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UNCSA in the News is a sampling of current news and social media coverage about UNCSA faculty, staff, students and alumni, as well as issues that affect the school.

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UNC School of the Arts names Lewis as its chief advancement officer
Winston-Salem Journal, December 13, 2014
Edward J. Lewis III of Washington, D.C., will become chief advancement officer at the UNC School of the Arts (UNCSA) on Feb. 1, Chancellor Lindsay Bierman said Friday...


UNCSA delivers a Christmas treat with ‘Nutcracker’
Winston-Salem Journal, December 13, 2014
UNC School of the Arts brought its significant dish to the community’s seasonal feast of the arts Friday night with its 49 th annual production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” at the Stevens Center. It will run through Dec. 21...


THROUGH 12/21: At the UNCSA, Soloists Shine in Nutcracker Ballet
Classical Voice North Carolina by Peter Perret, December 12, 2014
An outstanding pair of soloists from the Boston Ballet – Whitney Jensen and Yury Yanowsky – joined the students of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts to present an excellent production of P. I. Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet, the first of a dozen performances to grace the stage of the Stevens Center in this 49th annual production, an all-school effort featuring the students of the Schools of Dance, Music, and Design and Production...


UNCSA Ballet Dancer Headed to Switzerland Competition
Univeristy of North Carolina, December 12, 2014
A 10th-grade student in the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will compete in the prestigious Prix de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland, in February. Sierra Armstrong, of Advance, is one of 70 dancers selected from among 296 candidates of 34 nationalities...


Tim's Top 5: College mascots the UNCSA Fighting Pickle could beat up
Winston-Salem Journal, December 11, 2014
Monday's episode of "The Chew," a food-oriented talk show on ABC, included a game called “mascot or mas-not,” in which the goal was to guess whether a mascot was real or not. And one of the names that came up with the UNC School of the Arts’ Fighting Pickle...


Yes! Weekly, December 10, 2014
UNC SCHOOL OF THE ARTS: UNCSA’s School of Dance always does a wonderful job with the classic ballet, and always has surprise professional guests who add to its sense of elegance and wonder. This year’s acclaimed guest dancers are Whitney Jensen, born in Utah, and Yury Yanowsky, born in France...


SciWorks Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Festive Family Friday
Camel City Dispatch, December 10, 2014
SciWorks is celebrating this 50th Anniversary milestone and the holiday season at Festive Family Friday from 4:00 to 8:30 pm this Friday, December 12, 2014... Festive Family Friday highlights include... Holiday music from UNCSA Community Music School Faculty String Trio...


Festival to feature master puppeteers
The Acadiana Advocate, December 10, 2014
The creative director and co-founder of Wanderlust Theatre Company, a 10-person, semi-professional organization in Lafayette since 2010, McKellar is contracted to do street animation, large puppetry and performances on smaller stages for Festival 2015. He’s assisted by fellow co-founder and director Elsa Dimitriadis and associate managing director Charlee Halphen... Halphen graduated from the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts...


Washington Ballet gives 'Nutcracker' a local twist
WTOP, December 9, 2014
You've heard the myth of George Washington's wooden teeth, just like you've heard the music from Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker." Now, the Washington Ballet is combining both, putting local twists on the timeless story through Dec. 28 at the Warner Theatre... Co-star Isabel Deyo interacts with multiple sets due to her variety of roles, playing a snowflake, a flower, a butterfly, a cardinal, a maid and the wife to Whiteley's military husband... Deyo grew up in San Luis Obispo, a small town on the Central Coast of California. She studied at the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts for a year, before heading to New York City to dance at the American Ballet Theatre...


Area native performs today at Westminster Abbey
Times-News, December 7, 2014
Call it a big homecoming of sorts — in London, England. Matthew Michael Brown will perform on the 1937 Harrison and Harrison organ of Westminster Abbey today for a concert featuring the premiere of a composition by Brown’s former instructor at the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts, Kenneth Frazelle. “Aria (with Diversion)” also is Frazelle’s first composition for the organ...


UNCSA's "Dying For It," Tiny House Expedition, Jeremy B. Jones, and Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra
WFDD, December 5, 2014
“It’s a comedy that relays the pitiful story of Semyon, a man whose only choices are to learn to play the tuba or end it all. When he makes his choice, all of Russia weighs in on how to make his sad life have meaning”. The under-known 20th century comedy classic Dying for It by Moira Buffini is actually a free adaptation of late Russian author Nikolai Erdman’s classic, The Suicide. The story was banned by Stalin and neither read nor performed in the Soviet Union until 1982. It comes to the Triad courtesy of UNC School of the Arts. School of Drama faculty Timothy Douglas will direct a cast of talented UNCSA 4th year students...


“Neighbors” Editor Speaks on Fight Scenes, Catch-22s and Working with Seth Rogen
Daily Nexus, December 5, 2014
The fraternity house, a setting all too familiar to college students, is the primary backdrop for the raunchy, high-energy and gut-busting riot that is “Neighbors.” ... Behind this madness is editor Zene Baker, who graduated from The (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film editing...


Ballerina steps up as holiday classic sets higher bar
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 4, 2014
It was 10 degrees and snowing in Montreal last February, and Kiara Felder was walking from an audition for a large ballet company... At 16, Felder became “obsessed” with having a ballet career during a summer program with New York City Ballet dancers. She convinced her parents to let her finish high school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Felder subsequently earned a scholarship to attend Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Professional Division...


Her fated path to dance with Smuin Ballet
San Jose Mercury News, December 4, 2014
Erica Felsch, a Redwood City native, moved to Missoula, Mont., with her family, for her elementary and middle school years... At 14, Felsch left home to study at (the University of) North Carolina School of the Arts...


Nickelodeon Names Four to 2014 Writing Program
Variety, December 4, 2014
Nickelodeon has announced the four participants for its 15th annual writing program, including the first ever finalist from overseas. Lauren Ciaravalli, Nora Sullivan, Alan J. Van Dyke and international participant Rob Frimston are the aspiring writers selected to get hands-on experience working on the cabler’s current live-action and animated series, writing spec scripts and pitching ideas to execs... UNC School of the Arts alum Van Dyke wrote the indie thriller “In the Pines”...


Arts Ball proceeds to support school cultural programs
Mt. Airy News, December 3, 2014
With a goal of raising $35,000, the Surry Arts Council has announced all proceeds from its annual arts ball will be used to provide free cultural arts programs for schools in Surry County... The University of North Carolina School of the Arts opera “Pinnochio” will be performed...


Ethan Stiefel – Freelance director, choreographer…

Dance Tabs, December 2, 2014

Following 3 years directing Royal New Zealand Ballet, Ethan Stiefel is now back in New York – which is where Marina Harss caught up with him… In the past six years, he has gone through a series of transformations. Most importantly from dancer to former-dancer. This is still a work-in-progress. For almost four years (2007-2011), he was dean of dance at the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts...




Peppercorn Children's Theatre Engaging Theatregoers of All Ages
WFDD, November 27, 2014
Peppercorn Children's Theatre is now Peppercorn Theatre at the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem! ... (UNCSA alumni and) Peppercorn Children’s Theatre Producing Director John Bowhers and Managing Director Anna Rooney shared the tale of Peppercorn's early beginnings with David Ford.


Salisbury Symphony awes and astounds
Salisbury Post, November 26, 2014
The Salisbury Symphony presented the second concert of its 48th season, “Minor Details, Major Decisions.” ... By far, the crowning glory of the evening was the performance of Johannes Brahms’ (1833-1897) monumental “Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15,” featuring Dmitri Shteinberg as the piano soloist. Mr. Shteinberg is an Artist Teacher of Piano at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts...


UNCSA's The Nutcracker, Swingle Bells...
WFDD, November 25, 2014
Executive Producer Katharine Laidlaw and Symphony Orchestra Music Director Christopher James Lees talk to David Ford about The Nutcracker; Joe Mount promotes the Swingle Bells concert featuring Giannini Brass; and School of Music Faculty Artist Joe Pecorraro and Distinguished Artist in Residence Anthony Dean Griffey sample music from their new album.


NUTCRACKER: PART 1, THE WORKSHOP to Play Knockdown Center
Broadway World, November 25, 2014
Nutcracker: Part I, The Workshop: An immersive, dance-theatre reimagining of the classic ballet, performed in the cavernous Knockdown Center, depicts the life-story of a woman (and dancer) named Clara... Pierre Guilbault is a graduate from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance...


5 Things to Know About 'Pitch Perfect' and 'Sofia the First' Star Anna Camp
ABC News, November 23, 2014
You may know her from hit shows and movies like "True Blood" and "Pitch Perfect," but (UNCSA School of Drama alumna '04) Anna Camp is more than just a multi-talented actress and singer...


UNCSA to Introduce “Acting Out!” Community School in January
Camel City Dispatch, November 21, 2014
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is adding a fourth component to its popular community education programs beginning in January...


Billy Magnussen In New 'Never Be Afraid' INTO THE WOODS Social Media Image
Broadway World, November 20, 2014
An enchanting new INTO THE WOODS social media poster! The big screen edition of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's beloved fairy tale-themed musical INTO THE WOODS is coming to movie theaters nationwide on Christmas Day and the official Facebook page just posted a new social media poster featuring (UNCSA School of Drama alumnus '07) Billy Magnussen as The Other Prince...


Alexandra M. McNicholas Wins the Ilana Diamond Rovner Appellate Advocacy Competition
IIT Today, November 20, 2014
Alexandra M. McNicholas, a second-year student at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, has won the 23rd annual Ilana Diamond Rovner Appellate Advocacy Competition, sponsored by the law school’s Moot Court Honor Society. The competition is named for IIT Chicago-Kent graduate Ilana Diamond Rovner, judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit... Finalist Matthew Smart graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a degree in costume design and technology...


Hometown Boy, Recycled: ‘Allegro,’ a Rarely Staged Rodgers and Hammerstein Musical
The New York Times, November 19, 2014
UNCSA School of Music alumna Mary-Mitchell Campbell is music director of Classic Stage Company's ALLEGRO, Rodger & Hammerstein's rarely perfomed 1947 Broadway musical.


Lauderdale, UNCSA grad, appearing in Yadkinville
Winston-Salem Journal, November 19, 2014
Call him Mr. Nashville. If Jim Lauderdale’s not hosting the Americana Music Awards, he’s on the road backing Elvis Costello. If he’s not producing Ralph Stanley, the bluegrass legend, he’s writing a song for Blake Shelton or co-writing with Robert Hunter, the Grateful Dead lyricist. Even though Lauderdale has never recorded a hit country song, the UNC School of the Arts graduate has established himself as Music City’s go-to guy for songwriting, session work, record production and hosting everything from awards ceremonies to radio shows...


Cape Cod Dance Center Presents 'Nutcracker' At Bourne High School
Cape News, November 18, 2014
Cape Cod Dance Center will present its 19th annual performance of the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.” ... [Glen Lewis] is joined on stage in the battle by Meghan Carmichael, who will be dancing the role of the Rat King, and Mr. BonBon. Meghan Carmichael began her training on the Cape after which she received a bachelor of fine arts degree in contemporary dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She currently performs in the Providence and Boston area...


The Murphys Don’t Know What to Do With Their House: ‘By the Water,’ on Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath
The New York Times, November 18, 2014
UNCSA School of Drama alumnus '05 Quincy Dunn-Baker gets a great review for Manhattan Theatre Club's BY THE WATER.


“Cello and Bass…Seriously?”
WCQS, November 18, 2014
Bassist Paul Sharpe and Cellist Brooks Whitehouse are a bestselling cello-bass duo who developed a new genre of music that puts string instruments in a new context. They combine more traditional chamber music with humor and satire, ranging from stories about the big bad wolf to rapid-fire tongue twisters. Although the two travel the country with their work, they both also teach at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts...


Peppercorn Theatre partners with Children’s Museum
Winston-Salem Journal, November 13, 2014
Peppercorn Children’s Theatre has joined the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem as a programming partner, and the theatre company has a new name: Peppercorn Theatre at The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem. Founded in 2010 by (UNCSA alumni) Anna Rooney and John Bowhers, Peppercorn has completed four summer seasons of new plays...


Area ballet stars ascend the ranks
The Blade, November 12, 2014
Harrison McClintock, 14, is in his first year at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he is pursuing a degree in dance. Known locally for his performance as Peter in a recent BTT original production of Peter and the Wolf, young McClintock is distinguishing himself in North Carolina. According to his mother, Caroline, he has been cast in several key roles for the company's upcoming production of Nutcracker. And he is on the path to competing in an international dance competition in March, 2015...


Gotham's Most Eligible Bachelor Erich Bergen is Glad He Beat Ansel Elgort
Gotham Magazine, November 10, 2014
EB: I had never had been outside of the country until few years ago, and I had barely been out of New York all that much growing up because [when you’re in New York] people want to come where you are. When I first went to college, I went to University of North Carolina School of the Arts...


UNCSA collaborating with No Rules on musical
Winston-Salem Journal, November 9, 2014
The music and lyrics of Stephen Schwartz, a musical theater mainstay since he created “Godspell” in 1971, is being fine-tuned into an original musical revue at UNC School of the Arts...


Local film hits theaters
WBRC FOX 6, November 7, 2014
Miles Doleac, actor, director, writer and producer in television and theater, makes his feature film directorial debut with The Historian. Miles has appeared in numerous television shows and films, including Sleepy Hollow, Treme, Breakout Kings, Cat Run 2, Bad Ass 3, See Girl Run, Jake's Road, and Mighty Fine. Miles is an impassioned advocate of education. He holds a BFA in Drama (North Carolina School of the Arts), an MA in History (University of Southern Mississippi) and a Ph.D. in History (Tulane University)...


UNCSA Chancellor Lindsay Bierman interviewed by North Carolina Now
UNC-TV, November 7, 2014
The UNC School of the Arts is a premiere arts conservatory. And we talk with new UNCSA Chancellor Lindsay Bierman. (link to video)




‘Movie Monsters:’ a Halloween Spooktacular
The Specturm, October 24, 2014
William Rhoden will serve as guest conductor at the symphony’s annual Halloween Spooktacular next Thursday evening. In addition, the St. George Dance Company, under the direction of Summer Belnap Robertson, will present modern dance interpretations to four of the numbers on the program... Robertson received her undergraduate degree from (the University of) North Carolina School of the Arts and her masters in dance education from Columbia University in New York City...


Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of A SONG FOR CORETTA at The Studio Theatre
Broadway World, October 24, 2014
A Song For Coretta also features the debut of Faculty Director Billicia Hines. Hines is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Black Theatre Program at Wayne State University. Previously, she was Director of Theatre at Elizabeth City State University. She began her formal training in drama in the high school program at the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts...


ETC’s 2014 Theater upgrade program gives UNCSA venues a fresh start
ETC Connect, October 17, 2014
Earlier this year, ETC unveiled the 2014 Theater program, which allows venues to upgrade their existing ETC lighting systems without the need for a costly retrofit. The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) was one of the first to participate in the program, getting updated ETC dimming systems for several of their theaters...


Six to receive the North Carolina Award
WRAL, October 16, 2014
Gov. Pat McCrory will present the North Carolina Award, the highest civilian honor the state can bestow, to six people on Thursday, Nov. 13... Fine Arts: Ira David Wood III
For 40 years, millions have witnessed Wood's performance as the miserly Dickens villain in “A Christmas Carol” at Theatre in the Park, where Wood is executive director. A graduate of The (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts, he was raised in Enfield...


Broadway World, October 16, 2014
New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, will present the World Premiere of Angels and Ministers of Grace by Elaine Smith on October 23 through November 23, 2014. A poignant and compelling story of a close-knit, yet eccentric family's struggle to overcome life's ups and downs, Angels and Ministers of Grace captures the struggles that confront families today throughout the heartland and urban centers of America, and reveals the forces that threaten to destroy the American dream. The cast includes Dana Benningfield, James Earley, Maureen Silliman, and David Van Pelt (UNCSA School of Drama '90) and is directed by Marc Geller...


Headmaster of UNCSA’s high school program to step down
Winston-Salem Journal, October 16, 2014
Jill Lane, dean and headmaster of the High School Academic Program at the UNC School of the Arts, will step down in May to return to teaching full-time at the school...


UNCSA student claims fame for high whistling note
Hickory Daily Record, October 14, 2014
Walker Harnden sat patiently near the empty entrance to Watson Hall, the music building at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, scrolling through his phone. He was early, which can be unusual for a college kid, and quiet, which can be unusual for him. But he is unfailingly polite and he was curious, too. I had asked to meet with him after learning that he had been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for hitting the highest note ever whistled — B7...


Panel, community to reflect on first year of School of the Arts
Winston-Salem Journal, October 15, 2014
The New Winston Museum and the UNC School of the Arts Alumni Office will present “Look Who’s Coming to Town — A Community Reflection on the First Years of the School of the Arts in Winston-Salem” at the New Winston Museum on Saturday. “Look Who’s Coming to Town,” set for 4:30 p.m., will feature a panel of UNCSA alumni who attended the school during its inaugural academic year, 1965-66, when it was known as the North Carolina School of the Arts...


UNCSA Chancellor to Speak at Georgetown University
Student Filmmakers, October 14, 2014
Lindsay Bierman, chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) since July, will speak at his undergraduate alma mater, Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 21. He will participate in a panel discussion called “Georgetown Writes: Alumni Experiences in the Literary, Film and Magazine Worlds.”...


Terra Luna
Winston-Salem Light Project, October 12, 2014
Terra Luna, the 2015 WSLP public art project will paint the fifth street façade of the First Baptist Church with light and images in celebration of the 1865 publication of the classic science fiction novel ‘From the Earth to the Moon’. The artistic visionary Jules Verne brought to life in his book mans’ eternal quest to reach out and touch the moon. One of the first modern era science fiction novels it uses plausible fact to imagine an event not yet in the reach of humankind. The lighting students from UNCSA’s School of Design and Production will explore the connections between art and science fact and fiction in a 20 minute program that will run nightly from 8 pm to 11pm starting April 18th and ending April 25th...


WaterTower Theatre Sets Directors for 2014-15 Season
Broadway World, October 10, 2014
WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced the directors for the remainder of the Company's 2014-2015 Main Stage season at the Addison Theatre Centre... All My Sons (April 17-May 10, 2015) will be directed by Tre Garrett and will star Terry Martin as Joe Keller... Tre Garrett is the current Artistic Director for Jubilee Theatre. Garrett won two 2014 Dallas Fort-Worth Critics Forum Awards for Best Direction for A Raisin in the Sun (Dallas Theatre Center) and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Jubilee Theatre). He is a former Show Director for Walt Disney Entertainment. He is a graduate of the prestigious High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and holds a BFA in Directing from the University North Carolina School of the Arts (Conservatory) and an MFA in Directing from the Academy of Art University...


The Stevens Center: A ‘Center’ of Arts Since 1929
Heard It Here, October 9, 2014
A hotel, a movie theater, a concert venue, a classroom, a restaurant, an ice rink – the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem has been all of these things...


Point Park dance department aims to build upon success with new chair
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 5, 2014
Until a few months ago, Ruben Graciani had never been to Pittsburgh. Now he’s leading one of the city’s pre-eminent performing arts programs. Mr. Graciani is Point Park University’s new dance department chair, a position Susan Stowe held for a decade. Previously he was on faculty at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Having recently earned tenure, he wasn’t looking for a career move, but the job opening with Point Park’s conservatory dance program was too good to pass up... Mr. Graciani started his dance studies as a scholarship student at the North Carolina School of the Arts, then continued at The Juilliard School in New York City...


Marblehead School of Ballet celebrates 43rd year Swampscott Reporter, October 5, 2014 The Marblehead School of Ballet is celebrating its 43rd anniversary season with a full lineup of classes for 2014-2015... Alumni have graduated from leading post-secondary institutions, such as Boston Conservatory, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, University North Carolina School for the Arts, University of Utah, and others and pursued careers in a range of fields globally...




Land Ho!, Lightnin' Charlie, and Caleb Caudle on Triad Arts Weekend

WFDD 88.5 FM, October 5, 2014

When was the last time you saw a film that worth paying top dollar for at the box office? Well, Eddie Garcia brings it on home with Land Ho! Two 70-something ex-brothers-in-law set sail for Iceland to get their grooves back, and all hilarity breaks out. It screens in the Triad this weekend and UNCSA alumna co-writer/director Martha Stephens chats it up with us…




Belmont man’s art exhibit captures mill era’s decline

Gaston Gazette, August 27, 2014

Anthony Rogers was raised in Belmont when its prosperity was tied to the textile mills that kept the city spinning. When those venerable old fabric factories began to fall, Rogers put his camera and his creativity to work. He entwined his own paintings and photographs with throwaway material from the industrial sites to document the changes since the mill era’s decline. “After NAFTA” is one theme of Rogers’ art exhibit, which will be on display through Friday at the Gaston County Public Library on Garrison Boulevard in Gastonia…


School of the Arts Film Alum Having Script Produced by Elijah Wood’s New Shingle

Camel City Dispatch, August 26, 2014

Brandon Maurice Williams, a member of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts first film making class is having his latest script produced by actor Elijah Wood’s (Lord of the Rings, The Faculty, Sin City) horror shingle SpectreVision. “Curse the Darkness” an “anthropological zombie film,” and will take its cues from purported real-life roots of zombie, which involved chemically-induced slavery widely practiced by plantation owners around the Haitian Revolution of 1803…


Vail Youth Ballet Company to welcome a new artistic director

Vail Daily, August 24, 2014

Friends of the Dance, a Vail nonprofit that has supported and inspired dancers for more than 30 years, announced Nicole Hattler as the new Vail Youth Ballet Company artistic director earlier this month…Hattler is a dancer, director and choreographer from North Carolina. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts…


Center for Design Innovation Names New Director

Camel City Dispatch, August 22, 2014

The Center for Design Innovation (CDI) has announced that Dr. Pamela L. Jennings has been named director of the center, effective October 1. The CDI is a multi-campus center of the UNC system that has a partnership with Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) and Forsyth Technical Community College (FTCC)…


UNCSA police chief headed to William & Mary

Winston-Salem Journal, August 21, 2014

Deb Cheesebro, senior director of public safety and emergency management and chief of police at the UNC School of the Arts, has accepted the position of chief of police at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Her resignation from UNCSA is effective Sept. 5. The school will hold a national search to replace her…


Checking back into Motel Hell over 30 years later

Yes! Weekly, August 20, 2014

“It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent’s fritters.” Such was the unforgettable catch-phrase for one of the looniest, most beloved shockers of the slash-happy ‘80s: Motel Hell (1980), starring Rory Calhoun and Nancy Parsons as the deliriously deranged sibling proprietors of the titular establishment, where guests check in but don’t always check out…For Julian Semilian, an assistant professor of film editing and sound design at the UNCSA School of Filmmaking in Winston-Salem, Motel Hell marked one of his first feature credits, in which he was billed as “assistant editor.”…


Cirkus Theatre Collaboration Between UNCSA and Cirque du Soleil Is In Third Season

WFDD, August 20, 2014

Cirkus Theatre, the unique collaboration between Cirque du Soleil and their longtime partner University of NC School of the Arts, is now in its third season. Each of the all-student run productions are now in their 9th month and ready to share with the world. UNCSA School of Drama student, actor Alex Bodine, and UNCSA School of Dance alumnus, contemporary dancer Emily Chamberlin spoke with me about Cirkus Theatre Project and they were joined by UNCSA Director of Scenic Design, and Cirkus Project Director John Coyne… (link to audio)


Welcome to UNCSA – Shared Memories of the First Day

Camel City Dispatch, August 19, 2014

If you attended UNCSA , please send us your stories of Day One on the ground at one of the best conservatory arts schools in the world. We will crash them in below as a welcome to all of the new kids arriving today. For those new students, CCD would like to offer this small reminder. Your life has now and will ever be changed. Now for some remembrances from the staff here at CCD…


City Ballet School teens accepted at ballet training programs across the country

The Herald-Mail (Hagerstown, Maryland), August 17, 2014

While many teenagers enjoy time off during the summer, City Ballet dancers have spent their summer training at notable programs and graduating seniors are preparing to pursue their Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees at universities around the country…Meghan Santa Barbara of Shepherdstown, W.Va., will attend the University of North Carolina School for the Arts to pursue her degree in dance in the fall following her summer training at The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia…


Micro-Doc – The Partridge Family of Metal

Camel City Dispatch, August 15, 2014

CCD’s filmmaker in residence Jack Pennington catches up with the “Partridge Family of Metal” and learns that a family who rocks together stays together. Pennington attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking (UNCSA) and now produces short documentaries about local artists, musicians and filmmakers… (link to video)


UNCSA Film School Named in Hollywood Reporter’s Top 25

Camel City Dispatch, August 15, 2014

The School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is among the top 25 film schools in the country, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In its fourth annual ranking, on newsstands Aug. 8 and released online July 30, the magazine placed UNCSA’s Film School at #13…


UNCSA's filmmaking school No. 13 on magazine's top 25 list

Winston-Salem Journal, August 14, 2014

The School of Filmmaking at the UNC School of the Arts was ranked No. 13 by The Hollywood Reporter on its annual list of the top 25 film schools in the country. The fourth annual list, which was in the Aug. 8 edition of the magazine, was compiled with help from industry insiders…


UNCSA alums on ‘America’s Got Talent’

Winston-Salem Journal, August 14, 2014

Two groups featuring alumni of the UNC School of the Arts made it into the semi-finals of NBC’s reality competition show “America’s Got Talent" in Wednesday night's episode. Kendall Ramseur, a 2009 alumnus of the School of Music, is the cellist and a vocalist for Sons of Serendip, a musical quartet that performed a cover of “Wicked Game” on Tuesday night’s competition episode. And Nick Mishoe, who earned a high school diploma from the School of the Arts in 1999, is in Blue Journey, a dance duet that mixes choreography with multimedia. Sons of Serendip and Blue Journey were the first two acts announced as winners in Wednesday's results show…


Encounters at the End of the World : Director Aaron Katz on Iceland, Weirdness, and Land Ho!

The Portland Mercury (Portland, Oregon), August 13, 2014

In most ways, Land Ho! hews close to the map of the American road movie, yet two twists—the Icelandic setting and Mitch and Colin's ages—make this boisterous comedy, co-directed by Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz, into something fresh, earnest, and charming. I spoke with Katz—a former Portlander, and the director of 2010's Portland-set hipster noir Cold Weather—about how he made one of my favorite films of the year…


UNCSA alumni competing on ‘America’s Got Talent’ tonight

Winston-Salem Journal, August 13, 2014

Alumni of the UNC School of the Arts are featured in two groups competing on this week’s episode of NBC’s reality competition show “America’s Got Talent.” And in the installment airing today at 9 p.m. on WXII NBC-12, viewers will learn whether either group moves on to the next round of the competition. Kendall Ramseur, a 2009 alumnus of the UNCSA School of Music, is the cellist and vocalist for Sons of Serendip, a musical quartet that performed a cover of “Wicked Game” on Tuesday night’s episode. And Nick Mishoe, who earned a high school diploma from the School of the Arts in 1999, is in Blue Journey, a dance duet that mixes choreography with multimedia…


UNC System Avoids Budget Chopping Block

Carolina Journal Online, August 12, 2014

The dust is settling following approval of the latest state budget. Many referred to this budget as the “teacher bill” since much of the debate and focus was on the K-12 teacher salary increase. One area of the budget that usually gets its fair share of debate went largely unnoticed this time — the University of North Carolina system. Like the K-12 public schools and the community college system, the UNC system receives a large portion of its budget from the state’s General Fund. Approximately 36 percent of the total UNC budget comes from state and local tax dollars. There are 16 schools in the UNC system, some receiving more money than others based upon size, classes offered, hospitals or research facilities operated by the university, and other factors. Schools receiving the most state money are UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State, while the N.C. School of the Arts and Elizabeth City State University receive the least…


Former Professor - Classmates remember Robin Williams

WXII, August 12, 2014

Now teaching at the NC School of the Arts, two former classmates and professor share their memories of actor/comedian Robin Williams… (link to video)


Osborne gets reading

Charlotte Observer, August 10, 2014

York Theatre Company in New York City will host the world premiere of Charles Osborne’s “Paris Through the Window.” Each year, York holds 40 to 50 readings of new musicals through its Developmental Reading Series; the Charlotte native’s turn comes Sept. 9. Osborne, a 2008 alumnus of Northwest School of the Arts and a 2012 graduate of UNC School of the Arts, is an actor; this show marks his debut as playwright/lyricist and has music by Leo Hurley. The “historical fantasy about Paris during World War I and the healing power of art” tells the story behind the eponymous Marc Chagall painting…


A Triad entrepreneur’s vision of '2ndLife' takes form as 'Battery Vampire'

Triad Business Journal, August 6, 2014

David E. Smith has spent years trying to tap into hidden wells of energy that he believes can benefit all humankind, while coming up with a process to literally bring the dead back to life. The Clemmons inventor isn’t starting a new religion or cult, but rather a new company called 2ndLifeTech based on his solution to a long-standing frustration of knowledgeable gadget lovers: When a device shuts down because its batteries are “dead,” there’s usually some - maybe as much as half - of the original energy left in that battery.  Just not quite enough to make the gizmo go. Smith, who is director of the theater sound design program at UNC-School of the Arts, knows that frustration well…


My Almost Education: University of North Carolina, School of the Arts

The Blue Site, August 1, 2014

I graduated high school in 1997. I’m old. Okay, not as old as some folks, but still- I feel pretty old, and when I think about how long ago I graduated high school…well, it’s just kind of depressing. It was probably my junior year when I started looking into colleges. I knew I wanted to become a Hollywood filmmaker, or at least a non-Hollywood filmmaker if that’s all the success I could muster, so I looked only for film schools around the country. This was before the internet had a lot of stuff on it really. I mean, finding college information, prices, pictures, program information, all of that stuff was pretty much done by seeing a flyer on a bulletin board or going to the guidance counselor’s office and flipping through all the books they had listing all the colleges in the country. I found a flyer about a new school (not so new it turns out) called North Carolina School of the Arts (now known as UNC School of the Arts), and I knew I had go to there...




UNCSA responds to report of lead at warehouse

WRAL, July 31, 2014

Officials at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts are working with several agencies after elevated levels of lead were found in and around a warehouse it leases to store theatrical and film props and equipment. Although state and local health officials agree the health risk is minimal for those who went to the warehouse or came into contact with items stored there, free testing is available for those impacted...


Starting School
Winston-Salem Journal, July 29, 2014
Two of the city’s most prestigious colleges open their doors with new leaders this semester. D. E. Lorraine Sterritt takes over as the 20th president at Salem Academy and College, where she’ll be guiding the oldest educational institution for women in the country. M. Lindsay Bierman takes over as chancellor at UNC School of the Arts, where he’ll be heading the nation’s first public arts conservatory…


Being Billy Magnussen

Interview Magazine, July 2014

MAGNUSSEN: My big break was probably getting to work with [University of North Carolina School of the Arts professors] Robert Francesconi and Robert Beseda. They believed in me… It's one thing believing in yourself, it's another thing having other people believe in you, and that is the greatest gift, honestly…


TV Tidbits: ‘Susie’s Hope’ to be shown on television
Winston-Salem Journal, July 26, 2014
Next weekend, you’ll have a chance to see an inspiring, locally filmed tale of a dog who came back from the brink of death. “Susie’s Hope,” which was filmed in the Winston-Salem area and shown at the RiverRun International Film Festival and other film festivals, will make its broadcast debut at 8 p.m. next Sunday on Up TV…


Joseph P. Tilford Steps Down as Dean of Design & Production at UNCSA
Camel City Dispatch, July 24, 2014
Joseph P. Tilford will step down as dean of the School of Design and Production (D&P) at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, a post he has held since 2003, effective Aug. 1. After taking one-year research leave, Tilford will become a full-time professor in the set design program at UNCSA…

UNCSA graduate making film about Camino trail
Winston-Salem Journal, July 23, 2014
When you walk long distances with a heavy pack on your back in the middle of summer, lots of thoughts crowd your head, not all of them printable. You might wonder why you’ve chosen such a burdensome undertaking when you could be sitting at the beach with a popsicle-stained tongue or worry that the latest bone, joint or toenail ache could progress into something unmanageable. But if you stay on the trail long enough, something else happens. Mental clouds part. The crush of the world reaches arm’s length. “When there’s nothing to distract you,” Lindsay Thompson said, “a lot of times you get big breakthroughs in life.” Thompson, 25, set out to document the stories behind the breakthroughs last year while hiking El Camino de Santiago, which is commonly known as the Camino…


TV Tidbits: UNCSA grad appreciates skills he learned at school
Winston-Salem Journal, July 20, 2014
Brett Gelman credits UNC School of the Arts for giving him the kick he needed to succeed in show business. “To put it bluntly, they kicked my ass,” Gelman said by telephone from Los Angeles, where he now lives. “I got torn apart and then put back together…. I was taking on a lot of very intense things at a young age. In a conservatory, you’re presented with all these intense things. “You have to become self-conscious, because you have to have to break your bad habits. They helped put the pieces back together. At the end of the day, you want to do a really great performance.”…


Art Briefs: UNCSA names dance director, teacher; sets prep auditions
Winston-Salem Journal, July 19, 2014
Alumnus Matthew Donnell is returning to UNC School of the Arts as director of the Preparatory Dance Program, which provides after-school training for students from third to eighth grades. A native of Mount Airy, Donnell started his dance training in the UNCSA prep program and received his high school diploma from UNCSA in 1999…


A Television Celebration
Yes! Weekly, July 16, 2014
Several UNC School of the Arts alumni have received nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards (announced last week), providing yet another boost to the school’s reputation and standing in the industry…


UNCSA Film Alumnus Wins Cinematography Award
Camel City Dispatch, July 15, 2014
Harper Alexander, a 2014 graduate of the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the winner of the Linwood Dunn Heritage Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Cinematography from the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). Alexander, of South Thomaston, Maine, was recognized for his work on the student short film “Starlight.” Alexander accepted the award recently at a ceremony in Los Angeles. He is the third Heritage Award winner from UNCSA...


Commission removes UNCSA sanction
Winston-Salem Journal, July 14, 2014
The board of trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has removed the UNC School of the Arts from a public sanction. The commission board removed UNCSA from “warning” — which is the lesser of two public sanctions (warning and probation) — and requested no additional information or report at its meeting on June 19. “We have received the best possible outcome with the board’s decision,” said James Moeser, UNCSA’s interim chancellor…


Accrediting agency cancels UNCSA’s warning
Triad Business Journal, July 11, 2014
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has taken UNC-School of the Arts off its “warning” list, the school has announced. The Winston-Salem university was given that warning by its accrediting agency last summer. A warning is a lesser sanction than either probation or the revocation of a schools accredited status, neither of which was applied to UNCSA…


Meet the Artist: UNCSA Executive Producer Katharine Laidlaw

WFDD 88.5 FM, July 8, 2014

When the University of North Carolina School of the Arts celebrated winning an Emmy Award for the UNC-TV broadcast of its 2012 production Much Ado About Nothing, accepting the award at the 28th annual Midsouth Regional Ceremony in Nashville, was UNCSA executive producer Katharine Laidlaw. Katharine’s Broadway production credits read like a Who’s Who list of Tony-nominated revivals, and her brand marketing experience includes positions with The Coca-Cola Company. Since 2009 she’s overseen the annual production of The Nutcracker, special programming, performance marketing, and co-productions with external institutions. She’s also served as Executive Producer and General Manager of UNCSA’s Oklahoma!, Much Ado About Nothing, and Dance Fantasies, all of which have premiered on UNC-TV...


Dancing into the spotlight

The Sanford Herald, July 6, 2014

Sanford native Mariah Reives went to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts after attending San Lee Middle School. Earlier this summer, she auditioned for "So You Think You Can Dance," a reality show that allows dancers from across the country to showcase their talents. After receiving a standing ovation for her performance, Reives got a call back and headed to Los Angeles. Though she did not make it to the Top 20 round of the competition, Reives said she wouldn't trade the experience for anything, and that she was nothing but grateful at the opportunity to display her passion for dance in front of a national audience…


Charlotte teen Mekhai Lee recognized at National High School Musical Theater Awards
The Charlotte Observer, July 4, 2014 
Mekhai Lee, 18, loved nothing more than to sit down and watch the movie "Shrek" when he was a child. He envisioned himself as the goofy Donkey character, going on fun adventures with Shrek and Shrek's princess-ogre wife Fiona. So when he learned his high school, Northwest School of the Arts, would be doing "Shrek" for its spring musical, he knew he had to audition for Donkey. But the more he looked at the script and the musical score, the more the role of Shrek appealed to him. It was a challenge — with Shrek in at least 12 songs alone. But Lee saw this role as a way of leaving his school on a good note. So he auditioned for the lead role instead and got it — which landed him the Blumey Award for best actor in May and which eventually landed him one of the three finalist spots for best actor at the National High School Musical Theater Awards on June 30. It's there where he made his Broadway debut, performing "Goodbye" from "Catch Me If You Can" on the Minskoff Theater, the home of the Broadway production of "The Lion King."...

History on the wall

Yes! Weekly, July 3, 2014

Cozily tucked away behind a house on the Northwest Side of Winston-Salem lies Nick Bragg’s art studio. It is there that this softspoken man of 78 years spends most his time these days. His latest project is an 18-foot mural which honors the 50th anniversary of the UNC School of the Arts. The mural will debut in September at the New Winston Museum, as part of a partnership between the museum and UNCSA called “This School, This City” which is also the name of the painting…


SPARK! Symposium Tests New Interfaces for Art & Technology
Broadway World, July 2, 2014
USITT's first SPARK! event will showcase new ways for performers to interact with projection and lights — and that's just the start of the new ideas, new technologies, and new possibilities for entertainment technology to be explored in North Carolina this September. Tupac Martir, the British visual designer, is already generating excitement with his idea to combine the interactive Mogees app, created by Italian computer scientist Bruno Zamborlin, with the Pandora's Box server from coolux to create new forms of performance art. The collaboration will debut at SPARK!, the Entertainment Innovation Symposium convened by USITT to explore the latest in entertainment technology and move beyond even that cutting edge. The three-day symposium will be held Sept. 7-9 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts...


Dream for one UNCSA alumnus comes true, another's is canceled
Winston-Salem Journal, July 1, 2014
There’s good news and bad news for alumni of the UNC School of the Arts. An actress from the school has been cast in a hit television series, while a high-profile show created by another UNCSA alum for next season has been canceled before it even aired. Elizabeth Lail will play Anna, a character from the wildly popular Disney film “Frozen,” this fall on ABC’s fantasy series, “Once Upon a Time.”… Meanwhile, Fox has pulled the plug on “Hieroglyph,” an ambitious fantasy-adventure series set in ancient Egypt that was being developed for midseason. “Obviously, I’m devastated,” Travis Beacham, the creator of the series and an alumnus of UNCSA, wrote on Twitter. “But I stand by it. We made something I’d watch and be proud to have my name on.”…




TV Tidbits: New CBS drama has ties to UNCSA and Wake Forest
Winston-Salem Journal, June 29, 2014
Tonight, a show with ties to several Winston-Salem colleges will make its debut on CBS.
Anna Wood, an alumna of the UNC School of the Arts and native of Mount Airy, is the star of “Reckless,” a “sultry legal drama” (as CBS puts it) that makes its debut at 9 p.m. today…


Raising Cage: Acclaimed filmmaker David Gordon Green talks JOE

Yes! Weekly, June 25, 2014

In April, the RiverRun International Film Festival presented a special screening of Joe, the latest feature from award-winning filmmaker and UNCSA School of Filmmaking graduate David Gordon Green. The screening was one of the festival’s hottest tickets, and sold out so quickly that even local film critics (like this one) didn’t get to see it. Joe, which premiered at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, was well received both at RiverRun and by most critics, but that screening proved its only theatrical exposure in the region. The film seemed to disappear almost immediately, and according to Wikipedia grossed less than $400,000 in release...


Obituary: Dr. Kevin Mitchell Milam

Coal Valley News, June 24, 2014

Dr. Kevin Mitchell Milam, 55, of Huntington, husband of Dr. Janet Nease Wallace, passed away June 15, 2014 at his residence following a brave battle against ALS. He was born January 22, 1959 in Beckley, West Virginia to Robert Lee Milam, Sr., and the late Peggy Joyce (Dilly) Milam.Kevin was a 1977 graduate of Sherman High School and attended University of North Carolina School of the Arts from 1977 to 1981 before beginning a near two-decade career as a professional ballet dancer and instructor...


UNCSA presents first Gillian Murphy Scholarship

Winston-Salem Journal, June 22, 2014

The School of Dance at UNC School of the Arts has announced the establishment of the Gillian Murphy Endowed Scholarship. The four-year scholarship is named for Murphy, a principal with the American Ballet and an UNCSA graduate in 1996...


UNCSA creates new Gillian Murphy Endowed Scholarship for School of Dance

Camel City Dispatch, June 18, 2014

The School of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts has announced the establishment of the Gillian Murphy Endowed Scholarship. The four-year scholarship is named for UNCSA alumna Gillian Murphy ’96, a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Murphy returned to UNCSA in December 2013 as featured guest performer for The Nutcracker, and again in May 2014 as speaker for High School Commencement, where she received an honorary doctorate...


Blue Ridge Music Center partners with UNCSA to present The Carolina Chocolate Drops on Friday

Camel City Dispatch, June 16, 2014

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) and the Blue Ridge Music Center (BRMC) will present Grammy Award winners The Carolina Chocolate Drops in concert at BRMC at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 20. Opening the concert will be The Amigos featuring UNCSA alumnus Justin Poindexter.


Kenan Institute announces fellowships at Aspen

Winston-Salem Journal, June 14, 2104

The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at UNC School of the Arts has announced the recipients of the Kenan Fellowships at the Aspen Music Festival and School in Aspen, Colo. The four Kenan Fellows will attend the festival and school from June 26 through Aug. 17. They are: Emily Grissing, cello, to study with Michael Mermagen; Ryan Jung, piano, to study with Ann Schein; Lucia Kobza, violin, to study with David Halen, all students at UNCSA. Taishi Namura, viola, to study with Victoria Chiang, is a student at UNC Chapel Hill...


Boeing, Boeing: In a batty 60's comedy, how many flight  attendants can one cad juggle?

Washington City Paper, June 13, 2014

No Rules Theatre Company’s production of Boeing Boeing is the comedy Washington theatergoers have been waiting for since March 3, 2012. That would be the day that No Rules, a small company in residence at Signature Theatre, closed its last production of a ’60s screwball European play. Like Black Comedy, Boeing Boeing is helmed by Matt Cowart, an über-talented young director who graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts along with the cohort of actors who formed No Rules in 2009. After racking up yet more assistant director credits in New York—including the recent Emma Thompson–starring Sweeney Todd—Cowart is back, and so is a reason to go the theater just for laughs...


Meet the Artist: Film professor, writer and filmmmaker Dale Pollock

WFDD 88.5 FM, June 13, 2014

University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking Professor of Cinema Studies Dale Pollock is back with his amazing Movie A Day Blog packed with Dale’s informative short essays about the films he sees and what interests him most about them. In addition to being a film professor, Dale is also a writer and filmmaker.  He made Winston-Salem home after a 22-year career in Los Angeles where he worked as an award-winning newspaper reporter and feature film producer.  Dale's film credits include Meet the Deedles, Set it Off, Blaze, and others.. 


UNCSA's 2014 recipients of the Kenan Fellowships at Penland School selected

Camel City Dispatch, June 13, 2014

The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts and the Visual Arts Program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNSCA) announce the recipients of the 2014 Kenan Fellowships at Penland School of Crafts. Fellowship recipients are recent graduates of the UNCSA Visual Arts Program. The Kenan Fellows will study at summer workshops at Penland and will take classes in diverse media such as metals, glass, printmaking, photography, iron, painting and felted wool sculpture...


UNCSA Announces Kenan Excellence Scholars

Camel City Dispatch, June 11, 2014

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has announced the annual recipients of the prestigious William R. Kenan, Jr. Excellence Scholarships, which pay for tuition, fees, room and board for four years of undergraduate study. The Kenan Excellence Scholarship recipients for the Class of 2018, entering fall of 2014, are Emma Iacommeta of Hackensack, N.J., Sara Lozo of Sandy Springs, Ga. and Henry Wilen of Palo Alto, Calif., who will all study in the School of Design & Production; and Hassiem Muhammad of Columbia, S.C. and Hannah Myers of Cincinnati, Ohio, who will study in the School of Drama. “We proud to welcome these young artists who embody the qualities we value in citizen-artists: artistic ability, academic achievement and commitment to serving their communities,” said UNCSA Provost David Nelson. “They have already distinguished themselves in many ways, and we know they will enrich our community.”...


Greensboro Dancing Sensation Heads To UNCSA

WFMY News 2, June 10, 2014

J'rai Hammonds graduates from Guilford County Schools in 2014. She auditioned at Julliard & danced with the Alvin Ailey dance company. She'll attend UNC School of the Arts in August...


How She Did It: From Actress To Founder And Executive Director Of A Leading Arts Nonprofit

Forbes, June 5, 2014

Emily Simoness is the Founder and Executive Director of SPACE ON RYDER FARM, a non-profit residency program located on 130 acres of wooded area and vibrant green pastures at Ryder Farm in Brewster, New York. It is in these fertile surroundings that SPACE provides artists and entrepreneurs a workshop space to reinvigorate their spirits and their work, complete with fresh, farm-to-table meals. I recently sat down with Simoness to discuss her unique journey, from acting on stage to now leading SPACE into unprecedented success in its mission...


William Chase Greene graduates from School of the Arts

Salisbury (NC) Post, June 6, 2014

William Chase Greene graduated May 17 from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts high school program. UNCSA is a public coeducational arts conservatory located in Winston-Salem. Greene was accepted to UNCSA as an entering junior in the visual arts program while attending West Rowan High School. He is the son of Roger and Sandy Greene of Salisbury. He received the Dean’s Award scholarship, as well as other scholarship money, from Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, Fla., where he will attend in the fall to pursue an illustration degree...


Filmed in Camel City – “You Are Here” First Trailer Released

Camel City Dispatch, June 6, 2014

“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and his crew came to Winston-Salem in 2013 and filmed his first feature.  “You Are Here” has done well at film festivals and the marketing department is gearing up for a summer release. The first trailer is now online. The film stars Wilkes county’s own Zach Galifianakis as a man who inherits the family fortune and estate after his father suddenly passes away. He enlists the help of his longtime buddy (Owen Wilson) for moral support in the wake of the news, and as he goes in to do legal battle with his sister (Amy Poehler), who was left out of the will. Camel City residents will recognize some of the locations in this clip and a cameo by UNCSA’s (and legendary film director/scholar) Peter Bogdonavitch...


Quander is new Delta Arts leader

Winston-Salem Chronicle, June 5, 2014

Nadiyah Quander has been named the new executive director of Winston Salem Delta Fine Arts Center Inc. She succeeds Dianne Caesar, who left the agency more than two years ago. Quander previously served as a business and marketing consultant for the New York-based agency LMC Talent Boutique. She is now charged with steering Delta Arts – a nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization committed to stimulating interest in African-American arts, culture, history and humanities – into its 42nd year. Among her goals are to grow the resources for the Center and expand its influence in the community. A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Quander studied African art, history and culture at the University of Ghana...


UNCSA Receives Honor From Hollywood Reporter

WFMY News 2, June 4, 2014

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Hollywood Reporter pegs UNCSA drama school at No. 6 in the world

Triad Business Journal, June 4, 2014

Not to be overly dramatic about it, but UNC-School of the Arts is getting to brag about having one of the best drama programs in the world in the eyes of a major trade publication. The Hollywood Reporter ranked the School of Drama at UNCSA as No. 6 in the world in its June 6 print issue, and the school’s high school drama program as No. 3. The rankings are based on a poll of 60 top casting directors and agents. UNCSA’s college program was No. 7 in the same survey last year...


Missi Pyle plays Dina Simac in TV Land’s brand new original sitcom “Jennifer Falls.”, June 4, 2014

Missi Pyle plays Dina Simac in TV Land’s brand new original sitcom “Jennifer Falls.” The first-ever single camera comedy for TV Land revolves around Jennifer Doyle (Jaime Pressly), Dina’s former best friend, a former high-powered executive who has fallen from grace and hit every bump on the way down to rock bottom. Jennifer moves back in with her meddling therapist mother (Jessica Walter) and takes a job in the bar owned by her good-natured but often submissive brother Wayne (Ethan Suplee) and passive aggressive sister-in-law (Nora Kirkpatrick). There, she reunites with former best friend Dina who turns out to be holding a grudge. ”Jennifer Falls” premieres on the network on Wednesday, June 4th at 10:30pm ET/PT. Born in Texas and raised in Tennessee, Missi Pyle attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and moved to New York after her graduation to pursue a career in theater. There, she continued working in Off-Broadway theater, where she performed opposite John Malkovich in Steppenwolf Theater Company's "The Libertine." She soon made her film debut opposite Helen Hunt in "As Good As It Gets" and moved on to land major roles in television and feature films...


Hollywood Reporter Ranks UNSCA School of Drama 6th in World Among College Programs 

Time Warner Cable News, June 3, 2014

If the UNC School of the Arts is unfamiliar to many among the general public, a new poll may change that. The Hollywood Reporter ranks the School of Drama #6 in the world among college acting programs, which is a strong indicator of graduates' success in the industry.The Yale School of Drama sits atop The Hollywood Reporter poll, which shows UNCSA's School of Drama to be in good company."It's a terrific honor, and we're included in some great company, schools we're really close to and who we know very well, Julliard and Carnegie Mellon,” said Carl Forsman, dean of the school. “Our school's a little bit more of a hidden gem, but the people who count know about it."...


Young musician performs to benefit local residential care center

Winston-Salem Journal, June 1, 2014

Dustin Wilkes-Kim, 18, is a triple threat: He’s an award-winning violinist who is graduating from UNC School of the Arts, a talented visual artist and — most important — a philanthropist who has used his musical talents to raise more than $10,000 for various charities. Triad area audiences will have the opportunity to see Wilkes-Kim perform Saturday in a recital that will benefit Horizons Residential Care Center, a nonprofit Forsyth County residential care facility that provides comprehensive services for people with developmental disabilities...


Truliant donates money for UNCSA course

Winston-Salem Journal, June 1, 2014

Juniors and seniors in the School of Filmmaking at UNC School of the Arts are getting practical experience by making commercials and public service announcements for local clients — when the project is right. Although narrative films make up the bulk of what they learn, an elective course on commercials and public service announcements lets students work with clients. Truliant Federal Credit Union has made a corporate gift of $15,000 to the film school to help finance the course’s various production and teaching costs. Students produced a 30-second commercial for Truliant — from developing the concept to writing the script to filming and editing. The ad is currently running on TV stations in the Triad and Charlotte markets...




Kenan Fellow at WGBH Boston Announced

Camel City Dispatch, May 30, 2014

The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts announces that five University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNSCA) School of Filmmaking students have been awarded fellowships to spend time during the summer of 2014 at WGBH Boston, the flagship of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). The 2014 WGBH/Kenan Fellows are Jeffrey Barrett, a graduate student with a focus in composition and sound recording/mixing; Wesley Broome, a rising fourth-year student with a focus in screenwriting; Caitlin Fleming, a rising second-year student with a focus in editing and sound; Carol Housel-Kenney, a rising fourth-year student with a focus in directing; and Lucian Murphree, a rising third-year student with a focus in directing...


Maura Shawn Scanlin in concert May 30

Mountain Times (Boone, NC), May 29, 2014

Maura Shawn Scanlin of Vilas will present free violin recital at 7 p.m. Friday, May 30, at the Rosen Recital Hall of the Broyhill Music Center, located at 813 Rivers St. on the campus of Appalachian State University. The recital will include works by Bach, Bruch and Kreisler, as well as traditional and original compositions. She will be playing with Allison Gagnon, head of the collaborative piano department at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts…


UNCSA Student Named Presidential Scholar in the Arts
Camel City Dispatch, May 27, 2014
A high school senior at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has been named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts by the United States Department of Education, and four students have been recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation. Reagan Lukefahr of Houston, Texas, graduated Saturday, May 17, from the School of Drama. She will return to UNCSA in the fall as a college freshman…

Why the Village People’s cowboy is returning to Broadway

New York Post, May 24, 2014

Thanks to such novels as “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead,” author Ayn Rand is a hero to libertarians, conservatives and Tea Partiers. So who better to star in “The Anthem” — the new off-Broadway musical based on her 1938 novella about a futuristic society in which individuality is illegal — than Randy Jones of the Village People. Yes, the cowboy from the iconic group is playing an evil overlord in the show opening at the Lynn Redgrave Theater on Thursday. Speaking to The Post in a drawl that reveals his North Carolina origins, Jones admits that he really wanted to work with director Rachel Klein — but he’s not a fan of the author’s philosophy. “[Rand’s] very much about independence,” he says. “I believe differently. There are only two things that human beings can do solely by themselves. One is to use the bathroom and the other is to masturbate. Everything else one does or needs requires the cooperation of others.” The 61-year-old performer is no stranger to musical theater, having appeared in regional productions of such shows as “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Carousel” and “42nd Street.” He studied theater and dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts before moving to New York in 1975 at the age of 23, soon landing a gig as a backup singer and dancer for Grace Jones. Clad only in a leather jockstrap, he attracted the attention of the Village People’s founders. When he showed up to the audition in his usual garb of boots, jeans and a cowboy hat, his stage persona was sealed...

3 Things to Know to Nail Your College Audition, May 23, 2014

Applying for college is a stressful, time-consuming process—especially since there’s no standardized application. Add in the requirements for a performing arts program, and aspiring scholars can end up wondering if it’s even worth it. To give you a head start before early admissions deadlines this fall, Backstage spoke to several admissions directors from well-known programs for an inside look at what they expect from their applicants, both on paper and in the audition room. Even if you’re not considering applying to one of these colleges, with minor tweaks their advice is applicable across the board...

Charity is the driving force behind this car sale

Winston-Salem Journal, May 21, 2014

Making up his mind to sell his beloved Mercedes Benz convertible wasn’t easy for Joe Frisina. How could it have been? It’s a beautiful machine — cream in color — that he’s meticulously cared for since the day he brought it home 12 years ago. He kept it in his garage under a cover, and took it out to drive only on the nicest of days. “I think it’s only been out in the rain once,” he said a bit sheepishly after he had backed it out in the driveway so it could be photographed. Once he determined he could part with the Mercedes, his next decision – what to do with the proceeds — came easy. Half would go to the Piedmont Opera and half to UNC School of the Arts. What an amazing gift. Even more so when you consider that Frisina’s only connection to either is through his volunteer work.

Director of photography for ‘Beetlejuice’ to speak May 20

Mount Airy News, May 16, 2014

The Mount Airy Photography Club will host Tom Ackerman for a presentation on May 20 at 7 p.m. in the Surry Arts Council, on the lower level. Ackerman is best known for his work as director of photography/cinematography for motion pictures, with more than 35 theatrical films to his credit, including Director Tim Burton’s “Beetlejuice,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “One from the Heart,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” “Jumanji,” and “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy.” He is also widely experienced in commercial, music video, and documentary film production. Ackerman serves on the faculty of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking. He is a member of American Society of Cinematographers, the International Cinematographers Guild, the Directors Guild of America, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences...

Elaine Pruitt Receives UNCSA’s Giannini Society Award

Camel City Dispatch, May 19, 2014

Faculty Emeritus Elaine Doerschuk Pruitt was the recipient of the 2014 Giannini Society Award at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). One of the school’s most prestigious honors, the award was presented at University Commencement on May 10. Pruitt, who is retired after 35 years as teacher, administrator and executive at UNCSA, now serves on the boards of the Associates volunteer group and the UNCSA Foundation. She is a member of the Giannini Advisory Committee and the Kenan Excellence Scholarship Selection Committee.

Cutting class: The wit and wisdom of Ronald Roose

Yes! Weekly, May 14, 2014

When Ronald Roose first came to teach at the UNCSA School of Filmmaking in 2008, it was just for a semester. He knew the school by reputation and wondered, after a 30-year film career, if teaching was something he’d like. “I didn’t like it,” he remembers, “I loved it.” That semester ended, another followed, and as the 2014 spring semester ends, Roose marks his fifth year as a full-time faculty member – and the romance is still in full bloom. “It’s been great,” he says. “I absolutely love it. I love the students. I love the friends I’ve made here. Coming here to teach was an unexpected ‘third act’ for me – and I’m so glad it happened. I’ll keep doing it as long as I can.” That statement is not to be taken lightly, as Roose lives with Parkinson’s Disease. His physical movement is compromised, but his engaging humor, easy laugh and boundless enthusiasm are not...

Tupac Martir to Lead USITT’s Inaugural Spark! Symposium

Stage Directions, May 13, 2014

USITT has recruited visual designer Tupac Martir of London's Satore Studio to lead their Spark! Symposium this fall. The Spark! Symposium is a new event by USITT that will take place Sept. 7-9 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C. It will explore the impacts and possibilities of new technology for the entertainment industry and feature small hands-on sessions for attendees to try out the new tech, including 3D holographics and Google Glass...

New network schedules include UNCSA alumni

Winston-Salem Journal, May 12, 2014

At least three shows with ties to the UNC School of the Arts will air on the Fox network next season, including one of the fall’s most eagerly anticipated shows. Fox announced its 2014-15 lineup Monday, as part of the week-long “upfront” presentations when the broadcast networks show their fall schedules to potential advertisers...

Cinematographers Name Nominees for Linwood Dunn Student Heritage Awards

The Hollywood Reporter, May 12, 2014

The American Society of Cinematographers has named 12 students from 10 U.S. film schools as nominees for its ASC Linwood Dunn Student Heritage Awards.The nominees in the undergraduate category are Freddy Domini Alcantara of City College of New York for Harvard on Hudson; Harper Alexander of University of North Carolina School of the Arts for Starlight; Jackson Eagan of Ithaca College, Roy H. Park School of Communications for Door to Door; Jeanpaul Isaacs of Rutgers University, Across Dystopia; Mike Reyes of Art Center College of Design for Hero Sandwich; and Arden Tse of Loyola Marymount University for The Imperfect Method...

206 receive diplomas from UNCSA

Winston-Salem Journal, May 11, 2014

Commencement speaker Jordan Kerner urged graduates of the UNC School of the Arts on Saturday to view their hard-earned diplomas not just as a key accomplishment in their own lives, but also an acceptance of their role as a custodian of the national and global culture of the arts. “Help provide the lens in which we can see the truth,” said Kerner, an acclaimed film and television producer who served as UNCSA’s dean of the School of Filmmaking from 2007 to 2012...

This week we learn about the new fall TV schedule

Winston-Salem Journal, May 11, 2014

By the end of this week, we’ll know what the fall TV lineup looks like. Monday is the start of the “Upfronts,” where the broadcast networks unveil their fall schedules and try to convince advertisers to invest in the next surefire hit. Actually, we already know a bit about what the fall lineup will look like, thanks to renewals for many network shows and early announcements of a few new programs — including “Gotham,” a prequel to the Batman saga with a cast including Jada Pinkett Smith, who attended UNC School of the Arts. She is married to Will Smith, and is known for roles including “A Different World” and the “Matrix” sequels...

USITT to Explore New Entertainment Technology at SPARK! Symposium, 7/7-9

Broadway World, May 9, 2014

USITT's first Spark! symposium on using new technologies to enhance live performance is slated for Sept. 7-9 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C. Spark! will bring together artists and engineers, designers and technicians to "spark" ideas for applying innovations like 3D holographics, new audio and visual software, and products like Google Glass in the entertainment industry...

Magik Theatre Celebrates 20th Anniversary

San Antonio Magazine, May 9, 2014

Alex Hoeffler was still in elementary school when he first announced to his parents that he wanted to become an actor. His mom worked at the Magik Theatre—which celebrates its 20th anniversary on May 10—and he’d long been involved in productions at the local performing arts organization, but Hoeffler now says he was still surprised when his parents reply to his big dream was simply, “OK.” By the time he’d reached high school, Hoeffler still hadn’t changed his tune and upon graduating, enrolled in the University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts to pursue his goal...

Notables: Four Chapel Hill students from have been selected as UNC Phillips Ambassadors for summer and fall 2014 study abroad programs in Asia.

Chapel Hill News, May 9, 2014

Zach Gossett will study abroad in Hong Kong, Maitri Punjabi and Sarah Underwood will study abroad in Singapore, and Dylan McCue will study abroad in China...

UNCSA Student Film is One of Six Finalists in Competition Sponsored by Sprite

Camel City Dispatch, May 8, 2014

A film by students at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts could earn a $5,000 donation for the School of Filmmaking. “Because We Have To” is one of six finalists for the Sprite Films competition. The finalist films can be viewed HERE and viewers can vote for the “fan favorite,” which earns the donation to the school plus a trip for the film team to The American Film Institute’s film festival in November 2014 in Los Angeles. Voting ends May 15. In addition, a group of film industry experts will crown the Green Ribbon Panel winner, which will debut in select theatres across the country in August 2014. Those involved with the Green Ribbon Panel winner will have the opportunity to work on a Sprite brand project with an agency that does business with The Coca-Cola Company...

"NoWhere" to debut Thursday night

Gaston Gazette, May 7, 2014

Gastonia-based independent film company THE iNDEE hopes to hit its stride Thursday night when the company debuts its newest production, ‘NoWhere’ at the Ayrsley Grand Cinemas in Charlotte. A psychological thriller co-written by Ryen Thomas and Will Vernon, and produced by Richard Clark Jr., ‘NoWhere,’ is the story of Drake Ryan, a lonely drifter in desperate need of money who ends up at a bed and breakfast in the middle of nowhere. “We’re still working on our mission statement at THE iNDEE,” said Thomas, a 2004 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. “But I like to think of the studio as a collection of likeminded creative individuals working with a micro-budget.”...

UNCSA to take on ‘Guys and Dolls’

Winston-Salem Journal, May 6, 2014

Although it’s part of the venerable University of North Carolina system, UNC School of the Arts marches to a different beat, and its 50th anniversary celebration is gearing up to have a little more flair than the average institution of higher learning. Peter Hedges, a screenwriter and playwright who graduated from UNCSA School of Drama in 1984, announced at Monday night’s gala that the flagship event of UNCSA’s golden-anniversary season will be an all-school production of the musical play “Guys and Dolls” next April at the Stevens Center...

Winners of ProAm USA’s 2014 International Student Film Competition Announced

Below The Line, May 6, 2014

ProAm USA announced the winners of its 2014 International Student Film Competition. Designed to encourage budding filmmakers, the competition was free to enter and open to students enrolled in accredited high schools, colleges and universities worldwide. The winners were chosen by a Hollywood jury, including The Walking Dead writer Curtis Gwinn, The Good Wife and Law & Order actor Ash Christian and Chicago International Film Festival jury organizer Bohus Blahut. Entries were judged on film narrative, originality and execution of chosen genre. University of North Carolina School of the Arts student filmmaker Matthew Krieg took home the grand prize for his short film Dudley Taft, winning $1,500 and the Orion Production Package...

Backstage: No Rules troupe gets new managing director

The Washington Post, May 6, 2014

For months, Joshua Morgan has been searching for his new best friend from college. Morgan is the artistic director of No Rules Theatre Company, a small but ambitious troupe founded in 2009 by Morgan and two friends he met at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. But the other members of the triumvirate got new gigs last year. Anne S. Kohn became associate managing director of Shakespeare Theatre, and Brian Sutow got married and followed his wife back to Indiana. Kohn and Sutow remain on the No Rules board, but to replace his collegiate pals, Morgan has hired a semi-retired Washington lawyer. Manny Strauss has been on the job for less than a week, and already he and Morgan are finishing each other’s sentences, just as though they’ve been up all night writing a theater history paper...

A 2-fer: UNCSA Symphony Orchestra & Winston-Salem Symphony

CVNC, May 4, 2014

Marriages are made for many reasons – for love, for convenience, by necessity, to establish lineage, and for sundry other causes, needs, whims, or fancies. In most cases, a marriage is a positive step, mutually agreed upon. And although the marriage of sentient and caring human beings often lasts a lifetime, the union of conductors and orchestras is subject to internal leverage and external pressures that can upset, shear, and even reverse the natural order that inspired them. These thoughts crossed my mind this weekend as I attended not one, but two concerts in the lovely Stevens Center of the University of North Carolina School fo the Arts. Each concert presented a different orchestra and different conductors, but both featured swan songs as two conductors were stepping away from the orchestras they had led...

Back Then

Wilmington (NC) Star News, May 4, 2014

May 4, 1964: I enjoy coming across items on things that exist today but were still being developed 50 years ago. "A group of artists recommended that the North Carolina School of the Arts, the first of its kind in the nation, be located at Winston-Salem's Gray High School. The school was approved last June 21 by the N.C. General Assembly, which apportioned $350,000 toward its establishment." ...

Review:  'Carmen'

Tulsa World, May 2, 2104

Tulsa Opera's "Carmen" is one savory dish...Sandel-Pantaleo and Burton certainly are first among equals in this cast, but there's not a bad voice in the bunch. As Escamillo the bull fighter, Richard Ollarsaba makes you believe he could halt a charging bull with the power of his voice — the way he conveys the suspense of a corrida in "Votre toast" (better known as the "Toreador" song) is most effective. And Wolverton captures the innocence of Micaela without making her seem child-like and naive....




'Spider-Man 2' continues DeHaan's amazing string of successes

Charlotte Observer, April 30, 2014

Though he had just been accepted at one of the best acting schools in the country, Dane DeHaan insists he had modest aspirations upon enrolling in 2004 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. “My goal was to hopefully have a career in regional theater at some point – to not have to wait tables,” recalls DeHaan, a native of the Allentown, Pa., area.

UNCSA Presents First Annual High School Chamber Brass Competition

WFDD 88.5FM, April 30, 2014

This weekend the University of NC School of the Arts will present their First Annual High School Chamber BRASS Competition Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 12:30–7:00 pm in Watson Chamber Music Hall. It will feature high school chamber brass groups of 3–5 players of like or mixed instrumentation, and they’ll be judged by the UNCSA brass faculty who’ll also present clinics and perform...

UNCSA launches 50th anniversary celebration with 'thank you' to donors

Winston-Salem Journal, April 28, 2014

The UNC School of the Arts reached out to several hundred of their longtime donors Monday to express its gratitude for their financial support — 50 years after a local committee raised more than $850,000 to help establish the school. The university’s staff members used cell phones to call 5,000 current and past donors, many of whom contributed money in the two–day telephone campaign that began on April 28, 1964. Back then, a group of about 200 volunteers used rotary telephones to contact donors in an effort known “Dial for Dollars.”…


Remembering the Artist: American Composer, Educator Robert Ward

WFDD 88.5FM, April 28, 2014

David Ford spoke to renowned American composer, educator, and former University of NC School of the Arts Chancellor Dr. Robert Ward. He died last April at the age of 96. He spoke with him days before the The Piedmont Opera and A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute’s production of Ward’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera The Crucible...

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Best Bets: Allbritten conducting final UNCSA orchestra concert

Winston-Salem Journal, April 27, 2014

The School of Music at UNC School of the Arts will present James Allbritten conducting his final concert as interim director of the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra and artistic director of the A.J. Fletcher School of Opera at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Stevens Center, 405 W. Fourth St...

Moeser pays tribute to UNCSA

Winston-Salem Journal, April 25, 2104

Interim Chancellor James Moeser delivered a final tribute to UNC School of the Arts Friday, praising its staff, faculty and students. “In many ways, this has been a capstone to my career in academic administration,” Moeser told the university’s board of trustees. “I feel like a senior citizen who just fell in love and wish that we could have discovered each other sooner.” ...

Paola Hartley & Astrit Zejnati sign on as faculty members for Shreveport Dance Academy's Summer Intesive, 7/28-8/1, April 23, 2104

Paola Hartley and Astrit Zejnati, principal dancers of Ballet Arizona, will be members of the faculty for the Shreveport Dance Academy's Summer Intensive from July 28-August 1, 2014 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Paola Hartley was born in Bonn, Germany and grew up in South Africa and Chile where her parents danced with the PACT Ballet and Ballet de Santiago. In Chile Ms. Hartley studied with Karen Connolly and at the School of the Teatro Municipal. Ms. Hartley pursued her ballet studies in the United States at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under the guidance of Melissa Hayden, Duncan Noble, Gyula Pandi, Dianne Markham, and Trish Casey...

Waughtown Market robbery prompts lockdowns at UNCSA, Salem College

Winston-Salem Journal, April 22, 2014

A store robbery on Waughtown Street prompted lockdowns at two colleges Tuesday morning.


M. Lindsay Bierman elected chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, April 21, 2104

M. Lindsay Bierman, editor in chief of Southern Living magazine, has been elected chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts by the Board of Governors of the 17-campus University of North Carolina. UNC President Tom Ross placed Bierman's name in nomination April 11 during the board's regular April meeting.Bierman, 48, will assume his new duties August 1, succeeding James Moeser, who has served as interim chancellor since John Mauceri stepped down from the post last June...

This teen can whistle a higher note than anyone in the world, April 21, 2014

19-year-old Walker Harnden is a sophomore at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. As an oboe major, he’s learning to master one instrument, but as it turns out, he’s pretty impressive at hitting musical notes in another manner. As The News & Observer reports, Walker is an amazing whistler. ..

Local Artist Laura Lashley Collaborates with Arts Based School on Science-Inspired Mural

WFDD 88.5FM, April 21, 2014

If you've ever stopped to check out the bright and mesmerizing mural at 7th and Trade Streets in Winston-Salem or roamed through the jungle of the tiger maze at the Children's Museum, you've experienced the work of local visual artist Laura Lashley. Her acrylic paintings are characterized by vivid color, pattern, movement, and inspiration from nature. Laura is currently working on an ArtSTEM mural project with the 6th graders at the Arts Based School. Their project aims to represent the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through visual art. Laura stopped by WFDD to talk about her personal work and some of her community projects...

UNCSA dance concert revisits 'The Rite of Spring'

Winston-Salem Journal, April 20, 2014

In 2013, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s revolutionary composition, “The Rite of Spring,” dancers from UNC School of the Arts were invited to join professional dancers from across the nation as part of Carolina Performing Arts’ year-long retrospective, “The Rite of Spring at 100.” “It was a very big deal because we were the only school invited to dance in Chapel Hill. The rest of the performers were professionals,” said Susan Jaffe, dean of dance at UNCSA. “We performed Shen Wei’s contemporary re-envisioning of ‘The Rite of Spring.’ Wei is a very famous dancer/artist/choreographer/visual artist, who is highly respected for his very deep, rich and visually stunning work.” ...

'No Rules Show' won't have any rules

Winston-Salem Journal, April 20, 2014

Joshua Morgan wants to get you out of your comfort zone. His No Rules Theatre Company is presenting “The No Rules Show” for six nights in Hanesbrands Theatre. It will open with a preview on Tuesday. Wednesday is opening night...

Bierman named chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts

MarketWatch (Wall Street Journal), April 18, 2014

Beirman named chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, April 18, 2014

M. Lindsay Bierman, editor in chief of Southern Living magazine, has been elected chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts by the Board of Governors of the 17-campus University of North Carolina.  UNC President Tom Ross placed Bierman's name in nomination April 11 during the board's regular April meeting. Bierman, 48, will assume his new duties August 1, succeeding James Moeser, who has served as interim chancellor since John Mauceri stepped down from the post last June...


Editorial: New chancellor can craft a new vision for the school of the arts

Winston-Salem Journal, April 16, 2014

We feel optimistic about the UNC School of the Arts’ new chancellor. We believe he can bring the proper combination of creativity and practicality called for to lead the state’s premiere arts school.

M. Lindsay Bierman was introduced to the public at a press conference Friday following the decision by the university system’s board of governors to hire him, the Journal’s Lynn Felder reported last week. He’ll begin his new position on Aug. 1...

Queery: Joshua Morgan

Washington Blade, April 16, 2014

Joshua Morgan, an actor who’s been in the region for four years, has been named the first-ever executive director of No Rules Theatre Co., an outfit with dual headquarters in Winston-Salem, N.C., and Arlington, Va...

Pittsboro teen Walker Harnden sets Guinnes world record for whistling

Chapel Hill News, April 15, 2014

Walker Harnden of Pittsboro has just whistled his way into the record books. Harnden, a 19-year-old sophomore oboe major at The UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, recently whistled the highest note anyone is known to have ever whistled...

Bierman elected chancellor of UNC arts school

Washington Times (AP), April 12, 2104

The top editor of Southern Living magazine has been elected chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Lindsay Bierman, who has been editor in chief at the magazine for the past four years, was elected by the UNC Board of Governors on Friday. He succeeds James Moeser, the former chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill who has been interim head of the School of the Arts since June...

New UNCSA chancellor to bring creative skills to post

Winston-Salem Journal, April 11, 2104

Trained as an architect and schooled in the competitive world of magazine publishing, M. Lindsay Bierman has a blueprint for success at the UNC School of the Arts. Bierman, 48, the editor in chief of Southern Living magazine, was elected UNCSA’s chancellor Friday by the board of governors for the 17-campus university system. He will assume his new duties Aug. 1, succeeding James Moeser, who has served as interim chancellor since John Mauceri stepped down from the post last June...

Southern Living editor named UNC School of Arts chancellor

WRAL-TV, April 11, 2014

M. Lindsay Bierman, editor-in-chief of Southern Living magazine, has been named chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the school announced Friday. Bierman, 48, succeeds James Moeser, who has served as interim chancellor since John Mauceri stepped down last year. Bierman starts Aug. 1...

Southern Living editor elected chancellor at UNC School of the Arts

Raleigh News Observer, April 11, 2014

Lindsay Bierman, editor in chief of Southern Living magazine, will be the next chancellor of the UNC School of the Arts. Bierman, 48, was elected chancellor Friday by the UNC Board of Governors. He will start by Aug. 1 at an annual salary of $255,000, succeeding James Moeser, the former UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor who served as interim UNCSA leader since June...


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M. Lindsay Bierman, new UNCSA chancellor

Winston-Salem Journal, April 11, 2014

M. Lindsay Bierman, the new chancellor at the UNC School of the Arts, talks to students and faculty and a welcome ceremony. (video)

Local celebs taking part in unique show

Winston-Salem Chronicle, April 10, 2014

No Rules Theatre Co. (NRTC), which is partly based in Winston-Salem, will bring its hit production of “The No Rules Show” to the Hanesbrands Theatre, 209 Spruce St. N., for six nights, from April 22 – April 27 at 8 p.m. Each night, a different Triad celebrity will take the stage with host Joshua Morgan for a crazy, madcap variety show. Morgan plans to rev up the antics with WXII-TV Chief Meteorologist Lanie Pope, Old Salem’s Ragan Folan, SECCA’s Mark Leach, Winston-Salem Symphony Concertmaster Corine Brouwer, The Arts Council’s James Sparrow, UNCSA Dean of Drama Carl Forsman, Triad Stage’s Preston Lane and Sweet Potatoes restaurant owners Stephanie Tyson and Vivian Joyner...

Theatre news: No Rules Theatre Co. names new full time artistic director and new board of directors, April 9, 2014

No Rules Theatre Co. (NRTC), the original dual-headquartered theatre company based in Winston-Salem, NC, and Arlington, VA, has announced the appointment of Joshua Morgan as its first full-time Artistic Director, supervising artistic and management operations for the organization. The position was created through a generous grant from The Winston-Salem Foundation and private donors. The company also announced new Board members for 2014-15...

UNCSA alum makes directorial debut with 'The Heroes of Arvine Place'

Winston-Salem Journal, April 6, 2014

Damian Lahey is no stranger to Winston-Salem. He honed his writing and filmmaking chops at UNC School of the Arts. Now 14 years later, the UNCSA alumnus has returned with his first feature film – “The Heroes of Arvine Place.” His film is screening at the 16 th annual RiverRun International Film Festival...

Under Rodgers' watch, RiverRun has become a force among film festivals

Winston-Salem Journal, April 3, 2014

Exactly one week before the RiverRun International Film Festival, Andrew Rodgers sat at his desk on the second floor of the festival’s rabbit warren of offices fielding phone calls, emails and knocks on his door. It’s not a fancy office. He has a view of the wall next door, but the air around him is charged with excitement, anticipation and a sense of accomplishment.

David Gordon Green returns to RiverRun

Winston-Salem Journal, April 2, 2104

David Gordon Green is coming back to the RiverRun International Film Festival, and he’s bringing a new film with him. Green — a 1998 alumnus of UNC School of the Arts — is known for directing such acclaimed independent films as “George Washington,” “Snow Angels” and “All the Real Girls,” as well as studio films such as “Pineapple Express,” “The Sitter” and “Your Highness,” and the popular HBO comedy “Eastbound & Down.” He received a RiverRun “Emerging Master” award in 2010.

Remembering Robert Ward

YES! Weekly, April 2, 2104

To some, music may not mean much. But to a select, gifted few, a musical score is a fascinating creature capable of dipping into our memories and souls. Robert Ward, an exceptional composer, knew and felt the power of music and made it a lifetime passion. Before Ward, at the age of 95, passed away last April in his Durham home, the Triad along with thousands of students and faculty, and even soldiers, benefitted from his love for music. Not only was he instrumental in the founding of UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, he was its first chancellor in 1967...

From indie niche to Oscar acceptance

YES! Weekly, April 2, 2014

It’s been 11 years since the RiverRun International Film Festival made its home in Winston-Salem, and in that time the festival has grown by leaps and bounds – in stature, importance and popularity – both within the community and the film industry. In 2003, the festival lasted four days. In 2014, it will run 10 days and include 145 films (63 features, 82 shorts) from 33 different countries. The 2014 RiverRun festival opens Friday and continues through April 13 at venues throughout the city. In 2003, Dale Pollock was the dean of the School of Filmmaking at UNCSA when he paved the way for RiverRun to make the eastward “expansion” from Brevard and Asheville to the City of the Arts...

Local heroes return

YES! Weekly, April 2, 2104

When The Heroes of Arvine Place screens at the 16 th annual RiverRun International Film Festival this week, it will represent a homecoming for writer/producer Damian K. Lahey, a 2000 UNCSA School of Filmmaking graduate making his feature directorial debut, and leading man Cullen Moss, born and raised in Winston- Salem.

UNCSA's 'As You Like It' is a comedic delight!

Classical Voice North Carolina, April 2, 2014

It is difficult to fathom a mere 10 minutes into the start of the Act I, that As You Like It is to be one of Shakespeare’s most joyous comedies. Toiling in servitude, the young Orlando wipes his brow, briefly refreshes his parched palate with a beverage, only to then become entrapped in a vicious brawl with his older brother Oliver, where he must defend his life, his namesake, and demand what is rightfully his. The beginning of UNC School of the Art’s production of As You Like It is laced with greed, jealousy, and betrayal. All of which, however, as the story unfolds, are twisted and turned into festive exuberance and nuptial glee.

Kerner to speak at UNCSA graduation

Winston-Salem Journal, April 1, 2104

Jordan Kerner, a Hollywood film producer, will speak at UNC School of the Arts’ college commencement exercises on May 10 at the Stevens Center, James Moeser, the interim chancellor announced. Kerner, who produced “The Smurfs” movies, “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “Charlotte’s Web,” will address about 210 students earning undergraduate and graduate degrees...




Film students need your votes

Winston-Salem Chronicle, March 31, 2014

A film by students at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts could earn a $5,000 donation for the School of Filmmaking. “Because We Have To” is one of six finalists for the Sprite Films competition. Written and directed by Lucian Murphree, a School of Film sophomore from Omaha, Neb., and produced by Char-Lay Douglas, a film senior from Conover, “Because We Have To” was among 135 films submitted from 23 colleges and universities throughout the country...

Gillian Murphy will be UNCSA speaker

Winston-Salem Journal, March 30, 2013

Gillian Murphy, a prima ballerina, will return to UNC School of the Arts as speaker for the 2014 high school commencement exercises May 17, James Moeser, interim chancellor, announced.

Murphy, who is principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre, graduated from UNCSA’s high school program in 1996. She has danced as a guest in numerous UNCSA productions, most recently the role of the Sugarplum Fairy in “The Nutcracker” in December...

Emerging artists at UNCSA present an Afternoon at the Opera

Classical Voice North Carolina, March 30, 2014

Almost all 188 seats of the deMille Theatre, located on the campus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, were filled on the afternoon of March 30. There, the Undergraduate Opera Workshop, a part of the School of Music, presented an abridged version of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers or The King of Barataria, directed by Steven LaCosse and conducted by John McKeever. I had previously only heard of this show and was excited to see it performed...

USITT unveils Spark Entertainment Innovation Symposium, 9/7-9 at University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Broadway World, March 27, 2014

The United States Institute for Theatre Technology used its 2014 Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Fort Worth to launch a new annual event to spark innovations in entertainment technology. The first Spark entertainment innovation symposium will be held at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Sept. 7 to 9, 2014, USITT President Lea Asbell-Swanger announced in her opening remarks Wednesday, March 26...

Buzz Bio: Coming to a theater near you

Hickory Daily Record, March 27, 2014

Thanks to Sprite, Hickory native Char-Lay Douglas could see her name in lights. Born and raised in Hickory, Douglas, 25, served as producer for an entry in the 2014 Sprite Films Program...

UNCSA's short films 'Because We Have to" is right for Sprite

YES!Weekly, March 26, 2014

The UNCSA School of Filmmaking’s short film Because We Have To has been selected as one of six finalists for the Sprite Films Competition. The film, which was written and directed by School of Filmmaking sophomore Lucian Murphree and produced by senior Char-lay Douglas, was among the 135 films submitted by 23 colleges and universities nationwide and is eligible to earn a $5,000 donation for the School of Filmmaking...

'Romeo and Juliet' a first for UNCSA's Forsman, students

Winston-Salem Journal, March 24, 2014

Carl Forsman has been in love with “Romeo and Juliet” since seventh grade. Forsman, the dean of the School of Drama at UNC School of the Arts, is directing the first Shakespeare play of his career. “I’ve waited this long,” Forsman said, “I might as well start with a splash.” ...

Light Project changes season, moves south

Winston-Salem Journal, March 24, 2014

The annual Winston-Salem Light Project, which opened Friday, is a departure from previous years: “Artery,” this year’s offering by the School of Production & Design at UNC School of the Arts, is happening in the spring instead of the fall, and it has moved from downtown to a portion of the Strollway between downtown and the Southeast Gateway...

UNCSA athletic trainer wins statewide honor for treating students

Camel City Dispatch, March 19, 2014

Many people do not truly understand the physical requirements and stresses for students in UNCSA’s dance program because the school has no “athletic program” featuring baseball, football, soccer or other team sports. The level of fitness dance students must maintain, however, surpasses that of most college and professional level athletes. March is National Athletic Training Month, and the head athletic trainer for Student Health Services at UNCSA  is celebrating with a statewide honor. Laura Santos has been named Emerging Practices Athletic Trainer of the Year by the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association (NCATA)...

Hough steps down as UNCSA advancement head

Winston-Salem Journal, March 16, 2014

Mark Hough, who has served as chief advancement officer at UNC School of the Arts since September 2012, has left the school to pursue other opportunities, school officials said. Hough was the first alumnus to be part of the school’s senior administration. He received a bachelor’s degree in acting from the School of Drama in 1979...

Singer Steven Hall finds NC in LA, March 12, 2014

When Steven Hall landed in Los Angeles to jumpstart his songwriting career, he still felt a bit like he was home. A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Hall found several other UNC graduates who worked in the movie industry...

North Carolina again deciding on film incentives

Salisbury Post via the Associated Press, March 10, 2014

North Carolina's film incentives may finally become a permanent fixture in the state's economic development pitch to television and movie producers. Or it could get written out of the script...“There's no question that people inside of the business see North Carolina's tax credit as a good one and if there wasn't an incentive, they would not be here,” said Susan Ruskin, dean of the filmmaking school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, whose film credits include “Anaconda.” If the incentive goes away, Ruskin added, filmmakers will go elsewhere...

The art of love and suicide

YES!Weekly, March 5, 2014

It was Shakespeare himself that noted, “The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.” Although the poetic playwright may have been talking about know-nothing big mouths, his words seem to be appropriate here, too. NC Shakespeare Festival’s absence of performances in the Triad seems to have left a hole crying out to be filled, which is why it’s a good thing UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem is filling it...

Local ballet dancers perform well at State Festival

New Bern Sun-Journal, March 5, 2014

New Bern Ballet Company dancers recently performed at the Festival of North Carolina Dance sponsored by the University of North Carolina School of the Arts...

UNCSA student from Jacksonville wins USITT master craftsmanship award for scene painting, March 4, 2014

Alexa Busnot, a scenic artist about to receive her BFA in Scenic Arts from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, has won USITT's first Master Craftsmanship Award sponsored by Bernhard R. Works. Works, a USITT Fellow and professor emeritus of design and production at the University of Illinois, established the award last year to recognize an undergraduate college student as "a practicing theatre artisan." ...

'Takei,' 'LeChef' to open RiverRun Festival

Winston-Salem Journal, March 3, 2014

For the first time in its 16-year history, the RiverRun Film Festival held its launch party the day after the Academy Awards and in the middle of a snow storm, according to David Park, vice chair of the group’s board of directors...Other films will include such familiar actors as Jim Broadbent and Jeff Goldblum (“Le Weekend”), Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche (“Words and Pictures”), Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones (“Breathe In”), and Nicolas Cage (“Joe,” the latest film from UNCSA alumnus David Gordon Green). The centerpiece film during the festival in mid-festival will be “Obvious Child,” starring “Saturday Night Live” alumnus Jenny Slate and co-starring Jake Lacy, a UNCSA alum...

UNCSA names dance studio for founding dean

Winston-Salem Journal, March 1, 2014

The largest dance studio at UNC School of the Arts has been named the Robert Lindgren Sonja Tyven Founders Studio, thanks to donors who established an endowment in their names...

UNCSA grads working on various shows

Winston-Salem Journal, March 1, 2014

Last season, Jenn Lyon, a 2003 graduate of UNC School of the Arts’ School of Drama, had a recurring role in the FX crime drama “Justified.” And this season, she moves over to the comedic side of things, with a co-starring role in another FX show.In the new sitcom “Saint George,” which makes its debut at 9 p.m. Thursday, comedian George Lopez plays a successful entrepreneur trying to stay true to his working-class roots while still embracing his newfound wealth. Lyon plays his demanding ex-wife Mackenzie, who he shares custody of their 11-year-old son. Mackenzie frequently clashes with George’s bombastic mother, Alma...





Shakespeare's 'Winter Tale' at UNCSA: cue the bear

Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 23, 2014

All tragedies end in a death, and all comedies end in a marriage, according to Lord (George Gordon) Byron, an English Romantic poet. If that’s the case, then among William Shakespeare’s other accomplishments — he wrote 154 sonnets, 38 plays and created 1,700 words — he also invented the dramedy...

A singular ballerina's multiple paths

New York Times, Feb. 21, 2014

The dancer Misty Copeland has performed with the singer Prince and the pop group TLC. She has appeared in commercials for Diet Dr Pepper and Coach handbags, is national youth of the year ambassador for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and has a contract with the Under Armour sports clothing brand. She has her own dance wear line, and next month Simon & Schuster will publish her memoir, “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.” But on a mild January day at American Ballet Theater’s studios, she looked as anxious as a novice when she put her toes to the floor and, supported by her partner, Herman Cornejo, tried to rise gracefully from a kneeling position to a straight leg. “Try it again,” urged the coach Susan Jaffe, who was rehearsing Ms. Copeland, a soloist at Ballet Theater, for her debut in the principal role of Swanhilda in Nicholas Sergeyev’s “Coppélia,” which she will perform during the company’s spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House...

Winter Dance excites, satisfies

Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 21, 2104

The seemingly illimitable possibilities of human movement unfolded on stage at the Stevens Center Thursday night when UNC School of the Arts “Winter Dance” program opened. The program — one classical ballet and three contemporary dances — was breath-taking in its artistry and athleticism...

Don't sleep on 'Henry V'

Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 21, 2104

I’m pretty sure that William Shakespeare didn’t write plays for American high school students to read at uncomfortable desks, study, discuss and get tested on. Nor did he write them to be recited and declaimed like relics by wooden actors in stiff costumes...

Artist from Milton wins big makeup honor

Boston Globe, Feb. 20, 2014

Milton native and UMass-Amherst grad Kai Ravelson has won this year’s United States Institute for Theatre Technology’s award for best young theatrical makeup designer. She’ll get her master’s in Wig and Makeup Design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in May. The USITT says these images helped Ravelson snag the honor...

Winston-Salem flooded with fluid movement

YES! Weekly, Feb. 19, 2014

In today’s world there are more ways than ever of communicating: texting, calling, online chatting, tweeting and more. But let’s not forget that one of our earliest forms of expression was simply dancing. Bringing that “ancient” art to the forefront is the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem with its upcoming winter dance concert featuring an internationally known dance company...

Allbritten leaving UNCSA to head Piedmont Opera

Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 19, 2014

James Allbritten now has his dream job. After 10 years as artistic director of Piedmont Opera and 20 years on the music faculty at the UNC School of the Arts, Allbritten was named the general director Tuesday of Piedmont Opera...

UNCSA's Henry V  is like nothing you have seen before

Classical Voice North Carolina, Feb. 19, 2014

Contrary to standard academic conditioning, performing Shakespeare is far from formulaic. The vitality of the text craves originality and new approach, which sadly, far too many theatre-makers seem timid to take on. UNC School of the Arts’ satirical production of King Henry V demolishes tiresome theatrical norms, and restores Shakespeare back to his original intent.

Carolina Winter Music Festival presents "Brass Under the Big Top"

WFDD 88.5 FM, Feb. 17, 2014

The Carolina Winter Music Festival presents “Brass Under the Big Top”, music and magic of the circus for the whole family this Saturday morning, February 22, at 11:00 AM in the Milton Rhodes Center. The unique performance features the acclaimed Giannini Brass with Special Guest Dikki Ellis, from New York's Big Apple Circus. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg called Dikki’s performance “terrific”, and the N.Y. Post’s Clive Barnes said: "One also had to admire the actual circus feats of a very deft Dikki Ellis..."

I remember van Druten

New York Times, Feb. 16, 2014

In 1953, a writer leveled harsh criticism at John van Druten's romantic comedy "London Wall," calling its story "almost shamelessly inadequate" and arguing that the play would never work for American audiences. His name: John van Druten... Even some of his champions wil concede that while van Druten wrote many very good plays, there isn't a great one. "Van Druten doesn't have an iconic play," said Carl Forsman, who directed hte Keen "Turtle" and said he planned to mount another Van Druten work, which he declined to name because he doesn't want another company getting there first. "Because he wrote 'A Streetcare Named Desire' and 'Glass Menagerie,' Tennessee Williams's other plays get produced more than they would otherwise. Van Druten never wrote a classic." ...

'Henry V' is about greatness, leadership and responsibility

Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 16, 2014

In Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” Malvolio famously says, “Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.” This is not that play, but “Henry V,” which opens Wednesday at UNC School of the Arts, has greatness, leadership and responsibility as its principle themes...

'Winter Dance' pieces show diverse skills of students

Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 16, 2014

Four pieces will display the diverse skills of UNC School of the Arts dance and design and production students in the annual “Winter Dance” program that opens Thursday at the Stevens Center....

USITT announces 2014 Young Designers & Technicians awards winners; ceremony set for March 2014

Broadway World, Feb. 13, 2014

Eleven emerging entertainment designers and technicians have been selected winners of USITT's 2014 Young Designers & Technicians Awards. Three of the winners are from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, three are from Carnegie Mellon University, and two are from the Yale School of Drama. The other three are from Purdue University, the University of West Virginia, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill..

UNCSA graduate composes score for new movie

Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 13, 2104

When Craig Richey saw that Winston-Salem was the one city in North Carolina where a film he had worked on was going to open, “I just laughed out loud,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it.”

 That’s because Richey, 52, used to live in Winston-Salem and still has family here...


3-D printing gives young Winston-Salem filmmaker an edge

Triad Business Journal, Feb. 12, 2014

The ascension of #D printing is expected to impact industries raning from manufacturing to retail. A young Winston-Salem filmmaker, with the help of the Center for Design Innovation, is demonstrating how that technology might also impact one of the oldest forms of animated art...

Editorial: Boon in ticket sales could help Stevens Center

Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 12, 2014

A bit of good economic news arrived hand-in-hand with good news for the arts: Ticket sales at the UNC School of the Arts nearly doubled this last year. From December 2012 to December 2013, ticket sales were up, the Journal’s Lynn Felder reported recently. That not only means revenue was up; so was exposure to the arts. And it could be good as well for the UNCSA’s Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem, where the school stages many of its performances...

Symphony concert was fitting tribute to Copey Hanes, great friend to the arts

Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 10, 2014

The main feature of the Winston-Salem Symphony Classic Series, which took place Sunday afternoon, consisted of a tribute to the memory of Mrs. Gordon Hanes (“Copey”), with guest artist, pianist Orli Shaham playing the beloved Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto...

UNCSA ticket sales nearly doubled in 2013

Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 7, 2014

Revenue from ticket sales at UNC School of the Arts performances nearly doubled from December 2012 to December 2013, according to officials at the school. During the fall season in 2013 (August through December), the school saw an increase of 43 percent in the volume of tickets issued, and an increase of 85 percent in revenue over the same period in 2012...

Railey on starting the dialogue on the Stevens Center renovation

Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 2, 2014

Jim Sparrow, the new head of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, has a big enough job, one that includes helping lead the $2.65-million fundraising campaign the council has just kicked off. Then there’s just one more task: helping to jumpstart a public dialogue on renovations to the Stevens Center, long a cornerstone of the arts in downtown Winston-Salem. Like many of our readers, I’ve had a lot of fun at the center, at events ranging from a concert by country singer/songwriter Billy Joe Shaver to a raucous School of the Arts graduation to an event saying goodbye to the late Phil Hanes, the drum major for the local arts scene who long recognized the center’s linchpin role in that scene.

'Tales of Hoffman' a visual feast

Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 1, 2014

Music, movement, sets, lights, costumes: Everything came together in a triumph of artistry Friday night when the schools of Music, Design & Production, and the Fletcher Opera Institute at UNC School of the Arts presented “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” or “The Tales of Hoffmann,” by Jacques Offenbach...




Company C review: Susan Jaffe's 'Weather' charms, challenges

SFGate, Jan. 31, 2014

Hard on the heels of an announcement of the troupe's dissolution (as we know it) later this year came the opening of Company C's winter season Thursday at Walnut Creek's Lesher Center. Genial dancing and a mixed assortment of dances were on the menu. But if founding Artistic Director Charles Anderson possessed any kind of programming philosophy, it had not been evident earlier, and it wasn't apparent this time around, either. Anderson calls his planning eclectic, which means you take what's available. But there was a surprise for Thursday's audience, in the guise of "Weather One," a new and appealing work by Susan Jaffe, former principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre. This was the only work on the program which used the strictly classical vocabulary, and the only one in which the 10 dancers seemed both most fully challenged and fully engaged...

REPEATS...2/4: A must-see hit: UNCSA's Fletcher Opera Institute's superlative staging of Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman

Classical Voice North Carolina, Jan. 31, 2014

Make every effort to get a ticket to one of the two remaining performances of Les contes D'Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach at the Stevens Center. Word-of-mouth must have been good since the house seemed to be filled to capacity on opening night. It is a terrific production featuring superbly prepared singers who are post-graduate fellows of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute along with additional talent from a whole array of departments from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts...

The Sure Thing: UNCSA dominates BIFF student film category

Low Country Weekly, Jan. 29, 2014

This year’s Beaufort International Film Festival comes with what Vegas odds makers would call a mortal lock: the Student Film trophy will go back to Winston-Salem. All eight finalists hail from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. And while such utter domination of the category may be unprecedented, it’s not entirely shocking. Each year some of BIFF’s best moments come by way of UNCAS. The school is also looking at a possible four-peat in the Animation category...

Truth at 24 frames per second: the 8th Annual Beaufort Film Festival Returns Feb. 12-15

Low Country Weekly, Jan. 29, 2014

For most of a decade now Ron and Rebecca Tucker have done something a lot of people around here would consider nuts. Each February, in the absolute dead of winter, in the lowest slump of the off-season in the Lowcountry, they put on a film festival. Crazier still, they expect people to show up for it, buy tickets, book hotel rooms and spend their money in the local shops, restaurants and bars. And here's the really crazy part: it's worked. Hell, it's boomed...

Janie Bullard: 2014 USITT Rising Star Winner

Live Design, Jan. 28, 2014

New York sound designer Janie Bullard will receive the 2014 Rising Star Award sponsored by LDI/Studio Live Design and presented annually at USITT to a young designer in the areas of scenic, lighting, sound, or projection design, or the convergence of these design disciplines. It is given to new professionals in the first four years of their careers after completing their highest academic degree. The award has been sponsored in perpetuity by LDI/Studio Live Design with the first Rising Star presented in 2005. Bullard, a 2010 MFA graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, will accept the award at USITT’s 2014 Annual Conference & Stage Expo March 26-29 in Fort Worth, Texas. She will receive a $1,000 cash prize and free registration to the conference...

Three local productions win regional Emmys

Winston-Salem Journal, Jan. 28, 2014

Three local productions won awards Saturday at the 28th annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards ceremony in Nashville, Tenn. Composer Joel Everett won the “Music Composer/Arranger” award for his music for the documentary “Merger: Making the Twin City,” about the consolidation of Winston and Salem in 1913, which was broadcast on WSTV-13 and UNC-TV. WGHP/FOX8 won the “Community Service” award for “Share the Harvest.” And the University of North Carolina School of the Arts production of “Much Ado About Nothing,” which was broadcast on UNC-TV, won in the “Arts” category...


UNCSA to perform French grand opera

Winston-Salem Journal, Jan. 26, 2014

Jacque Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffmann” is a something of a puzzle — a big, multi-dimensional puzzle. First, there’s the opera: Offenbach died in 1880 before he completed it, and musicians have been amending and debating it ever since...

Fletcher Opera Institute

Winston-Salem Journal, Jan. 26, 2014

In 2000, the A.J. Fletcher Foundation in Raleigh committed $10 million to establish the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at UNC School of the Arts, with $5 million given over a period of 12 years for operating costs and $5 million in endowment to become available on the condition that UNCSA raise an additional $5 million solely dedicated to opera...

UNCSA students, alumni well represented at Sundance

Winston-Salem Journal, Jan. 19, 2014

Films with connections to UNC School of the Arts are being screened at two festivals, and five students from the School of Filmmaking will participate in the Sundance Film Festival Film School Program, with access to films, panels and events, all in Park City, Utah. Alumni and current students in the School of Filmmaking worked on 10 films screening at Sundance (through Jan. 26), and five film school alumni worked on “The Republic of Rick,” screening at Slamdance (through Jan 23)...

UNCSA alum McBride is Jimmy's voice in 'Chozen'

Winston-Salem Journal, Jan. 18, 2014

Just two months after actor/producer Danny McBride wrapped up his HBO series “Eastbound and Down,” he’s back on the air — or at least his voice is. McBride, an alumnus of UNC School of the Arts, provides the voice of Jimmy, a sleazy but helpful sidekick in “Chozen,” a raunchy animated comedy that airs Mondays at 10:30 p.m. on FX. The series revolves around the title character, a gay white rapper trying to rebuild his career after a long prison term...

Reexamining Shakespeare's theatrical accessibility

Classical Voice North Carolina, Jan. 16, 2014

No single figure has been more central to the commentaries of language, story telling, and theatre than William Shakespeare. However, as renowned and celebrated as he may be, many view his work as shrouded with elitism and intimidation. Yet, how exactly has the once populist playwright for the masses gradually become alienating to modern audience? What is being done to bring Shakespeare back “to the people?” These were among recurring questions explored during the UNC School of the Arts’ The Shakespeare Colloquium, held January 13-16...

Let the show begin! Willingham rolls out spring theater series of music, drama, dance and film

Elkin, Jan. 15, 2014

The 193-seat Willingham Theater at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center opened only a year ago but in that brief time it has quickly garnered a reputation for quality performances and swiftly become a popular destination for intimate, professional theater, music, dance and film. Ron Stacker Thompson, artistic director of the Willingham and chair of the screenwriting discipline at UNCSA said, “Our mission at the Willingham, where the performing arts are our passion, is to present the very best in variety and quality. Our enthusiastic audiences tell us we’re doing just that.” ...

Lincoln Center Education to present performances by Kenan Fellows, 1/24-26

Broadway, Jan. 15, 2014

From January 24 - 26, 2014, the Kenan Fellows studying arts and education will present their work at the Clark Studio Theater at LINCOLN CENTER EDUCATION, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, Rose Building, 7th Floor. FREE ADMISSION...

Meet the Artist: Percussive Arts Society President John Beck

WFDD 88.5, Jan. 15, 2014

The world's largest percussion organization is the international Percussive Arts Society. In 2012 their “Day of Percussion” with clinics and performances all day long took place on the campus of Wake Forest University. Outstanding college and High School percussion ensembles from across the state, acclaimed soloists and professional percussion ensembles performed a wide variety of music, and world class clinicians covered a broad spectrum of topics. University of NC School of the Arts and Wake Forest University percussion instructor John Beck is President of the Percussive Arts Society. He’s also a chamber and orchestral music performer...

Who will train the film "masters" ? UNCSA? UNCG? Both? Neither?

Triad Business Journal, Jan. 15, 2014

Both UNC-School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and UNC-Greensboro want to launch master's degree programs in filmmaking. One of them is liekly to be disappointed...

Surprise not so French Connections concert was a constant delight

Classical Voice North Carolina, Jan. 14, 2014

Most concert series have a rubric to the effect that "All programs are subject to change." That was the case for music lovers in the University of North Carolina School of the Arts' lovely Watson Chamber Music Hall who had expected a recital of viola sonatas highlighted by the fine example of the sonata by Rebecca Clarke. Instead, an interesting and eclectic program strained to fit the original program, French Connections: Part Deux. The ensemble Fire Pink Trio featured flutist Debra Reuter-Pivetta, violist Sheila Browne (violist for the originally scheduled program), and harpist Jacquelyn Bartlett. Reuter-Pivetta is principal flute of the Greensboro Symphony and founding member of Fire Pink Trio, Browne is a member of the UNCSA faculty, and Bartlett is former principal harp of the NC Symphony...

Nutcracker load out

Winston-Salem Journal, Jan. 14, 2014

Students from the UNC School of the Arts load out the set pieces from the Nutcracker production at Stevens Center in Winston-Salem...

No Rules Theatre Company invests in new community arts fund

WFDD 88.5 FM, Jan. 13, 2014

Nonprofit arts organizations typically rely heavily on fundraising to survive.  Last November a small theatre company took a large step toward changing the ways in which they raise money in the 21st Century. No Rules Theatre Co. (NRTC), dual-headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC, and Arlington, VA, announced that it had raised more than $100,000 for two things at one time – its own organization, plus a new community arts fund at The Winston-Salem Foundation. No Rules artistic director Joshua Morgan spoke with David Ford about the unique fundraiser and he began by asking him why raise money for non-profits other than his own.

TV Tidbits: Chris Parnell has roles on four different shows

Winston-Salem Journal, Jan. 12, 2014

Chris Parnell is one of the most familiar alumni from UNC School of the Arts — and one of the most prolific, with roles in four current TV shows, two of which are starting their new seasons this week...

Best Bets:  Directors, professors to lecture at UNCSA forum on Shakespeare

Winston-Salem Journal, Jan. 12, 2014

The School of Drama at UNC School of the Arts will present “The Shakespeare Colloquium,” three lectures about the life, times and legacy of William Shakespeare, at 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the Catawba Theatre of Performance Place. The lectures are part of the drama school’s semester-long focus on Shakespeare. The school will present four Shakespearean plays between February and April...

Meet the 2014 Sundance filmmakers #1: Peter Sattler on his Guantanamo Bay drama 'Camp X-Ray' starring Kristen Stewart, Jan. 10, 2014

After studying directing at North Carolina School of the Arts, Peter Sattler moved to LA. "I've worked just about every below-the-line film position there is" he told Indiewire. For the past five years, he's been doing studio assignment writing. "Camp X-Ray" is his first feature film...

Beloved musician/professor passes away

Winston-Salem Chronicle, Jan. 9, 2014

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) community is mourning the loss of Benjamin F. Ward Jr., a beloved member of its Board of Visitors. Ward, an adjunct associate professor of philosophy and associate dean for the faculty program at Duke University, was 65 when he died last month at Duke University Hospital in Durham...

10 interviews set for UNCSA chancellor search

Winston-Salem Journal, Jan. 8, 2014

Ten candidates for the chancellor’s position at the UNC School of the Arts have been selected for “airport interviews” in February, according to Rob King, the chairman of the search committee...

Up for an Emmy Award: UNCSA's Much Ado About Nothing

YES! Weekly, Jan. 8, 2014

Chalk up another accolade for UNC School of the Arts, as the UNC-TV broadcast of the School of Drama’s 2012 production of the Shakespeare classic Much Ado About Nothing received an Emmy Award nomination in the category of arts programming...

25 to watch in 2014

Dance Magazine, January 2014

One of the most captivating new faces on Houston’s dance scene, Laura Gutierrez offers a fresh take on grace. Using her long limbs with a studied precision, she is not afraid to let stillness, tension and the quieter part of dance have a role in her work. This tendency toward minimalism has attracted a variety of artists, including rising filmmaker Lydia Hance. Gutierrez has also taken multiple forays into the visual arts world, including a work by Jonah Bokaer at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. After earning her BFA in contemporary dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Houston native received a 2009–2010 William R. Kenan, Jr., Performing Arts Fellowship at the Lincoln Center Institute and performed works by Brenda Daniels, Lar Lubovitch and Sarah Skaggs. Today, she is carving her own path as a choreographer, independent dancer and guest artist: Gutierrez presents the first evening-length show of her work in Houston this spring.

Learning to ask, asking to learn

American Theatre Magazine, January 2014

We're living in what issometimes called the Information Age—an apt name for the constant flow of facts and data in which we swim, all made possible by ever-accelerating breakthroughs in computing. The catch, of course, is that, in a society where the one constant seems to be technological change, we may have too much information to process, too many systems to learn—and much of it will be obsolete by the time we’ve taken it in...In a series of interviews with people in the early stages of technical careers in the realms of sound, scenic, costume and lighting, those themes resonated repeatedly. In technical theatre, it’s not who you know or even what you know—it’s what you can learn and how willing you are to ask.... Dina Perez, 30, had loved sewing since childhood, but had made the pragmatic choice to become a chemistry major at Duke University so she could earn a living in the field of medicine. Then she grew bored and restless and returned home to Florida, where her mother encouraged her to reconsider costume design. ..






UNCSA founder and longtime supporter dies

WFMY, Dec. 30, 2013

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts community is mourning the loss of founder and longtime supporter Helen Copenhaver "Copey" Hanes, whoi died early Saturday morning at the age of 96...

Longtime arts supporter who helped establishe the UNC School of the Arts dies at 96

Winston-Salem Journal, Dec. 29, 2013

Helen Copenhaver “Copey” Hanes, a longtime supporter of the Winston-Salem arts community who was instrumental in helping establish UNC School of the Arts, died Saturday morning at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was 96. “Copey Hanes, no matter who she was with or what she was doing, was always herself: warm, friendly, interested,” former UNCSA chancellor Alex Ewing said in a statement. “She was a great lady and a wonderful chum. The very best of Winston-Salem.” ...

Helen Hanes, patron of NC arts, dies at 96

WNCN, Dec. 29, 2013

A memorial service will be held for Helen Copenhaver Hanes, an early supporter of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, who died at the age of 96. A news release from the school says Hanes died early Saturday...

Master designer imparts his wisdom

Winston-Salem Chronicle, Dec. 24, 2013

Tony-nominated costume designer Paul Tazewell spent last Thursday sharing his work and wisdom with students at his alma mater – the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Tazewell, a 1986 UNCSA graduate, spent the day with about 40 School of Design and Production students taking a weeklong Intensive Arts mini-term. In addition to discussing his work and the creative process behind his designs, the Akron, Ohio native shared his journey to success. He also gave pointed critiques of the students’ designs...

Editorial: Film industry: it's part of who we are; tax credits necessary

Winston-Salem Journal, Dec. 21, 2013

Gov. Pat McCrory and state officials last week celebrated the job opportunities and near-record economic impact generated by the state’s film industry this year. But there was something floating in the pool at this party that was politely ignored. That something is the pending demise of the state’s tax credits for film production companies – some of the most generous in the country – that industry observers say are responsible for much of the activity the state has experienced.

In a bind: Stevens Center is cramped, officials say

Winston-Salem Journal, Dec. 20, 2013

Kay Bosworth can demonstrate why the Stevens Center needs renovation easier than she can explain it. Asked to tell what the lobby is like upstairs during intermission, Bosworth pushes her shoulder into the questioner and starts shoving sideways, saying “Excuse me, excuse me.” ...

Letters to the editor: A coordinated effort

Winston-Salem Journal, Dec. 15, 2013

It is indeed time to revamp the Stevens Center (“Revamp needed,” Dec. 7) and also talk about a new operating model that provides greater collaboration and cooperation between various users. The center is a jewel box. No doubt about that. But its systems and technology need updating. The steep balcony is such a scary place that few patrons will purchase those tickets. You couldn't coax me up there with free tickets...

Editorial: The Stevens Center: Private funds should carry load in renovation

Winston-Salem Journal, Dec. 15, 2013

As the jewel of Winston-Salem’s well-regarded arts culture, the Stevens Center deserves to be updated and remodeled, but the majority of the estimated $30 million it will cost should come from private sources. We’re confident that with an organized campaign, including some creative fundraising ideas, such as engaging many Arts Council organizations – as well as individual artists – to host events to raise money, much of the goal could be reached...

A Baroque Christmas broadly surveyed musical growth in Baroque Era

Classical Voice North Carolina, Dec. 15, 2013

This concert, entitled A Baroque Christmas, was an auspicious beginning for the Music @ Home 2013-14 season. The series, a joint venture by the Home Moravian Church and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Music, will present four more concerts in the lovely historical Home Moravian Church. All but one will be free to the public. Moravians have a rich tradition of presenting music dating back to when they presented such contemporary composers such as J.S. Bach and Franz Joseph Haydn! ...

This 'Nutcracker' worh taking a crack at

Winston-Salem Journal, Dec. 14, 2013

A hallucinatory, fiber-optics-lit Christmas tree, 80 pounds of dry ice, and sublime dance performances were among the highlights of last night’s presentation of “The Nutcracker” by UNC School of the arts schools of music, dance, and production and design...

Through 12/22: UNCSA's Nutcracker delights

Peter Perret for Classical Voice North Carolina, Dec. 13, 2013

The Stevens Center was full and many laps were filled by children, too, for the first performance (of over a dozen) of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts' [] annual Nutcracker, Op. 71, by Tchaikovsky, written at the peak of his career as a composer and in the prime of a life abruptly ended by cholera a year later. This ballet became a holiday tradition in the 1960s when the New York City Ballet made it an annual event, filling the coffers for more adventurous ballets of a less popular appeal...

$500,000 endowment named for Piedmont Opera's James Allbritten

Camel City Dispatch, Dec. 9, 2013

Wade Weast, Dean of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), has announced the establishment of James Allbritten Distinguished Visiting Artist Professorship. The $500,000 endowment provides funding for guest artists in UNCSA’s A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute...

'Nutcracker' much more than a show

Winston-Salem Journal, Dec. 8, 2013

You may think that UNC School of the Arts’ annual production of “The Nutcracker” is just another gorgeous spectacle of ballet and music with sumptuous sets and luscious costumes. But, according to Katharine Laidlaw, the executive producer, and Susan Jaffe, the dean of the School of Dance, it’s also an educational opportunity for the students in the schools of music, dance, and production and design, a scholarship fundraiser and a gift to the Winston-Salem community...

UNCSA proposes smaller tuition hike

Winston-Salem Journal, Dec. 6, 2013

Students who come from other states to attend the UNC School of the Arts will pay more for tuition next year, but just how much more remains to be seen. By action of the N.C. General Assembly, tuition rates are to climb 12.3 percent at UNCSA for the 2014-15 school year, but the school’s board of trustees on Friday approved a 4.21 percent increase that would take effect if lawmakers were to reverse their course and repeal the increase...

Moeser: Stevens Center needs revamp

Winston-Salem Journal, Dec. 6, 2013

Officials at the UNC School of the Arts are calling for a complete overhaul of the Stevens Center, the first time since it opened in 1983. The project, with an estimated price tag of $30 million, would require help from Winston-Salem, the state and other sources, officials said Friday as they talked about the need to give the arts a better stage and arts patrons a better place to sit...

Meet the dancers: Ariana Czernobil, Dec. 6, 2013

Ariana Czernobil, a Chicago native began her training with Larry Long at the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance and later graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts under the direction of Ethan Stiefel. As a student she performed leading roles in Paquita, Les Patineurs, and Symphonie Concerante. She also performed Sugar Plum Fairy and Snowe Queen Pad de Deux in Ethan Stiefle's original production of The Nutcracker, which was televised on North Carolina Public Broadcast...

'Black Nativity' producer teaches at UNCSA

Winston-Salem Chronicle, Dec. 6, 2013

“Black Nativity,” which opened nationwide last week, is executive produced by University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ Joy Goodwin, who teaches screenwriting and producing...

UNCSA to host jazz, swing extravaganza

WFMY, Dec. 4, 2013

Students at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts are taking us back to the 30s and 40s with a special show Thursday night. The school is hosting UNCSA Jazz Ensemble: Swing Era Extravaganza. The show promises to offer fun for dance and music enthusiasts of all ages. Students from the UNCSA Jazz Ensemble will offer a bg brass band sound as members of the UNCSA School of Dance will offer a blast from the past with their swing era moves...

UNCSA audit lists no problems

Winston-Salem Journal, Dec. 4, 2013

The state auditor listed no problems in its audit of the UNC School of the Art for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013, according to a report released last week...

Wind Ensemble and new conductor at UNCSA

Classical Voice North Carolina by Peter Perret, Dec. 4, 2013

The third concert of the semester by the UNCSA  School of Music's Wind Ensemble was given in the early afternoon in sonorous Crawford Hall at a time usually reserved for the traditional Performance Hour. Over five dozen musicians, under the direction of Maestra Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, rotated smoothly from chair to chair or into the audience, as needed by the particular piece, while a constant presence of about 50 musicians on the stage presented a varied program of band standards mixed with a couple of novelty pieces and two lovely but unfamiliar (to this writer) works by the iconic Australian composer, Percy Grainger (1882-1961)...

DGA honors trio of talented UNCSA filmmakers

YES!Weekly, Dec, 4, 2013

’Tis the season for giving and receiving, and at the UNCSA School of Filmmaking in Winston-Salem, three young filmmakers have been recognized by no less an institution than the Directors Guild of America (DGA). The Student Film Awards are designed to honor female and minority filmmakers from select film schools and universities around the nation...

Magnificent Rachmaninoff crowns a facinating pairing of works

Classical Voice North Carolina, Dec. 3, 2013

An attentive and enthusiastic audience of music lovers and students was on hand in the intimate Watson Chamber Music Hall on the University of North Carolina School of the Arts campus for an intriguing recital, “Rach Around the Bach,” featuring three members of the faculty of the School of Music. The musicians were cellist Brooks Whitehouse,  double bassist Paul Sharpe, and pianist Allison Gagnon. The Bach work was a very free arrangement of J. S. Bach’s Suite No. 6 in D, S.1012, by the cellist; it featured the duo, Low and Lower, made up of Whitehouse and Sharpe. The cellist gave brief and witty comments to introduce the works from the stage. Gagnon joined Whitehouse after intermission for Rachmaninoff’s rich and romantic Sonata in G minor, Op.19...

Obituary: Marjorie Ferrigno Dycke

New York Times, Dec. 2, 2013

Marjorie (nee Platt) 97 years old of Flushing, NY died November 15, 2013. Marjorie was an educator. Founding chairman, Drama Department, School of Performing Arts, NYC (the school was the originator of the term, "performing arts"). Past President of the American Educational Theatre Association which represented all non-professional theatre in the U.S. (1962); Former Secretary and Executive Committee member of the American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA); member of the National Council on the Arts and Government (NCAG) which worked with Senator Jacob Javits to develop legislation to establish a National Cultural Center which became Kennedy Center on the death of JFK; consultant to the Governor's School (Governor Terry Sanford) at Winston-Salem which became The North Carolina School of the Arts. - See more at:




UNCSA alumna and off-Broadway director GT Upchurch and She Loves Me production

WFDD 88.5 FM, Nov. 19, 2013

Wake Forest University and University of NC School of the Arts alumna GT Upchurch may have just graduated from UNCSA’s School of Drama in 2005, but she’s already on lots of people’s radar. GT has directed several Off-Broadway productions, including last year’s Harper Regan by Simon Stephens which received a Top Ten Shows of 2012 nod from the New York Times. The Times also profiled her in February’s article “Staging a Sisterhood,” about the rise of women directors in New York. Recently GT’s been sharing her talents with UNCSA 4th year senior drama students during rehearsals for Joe Masteroff’s romantic comedy She Loves Me.

University of North Carolina School of the Arts puts on Fall Dance Concert

WFDD 88.5 FM, Nov.18, 2013

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts Fall Dance Concerts provide Triad audiences with a glimpse into the highly professional training that goes on at the school. For the student dancers themselves, it’s an opportunity to approach new works from both an academic and vocational perspective under the collaborative guidance of some of today’s leading dancer/choreographers...

'She Loves Me' has been performed many different ways

Winston-Salem Journal, Nov. 17, 2013

First it was a play, “Parfumerie,” written in 1937. Then, in 1940, it was a movie called “The Shop Around the Corner,” with Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan. Then, in 1963, it was a musical play called “She Loves Me.” Then, in 1993, it was another movie called “Sleepless in Seattle,” with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan...

UNCSA composer, choreographer collaborate for premiere performance

Winston-Salem Journal, Nov. 17, 2013

Although each can exist independently of the other, dance and music go together like cookies and cream, thunder and rain, rice and gravy — you name it. So when Brenda Daniels, associate dance dean at UNC School of the Arts, approached Lawrence Dillon, the music school’s composer-in-residence, about choreographing a dance to one of his compositions, his answer was a resounding, “Yes.” ...

NC A&T Jazz, Angus MacLachlan on film, Immigrant Stopries, and Cantus

WFDD 88.5 FM, Nov. 15, 2013

Behind the Scenes with writer, actor, filmmaker, and director of the new film Goodbye to All That, Angus MacLachlan. The movie was filmed in Winston-Salem...

NC film industry leaders discuss 'State of the Slate'

WWAY-TV (Wilmington, NC), Nov. 15, 2013

Film is one of North Carolina’s largest industries, but could the production soon wrap without help from Raleigh? Over the last twenty years Wilmington has earned the moniker of Hollywood East, but the changing political landscape has some productions staying in the Hollywood hills...

Film industry incentives take center stage at Cucalorus panel

Wilmington (N.C.) Star News, Nov. 14, 2013

Prominent leaders in the North Carolina film industry assembled at the Cucalorus Film Festival's "State of the Slate" panel Thursday to reiterate the benefits they see in the state's film incentive program set to expire at the end of 2014...

Former UNCSA drama dean Malcolm Morrison dies

Business Journal, Nov. 12, 2013

Malcolm Morrison, the founder of the N.C. Shakespeare Festival and former dean of the School of Drama at UNC-School of the Arts, died Nov. 8 at him home in Connecticut after a battle with cancer at the age of 73, the University has announced...

Watauga musician crowned champion fiddler at prestigious music competition in Pitlochry, Scotland

High Country News, Nov. 11, 2013

Maura Shawn Scanlin, of Watauga County, was crowned champion at the Glenfiddich Fiddle Competition  on Oct. 27 at Blair Castle in Pitlochry, Scotland. Glenfiddich is considered to be the most prestigious competition in traditional Scottish fiddle music.  Musicians are invited based on musical merit, recognition and through other prestigious competitions...

Powerful Verdi Requiem at the UNC School of the Arts

Peter Perret for Classical Voice North Carolina, Nov. 8, 2013

A full house cheered the combined forces of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts' chorus and orchestra, soloists from the school's Fletcher Opera Institute, and the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale in a moving performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem, given in the Stevens Center in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the master's birth. This year has seen bicentennial celebrations of the two operatic giants of 19th century, this Verdi concert and three involving Wagner – an opera, a concert, and the Winston-Salem Symphony's forthcoming performance of Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll," which should close the Triad area bicentennial celebrations of the two giants...

Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Street Scene' to be performed by UNCSA

WFDD 88.5 FM, Nov. 5, 2013

Street Scene by Elmer Rice won the 20th century playwright a Pulitzer Prize for drama. Its authentic portrayal of daily life as experienced by the colorful residents of a gritty New York neighborhood in 1928 endures to this day, and it’s coming to the Triad compliments of the UNC School of the Arts. Street Scene opens Wednesday night, November 6th at 7:30 PM at Catawba Theatre, Performance Place on the UNCSA campus. The play is co-directed by UNCSA faculty Matt Bulluck, and Dean of Drama Carl Forsman who spoke with David Ford about it...




Hair apparent: local doc screens at Geeksboro Nov. 7/ UNCSA School of Filmmaking student wins national prize

YES! Weekly, Oct. 30, 2013

... Joseph Blankinship, a senior studying cinematography at the UNCSA School of Filmmaking in Winston-Salem, won third place in the 2013 National Student Operator competition held by the Society of Camera Operators. Blankinship, who hails from High Point, was cited for his work on the UNCSA student film Title Fight, which premiered at the school in May, and has received a student membership in the Society of Camera Operators...

Construction on long-awaited Center of Design Innovation may begin soon

Winston-Salem Journal, Oct. 28, 2013

Officials with the Center of Design Innovation are hopeful that construction on its long-awaited headquarters will begin in November. The center broke ground in February 2012 on an $8 million building that local officials hope will serve as a physical and symbolic anchor for the southern part of downtown Winston-Salem and the South district of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter...

Community milestones in the arts

Winston-Salem Journal, Oct. 28, 2013

Violinist Dustin Wilkes-Kim was among the worldwide applicants selected to participate in the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Labor Day Festival on the campus of Mercer University in Macon, Ga. Dustin performed as first violinist with a chamber group, had a master class with world-renowned violinist Robert McDuffie, and performed with center faculty and students in the closing concert, a standing-room-only event. Dustin lives in Winston-Salem and studies at UNC School of the Arts...

Violin soloist Kevin Lawrence performs Bach's Solo Sonatas

WFDD 88.5 FM, Oct. 28, 2013

Praised for his "vibrant intensity," (The Times, London) and playing "supremely convincing in its vitality," (Cleveland Plain Dealer) violinist Kevin Lawrence has consistently elicited superlative responses for his performances throughout the United States and Europe. His assertive style and strong musical personality have thrilled audiences at Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and in Houston, Chicago, London, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Rome, Prague, Bucharest, Sofia, St. Petersburg, and Amsterdam, where the Dutch press described him as "simply miraculous."...

Bogdanovich on PBS documentary about 'War of the Worlds'

Winston-Salem Journal, Oct. 27, 2013

Peter Bogdanovich, a film director and cinema historian who has taught at UNC School of the Arts, is among the interview subjects in a PBS documentary about one of the most famous Halloween pranks of all time...

American fiddler crowned champion at Scottish music competition (Glasgow, Scottland), Oct. 27, 2013

An American fiddler has been crowned champion of a traditional Scottish music competition. Maura Shawn Scanlin from North Carolina was named Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion on Sunday, beating returning champion Maggie Adamson from Shetland into second place...

Repeats...10/29: Flying Dutcham soars

Peter Perret for Classical Voice North Carolina, Oct. 25, 2013

Superb singing and spectacular staging have made the Piedmont Opera's current production of Richard Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer a hit not to be missed – even by detractors of Wagner! And for Wagner-lovers, this was a long-anticipated event – the first professional performance of a Wagner opera in the Piedmont region of North Carolina! A full house at the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem gave the opera company a well-deserved standing ovation...

Production of 'King Hedley II' is a powerful experience

WInston-Salem Journal, Oct. 24, 2013

"King Hedley II,” currently on stage at UNC School of the Arts, is a powerful theatrical experience on so many levels that it almost defies description. The show opened Wednesday; we saw Thursday night’s performance...


Always connected: Cultural anthropologist speaks about technology in the classroom

Winston-Salem Journal, Oct. 25, 2013

Imagine a classroom full of students, all eager to learn and equipped with bright, shining laptops. For many professors at colleges and universities, that scenario is the reality.Technology is changing how – and where – students learn. Educators need to evolve, too, said Mimi Ito, a cultural anthropologist and author...

Community Spotlight: a strong core / Revitalized downtown Winston-Salem sets strong example for others

Triad Living Magazine, October 2013

During the 1970s, families and businesses were moving away from the country's downtown areas. This went on for several decades, but then something happened at the turn of the millennium: People began to realize more and more that these downtown areas had so much to offer...

'Eastbound' star Danny McBride's guide to life

New York Post, Oct. 23, 2013

The Post called “Eastbound & Down” “maniacally funny,” but back in their college days, show co-creators’ Danny McBride and Jody Hill’s humor was a bit — shall we say — cruder. “One day we put a fart machine under the teacher’s chair,” says writer-director Hill. “During the whole class, we kept making fart sounds.” “I don’t think people get separated in college, but our teacher literally said, ‘You and you, get away from each other!’ ” says McBride, who stars as washed-up baseball player Kenny Powers on “Eastbound,” airing Sunday nights on HBO...

Dynamic group Rhythym and Brass provides UNCSA residence

WFDD 88.5 FM, Oct. 23, 2013

Beyond Category” is a term that the late great Duke Ellington used to describe those artists whom he felt transcended normal boundaries. For the past 2 decades, Rhythm & Brass has lived up that ideal, and this weekend they’re coming to the Triad with a program that weaves together works from Bach to Bee Bop and far beyond where you ever thought a brass quintet plus percussion could go. The concert is Saturday night, October 26th at 7:30 PM in Watson Hall on the University of NC School of the Arts campus. The American Record Guide calls Rhythm & Brass “nothing short of stunning”. Tom Brantley is the group’s trombonist...

Cheap ways to create your own costumes this Halloween

WGHP FOX 8, Oct. 22, 2013

Halloween is just looming around the corner -- and many people are opting to make their own costumes this year. FOX8's Michael Spears turned to the experts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem Tuesday morning to learn a few tricks..

Arts Council and Triad State of Greensboro announce strategic affiliation

Camel City Dispatch, Oct. 22, 2013

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and Triad Stage, the professional not-for-profit theatre company located in downtown Greensboro, have reached an agreement for three new productions in The Arts Council’s Hanesbrands Theatre over the next several months...North Carolina native Lane is a graduate of The University of North Carolina School of the Arts and has maintained strong ties there. Those ties were not forgotten while Lane and managing director Richard Whittington attended Yale University School of Drama and decided to bring a regional theatre to the Triad. Triad Stage also made it a priority to hire UNC School of the Arts graduates and created internships for UNCSA students to provide practical experiences within the industry to boost their formal training. “I became an artist because of my time in Winston-Salem. Creating theatre here feels like coming home,” Lane said...

Alumna and renowned violinist Ida Beiler to play concert at UNCSA

WFDD 88.5 FM, Oct. 21, 2013

On Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:30 PM, the University of NC School of the Arts will throw a double celebration recital. It’s the 10th anniversary of the Judy and Bill Watson Chamber Music Hall, and a triumphant return for one of UNCSA’s celebrated alumni: award-winning, internationally acclaimed violinist Ida Bieler. The former Symphony and Opera Orchestra of Cologne concert master and longtime Melos String Quartet member was also a member of then NCSA’s first class of students. After decades away in Europe, Ida joined the UNCSA faculty this Fall. On Tuesday night she’ll be joined in recital by her colleague, Canadian pianist and UNCSA Collaborative Piano Program Director Allison Gagnon. On the program, late works by Debussy, Smetna, Brahms, and Felix Mendelssohn... 

UNCSA to present August WIlson's 'King Hedley II'

Winston-Salem Journal, Oct. 20, 2013

In addition to his other works, playwright August Wilson wrote a series of 10 plays — one for each decade — about the experience of being black in the United States in the 20th century.

The ninth play, “King Hedley II,” opens Wednesday at Performance Place at UNC School of the Arts, under the direction of Timothy Douglas, a guest faculty member...

Program will focus on students at UNCSA

Winston-Salem Journal, Oct. 20, 2013

On Friday, UNC-TV will show a program that looks at the talent and creativity of students from UNC School of the Arts. "Dance Fantasies,” which will be broadcast at 9 p.m. Friday, includes taped versions of two dance performances from the school from the spring of 2012 — act two of “Swan Lake” and Larry Keigwin’s “Kingdom” — as well as an original dance film that was written, performed and produced by students...

UNCSA film dean speaks up for state incentives

The Business Journal, Oct. 18, 2013

The possibility that North Carolina legislators may let the state's film incentive program expire at the end of 2014 is raising some alarm at UNC-School of the Arts...

David Gordon Green exec producing 'Land Ho!' from Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz, Oct. 17, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Directors Martha Stephens (Pilgrim Song, Passenger Pigeons) and Aaron Katz (Cold Weather, Quiet City) first met at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts before launching their film careers. Now the duo have co-written and are co-directing buddy comedy Land Ho! with David Gordon Green, another UNCSA alum, executive producing...

'Serjeant Musgrave's Dance' riveting

Winston-Salem Journal, Oct. 17, 2013

Sometimes a medium and a message mesh so seamlessly that you can’t imagine the need for a story to be told in any other way.Such is the case with John Arden’s powerful anti-war drama, “Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance,” in the hands of director Bob Francesconi and the UNC School of the Arts schools of Drama and Design & Production...

Dane DeHaan talks beats, old and new

The Dinner Party Download, NPR, Oct. 11, 2013

After a break-out role on the television series “In Treatment,” Dane DeHaan landed the lead in the hit film “Chronicle” – and the roles haven’t stop flowing since. He appeared in the Oscar-winning “Lincoln,” the heavy-metal spectacle “Metallica Through the Never,” and next year he’ll be seen in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” This month he takes a detour from big-budget blockbusters to star as Lucien Carr in the indie period drama “Kill Your Darlings” — about the early days of the Beat Poets...

Never neutral, and proud of it

New York Times, Oct. 10, 2013

As her Showtime series “Weeds” was nearing its eighth and final season last year, Mary-Louise Parker kept haranguing her agents to send new plays her way. But while she was itchy to find a vehicle back to her first love, theater, a part of her also felt that she would never act onstage again...

Grammy performer brings his tunes to Dedham

Dedham (Mass.) Patch, Oct. 10, 2013

Eight months ago he was performing at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, now Kendall Ramseur will bring his tunes to the Paradise Café in Dedham. Ramseur described the Grammy’s as an unreal experience.  The young artist performed alongside Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Josh Grobon, Herbie Hancock, and Andrea Bocelli.  While walking around the Staple Center,  he saw all sorts of musical celebrities including Jay-Z...

Billy Magnussen cast in upcoming HBO drama 'The Money' with Nathan Lane, Rosemary Harris and more

Playbill, Oct. 10, 2013

Tony Award nominee Billy Magnussen has been cast as a series regular in the HBO drama "The Money," about wealth and corruption among the super elite, according to

Magnussen, who will star in the Disney film adaptation of Into the Woods and was Tony-nominated for his performance in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, will play Greg Castman, the middle child of mogul James Castman (Brendan Gleeson)...

10 actors to watch: Dane DeHaan elevates indie 'Darlings'

Variety, Oct. 9, 2010

No sooner had Dane DeHaan started acting onscreen than the industry dubbed him “the next Leonardo DiCaprio.” Then, when he played Jesse, a complicated and deeply conflicted gay teen on HBO’s “In Treatment,” the biz decided they’d figured him out: This was his “Basketball Diaries” — DiCaprio with edge...

Meet three behind-the-scenes stars of N.C. Opera's Cosi fan tutte, Oct. 4, 2013

Staring blearily at a musical score, Nancy Goldsmith holds a sheet of orange stickers in one hand and a pencil in the other. Jessica Samples sits next to her, index finger poised on the return key of her laptop. They’re the supertitles operation for the North Carolina Opera’s production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, which opened last night at Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh and runs through Sunday...

Dracula the Ballet, expressions of Chopin, and behind the scenes with Mary Dalton

WFDD 88.5 FM, Oct. 4, 2013

Today we’re going to linger in the dark for a while before we burst into the sunshine with a singer songwriting living legend who calls the Piedmont Triad home. First, we’ll put on our ballet shoes, perfectly weighted capes, and composer’s cap for an introspective look at the life of a guy named…Dracula. Winston-Salem Festival Ballet’s Gary Taylor and UNCSA composer Chris Heckman are here to tell this gripping love story through the eyes and ears of the Count. Then, we keep the lights down low for our exploration of Chopin Nocturnes. Acclaimed pianist and music historian Pamela Howland is here to share the sumptuous sounds of her Polish hero. Pam’s performances have been given a hearty “thumbs up” (literally) by none other than Sir Paul McCartney—we’ve got the photographic proof. We go “Behind the Scenes” with Wake Forest University Co-Director of the Documentary Film Program Mary Dalton. She’s got director Jane Campion in her sites and you’ll find out why on Triad Arts Weekend...

'Elbow Grease' filming is underway in the Upstate, Oct. 1, 2013

Filming is underway in the Upstate for the new movie starring Burt Reynolds. Jennifer Martin gets the scoop from behind the scenes of the filming of "Elbow Grease". Plus, we talk to Dr. Sanjya Gupta about his visit to the Upstate. Then, Amanda Bynes is now recovering in "The Canyon", Myley Cyrus admits she was out to shock people at the VMA's and one New Mexico town is hoping their "Breaking Bad" products continue to boom.




James Moeser leads CPA international advisory board

Behind the Curtain (Carolina Performing Arts magazine), Fall 2013

When you trace the evolution of Carolina Performing Arts (CPA), you eventually come to the one question that strted it all: How can Carolina be a truly great university without a great performing arts program? For James Moeser, UNC chancellor from 200 to 2008, the answer is clear -- it can't. The arts are integral to a thriving university community, especially one that aspires to lead on the national and international stage...

An Afternoon with Verdi: Celebrating the Bicentennial of teh Composer's Birth

Classical Voice North Carolina, Sept. 29, 2013

On Sunday, September 29 a great crowd of people, old and young, made their way into the Freedman Theatre at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. The A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, a part of the School of Music, presented "Viva Verdi! An Afternoon at the Opera" for the community's entertainment. The Freedman Theatre was the perfect choice for the performance venue: the acoustics are great, it is of a fairly intimate size (roughly 350 seats), and the seats are on an incline so everyone, no matter their position in the theatre, can see the action on the stage. It was almost a full house; only a few empty seats were scattered around the theatre...

Broadway performer returns to UNCSA to take students through mock audition

Winston-Salem Journal, Sept. 29, 2013

Paloma Garcia-Lee carefully studied students as they performed dance routines and sang musical theater numbers Saturday at the UNC School of the Arts. The young Broadway performer was there to take about 40 students through a musical theater mock audition, and she knows well what it’s like to be in their shoes...

Tega Cay actress in NoDa play about Sept. 11

Fort Mill Times, Sept. 28, 2013

Emily Ussery took a bite of the Big Apple and while she liked it just fine, she’s going to stick with the Carolina variety for now. The aspiring actress, 23, of Tega Cay has a passion for the arts. After her education in the Carolinas, she decided to try her chances in New York City. Ussery, who went to Fort Mill High School for two years, but graduated from South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, received a Bachelor of Arts in Drama at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. The aspiring actress then headed to the City that Never Sleeps...

Interim chancellor says there's work to do at UNCSA

Winston-Salem Journal, Sept. 27, 2013

Intermin Chancellor James Moeser made clear Friday that he’s not going to spend the next few months keeping the UNC School of the Arts in a holding pattern. He also offered a succinct preview of the leadership style he’ll bring to the school...

The Genuine, UNCSA films, and Live at UNCG with Greensboro Spartan Jazz Collective

WFDD 88.5 FM, Sept. 27, 2013

Today on the show it’s all about the music with not one but two live in studio performances, and in between we’re off to the flickies with an eclectic group of screenings from one of our nation’s finest film schools. First, Bethany Chafin gets genuine with The Genuine LIVE in Studio A. Their new album is out, and it’s already making waves on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts. Then, the UNC School of the Arts gets set to share the best of the best with the school’s third and fourth year film students’ Fall Film Showcase. To round out the program we’re back live in the studio, this time Live at UNCG. The University of NC at Greensboro’s Spartan Jazz Collective is giving back big time with a musical tribute and an important Triad fundraiser for the International Civil Rights Museum. An entire evening of music by legendary bebop pioneer, jazz drummer, activist, and NC native, the late great Max Roach. 

South Carolina locations gear up for filming of 'Elbow Grease' starring Burt Reynolds

The Republic (Seneca, S.C.) Sept. 26, 2013

Since he was 13 and growing up in Anderson and Piedmont, Jason Shirley has wanted to make movies. "It's all I've ever wanted to do," the young writer-director said this week. After Wren High School came a stint at Greenville Technical College and then film school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem...

UNCSA alumni working on fall shows

Winston-Salem Journal, Sept. 21, 2013

UNC School of the Arts will be well-represented on network and cable TV shows this fall.

One of the highest profile roles belongs to Neal Bledsoe, a 2005 alumnus of the School of Drama, who will be playing one of the assistants to a hardnosed police detective in “Ironside,” NBC’s remake of the classic crime drama. Bledsoe plays Teddy, who grew up in a wealthy family but rebelled by becoming a cop instead of going into a more profitable line of work...

It's the start of something big at Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

Salt Lake Tribune, Sept. 19, 2013

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company launches its 50th anniversary season by welcoming new artistic director Daniel Charon while also honoring its roots...

Onslow County Schools names teacher of the year, Sept. 17, 2013

Onslow County Schools is pleased to announce Sonja Z.M. Williams, a Chorus and General Music teacher at Jacksonville Commons Middle School, is the district’s 2013-14 Teacher of the Year. Williams, a native of Jacksonville, received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from North Carolina School of the Arts, she received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Manhattan School of Music and she received her K-12 Music Certification from East Carolina University...

Renowned organist Cameron Carpenter to perform in Baton Rouge Nov. 16

The Times Picayune, Sept. 17, 2013

Cameron Carpenter did not grow up eager to play the organ, but when he first saw a picture of one in an encyclopedia as a child he knew he needed to get his hands on one. Fast forward about thee decades, and Carpenter is now one of the moost lauded organists in the workd, and he's headed for Baton Rouge on Nov. 16...

Holritz named CSO principal flute

Cleveland Banner, Sept. 16, 2013

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera has announced Kristen Holritz is the new principal flute player, replacing Janet Hale, who is retiring after 40 years performing with the orchestra...

UNC board cool to idea of more out-of-state students

Raleigh News Observer, Sept. 12, 2013

The UNC Board of Governors showed little appetite Thursday for a proposal to admit more out-of-state students at some public campuses experiencing waning enrollment. The UNC system is considering a pilot program to raise the current 18 percent cap on out-of-state freshmen at institutions that have traditionally served minority students during an era of flat or declining enrollment...


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Sanford's legacy, never forgotten

Duke Chronicle, Sept. 11, 2013

We will not flinch from change. We will lead it. We will not turn away from challenge. We will welcome it.” These words would influence both his tenure at Duke University as well as his esteemed life of public service and selfless devotion...As governor, Sanford was a strong proponent of public education and, thus, introduced a statewide network of educational television, doubled state expenditures on public schools and consolidated the state’s public universities into the University of North Carolina. He further ensured the establishment of the North Carolina Community College System, the Governor’s School of North Carolina for the academically gifted, the North Carolina Advancement School for the underachieving and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts—the first public arts conservatory in the nation...

WSSU drill tests emergency responses

Winston-Salem Journal, Sept. 11, 2013

Students at Winston-Salem State University learned during an emergency drill Wednesday what to do if a shooter was on their campus. The four-hour drill was designed to test state and local authorities’ response to an actual emergency on the campus. The UNC School of the Arts held a similar drill on its campus...

UNCSA graduation rates recognized

Triad Business Journal, Sept. 10, 2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education has ranked the UNC-School of the Arts in Winston-Salem among the top small public colleges in the nation when it comes to graduation rates...

UNCSA among top small colleges for graduation rates

WFMY TV/, Sept. 9, 2013

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) makes the top ten list for small public colleges for its graduation rates. That's according to the list by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The analysis looks at data provided to the U.S. Department of Education...

Author shares lessons about caregiving

Winston-Salem Journal, Sept. 8, 2013

It’s not easy to describe Bill Donohue’s new book. It’s part memoir: The stories are from his life.It’s part fiction: The narrator is a college dean of students who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease...

TV Tidbits: UNCSA grad, Greensboro actor on 'Boardwalk Empire"

Winston-Salem Journal, Sept. 8, 2013

When “Boardwalk Empire” starts its fourth season Sunday (9 p.m. on HBO), some actors with local connections will be joining Steve Buscemi, Michael K. Williams and the rest of the cast. The series is set in Atlantic City, N.J., during Prohibition. In the first episode, Maddie Jo Landers, a 2012 graduate of the UNC School of the Arts’ School of Drama, has a guest role as an actress who catches the attention of crime kingpin Nucky Thompson (Buscemi). And later this season, Horace Vincent Rogers, a Greensboro actor and veteran of the National Black Theatre Festival, will play Deacon Markham...

Emergency operations planned for Winston-Salem State, UNCSA

Winston-Salem Journal, Sept. 6, 2013

Winston-Salem State University and the UNC School of the Arts will take part in a drill of their emergency operations from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday. The drill Tuesday is the first time that drills will be conducted jointly on two campuses of the UNC system. The drill will test each universitiy’s emergency plans and procedures and the ability to coordinate plans if necessary...

CSO announces new principal flute

Chattanoogan, Sept. 3, 2013

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera announced today that Kristin Holritz has been selected as teh new principal flute player, replacing Hanet Hale, who is retiring after 40 years performing with the orchestra...

Ciompi traversed worlds of art, athletics

Raleigh News Observer, Sept. 1, 2013

Watching the winter Olympics in Torino in 2006 brought back a lot of memories for Adriana Ciompi. In another time, another life, she skied down those same slopes in northern Italy as a member of the country’s Olympic team...Adriana and Giorgio Ciompi embarked on a life that spanned war-torn Europe, the tight-knit immigrant neighborhoods of New York City, the suburbs of Cleveland and finally the Bull City, where her husband settled into a position as artist in residence at Duke University. As a couple, they would later help the likes of Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans and Gov. Terry Sanford establish the North Carolina School of the Arts...


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All that Jazz: Trombonist Cameron MacManus is giving the local jazz scene a shot in the arm

Winston-Salem Journal, Aug. 30, 2013

During a recent morning at Wolfies Frozen Custard—where he and several other freelance musicians work day jobs—trombonist Cameron MacManus took a moment to reflect on his time in Winston-Salem. The 33-year-old musician has become a mainstay of the city’s jazz scene over the past few years, particularly in the Camel City Jazz Orchestra, which he conducts. And beginning this fall, he will perform for the second time in as many seasons with fellow UNC School of the Arts alumni in the Open Dream Ensemble, a performance troupe which presents musicals at area elementary schools...

Auditor: UNCSA official took school computer for son's personal use

Winston-Salem Journal, Aug. 30, 2013

A state audit says a UNC Schools of the Arts employee abused her position and misused state property when she took home a school-owned laptop for her son, according to findings released Thursday...

Audit: School of the Arts employee gave state laptop to her son

Raleigh News Observer, Aug. 29, 2013

A state audit has found that the top technology official at UNC School of the Arts misused state property by giving her son a university laptop. The employee, Lisa Smith, chief information officer, was suspended for two weeks without pay as a result, a university spokeswoman said Thursday...


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'A musical paprikash'

Mountain Times, Aug. 22, 2013

On Sunday, Aug. 25, the Carolina Chamber Symphony Players will perform “A Musical Paprikash” at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum at 5:30 p.m. as part of the museum’s Sunday Music Series.Celebrating its 21st season in 2012-13, the Carolina Chamber Symphony Players, also known as the Carolina Chamber Symphony, was founded in 1992 by Robert Franz and a group of fellow musicians from the N.C. School of the Arts...

Minas brings the beat to Andre Cafe

Daily Times, Aug. 22, 2103

CHESTER (Pa.) — The Brazilan beat duo known as Minas comes to the André Café Acoustique tonight at 8. Orlanda Haddad and Patricia King will perform both modern and traditional Brazilian music at this concert, with Mike Cemprola on flute and saxophone. Minas, with roots in Delaware County, is one of the most established Brazilian music groups in this country. Haddad and King formed Minas in 1978 at North Carolina School of the Arts to bring Brazilian music to stateside audiences. They proceeded to play all over the Eastern U.S. before going back to their musical roots in Brazil, where they entertained, traveled extensively and recorded their first album, “Num Dia Azul.” ...

Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch at work and play in PRINCE AVALANCHE

YES! Weekly, Aug. 21, 2013

UNCSA School of Filmmaking graduate David Gordon Green goes the remake route with Prince Avalanche , an “Americanized” version of the 2011 Icelandic comedy Either Way (AKA A Annan Veg). Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch play Alvin and Lance, a pair of working stiffs toiling on a road crew in 1988 Texas. Alvin, who is dating Lance’s sister, fancies himself the more erudite and worldly of the two. Lance, for his part, doesn’t much care. He’s more interested in getting girls and having good times, and occasionally poking fun at his co-worker’s ego.

New college students arrive: Welcome to Winston, class of 2017

Winston-Salem Journal, Aug. 19, 2013

Summer is over; beach vacations, music festivals and pool parties have come to an end and pop quizzes, tailgates and roommate drama are ahead for students headed off to college this week. More than 1,700 new students will arrive at three local universities this week, duffel bags in hand as they wave goodbye to Mom and Dad and begin a new chapter in life.

The first of the schools to welcome new students is UNC School of the Arts. “We're excited to welcome the incoming students. We know they are bright and talented, and will enhance our vibrant community,” said Ward Caldwell, vice provost and dean of student affairs...

Joncarlo A. Franchi (obituary)

Minot (N.D.) Daily News (Aug. 18, 2013)

Joncarlo Antonio Franchi, 56, of Minot, passed away Aug. 13, 2013, at his residence in North Dakota. Joncarlo was born July 18, 1957, in Apple Valley, Calif., to Antonio and Luciana (Gerometta) Frank. A dancer, actor and artist, he obtained a bachelor of arts degree in ballet at the University of North Carolina School of Arts and a bachelor of arts degree in interior design from the Art Institutes. He worked as a night auditor for Noble Inn and also taught movement classes at Minot State University...

Dale Pollock talks about filmmaking

WFDD 88.5, August 15, 2013

Dale Pollock is a former film producer who now teaches Cinema Studies at the University of North Carolina School of The Arts. He is an Academy Award nominee and has produced thirteen feature films. He also worked with great actors and actresses, including Kathy Bates, Tommy Lee Jones, Reese Witherspoon and Paul Newman. But there is much more to know about Dale Pollock. WFDD radio camper Patrick Camara recently met up with Dale.

Can the Millennial Generation Change the World?, Aug. 13, 2013

There has been ever increasing scrutiny in the media of Millennials -- those born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s -- as this generation grows older and they wield greater  power over technology, social media, and purchasing decisions....Jonathan Milner and Cary Clifford, a husband and wife team based in in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, also believe in the Millennial Generation and the potential they have to make an immeasurable impact on the world. In May they took students from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where Milner teaches, to Haiti on a week-long volunteer trip to the Zanmi Beni orphanage for disabled children, situated on the outskurts of Port-au-Prince...

UNC doctors provide care for children with disabilities in Haiti

UNC Global News, Aug. 12, 2013

Joshua Alexander, director of pediatric rehabilitation at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital and associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at UNC School of Medicine, spent a week in May 2013 helping to care for children with disabilities at the Zanmi Beni Children’s Home in Haiti. UNC  resident physician Nicole Forsyth assisted him with his work. The Zanmi Beni Children’s Home, operated by Partners in Health, serves physically and mentally disabled orphans who were displaced by  the January 2010 earthquake. Alexander first heard about the children’s home through the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ Global Arts Program, which was planning a trip there for UNCSA students, including Alexander’s daughter...

WSSU and UNCSA officials say no layoffs despite state budget cuts

Winston-Salem Journal, Aug. 12, 2013

Officials at Winston-Salem State University said Monday they have no immediate plans for layoffs, despite the UNC board of governors adjusting the budgets of the 16 state universities because of the new state spending plan signed by Gov. Pat McCrory last month...At UNC School of the Arts, school officials said the school will manage its share of budget cuts without layoffs as well. Its share of the budget reduction is $333,621 or 1.23% of its budget. “Anticipating budget reductions, we developed a plan to avoid layoffs by increasing efficiencies where possible and by reducing funds that would have been available for productions, to purchase needed academic equipment and technology, or to assist with funding guest artists,” Lauren Whitaker, news services manager at UNCSA, said...

All in a days work for Pembroke filmmaker

Wicked, Aug. 10, 2013

During a recent weekend, aspiring film director and University of North Carolina School of the Arts senior, Alex Thompson of Pembroke wrapped up the production of a music video; traveled 350 miles roundtrip to the Real to Real International Film Festival in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, won an award then returned to campus ready to dig into another cinematic project. All in a days work, for the local filmmaker.

Former USC resident a piano prodigy

The Almanac (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Aug. 8, 2013

“I’ve always been called that,” Walter said via phone from her home in Charlotte, N.C. “I think that’s cool. I like being special.” Walter, who is originally from Upper. St. Clair, recently graduated from the University of North Carolina’s High School for the Arts in Winston-Salem and is soon headed to the Cleveland Institute of Music to pursue a four-year degree in piano. She’s the daughter of Paul and Diane Walter. Paul is a piano teacher and Diane a pharmacist...

Former Miss NC assists 'Psychic Tia' on new A&E reality series

Raleigh News & Observer, Aug. 7, 2013

There probably aren’t too many psychics, mediums or spiritual advisers in Goldsboro, and there are probably even fewer people there who believe in their abilities. Hailey Best, perhaps better known as Miss North Carolina 2011, is learning things are a little bit different when you’re out chasing big-city dreams...

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David Gordon Green talks about 'Prince Avalanche' and his many other projects

Twin Cities Daily Planet, Aug. 7, 2013

Since 2000, writer/ director/ producer David Gordon Green has directed nine feature-length films, serving as screenwriter on five of them; has directed commercials (most notably a Chrysler truck commercial starring Clint Eastwood that aired at halftime of Super Bowl XLVI in 2012); created an animated series Good Vibes; directed a TV pilot for Comedy Central, Black Jack, which never aired (it was written by local screenwriter Michael Starrbury); and is a consulting producer/director on the hit HBO series Eastbound & Down, starring Green's frequent collaborator Danny McBride. Needless to say, Green has stayed busy and will stay that way as he has a pile of projects lined up (his much-rumored remake of Suspiria by Italian “giallo” horror filmmaker Dario Argento is one of them)...

UNCSA named one of the 'Best Film Schools of 2013', Aug. 7, 2013

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts Film School has been named one of the “Best Film Schools of 2013,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. UNCSA is ranked #12 and is joined by the likes of Columbia, Northwestern and NYU. The report takes into account alumni work, tuition and strength of facility. UNCSA was the first state supported school of the arts in the country.

UNCG, UNCSA tout new ratings

The Business Journal, Aug. 6, 2013

UNC-Greensbor and UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem both have new rankings to tout in the run-up to the new school year. UNCG was included in Princeton Review's "Best Colleges for 2014" annual guidebook, while UNCSA's film school was placed among the top 25 in the nation by The Hollywood Reporter.

Wayland High graduate bringing Battle of Gettysburg to life, Aug. 4, 2013

This summer, Wayland native Andy Rakich is doing one of the things he does best – captivating audiences through spellbinding storytelling. The topic? The Battle of Gettysburg.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the battle that was arguably the turning point of the American Civil War... A 2009 graduate of Wayland High School, Rakich is a 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts with a bachelor of fine arts degree in filmmaking. He is spending the summer working as a living historian at the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. His duties include performing self-written monologues recounting the stories of soldiers’ experiences during the battle and its aftermath...

Final tax-free weekend ushers in sobering realities

High Point Enterprise, Aug. 3, 2013

For members of the Gottschalk family of High Point, North Carolina’s final tax-free weekend turned into a teaching-learning experience.
Dad Tom was able to teach his three college-age children about budgeting, and son Ashton, headed to freshman year at college, learned how far a dollar will go — and that it will go less far next summer...At Target behind Oak Hollow Mall, Tom and Ashton Gottschalk loaded an SUV almost to the brim with items Ashton soon will need at UNC School of the Arts...

Raleigh dancer Branker will make her Broadway debut

Raleigh News & Observer, August 2, 2013

Like seas of aspiring artists, Bree Branker discovered her talent for dance and her passion for the stage in the small ponds of Raleigh’s local musical theater. Now she’s dancing in deeper waters in the ensemble cast of Broadway debuting Big Fish...Bree graduated from the N.C. School of the Arts in 2005...

A dramatist who prizes funny people: David Gordon Green on directing 'Prince Avalanche'

New York Times, August 2, 2013

After beginning his career with small lyrical dramas and being labeled the new Terrence Malick, the director David Gordon Green surprised fans by making a string of ’80s-style studio comedies, including “Pineapple Express,” “Your Highness” and “The Sitter.” Now, with “Prince Avalanche,” made in 16 days and based on a minimalist Icelandic film about two men who paint the yellow lines on roads, Mr. Green seems to have found a middle ground...

Triad Arts Weekend: Catherine Cabeen and Helen Simoneau

WFDD 88.5, Aug. 2, 2013

UNCSA’s School of Dance is led by 20 year American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Susan Jaffe.  It is one of the best in the country, and their performances are full of compelling choreographies. One of those is compelling performances was D-Man in the Waters by McArthur Genius Grant recipient Bill T. Jones performed this past winter. Few if any dancers can speak of D-Man in the Waters' challenges, and transformative powers better than our first guest today: Hyphen (formerly Catherine Cabeen and Company) artistic director Catherine Cabeen. She’s a former Bill T. Jones/Arne Zane Dance Company performer and when not leading her own company she’s a Visiting Lecturer at Middlebury College in Vermont and a teaching artist for Bill T. Jones. She brought her wealth of experience to UNCSA coaching the young dancers there through the incredibly demanding D-Man choreography and helping navigate both High School and college students through the competitive world of dance...Dancer Helen Simoneau was born and raised in a small village of 1,000 people in Quebec, and somehow made her way to Winston-Salem, North Carolina via the UNC School of the Arts as a High School student. What she lacked in formal training up to that point she more than made up for in hard work and dedication to her art while in school. That effort along with the mentorship she received at UNCSA throughout High School and college has come to fruition in her award-winning solo dance work, and critically acclaimed company Helen Simoneau Danse...

Camp Shakespeare comes to town, Aug. 1, 2103

Camp Shakespeare, which offers a personal experience of learning the performance arts, is in Wilmington. Camp Shakespeare is a week-long, performance-based camp for middle school students. It was developed in partnership with the Cameron Art Museum, the UNC School of Drama, and Shakespeare Lives...

Sound of Music: Teens share their creative gifts

Winston-Salem Chronicle, Aug. 1, 2013

Seventeen-year-old Samir Gangwani has dedicated his summer to giving back to area youth who share his love of music. Gangwani, a french horn player and 2013 graduate of the high school program at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, led a free program last week to help brass musicians of all stripes hone and perfect their musical skills. The first ever Summer Brash Bash, held July 22-26 at Paisley IB Magnet School, was led by Gangwani, a rising freshman at Carnegie Mellon University, and the other members of The Elemental Brass Ensemble – Josh Becton, Josh Ford, Mary Franklin Taylor and Dean Oakes...

Shepherd's Center of Greater Winston-Salem volunteers receive community recognition

Winston-Salem Chronicle, Aug. 1, 2013

Volunteers Jim Camp and Cranford Johnson recently received recognition for their service through The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem. Cranford Johnson received the Governor’s Volunteer Service Lifetime Achievement Award on May 15 at an awards ceremony at Salem College sponsored by HandsOn Northwest North Carolina, the Winston-Salem Journal, and United Way of Forsyth County. Cranford, who retired from UNC’s School of the Arts as Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Counseling, was recognized for 13 years of volunteer service through The Shepherd’s Center in addition to his involvement in other community organizations. Cranford helped develop and implement the Shepherd’s Center’s transportation program for older adults. Starting with just a handful of volunteer drivers, the program now responds to 2,800 requests per year and engages almost 100 volunteers. Cranford continues his volunteer involvement in this program and has also provided service to Parkway United Church of Christ, the Association of Couples for Marriage Enrichment, WFDD, and he serves as an usher at the Steven’s Center. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a volunteer who has exhibited a lifelong commitment to volunteerism and community service...




Encore performance

Winston-Salem Monthly, July 31, 2013

Dr. James Moeser takes over as UNCSA’s interim chancellor this month, a move that’s being called a coup for the school. What he brings to the table, and why he’s needed now more than ever...

The Hollywood Reporter Unveils the Top 25 Film Schools of 2013

The Hollywood Reporter, July 31, 2013

Forget about writing the Great American novel. Today's students want to direct the next great blockbuster -- or maybe write the next great art film. To meet that demand, film schools have been beefing up their programs. To reflect the changes, the editors of THR's third annual film school rankings consulted a brain trust of industry insiders, asking them to rate programs nationwide -- serving undergrads, graduate students and, in some cases, both. To broaden the pool of opinion, an online ballot containing potential nominees, which could be filled out and submitted anonymously, was sent to members of the Writers Guild of America West, American Cinema Editors and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. More than 600 ballots were returned, and the responses factored heavily in the final rankings...

Meet the Artist: UNCSA's Dean of the School of Dance Susan Jaffe

WFDD 88.5, July 31, 2013

For more than forty-six years The University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ acclaimed Nutcracker production has been one of the Triad’s most eagerly anticipated events of the holiday season. Last year, guest artists Veronika Part (Principal, American Ballet Theatre) and Charles Askegard (Principal, New York City Ballet) danced the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier Prince at the performances in the Stevens Center. The UNCSA Nutcracker Orchestra accompanied the performances under the baton of Charles Barker, Principal Conductor of American Ballet Theatre. It was the first production of The Nutcracker under the leadership of UNCSA’s new Dean of the School of Dance Susan Jaffe.  Susan was the principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre for 20 years. She spoke with David Ford about her career. This Fall school year will mark the beginning of her second season at UNCSA. During her tenure with American Ballet Theatre, The New York Times called her “America’s Quintessential American Ballerina”. Susan danced as a principal dancer with ABT for 20 years, a career which began in 1980. She was also well-known in the international dance scene as well; her European engagements included performances with The Royal Ballet, The Kirov Ballet, The Munich State Opera Ballet and La Scala Ballet in Milan among many others.  

Aspen Music Festival embarks on new era

New York Times, July 30, 2013

Give the Aspen Music Festival and School full points for resilience. In 2010 the institution was just emerging from several years of turmoil. Alan Fletcher, its president and chief executive (and a composer represented in this season’s programming), had been fired and rehired amid faculty uprisings and administrative disputes. Its board chairman had been voted out. The conductor David Zinman, its music director and a founder of its American Academy of Conducting, had left in a serious huff...This year’s programming also offers 25 works by Benjamin Britten in honor of his centenary. The centerpiece of the season came on Saturday evening: a superb semi-staged version of Britten’s great opera “Peter Grimes” in the music tent, with the Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus, conducted by Mr. Spano. The powerful production, by Edward Berkeley, the director of the Aspen Opera Theater Center, fell little short of an actual staging in its conception and impact...The large cast was admirable across the board. The burly tenor Anthony Dean Griffey seemed actually to be Grimes: a slightly addled fisherman in a gossipy village suspected of murdering one young apprentice and then another, who sees too much in his visions and comprehends too little of reality...

Festival a homecoming for filmmaker

Winston-Salem Journal, July 29, 2013

Actress Jeryl Prescott Sales, a former Winston-Salem resident, is bringing her feature-film directorial debut to the National Black Theatre Festival...Another factor in her decision to make the movie was the inspiration from her mentors: Larry Leon Hamlin, the founder of the festival; Nathan Ross Freeman, a local director and screenwriter; Harry Lennix, an actor/producer who has a supporting role in “Stand Down Soldier”; and her husband, Leander Sales, a film editor and, like her, a former teacher at UNC School of the Arts...

Property of Duke descendant, philanthropist to be auctioned

Durham Herald Sun, July 29, 2013

Antiques, art and other items owned by the late philanthropist, Durham leader and Duke descendant Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans will be auctioned next month at the Washington Duke Inn. Semans died in January 2012 at 91. She was a direct descendent of the founder of Duke University and, among other roles, served as the city’s mayor pro tem and as a trustee at Duke University. She helped to found the Durham Arts Council and the N.C. School of the Arts, and was known as a champion for education, civil rights and affordable housing...

Civic Ballet brings in talent for 2013-14 season

American Press, July 25, 2013

Dancers from the Lake Charles Civic Ballet and Lady Leah Lafargue School of the Dance are taking part in a six-week session in preparation for LCCB’s new season. Visiting instructors are Chloe Brevelle, Shannon Bramham, Jessica Daley, Amanda Edge, Nancy Sensat Higginbothoam, Megan Richard, Ginger Gondron, William Ward, Golden Wright and Kisler Hathaway Whitworth...Edge, who performs in the cast of “Phantom of the Opera,” has studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts and as a company member of the New York City ballet.

National Black Theatre Festival: N.C. natives bring 'Power Play' to festival

Hispanic, July 25, 2013

Two talented, small-town girls left North Carolina a few decades ago to pursue their dream careers in the performing arts. Pauletta Pearson, a classically trained pianist who grew up in the Catawba County town of Newton, became an actress and married Hollywood leading man Denzel Washington... Washington began to hone her artistic skills in Newton, where her father was a school principal and her mother a teacher. By age 10, she displayed her piano talent and training in competitions. In 1970, she was the first black contestant and second runner-up in the Miss North Carolina pageant. Piano studies took her to the N.C. School of the Arts, The Juilliard School in New York and graduate work at the University of North Texas. When she got a job in musical theater at the Six Flags Over Texas theme park during grad school, "I found that I really liked it," she said...

Venice Film Festival sets 70th anniversary lineup with James Franco, Terry Gilliam, Hayao Miyazaki, Kelly Reichardt, Xavier Donal and Errol Morris, July 25, 2013

The lineup for the 70th Venice Film Festival has been unveiled, with new films from James Franco, Stephen Frears, Terry Gilliam, Hayao Miyazaki, David Gordon Green, Kelly Reichardt, Xavier Dolan, Jonathan Glazer, Amos Gatai and Errol Morris all screening in competition...

So far 19 films have been announced to compete for this year's Golden Lion, including Stephen Frears's Judi Dench starrer "Philomena" (picked up by The Weinstein Company earlier this year as an Oscar hopeful), David Gordon Green's "Joe," which stars Nicolas Cage, "Night Moves," Kelly Reichardt's follow up to Venice alum "Meek's Cutoff" starring Jesse Eisenberg, Peter Sarsgaard and Dakota Fanning, Quebecois filmmaker Xavier Dolan's "Tom at the Farm" (his first film not to debut at Cannes), "Tracks," the latest from John Curran, starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki with "The Wind Rises," Jonathan Glazer's first film in nine years, "Under The Skin," and Terry Gilliam's “The Zero Theorem” starring Christoph Waltz alongside Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, and David Thewlis...

No longer in a pickle: UNCSA's car gets a name

Winston-Salem Journal, July 24, 2013

And the winner is…Pickle Pod. After a nearly month-long contest, UNC School of the Arts announced the winning name for a car donated by Rob King, the chief executive of Bob King Automotive Group and chairman of the UNCSA board of trustees...

Ady joins Ballet Memphis as ballet master

Memphis Daily News, July 24, 2013

James Ady has joined Ballet Memphis as bellet master. In his new role, Ady will teach morning technique classes, assist with community outreach programs, and rehearse and coach dancers for upcoming performances...

Local Talent

YES! Weekly, July 24, 2013

Yep, that’s a keyboard tutu and bumps that appear to be lopsided nipples. No, this is not the only job you can get with an art degree (holding sandwich boards on the side of the road sweating your brains out for some cash under the table): this is the UNC School of the Arts’ beloved, tragic and absurd mascot. A recent Buzzfeed article summarized the hilarity of the mascot with the most important question we should all be pondering: “We can’t begin to explain how awesome the story of the UNCSA pickle is. Wouldn’t it be cute if they called freshmen cucumbers?” ...


Variety in dance at UC Irvine's National Choreographers Initiative

Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2013

On her eighth day of rehearsal at UC Irvine, Kitty McNamee decided to refocus her dancers on the theme of her piece. Rather than demonstrate steps or go over musical motifs, the choreographer gathered her team around and read a different set of directions -- from the dictonary... Since July 8, an eclectic lineup of choreographers -- MCNamee, the artistic director of Hysteria Dance Company in Los Angeles ... Susan McCullough, and instructor at the Univesity of North Carolina School of the Arts ...have worked with 16 dancers who successfully auditioned for UCI's program ...

Opera Theatre announces 2013 summer season

Broadway, July 23, 2013

Opera Theatre of the Rockies is excited to announce the upcoming 2013 Vocal Arts Festival featuring the production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's beloved The Sound of Music... Although EVERY Vocal Arts Festival (VAF) performance will be stellar, the highlight of the summer will be three performances of The Sound of Music! With dazzling virtuosity, local opera-stage favorites Jennifer DeDominici (Maria) and Peter Tuff (Captain Von Trapp) lead the cast, with additional roles being filled by Valerie Nicolosi (Mother Abbess), Sally Hybl (Baroness Von Schreiber) and Brian Harris (Max Detweiler), to name a few. Vocal Arts Festival participants round out the cast. The production is under the direction of Steven LaCosse (Stage Director: University of North Carolina School of the Arts Fletcher Opera Center and VAF ) and the orchestra will be conducted by local favorite Thomas Wilson (Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and Colorado Springs Philharmonic)...

J.D. Wilson on the importance of the arts

Winston-Salem Journal, July 23, 2013

Half a century ago, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation that estab-lished what is now the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). As UNCSA prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, it is appropriate to ponder the signifi-cance of that legislation – and the vital and increasing need we have for the arts...

Jordan Kerner's deep dive into academia

Variety, July 23, 2013

Six years ago, Jordan Kerner was the first appointment John Mauceri made as chancellor of the U. of North Carolina School of the Arts. As a working conductor who brought his own professional experience to bear on his role as an educator, Mauceri felt it was important to have someone who was active in the world of cinema as dean of UNCSA’s still relatively young film school, a conservatory-style program that was starting to get attention, thanks to the success of such grads as David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Jeff Nichols ...

5 acting tips on musicals and Shakespeare from 'Love's Labour's Lost' star Rebecca Naomi Jones, July 23, 2013

This is not the first time Rebecca Naomi Jones has been in “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” In fact, it’s not even the first time she’s played country wench Jaquenetta in the Shakespeare play.

“I went to [North Carolina School of the Arts] for classical training in drama and one of the workshop productions that we did was ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ and I actually played Jaquenetta,” she says. “I know, it’s ridiculous! I guess I’m destined to be a country bumpkin who’s sexualized. Call on me!” ...

Former Miss N.C. joins SCT 'Oklahoma' cast, July 22, 2013

Angela Martin, the director of “Oklahoma,” is also the executive director of the Greater Sampson County Pageant which is a preliminary to the Miss North Carolina Pageant. In June, at the Miss NC Pageant, Angela mentioned to a former Miss North Carolina, Hailey Best, that she was directing “Oklahoma” at the Sampson Community Theatre with auditions in July. Hailey pleasantly surprised Angela by showing up for auditions and was awarded the coveted role of “Laurey” and for good reasons. Hailey has been singing almost before she could talk and has 8 years of Voice Training. She graduated from the NC School of the Arts and went to New York where she was casted in an off-Broadway musical. She was crowned Miss Durham in 2011 and became Miss North Carolina in the pageant that year. At the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas she placed in the top 15 and in the top 5 in interview. She stays busy doing some movie work and can be seen on the A&E channel on Aug. 3 at 10 p.m. where she will be in the Reality show “Psychic Tia.”

Where the money goes

Charlotte Observer, July 22, 2013

Here’s a look at some of the proposals in the compromise House and Senate state budget for fiscal year 2013-2014.

UNC System

Proposed spending: $2,583,048,270

New spending: Almost no new spending

Tuition: Increases tuition for out-of-state undergraduates in 2014-15 by 12.3 percent at UNC School of the Arts, N.C. A&T State, UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC Wilmington; the increase is 6 percent at other UNC system campuses...


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Billy Magnussen in talks to play Rapunzel's Prince in 'Into the Woods', July 22, 2013

According to Deadline, 2013 Tony nominee Billy Magnussen is in talks to play Rapunzel's Prince in Rob Marshall's film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical INTO THE WOODS. Magnussen would replace Jake Gyllenhaal, who recently dropped out to focus on his upcoming indie flick NIGHTCRAWLER ...

Community Milestones in the Arts

Winston-Salem Journal, July 22, 2013

Taylor Ann Fleshman, of Kernersville, has been accepted to go to Austria and the Czech Republic in August as a member of the American Youth Harp Ensemble. The group will tour Europe and perform four concerts. Taylor has played the harp since she was 7. She is in the high school harp program at UNC School of the Arts and performs at area functions.

Plunging into Dance's deep end

New York Times, July 21, 2013

Any summer weeknight, Hearst Plaza at Lincoln Center becomes a cultural crossroads. Teenage ballet students lounge on the sloping Illumination Lawn. New York Philharmonic patrons hurry past the reflecting pool. Theatergoers spend intermissions in the wire chairs of the lush tree grove. But if the plaza looks a bit more crowded than usual this Wednesday and Thursday nights, it will be for good reason. Eighty dancers will prowl the lawn, climb a corrugated wall of the Metropolitan Opera House and splash in the pool, in the choreographer Mark Dendy’s “Ritual Cyclical,” a site-specific new work presented by Lincoln Center Out of Doors and the American Dance Festival...

'Off the page and to the stage': Rosemary Harris visits Camp Shakespeare

Winston-Salem Journal, July 19, 2013

“Wherefore art thou Rosemary?” was the question on everyone’s mind, as campers awaited the much-anticipated visit of British actress Rosemary Harris to Camp Shakespeare. And when the clock struck two on Thursday, all heads turned as the 85-year-old and winner of Broadway's 1966 Tony Award as Best Actress walked through the door...

Tij D'oyen as 'Willy Wonka' July 18-21

Tryon Daily Bulletin, July 18, 2013

Well, it’s not exactly Tij D’oyen’s “Willy Wonka” – that honor goes to Roald Dahl who wrote the wonderful book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”- but D’oyen has certainly taken ownership of the role for the Tryon Little Theater/Youth Center’s summer production playing at the Tryon Fine Arts Center this weekend. A recent graduate of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, D’oyen is now a rising freshman at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts an accomplishment in itself, since only 28 students are accepted into the drama program...

Arts and celebrities fill city for National Black Theatre Festival

YES! Weekly, July 17, 2013

In 1965, when Amiri Baraka, a Harlem writer and activist, began the Black Arts Movement and what Time magazine has called “the single most controversial moment in the history of African-American literature,” he broke ground for decades of aspiring African- American artists. And now, more than 40 years later, Winston-Salem’s National Black Theatre Festival, the only one of its kind in the country offering six consecutive days of professional theater, film, poetry, workshops, seminars and shopping, continues the movement’s goals to not only strengthen the black community, but to also amplify its voice and influence, calling loud and deserved attention to black artists’ contributions to the world of artistic expression...

Actress and NC native Pauletta Pearson Washington, wife of Denzel Washington, will star with Roscoe Orman (Gordon on “Sesame Street”) in a celebrity staged concert reading of Power Play.The award-winning play explores passion, politics and the power of God through the story of an influential politician and four women who find themselves caught in a whirlwind of personal and political intrigue. Pauletta Washington not only grew up nearby in Catawba County, but is also a graduate of the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem...

UNC student associations stand against gun proposal

Winston-Salem Journal, July 17, 2013

Student government associations from 11 of the 17 schools in the University of North Carolina system announced their opposition Wednesday morning to House Bill 937 in a proclamation sent to members of the N.C. General Assembly. The bill, which would allow concealed-carry permit holders to keep firearms in locked vehicles on college campuses, is currently in conference committee. The proclamation was signed by the student body presidents at Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, North Carolina Central University, UNC Asheville, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, UNC Pembroke, UNC School of the Arts, Winston-Salem State University and UNC School of Science and Mathematics. Additionally, Robert Nunnery, president of the UNC system Association of Student Governments, also signed...

Editorial: new faculty members will enhance school of the arts

Winston-Salem Journal, July 15, 2013

We already know that talent is abundant at the UNC School of the Arts. But with the addition of three new musician/instructors to the school’s faculty, we expect this next year to be very special...

To reform the UNC system, start with its Board of Governors

Raleigh News & Observer, July 15, 2013

This has been a rough year for the University of North Carolina system. An ongoing scandal involving both academic and athletic departments continues to roil UNC-Chapel Hill, as does a second longstanding controversy involving sexual harassment and the school’s honor court procedures.


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Review: Opera Center's 'Candide' hits the mark

Aspen Times, July 12, 2013

A strong cast, led by tenor Jonathan Johnson and soprano Jen Lee, the conducting of George Manahan and a robust pit orchestra, bring Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” to vivid life on the stage of the Wheeler Opera House.  The smart, canny production, which opened Thursday, the first offering this summer from the Aspen Music Festival’s Opera Theater Center, scores a triumph...


A light-hearted world premiere at Seattle's Summer Chamber Music Festival

The Sun Break, July 12, 2013

As he tells it, Lawrence Dillon began his career as a composer at the tender age of seven, when he fell in love with his piano teacher and began to write songs to bring to his weekly lessons. Though a childhood struggle with severe chicken pox cost Dillon 50 percent of his hearing, his love affair with music and composition continued. In 1985, he became the youngest composer to receive a doctorate from the Juilliard School...

UNC School of the Arts receives accreditation warning

The Daily Tar Heel, July 12, 2013

As former UNC-CH chancellor James Moeser prepares to take the helm as interim chancellor at the UNC School of the Arts next month, he will have one key issue on his plate from day one. UNCSA, the only publicly funded conservatory in the U.S., will be one of 19 schools in the Southeast — three of which are in North Carolina — facing accreditation woes when the school year begins next month...

Local universities have construction projects underway

Winston-Salem Journal, July 11, 2013

Caution: Hard hats only! With most students gone, summer is an ideal time for local schools to make headway on a variety of construction projects. At the UNC School of the Arts, construction of four new facilities is officially under way. The new facilities include a 75,731-square-foot library, a 29,993-square-foot film production and design building, a 9,023-square-foot police operations building and a storage facility of 43,408 square feet...

UNCSA alum set to film debut feature in Winston

Winston-Salem Chronicle, July 11, 2013

Just over a year after completing his degree, UNC School of the Arts alumnus Edward Varnie is returning to Winston-Salem for the first major project of his professional career. Varnie, a native of Anaheim, Calif., and his crew are slated to spend 19 days next month in and around downtown Winston-Salem filming “The Law of the Land,” Varnie’s first feature length film...

UNCSA names pop up in 'Rim'

Winston-Salem Journal, July 10, 2103

Travis Beacham, an alumnus of UNC School of the Arts, paid tribute to Adam Casey, his old school pal, by sending him plunging to his death — in a graphic novel. Beacham, a 2005 graduate of UNCSA’s School of Filmmaking, co-wrote the screenplay of Guillermo del Toro’s highly anticipated science-fiction movie “Pacific Rim,” which is being released Friday. Beacham, a native of Cleveland, Tenn., was a screenwriter on the 2007 film “Dog Days of Summer” and the 2010 fantasy epic “Clash of the Titans.” ...

Cleveland native Travis Beacham is writer for summer blockbuster

Cleveland (Tenn.) Daily Banner, July 10, 2013

Summer blockbusters present a larger-than-life story on the silver screen. Fantastical beasts emerge, cars explode, gravity is denied — all while the world is once again being saved from perilous jeopardy. Most see the closing scene as the end of the pulse-pounding good times, but not Bryan and Joy Beacham. The biggest thrill remains: seeing their son, Cleveland native Travis Beacham, listed in the writing credits for his movies...


Happy Campers

YES! Weekly by Brian Clarey, July 10, 2013

We dropped our gangly, newly minted teenager off on Sunday at the UNC School of the Arts campus, armed with nothing but a couple of guitars, a bagful of clean clothes and bedding, his phone and a stash of his lawnmowing money tucked into a wallet that looks like the pages of a comic book. His mother cried.  I managed to keep some of my composure.

It’s not like he hasn’t been to camp before — a few years ago we sent him with his brother to Camp Weaver, where parental contact was artfully discouraged, and he’s been on overnights and field trips...

Meet the artist: violinist Kevin Lawrence

WFDD 88.5, July 9, 2013

Today's guest has been praised for his "assertive style and strong musical personality," and playing that is "supremely convincing in its vitality". Kevin Lawrence is the chair of the string department and professor of violin at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts... 

Historically informed Korngold

Classical Voice North Carolina by Marvin J. Ward, July 8, 2013

It might appear strange to see “historically informed” for a recording of a score composed in 1920, but that is nearly a century ago now, and the form in which this work is now most frequently performed and heard is a far cry from the one in which it premièred for a number of reasons. Mauceri, who was one of the prime actors in Decca’s “Entartete Musik” series (whose executive producer was Raleigh native Michel Haas; and the discontinuance by the company of which series in the early years of this century I continue to bemoan), set out to re-create and then record the version heard in Vienna on May 6,1920, first in Schönbrunn Palace, and then, after its initial resounding success, in the Burgtheater, where several of Mozart’s operas were premièred. It is the first recording ever of this version and also for several of the music excerpts in individual tracks...

'Magnetic from start to finish': Vibrant theatricality raises Chautauqua Opera's 'Peter Grimes' to great heights

The Chautauquan Daily, July 8, 2013

Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, whose 200th birthdays are being celebrated this year, took a while to find their operatic footing. But not Benjamin Britten, who’ll be a mere 100 in November. With his first opera, Peter Grimes, Britten burst onto the scene as a master in the genre... The rest of the cast was strong, from David Kravitz’s warm, understanding Balstrode and Philip Cokorinos’ sonorous Swallow to Cindy Sadler’s fidgety Mrs. Sedley and Rachelle Pike’s lusty Auntie. Cree Carrico and Kristin Schweke made fetching work of the “nieces,” and Jon Jurgens (Bob Boles), Brett Sprague (Rev. Horace Adams), Ted Federle (Ned Keene), Jonathan Harris (Jim Hobson) and Beck Benson (in the mute role of John, the apprentice) turned in superb characterizations...

Brad Wilson -- UNC system key to NC's future

Wilmington (N.C.) Star News, July 5, 2013

After wrapping up 16 years of service on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, I've concluded that no other institution comes close to the university system in shaping the state. We must modernize where necessary. But in doing so, we must keep the essential character and the spirit intact. It has made North Carolina the best state in America to live, work, live, raise a family and retire...

Meet the Artist: Anthony Dean Griffey

WFDD 88.5, July 4, 2013

Internationally acclaimed four-time Grammy award winning tenor, and High Point native Anthony Dean Griffey has been heard in the great opera houses of the world as well as in recital at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Hollywood Bowl and Avery Fisher Hall.  He’s also continually giving back, from working with handicapped children and raising funds for homeless shelters in the Triad to supporting local arts organizations. 

Kernersville harp prodigy accepted for European tour in August

Winston-Salem Journal, July 2, 2013

North Carolina doesn’t appear big enough to hold Taylor Ann Fleshman’s musical talent.

The 16-year-old from Kernersville will perform in Europe later this summer with a premier harp ensemble...Taylor Ann, who attends the UNC School of the Arts , has played the harp since she was 7, and in addition to the piano, also plays the flute...

Community Milestones in the Arts

Winston-Salem Journal, July 1, 2013

Nancy and Paul Gwyn of Winston-Salem are the recipients of UNC School of the Arts’ 2013 Giannini Society Award. They were recognized at the UNCSA commencement ceremony for years of steadfast service to the school and support of its student productions. In 1999, the Gwyns established an endowed scholarship in UNCSA’s School of Music. They have been members of the UNCSA Associates, and Nancy Gwyn served as president of the volunteer group. For many years they have been Giannini Society-level donors. They are past co-chairmen of the Giannini Advisory Committee and were recently appointed to the UNCSA Board of Visitors...





People will say they're in love, and they are

New York Times, June 28, 2013

Charlotte d’Amboise, the actress now playing Fastrada in Broadway’s “Pippin,” thought that her romance with Terrence Mann would last about as long as an intermission. When the two met in 1983 in the original production of “Cats,” Mr. Mann was 31 and married, and Ms. D’Amboise was 19 and, well, 19. Neither expected their mutual attraction to turn into anything serious, although, as Ms. d’Amboise said: “It was like love at first sight for both of us. Or lust, which is probably more realistic.” ...

Academy invites 276 new members, from Prince to Lena Dunham to Joseph-Gordon Levitt, June 28, 2013

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invites to 276 people to potentially (if they accept) join the organization this year. So who made the cut? Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Lopez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emmanuelle Riva, Jason Schwartzman and Chris Tucker were among those invited to the actors branch, while the likes of Prince, Jafar Panahi, Ava DuVernay, Benh Zeitlin, Lena Dunham, Sarah Polley, Jeff Nichols and Matt Groening were among the folks invited to various others...

The Forget-Me-Nots: Celtic flair in the Triad

WFDD 88.5, June 28, 2013

The Forget-Me-Nots are young fiddlers Willa and Ledah Finck, and Maura Shawn Scanlin. Amazingly the three teenagers have been performing together for more than a decade. They began in 2002 as a trio of Suzuki all stars at the ages of 6, 7 and 8 years old, and today the Boone natives are national competition winners with three CDs under their belts. They dropped by WFDD shortly after the release of their CD “Blooming.” It features all original material and we’ll be sampling from it today.

Triad arts weekend: June 28, 2013

WFDD 88.5, June 28, 2013

TodaToday  it’s a Triad Arts Weekend poetry and spoken word slam like you’ve never heard before. Featuring Ed Wilson,  Kwame Dawes,  Rhett Iseman Trull,  Joe Mills,  Josephus III, Fred Chapell, Kianga Ford,  A.C. Hardy, Helen Losse and Terri Kirby Erickson.  To top it off, Peter Kairoff will help us understand the beauty of Brahms. y  it’s a Triad Arts Weekend poetry and spoken word slam like you’ve never heard before. Featuring Ed Wilson,  Kwame Dawes,  Rhett Iseman Trull,  Joe Mills,  Josephus III, Fred Chapell, Kianga Ford,  A.C. Hardy, Helen Losse and Terri Kirby Erickson.  To top it off, Peter Kairoff will help us understand the beauty of Brahms. 

UNCSA placed on warning by accrediting body

Winston-Salem Journal, June 28, 2013

The UNC School of the Arts has been put on warning for the next 12 months by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the accrediting body for higher education institutions in the South...

UNC-School of the Arts warned by accreditor

Business Journal of the Triad, June 28, 2013

UNC-School of the Arts has been placed on a 12-month warning by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges for failure to demonstrate compliance in five areas related to its accreditation ...

Some playwrights get 'real'

New York Times, June 27, 2013

Over the years reality TV has included among its many subcategories a theater-centered “star is born” series. Several West End revivals have found their headliners this way, and before Laura Osnes was a two-time Tony Award nominee, she was a winner on “Grease — You’re the One That I Want!”  Now theater is returning the favor, although “favor” might be a bit generous to describe the behind-the-scenes machinations depicted in three Off Broadway shows opening this spring and summer. You won’t find the reality shows “Rehabilitation” and “Nobody Loves You” on the upper reaches of your dial, but this has nothing to do with a lack of originality — or a sudden influx of scruples — on the part of the TV industry. Rather, it’s because playwrights snagged those titles first... Aleque Reid, left, and Rory O’Malley in the musical “Nobody Loves You,” a musical take on a “Bachelor”-style dating show....

On the sea, with sails and screens

New York Times, June 27, 2013

This is a plea to opera directors and designers working with projections: please, please keep them tasteful. It is a request that will become only more urgent as a visual aesthetic immersed in digital media grows more popular. (It’s cheaper than building something 3-D.) The set of the Princeton Festival’s impressive production of Wagner’s “Flying Dutchman,” which opened on Saturday at the McCarter Theater Center, was dominated by three screens, a look that is no longer a surprise at the opera house...

Name that pickle: UNCSA wants help with car's moniker

Winston-Salem Journal, June 26, 2013

The UNC School of the Arts is in a pickle of sorts. A lease for a Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car was donated by Robert L. “Rob” King III, the chief executive of Bob King Automotive Group and chairman of the UNCSA board of trustees, to UNCSA's Advancement Division in early June. The school had the green car wrapped in graphics to reflect the school's mascot, The Fighting Pickle, but they are still searching for an official name for the car...

North Carolina Symphony to perform patriotic program at UNC-Wilmington's Kenan Auditorium July 2

NC, June 25, 2013

The North Carolina Symphony will celebrate America’s 237th birthday with a concert of patriotic favorites and high-spirited classics in a concert in Kenan Auditorium on the campus of UNC-Wilmington, Tuesday, July 2, at 7:30 p.m... Matthew Troy, who makes his North Carolina Symphony debut with a series of Independence Day concerts, is serving his fifth season as Associate Conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony and his third season as Education Conductor with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. He is also Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Symphony and spearheads all of the Winston-Salem Symphony’s education programs.  Troy serves on the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he teaches conducting.

An elusive ballet with an elusive heroine

New York Times, June 23, 2013

“Swan Lake” is all contradictions. Its princely hero, like a knight of King Arthur’s Round Table on a quest, commutes between this world and an enchanted one. In the beautiful, transcendent purity that he finds by the lakeside, the ballet’s Romantic/classical dualism captures something at the core of what ballet is all about...A powerful dancer, he’s still stylistically immature.   On Thursday, when he raised his leg high in arabesque in an Act I solo, he just threw it loosely. We didn’t see or feel its line as a gesture from the center of his body. He was partnering the redheaded Gillian Murphy, who, though an established virtuoso and principal, is immature in the same way. She’s technically resplendent, but her arms and spine don’t shape the arabesques of Odette or Odile with eloquence... 

UNCSA drama school receives another top ranking

Winston-Salem Journal, June 21, 2013

Looks like seven is UNCSA’s lucky number. For the second time in a month, the School of Drama at UNC School of the Arts has been included in a list of top acting programs. Earlier this month, The Hollywood Reporter ranked the drama school No. 7 in the world. And now has included UNCSA in a story with the headline “Want to star on Broadway? 7 colleges where Tony winners trained.” ...

Green machine

Winston-Salem Chronicle, June 20, 2013

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is taking the concept of a “green” vehicle to a new level, thanks to a gift from Bob King Automotive Group. Robert L. “Rob” King III, CEO of the automobile dealerships, donated the lease for a Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car to UNCSA’s Advancement Division. The car has a combined city/highway rating of 112 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), a measure of the average distance traveled per unit of energy consumed. It produces no on-road emissions, and does not require motor oil. Recycled materials are used in the body and interior. ..

Record number of home learners celebrate graduation

Alameda (Calif.) Sun, June 20, 2013

A record eight homeschooled students recently participated in high school graduation ceremonies for the Alameda Oakland Home Learners (AOHL) group. Pictured (front, left to right) are Katherine Neumann, who will be attending the University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Mariah Nuerge, who will continue her studies at the Peralta Colleges; Elisa Casado Henderson, who will enter Oberlin College this fall; and Nathan Yee, who will be attending the Peralta Colleges; (back row, left to right), Ingrid and Andy Pollyak, who will continue learning through life experiences and ongoing college studies and work with monitors; Sarafina Angstadt-Leto, and Adam Rees, who will both be attending the University of Oregon...

The best indie movies of 2013 so far, according to Criticwire (updated), June 17, 2013

According to the nearly 500 critics listed in Indiewire's Criticwire Network, there are at least 17 indie films that have been released in theaters or on digital platforms this year are worth checking out. That's only a few more than the last time we updated this list, but of course 2013 still has a long way to go...13. Mud (Film Page), directed by Jeff Nichols (2012 Cannes Film Festival; April 2013 theatrical release)  Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (62 grades) ...

School of the Arts is offering subscription packages

Winston-Salem Journal, June 16, 2013

The UNC School of the Arts is offering its first comprehensive subscription series. Patrons who order by July 15 can buy packages of tickets that include some perks, such as early access to the best seats, and access to pre-performance receptions and “behind-the-curtain” events...

Thespian Threads: As opening day draws near, for TSF costumers the sew must go on

Kilgore (Texas) News Herald, June 15, 2013

It takes more than just actors to bring a stage production to life. The costume department of the Texas Shakespeare Festival is an integral part of the plays coming to the stage. A team consisting of designers, drapers, cutters, “stitchers”, and a couple of interns work long hours to make the costumes that the thespians don...The two designers for this year’s TSF are Brandon McWilliams and Dina Perez.... Perez is originally from Tampa, Florida; she currently lives and works in Manhattan. Perez received her Masters of Fine Arts degree in costume design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts...

Green wheels: UNCSA gets a 'pickle car'

Winston-Salem Journal, June 14, 2013

When it comes to “green” cars, UNC School of the Arts officials say that theirs is the real dill.

Robert L. “Rob” King III, the chief executive of Bob King Automotive Group and chairman of the UNCSA board of trustees, has donated a lease for a Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car to UNCSA’s Advancement Division...

Bob King Automotive donates use of electric car to UNCSA

The BUsiness Journal, June 14, 2013

Bob King Automotive Group will donate the lease of a Mitsubishi i-miEV electric car for use by the UNC-School of the Arts' Advancement Division. The school is "wrapping" the car with graphics that honor the school's mascot, the Fighting Pickle, and a social media contest is in the works to name the car...

WRAL donors exceed $100K for Oklahoma

WRAL, June 14, 2013

WRAL is proud to have directed more than $100,000 to the Red Cross and Salvation Army for tornado relief in Oklahoma. WRAL broadcast a special presentation of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s "Oklahoma!" and hosted a phone bank May 30 in response to devastating tornadoes that claimed dozens of lives in the Oklahoma City area. Since that time, donations have continued to roll in via dedicated web links, and, as of June 14, those donations had topped the six-figure mark.

Classic Gerorge Kelly Comedy staged in Westport

Hispanic, June 14, 2013

Will Rogers is faced with a daunting acting exercise in the Westport Country Playhouse production of "The Show-Off" -- playing the annoying, but charismatic title role...Rogers, who is in his early 30s, has worked steadily in New York City since he graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, but mostly in contemporary plays like "Columbinus" at the New York Theatre Workshop and "100 Saints You Should Know" at Playwrights Horizons...

American Ballet Theater names new ballet master

New York Times, June 13, 2013

Keith Roberts, a former principal dancer with American Ballet Theater, has been named a ballet master, Kevin McKenzie, the theater’s artistic director announced Thursday. The appointment is effective this September. Mr. Roberts, 43, trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the School of American Ballet, and joined American Ballet Theater in 1987 as a member of the corps de ballet...

UNC system looks at growing its out-of-state student population

Charlotte Observer, June 13, 2013

An always controversial debate has resurfaced among UNC system leaders – whether to enroll more out-of-state students at North Carolina’s public universities. On Thursday, the UNC Board of Governors discussed whether and how to increase the numbers of non-North Carolina residents at some campuses...

UNCSA hosting Music Academy event this weekend

Fox 8, June 13, 2013

On Thursday during the FOX8 Morning News, Shannon Smith will be covering the second annual Music Academy of the American South (MAAS)...

Three-day festival highlights music of the South

Greensboro News & Record, June 13, 2013

David Hood has always been just fine holed away in a studio in northwest Alabama, bass guitar in hand, laying down fat grooves for the stars.The fame, the glory, the girls, for gosh sakes? Hood was perfectly content on this side of the velvet rope...


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Festival will celebrate South's musical heritage

Winston-Salem Journal, June 12, 2013

The South has a rich and varied musical heritage — one that will be celebrated this weekend at the Music Academy of the American South. Settlers from Western Europe brought their traditional folk music to the region, and African slaves brought their own traditional songs. Both took root and evolved, leading to the growth of musical styles that define traditional forms of American music — blues, country, bluegrass, string-band/old-time music and jazz...

Q&A with Justin Poindexter, Executive Director of the Music Academy of the American South

YES! Weekly, June 12, 2013

Y!W: John Mauceri was a huge supporter of the Music Academy of the American South as chancellor, so have their been any new challenges in producing this year’s event following his return to conducting and writing? JP: We were all overwhelmed by the success of last year’s festival. People just came out in droves and encouraged us to keep building. There was never a doubt that we would do it again. The best part about MAAS is that there is just an endless wealth of discovery to be made in the field of southern music. John Mauceri, from the very beginning, knew that this was going to be special, that people would love it and be proud of it, and that it would need to grow. He was always thinking about how we can continue MAAS in the most inclusive, collaborative way. That spirit is deep in the culture of this festival...

Two from EC head to NC School of the Arts

Daily Advance (Elizabeth City, N.C.), June 11, 2013

Two Northeastern High School students, Kathryn Robertson and Tyler Campbell, have been accepted into the North Carolina School of the Arts’ high school program...In a room full of dancers auditioning for enrollment in the School of Dance at the school, Robertson’s graceful posture and remarkable talent distinguished her from the crowd... As Tyler Campbell recited CB’s monologue from “Dog Sees God,” before a three-person panel in his audition for the School of the Arts, he knew he was on the path to achieving his dreams...

Foundation Source hires Mark Land as Senior Marketing Director

Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2013

Foundation Source, the nation's largest provider of support services for private foundations, today announced that it has hired Mark Land as Senior Managing Director for its national business development team. Based in Winston-Salem, NC, Land will focus his efforts throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the United States. Land will build on his strong background in the financial and philanthropic sectors, most recently as Vice President, Trust and Investment Advisor at High Point Bank... As Vice President, Trust and Investment Advisor at High Point Bank, Mr. Land focused on the expansion of personal trust and nonprofit service relationships within the Triad region of North Carolina. Prior to that, he was Managing Director at Wells Fargo Bank's Center for Planned Giving. Other positions held include Senior Campaign Consultant at Whitney Jones, Inc. and Director of Alumni Relations at University of North Carolina School for the Arts...

UNCSA's Music Academy of the American South begins this Friday

WFDD 88.5 FM, June 10, 2013

The Piedmont has had and continues to have a huge impact on American music in practically every musical style imaginable, so why not celebrate it? The University of NC School of the Arts is gearing up to do just that with its second annual Music Academy of the American South from June 14th-16th on the UNCSA campus and nearby Old Salem Museums and Gardens in Winston-Salem...

Southern music festival starts June 14

Winston-Salem Chronicle, June 10, 2013

Tickets are now on sale for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ Music Academy of the American South (MAAS), a weekend festival that will be held from June 14 – June 16 at UNC School of the Arts and Old Salem Museums & Gardens. The festival will include dynamic performances and workshops by noted musicians.  A focus in MAAS programming for 2013 is the interactions of American roots music (bluegrass, blues, folk, gospel and Moravian music) with one another as well as with other genres...

N.C. House rolls out its version of state budget

Jones Street, June 10, 2013

The N.C. House posted its version of a nearly $20.6 billion state budget online Sunday night as it prepares to move the spending plan to a floor vote this week..Among its many provisions, the House’s spending plan would reduce funding for teacher assistants by 4 percent in the coming fiscal year. It allocates $10 million in the 2013-2014 fiscal year and $40 million the following year for “opportunity scholarships” up to $4,200 for eligible students attending nonpublic schools. Non-resident students would see their tuition increase by 12.3 percent at UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State University, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Wilmington, N.C. A&T and UNC-School of the Arts, while non-residents would pay 6 percent more in tuition at all other UNC system schools. In-state students at UNC schools would see no tuition increase...

In Middlebury, Vt., teens train for careers in the A.R.T.'s

NPR, June 8, 2013

Throughout the entertainment industry, alumni of a tiny, vocational high school program are at work: building sets in Hollywood, mixing sound on Broadway, performing on TV shows like The Office. They're graduates of the Addison Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), an incubator for actors and theater technicians at the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury, Vt... A.R.T. Program Director Steve Small knows how hard it can be to imagine a future when you're struggling in high school. Small studied auto mechanics at the Hannaford Career Center — then called "the Voc," for vocational school. After graduation, he worked on cars and in his family's orchard. He spent time in the Army before heading to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, to pursue his passion for acting...

Arts nonprofit to hold annual gala

Winston-Salem Chronicle, June 7, 2013

The ScottCares Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to embracing the arts while also teaching and promoting computer literacy and technology, will hold its Seventh Annual Scholarship and Humanitarian Awards Gala Saturday, June 8 at 6 p.m. at the Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center... The ScottCares Foundation started awarding scholarships in 2007. Since that time the Foundation has been able to award and help more than 50 students.
The humanitarian honors will go to the following:
• Humanitarian in the Arts – Lynn & Barry Eisenberg
• Humanitarian in Education– UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri ...

House and Senate miles apart on state spending

Raleigh News & Observer, June 7, 2013

State House and Senate leaders will be looking to bridge wide gaps in their views on how the state should spend its money on education, health and criminal justice...


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Three UNCSA grads are nominated for Tony Awards (Hartford, Conn.), June 5, 2013

Three School of Drama alumni of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) have been nominated for Tony Awards...

Q&A with former chancellor James Moeser

The Daily Tar Heel, June 5, 2013

James Moeser, UNC-CH’s chancellor from 2000-08, will become UNC School of the Arts’ interim chancellor Aug. 1. State & National editor Sarah Brown spoke with Moeser about his new job, his advice for UNC-CH and his recent comments on media coverage of the University’s academic and athletic scandals...

Three UNCSA grads are nominated for Tony Awards

Sacramento Bee, June 5, 2013

Three School of Drama alumni of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) have been nominated for Tony Awards.Billy Magnussen (2007) is nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play, for his appearance opposite Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pearce in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Terrrence Mann (1978) is nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as Charlemagne in Pippin, which recently opened to rave reviews. Lauren Ward (1992) is nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Miss Honey in Matilda...

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UNC School of the Arts names one of world's top drama schools

State Government Radio Today, May 5, 2013

North Carolina's renowned School of the Arts has received another accolade, this time from an industry trade magazine that covers film, stage, and television. The Hollywood Reporter announced this weeks it has rated the school No. 7 on its latest list of the top 25 drama schools in the world.

UNCSA's School of Drama ranked seventh in the world

Winston-Salem Journal, June 4, 2013

Drama students at UNC School of the Arts are red carpet-ready, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s recent ranking of the top 25 drama schools in the world. UNCSA’s School of Drama was ranked seventh on the list, which was published in the magazine’s June 7 edition. “It’s always nice to get recognition for all the work we do,” said Carl Forsman, dean of the drama school. “I hope what it means is that we’re continuing on the right path.” ...

'Spontaneous combustion': Musicians felt fire the first time they played together

Winston-Salem Journal and Hispanic, June 2, 2013

Jacquelyn Bartlett has a vivid memory of the first time that Fire Pink Trio performed together. "It was like spontaneous combustion," she said. Bartlett, a harpist who teaches at UNC School of the Arts, and flutist Debra Reuter-Pivetta, a UNCSA graduate who teaches at Salem College, were scheduled to perform at a chamber-music series in Boone in 2008. They were planning to play music featuring harp, flute and viola...

Nonesuch Players to present Steel Magnolias

Mount Airy News, June 1, 2013

The Nonesuch Playmakers will present two performances of the comedy-drama “Steel Magnolias” on June 8 at the Jones Family Resource Center’s auditorium... Peyton Marion, a rising senior at Mount Airy High School, will perform her final Nonesuch show with a role in “Steel Magnolias,” made even more special because she is performing with her mother, Cindy Marion...“Peyton is very special to us, Angela and I. Over the years we have watched a good number of young people come up through the ranks…I have rarely seen anyone with that much raw talent and to watch it grow has been gratifying for us. We are realizing this is most likely her last show with us, because she has been accepted into the University of North Carolina School of the Arts…we are happy for her, but sad she may not be able to work with us again.”...




Week's End

Durham Herald-Sun, May 31, 2013

James Moeser, chancellor of UNC Chapel Hill from 2000 until he retired in 2008, apparently can’t resist the lure and labor of running a UNC campus. Either that, or UNC President Tom Ross has strong persuasive powers. Most probably, both of those were at play in the announcement this week that Moeser will become interim chancellor at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem Aug. 1...

WRAL raised $94,000 with Okla. relief telethon

TV, May 31, 2013

It started as an interesting idea and resulted in $94,000 dollars for the people of Oklahoma who lost everything in the devastating May tornadoes. Capitol Broadcasting WRAL Raleigh, N.C. (DMA 24) aired a commercial-free, primetime broadcast of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! That was edited to insert live cut-ins from the television studio...

WRAL-TV to air Oklahoma disaster relief telethon and University of NC School of the Arts' production of Oklahoma!

Capitol Broadcasting, May 30, 2013

WRAL-TV will devote three hours of commercial free primetime to raise money for the many Oklahoma families in need following the deadly tornado. WRAL’s Here to Help: Disaster Relief effort includes a tribute to the people of Oklahoma, and the award-winning HD broadcast of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ (UNCSA) production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! The station will provide live cut-ins throughout the 8-11 P.M. broadcast, taking viewer pledges via a studio phone bank. All donations will benefit tornado victims through the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army...

Former UNC-CH chancellor to head UNC arts school

Charlotte Observer via the Associated Press, May 30, 2013

The former head of the country's oldest public university will temporarily take over the North Carolina state university that specializes in arts education. University of North Carolina President Tom Ross said Thursday that James Moeser (MEE'-zur) will become interim chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in August. Moeser is the retired chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he's continued to teach music...

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James Moeser to lead UNC School of the Arts

Raleigh News & Observer, May 30, 2013

James Moeser, a music professor who led UNC-Chapel Hill for eight years, will become interim chancellor at UNC School of the Arts. He will start Aug. 1 at the public arts high school and college in Winston-Salem, succeeding John Mauceri, who will step down as chancellor June 30 after seven years...

Former UNC Chapel Hill administrator to serve as interim UNCSA chancellor

Winston-Salem Journal, May 30, 2013

James Moeser, a former chancellor at UNC Chapel Hill, will become interim chancellor of UNC School of the Arts on Aug. 1. David Nelson, UNCSA’s provost, will serve as acting chancellor from July 1 until Moeser arrives. Chancellor John Mauceri announced in October that he would step down on June 30...


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Moeser: "Back to my roots" as interim UNCSA head, May 30, 2013

UNC Chancellor Emeritus James Moeser has been appointed as the new interim chancellor at the UNC School of the Arts. Moeser will take over the position on August 1—succeeding John Mauceri, who announced last fall that he’d be stepping down after seven years in the post. Mauceri will step down on June 30; provost David Nelson will serve as acting chancellor through July. A search committee will begin looking for the next permanent chancellor in the coming months...

Susan Ruskin named dean of film school at UNCSA

Winston-Salem Journal, May 29, 2013

Susan Ruskin has been named the dean of the School of Filmmaking at UNC School of the Arts. Ruskin has been serving as interim dean since former dean Jordan Kerner stepped down last June. Her appointment will take effect July 1...

Ruskin named dean of UNCSA School of Filmmaking, May 29, 2013

Susan Ruskin has been named Dean of the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), a choice praised by campus leaders and film industry professionals. The appointment is effective July 1...

Ruskin named dean of UNCSA film school

The Business Journal, May 29, 2013

Film producer Susan Ruskin has been named dean of the School of Filmmaking at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem ...

Roy's Folks: Whistling champ

WGHP-TV, May 29, 2013

Zach Groff won the classical division at the 2013 International Whistler's Convention in Louisburg. Groff has been whistling since he was a kid and is an accomplished musician with a music degree from the UNC School of the Arts.

UNC-TV and WRAL to smulcast UNCSA's 'Oklahoma!' to raise funds for tornado victims

Raleigh News & Observer, May 28, 2013

WRAL and UNC-TV will simulcast the University of North Carolina School of the Arts production of "Oklahoma!" this Thursday as part of a fundraiser to aid Oklahoma citizens devastated by recent tornadoes...


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Matt Weiner, Columbia President Doug Belgrad hail new UNCSA Dean Susan Ruskin

The Hollywood Reporter, May 28, 2013

Susan Ruskin has been named dean of the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) in Winston-Salem, N.C.. “She was instrumental in sealing a deal last year with Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner to shoot parts of his feature film You Are Here on campus,” said UNCSA provost David Nelson. “Our students got to work on that film, putting their training to work." "What an amazing place!" Weiner told The Hollywood Reporter. He added in a statement, “Under Susan's leadership, UNCSA has become not only a state-of-the-art facility, but Susan's real strength is preparing the students realistically for their future while filling them with inspiration.” ...

Susan Ruskin named dean of film school at UNCSA

Hispanic, May 28, 2013

Susan Ruskin has been named the dean of the School of Filmmaking at UNC School of the Arts. Ruskin has been serving as interim dean since former dean Jordan Kerner stepped down last June. Her appointment will take effect July 1...

Theater review: 'Shakespeare's R&J' at the Cygnet

San Diego, May 28, 2013

When I read Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” in school, I thought it an impossibly wonderful romantic story of love, loss and death... guess I was lucky, because these days the play (featuring teen sex and suicide) is almost as likely to be banned as assigned. This may have inspired the four boys in Joe Calarco’s “Shakespeare’s R&J” – pupils in 1964 in a Catholic boys’ school identified as Student 1, Student 2, etc. – to squirrel away a forbidden copy... But mainly, this show is about the union of these four extraordinary actors (all from the North Carolina School for the Arts) with George Yé’s first-rate direction and stunning fight choreography to produce a unique (if not totally successful) new look at an old classic, one in which gender really doesn’t matter...Daly’s Romeo and Tyler Lea’s Juliet are just right as the young, impetuous lovers. Dave Thomas Brown is excellent as Mercutio, Lady Capulet and others. But my favorite is John Evans Reese, whose hotheaded Tybalt and hilarious Nurse almost steal the show...

UNCSA students, alum to perform in concert

Winston-Salem Journal, May 26, 2013

Some students and alumni from UNC School of the Arts will perform in Northridge, Calif., on Saturday in a concert conducted by Chancellor John Mauceri. The concert, “Paris and Hollywood: Celebrating ‘The Rite of Spring’ Without Actually Playing It,” will be performed at the Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University-Northridge...

Marc Hoffman returns to Childress Vineyard, May 24, 2013

Virillion Music recording artist Marc Hoffman will perform Saturday, June 1st from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. at Childress Vineyards in Lexington, NC as part of the “Music In the Vineyards” series. Hoffman, a NC native will include original instrumental and vocal jazz in his performance, as well as standards and pop...Marc Hoffman received a degree in composition from the North Carolina School of the Arts and studied film composition at USC. He also attended The Dartington International Summer School of Music in Devon, England. His composition teachers have included John Corigliano, Leo Arnaud, Neil Hefti, and Sherwood Shaffer. Marc performs across the US and abroad, as a soloist and with his jazz trio. A member of BMI and the American Composer's Forum, he is also founder and artistic director of the Salisbury School of Music. Marc lives in Salisbury, NC with is wife, Anne, and their daughter August.

Photo Flash: Disney Theatrical Group's Thomas Schumacher and Mary POPPINS' Rachel Wallace at UNCSA graduation

Broadway, May 23, 2013

High school seniors of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) got the graduation ceremony of their dreams on Saturday, May 18, when Disney Theatrical Group President Thomas Schumacher delivered their commencement address, and the diplomas were presented by "Mary Poppins" herself: UNCSA alumna Rachel Wallace. A 2009 college graduate, Wallace just completed a run in the national tour and the New Zealand company of the popular Disney show. Scroll down for photos from the ceremony!...

Victoria native was a "titan" of the dance world

The Colonist (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) May 23, 2013

Robert Lindgren, a Victoria native and founding dean of the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina, died May 10 at his home in Winston-Salem. He was 89. Lindgren was a “titan in the dance world,” said Alex Ewing, a former UNC School of Arts chancellor...

Scanlin presents violin recital May 24

Mountain Times, May 22, 2013

Maura Shawn Scanlin of Vilas will perform an end-of-the-school-year violin recital at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, in the recital hall of the Broyhill Music Center, located at 813 Rivers St. on the campus of Appalachian State University. Scanlin will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Kreisler and Brahms, accompanied by pianist Nancy Johnston from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem. The recital is free and open to the public, with a reception following...

Jacqueline Ann Holloway and Robert Wesley join Salon/Sanctuary's ON POINT, 6/3

Broadway, May 21, 2013

Actor/sword fighters Jacqueline Ann Holloway and Robert Westley will be joining NYCB dancers Jared Angle and Megan LeCrone and members of the Sebastians Chamber Orchestra for On Point: From Duel to Pas de Deux, to be presented by Salon/Sanctuary Concerts ...

Michael Kudirka joins faculty at UNCSA

Guitar Foundation of America, May 19, 2013

Guitarist Michael Kudirka will be joining the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as an Artist/Teacher of Guitar. UNCSA, part of the University of North Carolina system, contains a 4-year boarding arts high school, bachelors, masters, and performance certificate programs. Located in Winston-Salem, NC, the school houses departments of Dance, Design & Production, Drama, Filmmaking, Music, and Visual Arts. UNCSA has a thriving guitar program with two studios, each with 12 students...

Writer invites readers to 'End Games'

Charleston (WVa.) Daily Mail, May 15, 2013

Author and Bridgeport native Mike Martin is not sure when or why it started, but in their formative years, he and his brother Patrick had a different way of saying, "I love you." 

"Ya-ya." It's one of a couple of details lent to the main characters in Martin's debut young-adult novel, which was released last week...Martin faced a challenge in depicting West Virginia to outsiders, as his time acquiring a bachelor's of fine arts in filmmaking from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts opened his eyes to negative aspects of the state's reputation...

Robert Lindgren, 89, ballet dancer and college dean, is dead

The New York Times, May 14, 2013

Robert Lindgren, a Canadian-born dancer who appeared with major American ballet companies before becoming the founding dean of the influential dance school at the North Carolina School of the Arts, died on Friday at his home in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was 89...

Wondrous whistler: Mount Airy man wins international title

Winston-Salem Journal, May 14, 2013

Several years ago, pianist Zachary Groff was faced with a conundrum.The violinist who was supposed to perform one of Beethoven’s piano sonatas with him wasn’t able to make it to their concert. So Groff, a graduate of UNC School of the Arts who lives in Mount Airy, did something that he had done from time to time while rehearsing — he whistled the violin part...

NASA honors Sally Ride with a National Tribute at Kennedy Center

Rock Hill (S.C.) Herald, May 14, 2013

NASA and Sally Ride Science are inviting the general public and journalists to "Sally Ride: A Lifetime of Accomplishment, A Champion of Science Literacy," an educational tribute to America's first woman in space on Monday, May 20. The special event will be held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., at 7 p.m. EDT... The tribute will include the talents of Patti Austin, Damian Kulash of the band OK Go, Maria Shriver, Emil de Cou and Billie Jean King, with music by Tena Clark and choreography by Twyla Tharp. Talented students who will perform include the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra, the Centreville High School Choral Union from Virginia and dancers from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts...

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Fayetteville native Christene Hurley's film HELPLESS deals with hot topic, May 14, 2013

As Christene Hurley was preparing her short student film, HELPLESS, reality intruded in a tragic way. News of the shottings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., began to circulate. Twenty students, ages 6 and 7, and six adults were killed in the December nassacre. HELPLESS centers on a school shooting, and Hurley and her film partners debated whether to drop their project althogether... Hurley, a Fayetteville native, and her classmates at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts decided to move forward with the film...

How August Wilson and Miles Davis helped Jubilee Theatre's Tre Garret find his voice

D Magazine, May 13, 2013

When Tre Garrett was in high school, he wrote letters to the playwright August Wilson. He wrote letters to anyone who might know Wilson. Garrett found Wilson’s niece and wrote to her until she took pity on the drama kid from Houston and passed the letters on to her uncle. That’s how Garrett—the energetic, fast-talking, 31-year-old artistic director of Fort Worth’s Jubilee Theatre—became one-sided pen pals with arguably the most important playwright of the past 50 years...So he started writing. His letters went unanswered for three years until the day Wilson walked into the Pittsburgh theater where Garrett, then a college student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, was assistant directing a production of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. “I said, ‘Mr. Wilson,’ with tears in my eyes. I said, ‘I’m Tre Garrett.’ And that’s all I could get out,” Garrett says. “And he opened his arms and said, ‘Tre!’ He was like, ‘I got your letters, and I have this book that I’ve been meaning to send you.’ ...

Helen Simoneau Danse begins international tour

WFDD 88.5, May 13, 2013

Dancer Helen Simoneau was born and raised in a small village of 1,000 people in Quebec, and somehow made her way to Winston-Salem, North Carolina via the UNC School of the Arts as a High School student. What she lacked in formal training up to that point she more than made up for in hard work and dedication to her art while in school. That effort along with the mentorship she received at UNCSA throughout High School and college has come to fruition in her award-winning solo dance work, and critically acclaimed company Helen Simoneau Danse. The Winston-Salem and New York based group performs regularly at Hanesbrands Theatre, and beginning May 13th Helen and her work will be representing Montreal during a month-long tour to Canada, Tokyo and Korea with residencies and performances scheduled at each location. She’ll be presenting her new work Flight Distance III: Chain Suite as a part of the International Danse X tour alongside works by her colleagues in Japan and South Korea. Helen’s Flight Distance III is a duet that she’ll perform with UNCSA alumna Kristin Taylor. Helen stopped by WFDD to talk with David Ford.

UNCSA musical recording named best of the month

Winston-Salem Journal, May 12, 2013

A recording from UNC School of the Arts has been named Recording of the Month by MusicWeb International, the largest non-commercial classical music resource on the web.Eric Wolfgang Korngold’s “Much Ado About Nothing, Op. 11” was released on CD on April 30. It features School of Drama soloists and the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra conducted by Chancellor John Mauceri.

Drama siezes the stage, without a word

Washington Post, May 12, 2013

The 2012-13 Broadway season was packed with drama -- some of which was actually onstage. But now that ballet season has begun, theatricality becomes even richer: In narrative ballets, dancers have to deliver every bit the emotion that actors do. Only without saying a word. American Ballet Theatre, which opens with a gala Monday night, is giving its dancers two ballets that put their acting skills to the test. On Tuesday, teh company starts a run of "Onegin"; this is choreographer John Cranko's retelling of the Pushkin novel in which a bored hot-shot rejects a young girl who later rejects him back even harder...When I call this scene to mind, I see former ABT principal Susan Jaffe in a performance from at least 10 years ago. The pain and anger she portrayed as she forced Onegin out of her life stopped me cold. What was her secret? Ms. Jaffe, who now heads the dance department at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, explained to me over the phone that she sought out the help of a dramaturge to understand her role and those around her...

UNCSA students heading to Haiti to aid orphanage

North and and The Republic and Raleigh (via The Associated Press), May 11, 2013

Ten high school students from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts are taking their talents to an orphanage in Haiti this summer. The school says students will collaborate on art projects with children in a Port au Prince orphanage. The musicians, dancers and visual artists are completing the 10th, 11th and 12th grades, and have studied civics, economics and government with trip leader Jonathan Milner...

Robert Lindgren, founding dance dean at UNCSA, dies

Winston-Salem Journal, May 10, 2013

Robert Lindgren, the founding dean of the School of Dance at UNC School of the Arts, died Friday at his home in Winston-Salem.He was 89. The cause of death was not immediately available.Lindgren was a “titan in the dance world,” Alex Ewing, a former UNCSA chancellor, said in a news release...

Artist borrows cello to perform

Charlotte Observer, May 10, 2013

When Kendall Ramseur boarded his flight to Charlotte on Tuesday, he didn’t bring his cello. He didn’t think he would need it. An accomplished cellist and Charlotte native, Ramseur is in town for his sister’s graduation. A friend notified the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture that he was in Charlotte, so they invited him to play a Mother’s Day concert 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The Violin Shoppe lent him an instrument for the event. Ramseur lives in Boston, where he performs and records his own music. He was trained classically at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Boston University, and he just released his first album – T.I.M.E. – featuring a fusion of vocal tracks, cello, piano and choir...


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Century-sim a Century Later

John Mauceri for Huffington Post, May 10, 2013

Perhaps you have noticed that 2013 is the centenary of the premiere of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. Next year there will be much thought given to the one hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. One hundred is a good number, since it parses time into a unit that is just beyond our life span and yet we can touch it in our lives through our personal intersection in our youth with older people. We artists can occasionally achieve the death-defying act of skipping an entire century. Here we are, firmly in the 21st century, and I worked with of some of the most important figures born in the 19th century, like Leopold Stokowski and George Abbott...

Students will spend part of summer in Haiti

Winston-Salem Chronicle, May 9, 2013

UNC School of the Arts music majors Rachel Norris, Sean Mulligan and Daniel Simms are preparing for an unforgettable start for the summer. The three seniors and seven other students from the UNCSA high school will embark upon a weeklong service learning trip to Haiti on May 25. The group is slated to visit an orphanage in the capital city of Port au Prince, where they will interact with the more than 50 residents, who range from toddlers to teens, and engage them in a variety of art-focused activities...

UNCSA recording gets international attention, May 9, 2013

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., May 7 -- The University of North Carolina-School of the Arts issued the following news release: UNCSA's first commercial musical recording in more than 25 years is receiving international notice. Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Much Ado About Nothing, Op. 11, featuring Drama Soloists and the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra conducted by Chancellor John Mauceri, has been named Recording of the Month by Music Web International, the largest non-commercial classical music resource on the web. Earlier, it was reviewed by classical music critic Stephen Smoliar on, an international compendium of arts and news content. Smolier is a composer and a pioneering researcher in computer-assisted music theory. And on Classics FM, the United Kingdom's only 100 percent classical music radio station, it was David Mellor's "choice for the very curious." Mellor is a prolific newspaper and magazine columnist and avid music collector. Since 1997, he has hosted weekly broadcasts about new classical releases for Classics FM...

UNCSA musical recording named best of the month

Winston-Salem Journal, May 9, 2013

A recording from UNC School of the Arts has been named Recording of the Month by MusicWeb International, the largest non-commercial classical music resource on the web.Eric Wolfgang Korngold’s “Much Ado About Nothing, Op. 11” was released on CD on April 30. It features School of Drama soloists and the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra conducted by Chancellor John Mauceri...

Downtown restaurant Dioli's Trattoria is flooded by Stevens Center sprinkler system

Winston-Salem Journal, May 8, 2013

Dioli’s Trattoria, an Italian restaurant on West Fourth Street in Winston-Salem, will be closed until next Tuesday after the eatery was flooded Wednesday morning, the restaurant owner said. The incident happened about 8:30 a.m. when water flowed into the restaurant from the fire-sprinkler system in the Stevens Center, said Roger Dioli, who leases space for the restaurant from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts...

Astronaut Sally Ride to be remembered at national tribute, May 8, 2013

NASA will join journalist Maria Shriver, tennis legend Billie Jean King and Grammy-award winning vocalist Patti Austin in remembering the life of Sally Ride, the United States' first woman in space, at a tribute in the nation's capital. The special evening event, titled "Sally Ride: A Lifetime of Accomplishment, A Champion of Science Literacy" will be hosted on May 20 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The event is open to the public, though there are limited tickets available...In addition to Shriver, King and Austin, the national tribute will also include the talents of Damian Kulash with the rock band OK Go, dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp, and the youth performers from the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra, the Centreville High School Choral Union from Virginia, and dancers from the University of North Carolina School for the Arts...


NCSA faculty bring zest to chamber music jewels

Classical Voice North Carolina, May 7, 2013

It was the last of the first as Bechtler Museum of Modern Art presented the final First Tuesday concert of the 2012-13 Season, featuring a fine faculty sextet from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in an appealing program of modern chamber works by composers whose names might prove daunting to some...

Civic Theatre of Allentown's 'Mommalogues' receives NYC premiere at Marvell Rep

Broawdway, May 6, 2013

MOMMALOGUES, a play written by Lehigh Valley playwrights Sharon Lee Glassman and Gretchen Klinedinst-Furst, which had its world premiere at Civic Theatre of Allentown in May 2012, will make a move to New York City later this month for six performances beginning May 22 through June 2...Producers and playwrights asked William Sanders, Civic Theatre's Artistic Director and the original director of MOMMALOGUES, to join the New York project. Sanders has been the director of Civic Theatre for more than 20 years, continuously distinguishing himself for his superb work not only classical and comedic, and musical theatre, but also for championing cutting edge theatre and premiering many plays immediately after they leave Broadway. He has also directed off Broadway and regional theatre, as well as serving as assistant director on Broadway. He not only agreed, but also enlisted Deann Simmons Halper, a fellow graduate from the North Carolina School of the Arts to serve as his associate director...

Cirque du Soleil executive tells UNCSA graduates that art matters

Winston-Salem Journal, May 5, 2013

The message that Jerry Nadal, who helps run Cirque Du Soleil, had for the 221 budding artists graduating from UNC School of the Arts Saturday was simple yet profound – what they do matters. “The arts make an enormous difference in people’s lives,” Nadal told the graduates sitting on stage at the Stevens Center.

Peter Bogdanovich: On the other side of the camera

Pasadena Sun, May 4, 2013

Peter Bogdanovich never stopped being an actor, hard as he tried. Even after his career became focused on directing such acclaimed films as "The Last Picture Show" and "Paper Moon," Bogdanovich would occasionally still find himself drawn to the other side of the camera, most recently on "The Sopranos" and a new film called "Pasadena." He was just 15 when he began acting professionally in summer theater, and directed his first off-Broadway production at age 20 in 1959. When he moved to Los Angeles to become a movie director, he let his aspirations as an actor slip away, though he now wishes he hadn't. "I like acting. I regret that I didn't continue acting as part of my career for many years," Bogdanovich says by phone from Winston-Salem, N.C., where he teaches at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. "I just let it go, and I regret that. I would have had more clout."

Cirque du Soleil executive tells UNCSA graduates that art matters

Winston-Salem Journal, May 4, 2013

The message that Jerry Nadal, who helps run Cirque Du Soleil, had for the 221 budding artists graduating from UNC School of the Arts Saturday was simple yet profound – what they do matters. “The arts make an enormous difference in people’s lives,” Nadal told the graduates sitting on stage at the Stevens Center...

Going back to the source: How the 1983 revival of On Your Toes set the stage for Encores, May 4, 2013

Rodgers & Hart’s On Your Toes is, in some ways, the grandfather of Encores! Rodgers & Hammerstein president and executive director Ted Chapin traces its lineage. Here's the tale: Shortly after I got to the Rodgers & Hammerstein office in the early 1980s, John Mauceri called. I had known John from when we were fellow assistants, he to the conductor and me to the director, of the Bernstein Mass at the Kennedy Center in the spring of 1972. John had gone on to conduct a variety of music in various places around the world. But musical theatre was a large part of his life, and he was now working with the Kennedy Center to look at producing musicals from the past, shows that weren't being done all the time. He wanted to do them as they had originally been done. Since the Kennedy Center had a profile of being a national cultural center, it seemed logical as a place to put a toe in the water of being, for lack of a better term, the "Metropolitan Opera" for American musical theatre...

Education news for May 3: Hough High student wins music scholarship competition

The Herald Weekly, May 3, 2013

HUNTERSVILLE – Hough High School senior Tre’ McKinney took a step toward his goal of being a professional musician when he earned top honors at a statewide music scholarship competition April 12. The competition was sponsored by the North Carolina Jazz Project. As one of the two state finalists, McKinney, a drummer, competed in the concert as part of the All-State Jazz Band weekend at North Carolina Central University. The young drummer chose two jazz compositions, “Skydive” by Freddie Hubbard and “Swingin' at the Haven” by Ellis Marsalis, to perform along with distinguished jazz educators Jim Ketch, Jason Foureman of UNC-Chapel Hill, Ron Rudkin of UNC School of the Arts, and Keith Waters of University of Colorado-Boulder...

UNCSA board of trustees celebrates Chancellor John Mauceri

Winston-Salem Journal, May 3, 2013

The board of trustees of UNC School of the Arts has extended its search for the university’s chancellor into the fall, its chairman announced Friday. In a letter to the UNCSA campus community, Rob King, the trustee chairman, said that search for someone to replace former Chancellor John Mauceri has taken longer than the trustees’ chancellor search committee had expected...

UNCSA students use art as a bridge to Port-au-Prince

WFDD 88.5 FM, May 3, 2013

Jonathan Milner teaches AP US Government, Civics and Economics to high school students at the University of NC School of the Arts. Jonathan has been named the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Teacher of the Year, and over the past two decades he’s brought a remarkable level of energy and commitment to the classroom. But it’s the work that goes on outside of the classroom that may be the most remarkable. In 2005 Jonathan founded Global Arts Project, an educational exchange program to expand his student’s horizons and bring them together with other students in the US, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America...

UNCSA high school students hold concert for Haiti trip

Winston-Salem Journal, May 3, 2013

Still recovering from a catastrophic earthquake three years ago and one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere, Haiti is not exactly a Caribbean summer vacation hotspot. But Daniel Simms, a high school senior at the UNC School of the Arts, couldn’t be more excited to go to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, this month with nine other UNCSA students to spend a week working with kids at an orphanage. The students are holding a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. today in Crawford Hall at UNCSA to raise money for the trip...

Arts Based School students get red carpet treatment

Winston-Salem Journal, May 2, 2013

The red carpet was rolled out Wednesday night at HanesBrands Theater for a movie premiere participants will not soon forget. Students from the Arts Based School descended the theater stairs to a crowd of cheering parents, families and friends, working it for the paparazzi on the way in to watch their documentary films light up the big screen... Professors, graduates and students from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts worked with the sixth graders...


UNCSA School of Filmmaking offers free screenings of student films

YES! Weekly, May 1, 2013

If, after the RiverRun and Full Frame festivals, you’re still in a mood for movies, the UNCSA School of Filmmaking will present screenings of the third- and fourth-year students this Thursday and Friday in the Main Theatre of the ACE Exhibition Complex on the UNCSA campus, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem...




Three UNCSA graduates nominated for Tony Awards

Winston-Salem Journal, April 30, 2013

Three graduates of the UNC School of the Arts’ School of Drama have been nominated for Tony Awards. Billy Magnussen (class of 2007) is nominated for best performance by a featured actor in a play, for his appearance opposite Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pearce in “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”

Keep our grandfather's fire burning

Richmond County Daily Journal, April 30, 2013

“Everybody in North Carolina should have heard that speech.” Someone had just heard Tom Lambeth’s recent remarks to the North Caroliniana Society, which was presenting him with its annual award for service to our state. Lambeth, longtime former executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, used the occasion to talk about some of the people and some of the stories that help define North Carolina and its history for him...North Carolinians, Lambeth said, just will not accept anyone’s putting their state down. Once when a graduate of the UNC School of the Arts in Winston Salem was asked why, with all his talents, he stayed in North Carolina, he replied, “If I am talented it’s because I am in North Carolina.”

Editorial: Proposal for UNCSA high school to charge fees necesssary in these times

Winston-Salem Journal, April 29, 2013

Considering the cuts in state funding for education, it makes sense financially to allow the UNC School of the Arts to resume charging in-state students selected for its high-school academic program fees to make up for shortfalls.That said, we hope the tuition fees, which have not been charged since 2001, will be kept low and scholarship and grant programs can be created to help aspiring artists from disadvantaged families cover the costs...

Editorial: RiverRun film festival growing each year, and for good reason

Winston-Salem Journal, April 28, 2013

The RiverRun International Film Festival, which wrapped up its 15th season on Sunday, continues to grow, surpassing last year’s festival in both admissions and box office revenues. When we consider the thousands of film lovers who poured into the city for the festival, it is proof again that the arts are a sustaining economic driver... Its reputation as a regional festival is strong, thanks to the professionalism of its organizers, the commitment of its sponsors – including the Arts Council and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts – and the support of its many dedicated volunteers. And when you consider that the festival is also located in North Carolina’s most arts-friendly city, there is no doubt RiverRun has the potential to reach top status among regional film festivals in the years to come.

Hiding from trouble, found by innocents

'Mud' stars Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon

New York Times, April 26, 2013

The central image in “Mud,” Jeff Nichols’s deft and absorbing third feature, is of a boat in a tree. It’s the kind of phenomenon — a caprice of nature that is absurd but also wondrous — designed to enchant adventurous children like Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), two Arkansas boys who discover the boat on an overgrown island in the Mississippi River. They also discover the fellow who claims to own, or at least inhabit, the vessel, a leathery loner whose name is Mud...

The old razzle-dazzle, fit for a prince

'Pippin,' directed by Diane Paulus, at the Music Box Theater

New York Times, April 26, 2013

What do I have to do to make you love me?  This plea throbs as a subtext in every musical that’s made it to Broadway. That is, after all, the impulse that gets actors out of bed in the morning. But the question has seldom been posed as nakedly and aggressively as it is in Diane Paulus’s revival of “Pippin,” which opened on Thursday night at the Music Box Theater...It’s nice to see the real-life husband and wife team Terrence Mann (as Pippin’s father, Charlemagne) and Ms. d’Amboise (as the scheming queen Fastrada) enjoying themselves together onstage. But whether cracking (deliberately) hoary jokes or shimmying Fosse-style, they’re pushing a little too hard at this point...

Classic: Your name is 'Mud'

The Wall Street Journal, April 26, 2013

In the hallway after the screening of "Mud," people were quoting their favorite lines from the movie, a newly minted American classic, so I'll quote one of my favorites here:  I don't traffic in the truth too often, but I did love her." Standing alone in its own paragraph, the line will have lost its original flavor, but it's a heartbreaker coming out of Matthew McConaughey's mouth. He plays a charismatic drifter named Mud in Jeff Nichols's third feature, which traffics unerringly in truth, delicious surprise, unadorned beauty and unforced wisdom...

Zombies will converge on Winston-Salem

WFDD 88.5, April 25, 2013

Emergency officials in Forsyth County want to make sure that residents are ready when disaster strikes. This weekend, more than 40 different public safety agencies from across the state will provide demonstrations, displays and activities as part of Forsyth County Public Safety and Community Preparedness Day... Vernon says, “You can come as a Zombie. If you come in your plain clothes you are a survivor. We will have students and staff from UNCSA’s film school to convert people into Zombies for a small donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank”...



UNCSA now offering summer academic courses to students from other universities

Winston-Salem Journal, April 24, 2013

For many students, summer means beach trips, music festivals and relaxing by the pool.

However, for others, studying doesn’t stop. Students interested in taking summer classes will now have another local option. For the first time in school history, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts will open academic courses to students from other universities for college credit in two separate summer sessions — May 28 through June 28, and July 1 through Aug. 2...

Strong growth for RiverRun festival admissions, box office in 2013

Winston-Salem Journal, April 24, 2013

Talk about a box office smash. According to preliminary numbers, this year’s RiverRun International Film Festival, which ended Sunday, had double-digit growth over last year’s festival in both admissions and box office revenues...Richard Emmett, the chief operating officer of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, said in an email message that a number of factors contributed to the record numbers. “The first factor is RiverRun’s growing reputation as a filmmaker-friendly festival,” he wrote. “The second factor is RiverRun’s ties to the UNCSA School of Filmmaking, particularly, the notable and industry connected faculty and staff, the success of recent graduates, and the top-flight screening venues.”

UNCSA student from Asheboro wins national art award

Asheboro Courier Tribune, April 23, 2013

Bailey Powell, a high school senior in the Visual Arts program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), is a National Gold Medal winner in the Scholastic Art & Writing competition and her painting “Self Respect” was selected for the American Vision Award – Best of Show for the N.C. Eastern/Central region...

Quick questions: Matilda's Lauren Ward

Huffington Post Arts and Culture, April 23, 2013

It is rare that I am as impressed with a show as I am with Matilda. It has a real intelligence to it -- from the inventiveness of Rob Howell's set to Tim Minchin's witty lyrics, it all sort of works. I give a lot of credit to director Matthew Warchus for telling a story I thought might be impossible to stage given the limitations of live theater. Of course a show is nothing without its cast and Matilda has a great one. I wish I could go back and see all four Matildas (sadly, with my luck, I know I would somehow see the same one each time I went). But this column is not about any of them. It is about the show's Miss Honey, Lauren Ward, who is returning to Broadway for the first time in over a decade... Do you have a personal attachment to the Matilda story? I think growing up in Kansas City I felt different. I felt like I didn't have an outlet to be creative fully in the way I wanted to be. My parents were quite supportive of me, but in the whole school structure in order to survive you had to conform. I always thought I was someone conforming in order to have a happy life. I went to University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. Once I got there, I felt like this huge weight had been lifted off me. I was in this creative conservatory; I was surrounded by lots of different types of people. You could be whoever you wanted to be. So I can relate to that aspect of it...

Former UNCSA chancellor dies

Winston-Salem Journal, April 23, 2013

The UNC School of the Arts is mourning the loss of another of its early leaders. Robert Suderburg, the third chancellor of UNCSA, died Monday in Williamstown, Mass. He was 77.

Suderburg, a composer, conductor and pianist, was chancellor from 1974 to 1984. He is the second former UNCSA chancellor to die this month. Robert Ward, the school’s second chancellor, died April 3 in Durham at age 95...

Former UNCSA chancellor Robert Suderburg dies

The Business Journal, April 23, 2013

Robert Suderburg, the third chancellor of UNC School of the Arts and also a composer, conductor and pianist, died Monday in Williamstown, Mass. at the age of 77, according to an announcement from the school...

Marc Gottlieb, UNCSA founding faculty member, dies

Winston-Salem Journal, April 23, 2013

Marc Gottlieb, 82, an accomplished violinist and founding faculty member of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, died Sunday in Tulsa, Okla. He is survived by his wife, Carol Gottlieb. Friend and former colleague Mitchell Sardou Klein said Gottlieb was an incredibly talented musician.

Group to record UNCSA students' music

Winston-Salem Chronicle, April 23, 2013

Composition students in the School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will have the opportunity of a lifetime when their music is recorded on campus by the renowned Cassatt String Quartet. Music Dean Wade Weast announced that the award-winning quartet will be on campus as guest artists on Friday, April 26...

Community Milestones in the Arts

Winston-Salem Journal, April 22, 2013

Winston-Salem native Alex Moratto , a 2010 graduate of UNC School of the Arts’ School of Filmmaking, is one of eight filmmakers participating in Film Independent’s Directing Lab. He is in Los Angeles working with mentors from the film industry on an untitled project that he wrote. The Directing Lab is an intensive 10-week program that helps directors develop new feature films and improve their craft. After completing the program, they become Film Independent Fellows and receive formal support for one year..


Violinist Dustin Wilkes-Kim , an 11th grader in the School of Music at UNC School of the Arts, recently won second-place at the Hilton Head (S.C.) Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Dustin, a Winston-Salem native, played Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 1 in D major. He received a cash award of $500 and an invitation to return to Hilton Head in June to perform several concerts for the community. Wilkes-Kim studies at UNCSA with faculty-artist Sarah Johnson.

Bills would allow UNCSA to charge N.C. high school students

Winston-Salem Journal, April 22, 2013

High school students who enroll at UNC School of the Arts would pay more for their education – potentially around $2,500 a year -- under bills proposed by the Forsyth County delegation in the N.C. General Assembly. The state currently covers the cost of tuition for in-state high school students and the costs of on-campus housing, meal plans, student activities and student health services...

Juel D. Lane returns home with New York credentials

Creative Loafing Atlanta, April 22, 2013

Even on the telephone, Juel D. Lane remains true to his aesthetic. The "kinetically vibrant" style cited by Dance Magazine, which recognized him as one of this year's "25 to Watch" in January, comes across in the quick rhythm of his speech, the high-pitched passion in his voice, and the energy he conveys as he talks about his signature approach to movement.

"The whole reason why I tend to move really fast, that's always been like a flavor thing. And that thing has been going since high school," says Lane, an Atlanta native who began pursuing dance at Tri-Cities High School before attending North Carolina School of the Arts. "The reason why I was dancing so fast is because I was so darn hyper." ...

Erich Wolfgang Korngold's youthful approach to Shakespearean comedy, April 22, 2013

In 1918 Erich Wolfgang Korngold received a commission to prepare incidental music for a production of William Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing, planned for performance (in German) in the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. He was 21 years old at the time. He had already composed two operas in 1916, “Der Ring des Polykrates” (the ring of Polykrates) and “Violanta,” both of which had only a single act. His first full-length opera, Die tote Stadt (the dead city) would be completed in 1920, the same year in which that production of Much Ado About Nothing was performed. All this is to say that Korngold had a very productive youth and that his productivity had a theatrical orientation that pursued a variety of different genres...

UNCSA alumn writing prospective TV series for AMC

Winston-Salem Journal, April 21, 2013

AMC is developing a prospective TV series by Travis Beacham, an alumnus of UNC School of the Arts who wrote the script for the remake of “Clash of the Titans” and the forthcoming sci-fi epic “Pacific Rim.” The working title is “Ballistic City,” and Beacham will write and be one of the executive producers. According to AMC, the series is a futuristic drama about an ex-cop who ventures into the criminal underworld of a city inside a multi-generational space ship that is “destined for an unknown world.” ...

UNCSA student Ian McVoy plays harp with passion

Winston-Salem Journal, April 21, 2013

Ian McVoy’s love of the harp started before he became familiar with its gentle, dulcet sound.

He would go on to master that sound in ways that would belie his youthful age of 17. Ian, a native of Richmond, is a high-school junior at UNC School of the Arts. Last semester, Ian won the International Harp Competition in Mexico City — a prestigious showcase for talented harpists up to age of 35...

UNC School of the Arts' John Mauceri conducts final concert as chancellor

WFDD 88.5, April 21, 2013

On June 30, 2013 world-renowned conductor, educator, John Mauceri will step down as UNC School of the Arts Chancellor, but he’s certainly going out with a bang. On Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 pm in the Stevens Center he’ll conduct the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra in a whopper of a concert—his last as Chancellor...

Mauceri to conduct last concert at UNCSA

Winston-Salem Journal, April 21, 2013

Crafting a program of music is one of John Mauceri’s favorite things to do. “For some people it’s crossword puzzles, for me it’s putting together a program,” said Mauceri, the chancellor of UNC School of the Arts and a Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award-winning conductor.“ I actually believe the entire program should be heard as a piece of music,” he said. “There has to be some common thread, there has to be a common denominator.” ...

RiverRun might have record year

Winston-Salem Journal, April 21, 2013

Final numbers are not yet in, but there's evidence that this year's RiverRun International Film Festival will be the biggest on record. Festival director Andrew Rogers said Sunday that the goal of selling $72,000 worth of tickets has already been reached. The final tally from all showings will likely not be available until Tuesday, but Rogers is optimistic about this year's attendance...Dale Pollock, an emeritus festival board member, said every year the festival seems to get bigger and better. It was Pollock who was primarily responsible for moving the festival from Brevard to Winston-Salem in 2003...

'Spark Award' given to three rising stars

Winston-Salem Journal, April 21, 2013

Three rising stars were honored Friday evening at the RiverRun International Film Festival with the festival’s “Spark Award,” which honors new filmmakers and breakthrough performers who, as festival organizers put it, “are just on the cusp of gaining wider recognition for their remarkable talents.” This year’s recipients are actresses Anna Margaret Hollyman and Madeleine Martin, and filmmaker Terence Nance. Hollyman is the star of “White Reindeer,” one of the films screened at this year’s RiverRun festival. The film was directed and written by Zach Clark, an alumnus of the UNC School of the Arts. She has previous ties to RiverRun, having also appeared in the 2012 Audience Award winner “Small, Beautifully Moving Parts.”

Storytelling son of the south

New York Times, April 19, 2013

Like every adolescent on earth, the director Jeff Nichols believed that his first experience with heartbreak, in 10th grade, stung extra hard... His latest film, “Mud,” inspired by his adolescent experiences, is his biggest — in budget, star wattage and vision. Opening Friday, it stars Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Sam Shepard, as well as two teenage boys in lead roles, and represents his entree into mainstream filmmaking... Mr. Nichols also benefits from the tight-knit Austin creative scene. He shares several producers with another local filmmaker, Terrence Malick. (One of them, Sarah Green, suggested Mr. Sheridan, 15, for the lead role of Ellis.) And the director David Gordon Green, also an adopted Austinite and a friend from film school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, has served as a producer and frequent sounding board...

Making 'magic' new in 'Pippin' (video feature)

New York, April 19, 2013

For the 1972 musical "Pippin" Bob Fossee created one of the most famous images in Broadway history: brighytly lighted hands splayed in the darkness, a visually arresting fit with the seductive first chords of Stephen Schwartz's opening number, "Magic to Do." ... In casting the musical, Ms. Paulus found circus performers who were also eager to sing and Broadway performers eager to clown. Among them was Terrence Mann, a Tony nominee as Inspector Javert in "Les Miserables" and Beast in "Beauty and the Beast" -- and a juggler.

A fascinating performance in operatic 'Owen Wingrave'

Winston-Salem Journal, April 19, 2013

An abundance of superb voices, excellent instrumentalists and a taut and compelling staging turn the UNC School of the Arts production of Benjamin Britten’s “Owen Wingrave,” an operatic version of Henry James’ ghost story, into a fascinating performance...

'Emerging Master' returns with plenty of credits

Winston-Salem Journal, April 19, 2013

Jeff Nichols is looking forward to his return trip to Winston-Salem. “I’m excited to come back to town,” said Nichols, a 2001 alumnus of the UNC School of the Arts who is being presented the Emerging Master award at the RiverRun International Film Festival. “I’ve never shown one of my films at the school before. It should be fun.” ...

Editorial: GOP leaders right to keep university system intact

Winston-Salem Journal, April 19, 2013

It’s a smart move for legislators to back away from the idea of consolidating UNC campuses. Our university system is a jewel in North Carolina’s crown, and reducing its capacity to educate would have been the wrong way to go. Earlier this year, after Gov. Pat McCrory made critical remarks about liberal-arts education and proposed another steep budget cut to the UNC system, Sen. Pete Brunstetter, R-Forsyth, suggested that one or two of the universities in the 16-campus system could be downsized or combined. As the Journal’s Arika Herron reported, Brunstetter said that he and his colleagues were concerned about sustaining so many campuses, and questioned duplication of programs from campus to campus. He said that it would most likely be underperforming campuses – those without a full student body and/or low graduation rates – that would be targeted...

130 artists from UNC School of the Arts give 'Rite of Spring' event

The Daily Tar Heel, April 18, 2013

This weekend, 130 dancers, musicians and artists from UNC School of the Arts will travel with their directors to Chapel Hill to present their interpretation of works surrounding “The Rite of Spring.” The event will include four pieces, beginning with Shen Wei’s contemporary version of “The Rite of Spring” and ending with Susan Jaffe’s debut in choreography as the school’s new dean of dance...

Gold medal for art student

Winston-Salem Chronicle, April 18, 2013

Bailey Powell, a high school senior in the Visual Arts program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), is a National Gold Medal winner in the Scholastic Art & Writing competition, and her painting, “Self Respect,” was selected for the American Vision Award – Best of Show for the NC Eastern/Central region...

Leonore Annenberg Scholarship, Fellowship, and School Funds Announce 2013 Grant Recipients

Wall Street Journal, April 17, 2013

The Leonore Annenberg Scholarship, Fellowship and School Funds announced the 2013 recipients of $3.9 million in grants at an event at Lincoln Center. The Funds provide early-career support for five performing and visual artists of exceptional promise, technology and other educational resources for ten underserved public elementary schools, and the entire cost of college for ten high school students who have faced serious challenges and continued to excel...Recipients of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund in the Performing and Visual Arts are: ... Hayley Treider is a graduate (B.F.A. in Acting) of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Represented by Leading Artists, Inc., she has acted in numerous on and off Broadway productions and appeared on the NBC series Law & Order SVU...

School of Arts films come to Geeksboro

Greensboro News and Record, April 17, 2013

Two lonely souls are bound to an encounter that will nurture a friendship and an everlasting legacy. A spunky African American girl flees from her abusive stepfather. In the woods, she meets two boys — suspended in time for more than a century — awaiting their parents’ return from the Civil War... These are among six short films to be showcased at Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema later this month. The lineup debuts the works of seniors in the filmmaking program at UNC School of the Arts...

Man about town: RiverRun Emerging Master Jeff Nichols talks MUD

YES! Weekly, April 17, 2013

This Friday, acclaimed filmmaker and UNCSA School of Filmmaking graduate Jeff Nichols will receive the Emerging Master award from the RiverRun International Film Festival, following a screening of his latest film Mud, which will be screened at the Stevens Center.

On Saturday, the newly awardwinning filmmaker and School of Filmmaking faculty member Dale Pollock will engage in “A Conversation with Jeff Nichols” in the Babcock Theatre on the UNCSA campus...

UNCSA alum tackles faith in film

Winston-Salem Journal, April 15, 2013

Traditional wisdom suggests it’s often impolite to discuss religion and politics. Director Chad Hartigan forgot the first part. His sophomore feature film “This is Martin Bonner” will be shown as part of the RiverRun International Film Festival, which runs through Sunday. It won the Best of NEXT Audience Award at Sundance and already is generating a lot of discussion, some of which is due to its inclusion of faith as a central theme...

UNCSA growing pains

StoryLine on WFDD, April 14, 2013

Dr. Joseph Mills talks with his colleague and friend, Dr. Richard Miller (right). Dr. Miller has been teaching philosophy and the history of ideas at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts since 1972 and is recently retired as Dean of the Undergraduate Academic and Graduate Programs. He shares some history about the school and of its academic evolution.

Rebooting the game: Millicent Hodson ahd Kenneth Archer reconstruct Jeux for 'The Rite at 100'
The Huffington Post, April 14, 2013

Imagine trying to reconstruct Beethoven's Ninth Symphony from a handful of reviews of the original performance. Or reimagine what Citizen Kane might have looked like, with a few snapshots but no actual footage of the original film. This is the task that dance historians Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer embarked upon several decades ago, when they began to piece together the choreography, costumes, and set designs for The Rite of Spring, the epochal collaboration of composer Igor Stravinsky, choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky, and artist Nicholas Roerich...Naturally, after taking on the mammoth task of bringing Nijinsky and Roerich's Rite back to the stage, Hodson and Archer turned towards Jeux. Their recreation of the ballet premiered in 1996, and next weekend it arrives in Chapel Hill as part of the UNC School of the Arts Spring Dance performances. I recently interviewed Hodson via email in advance of the program...

UNCSA students to present 'Owen Wingrave,' story of young man who questions value of war

Winston-Salem Journal, April 13, 2013

Benjamin Britten’s opera “Owen Wingrave” tells the tale of a young man whose beliefs put him at odds with his family of soldiers. “He begins to question the value of war,” said Steven LaCosse, the managing director of the Fletcher Opera Institute at UNC School of the Arts, which will present “Owen Wingrave” beginning Wednesday. “He feels it’s not for him.” ...

Steven LaCosse, the stage director for the UNCSA/Fletcher Opera Institute production of 'Owen Wingrave'

Winston-Salem Journal, April 13, 2013

Steven LaCosse, the stage director for the UNCSA/Fletcher Opera Institute production of "Owen Wingrave" talks about the plot of the opera.

Special RiverRun event! W-S Light Project comes downtown Friday night for one week run

Camel City Dispatch, April 12, 2013

In a press release the Winston-Salem Light Project announced their partnership with the 2013 RiverRun International Film Festival. Lighting students from the School of Design and Production at UNC School of the Arts will be presenting a lighting installation celebrating the opening of year’s festival...

No shortage of N.C. films at RiverRun

Winston-Salem Journal, April 11, 2013

There’s no shortage of films with local connections at this year’s RiverRun International Film Festival. The festival, which begins today and will run through April 21, will include 143 films from 35 countries. At least nine of the 66 feature-length films have local ties, and at least 12 of the 77 short films have local, regional or North Carolina ties. “We do have more films with UNCSA ties than ever before,” said Andrew Rodgers, the executive director of the festival. “It wasn’t intentional. There just happened to be a lot of films by prominent UNCSA graduates and recent graduates, and as we were looking at films, they just stood out.” ...

Jeff Nichols on puppy love and writing 'Mud' for Matthew McConaughey over a decade ago, April 11, 2013

"It's been a long wait," writer/director Jeff Nichols says about his upcoming film "Mud," and indeed it has, on so many levels. The film first screened at the Cannes Film Festival nearly a year ago, where it was picked up by Roadside Attractions for domestic release. But rather than risk it being lost in the fray by trickling screenings throughout the fall festival circuit, the indie distributor held on to it. The film, which stars Matthew McConaughey (in the thick of a career renaissance), was brought back into the light at the Sundance Film Festival in January as Roadside primed it for a late-April release.Its roots, however, stretch back so much farther, to Nichols's days as a film school student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina...

Young filmmakers focused on festival this weekend

Lawrence (KS) Journal-World, April 11, 2013

For the past school year, high school students from across northeast Kansas have written, acted in and produced their own original short films in anticipation of this weekend — and now there’s nothing to do but wait. “When you create art, you’re in kind of a bubble,” says Eddie Loupe, senior at Lawrence High School...The 2013 Lawrence High School Focus Film Festival has arrived, and at 1 p.m. Saturday, the general public can see the 85 short films that scores of Kansas-based teenagers have toiled over for so long... Loupe can’t remember exactly how many films he has worked on, but he put that number close to 30 or so. This year, he has two films, titled “Pizza for Lovers” and “An Interview,” submitted for the festival. He will be continuing his obsession with making movies this fall when he attends the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he’ll be majoring in film production...

Bridgeport native pens Zombie novel

The Telegraph (Clarksburg, W.Va.), April 11, 2013

Bridgeport High School graduate Michael Martin’s dream of becoming a published novelist soon will come true.His debut book, “The End Games,” will be released May 7 by HarperCollins Publishers LLC, according to publicity manager Caroline Sun... The 28-year-old Martin, who holds a degree in filmmaking from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, was inspired to pen “The End Games” by his younger brother, Patrick, and their mutual love for zombie movies.

Acclaimed trumpeter to give class, performance at UNC School of the Arts

Winston-Salem Journal, April 10, 2013

Acclaimed trumpeter Allen Vizzutti will give a master class, a jazz clinic and a performance Thursday at UNC School of the Arts.Vizzutti has performed with Chick Corea, Doc Severinsen, Chuck Mangione and Woody Herman.He’ll lead a master class from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Watson Hall, and a jazz clinic from 4 to 6 p.m. in Room 167 of the School of Music (in the building that houses Watson Hall). Both the master class and the clinic are free and open to the public..

Film festival opens Friday with two movies

Winston-Salem Journal, April 10, 2013

The RiverRun International Film Festival is celebrating its 15th anniversary. RiverRun will show 143 films, including 66 features and 77 shorts, over the course of the festival, which begins Friday and runs through April 21. Here’s what you need to know to get the most out of the festival: ... Jeff Nichols , the director of “Mud” and a UNCSA graduate, will receive the Emerging Master Award at this year’s festival. He will answer questions about his career at 5 p.m. April 20 at UNCSA Babcock. Admission is free...

'Susie's Hope' movie premieres this weekend

The Stokes News, April 10, 2013

pit bull mix named Susie became well-known all over North Carolina when the story of her mistreatment helped change a state law on animal abuse in 2010. She and her owner, Donna Lawrence, have visited Stokes County numerous times to bring attention to their cause. Now a movie has been made to document the story that so touched the hearts of animal-lovers. “Susie’s Hope” celebrates its world premiere this week at the RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem...And when the credits run at the end of the long-awaited movie, a Walnut Cove native’s name will be in the mix. Ryan Neese, a South Stokes High School graduate, served as an intern in the making of “Susie’s Hope.” ... “I’d heard about the movie, but then an upperclassman came to me and offered me the position,” says Neese, now a third-year cinematography student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Film School in Winston-Salem...

Berger: No UNC campus consolidation this year, April 10, 2013

The state Senate will not propose closing any of the 16 University of North Carolina system campuses, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said Wednesday. "I don't see that's something that in this year's budget that we're going to do," Berger said. "That doesn't mean folks aren't going to talk about those things." Berger was following up on remarks by Sen. Peter Brunstetter, R-Forsyth, a senior budget chairman, who said last month that it may be time to look at reducing the number of UNC campuses. That thought prompted push-back from campuses around the state. The university campuses in the system include UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University, Fayetteville State University, East Carolina University, UNC-Greensboro, North Carolina A&T State University, Winston-Salem State University, the UNC School of the Arts, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Pembroke, Elizabeth City State University, Appalachian State University, UNC-Asheville and Western Carolina University...

RiverRun rocks through Winston-Salem

YES! Weekly, April 10, 2013

The 15th annual RiverRun International Film Festival will open Friday and run through April 21 in Winston-Salem. With 143 films in this year’s lineup — 66 features and 77 shorts — there’s bound to be something for every cineaste to savor... The ties between the festival and the UNCSA School of Filmmaking remain as strong as ever. Acclaimed filmmaker Jeff Nichols, who graduated in 2000, will receive this year’s Emerging Master award, joining such previous recipients with a UNCSA background as David Gordon Green, Rahmin Bahrani and last year’s recipent, Paul Schneider. The festival will also be screening the latest films from Green (Prince Avalanche) and Bahrani (At Any Price)...

Statewide broadcast of UNCSA's Much Ado About Nothing

Classical Voice North Carolina, April 9, 2013

On Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 8:00 p.m., the statewide UNC-TV network will broadcast UNCSA's American premiere of Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, with music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. The production was presented on campus March 29-April 7, 2012.and filmed for television. It will be broadcast on UNC-TV as part of a grant from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, with generous support from the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fund for the Arts...

Editorial: Arts school's founding figure, Robert Ward, will be remembered for his many contributions

Winston-Salem Journal, April 8, 2013

Most of the world will remember Robert Ward, who died last week at 95, for his many contributions to the world of classical music. Those familiar with the UNC School of the Arts will remember and honor him for his role in helping give birth to an arts school with a national and international reputation.Ward had a prolific career in music, writing eight operas, seven symphonies, four concertos, two cantatas, musical comedy, a ballet and much more. His opera “The Crucible,” which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1962, remained relevant and exciting and was performed by Piedmont Opera in 2011. He was the recipient of many awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors. His work has been staged in Asia and Europe...

Community milestones in education

Winston-Salem Journal, April 8, 2013

Six faculty members at UNC School of the Arts have received Excellence in Teaching awards.

The recipients are: James Allbritten , School of Music. Allbritten has served on the faculty of the School of Music since 1994 and as artistic director of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute since 2001. Martha Golden , High School Academic Program. Golden has taught three levels of high-school French at UNCSA since joining the faculty in 1993...

Dean of UNCSA School of Dance feels 'suited to job, always challenged'

Winston-Salem Journal, April 7, 2013

Georgia Cohen felt a little intimidated the first time she stepped into Susan Jaffe’s classroom at UNC School of the Arts. “Just hearing her name and knowing her reputation, I was sort of star-struck,” said Cohen, an 11th grader studying dance at the school. “You watch videos of her on YouTube and she’s just beautiful. But once she started teaching us, she’s so caring and she works so hard that it put us all at ease,” she said. “It’s just so inspiring to have someone who danced at such a high level working with us.” ...

UNCSA gets prestigious invitation to perform in Chapel Hill

Winston-Salem Journal, April 7, 2013

UNC School of the Arts is taking its Spring Dance on the road this year.The school will present a four-piece production inspired by Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” in Chapel Hill on April 20 and 21 as part of Carolina Performing Arts’ season-long retrospective, “The Rite of Spring at One Hundred.” ...

TV Tidbits: UNC-TV to air UNCSA Shakespeare production

Winston-Salem Journal, April 7, 2013

UNC School of the Arts’ production of William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” will get a statewide showing at 8 p.m. Tuesday on UNC-TV. The production was performed in April 2012 by seniors from UNCSA’s School of Drama and a symphony orchestra from the school led by conductor John Mauceri, the UNCSA chancellor...

Robert Ward, composed prizewinning 'Crucible' opera, dies at 95

New York Times, April 6, 2013

Robert Ward, an American composer whose best-known work, an operatic setting of Arthur Miller’s drama “The Crucible,” won the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for music, died on Wednesday at his home in Durham, N.C. He was 95.

Stafford grad becomes noteworthy composer, April 6, 2013

When Dak Van Vranken heard an orchestra perform the song he composed, the 20-year-old was overcome by mixed emotions. “I felt naked, overwhelmed, inspired,” he said in an email. “My family drove down to hear it, and even they were exposed to sides of me they’d never heard before.” Vranken graduated from North Stafford High School in 2011 and is studying music composition at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts at Winston–Salem...

Broadway producer to speak at UNCSA high school graduation

Winston-Salem Journal, April 5, 2013

Thomas Schumacher, the president of Disney Theatrical Group, will be the speaker at UNC School of the Arts’ high school commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. May 18 at the Stevens Center. Schumacher produced such hit Broadway musicals as “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida,” “Mary Poppins” and “Newsies.” ...

Doing River Run? These films are expected to be hot tickets

Winston-Salem Journal, April 4, 2013

The 15th annual RiverRun International Film Festival will begin next week, bringing 66 feature-length films and 77 shorts from 35 countries. Next week’s issue of Relish will include pretty much everything you need to know about the festival, including reviews, stories and schedules. And the Winston-Salem Journal’s coverage will continue throughout the festival with stories, videos and more.But those who have been to the festival before know that certain films sell out quickly, such as the opening night films, films with local connections, and films that feature celebrities. Sometimes tickets are gone even before the festival starts...

Robert Ward, former UNC School of the Arts Chancellor, dies

Winston-Salem Journal, April 4, 2013

Robert Ward, a former chancellor of UNC School of the Arts and a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, died early Wednesday at his home in Durham after a period of failing health.

Ward, 95, was one of the school’s founders and became its second top administrator in 1967 after the death of founding president Vittorio Giannini. Ward oversaw the integration of the school into the UNC system, when his title changed from president to chancellor...

Remembering Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Robert Ward, April 3, 2013

Robert Ward, the American composer who won the Pulitzer Prize for bringing Arthur Miller's play The Crucible to the opera stage, died early Wednesday of natural causes. The composer, who was also a National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honoree, was 95 years old. He had been living independently until early this year in a retirement home in Durham, N.C., according to his son Mark Ward, the assistant principal cellist of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, who confirmed the death to NPR Music...


John Mauceri for The Huffington Post, April 1, 2013

Tonight, as I write this, I am thinking of an event that took place 70 year ago right now. People were slowly wandering in to the St. James Theater. As Agnes DeMille remembered, "The audience was a regular Theatre Guild opening night: spotty, dull, jaded. I had eight front row balcony seats, and I couldn't fill them. And the press wasn't that good. It was mixed. Four days later, I found myself in the middle of a volcano. What happened? A New York reporter told me, " The biggest hit of the 20th Century!" and I believe, taking into consideration all its translations, and international companies and recordings, it still is. What is its appeal? First of all, its extraordinary score. But then, it's subject: the love of our native land; home; roots. During the war, I remember the triple row of enlisted men standing every night in the back of the theater. Fixed in laughter in the presence of this comedy; standing and laughing with the tears streaming down their cheeks. They were going out to die. And this play meant what they were dying for. This was home. Oklahoma, New York, Oregon, Utah, Texas, Vermont. Oklahoma! Home. Home-ah. OK!" ...




Interesting staging overshadowed by sex, violence in 'Pity'

Winston-Salem Journal, March 30, 2013

Tis pity there’s not more to like in “‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore,” the Jacobean melodrama that opened Wednesday night at UNC School of the Arts. “Pity” is a parade of deadly sins, misogyny, sex and violence — cloaked in beautiful language and entertaining staging...

Academy Award-winning 'Skyfall' sound editor bisits UNC School of the Arts for screening, talk

The Republic (Columbus, Ind.) via the Associated Press, March 29, 2013

The sound editor who won an Academy Award for the latest James Bond film is visiting the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Karen Barker Landers will screen "Skyfall" on Friday and also work one-on-one with sound designers for senior thesis films. She'll also participate in a question-and-answer session for all film students at the Winston-Salem school...


Blue Man Group needs no words

San Luis Obispo Tribune, March 27, 2013

Every night, Wes Day slips on a bald cap, slaps on some cobalt-blue face paint and pulls on a simple black suit of clothes — transforming from an ordinary actor into an international superstar. Day is a member of the Blue Man Group, the high-octane organization that has entertained audiences across the globe... “There’s a certain look they’re looking for and there’s a certain skill set,” said Day, who joined the group after graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. The Houston-born actor was hunting for a New York City apartment when a friend invited him to audition for the Blue Man Group.

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McCrory's tuition increase proposal cause for concern at UNC

Durham Herald Sun, March 27, 2013

A proposal by Gov. Pat McCrory to increase tuition by 12.3 percent for out-of-state students has UNC officials worried. UNC is one of six schools that would be asked to hit out-of-state students with the double-digit tuition increase that would come on top of increases already approved by the UNC Board of Governors... McCrory’s proposed tuition increases would presumably raise about $54 million. The other five schools are UNC School of the Arts, N.C. A&T, N.C. State, UNC Charlotte and UNC Wilmington.

Peyton Becker wins Clear-Com-sponsored USITT Stage Management Award

Stage Directions, March 26, 2013

The USITT Young Designers & Technicians honor theatre artists and technicians at the start of their theatrical career, and or the past decade Clear-Com has sponsored the Stage Management Award. This year the USITT YD&T Stage Management Award went to Peyton Becker of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Becker received a cash award, registration to the USITT conference, and the opportunity to meet with sponsors and adjudicators during the show.

Guard the jewel: Go slow on downsizing the UNC system

Raleigh News & Observer, March 25, 2013

It appears that Hodding Carter III is channeling the late William Friday. Friday, a mentor to Carter, was the founding president of what is now the University of North Carolina system and a strong, respected leader and defender of the university system. Responding to reports that Republican legislators are thinking about “downsizing” the UNC system, perhaps closing one or two campuses, Carter, a former assistant secretary of state and now a UNC-Chapel Hill professor, decided not to hold back. “These guys are intent on going to war against the public university system in this state,” he said. “Standing on the sidelines is not for anyone who cares about higher education.”


Student accepted into ballet program

Jacksonville (N.C.) Daily News, March 24, 2013

At Swansboro Dance Academy , 13-year-old Caroline Henderson has earned a reputation for her relentless passion to excel in ballet. She’s been pursuing it since she was 4 years old. Her long, lean body, unique flexibility and unremitting focus have given her an edge in the highly structured art form. “It’s so technical and precise, but I feel like myself when I do ballet,” she said. The New Bridge Middle School eighth grader’s hard work and persistence paid off this month. She was accepted into the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ high school program for ballet, an exclusive affiliate school of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of American Ballet Theatre...

ADF's summer dance program scholarship auditions attract excited students

Raleigh News & Observer, March 24, 2013

As a bongo drum set a rhythm, a trio of dancers bounded across the studio floor, coordinated in basic movements introduced by the instructor moments before. Then another three, then another trio as dozens floated across the studio floor. The class at the Samuel H.Scripps Studio in Durham served as part of a scholarship audition process for the American Dance Festival’s Six Week School intensive summer dance program. The program, with its intensity and length, represents one of the nation’s most highly regarded dance programs.  The audition was one of 18 in cities around the country, and scholarships in amounts from $200 to the full tuition – more than $1,900 – will be awarded based on talent and financial need. Many of the students came to Durham from various university dance programs, from UNC School of the Arts to Virginia Commonwealth University. For them, the program provides expert training over the summer as well as networking opportunities to find dance companies to employ them when they graduate.


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17th century "Pity" resonates in contemporary culture

Winston-Salem Journal, March 24, 2013

In terms of sheer tragedy, “’Tis Pity She’s a Whore” makes “Romeo and Juliet” look like a Sunday-school picnic...Ford’s Jacobean drama is being guest-directed by Jesse Berger, the artistic director of the off-Broadway Red Bull Theater. It opens Wednesday at UNC School of the Arts and features fourth-year drama students...

Moore was the city's pioneer in abstract art

Winston-Salem Journal, March 24, 2013

Sue Moore, who died March 14, was Winston-Salem’s first modernist painter. An accomplished artist with a long track record, she experimented freely with abstraction years before any other artist in the city... At various times she taught art in local schools including UNC School of the Arts, Summit School and what is now known as the Sawtooth School for Visual Art. As a strong, early advocate for visual art in Winston-Salem, she helped found the Associated Artists of Winston-Salem and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, where her work was exhibited on several occasions...

"Man with golden flute," symphony to perform

Winston-Salem Journal, March 24, 2013

When Sir James Galway was studying the flute, he didn’t realize the depths of his talent. “I went through the Royal College of Music thinking, if this doesn’t work out I’ll do something else,” he said. “It worked.” And how...Galway will lead a master class for UNCSA flute students from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 3 in Watson Hall on campus.

Brunstetter: UNC consolidation being considered

Winston-Salem Journal, March 23, 2013

A UNC campus could be on the chopping block. A steep budget cut to the UNC system, proposed by Gov. Pat McCrory, has legislators questioning the efficiency of the 17-campus system and could result in the consolidation of one or more UNC campuses. Sen. Pete Brunstetter, R-Forsyth, co-chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee said legislators are concerned about how higher education dollars are being spent. He would not say whether he supports the governor’s proposed $135 million cut, but instead said Friday he wants the UNC Board of Governor’s to take a hard look at how resources are being used...

“When you duplicate your programs… you end up watering down your resources,” he said. “Instead of being able to provide appropriate equipment, technology and training at a school that specializes (in a subject), you duplicate it at another university 30 minutes away.”As an example, Brunstetter questioned offering a film program at UNC Greensboro, while the UNC School of the Arts has a filmmaking school ..

Mount Airy theater arts students perform musical 'Bye Bye Birdie' this weekend

Mount Airy News, March 23, 2013

Mount Airy High School’s production of the musical “Bye Bye Birdie” this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m is the latest addition to a long history of successful theater performances by Mount Airy High School students... Peyton Marion, a junior who plays the female lead Rosie Alvarez, said she was familiar with the musical before her involvement. Marion’s favorite song from the show is “One Boy,” which the character Kim sings to her boyfriend Hugo...Marion said she has been accepted to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts high school music program, which she will begin in the fall...

Senator Brunstetter wants state to consider consolidating UNC school system'WFMY-TV, March 22, 2013

Senator Pete Brunstetter is getting some push-back for comments he made about the University of North Carolina school system. The senator says the state should consider closing down some of the UNC schools to save money... The comments have caused groups like th e North Carolina Democratic Party and Progress NC to release statements expressing disappointment... Brunstetter said he doesn' see any of the four campuses in the Triad (WSSU, UNCG, NC A&T and UNC School of Arts) closing because they are "performing well." ...

Philarmonic to play Ward symphony TImes-News, March 22, 2013

The Brevard Philharmonic concert series continues with the performance of a major work by longtime North Carolina resident Robert Ward at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Porter Center at Brevard College. The orchestra will play Ward’s Third Symphony from 1950. Ward, now 95, came to North Carolina in 1967 to serve as president of the North Carolina School of the Arts. His greatest recognition as a composer came from his 1961 opera “The Crucible,” based on the Arthur Miller play, which won the Pulitzer Prize...

Lights, camera, win!

Richmond Times Dispatch, March 21, 2013

Some students at Midlothian High School learned first-hand the amazing things that can be done with a standard issue camera. For their efforts, they were noticed by judges associated with a C-SPAN project. Seniors Connor Pollard and Katie Boswell said it didn’t take expensive equipment to create a video that got the attention of judges in an international competition sponsored by C-SPAN. For them, it was a matter of the right topic, the right points and compelling presentation...Both have been accepted to their colleges of choice: Pollard will attend the University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts in Salem, N.C., while Boswell will attend St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind...

UNC system could lose campuses, March 21, 2013

Lawmakers are considering the possibility of eliminating one or two campuses in the University of North Carolina system, a top Senate budget-writer said Thursday. Gov. Pat McCrory called for a $135 million cut in funding for the UNC system in the 2013-14 budget proposal he rolled out on Wednesday. As lawmakers began reviewing the spending plan Thursday, Sen. Pete Brunstetter, R-Forsyth, co-chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said he and his colleagues are more concerned about how money for higher education is spent than the actual size of the appropriation...

UNC system to take hit under McCrory's budget proposal

Durham Herald Sun, March 21, 2013

The UNC system would lose about $138 million in state funding next fiscal year under a budget proposal released by Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday... Under the plan, tuition for out-of-state students would increase by 12.3 percent at UNC School of the Arts, N.C. A&T, N.C. State, UNC, UNC Charlotte and UNC Wilmington...

Swansboro dancer earns prestigious appointment

Tideland News, March 20, 2013

Relatively few 12-year-olds can say their toes have been pointed in one direction since age 2. Caroline Henderson, daughter of Carl and Elizabeth Henderson of Swansboro, can – and does – say it, and the New Bridge Middle School eighth grader’s singular focus has landed her in a great place: She recently was notified she’d earned one of the 15 or fewer spots available for ninth-grade females each year in the ballet program at the prestigious UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem...

Students raise funds to learn from legend

Winston-Salem Chronicle, March 19, 2013

Flute students at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Music will no doubt gain a lot during their upcoming master class with the world renowned Sir James Galway. But they’ve already learned a lesson or two through the fundraising drive they conducted to pay for Galway’s visit to campus...

Six films at South by Southwest have UNCSA ties

Greensboro News and Record, March 19, 2013

Six films that were screened last week at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, have ties to UNC School of the Arts...

Community Milestones in Education

Winston-Salem Journal, March 18, 2013

John R. Beck , a faculty-artist at UNC School of the Arts’ School of Music, will host the 37th annual Percussive Arts Society International Conference in Indianapolis later this year. He is the new president of world’s largest professional organization for percussionists. A member of the UNCSA faculty since 1998, Beck spent two years as president-elect of the 7,000-member organization before taking over as president in February...

No Rules Theatre Company presents 'Black Comedy'

WFDD 88.5 FM, March 18, 2013

No Rules Theatre Company has thrown out all the rules when it comes to regional theatre.

The innovative, award-winning dual city theatre company calls both Washington D.C. and Winston-Salem home. No Rules returns for its third big season at the Hanesbrands Theatre in downtown Winston-Salem with "Black Comedy," by Peter Shaffer. The production was a huge hit when No Rules opened it up in DC at the Signature Theatre. It's a fantastic farce about a black-out with a twist - the lighting is reversed, so light is dark and dark is light, and viewers get to watch as people stumble around in the light. There will be several great local guest appearances, as well. “Black Comedy” is directed by University of North Carolina School of the Arts alumnus and Broadway producer Matt Cowart and opens March 22nd at 7:30PM with a 10-dollar Preview Night on March 21st at 7:30PM. It will run through April 7th with weekend matinees at 2PM. Actor, writer and director as well as the Producing Artistic Director of No Rules Theatre Company Brian Sutow recently provided David with a No Rules spring season preview...


TV Tidbits: locals are involved in shows that are vying for fall lineups

Winston-Salem Journal, March 17, 2013

Pilot season is underway, with various TV shows in development hoping to be picked up by one of the TV networks for the fall season. There’s a chance we’ll see several more people with local ties on screen (or behind the camera) this fall. Among the contenders: Actress Bridget Regan (“Legend of the Seeker”), a UNC School of the Arts alumna, is set to co-star with Annie Potts in “Murder in Manhattan,” an ABC mystery-comedy series about a mother and daughter who are amateur sleuths ...

In 'Black Comedy' cast stumbles around, you laugh

Winston-Salem Journal, March 17, 2013

The play “Black Comedy” gets its name because it takes place during an electrical blackout. When the lights go on, that signifies to the audience that the lights are going off for the actors, who proceed to stumble around in the “dark” on a set that’s built like an obstacle course...The production includes several UNC School of the Arts graduates: Cowart; Broadway vet Jerzy Gwiazdowski who plays Brindsley, the sculptor; Brian Sutow who plays Harold, the neighbor; Kathryn Saffell who plays Carol Melkett; John Bowhers who designed the set; Travis McHale who designed the lighting; and production manager Steven Royal...

Chamber trio will perform composition by Frazelle

Winston-Salem Journal, March 17, 2013

The Secrest Artists Series is known for bringing such acclaimed performers as Itzhak Perlman, Anonymous 4, Denyce Graves, Wayne Shorter and the Venice Baroque Orchestra to Wake Forest University. Strata, a chamber trio, fits nicely into the series’ range of high-quality offerings, having won praise from The Washington Post for its “deft ensemble playing” and talent that’s “worth getting worked up about.” But Strata’s concert on Thursday will have something that most concerts in the series don’t have — local connections. Nathan Williams, the clarinetist for the trio, was the principal clarinetist for the Winston-Salem Symphony from 1996 to 2003. And Strata will be performing the world premiere of “A Book of Days” by Kenneth Frazelle, an award-winning Winston-Salem composer and part-time faculty member at UNC School of the Arts. Frazelle has written pieces for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Paula Robison and Anthony Dean Griffey...

Piedmont Opera's 'Barber' is rousing success

Winston-Salem Journal by Peter Perret, March 17, 2013

Rarely have I laughed as much or as hard at the theater. The staging, singing and acting on the opening night of the Piedmont Opera’s current production of “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (“The Barber of Seville”) by Gioachino Rossini were superb. It was fantastic to hear the familiar arias and ensembles sung and played live and without electronic sanitization. The full house (including many school-age people) at the Stevens Center in the heart of Winston-Salem responded enthusiastically...Markus Beam sang the famous “Largo al factotum della cittá” with panache and wit. Well-cast as the boastful handy man and matchmaker, Beam has a powerful voice and an appealing personality...

Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Piedmont Opera -- review

Opera Lively, March 16, 2013

Readers who are familiar with Opera Lively's coverage of the North Carolina operatic scene know that we are very fond of Piedmont Opera, given the company's high level of quality in virtually all of its productions we've attended, augmented by their close collaboration with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts - Fletcher Opera Institute. This regional company is not only sought after by many interesting outside singers who enjoy the convivial environment they find there, but also draws upon the assets of the Fletcher, with a berth of local student singers and production resources of all kinds (Music School, Dance School, Design and Production School), making of Piedmont Opera a rather unusual company, for its size...

Playhouse hires a new general manager with Hart

BlueRidgeNow/Hendersonville Daily News, March 16, 2013

After interviewing more than 40 applicants, Flat Rock Playhouse has hired the former general manager of the Dallas Theater Center in Texas as its new managing director. Hillary Hart, a 2000 graduate of the University of North Carolina's School of the Arts, will start work April 2. She will report to the Playhouse's board of trustees directly and work collaboratively with Artistic Director Vincent Marini...

Triumphant 'Stand By Your Man' is thoroughly entertaining

Winston-Salem Journal, March 15, 2013

No one wants to be on their deathbed, watching their life pass before their eyes. But if you’re Tammy Wynette, at least the movie of your life has a great soundtrack. Wynette’s life unfolds in flashbacks in Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance’s triumphant production of “Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story.” It’s not an easy show to cast, as the leads have to portray country music icons idolized by millions of people -- Wynette and George Jones. But director Jamie Lawson found two actors who are more than up to the task. Mary Lea Williams is stellar as Wynette, both looking and sounding the part. Williams was trained as an opera singer, but she takes to country music like a flea on a hound dog...

Triad Arts Weekend: Susan Jaffe and Ken Frazelle

WFDD 88.5 FM, March 15, 2013

WFDD's David Ford talks to Susan Jaffe, Dean of the School of Dance (at 31:20), about her professional dance experience, and to Faculty Composer Ken Frazelle (at 39:12) about his new work, "A Book of Days" which will be performed by the ensemble STRATA as part of the Secrest Artist Series at Wake Forest University.

Six films at South by Southwest have UNCSA ties

Winston-Salem Journal, March 14, 2013

Six films being screened at the South by Southwest Film Festival have ties to UNC School of the Arts. The festival will run through Sunday in Austin, Texas.

Chamber trio, Strata, to perform at Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University News Center, March 13, 2013

On Thursday, March 21, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Strata, — three musicians, three instruments, one unique sound — will be performing at Wake Forest University’s Brendle Recital Hall in the Scales Fine Arts Center. The performance is part of the University’s Secrest Artist Series. The program includes the world premiere of, A Book of Days, a piece by University of North Carolina School of the Arts teacher and composer Ken Frazelle. Strata commissioned the work through a grant from the Rauch Foundation. The piece is based on one of A. R. Ammons poems. Ammons, a gifted poet, painter and writer, graduated from Wake Forest in 1949...

UNCSA grad finishes as runner-up at Met competition

Winston-Salem Journal, March 13, 2013

NEW YORK — Richard Ollarsaba, a graduate of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at UNC School of the Arts, finished as a runner-up at the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions. From a starting field of nearly 1,500 aspiring opera singers across the country, it came down to 10 — three sopranos, one tenor and six deep male voices — on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House on Sunday...

Broadway Breakthrough: Vanya's hilarious Billy Magnussen on soap operas and ksssing Sigourney Weaver, March 12, 2013

We should all be grateful for Billy Magnussen's adolescent wrestling accident; without it, he may never have become an actor...Can you tell me about where you grew up? Did you always want to be an actor? I grew up in Woodhaven, Queens, here in New York. I went to public school. I never even thought of [acting] at all. I was always into sports and a lot of physical activities. My dad was a kickboxer and a body builder. My mom was an aerobics teacher. I moved down to Florida for a year in Miami...[then] to Atlanta [where] I went to middle and high school…I was big into football, hockey, soccer, [and] wrestling. Then I hurt myself wrestling, and I couldn't take gym class, and they threw me into acting. And I thought, this is great, and the girls are there. Then, I found out you can go to college for it. That's what happened. Then I went to the North Carolina School of the Arts, which is the University of North Carolina now.

UNCSA graduate David Gordon Green wins Berlin Film Festival award

Winston-Salem Journal, March 12, 2013

Director David Gordon Green, a 1998 graduate of UNC School of the Arts’ School of Filmmaking, won the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear Award for best director for his latest film, “Prince Avalanche.” The film will be shown at the RiverRun International Film Festival in April. It’s a remake of the Icelandic film “Either Way” and stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. Green adapted and produced the film with Craig Zobel, a 1999 UNCSA film graduate, and Lisa Muscat, a former faculty member at the school...

Commerce of Creativity to explore world of music with Conductor John Mauceri

CSUN Today, March 11, 2013

Internationally acclaimed and award-winning conductor and performer John Mauceri will explore the impact music has on the “commerce of creativity” during a lecture later this month at California State University, Northridge. Mauceri, chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, founding director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and music director of Walt Disney’s Legacy Series Concerts, will give the final lecture in this year’s Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication’s Commerce of Creativity Distinguished Speaker Series, scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. on March 28 in the Kurland Lecture Hall of CSUN’s Valley Performing Arts Center...

Jeff Nichols to receive RiverRun award

Winston-Salem Journal, March 11, 2013

The RiverRun International Film Festival will give its “Emerging Master” award this year to Jeff Nichols, an alumnus of the UNC School of the Arts whose work includes the acclaimed films “Shotgun Stories” and “Take Shelter.” He will receive the award following a screening of his latest film, “Mud,” a drama with Matthew McConaughey as a drifter who befriends two boys...

SXSW 2013: LOVES HER GUN star Triest Kelly Dunn talks improv, road-tripping and directors, March 11, 2013

Geoff Marslet's "Loves Her Gun" will be talked about at SXSW, not only because it centers around violence and gun control, but because the improvised dialogue makes for a naturalistic portrait of a woman's progression from victim to aggressor. She's well-played by Trieste Kelly Dunn, who broke out in SXSW 2010's "Cold Weather" and went on to star in Cinemax's "Banshee." ... Dunn talks about making "Loves Her Gun," the state of indie film, and the filmmakers she's hungry to work with... "I love working with directors who have good taste. It's incredible when a director can say something and thing open up for you. I went to The University of North Carolina School of the Arts and some of my best experiences on sets have been working with other alums. Jeff Nichols and David Gordon Green graduated a year or two before I got there but they were UNCSA legends and I've always really wanted to work with both of them. " ...

Community Milestones in the Arts

Winston-Salem Journal, March 11, 2013

Kassiane Patselas, a 2012 graduate of the visual arts program in UNC School of the Art’s School of Design and Production, has received an honorable mention in the 2013 YoungArts Awards, one of the nation’s most prestigious award programs for artists under the age of 18. She is currently studying at the Art Institute of Chicago...


The following area UNC School of the Arts visual arts students won awards at the recent Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: Chelsea Bednar, 12th grade from Winston-Salem, two gold keys and two silver keys; Adam Dehus, 12th grade from Blowing Rock, one silver key; Rachel Pendergrass, 12th grade from Pfafftown, three gold keys, three silver keys and one honorable mention; and Emma Whitlock, 12th grade from Germanton, one honorable mention...

Business Milestones

Winston-Salem Journal, March 10, 2013

The UNC School of the Arts Purchasing Department has received the 2012 Sustained Professional Award by the Carolina’s Association of Governmental Purchasing. The award is given to agencies that demonstrate excellence in purchasing standards and is the highest in its field. Award criteria include the use of technology, minority outreach, staff certification, customer training, vendor training and the use of recycled products. The UNCSA Purchasing Department is comprised of Tarinda Chappell , director; Allen Carnes, purchasing agent; and Libby Rush, coordinator of fixed assets and surplus property.

Piedmont Opera to present 'The Barber of Seville'

Winston-Salem Journal, March 10, 2013

Winston-Salem has sprouted a lot of facial hair in the past few weeks. Cars with fuzzy mustaches stretched across their grilles have been zipping along local streets. Plastic mustaches are clinging to the windows of downtown businesses. People have been uploading photos of themselves sporting real or fake mustaches to

So what’s the big, hairy deal? It’s all part of the marketing campaign for “The Barber of Seville,” which Piedmont Opera will present Friday and March 17 and March 19 at the Stevens Center...James Allbritten, the conductor and artistic director, said that while this is a mostly traditional production of “Barber,” the sense of humor comes across as more modern — “somewhere between Vaudeville and sitcom.” ...Markus Beam, a baritone, will be making his Piedmont Opera debut. He plays Figaro. But he’s no stranger to Winston-Salem. He graduated from high school at UNC School of the Arts in 1995, and his family lives in a small town near Hickory called Cat Square...

Scene and Heard: BBQ with the Barber

Winston-Salem Journal, March 10, 2013

Described as “Italian opera meeting Carolina tradition,” the Feb. 28 BBQ with the Barber dinner at Bib’s Downtown was an exciting preview of Piedmont Opera’s upcoming production of The Barber of Seville. Performances start Friday, and the barbecue dinner inspired appetites for much more than just Bib’s tasty menu items. “This opera is so funny that it’s ridiculous,” said Jamie Allbritten, artistic director for Piedmont Opera. “The cast has a great sense of human, and most of us are laughing our way through rehearsals.” ...


Flute students raise money to pay for class with legendary master

Winston-Salem Journal, March 10, 2013

Flute students at UNC School of the Arts have raised enough money to pay for a master class by renowned flutist Sir James Galway when he comes to town in April to perform with the Winston-Salem Symphony...

Comeback Concert

Greensboro New-Record, March 9, 2013

When violinist Janet Orenstein steps onto the stage at UNC School of the Arts on Saturday, she will celebrate a hard-fought victory. Even 18 months ago, Orenstein wouldn’t have attempted this recital with pianist Allison Gagnon, with its repertoire of challenging works. She has performed with larger groups, but for years Orenstein has shied away from the solo spotlight to avoid drawing attention to her secret: She suffered from a debilitating neurological condition in her left hand that hurt her playing...

A life 'intertwined with the arts'

Winston-Salem Journal, March 9, 2013

For J.D. Wilson, the trip he made to New York to buy art for the Wake Forest University collection in 1969 was a life-changing experience. He had come from a small town in Kentucky, where he hadn’t had any classes in art history. And he was an English major at Wake Forest and had only had one art class there...Wilson, who is the president and chief executive of Excalibur Enterprises Inc., a direct-marketing and communications company in Winston-Salem, went on to start collecting art with his wife, Janie, and has been heavily involved in the local arts community for years. He has served on the board of trustees and board of visitors for the UNC School of the Arts, as well as serving on the boards of Reynolda House Museum of American Art and Piedmont Craftsmen over the years, among other endeavors...

UNCSA graduate is finalist in Met competition

Winston-Salem Journal, March 8, 2013

A graduate of the UNC School of the Arts is a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. ichard Ollarsaba, an alumnus of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at UNCSA’s School of Music, will compete Sunday in the Metropolitan Opera’s Grand Finals Concert in New York...

Computer scientists use music to lure students to STEM majors

R&D magazine, March 8, 2013

To students in Jennifer Burg's computer science classes, making music is the main objective. But her goal is to get them to understand how the underlying technology works—and to love it so much they decide on a science-based career path...Burg and her colleagues—Jason Romney of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and sound designer and audio engineer Eric Schwartz—decided to use music projects to help students in lower-level classes latch onto highly technical concepts in digital media...

Destined for Stardom: Fans love to adore multi-talented Sydney Shepherd

Hickory Daily Record, March 7, 2013

Sydney Torin Shepherd is everything entertainment. She’s a singer, song­writer, musician and actress. She’s so good, her admirers say she’s destined for stardom. When Shepherd took the stage last Saturday night at The Old Post Office Playhouse, she charmed the capac­ity crowd with her diverse and multi­faceted talents...Shepherd, who is in her final year as a drama student at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, is a trained classical cellist, but she plays a wide variety of instruments. And, she even gives each of her instru­ments a special name, like Harold. One of her favorites is the dulcijo, “Foxy,” a cross between a dulcimer and a banjo. Michael Fox, of Hickory, is credited for making this hybrid instrument..

Alliance for Women in Media Foundation selects internet safety video contest winners

Digital, March 6, 2013

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announced today that University of North Carolina School of the Arts students, Stephanie Dowling and Lucian Murphree are winners of the 2012 Internet Safety Video Contest. The student contest focuses on a critical topic in today’s society: Internet safety for teens...

Parmon: Current session is the worst

Winston-Salem Chronicle, March 4, 2013

With the election of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, the North Carolina Legislature became a supermajority, with Republicans controlling the House, Senate and the Governor’s Mansion, and local Democrats say they are feeling the effects of that change in Raleigh...Rep. Ed Hanes is also a House newcomer, having won Parmon’s old District 72 seat. He admitted the environment in Raleigh is “tough” for Democrats right now, but said he is determined to make the best of it by building relationships and collaborations where he can. Hanes is co-sponsoring several bills with Republicans, including a bill that would fine drivers who are caught passing a stopped school bus, and a bill that would exempt the UNC School of the Arts from legislation that prohibits the use of pyrotechnics.

Three receive Watauga Medal

North Carolina State University Bulletin, March 4, 2013

A partner in one of North Carolina’s top law firms, a business leader and a former energy and defense industry executive have received the prestigious Watauga Medal for distinguished service to North Carolina State University. Thomas E. Cabaniss, Thomas S. Kenan III and Robert P. Kennel accepted NC State’s highest nonacademic honor at the Founders’ Day Dinner on March 4 ...Kenan is vice chairman and director of Flagler System Inc. and former chairman of the board of Kenan Transport Company, a petroleum transportation business. He has served as a trustee or officer with numerous philanthropic organizations, including the Thomas S. Kenan III Foundation, Randleigh Foundation Trust, William R. Kenan Jr. Fund, William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust and Mary Duke Biddle Foundation...

Letters to the Editor: Community input

Winston-Salem Journal, March 3, 2013

Regarding your Feb 22 editorial, “ Public should have input on next leader,” I agree the public should have input in the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ next chancellor . In fact, the c hancellor search committee held a series of five public forums when the search began. These forums included students, parents of current students, faculty, alumni and the community. Using the insight these forums provided, the c ommittee crafted a leadership statement to serve as the guiding principles for the search committee to follow in its quest for candidates...




Scene & Heard - local stars out and about

Winston-Salem Journal, March 3, 2013

The Oscars were the talk of Hollywood last week, but local stars were out and about in Winston-Salem long before the first celebrities took the stage in California. Reynolda House rolled out the red carpet for Star Power: Edward Steichen's Glamour Photography, Salem College’s Fine Arts Center was the backdrop for artist Kendall Doub’s new show, and two storytellers from different genres played to a full house at Community Arts Café...One assembly that generated a lot of attention was a group from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Bedecked in 1920s attire, Charles “Cody” Robinson , Emmet Temple , Dionna Daniel , Audrey Couch, Raven Whitley and Lance Tankman danced their way through the evening, calling to mind earlier parties that took place in Reynolda’s residential heyday...

CDI taking 3-D printing technology to next level

The Business Journal, March 1, 2013

The shout-out that President Obama gave to three-dimensional printing during his recent State of the Union address highlighted a young technology that entrepreneurs in the Triad are already using to build their businesses... In the Triad, the Center for Design Innovation — a research center run jointly by Winston-Salem State University, UNC-School of the Arts and Forsyth Technical Community College — has been working with 3-D printing technology since its founding in 2007...

Helen Simoneau Danse takes flight

Winston-Salem Journal, March 1, 2013

Spatial relations and human relations form the backbone of the Helen Simoneau Danse’s season concert, a dynamic and exciting evening of contemporary dance.The choreography is vibrant, the dancers are remarkable and the movements are memorable – open to interpretation but still relatable. The program includes a world premiere as well as two pieces from Simoneau’s “Flight Distance” series. First up was “Flight Distance III: Chain Suite,” a duet performed with precision and agility by Simoneau and Kristin Taylor, graduates of the UNC School of the Arts. The series is about space – how close we’ll let others get to us and how we react when they cross that line. The work is at times harmonious but at other times wary and confrontational...




Transitions - Carl Forsman: From Keen to Carolina

SDC Journal, Winter 2013

Pierre de Marivaux, Tracy Letts, Katori Hall, William Shakespeare, and Anton Chekhov. This is the season Carl Forsman faces as he begins his first semester as Dean of Drama at University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). “It’s very eclectic, as it should be,” he laughs. “And as I’ve said to my faculty, it will get weirder from here.” ...

Chattanooga State engineering tech student wins 2 scholarships, Feb. 28, 2013

Chattanooga State Community College engineering technology student, Alex Woods, was named one of the first recipients of the Kent Hamlin Memorial Scholarship awarded by the American Nuclear Society (ANS)... In 1994, Mr. Woods graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem...

40-city adventure: Haley Dreis and Caleb Caudle to begin their spring tour at The Garage

Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 28, 2013

The musical adventure begins when Haley Dreis and Caleb Caudle appear Friday at The Garage. The appearance opens a “40-city adventure” — Dreis’ words — of the Southeast, Northeast and Midwest this spring. Caudle, whose parents live in Germanton, said the 40-city adventure will grow as they go along...Dreis graduated from UNC School of the Arts in 2007 and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in 2011...

Douglas Battery bankruptcy poised to move forward with property sale

Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 27, 2013

The closing of the Douglas Battery Manufacturing Co. bankruptcy case could take a major step forward in early May if a request to auction five tracts is approved...Burns said the sale of the 5.62-acre site would be conditioned on the buyer agreeing to uphold a lease contract for a 23,500-square-foot section of the warehouse that UNC School of the Arts is using for storage. The school’s lease is $64,625 annually for the space at 2995 Starlight Drive. The lease expires Jan. 31, 2015, but the school has a one-year extension option...

Simoneau creates spaces; dancers inspire

Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 24, 2013

Organic is a word that comes up again and again when people talk about the process of creating a dance that will have its world premiere during Helen Simoneau Danse’s season concert on Thursday and Friday...Simoneau created “Flight Distance IV: Flock” with herself in mind. She performed it when it had its premiere in New York in May. But Kate Jewett, a graduate of UNC School of the Arts, will perform it in Winston-Salem...

Oscars 2013: Conductor John Mauceri applauds the nominated scores

John Mauceri for the Los Angeles Times, Feb. 23, 2013

When the Academy Award for original score is announced Sunday night, there will be joy and disappointment -- and Monday morning quarterbacking. Some years the important score is recognized, as in 1946 when Miklos Rozsa won for "Spellbound." Or consider when the most important pre-"Star Wars" score, Max Steiner's epic "Gone With the Wind," did not, in fact, win...

Dance festival Friday at UNC School of the Arts

Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 22, 2013

The annual Festival of North Carolina Dance will be held at the UNC School of the Arts from Friday through Sunday. More than 500 young dancers from around the state will participate, taking classes taught by members of the UNCSA dance faculty and guest artists.

Five receive Downtown Excellence Awards

WInston-Salem Journal, Feb. 20, 2013

The Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership today presented five awards for work that substantially benefited downtown last year. The awards were handed out by Mayor Allen Joines at the partnership's annual meeting. Downtown Excellence Awards for 2012 were presented to: ...Winston-Salem Light Project. The project was inspired by Norman Coates, UNCSA's director of lighting to expand the experiences of students and to show the importance of light as an artistic medium in urban settings. The project has been viewed by more than 15,000 people...

UNCSA designated as 'StormReady'

Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 19, 2013

The UNC School of the Arts has been recognized by the National Weather Service for weather-related emergency preparedness. Fourth other UNC schools already have the designation of "StormReady:" Appalachian State University, UNC Greensboro, East Carolina University and UNC Wilmington...

30-second ad sends UNCSA grad's life into orbit

Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 19, 2013

Sometimes life turns around in 30 seconds. Before his half-minute “Fashionista Daddy” ad aired during the Super Bowl, Mark Freiburger was a UNC School of the Arts graduate who had written, directed or produced half a dozen small, contemplative feature films. Within five minutes of its airing, he received 120 text messages. Within days, he got 700 messages...

Passion that inspires: UNCSA dancers are ready to perform
Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 17, 2013

For Zoe Warshaw, the chance to rehearse in front of Bill T. Jones was both exciting and nerve-wracking. “It’s incredible to be in rehearsal with someone of his stature,” said Warshaw, a fourth-year college student at UNC School of the Arts who will perform in Jones’ “D Man in the Waters (Part One)” during the school’s Winter Dance concert, which will be presented Thursday through Feb. 24 at the Stevens Center. “It’s a dream come true. It’s inspiring because you can see how passionate he is about the work.” ...

Verdi by the numbers

The Huffington Post by John Mauceri, Feb. 16, 2013

A small blip in the history of opera occurred this week in Bilbao, Spain. It occurred a few seconds after the curtain came down on the dress rehearsal of Verdi's 1855 French opera, les Vêpres siciliennes. The invited audience was cheering the singers, the orchestra, and the chorus. As I climbed the steps from the podium in the orchestra pit to await my call to walk onstage, I realized that not only was this the first time this grand opera had ever been performed in Spain, it probably was also the first time the opera had been heard anywhere with its complete text observed since 1855...

Field narrowed to 11 in search for news UNCSA chancellor

Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 15, 2013

The committee searching for a new chancellor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts has narrowed the field of candidates down to 11, school officials said Friday.Rob King, the chairman of the search committee, said the group will meet with those candidates on Sunday and Monday at the Greensboro-High Point Marriott in Greensboro...

A dance minor will strengthen state of the arts at UNC

Daily Tarheel, Feb. 15, 2013

The establishment of UNC’s new dance minor, which will debut in fall 2013 or 2014, is what UNC’s long-waiting dance community deserves...The University should look to UNC School of the Arts and other schools in the UNC system that offer dance programs as examples of how to run an exceptional program — and potentially as sources of faculty...

Black Comedy: No Rules make an Anglophiliac debut at Signature Theatre

Washington (D.C.) City Paper, Feb. 15, 2013

It’s official: Arlington has gone barmy. A year after WETA launched WETA UK—bringing British programming, all the time, to Washington—the theater down the street from the PBS affiliate has launched what is beginning to feel like Signature UK. And—brilliant news—the first play from Signature’s new resident No Rules Theatre Company is so much funnier than Fawlty Towers reruns. Get off the couch, and go see it. Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy, a 1965 farce first staged at England’s National Theatre, is the opening show of No Rules’ first season at Signature Theatre. No Rules was founded in 2008 by an ambitious group of University of North Carolina School of the Arts graduates...

Hot pick: 'Brass Under the Big Top'

WInston-Salem Journal, Feb. 14, 2013

Classical meets comedy in “Brass Under the Big Top,” a performance by the Giannini Brass on Saturday that will feature Dikki Ellis, a UNC School of the Arts graduate who performs as a clown with New York’s acclaimed Big Apple Circus and serves as a clown consultant — best job title ever — for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade..

New tuition plan aims to keep college affordable, Feb. 12, 2103

The cost of in-state public higher education may not skyrocket anytime soon. Within the next several months, the Board of Governors will begin working on the next four year plan to serve colleges in the UNC system between the 2014-2019 school years.

Gifts to Triad UNC schools drop below recession levels

The Business Journal, Feb. 11, 2013

Total gifts to the four University of North Carolina campuses in the Triad were below the levels of recession years 2007 to 2009 in both of the economic recovery years of 2010 and 2011, according to a recent report to UNC Governors...The report, which tallied total gifts to all 17 system campuses (including the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics), found that donations to UNCG, N.C. A&T, Winston-Salem State University and UNC-School of the Arts totaled $27.5 million in the 2010-11 academic year. That was up from the $24.8 million raised in 2009-10, but lower than the years between 2006 and 2009, when the lowest annual total raised was $34.3 million...

Doritos ad gets Charlotte man a job with 'Transformers' director Michael Bay

Charlotte Observer, Feb. 8, 2013

Sometimes a human life turns around in 30 seconds. Before his half-minute “Fashionista Daddy” ad aired during the Super Bowl, Mark Freiburger was a Providence High School (and University of N.C. School of the Arts) graduate who had written, directed or produced half a dozen small, contemplative feature films...

Characters pursue dreams in musical play at UNCSA

Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 10, 2013

Wishes, hopes and longings live at the heart of most fairy tales. That’s because they also live in the hearts of most people. Stories and fables that may appear childlike on the surface can reveal profound things about what it means to be human.Jack’s mother (“Jack and the Beanstalk”) wishes that her son were smarter. Cinderella hopes to go to the ball or, in this case, the “festival.” The Baker and his Wife long for a child. In Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical play, “Into the Woods,” which opens Thursday at UNC School of the Arts, these characters and more travel into a forest made of books, words, music and imagination to pursue their hearts’ desires...

TEEM urges people to 'grow!', UNCSA and WFU welcome special guests

YES! Weekly, Feb. 6, 2013

...This weekend, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Wake Forest University have joined forces to co-sponsor a special visit by noted African-American artists Will Alexander and Nathaniel Mackey, who are spending time this week as guest artists at both Winston-Salem schools. This event, Bedouin Transforms: Neo Peregrinations, will involve the two prestigious visitors conducting master classes, poetry readings and book signings, culminating with a unique performance on Saturday...

Best bets: UNCSA benefit recital

Winston-Salem Journal, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013

Performances this week include a chance to travel a bit or help out some local students. Here are our picks for the best bets:

The UNC School of the Arts flute studio is trying to raise $5,000 to pay for a master class by Sir James Galway, a virtuoso flutist who will perform with the Winston-Salem Symphony on April 4. A benefit recital will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 2575 Parkway Drive ...

Through 2/5: Puccini opera La Rondine a colorful hit

Classical Voice North Carolina by Peter Perret, Feb. 1, 2013

A spectacular production of La Rondine (The Swallow) by Puccini opened Friday night at the Stevens Center of the University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts in downtown Winston-Salem. It is hard to determine what shone most brightly – the superb singing of the leads, the colorful sets (made possible by a generous gift of Patty and Malcolm Brown), the striking lighting, the variety of innovative costumes and hats or Puccini’s magnificent orchestration, beautifully rendered by the musicians in the pit, students of the UNCSA School of Music, decisively led by James Allbritten, director of the Fletcher Opera Institute...




After exploring evil, 'Snow White' dancer changes for good

The State (Columbia, S.C.), Jan. 31, 2013

You need power to be evil — at least in regard to balletic expression. For much of the fall, Claire Kallimanis, a soloist with the Columbia City Ballet, thought she was going to play the Evil Queen in the ballet’s production of “Snow White.” Kallimanis, who grew up in Delaware before attending the North Carolina School of the Arts, now known as the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, auditioned for a spot in city ballet in 2003...


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UNCSA's Beck heading PASIC

Winston-Salem Chronicle, Jan. 31, 2013 (link not available)

Nearly 40 years ago, a high school sophomore named John R. Beck attended a percussion workshop at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. It was was the first inernational conference of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), and it was hosted by his father, John H. Beck, who taught percussion at Eastman. This year, the younger Beck, a faculty-artist at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Music, will host the 37th annual Percussive Arts Society International Conference (PASIC) in Indianapolis, as president of the world's largest professional organization for percussionists...

UNCSA grad on hot streak with 2 TV roles

Charlotte Observer, Jan. 30, 2013

For every Hollywood starlet like Anne Hathaway or Claire Danes, there are thousands of actresses trying to scrape together livings with a small guest spot on a TV show here, a low-paying role in an independent film there. That’s been Trieste Kelly Dunn’s life since graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2004. Then along came 2012...

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Artistic homage

Winston-Salem Chronicle, Jan. 29, 2013

The City of the Arts lived up to its name on Jan. 15 during the North Carolina Black Repertory Company’s 28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration. Twenty-four acts graced the Arts Council Theatre stage on what would have been King’s 84th birthday, entertaining a crowd of more than 400. The King Day showcase has become a time honored tradition for many in the local community... April Watson, a freshman at the UNC School of the Arts High School Academic Program, was the only ballet dancer on the ticket. The city native, who made her debut on the Black Rep stage during the performance, began honing her craft in elementary school, when she was selected to participate in UNCSA’s Preparatory Dance Program, a free after school initiative for talented youngsters in grades three through seven...

UNCSA alums make ads contending for Super Bowl airtime

Winston-Salem Journal, Jan. 27, 2013

We’re one week away from Super Bowl Sunday, with its collection of amazing or befuddling new TV commercials. Oh, and there’s some sporting action between commercial breaks, too, in case you care. You still have several days to vote for which Doritos commercial you want to see in the company’s annual “Crash the Super Bowl” contest. And two of the five contenders have ties to UNC School of the Arts...

Teen to compete nationally on trumpet

Watauga Democrat, Jan. 25, 2013

If her audition video is any indication of her final performance during the upcoming National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C., Camille Bergin should have no worries. The 15-year-old musician from Boone, currently a high school sophomore studying trumpet performance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, has already made her hometown proud -- on numerous occasions..

Content of Character: Perkins vying for win in nontraditional pageant

Winston-Salem Chronicle, Jan. 24, 2013

Kelli Perkins is on a mission to inspire our nation to broaden its standard of beauty.

Perkins, the assistant director of high school life at the UNC School of the Arts and the current Miss Central North Carolina American Beauties Plus, is hoping to put Winston-Salem on the map this spring when she competes for the title of Miss American Beauties Plus 2013. Unlike traditional beauty pageants, American Beauties Plus’ interview category counts as 50 percent of a contestant’s final score. There are also fashion and evening wear categories...

UNCSA graduate is one of five finalists with a chance to get his Doritos commercial shown during the Super Bowl

Winston-Salem Journal, Jan. 21, 2013

UNC School of the Arts graduate Mark Freiburger is one of five finalists with a chance to get his Doritos commercial shown during this year’s Super Bowl – and possibly win $1 million...

Open rehearsal 2: Couples workshop with Éowyn Emerald Barrett

Oregon Arts Watch, Jan. 19, 2013

We might have missed Éowyn Emerald Barrett’s choreography completely if she had actually gone through with her plan to leave Portland a year ago. Her car was packed and ready to go, but love intervened and she stayed...She continued her training at York University and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she received her BFA in Contemporary Dance. The University of North Carolina School of the Arts had a program that allowed seniors to accept jobs with dance companies and still get credit and graduate, while not paying tuition...

Local students using creativity to honor King

Winston-Salem Chronicle, Jan. 19, 2013

UNC School of the Arts will commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 21 with a performance of “I Can’t Stand the Color of the Rain,” a one-act musical written by Devinron Ready of Kernersville and Marcese Roberts of Greenville, S.C., both of whom are third-year students in the School of Drama...

UNCSA film school graduates out in force at Sundance 2013

HitFix, Jan. 18, 2013

PARK CITY - Sometimes things dovetail nicely and come full circle. As a University of North Carolina School of the Arts alumnus, I'm always interested to see how my former classmates and fellow Fighting Pickles are finding their way in the film industry, and a quick glance at this year's Sundance line-up revealed that, across a number of disciplines, the Winston-Salem-based school's afterglow is in full force. It seemed a story was worth pursuing. So I pursued it.

Triad Arts: UNCSA School of Music presents Sonic Splash

88.5 WFDD, Jan. 18, 2013

Everyone likes to be part of an historic first and this weekend you can do just that. It’s the first ever University of NC School of the Arts Faculty Brass Quintet and Organ concert. Sonic Splash will feature UNCSA artist/faculty trumpeter Judith Saxton and organist. It’ll be held in Crawford Hall on the UNCSA campus Sunday night, January 20 at 7:30.

Sundance Film Festival to feature UNCSA alumni works

Winston-Salem Journal, Jan. 17, 2013

More than 30 alumni from UNC School of the Arts worked on 10 films that will be screened at the Sundance Film Festival, which runs from today through Jan. 27 in Park City, Utah. The festival will show a total of 115 films...

Winston-Salem Symphony dazzles in Mozart's birthday concert

Winston-Salem Journal, Jan. 14, 2013

Mozart would have been 257 years old on Jan. 27, and many of his admirers are playing concerts to celebrate the event. So on Sunday afternoon, the Winston-Salem Symphony wished Mozart a happy birthday with Music Director Robert Moody conducting and Saxton Rose, principal bassoonist for the orchestra and a faculty member at UNC School of the Arts, performing as guest soloist. The program consisted of Stravinsky's neoclassic Symphony in C, followed by Mozart's Concerto in B flat Major for Bassoon and his great Symphony in E Flat Major, No. 39...

Community Milestones in the Arts

Winston-Salem Journal, Jan. 14, 2013

Juel Lane , an alumnus of UNC School of the Arts (Dance 2002), has been named by Dance Magazine as one of 25 dancers to watch in 2013...Ian McVoy , a high-school harpist at UNC School of the Arts, recently won the International Harp Competition in Mexico City...

Discovering a gem: duo hope to revive interest in composer Chadwick

Winston-Salem Journal, Jan. 13, 2013

In music, as in other aspects of life, styles come and go. When composer George Whitefield Chadwick died in 1931, “The New York Times called him a leading composer of the Romantic generation,” said Peter Kairoff, who recently released a new CD of music by Chadwick with tenor Glenn Siebert...Kairoff and Siebert, a faculty member at UNC School of the Arts and director of the Magnolia Baroque Festival, selected 27 songs, tracking down scores from the Library of Congress...

NC director a finalist in Doritos 'Crash the Super Bowl' commercial contest, Jan. 11, 2013

UNC School of the Arts graduate Mark Freiburger is one of five finalists with a chance to get his Doritos commercial shown during this year's Super Bowl, and possibly win $1 million...

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Violist Sheila Browne

WFDD 88.5, Jan. 10, 2013

Q: How is lightning like a viola player’s fingers? A: Neither one strikes the same place twice...But in the hands of a great performer, the viola is a wonderful string, often vocal-sounding string instrument in its own right with lots of great music to play. University of NC School of the Arts professor of viola Sheila Browne is one such performer, and you can hear for yourself during her upcoming recital with Czech pianist David Kalhous and harpist Jacqui Bartlett.

Editorial: Apollo 13 a natural fit for Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem Journal, Jan. 10, 2013

The story of Apollo 13, the NASA spacecraft that was crippled two days into its mission to the moon, is a story of perseverance, innovation and the indomitable American spirit. Told in the book “Lost Moon” and via the well-received movie “Apollo 13,” it will likely receive an equally impressive telling in the stage show “Apollo 13: Mission Control,” which opens Jan. 26 in Reynolds Place at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. This is a good deal for Winston-Salem... The show is coming to Winston-Salem largely because of the efforts of local arts leaders and their relationship with its producer, Bruce Mactaggart, who brought “Walking With Dinosaurs: The Live Experience” to Joel Coliseum in 2007. During a press conference last week, community volunteer J.D. Wilson said that Mactaggart’s company selected Winston-Salem for the East Coast debut of Apollo 13 because of our “can-do attitude, collaborative spirit and creative force, especially centered on the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.” ...

UNC School of the Arts graduate Craig Zobel gets under your skin with COMPLIANCE, now out on DVD Jan. 9, 2013

It’s not every Hollywood résumé that includes multiple Southern art films, a flash animation about a tiny Luchador and an award-winning feature about an interrogation in the back room of a fast-food restaurant, but UNC School of the Arts graduate Craig Zobel is not your typical filmmaker—and his latest film Compliance, which hit DVD this week, is anything but your typical film... 

UNC School of the Arts players serve up a fine 'Trout' at Bechtler Schubertiade

Classical Voice North Carolina by Perry Tannenbaum, Jan. 8, 2013

There are easier classical pieces to do justice to than Franz Schubert's famed "Trout" Quintet in A major. Unlike most piano quintets, there isn't a string quartet complementing the keyboard. Instead, Schubert gives us a blend of five different instruments, with a double-bass replacing the usual second violin. You can start building quintet personnel with a working piano trio who are already attuned to one another or with 3/4 of a working string quartet, but these core groups must mesh with two outsiders, the double-bassist and either the violist or the pianist. So it was an interesting prospect to find out how the UNC School of the Arts Faculty Chamber Players would fare with Schubert's classic, since faculty members at the same university presumably have the home field advantage of being able to rehearse more often – and thoroughly – at their workplace...

Concerts will pay tribute to Mozart's birthday

Winston-Salem Journal, Jan. 6, 2013

There are some people who are widely accepted as geniuses in their fields. In physics, there’s Albert Einstein.“And in music, it’s Mozart,” said Robert Moody, the music director of the Winston-Salem Symphony. Moody will conduct the symphony in “Happy Birthday Mozart!” on Saturday and Jan. 13 and 15 at the Stevens Center...Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto is the apex of the bassoon repertory, Moody said, and a perfect way to show off the skills of Saxton Rose, the principal bassoonist for the symphony, who will be the soloist in the concerto. Rose, who teaches at UNC School of the Arts, was recently named the bassoonist for the award-winning Zephyros Winds quintet in New York and has had engagements this season in China, Japan, the Netherlands, Belgium and Mexico...

Tim's TV Tidbits: UNC-TV juggling 'Black Issues Forum' and other shows

Winston-Salem Journal, Jan. 6, 2013

In the third season of FX’s animated spy spoof “Archer,” nerdy accountant Cyril Figgis — whose voice is provided by Chris Parnell, an alumnus of the UNC School of the Arts — got a promotion. Instead of worrying about the budget of the spy agency ISIS and how the spies abuse their expense reports for personal gain, he became a field agent himself, sent into dangerous situations he was wildly unqualified for...

The man who shot 'Taxi Driver' comes to town

YES! Weekly, Jan. 2, 2013

Had he remained a cameraman, Michael Chapman’s place in Hollywood history would already be assured, given that his early films in that capacity included Klute (1971), The Godfather (1972) and Jaws (1975), all acknowledged classics... Having put to rest his Hollywood career following Bridge to Terabithia in 2007, Chapman has brought his considerable skills and knowledge to the UNCSA School of Filmmaking in Winston-Salem, joining an illustrious faculty that includes filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, former producer and best-selling author Dale Pollock, noted cinematographer Tom Ackerman (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Beetlejuice) and actor/filmmaker Wayne Crawford (Jake Speed, Valley Girl)...

More meetings this month in UNCSA chancellor search

Winston-Salem Journal, Jan. 1, 2013

The chancellor search committee of the UNC School of the Arts has more meetings coming up this month.The full committee will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday to discuss the interview process. That meeting will be followed at 4 p.m. by a meeting of the interview process committee...