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March 3, 2011/FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                      
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UNCSA ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR, TERRENCE MANN, FOR RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S OKLAHOMA!

School of the Arts Alumnus Has
Extensive Broadway Credits, N.C. Ties


WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) announced today that the director for the all-school production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! opening next month, will be UNCSA alumnus and renowned Broadway star Terrence Mann. Mann replaces UNCSA School of Drama Dean Gerald Freedman, who is recovering from a recent stroke.

“Terrence Mann is one of UNCSA’s most accomplished alumni. He was, in fact, Gerald Freedman’s first choice as a director for our all-school production of Brigadoon, 15 years ago, but scheduling conflicts made that impossible,” said John Mauceri, Chancellor of UNCSA and Musical Director for Oklahoma! “Terry comes back to us after so many successes as a professional actor and director, and we could not be happier having him take over the reins of our Oklahoma!  I know all our young artists will gain mightily from his vast experience in the professional theatre, his enormous talent as a creative artist and his personal warmth as a human being.”

Mann is a distinguished Broadway actor as well as singer, dancer and director. He made his Broadway debut in 1982 in the Tony Award-winning musical Barnum. His true breakthrough performance, however, was in the original cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, where he created the memorable lead role of the “playful” cat Rum Tum Tugger.

Terrence Mann

Terrence Mann

In 1985, Mann played assistant choreographer Larry in Richard Attenborough's film version of A Chorus Line. In 1987, Mann won the role of stoic Inspector Javert in the original Broadway cast of Les Misérables. His portrayal of Javert earned him his first Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. In 1994, he received a second Tony nomination as well as a Drama Desk and Outer Critics’ Circle nomination, for his portrayal of the Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. In 1997, he created the role of Chauvelin in the original Broadway production of the Frank Wildhorn musical The Scarlet Pimpernel. He starred in the Broadway musical Lennon, which opened the summer of 2005, and then appeared in the world premiere of The Studio, written and directed by Christopher d'Amboise, at South Coast Repertory in March 2006. He was most recently seen on Broadway in the world premiere of The Addams Family, as Mal Beineke.

Mann also starred in other musicals including: Rags (1986), Jerome Robbins' Broadway (1989), Assassins (1991), Getting Away with Murder (1996), and the 2000 Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show (in which he played Frank-N-Furter). He also appeared in all four Critters films as an alien bounty hunter named Ug. He garnered an Emmy nomination for portrayal of Jester on As The World Turns and soap opera fans will remember his starring role in All My Children as Earl Boyd in 1997.  Mann’s other television credits include Shrangri-la Plaza, Philby, True Women (with Angelina Jolie), The Dresden Files for the SyFy network, The Equalizer, Gargoyles (voice of Oberon), The Tick (voice), Law & Order and 30 Rock.

Mann graduated from the School of Drama at the School of the Arts in 1978 with a B.F.A. in Acting and was a company member at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. He played “Old Tom” in Paul Green’s outdoor drama The Lost Colony and later returned to direct the show for four seasons. He served as Artistic Director of North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh for 10 years.  He helped create the Carolina Arts Festival and was its artistic director for four years. His musical Romeo and Juliet has been performed at the Goodspeed Opera House, The Ordway in Minneapolis and a special high school presentation in Raleigh. Mann is currently the distinguished professor of musical theatre at Western Carolina University (WCU) in Cullowhee, North Carolina and conducts The Triple Arts Broadway Series in the summer at WCU.

UNCSA’s faithful restaging of the original 1943 Broadway production of Oklahoma! will open at the Roger L. Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem on April 28, 2011, and will continue through May 8. A special Gala Benefit performance will be presented on Friday, April 29. Proceeds from the production and the Gala will benefit all five arts schools at UNCSA. For more information visit www.uncsa.edu/ok. Tickets are available at the UNCSA Box Office by calling 336.721.1945, or online at www.uncsa.edu/performances.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.

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