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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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Pankey to run for N.C. schools superintendent
Laurinburg Exchange, March 24, 2015
A Scotland County native who has made success of turning around troubled schools in New York and North Carolina and then writing books about how he did it, Henry J. Pankey, has announced he will seek election as the next North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction... Pankey, 63, is a registered Democrat and winner of more than 100 awards as an educator. He graduated from Scotland High School in 1970, attended the University of North Carolina School [of] the Arts on a scholarship, then matriculated on another scholarship to Stockwell College in Bromley Kent, England...


WSSU grads No. 1 in UNC system for jobs, salaries
Winston-Salem Journal, March 20, 2015
Winston-Salem State University ranked first in the 16-school UNC system in percentage of undergraduates receiving bachelor’s degrees and landing jobs in North Carolina and the salaries they earned, Chancellor Elwood Robinson said Friday... UNC School of the Arts was last among the 16 schools in the UNC system with 16.7 percent of its undergraduates receiving bachelor’s degrees getting jobs in the state, according to the study. The conservatory’s students received an average of $15,536 annually, which also was last...


UNCSA Symphony & soloist provide important "Fireworks" with concert
Classical Voice North Carolina by Jackson Cooper, March 19, 2015
"Don't you remember what it was like to live during that time?" bellowed the lanky conductor Yevgeny Mravinsky to his orchestra. It was during a rehearsal for Shostakovich's fifth symphony circa 1982 that, as the story goes, he was displeased with the orchestra's lackluster playing of such an emotional piece. He carefully raised the baton again and the sound was transcendent. The players involved in University of North Carolina School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra's "Russian Fireworks" concert at the Stevens Center did not live during that time, although their devotion to the piece would have anyone thinking that they had. The concert was led by recently appointed conductor Christopher James Lees and featured as solo pianist faculty member Dmitri Shteinberg...


Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble to be held March 25 - 28

Appalachian State University, March 18, 2015

The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance presents the 2015 Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble (SADE)... Choreographers for the 2015 production are faculty members Cara Hagan, Susan Lutz and Kathryn Ullom... The production is the choreographic debut for both Hagan and Ullom and marks the first time they have created work with Appalachian students. Hagan is a new faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Dance.... She is a graduate of the UNC School of the Arts...


Music director Christopher Lees and UNCSA Symphony Orchestra present "Russian Fireworks"
WFDD, March 16, 2015
This week the UNC School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Christopher James Lees will be shooting off Russian Fireworks. On the program is the Symphony No. 5 by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff’s second Piano Concerto with outstanding Russian pianist Dmitri Shteinberg, and the Prelude to Khovanschina by Modest Mussorgsky. Russian Fireworks will begin Thursday night, March 19th at 7:30 in the Stevens Center for the Performing Arts...


UNCSA School of Filmmaking offering film appreciation class for community
Camel City Dispatch, March 15, 2015
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking is offering a film appreciation course for the community entitled 1939: It Was a Very Good Year. The course will be taught by Dale M. Pollock, associate professor, and will take place on Tuesdays from March 31 through May 5 from 7 to 10pm...


High school brass musicians are invited to chamber music competition at UNCSA
Camel City Dispatch, March 13, 2015
Registration is now open for the Second Annual High School Chamber Brass Competition on Sunday, April 12, at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. The deadline to register is March 20. The competition is open to any high school chamber brass group of three to five players of like or mixed instruments. Prizes totaling $2,500 will be awarded, including a first prize of $1,250...


Newcomer Gus Halper lands the lead in ABC pilot ‘The Kingmakers’
Deadline Hollywood, March 13, 2015
Will ABC’s drama pilot The Kingmakers be a star maker? After a lengthy search, the project has cast newcomer Gus Halper as the lead... Halper is a heartthrob in the making — the 2014 University of North Carolina School of the Arts graduate played Romeo in his drama school’s production of the Shakespeare classic last spring...


'Bering Seas Gold' review: Woman leads search for gold in rugged Alaska on Discovery Channel
New York Daily News, March 12, 2015
Emily Riedel really hit the jackpot when the Discovery Channel came calling to cast her on the rugged Alaska mining show “Bering Sea Gold”... “It’s weird to be lumped in with all the other reality show folks,” says the well-spoken beauty who’s earned a vocal performance degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts...


Works by Hollywood’s elite show strength of dimension
The Columbus Dispatch, March 12, 2015
For many film critics, 3-D movies have served as a convenient dartboard... Planning for 3-D and using the proper tools make a difference, said cinematography professor John LeBlanc of [the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts]...


Armenia: Watch the video of "Don't Deny"
Eurovision, March 12, 2015
The song Don't Deny was composed by Armen Martirosyan and the author of the lyrics is Inna Mkrtchyan. It is about universal values... (UNCSA alumna) Mary-Jean O’Doherty Vasmatzian is the fifth confirmed member of the band...


Pickle — unfortunately — can’t play pickleball
Winston-Salem Journal, March 12, 2015
Pickleball is not the only preserved cucumber in town. UNC School of the Arts has a nationally renowned mascot, The Fighting Pickle. The Pickle was adopted as a mascot in 1972, received his official design — by student Dina Perez — in 2010, was No. 2 on the Reader’s Digest list of Most Lovable College Mascots in 2011 and was declared the Cheesiest Mascot in the U.S. in 2012 by the Cheetos mascot, Chester Cheetah...


Genealogy's song for Eurovision to be premiered tomorrow
Armenpress, March 11, 2015
Armenia's entry song for Eurovision 2015 international song contest will be premiered tomorrrow on March 12 on Armenia's First TV channel... The Public Relations Department of Armenia's Public TV informed "Armenpress" that the fifth member of the band is (UNCSA alumna) Mary-Jean O'Doherty Basmadjian, who will represent the Australian continent...


Anna Camp’s work schedule is all play
Charlotte Observer, March 6, 2015
You might know South Carolina native Anna Camp from the movies – perhaps the 2012 a cappella comedy “Pitch Perfect,” in which she played projectile-vomiting perfectionist Aubrey Posen. Or, you might know her from TV – the UNC School of the Arts alumna spent three seasons as vampire-hating psycho Sarah Newlin on HBO’s “True Blood"...


Actor plays everybody in 'Buyer & Cellar'
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 5, 2015
There are two ways to look at what Jeremy Webb is doing, and as he prepares for “Buyer & Cellar” at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis he has considered both of them. There’s the scary way, and the exciting way... By the time he went to the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts, his career was a foregone conclusion...


In Charlotte debut, Helen Simoneau Danse will explore issues of identity
Charlotte Observer, March 5, 2015
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts shaped Helen Simoneau as a choreographer and dancer. The native of French-speaking Canada says, with no trace of an accent, "I responded to the vigorous training I got at school. They instill a sense of discipline and personal responsibility"...


South Meck grad Jenn Lyon lands role in Larry David’s ‘Fish in the Dark’
Charlotte Observer, March 4, 2015
Jenn Lyon made it to Broadway. The South Mecklenburg High School graduate is showcasing her comedic chops among a marquee ensemble cast in “Fish in the Dark,” the hot new Broadway comedy starring and written by “Seinfeld” co-creator, Larry David... Lyon’s experiences at South Meck eventually led her to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, where she graduated with a fine arts degree...


8 tips for applying to college acting programs
Back Stage, March 3, 2015
So you’re a high school junior getting ready to apply to college theater programs. As you’ve probably guessed, it’s not an easy process; auditioning for acting programs in particular is a stressful, even terrifying endeavor. How do you put your best foot forward? Backstage sat down with admissions officers at three top-notch undergraduate programs for insight into auditions, the selection process, and what makes an application stand out... For Carl Forsman, dean of drama at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, authenticity is key as well. In addition to transcripts, recommendations, and personal artistic statements, UNCSA requires three monologues and an in-person interview. “It’s really a chance to get to know the energy of the student a little bit,” he says of the auditions, which number over 500 for only 28 slots. “I’m looking for people I want to spend four years with”...


Campus climate change at UNC
Higher Education Works Foundation, March 3, 2015
By James Moeser, Chancellor Emeritus, UNC Chapel Hill
[...] My point here is not to re-litigate the closing of the Poverty Center at UNC Chapel Hill, the Center for Biodiversity at East Carolina University, or the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at N.C. Central University; or the abrupt dismissal without explanation of President Tom Ross. Rather, it is to focus on the collateral damage to the university from these actions and from statements from people in high places that suggest a lack of support for academic freedom, a lack of understanding of the real purpose of a public university. I saw this last year in Winston-Salem, where in my role as the interim chancellor of the UNC School of the Arts, I interviewed the finalists for the chancellor’s position. To a person, each candidate asked me something like this: “I’ve been reading a lot about what is going on politically in this state regarding the university system. Is this a good time for me to be thinking about moving to a position in North Carolina?” I did my best to convince them that they should come. I told them that this is a state full of wonderful, decent people with good values. I told them that the UNC system was held in universally high regard across the state...


Editorial: New school of the arts facilities will enhance mission, reputation
Winston-Salem Journal, March 3, 2015
Cheers to the building boom at the UNC School of the Arts. It was a long time coming. Congratulations to all those who helped with the arduous task of bringing the construction to fruition...


Armenia: Fifth artist of Genealogy known!
Eurovision, March 3, 2015
Stephanie Topalian, Essaï Altounian, Vahe Tilbian and Tamar Kaprelian have already been announced as members of the group Genealogy, representing Armenia in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Today they are officially joined by Mary-Jean O’Doherty Vasmatzian from Australia... Mary-Jean O’Doherty Vasmatzian was born in Houston, Texas to an Armenian-Greek mother and an Australian father. Pursuing studies at (the University of) North Carolina School of the Arts and East Carolina University Mary-Jean has received her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice and Flute performance as well as Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2005...


Mary-Louise Parker to star in ‘Heisenberg’ Off Broadway
The New York Times, March 3, 2015
The British playwrights Simon Stephens and Nick Payne are likely competitors in June for the Tony Award for best play, given the critical acclaim and popularity of their current Broadway shows, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” (Mr. Stephens) and “Constellations” (Mr. Payne). And now, just as the theoretical-minded “Constellations” is winding down its run at Manhattan Theater Club this month, the club announced on Tuesday that it will produce another new play this spring that has echoes of quantum mechanics – this one by Mr. Stephens. “Heisenberg,” about the spark lit when a woman kisses a much older man at a London train station, will star the Tony winner (and UNCSA alumna) Mary-Louise Parker (“Proof,” Showtime’s “Weeds”)...


Rebecca Naomi Jones to star opposite John Cameron Mitchell in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, March 2, 2015
It’s Rebecca Naomi Jones’ turn to invest in a packer! The Broadway (and UNCSA) alum will begin performances as Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on April 14...


Study says local universities, colleges contribute $4.17 billion to regional economy
Winston-Salem Journal, March 1, 2015
Local universities and colleges contributed $4.17 billion to the regional economy during the 2012-13 fiscal year, according to a report from an Idaho research firm... The UNC School of the Arts had a $102 million economic impact in its service area of Forsyth County, which was the equivalent of creating 1,819 new jobs, according to the EMS report. UNCSA spent $31.3 million on payroll and benefits to 486 full-time and part-time employees. The school also spent $17.5 million on goods and services to carry out its daily operation and research, according to the report. “We are excited to have documented evidence of the school’s economic impact on the state of North Carolina,” said Jim DeCristo, UNCSA’s chief of staff. “We know that the arts, including UNCSA, attract business and industry because we add to the region’s quality of life in recruiting a competitive workforce”...




Brilliant inaugural concert of the Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute
Classical Voice North Carolina by Peter Perret, February 28, 2015
A large and savvy crowd enthusiastically greeted the first performance of the Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute in Watson Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. The diverse program was performed by members of the prestigious UNCSA faculty combined with the members of the Giannini String Quartet (in residence at UNCSA and composed of upper level students) and a trio of advanced brass and woodwind students...


UNCSA Winter Dance, poet Tony Abbott, Blind Idol, and behind the scenes with Dale Pollock
WFDD, February 27, 2015
UNCSA's Winter Dance: This year’s UNC School of the Arts Winter Dance commemorates the past while celebrating the new with legendary choreographers Sir Frederick Ashton and Merce Cunningham, and two world premieres: Trish Casey’s Looking Back, and Metallurgy by Dean of Dance Susan Jaffe... Dale Pollock: It’s time to get a little dark, and maybe, just maybe a little hopeful at least with film producer, writer and UNC School of the Arts professor Dale Pollock. He takes us Behind the Scenes and light years into the future...


UNC board of governors OKs fee increase
Winston-Salem Journal, February 27, 2015
The UNC board of governors on Friday approved tuition increases at Winston-Salem State University, the UNC School of Arts and the other 14 campuses in the UNC system...


Darren Criss, Caissie Levy, Andy Mientus, Carly Hughes, Jackie Hoffman and more set for reading of new 17 AGAIN musical next week
Broadway World, February 26, 2015
Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures is holding a private developmental reading of 17 Again, a new musical with a book by Marco Pennette, music and lyrics by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner, and direction by Adam Shankman, on Friday, March 6, 2015... The cast of the 17 Again reading will include... (UNCSA alumna) Sydney Shepherd...


UNCSA presents Winter Dance 2015
WFDD, February 26, 2015
The UNC School of the Arts Winter Dance commemorates the past while celebrating the new with legendary choreographers Sir Frederick Ashton and Merce Cunningham, and two world premieres: Trish Casey’s Looking Back, and Metallurgy by Dean of Dance Susan Jaffe...


Polk State artist-in-residence gives master class at Harrison, encourages students to learn history of dance
Polk State College, February 26, 2015
Thanks to Polk State College, aspiring dancers at Lakeland’s Harrison School for the Arts spent Wednesday afternoon learning from a professional. All week, the Polk State Lake Wales Arts Center is hosting Camille A. Brown, a New York-based choreographer and dancer whose credits include the Bessie Award and two Princess Grace Awards... Brown, who studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, led the Harrison students through a series of exercises intended to teach them about the evolution of social dances...


Born in the 1980s: Reaganism, tribalism and AIDS
Triad City Beat, February 25, 2015
I remember the first time I ever heard the word AIDS... Even more context: That was right around the time that most of the cast of the UNC School of the Arts production of Angels in America was born... UNCSA’s troupe adheres to playwright Tony Kushner’s original version, which in its entirety runs seven hours in two parts, and — thankfully — tackled just the first half, Millennium Approaches...


UNCSA announces launch of Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute
Camel City Dispatch, February 25, 2015
The School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts has created the Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute, featuring two residencies by the renowned Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Dean Wade Weast has announced. A unique program aimed at helping graduate students reach their full potential as outstanding professional chamber musicians, the institute will serve both individual instrumentalists and small ensembles...


Fredericksburg woman takes her classical ballet training to the air, earns title in U.S. Aerial Championship
Free Lance-Star, February 23, 2015
There’s not much room in the ballet world for a dancer with a red Mohawk, so Rebekah Burke took her unique sense of style and fashion to another platform... At 14, she went to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for ballet training. At 16, she moved to New York City on her own to attend the Ellison Ballet and the Kelsey Kirkland Academy of Ballet...


Faith Briefs Saturday, Feb. 21
Salisbury Post, February 21, 2015
Ain’t That a Witness! A Concert for Black History Month: In celebration of Black History Month, “Ain’t That a Witness! A Concert of African-American Art Songs and Spirituals” will be performed Sunday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Vance St. The concert will feature (UNCSA alumni) Kannapolis native David Hamilton, tenor;... Jason McKinney, baritone...


Kannapolis tenor shares a name with opera greats
Charlotte Observer, February 21, 2015
There’s something about the name David Hamilton that ups the chances of having a world-famous set of tenor pipes that audiences consider a gift from God... After attending Brown for two years, Hamilton transferred to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts...


Helen Simoneau Danse creating new works during UNCSA residency
WFDD, February 19, 2015
Helen Simoneau Danse, celebrating its 5th year, is busy creating new works during their residency at UNC School of the Arts: Untitled Solo, Moonlight Parade, and The Task of Doing, a collaboration with composer Eric Schwartz...


Catholic University students return to the music of their youth
The Washington Post, February 17, 2015
If you’re a child of the 1990s and a musical-theater fan, you probably grew up singing songs from “Pocahontas,” “Wicked” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” — which means you were raised to love songs written by Stephen Schwartz... “We were very excited to create a revue geared toward young people,” said co-creator (and UNCSA alumnus) Matt Cowart...


UNCSA graduating dancers show Pluck
InfiniteBody, February 16, 2015
Students of the 2015 graduating contemporary dance class of University of North Carolina School of the Arts are excitedly preparing to perform next month at New York's Ailey Citigroup Theater-The Joan Weill Center for Dance. UNCSA's annual Pluck Project opens opportunities for students to jump-start careers by forging connections to established choreographers and other professionals in the field. This year, in addition to student-created solos, the culminating presentation features an ensemble piece by noted New York dance artist Kimberly Bartosik...


Polk State hosting award-winning choreographer for two thought-provoking evenings
Polk State College, February 16, 2015
Polk State College will host award-winning choreographer Camille A. Brown for a two-night engagement in February... Brown studied at the University of North Carolina School [of] the Arts...


UNCSA presents Pulitzer Prize-winning "Angels in America"
WFDD, Febraury 16, 2015
Angels in America, Part One: Millenniem Approaches by Tony Kushner stands on its own as one of Americas truly great plays. What begins as a play about political climate, gay rights and the HIV epidemic, evolves into a story of human survival and the global community...

UNC School of the Arts faculty: The Seven Wonders
Classical Voice North Carolina by Nicholas Rich, February 15, 2015
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is known for its complement of stunning performance faculty. As one of the finest music institutions in the southern United States, UNCSA attracts professional artists of the highest caliber to its teaching force. In a performance dubbed The Seven Wonders, three of UNCSA's finest joined forces with a visiting artist in an evening of virtuoso repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries...


Studio Visit: Thom Miller
The News-Gazette, February 15, 2015
Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with (UNCSA alumnus) Thom Miller...


TV Tidbits
News & Record, Febraury 15, 2015
Asheboro High School graduate Elizabeth Lail’s turn on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” has come to an end, she may have another role on the horizon. Lail, who moved to Asheboro when she was 2, graduated from UNC School of the Arts... Sons of Serendip, a quartet that got its start on the NBC competition series “America’s Got Talent,” has released its first album. The group includes Kendall Ramseur, an alumnus of the UNC School of the Arts...


'Angels in America' about more than AIDS in the '80s
Winston-Salem Journal, Febraury 15, 2015
When the actors starring in UNC School of the Arts’ production of “Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches” were born, the ’80s had come and gone...


Documentary by two WFU students picked up for SXSW
Winston-Salem Journal, February 15, 2015
The documentary short “unmappable,” by Wake Forest University graduate students, is an Official Selection for the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival. The filmmakers, Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma, are third-year master’s degree candidates in the documentary film program at Wake... For “unmappable,” they sought further collaboration with local artists: Jeff Markee, who composed the score, and Tom Hauser, who mixed the sound; both are Music Composition graduate students at UNC School of the Arts...


‘Ain’t That a Witness!’ Black History Month concert Feb. 22
Salisbury Post, February 15, 2015
In celebration of Black History Month, “Ain’t That a Witness! A Concert of African-American Art Songs and Spirituals” will be performed 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Vance Street. The concert will feature... Jason McKinney, baritone... Originally from Milwaukee, McKinney graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied voice with soprano Marilyn Taylor and tenor Glenn Siebert...


Colleges reap rewards of record giving
Winston-Salem Journal, February 15, 2015
It’s a good time to be a college: Two new reports on university finances show that U.S. colleges had a great 2014... The UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem raised $5.53 million in charitable contributions during that period, a school spokeswoman said...


Local dancer accepted to prestigious program
Statesville Record & Landmark, February 14, 2015
When Maggie Abbott started at Betty’s School of Dance as a 5-year-old, owner Natasha Marko knew from the young girl’s energy that was going to love it... Maggie, 13, was accepted this month into the American Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts...


UNC School of the Arts looks to upgrade campus security
TWC News, February 13, 2015
UNC School of the Arts is one of the several universities in North Carolina looking to increase campus security with federal grants...


Yadkin production brings old Savoy ballroom magic to Triad
Winston-Salem Journal, February 12, 2015
When the Savoy Ballroom opened in Harlem in 1926, it was one of the first racially integrated public places in the country... “People came to fall in love, to fight and then to fall in love all over again,” according to Ron Stacker Thompson, chair of the screenwriting department at UNC School of the Arts and artistic director of the Yadkin Arts Council’s Willingham Theatre...


Triad movie makes debut in Berlin
Winston-Salem Journal, February 11, 2015
A movie shot in the Triad last summer made its debut Monday at the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany... A crew of about 50 people, including alumni and some current students at the UNC School of the Arts, took part in the production...


‘Banshee’ star talks plot twists, sex scenes
Charlotte Observer, February 11, 2015
Cinemax’s “Banshee” has been a game-changer for actress Trieste Kelly Dunn in some major ways. The UNC School of the Arts alumna has had recurring roles on three other TV shows, but none of those stints lasted longer than six episodes...


Myrtle Beach native wrangles sound, award nominations
Myrtle Beach Sun News, February 11, 2015
Whatever sounds good in a movie really is music to Will Files’ ears, in a world of ways... Remembering his path to earning his filmmaking degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C., Files spoke of meeting “one of my sound heroes,” Randy Thom of Skywalker Sound, with whom he was encouraged to touch base after graduation...


Innovative organist Cameron Carpenter electrifies audience at McCarter Theatre
Town Topics, February 11, 2015
When one thinks of an organ recital, the first thought that comes to mind is a church setting, listening to an organist with his back to the audience, playing music for the most part written by classical composers. Cameron Carpenter, whose Princeton roots go back to his student days at the American Boychoir School, is trying to change all that... Cameron Carpenter is one of a kind. His musical training, whether in his hometown in western Pennsylvania, at the American Boychoir School, (the University of) North Carolina School [of] the Arts, or Juilliard, provided him with technical abilities to take his chosen instrument into new realms (not unlike what Liszt did with the 19th-century piano)...


Natascia Diaz, Jessica Hershberg, Alex Brightman & Joshua Morgan will lead premiere of Nick Blaemire's SOON at Signature Theatre!
Broadway World, February 10, 2015
Virginia's Signature Theatre just announced the full cast for the world premiere production of Soon, a new musical by Nick Blaemire (Glory Days, A Little More Alive). Directed by Matthew Gardiner (Signature's Sunday in the Park with George, Really Really), the ensemble piece will feature... (UNCSA School of Drama alumnus) Joshua Morgan (Steven; Woolly Mammoth's A Bright New Boise, Arena Stage's Fiddler on the Roof)...


FUNA International appoints Sean Reish Vice President of Sales
PR Web, February 10, 2015
FUNA International announced today that Sean Reish has joined the company as Vice President of Sales... After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida State University and a Masters of Fine Arts from (the University of) North Carolina School for the Arts, Mr. Reish began his career on numerous Broadway shows in Automation Design and Fabrication...


USITT announces 2015 Young Designer & Technicians Awards
Broadway World, February 9, 2015
Eleven promising young theatre artists will receive 2015 USITT Awards for Young Designers & Technicians in the Performing Arts -- the YD&T awards -- at USITT 2015 in Cincinnati, March 18-21... Master Craftsmanship Award sponsored by Bernhard R. Works -- Emily Morrisey of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts will receive the award for excellence in Stage Properties. She will earn her BFA in Design and Production from UNCSA this year. USITT Makeup Design Award sponsored by Kryolan Professional Makeup -- Chia Chia Feng of UNCSA. She will earn her MFA in Makeup Design this year...


Young Achievers: From film camp to Cruise
The Royal Gazette, February 9, 2015
Bermudian Christopher Frith first became interested in filmmaking after being “blown away” by the Star Wars films and realising during the credits that people actually get paid for this line of work... He was lucky enough to have attended one of the best film schools in the world — UNC School of the Arts — and specialised in editing and sound design before moving to Los Angeles...


Guitar virtuoso hopes to strum path for others
Chicago Tribune, February 9, 2015
When Jason Lewis was a mere 3 years old, he was already strumming a guitar. Now a high school senior who has been dazzling audiences and winning awards for his musical talents, Lewis is pondering whether to channel his abilities in the world of the arts or in science... By the end of his freshman year at New Trier, the Lewis family decided it was time to see where his musical ability could take him and that meant changing schools for a music-concentrated education. First he enrolled at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, and for the last two years he has studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts...


Cameron Carpenter drags the organ into the 21st century
Columbia Daily Tribune, February 8, 2015
Of the many adjectives used to describe Cameron Carpenter — “flamboyant,” “extravagantly talented” and “intelligent” among them — the quality noted most often about the 33-year-old Juilliard-trained organist is his flair for provocation... In fact, he trained as a dancer from age 8 to 22, while honing his musicianship at the American Boychoir School in Princeton, N.J., and the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts before graduating from Juilliard in 2006 with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees...


Lindsay Bierman says the arts create ‘STEAM’ in our community
Winston-Salem Journal, February 8, 2015
As chancellor of the UNC School of the Arts, the Journal invited me to describe the challenges that face my institution. After 25 years in the private sector, I joined the school last August at a turning point in its storied history: a 50th anniversary that calls on us to reflect on our past and re-imagine our future as the nation’s first public arts conservatory...


Websters’ new folk art school has room to grow
Salisbury Post, February 6, 2015
In a rambling, late 1800s house on South Main Street, Carrie and Eric Webster have dedicated two rooms to Carolina Folkworks... In high school, Carrie Ezzell Webster was an intern violinist for a year with the Asheville Symphony. She then earned music scholarships to attend the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem...


Free piano recital to be held at Western
Altus Times, February 6, 2015
The Western Oklahoma State College Music Department will present concert pianist and Cameron piano faculty member, Hyunsoon Whang in concert on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Herschal H. Crow Fine Arts Auditorium... Whang studied at the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts, the St. Louis Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School, and earned a doctorate from Indiana University...


Renowned organist Jack Mitchener to inaugurate Hook & Hastings Organ at St. Timothy's Church
WFDD, February 6, 2015
UNC School of the Arts alumnus Jack Mitchener is one of today’s leaders in the field of American organ pedagogy and performance...


Hires and promotions for the week of Feb. 2, 2015
Miami Herald, February 6, 2015
A. Margot Moss, a partner at Markus/Moss, is now a named partner at the criminal defense firm in Miami, which was previously known as Markus & Markus. She is president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Miami Chapter. She has a bachelor’s degree in music from (the University of) North Carolina School of the Arts, a master’s degree in music from the Unviersity of the Arts, and a law degree from Temple University...


Burlington Ballet’s Winter Concert event is this weekend
Times-News, February 5, 2015
Burlington Ballet will perform its Winter Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington. The program will include... “Wandermind” and “At the Core,” two contemporary pieces choreographed by Maddie Braxton and Abigail Ray, students studying at UNC School of the Arts and UNC-Greensboro respectively...


Movie review: In ‘Goodbye to All That,’ man stumbles into a second life as a single father
News & Record, February 5, 2015
When Otto, the big lug at the center of “Goodbye to All That,” learns that his wife is leaving him, he reacts the way you’d expect from an oblivious doofus... You don’t have time to ponder the damage, though, what with Otto’s... love interest ([UNC School of the Arts alumna] Anna Camp) who is both very religious and very kinky. The movie, which was shot in Winston-Salem, is a chronicle of muddling through, but writer-director Angus MacLachlan ([UNC] School of the Arts graduate and Winston-Salem resident who also wrote “Junebug”) is sometimes too determined to keep things light...


‘Kindly Rooted’ dance premieres Friday at DAC
The Herald Sun, February 5, 2015
A late-night conversation between two friends, Durham natives Allison R. Daniels and Kristin Taylor, inspired their new dance, “Kindly Rooted.”... Taylor earned a BFA degree from the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts...


'A Chorus Line' debuts at Asheville Community Theatre
Citizen Times, February 5, 2015
For as long as she can remember, Taylor Aldrich has sought to charm audiences through song and dance... Indeed, her pursuit as a performing artist has proved encouraging — she spent a year in New York City performing in regional shows, after graduating from the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts...


Guitar wiz Tim Sparks to perform
The Daily Iowan, February 5, 2015
On Friday at 8 p.m., Tim Sparks and his guitar will light up the stage at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Sparks is the National Fingerpicking Champion from 1993, after having trained in classical guitar at (the University of) North Carolina School of the Arts...


Griffey, four-time Grammy winning tenor, coming to Southern Pines Feb. 15
Fayetteville Observer, February 5, 2015
American tenor Anthony Dean Griffey will perform at Weymouth Center in Southern Pines on Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. Griffey, a four-time Grammy winner and native of High Point, North Carolina, has performed all over the world including appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Paris Opera House and Teatro dell'Opera in Rome. He was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2011 and currently holds the position of Distinguished Artist in Residence at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts...


A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute presents "Die Fledermaus"
WFDD, February 4, 2015
In a posh 19th century European neighborhood, the wealthy Gabriel von Eisenstein, his attractive wife Rosalinda, and their maid Adele live what appears to be a comfy, happy, uneventful life together...


Acclaimed tenor presents concert at Weymouth
The Pilot, February 2, 2015
American tenor Anthony Dean Griffey has captured critical and popular acclaim on opera, concert and recital stages around the world.The combination of his beautiful and powerful lyric tenor voice, gift of dramatic interpretation and superb musicianship have earned him the highest praise from critics and audiences alike... Allison Gagnon, director of the Collaborative Piano Program at UNC-School of the Arts, will be Griffey’s accompanist...


Barbizon Charlotte hosts Eighth Annual Extravaganza at UNCSA
Lighting and Sound America, February 2, 2015
For the eighth year, Barbizon Lighting Company's Charlotte offices brought together entertainment industry companies to set up for a day of technology at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina...


UNCSA well-represented at Sundance
Winston-Salem Journal, February 1, 2015
About 30 alumni from the School of Filmmaking and the School of Drama at UNC School of the Arts have ties to at least 14 independent films screening at Sundance Film Festival and the alternative Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah...


UNC School of the Arts puts finishing touches on large construction project
WGHP Fox 8, February 1, 2015
The UNC School of the Arts is putting the finishing touches on four new buildings that will change the face of its campus and enhance the education of its students, school administrators said, according to the Winston-Salem Journal...




Tim's Top 5: Up-and-coming celebs with Triad ties
Winston-Salem Journal, January 30, 2015
The Triad has long given Hollywood celebrities, ranging from Pam Grier to Zach Galifianakis to plenty of stars to come out of the UNC School of the Arts. And that tradition continues... 3. Bridget Regan, “Marvel’s Agent Carter:” Something’s up with Dottie Underwood, the seemingly minor character played by UNCSA alumna Bridget Regan in ABC’s period adventure show, a spinoff of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” and the “Captain America” movies... 4. UNCSA Alums at Sundance: The Sundance Film Festival is currently underway, and UNCSA is well-represented there, with some familiar stars with UNCSA ties including Tim Guinee in “99 Homes,” Jennifer Ehle in “Advantageous” and Danny McBride in “Don Verdean.” ... 5. And Slamdance: And at the edgier Slamdance festival, which ended Thursday, UNCSA alums were also involved in two films, including the opening night film “Bloodsucking Bastards,” a horror-comedy directed by Brian James O’Connell, a 1998 graduate of the School of Filmmaking...


Business Achievements for Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
News & Record, January 30, 2015
Greensboro native Nathan Milholin, a 2010 University of North Carolina School of the Arts graduate, was one of three equal winners in a regional competition (Philadelphia District) of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions...


Hit comedy Land Ho! breaks the ice
The Dominion Post, January 29, 2015
The film-makers of Land Ho!, Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz, attended the same film school as Chad Hartigan, who made Eenhoorn famous in indie film circles with Martin Bonner. Eenhoorn figured this school (the University of North Carolina School of the Arts) "must be on top of the next wave", and took a chance. He had no idea what he was letting himself in for...


West Orange High reaches new heights with ‘Peter Pan’ production
West Orange Times & Observer, January 29, 2015
Benjamin Rush, a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts technical theater program, is the guest director for “Peter Pan.”...


Drumming up, sorting out the stuff of a lifetime
Democrat & Chronicle, January 28, 2015
History is made up of stuff. Letters, books, pictures, snare drums, stuff. "For some reason, I never threw anything away," says John H. Beck as he looks at his history, his stuff... Beck points out a snare drum. It's a Rogers Dyna-Sonic, top of the line. Over the years, Beck used that drum to audition 1,618 students for admission to Eastman... What will happen to the Dyna-Sonic? Beck thinks it may go to his son, John R. Beck, who teaches percussion at the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem...


A Peek Inside "The Ella Zoo" - Heartwarming Poems of Captivating Creatures
WFDD, January 28, 2015
Last month, Bibi Coyne released The Ella Zoo, and out came the Ellaroo, the Koella Bear, a Girellaraffe, the Gazella, and many more. Bibi's fun and heartwarming poetry collection captures the energy and character of her own animal-loving daughter Ella. The smart, sweet poems will engage readers of all ages as will the illustrations by UNCSA graduate Valentina Felce...


Student art recognized at Barton College
The Wilson Times, January 28, 2015
Barton College will welcome students from across the state to celebrate their creativity at the annual Scholastic Art Awards ceremony Sunday... Also sent to New York will be the works of five American Vision Award (best of show) nominees, including... Ashlyn Lund, grade 12, University of North Carolina School of the Arts (twice nominated)... From the Gold Key artworks, the jury also selected works for additional regional awards to be presented at the ceremony including... Jurors’ Choice Portfolio to Molly Mir, grade 12, University of North Carolina School of the Arts... and the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Recycled Materials Award to Anna Grace Waller, grade 12, University of North Carolina School of the Arts...


Chapel Hill, NC, architect introduces tiny, modern, "micropolis" house plans
Archinect, January 26, 2015
Growing up in NC, architect Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA, of Chapel Hill, NC, saw a problem: The mobile homes scattered or clumped together across North Carolina filled a great need for small housing options but they had no design integrity, they were usually made of poor materials, and she couldn’t see how they contributed to their owners’ quality of life... She attended the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts, the Juilliard School of Music, and NC State University’s College of Design...


The UNCSA Cirkus Theatre Project | Gateway 1
UNC-TV, January 26, 2015
The UNCSA Cirkus Theatre Project, in partnership with Cirque du Soleil, sets student teams the task of producing original short scenes for the stage. A faculty panel aids the teams by reviewing their ideas in a series of "gateways" throughout... (link to video)


Bach and Bieler in Sacred Space
Classical Voice North Carolina by Peter Perret, January 25, 2015
Professor Ida Bieler of the UNC School of the Arts and of the Robert Schumann University of Music and Media in Düsseldorf (Germany) joined Provost David Nelson of UNCSA in a performance of and lecture on two unaccompanied works for violin by Johann Sebastian Bach in the neo-Gothic stone home of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Ms. Bieler is a fine violinist with beautiful tone, near-perfect intonation, and an admirably expressive approach to phrasing and musical architecture...


The UNCSA Cirkus Theatre Project | Overview
UNC-TV, January 23, 2015
The UNC School of the Arts & the Kenan Institute for the Arts have created an exciting interdisciplinary project inspired by Cirque du Soleil, in which student teams are challenged to create original short theater works that tell a story without dialogue. During the school year, the students develop their ideas, aiming to be one of the teams chosen to bring their production to the stage. (link to video)


The Arts Council of Winston-Salem's 65th Birthday
Arts Council Winston-Salem, January 23, 2015
The students of UNCSA surprised the attendees of The Arts Council's 65th birthday party/2015 Campaign Kick-Off with a modified rendition of Newsies "Seize the Day" urging everyone to realize that the "campaign starts right d%$*# now." (link to video)


The Cirkus Theatre Project, author of "Descent" Tim Johnston, and singer/songwriter Johnathan Loos
WFDD, January 23, 2015
Nisshoku presents a young boy and his escape from the reality of his own broken home. He creates an imaginary world where he’s called upon to teach the sun and moon to co-exist in harmony before the earth is destroyed. Red Balloon draws from Japanese Noh theater in showing how an orphan boy rediscovers the beauty of childhood. Cirkus Theatre Project—the unique collaboration between Cirque du Soleil and their longtime partner University of NC School of the Arts—is now in its fourth season...


UNCSA School of Filmmaking alum may take on “Aquaman”
Camel City Dispatch, January 23, 2015
University of North Carolina School of the Arts alum Jeff Nichols could be about to make the move from the world of independently produced films like “Take Shelter” and “Mud” into the mega-budget world of big time super-hero flick movie making...


COCA adds dance directors
The Edwardsville Intelligencer, January 22, 2015
On January 9, 2015, COCA-Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis announced Antonio Douthit-Boyd and Kirven Douthit-Boyd, currently principal dancers with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will join the organization as Co-Artistic Directors of Dance... Antonio Douthit-Boyd began his dance training at age 16 at COCA under the direction of Ms. Lee Nolting. Lacking resources, but blessed with natural talent, Antonio received dance instruction and comprehensive support services from COCA. This beginning as a “COCA kid” started him on a path that would include training with the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts, the Joffrey Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet...


Arts notebook: Good times, great music when two guys classically 'Poke' fun at social media
Idaho Statesman, January 22, 2015
OK, so you've been poked on Facebook. But in the concert hall? Yep. This weekend the Boise Philharmonic will feature the cello and bass duo of Brooks Whitehouse and Paul Sharpe, aka Low and Lower, who will give audiences a comedic "Poke." ... Whitehouse and Sharpe met as faculty members at the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts...


UNCSA offers acting classes to more children, adults
Winston-Salem Journal, January 20, 2015
Janine Hawley, program coordinator for UNCSA School of Drama Acting Out!, explains the importance of the program to teach children the basics of acting. (Link to video.)


New season, top staffer at Cygnet
U-T San Diego, January 19, 2015
Besides its 2015-16 slate, Cygnet is also announcing that it has hired the director Rob Lutfy as the theater's new associate artistic director. Lutfy, who is directing Cygnet's current production of "Sons of the Prophet" (which officially opens Saturday), previously directed the company's 2014 production of "The Motherf--ker With the Hat." Like Cygnet co-founder and artistic chief Sean Murray, he is a graduate of the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts...


Short Film Showcase: Austin Taylor’s Death & the Robot
Dread Central, January 19, 2015
A lot of people contact us with their short films to share, and one of the most creative to cross our path recently is Death & the Robot, Austin Taylor’s 4th year thesis film at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts...


Dance program has started careers
Winston-Salem Journal, January 18, 2015
Matthew Donnell has come full circle. He grew up in Mount Airy, went to the Preparatory Dance Program at UNC School of the Arts when he was 10, graduated from high school at UNCSA in 1999, had a dance career at Kansas City Ballet (10 years) and in musical theater. Now, Donnell is back at the school as the new director of the dance prep program...


Tea & Tutus for “A Soul’s Two Feet”
Hometown Pasadena, January 18, 2015
To feel the pull of the dance floor, to feel the urge within to move one’s body, to hear the music and want to, need to dance. And not be able to. In 2012, Nicoletta Baffo established “A Soul’s Two Feet,” a scholarship fund to provide “the gift of dance.” ... Nicoletta is a dancer who left home at 16 to advance her ballet training. She is a senior in the high school program at the University of North Carolina School for the Arts (UNCSA)...


UNCSA reaches out to the community
Winston-Salem Journal, January 18, 2015
UNC School of the Arts, celebrating its 50th year, is a conservatory — a school for the study of the performing and visual arts — where students must audition or otherwise qualify to be admitted. It is, by its nature, elite, expecting the best from its students. But it’s not exclusive. The office of Educational Outreach and Summer Programs offers community classes in three disciplines throughout the year, and multi-disciplinary summer programs. All you have to do is sign up and pay up to take classes in music, dance or acting...


Art Briefs: Three UNCSA grads advance in opera competitions, UNCSA students performing National Anthem at championships
Winston-Salem Journal, January 18, 2015
Vocalists from the School of Music at UNC School of the Arts have advanced in three regional competitions of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions... Students and faculty from the School of Music at UNC School of the Arts will take to the ice during the Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which started Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum. Instead of skating, they will be performing the National Anthem for four segments of the competition, and they are collaborating with top male skater Jeremy Abbott for an exhibition performance...


Cygnet Theatre announces Season 13 lineup
Broadway World, January 18, 2015
Cygnet Theatre has announced a Season 13 lineup featuring seven productions sure to take audiences on a rollicking theatrical journey. Adding a new creative influence to the season will be Cygnet's most recent addition, Rob Lutfy, who has been appointed as Cygnet's Associate Artistic Director and will start in the summer... Well before he was scheduled to start in his new position, Artistic Director Sean Murray looked to Lufty for input and advice in choosing the upcoming season... Lutfy is a graduate of the directing program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Drama where he returns annually to teach acting as guest faculty... "I was looking for someone to bounce ideas around with and who will help us grow the theatre," explained Murray who, along with partner Bill Schmidt, founded and has run the theater since 2003. "And it doesn't hurt that he is from my beloved (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts," Murray added...


Benjamin Walker, Zosia Mamet, Jennifer Damiano, Isabel Keating, Wesley Taylor among lab cast of American Psycho Musical
Playbill, January 17, 2015
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson star Benjamin Walker, "Girls" actress Zosia Mamet, Tony nominees Jennifer Damiano and Isabel Keating and "Smash" actor Wesley Taylor (UNCSA School of Drama 2008) are among the developmental cast of Duncan Sheik's American Psycho musical, has learned. The lab, which is scheduled to be presented at the end of this month, stars Walker as Patrick Bateman with... Taylor (The Addams Family) as Luis Carruthers... and Nick Bailey (UNCSA School of Drama 2009) (Casa Valentina) as Sean Bateman...


Booking It! Wesley Taylor talks "breaking through," fighting nerves and pigeonholes, self-producing and more
Broadway World, January 16, 2015's new feature series Booking It asks leading industry members to share professional insights, need-to-know tips and essential tricks of the trade for up-and-coming and established theatre artists. This week we speak with Wesley Taylor, who works consistently both on stage and off. At 28 years old, Wesley Taylor has already established himself in the worlds of Broadway and television. After graduating from the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts, he booked the 1980s-inspired musical Rock of Ages, which transferred to Broadway and took off (the production will close this weekend after 2,328 regular performances, ending its run as the 27th longest-running show in Broadway history)...


State universities want to raise tuition
WFDD, January 16, 2015
It may soon cost more to attend a public university in North Carolina. The schools want to raise tuition and fees an average of 4 percent next year and 3.5 percent the following year for undergraduate state residents. The governing board of the 16-campus University of North Carolina system planned to open discussion of proposals to raise the cost of attendance at its monthly meeting today. A UNC Board of Governors decision isn't expected until next month...


3rd Shift- Politically appointed Board of Governors continues partisan purge with Board of Governor’s President- now targeting WSSU & UNCSA
Camel City Dispatch, January 16, 2015
Art Pope’s Civitas has long wanted to close North Carolina’s Historically Black Colleges… now they just may get their chance... UNCSA and WSSU’s Centers for Design & Innovation (which also do much work with W-S/Forsyth County School students) are also in their cross-hairs along with UNC-Charlotte’s Urban Institute and UNC-Wilmington’s Center for Marine Science...


Lincoln Center Education to showcase Kenan Fellows, 1/29-31
Broadway World, January 16, 2015
Kenan Fellows studying arts and education with Lincoln Center Education will present their work from January 29 - 31, 2015 at the Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center Education, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, Rose Building, 7th Floor...


Brett Gelman's new Adult Swim special airs on February 13th
Split Sider, January 15, 2015
(1999 UNCSA alumnus) Brett Gelman is returning to Adult Swim next month, and it's a family affair. His new special, titled Dinner with Family with Brett Gelman and Brett Gelman's Family, will premiere on Friday, February 13th at 12:30am and costar Gelman with Tony Roberts and Patti LuPone...


Hometown welcome for ‘Goodbye’ director
Triad City Beat, January 14, 2015
Angus MacLachlan is a hero in these parts. He spent most of his life in Winston-Salem and attended UNC School of the Arts for both high school and college. He’s written scripts for movies with renowned actors, such as Stone with Robert DeNiro and Edward Norton, and ones set across the world such as the dark, Swedish drama, Förtroligheten...


Tenor René Barbera, ethnomusicologist Andrew Raffo Dewar, and the New Winston Museum
WFDD, January 9, 2015
Since graduating from the University of NC School of the Arts, tenor René Barbera has quickly established himself as a rising star on today’s opera circuit. Opera Today wrote that his performance “…had us so bewitched we scarcely dared breathe, lest any sound break the honeyed perfection”...


Guillermo del Toro sets ‘Carnival Row’ as Amazon series
SlashFilm, January 8, 2015
Guillermo del Toro is building a carnival over at Amazon. Many years ago Pacific Rim writer (and UNCSA alumnus) Travis Beacham sold a script called A Killing on Carnival Row, and Guillermo del Toro was soon attached to direct...


High Point native's movie chosen to kick off film festival
High Point Enterprise, January 4, 2015
The title of (UNCSA alumnus) Brian O’Connell’s latest film may raise some eyebrows here in the Bible Belt, but the movie has raised the High Point native’s stature in Hollywood. The film, a horror-comedy called “Bloodsucking Bastards,” has been selected to open the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival later this month, an honor O’Connell says will be “very huge” for his career as an emerging film director...







Asolo students learn how to fight
Arts Sarasota, December 22, 2014
With his hands placed carefully around a young actor’s neck, (UNCSA faculty member) Dale Girard demonstrates how stage performers can look like they’re doing major damage to another performer without causing actual injury...


UNCSA grad gives students a tour of sound design
Winston-Salem Journal, December 21, 2014
Lindsay Jones had many words of wisdom for sound-design students at UNC School of the Arts last week: Always deliver what you promise. Don’t take criticism personally. Sometimes you must make the parrot voice yourself...


‘Nutcracker’ sales break record
Winston-Salem Journal, December 18, 2014
The UNC School of the Arts’ production of “The Nutcracker” has surpassed last year’s record-breaking ticket sales...


Lord Nelson Mass in Exciting Student Performance
Classical Voice North Carolina by Peter Perret, December 14, 2014
The excellent UNCSA Cantata Singers, under the direction of their new maestro, Nathan Zullinger, performed the Missa in angustiis by Franz Josef Haydn, better known as the Lord Nelson Mass, at Home Moravian Church in the heart of old Salem. The concert was introduced by the much-admired tenor, Glenn Siebert, functioning in the dual capacity of faculty member of UNCSA and Music Director of Home Moravian Church, which dates back to the time of the first performance of the Haydn Mass...


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...