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Recap of the 2012 Entertainment Innovation Conference
"Conference attracts big names in entertainment"
Great coverage of the 2012 Entertainment
Innovation Conference by Fox 8 News!

View pictures on Facebook from the
2012 Entertainment Innovation Conference

"Up with Innovation"
Another great article in the Winston-Salem Journal
about the recent Entertainment Innovation Conference

"Producing Magic"
View article in the Winston-Salem Journal about the
upcoming Entertainment Innovation Conference, Sept 6th - 8th!

2012 Emmy wins for the D&P Family!
Christal Schanes (Wig and Makeup faculty, D&P Class of ‘03) won a 2012 Emmy Award in the category of “Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special” for the Saturday Night Live episode with guest host Zooey Deschanel. Schanes, who rejoined the D&P faculty this fall, has been nominated in previous years; this is her first win!

Seth Easter (Scene Design, ‘04) won a 2012 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Programming” for the 65th Annual Tony Awards. Easter, the art director, shares the award with production designer Steve Bass. Easter currently lives in New York.

Metrolina Theatre Association Award Winner for Scene Design
Dee Blackburn (MFA ’12, Scene Design) won the Metrolina Theatre Award for Outstanding Set Design – Drama, for her design of August: Osage County, produced by Carolina Actors Studio Theatre.

9th Annual Metrolina Theatre Association Award Nominees
Jason Romney (Sound Design Faculty) was nominated for Outstanding Sound Design for his design of The Borrowers, produced by the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.

Dee Blackburn (MFA ’12, Scene Design) was nominated for two awards for Outstanding Set Design for her designs of August: Osage County, and Floyd Collins, both produced by Carolina Actors Studio Theatre.

Ryan Wineinger (BFA ’09, Scene Design) was nominated for Outstanding Set Design for his design of Seussical, produced by the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.

Elisheba Ittoop (MFA ‘07, Sound Design) was nominated for Outstanding Sound Design for her design of Seussical, produced by the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.

Suzi Bass Award Nominees (Metro Atlanta)
Christine Turbitt (Director for the Costume Design and Technology Program) has been nominated for a
SuzI Bass Award for her design of The Importance of Being Earnest at Georgia Shakespeare. 

Clay Benning (MFA, ‘00)
Outstanding Sound Design of a Play - The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, Alliance Theatre
Outstanding Sound Design for a Musical - Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, Alliance Theatre
Outstanding Sound Design for a Musical – Into the Woods, Alliance Theatre

Adair Mallory (MFA, ‘12) and Kendall Simpson - Outstanding Sound Design for a Musical – I Just Stopped By to See the Man – Alliance Theatre

The Suzi Bass Awards celebrate excellence in Metro Atlanta’s professional theatre community.

D&P Faculty Design for Traid Stage's New Production
Four faculty members from D&P are on the design team for Triad Stage’s upcoming production of “Trouble in Mind,” by Alice Childress: John Coyne – scene design, Norman Coates – lighting design, David Smith - sound design, and Bill Brewer – costume design. The show opens tonight (Friday September 7th) in downtown Greensboro, and runs through Sunday September 23, 2012.

2011-2012
Samantha Kingsland (3rd year undergraduate costume design and technology) received an award and a full conference pass to the USITT national  convention for her costume design for The Lion In Winter as part of the Joe Stell Design/Tech Expo at the USITT Southeast Fall 2011 Master Classes in Athens, GA, October 6th – 8th, 2011.

John Bowhers (4th year undergraduate scene design) received an award and a full conference pass to the USITT national  convention for his scenic design for  The Mystery of Irma Vep as part of the Joe Stell Design/Tech Expo at the USITT Southeast Fall 2011 Master Classes in Athens, GA, October 6th – 8th, 2011.

Bland Wade (Director, Stage Properties Program) has designed the sets for the play Almost, Maine, by John Cariani, at the Wake Forest University Theatre.  The show runs through November 6, 2011.

Joseph P. Tilford (Dean, School of Design and Production) designed the sets for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s current production of Shakespeare’s As you Like it.  One reviewer called Tilford’s sets “cleverly inventive from start to finish,” while another stated “The design work is impeccable, with a thoughtful set by Tilford.” The show runs through November 6, 2011.

The following D&P students, faculty, and alumni participated in the Piedmont Opera’s recent production of Mozart’s Don Giovonni at the Stevens Center.

D&P Students
Kelly Wilt – Running Crew
Liz Johnson - Assistant Stage Manager

D&P Faculty
Bill Volz – Production Manager
Dennis Booth – Technical Director
Eric Rimes – Production Electrician
Zak Stevenson – Head Rigger
Norman Coates – Lighting Designer

D&P Alumni
Jennifer O’Kelly – Properties Master
Ann Louise Wolf – Stage Manager
Terry Richardson – Audio
John Horsman – Orchestra Production Manager

David Smith (Director, Sound Design Program) served as composer and sound designer for Triad Stage’s new production of A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen. The show runs through 11/6/11 at Triad Stage in downtown Greensboro.

Two faculty members from D&P were part of the design team for Triad Stage’s recent  production of “Dial M for Murder,”  by Frederick Knott.  Norman Coates (director of the lighting program) provided the lighting design, and David Smith (director of the sound program) served as composer/sound designer.