Design & Production Alumni Stories - UNCSA

Alumni Stories

Alumni Stories

Students come to the School of Design & Production with a passion for their art – and they leave equipped to live that passion in the professional world. There’s no better marker of the success of our program, and no greater source of pride, than the achievements of our alumni. From lighting the stages of Broadway to working with international audio-visual companies, our graduates leave their mark on the world.

They work as make-up artists, stage managers, prop designers, sound engineers, lighting technicians and more in some of the most prestigious and well-known institutions across the globe – on Broadway, on television, on film and beyond. Our alums have worked with world-renowned organizations like Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Berkeley Ballet Theatre, Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre and The Walt Disney Company.

Recent Featured Stories
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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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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Shanomie Blackwood
Working at Cirque du Soleil is like a circus

Shanomie Blackwood ('13) is living it up in Orlando, Florida, as she works on Cirque du Soleil's show La Nouba, a French phrase "to party." The two-shows-a-day schedule has Blackwood working hard, but she is doing what she's loves -working in technical theatre.

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Elisheba Ittoop
An award-winning sound designer finds work in some of New York's biggest venues

What started out as a scheduling snafu in college was a life-changing mistake for Elisheba Ittoop ('07), an alumna of UNCSA's graduate Sound Design program.

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Brittany Steele
Hitting the jackpot: a wig and makeup artist travels the world with Beauty and the Beast

Every day Brittany Steele gets to create the face of the most beloved beast in the world. Not a bad gig for a young woman fresh out of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts' graduate program in wig and makeup design.

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Milton Davis
From the Olympics to U2 concerts, an electronics engineer finds global success

In every great performance, there are the performers and there are those who, as Milton Davis ('83) puts it, free the artists and help them carry out their creative vision.

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