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Our alumni do amazing things – we like to think that’s at least in part a reflection of their time here at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. With each alumni achievement, the UNCSA community celebrates the fulfillment of the passion that drives our students to success. From backstage and into the limelight, our graduates are making their mark in the world as professional artists and creators, each in their own original way. We couldn’t be more proud.

Recent Featured Alumni
Vera Herbert
Screenwriting alumna lands her dream job writing for "This Is Us"

It's been less than six years since she graduated from the UNCSA School of Filmmaking, and Vera Herbert has already landed her dream job. Herbert, a 2011 screenwriting alumna, is a writer for NBC's breakout show "This Is Us."

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Juwan J. Alston
Charlotte Ballet's Juwan J. Alston is on the rise

From Footloose to Sleeping Beauty, Charlotte Ballet dancer Juwan J. Alston finds new ways to grow and learn in his career.

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Laura Jackson
Laura Jackson's chromatic path to conducting

From high school violin student to music director of the Reno Philharmonic, Laura Jackson tells how UNCSA laid the foundation for interpreting orchestral works of genius.

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Tapley and Rogen
Film alumnus reigns in Variety's Playback podcast

Kristopher Tapley (Filmmaking '04) has been making waves in the world of film awards coverage for years and now as Variety's Awards Editor. His new Playback podcast features interviews and shoptalk with some of Hollywood's brightest stars.

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Sadie Cornett Cook
Sadie Cornette Cook's artistic growth lands her at Yale

Visual Arts student Sadie Cornette Cook (HS '16) says UNCSA gave her portfolio the edge over applicants to Yale and other art schools.

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Camille A. Brown
The Evolution of Camille A. Brown

Choreographer, dancer and performer Camille A. Brown overcomes rejection and finds her own voice.

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Becca Stevens
Becca Stevens mixes classical & jazz into her art-infused life

Jazz vocalist, composer, songwriter and collaborator Becca Stevens (HS '02) came to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts her junior year of high school to study classical guitar. Her time at UNCSA changed her life's trajectory.

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Paul Tazewell
Hamilton style: alumnus designs costumes for Broadway's hottest show

Paul Tazewell (B.F.A. '86) has designed stellar original costumes for nearly two dozen Broadway shows, including the wildly successful smash hit "Hamilton: An American Musical."

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Ed Stephenson
Guitar alumnus embraces the musical side of the Old North State

Ed Stephenson ended up as a college student in UNCSA's School of Music essentially by chance. And yet it was the start of the Canada native's life as a working musician, much of which has taken place right here in North Carolina.

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