Karl Hupka" in David Grimm's TALES FROM RED VIENNA at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Feb. 26 - April 27.  http://talesfromredvienna.com/

Steven Kopp (Directing Program ’13) is assistant director to Jack Cummings III for the Off-B’way revival of John Van Druten’sI REMEMBER MAMA for the Transport Group.  March 16 – April 20.  http://transportgroup.org/i-remember-mama

Alec Shaw plays “Spike” in Christopher Durang’s Tony winner VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE at the Philadelphia Theatre Company.  March 21 – April 20.  http://philadelphiatheatrecompany.org/

Busy Directing Program alum Rob Lutfy is finishing up an artistic-fellowship at the Marin Theatre Company in CA, a LORT theatre committed to developing new plays. Next up, he has received a Charlotte, NC Arts and Science Council grant
to attend the Double Edge Theatre Winter Intensive in Ashfield, MA.  He then goes to San Diego’s Cygnet Theatre to direct THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT.  May 15 – 23. 
http://www.cygnettheatre.com/show/13-14/the-motherf--ker-with-the-hat.html

Directing Program alum Matt Cowart is co-producer with Lonny Price of the NY Philharmonic’s SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET w/Oscar winner Emma Thompson as “Mrs. Levitt”.  March 5 – 8.  It will be telecast nationally at a later date TBA on LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER, PBS. http://lc.lincolncenter.org/shows/208477?show_date=2014-03-06+19%3A30%3A00

Ray Huth (’13) makes in NY debut as “Mr. Davonshire” in WATSON: THE MUSICAL at NY Theatre Workshop.  March 13 – 16. http://www.ktvu.com/events/detail/4695432/

Recent Drama alums Taylor Aldrich ('13) and Dave Thomas Brown ('10) appear in SPRING AWAKENING directed by alum/artistic director of San Diego's Cygnet Theatre, Sean Murray (’89).  March 6 - April 27.
http://www.cygnettheatre.com/show/13-14/spring-awakening.html

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.
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/2013-BroadwayWorld-Los-Angeles-Awards-Winners-Announced-Ramin-Karimloo-Lindsay-Pearce-More-20140127?fb_action_ids=10101043671091750&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%2210101043671091750%22%3A537913129640119%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210101043671091750%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D#.Uw-V1hwZr0k
http://www.laweekly.com/publicspectacle/2014/02/19/la-weekly-theater-awards-2014-the-nominees

Jerzy Gwiazdowski appears in the world premier of Rebecca Gillman’s SOUPS, STEWS & CASSEROLES: 1976 at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.  March 12 -30. http://www.broadwayworld.com/st-louis/article/World-Premiere-of-SOUPS-STEWS-AND-CASSEROLES-1976-Concludes-The-Reps-2013-14-Studio-Theatre-Series-312-30-20140224#.Uw9S1uNdU80

Drama alumna Aleque Reid (’09)and daughter of Page Moseley (Drama ’81) will be on NBS’s Tonight Show tonight Wed. 2/26 with Jimmy Fallon doing a comedy sketch based on ROMEO AND JULIET.

Victor Mack plays “Ralph D” in the NW premier of Bway hit THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT at Portland, Oregon’s Artists Repertory Theatre.  Feb. 25-March 30.  http://www.artistsrep.org/onstage/2013---2014-season/the-motherf%5E%5Eker-with-the-hat.aspx

Blake Cooper Griffin co-stars as series regular “Scott” in hour long TV pilot presentation FLIPSIDE.  See attached article and promo video trailer.  http://www.deadline.com/2014/02/mark-feuerstein-flipside-tv-concept-trailer/

Jeremy Webb appears in the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck's FOOL at Houston's Alley Theatre, with voice & text work by Barney Hammond, former head of voice at the School of Drama. Feb. 21 - March 16.
http://www.alleytheatre.org/Alley/Cast15.asp

Stephen Shore (’13) appears in the world premiere of LOST IN SPACE by Dejan Dukovski at the Whitelisted Theatre Company, Producers Club, 358 W. 44th St.  March 21 – April 6.  WhiteListed’s mission is “to discover,
stage and perform Eastern European plays in NYC”.  http://www.whitelistedtheatre.com/

John Langs, alum of the Directing Program, assoc. artistic director of ACT Theatre of Seattle, and frequent UNCSA guest artist, directs AN ILIAD at Milwaukee Repertory Theater.  Feb. 25 – March 23.
http://www.milwaukeerep.com/Tickets/2013-14-Season/An-Iliad/

Jake Lacy co-stars with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in the feature film CAROL directed by Todd Haynes, based on the novel “The Price of Salt” by Claire Morgan aka Patricia Highsmith (THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN).
http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/news/a550753/the-office-actor-joins-cate-blanchett-film-carol.html

Stephen McKinley Henderson, one of the defining interpreters of the plays of August Wilson, joins Denzel Washington in the Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic American drama A RAISIN IN THE SUN. March 8 – June 15.http://www.raisinbroadway.com/company

Allan K. Washington (’13) appears off-Broadway in Bertolt Brecht’s A MAN’S A MAN at the Classic Stage Company. Joining the cast Thurs. 2/13 thru the end of the run is his ’13 classmate Ryan Pater.
http://www.classicstage.org/season/productions/amansaman/

Directing Program alum Chad Leslie has been promoted to Artistic Director of THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER in Macau, China. The largest water based theatrical spectacle in the world, it is a Franco Dragone production, creator of Cirque Du Soleil’s O, SALTIMBANCO
and Las Vegas’ LA REVE.  http://thehouseofdancingwater.com/en/   http://www.creativemacau.org.mo/EN/page.php?area=9&part=265

William Connell plays Duke Orsino and Jon Hudson Odom plays Antonio in Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL at Baltimore Center Stage.  March 5 – April 6. https://www.centerstage.org/2013-14Season/TwelfthNight.aspx#5240171-press-center

Jenn Lyon co-stars with George Lopez as “his all-American ex-wife” in the FX Network primetime series SAINT GEORGE premiering March 6th @ 9pm ET.  http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/01/27/fx-saint-george-lopez/

Brian Coates appears in The New Brooklyn Theatre's critically acclaimed site-specific production of Edward Albee'sTHE DEATH OF BESSIE SMITH at the Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Extended thru Feb. 9.
http://newbrooklyntheater.com/upcoming/

Directing Program alum Samip Raval is assistant director to Keith Baxter for THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at the Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, DC.  Thru March 9. http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/plays/details.aspx?id=382&source=l#

Alums Andreu Honeycutt and Joe Isenberg appear in Washington, DC Wooly Mammoth Theatre Company’s WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT by Jackie Sibblies Drury.  Helen Hayes winner Isenberg doubles as fight choreographer.  Feb. 10 – March 9.
http://www.woollymammoth.net/performance/we-are-proud

Aubrey Deeker (’01) plays the celebrated title role in The Tragedy of HAMLET, Prince of Denmark at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Jan. 24-Feb. 23.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0SnaSnT7J4&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.
http://www.theoldglobe.org/pressphotos/Bethany.html

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.http://www.arenastage.org/shows-tickets/the-season/productions/mother-courage-and-her-children/whos-who/

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.
http://www.journalnow.com/relishnow/film_tv/tv_tidbits/article_053c678a-7a5e-11e3-bd6f-001a4bcf6878.html

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. http://www.cygnettheatre.com/show/13-14/maple-and-vine.html

Feature film LOVES HER GUN starring alumna Trieste Kelly Dunn, written/directed/produced by Geoff Marslett, is a NY Times Critics' Pick. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/10/movies/buying-peace-of-mind-with-a-pistol.html?_r=0
http://swervepictures.wix.com/loves-her-gun

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.
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/186194-Griffin-Matthews-Emma-Hunton-and-More-Set-for-Witness-Uganda-at-ART

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.
http://philadelphiatheatrecompany.org/shows/tribes/

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.
http://clicks.skem1.com/preview/?c=36844&g=572&p=7acd7cde7d5789ae2c1f5ada4b485c4e

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.
http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/six-by-sondheim/video/trailer.html

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.
http://triadstage.org/series/126/snow-queen
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.
http://www.swiftwadegallery.com/
http://www.swiftwadegallery.com/bland-wade.html

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.
http://www.redbulltheater.com/Readings

Check out the first AMAZING SPIDER MAN-2 trailer with Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborne.
http://variety.com/2013/film/news/amazing-spider-man-2-trailer-1200921756/#

PETER PAN: THE BOY WHO HATED MOTHERS by Drama alum Michael Lluberes is nominated for 5 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Theatre Awards including Best Play.
http://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/vote2013region.cfm

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.
http://www.theflea.org/show_detail.php?page_type=0&page_id=1&show_id=143

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.
http://www.ensembletheatre.com/nowplaying.php

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.
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Full-Cast-Announced-for-LES-MISERABLES-on-Broadway-24-Join-the-Ensemble-20131202
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/BWW-TV-Exclusive-BREAKING-DOWN-THE-RIFFS-w-Natalie-Weiss--Everybody-Loves-Lil-20131122#

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.
http://www.theoldglobe.org/tickets/production.aspx?performanceNumber=10536

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.
https://www.hallmark.com/online/hall-of-fame/christmas-in-conway.aspx

Broadwayworld.com wide ranging interview with Billy Magnussen.
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/InDepth-InterView-Billy-Magnussen-Talks-Reserved-For-Rondee-UK-Gigs-INTO-THE-WOODS-Movie-VANYA-50-SHADES-More-20131118#

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.
http://www.aetv.com/think-tank/meet-team/hannah-trouter/
http://www.aetv.com/think-tank/

NYC’s Columbia University MFA Theatre Program presented PETER PAN: THE BOY WHO HATED MOTHERS by Drama alum Michael Lluberes. Nov. 15-17
https://www.facebook.com/events/410172862444258/

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.
http://www.sonnetrepertorytheatre.org

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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jjwVfBnqk0
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/15/movies/junction-a-thriller-directed-by-tony-glazer.html

Logan Fahey guest stars on Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX, Sunday Nov. 17 & 24 at 10pm EST.
http://www.loganfahey.com/#!masters-of-sex-flyer/zoom/mainPage/imagehbf

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.
http://www.asolorep.org/shows/show-boat/2013-2014

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.
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/06/rocky-on-broadway-finds-its-apollo-creed/

Stephen Friedrick (’13) makes his prime-time TV debut on CBS’s ELEMENTARY, episode “Blood Thicker”, Thurs. Nov. 14th at 10pm EST.
http://www.spoilertv.com/2013/10/elementary-episode-208-blood-is-thicker_28.html

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.
http://www.theflea.org/show_detail.php?page_type=0&page_id=1&show_id=142

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.
http://www.uncsa.edu/drama/exit27.jpg

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.
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1928742/news/1928742/gotham-independent-film-awards-2013-nominations/

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.
http://loft227.com/2013/10/12/exit-pursued-by-a-bear-227-lab-8-dani-girl/

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.
http://www.fathomevents.com/#!merrily-we-roll-along
http://www.fandango.com/thegrand18winstonsalem_aaufm/theaterpage?date=10/23/2013

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.
http://thesnowgeesebroadway.com/index.php

Matt Lauria has returned for season 5 of NBC’s PARENTHOOD playing “Ryan York” now engaged to “Amber”. Thurs. 10pm EST.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBgYF_X3kBg

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.
http://www.deadline.com/2013/10/billy-magnussen-joins-hbos-the-money-rosemary-harris-mamie-gummer-ray-liotta-to-recur/
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”.
http://variety.com/2013/film/news/10-actors-to-watch-dane-dehaan-elevates-indie-darlings-1200709791/

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.
http://www.lct.org/showWhosWho.htm?id=222

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.
http://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/special-events/bell/
http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/theater/jim-lehrers-new-play-bell-is-opening-in-washington.html

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.
http://www.playmakersrep.org/mountaintop
http://triadstage.org/series/125/the-mountaintop

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.
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/INTO-THE-WOODS-Princes-Billy-Magnussen-Chris-Pine-Fraternize-Plus-Rehearsal-Shots-20130923

The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, DC presents MEASURE FOR MEASURE directed by Jonathan Munby, assistant director, Gus Heagerty. Sept. 12 – Oct. 27.
http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/plays/details.aspx?id=380&source=l#

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.
http://thetriptobountifulbroadway.com/casts/#sthash.65srCe2t.dpbs

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.
http://www.broadway.com/buzz/171666/harvey-fiersteins-casa-valentina-directed-by-joe-mantello-sets-world-premiere-dates-at-mtc/
http://geffenplayhouse.com/more_info.php?show_id=193&hide_calendar=1

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.
http://www.nytw.org/fetch_clay_make_man_info.asp

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.
http://www.westportplayhouse.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=2385

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.
http://screencrush.com/how-i-met-your-mother-final-season-9-ellie-kemper-anna-camp/
http://www.hbo.com/true-blood/index.html#/true-blood/cast-and-crew/sarah-newlin/interview/anna-camp

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.
http://cygnettheatre.com/index.php

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.
http://playbill.com/news/article/181810-Atlantic-Theater-Company-Will-Present-US-Premiere-of-Our-New-Girl-Starring-Mary-McCann?tsrc=hph

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.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2851530/

Marc Damon Johnson (’93) joins the cast of Yale Repertory Theatre’s A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Sept. 20 – Oct. 12.
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Adam-OByrne-Sarah-Sokolovic-More-to-Join-Joe-Manganiello-in-Yale-Reps-A-STREETCAR-NAMED-DESIRE-Full-Cast-Announced-20130819

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.
http://www.opendreamensemble.com/people.html

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.
http://www.goodspeed.org/productions/2013/the-most-happy-fella

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.
http://www.keencompany.org/home/

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.
http://www.bard.org/about/actors/hallstrom.html#.Ugaa-RYZHZc

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.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/daniel-radcliffe-play-american-crime-450405

J.T. Rogers writes the screenplay for TOKYO VICE starring Daniel Radcliffe set to begin shooting in early 2014.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/daniel-radcliffe-play-american-crime-450405

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.
http://www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/theaters/clurman-theater/the-great-society-cast-creative.php

Jenn Lyon co-stars opposite George Lopez in new FX primetime sitcom SAINT GEORGE.
http://www.deadline.com/2013/07/jim-murray-joins-syfys-defiance-fxs-saint-george-casts-two-leads/

Neal Bledsoe talks about his role on NBC’s upcoming primetime series IRONSIDE. 1st episode is Wed. Oct. 2nd 10/9c.
http://watch.accesshollywood.com/video/neal-bledsoe-talks-playing-a-dark-twisted-man-in-nbcs-ironside/2591587233001

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.
http://www.amctv.com/shows/hell-on-wheels/cast/louise-ellison

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).
http://broadwayworld.com/article/PHOTO-FLASH-Sneak-Peek-at-Barry-Manilow-More-in-Rehearsals-for-Alliance-Theatres-HARMONY-A-NEW-MUSICAL-Opens-915-20130801
http://alliancetheatre.org/member/charles-osborne

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.
http://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/news/07-2013/rory-omalley-david-rasche-wesley-taylor-and-more-j_65671.html

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.
http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/news/a501099/into-the-woods-jake-gyllenhaal-replaced-by-billy-magnussen.html

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.
http://broadwaysbestshows.com/buzz/news/2013/07/19/peter-and-the-starcatcher-announces-national-tour-cast/

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.
http://www.theateralliance.com/brokeology.html

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.
http://www.thegreenespace.org/articles/thegreenespace/2013/jul/01/august-wilsons-american-century-cycle/?utm_source=local&utm_media=treatment&utm_campaign=daMost&utm_content=damostviewed

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.
http://firstdatethemusical.com/cast/sydney-shepherd/

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 w/disabled themes”.

Neal Bledsoe co-stars in NBC’s new primetime series IRONSIDE premiering Wed. Oct.2nd 10pm/9c.
http://www.nbc.com/ironside/?__source=Reso_Ironside_CelebrityExact_Google&mkwid=12pic93y|pcrid|26620794205|pkw|neal%20bledsoe%20ironside|pmt|e

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.
http://sandiego.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo-Flash-Meet-the-Cast-of-Cygnet-Theatres-COMPANY-20130617

Aleque Reid appears in Second Stage Theatre’s off-Broadway musical NOBODY LOVES YOU beginning performances June 20th.
http://www.2st.com/index.php?option=com_plays&task=viewPlay&Itemid=0&id=170&saction=com

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.
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/176953-David-Auburn-Bekah-Brunstetter-and-Samuel-D-Hunter-Selected-for-ONeill-Centers-Playwrights-Conference

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.
http://www.iamrogue.com/news/interviews/item/8692-iar-exclusive-interview-mary-louise-parker-talks-red-2-and-ripd.html
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/176779-Mary-Louise-Parker-to-Star-in-Broadway-Premiere-of-Sharr-Whites-The-Snow-Geese

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.
http://profilestheatre.org/box_office.html

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.
http://www.piccolospoleto.com/?p=14021
www.dermathemusical.com

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.”
http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/cbs-2013-14-schedule-thursday-comedy-block-expanded-to-two-hours-person-of-interest-to-tuesday-hawaii-to-friday/

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.
http://neworleansshakespeare.tulane.edu/blog/3/guest-artists-and-directors/
http://adage.com/article/special-report-tv-upfront/cw-big-sci-fi/241411/

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.
http://www.rattlestick.org/basilica/

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.
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/177638-Caissie-Levy-John-Ellison-Conlee-Rebecca-Naomi-Jones-Will-Swenson-Star-in-Return-of-Murder-Ballad
http://www.murderballad.com/cast.php

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.
http://cygnettheatre.com/show/12-13/shakespeares-rj.html
http://www.sandiegocountynews.com/2013/04/19/cygnet-theatre-closes-10th-season-with-of-shakespeare-classic%E2%80%8F/

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.
http://www.tonyawards.com/en_US/nominees/index.html

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.
http://losangeles.broadwayworld.com/article/PETER-PAN-THE-BOY-WHO-HATED-MOTHERS-Set-for-The-Blank-Theatre-420-62-20130313#

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.
http://playbill.com/news/article/176927-Tony-Award-Winner-Joe-Mantello-Joins-Cast-of-The-Normal-Heart-Film-Adaptation

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.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/08/anna-camp-true-bood-season-6_n_3037873.html

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.
http://www.lessthanrent.org/wordsrazorsandthewoundedheart.html

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.
http://www.nnpn.org/news/nnpn-announces-nan-barnett-as-new-executive-director

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 National Opera.
http://www.examiner.com/article/2013-helen-hayes-awards?cid=rss http://www.joeisenberg.net/

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.
http://blog.cygnettheatre.com/

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.
http://www.rattlestick.org/rattlestick-la/

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.
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2013/03/27/2447096/blue-man-group-needs-no-words.html

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.
http://www.lct.org/showWhosWho.htm?id=216

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.
http://www2.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumnpics.cfm?colid=483109&photoid=415360#

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.
http://norulestheatre.org/shows/black-comedy/