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trains talented young men and women to be exciting, versatile and
accomplished professionals. The school emphasizes classical values in
its training process to meet a well-recognized demand for actors to be
technically skilled and, at the same time, creatively inspired. This
vital combination of talent and skill is developed and refined by a
highly qualified professional faculty through close, personal attention
to their students' growth.
UNCSA NAMES NEW DRAMA DEAN - Carl Forsman is Award-Winning Director, Producer and Artistic Director of NYC’s Keen Company
Geordie MacMinn Named UNCSA Recipient of UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence.
This video was created by two students, Terrell Calloway, Drama, and West Webb, Film, for prospective students to get an idea about the School of Drama here at UNCSA.
Follow Drama student Timothy Thompson’s blog at http://www.theatermania.com/north-carolina-theater/tmu/09-2012/greetings-from-a-fighting-pickle_61059.html, where he hopes to share “some conservatory approaches and processes going on around me, as well as the things we create.”
Entertainment Weekly pegs School of Drama graduates Anna Camp and Dane DeHaan as “ones to watch” noted in the following press release
Marc Damon Johnson will play “Donald” in the Broadway revival of Kaufman & Hart’s classic American comedy YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU starring James Earl Jones as “Grandpa Vanderfof”. Directed by Scott Ellis previews begin at the Longacre Theatre Aug. 26, opening Sept. 28.
Hallie Cooper (’11) plays Lillian Watkins in TUCUMCARI written and directed by Riley Steiner in N. Hollywood at the Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center. Aug. 7 – 31. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/793653
UNCSA’s alumni and student Peppercorn Children’s Theatre ends its spectacular 3rd summer season with an imaginative and inventive adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s beloved THE JUNGLE BOOK. Adapted for the stage by D&P alum/producing director John Bowhers and directed
by Drama alum Thomas Rowell w/live music from the Carolina Summer Music Festival, it plays Winston Salem’s Hanesbrands Theatre Aug. 1 – 10. http://www.peppercorntheatre.org/
Legendary actress Rosemary Harris, wife of John Ehle (one of the founders of UNCSA), mother of alumna actress Jennifer Ehle,
muse and inspiration to UNCSA, will play Eleanor Swan in Tom Stoppard’s INDIAN INK at NYC’s Roundabout Theatre. Laura Pels
Theatre, previews Sept. 4, opening Sept. 28 thru Nov. 30.http://www.playbill.com/news/article/188067-Tony-Winner-Rosemary-Harris-Will-Star-in-Tom-Stoppards-Indian-Ink-Off-Broadway
Jonathan Majors (’12) plays Sebastian in THE TEMPEST with the Chautauqua Theatre Company. Aug. 8 – 15.http://theater.ciweb.org/index.php/the-tempest
Read The New York Times on Wesley Taylor’s edgy, provocative, hip & funny DIY web series IT COULD BE WORSE. Season Two,
episode 1 “Uncharted Territory” features fellow alums Billy Magnussen, Matt Lauria, Aleque Reid and Blake Cooper Griffin.
Brett Gelman, named by Variety Entertainment as one of the “10 Comics to Watch”, co-stars as “A.J.” on the new FX sitcom MARRIED. Thurs. 10pm EST.http://www.journalnow.com/relishnow/film_tv/tv_tidbits/tv-tidbits-uncsa-grad-appreciates-skills-he-learned-at-school/article_15e8bd06-0e8b-11e4-af6e-001a4bcf6878.html
Billy Magnussen co-stars with Anna Gunn in SEX WITH STRANGERS by Laura Eason off-Bway at 2econd Stage Theatre, directed by David Schwimmer. Thru Aug. 24. http://2st.com/shows/current-production/sex-with-strangers#cast
Charles Osborne (’12) plays “Miss Texas” in the musical PAGEANT at San Diego’s Cygnet Theatre, fellow alumSean Murray artistic director. July 10 – Aug. 31. http://www.cygnettheatre.com/show/14-15/pageant.html
Directing Program alum Harry Poster directs AFTER ETERNITY by Eugenie Carabatsos at NYC’s Access Theatre. Fellow alums Kevin Carillo (’14) and Ryan Pater (’13) are in the cast, Isabelle Ellingson (’14) is co-producer.
July 24 – 27. https://www.facebook.com/aftereternitytheplay
Read the attached NY Times review of Chicago’s Goodman Theater production of BRIGADOON with photo Drama alum Jordan Brown as “Charlie Dalrymple”. Jordan will be remembered as one of the double cast “Tony’s” in UNCSA’s all school 50th anniversary production of WEST SIDE STORY in 2007.
’14 alum Michael Labbadia makes his NY off-Bway debut as “famous singer and notorious playboy” Gus Di Ruvo in Preston Sturges’ rarely performed
1929 comedy STRICTLY DISHONORABLE by Preston Sturges with the Attic Theatre Company. School of Drama adjunct faculty Laura Braza directs.
July 26 – Aug. 12. http://www.theflea.org/show_detail.php?page_type=0&show_id=151
Hayley Treider, recipient of the esteemed Leonore Annenberg Fellowship, appeared as Sister Sheila in Netflix’s ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, season 2, episode 11 “Take a Break From Values”.
John Langs, assoc. artistic director of Seattle’s ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) and frequent UNCSA adjunct faculty directs Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL at the American Players Theatre in bucolic Spring Green, WI. http://americanplayers.org/plays/the-seagull
Broadway veteran and critically acclaimed interpreter of the works of August Wilson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, creates the lead role in the premiere ofBEWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY by Stephen Adly Guirgis at off-Bway’s Atlantic Theatre Company. Directed by Austin Pendleton. July 10 – Aug. 16.
Anna Camp has returned as the vampire hating “Sarah Newlin” for the 7th and final season of HBO’s TRUE BLOOD. Sundays 9pm EST.http://www.mstarz.com/articles/32964/20140702/true-blood-season-7-spoilers-will-anna-camp-s-sarah-newlin-return-for-final-season.htm
UNCSA alumni and student Peppercorn Children’s Theatre presents BILLY AND THE GOLDEN PENCIL at SECCA. Written and directed by artistic dir. Steven Kopp, music by Big Bang Boom, lyrics by producing dir. John Bowhers. July 11 – 13.
Julianne Lawson, class of ’14, makes her professional debut at NH’s Peterborough Players in THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES (June 28 – July 26)
and LITTLE WOMEN (Aug. 23 – 25) directed by UNCSA guest director Gus Kaikkonen. http://www.peterboroughplayers.org/Julianne-Lawson
UNCSA Alumni No Rules Theatre Company (Joshua Morgan, artistic director) bring their hit production of the hilarious comedy BOEING BOEING from DC to Winston Salem’s Hanesbrand Theatre. July 9 – 27. Director is alum Matt Cowart, fresh from being assoc. director of the Tony winning
LADY DAY AT THE EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL starring Audra McDonald. Fellow alum Nick Kowalczyk plays “Bernard”, Jerzy Gwiazdowski is assoc.
director, and D&P alum Travis McHale is lighting designer. http://www.rhodesartscenter.org/boeing-boeing/
ABC will feature storylines from FROZENin the upcoming season of primetime series ONCE UPON A TIME. 2014 Drama alumna Elizabeth Lail makes her professional debut as “Princess Anna”. Beginning fall 2014. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/once-a-time-scott-michael-foster-frozen-716076
Lucas Hall plays “Torvald” in NORA, Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of Ibsen’s A DOLL’S HOUSE, at CT’s Westport Country Playhouse. July 15 – Aug. 2. http://www.westportplayhouse.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=2814
Matt Lauria will star in the new DirecTV primetime drama series KINGDON (formerly titled NAVY STREET) premiering Wed. Oct. 8 @ 9pm EST. Set in a Venice, CA martial arts gym, Lauria plays “Ryan Revis”, an Ultimate Fight Champion (UFC) recently released from prison.
Jonathan Majors plays “Walter Lee” in Lorraine Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN with NY State’s Chautauqua Theatre Company. June 28 – July 6.http://www.broadwayworld.com/central-new-york/article/Ethan-McSweeny-to-Direct-Chautauqua-Theater-Companys-A-RAISIN-IN-THE-SUN-628-76-20140617#.U6gSC5RdU80
REMINDER! The new CBS primetime series RECKLESS starring Anna Wood premieres Sunday June 29th @ 9pm/8c. http://www.cbs.com/shows/reckless/
Michael Lluberes directs BAYONETS OF ANGST, and original musical set to bluegrass and narrated by the last remaining veterans of the Amer. Civil War, at the 2014 NY Musical Theatre Festival. Fellow alum Paul Whitty plays Ulysses S. Grant and Michael Abbott, Jr. is William Tecumseh Sherman.
Pershing Sq. Signature Center (480 W. 42nd st.) July 9 thru 16. http://www.nymf.org/tickets/2014-events/bayonets-angst/
Wed. June 18th Ciera Payton guest starred as “Cassandra” on USA Network’s GRACELAND. http://www.usanetwork.com/graceland
Erich Bergen plays “Bob Gaudio” in the feature film JERSEY BOYS directed by Clint Eastwood. He created the same role in the 1st national tour of the Tony winning musical. He also plays “Blake Morgan” in the CBS prime
time series MADAM SECRETARY beginning this fall on Sundays at 8/7c. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/180920-Erich-Bergen-Lands-Role-in-Clint-Eastwoods-Jersey-Boys-Film
Tiffany Little Canfield, Directing Program alum and casting director with Telsey + Company, is currently casting FLESH AND BONE for the Starz Network. Other recent projects include Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX, HBO’s LOOKING,
LINE OF SIGHT for AMC, and Disney’s feature film INTO THE WOODS. She is a guest artist at the School of Drama teaching
audition technique. http://stagelighter.com/coaches/tiffanylittlecanfield
Alumna and UNCSA guest director Gaye Taylor Upchurch is presently represented off Bway at the Atlantic Theater with OUR NEW GIRL by Nancy Harris. Former Drama faculty and frequent guest artist Ben Furey is dialect coach; D&P alum Timothy Mackabee is scenic designer; Peyton Taylor Becker is ASM,
and Caroline Schreiber is production assistant. http://atlantictheater.org/playevents/our-new-girl-may-jun-2014/
Interview in Forbes Magazine with Drama alum Emily Simoness, founder and executive director of SPACE ON RYDER FARM, a non-profit Artist residency program located in Brewster, NY. Alumni contributing teammates include Dave Thomas Brown, Ashley Gates, Isaac Klein and Rebecca Wolf.
'08 alum Wesley Taylor's web series IT COULD BE WORSE is now a cable network television show. Pivot TV has acquired Season One(it premiered June 8 after the Tony Awards at 11pm). Season Two has been acquired by hulu.com for a July release.
Preston Lane, Drama alum and artistic director of Triad Stage directs his first Shakespeare at Greensboro, NC’s Pyrle Theatre, ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL. Fellow alum’s Cinny Strickland and Chloe Clark Oliver (HS Drama Program ’11) are featured in the cast. Bill Brewer, UNCSA Design & Production faculty is costume designer and David E. Smith is sound. D&P alum Robert Perry is lighting designer. June 8-29. http://triadstage.org/series/129/alls-well-that-ends-well#bios?utm_source=All%27s+Well+First+Week+Meet+the+Cast+6.3.14&utm_campaign=All%27s+Well+%231&utm_medium=email
Drama alumna Nadiyah Dorsey Quander has been appointed new Executive Director of The Delta Fine Arts Center, Winston Salem, NC. http://deltaartscenter.org/
Dave Thomas Brown (’10) joins the cast of the hit off-Bway musical HEATHERS as “JD” on June 9. Also in the production is UNCSA High School Drama alum Evan Todd as “Kurt Kelly”. New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St.
Tonight Wed. June 4th Missi Pyle co-stars in the new TV Land comedy series JENNIFER FALLS. 10:30pm/9:30c. http://www.tvland.com/shows/jennifer-falls/bios/missi-pyle
Kayla Carter (’14) appears in the Tony Award winning musical PASSING STRANGE at the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. June 5-28. http://www.atcharlotte.org/passing-strange/
Stephen Shore (’13) plays the lead role in THE LEGEND OF JIM CULLEN at the Heartwood Regional Theatre, Parker B. Poe Theatre,
Damariscotta, Maine. “A Canadian/Appalachian musical based on a true story about the only man to ever be lynched in Maine.”
July 19-Aug. 2. http://www.heartwoodtheater.org/event/legend-jim-cullen-1
Jeremy Webb plays “Victor” in Noel Coward’s PRIVATE LIVES at DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company, directed by celebrated Coward specialist Maria Aiken. Assistant director is Directing Program alum Gus Heagerty. May 29-July 13.
Drama alum Joe Mantello plays “Mickey Marcus” in the HBO movie THE NORMAL HEART based on Larry Kramer’s play.
Premiering on HBO May 25 at 9pm EST. http://www.thenormalheart.hbo.com/characters/mickey-marcus/
Class of 2014 alum Gabriel Douglas aka “Gabe Arant” booked his first professional job at his very first NY audition! He goes to the Berkshire Theatre Group in Pittsfield, MA to play “Frid” in Sondheim’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC w/B’way
legends Kate Baldwin, Gregg Edelman and Penny Fuller. June 30 – July 19. http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/index.php/on-our-stages/theatre/347-a-little-night-music
Two time Tony winner Joe Mantello directs THE LAST SHIP, music and lyrics by 16 time Grammy winner Sting, at
Chicago’s LaSalle Bank Theatre, June 10 – July 13, moving to Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre Sept. 30. Former
School of Drama faculty and now frequent guest artist, Ben Furey, is production dialect coach. http://www.chicago-theater.com/theaters/bank-of-america-theater/the-last-ship-cast-creative.php
Jordan Brown (’07) plays “Charlie Dalrymple in Lerner & Lowe’s celebrated musical BRIGADOON at the Goodman Theatre, June 27 – Aug. 3. http://www.goodmantheatre.org/Artists-Archive/creative-partners/actors/Jordan-Brown/
Conde’ Nast “Traveler” interview with nationally recognized photographer Gregory Vore featured in May 2014 issue. He is an alum of the first graduating class of the Drama Directing Program.
Billy Magnussen joins the cast of feature film THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS. Co-stars include Julia Stiles, Kathy Bates, Bill Cobbs, Octavia Spencer and Glenn Close. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/191032-Billy-Magnussen-and-Julia-Stiles-Join-The-Great-Gilly-Hopkins-Film
Rob Lutfy, Directing Program alum, directs Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Tony nominated THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT at San Diego’s Cygnet Theatre, alum Sean Murray artistic director. May 15 – June 22.
CBS premieres prime-time series RECKLESS starring Anna Wood. Set in Charleston, SC, Anna plays a “cool, confident Yankee litigator”. Sunday June 29 at 9pm/8C. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Reckless-First-Look-1080420.aspx
John Langs, assoc. artistic director of Seattle’s ACT (A Contemporary Theatre), Directing Program alum and frequent UNCSA
guest director, is presently in Tashkent, Uzbekistan w/ACT’s THE SEAGUL PROJECT, directing Chekhov’ great play as part of the
Ilkhom Theatre’s International Festival. ACT the first US theatre ensemble to perform at the Ilkhom. http://www.theseagullproject.org/
Dane DeHaan is all over the place as May 2 marks the USA opening of THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2. He’s on NBC’s THE TONIGHT SHOW w/Jimmy Fallon Tues. 4/29, and both of ABC’s GOOD MORNING AMERICA and LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL Wed. 4/30. In the attached
Denver Post interview he says – “I spent a lot of time learning how to do this. I didn’t even step into an audition room until I graduated from college, then spent 5 years training from 7 in the morning to 11 at night learning how to do this.”
Directing Program alum Colin Hovde, artistic director of Theater Alliance of Washington, DC directs DREAM OF A DISENFRANCHISED BLACK MAN by Psalmayene 24 as part of their Hothouse New Play Reading Series. http://www.theateralliance.com/
Drama alum Missi Pyle has two major projects coming up. Wed. June 4th TV Land premieres the comedy series JENNIFER FALLS co-starring
Jaime Pressley, Jessica Walter and Ethan Suplee. 10:30pm EST. Oct. 3, ’14 marks the opening of feature film GONE GIRL based on Gillian Flynn’s
best selling thriller. Missi is featured opposite Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry.http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/TV-Land-Announce-Summer-Premiere-Dates-for-THE-EXES-JENNIFER-FALLS-More-20140326#.U1UM-VVdU80
Jennifer Ferrin returns to Calgary, Alberta to shoot season 4 of AMC’s HELL ON WHEELS play strong-willed NY Tribune reporter“Louise Ellison”. http://www.amctv.com/shows/hell-on-wheels/cast/louise-ellison
Benim Foster (’95) played “Matt Friedman” in Lanford Wilson’s TALLEY’S FOLLY at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA. He appears in the feature film THAT THING WITH THE CAT. http://www.mrt.org/ http://www.thatthingwiththecat.com/
Nick Bailey makes his Broadway debut in Harvey Firestein’s new play CASA VALENTINO directed by fellow UNCSA alum Joe Mantello. Manhattan Theatre Club. Now in previews, opening April 23. He was recently featured on two episodes of FX Network’s THE AMERICANS,
and filmed a supporting role in J.C. Chandor’s upcoming feature A MOST VIOLET YEAR staring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain.http://www.playbillvault.com/Show/Detail/CurrentCast/14040/Casa-Valentina-at-Samuel-J-Friedman-Theatre
Jordan Brown (‘07) guest stars this Thurs. April 10th on the USA Network’s SIRENS. 10/9c. He will play “Jerry Devine” in Chicago’s Timeline Theatre production of JUNO, the Marc Blitzstein/Joseph Stein musical based on Sean O’Casey’s
JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK beginning April 23. He will play “Charlie Dalrymple” in BRIGADOON at the celebrated Goodman Theatre this summer. June 27 – Aug. 3.
Busy Chicago/Hollywood stuntman & actor Ryan Carr (’07) was recently featured as an EMT of Dick Wolf’s NBC series CHICAGO PD. He is a stuntman/actor in feature film DIVERGENT starring Kate Winslet, & his SAG/AFTRA indie horror short CA$H, which he wrote, directed,
produced & stars in is now being submitted to film festivals. At the Lakeshore Academy of Artistic Gymnastics Ryan is an assistant coach to gold medal gymnast Natalya Yurchenko. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqvBBb5nGlE
HANK AND ANNA co-starring Andrew Pastides screens at the RiverRun International Film Festival April 5th (8pm @ UNCSA’s Babcock), April 6th (10am at UNCSA’s Gold), and April 7th (5:30pm at the Aperture Cinema). Winner of the Slamdance Audience Award HANK & ANNA
plays in NYC at the Village East Cinema April 11-17, and LA at Laemmle NoHo 7 April 18-24. http://2014.riverrunfilm.com/films/hank-and-asha
Trieste Kelly Dunn (BANCHEE) plays the recurring guest star role of “Elizabeth Farrell” on NBC’s prime-time Series BELIEVE. Sundays 9/8c. Ciera Payton plays the recurring role of “Meg” on CBS’s prime-time series BAD TEACHER premiering Thurs. April 24. 9:30/8:30c.
Her play MICHAEL’S DAUGHTER has been added to the Indie Theater Now online library. http://www.indietheaternow.com/Play/michaels-daughter
Winston Salem’s 16th annual RiverRun International Film Festival screens Gillian Robespierre’s OBVIOUS CHILD starring Jenny Slate (SLN) and Drama alum Jake Lacy. Fri. April 11th, 7pm, UNCA School of Filmmaking’s Main Theatre.
Cynthia Darlow plays the unconventional psycho-therapist “Charlotte” in The Actors Company off-Bway revival of Christopher Durang’s BEYOND THEARAPY at the Beckett Theatre. March 11 – April 19.
Lincoln Center presents Rebecca Naomi Jones in a solo concert as part of the American Songbook Series, April 4th
at 8pm at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. This performance will be streamed live on Watch.LincolnCenter.org
TV interview with Patrick Osteen & Danny Yoerges, Drama alum cast members of national tour of the National Theatre of Great Britain/NY Lincoln Center Theater’s
award winning WAR HORSE. http://wreg.com/2014/03/26/meet-the-puppeteers-that-bring-war-horse-to-life/
Matt Cowart (Dir. Program ’04) is assoc. director to Lonny Price for the Broadway production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL starring 5 time Tony winner Audra McDonald. 1st preview, March 25, opening April 13.
Neal Bledsoe plays Count Almaviva in the McCarter Theatre’s THE FIGARO PLAYS by Pierre Beaumarchais. Adapted and directed by Stephen Wadsworth, this is an ambitious presentation of both THE BARBER OF
SEVILLE & THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO in revolving rep. Princeton, NJ, April 1 – May 4.
Mia Vallet (’13) plays “Dani” on NBC prime time drama BELIEVE. Sundays 9/8c.
The Tribeca Film Festival will screen the GOODBYE TO ALL THAT directed, written & co-produced by Drama alum & UNCSA honorary doctorate recipient Angus MacLachlan.
Fellow alums featured are Anna Camp, Steve Coulter & Celia Weston. http://tribecafilm.com/filmguide/53208a3cc07f5df7d2000486-goodbye-to-all-that
Chris Grace aka Chris Shieh, ‘94/95 UNCSA Sarah Graham Kenan Scholarship recipient appears off-Broadway in 50 SHADES!, THE MUSICAL at The Electric Theatre,
Times Square Arts Center. http://50shadesthemusical.com/new-york-company/
Lucas Hall plays "Karl Hupka" in David Grimm's TALES FROM RED VIENNA at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
Feb. 26 - April 27. http://talesfromredvienna.com/
Steven Kopp (Directing Program ’13) is assistant director to Jack Cummings III for the Off-B’way revival of John Van Druten’s
I REMEMBER MAMA for the Transport Group. March 16 – April 20. http://transportgroup.org/i-remember-mama
Alec Shaw plays “Spike” in Christopher Durang’s Tony winner VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE at the Philadelphia Theatre Company.
March 21 – April 20. http://philadelphiatheatrecompany.org/
Busy Directing Program alum Rob Lutfy is finishing up an artistic-fellowship at the Marin Theatre Company in CA, a LORT theatre committed to developing new plays. Next up, he has received a Charlotte, NC Arts and Science Council grant
to attend the Double Edge Theatre Winter Intensive in Ashfield, MA. He then goes to San Diego’s Cygnet Theatre to direct THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT. May 15 – 23.
Directing Program alum Matt Cowart is co-producer with Lonny Price of the NY Philharmonic’s SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
w/Oscar winner Emma Thompson as “Mrs. Levitt”. March 5 – 8. It will be telecast nationally at a later date TBA on LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER, PBS.
Ray Huth (’13) makes in NY debut as “Mr. Davonshire” in WATSON: THE MUSICAL at NY Theatre Workshop. March 13 – 16.
Recent Drama alums Taylor Aldrich ('13) and Dave Thomas Brown ('10) appear in SPRING AWAKENING directed by alum/artistic director of San Diego's Cygnet Theatre, Sean Murray (’89). March 6 - April 27.
Actor/director/playwright/alum Michael Lluberes’ play PETER PAN: THE BOY WHO HATED MOTHERS has won the BroadwayWorld LA Theatre Award for Best Play. It has also been nominated for 4 LA Weekly Theatre Awards (Best Production, Director, Ensemble & Supporting Female Actress.
Jerzy Gwiazdowski appears in the world premier of Rebecca Gillman’s SOUPS, STEWS & CASSEROLES: 1976 at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. March 12 -30.http://www.broadwayworld.com/st-louis/article/World-Premiere-of-SOUPS-STEWS-AND-CASSEROLES-1976-Concludes-The-Reps-2013-14-Studio-Theatre-Series-312-30-20140224#.Uw9S1uNdU80
Drama alumna Aleque Reid (’09)and daughter of Page Moseley (Drama ’81) will be on NBS’s Tonight Show tonight Wed. 2/26 with Jimmy Fallon doing a comedy sketch based on ROMEO AND JULIET.
Victor Mack plays “Ralph D” in the NW premier of Bway hit THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT at Portland, Oregon’s Artists Repertory
Theatre. Feb. 25-March 30. http://www.artistsrep.org/onstage/2013---2014-season/the-motherf%5E%5Eker-with-the-hat.aspx
Blake Cooper Griffin co-stars as series regular “Scott” in hour long TV pilot presentation FLIPSIDE. See attached article and promo video trailer. http://www.deadline.com/2014/02/mark-feuerstein-flipside-tv-concept-trailer/
Jeremy Webb appears in the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck's FOOL at Houston's Alley Theatre, with
voice & text work by Barney Hammond, former head of voice at the School of Drama. Feb. 21 - March 16.
Stephen Shore (’13) appears in the world premiere of LOST IN SPACE by Dejan Dukovski at the Whitelisted
Theatre Company, Producers Club, 358 W. 44th St. March 21 – April 6. WhiteListed’s mission is “to discover,
stage and perform Eastern European plays in NYC”. http://www.whitelistedtheatre.com/
John Langs, alum of the Directing Program, assoc. artistic director of ACT Theatre of Seattle, and frequent
UNCSA guest artist, directs AN ILIAD at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Feb. 25 – March 23.
Jake Lacy co-stars with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in the feature film CAROL directed by Todd Haynes, based on the
novel “The Price of Salt” by Claire Morgan aka Patricia Highsmith (THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN).
Stephen McKinley Henderson, one of the defining interpreters of the plays of August Wilson, joins Denzel Washington in the Broadway
revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic American drama A RAISIN IN THE SUN. March 8 – June 15.http://www.raisinbroadway.com/company
Allan K. Washington (’13) appears off-Broadway in Bertolt Brecht’s A MAN’S A MAN at the Classic Stage Company.
Joining the cast Thurs. 2/13 thru the end of the run is his ’13 classmate Ryan Pater.
Directing Program alum Chad Leslie has been promoted to Artistic Director of THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER in Macau, China.
The largest water based theatrical spectacle in the world, it is a Franco Dragone production, creator of Cirque Du Soleil’s O, SALTIMBANCO
and Las Vegas’ LA REVE. http://thehouseofdancingwater.com/en/ http://www.creativemacau.org.mo/EN/page.php?area=9&part=265
William Connell plays Duke Orsino and Jon Hudson Odom plays Antonio in Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL
at Baltimore Center Stage. March 5 – April 6. https://www.centerstage.org/2013-14Season/TwelfthNight.aspx#5240171-press-center
Jenn Lyon co-stars with George Lopez as “his all-American ex-wife” in the FX Network primetime series
SAINT GEORGE premiering March 6th @ 9pm ET. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/01/27/fx-saint-george-lopez/
Brian Coates appears in The New Brooklyn Theatre's critically acclaimed site-specific production of Edward Albee's
THE DEATH OF BESSIE SMITH at the Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Extended thru Feb. 9.
Directing Program alum Samip Raval is assistant director to Keith Baxter for THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at the
Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, DC. Thru March 9. http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/plays/details.aspx?id=382&source=l#
Alums Andreu Honeycutt and Joe Isenberg appear in Washington, DC Wooly Mammoth Theatre Company’s WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT
by Jackie Sibblies Drury. Helen Hayes winner Isenberg doubles as fight choreographer. Feb. 10 – March 9.
Aubrey Deeker (’01) plays the celebrated title role in The Tragedy of HAMLET, Prince of Denmark at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Jan. 24-Feb. 23. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0SnaSnT7J4&feature=share&list=PLexX4WflzocnORXXyeWQl6tkFYJ6tatFH
Jennifer Ferrin, two time Emmy nominated alum & series regular "Louise Ellison" on AMC series HELL ON WHEELS plays
"Crystal" in west coast premiere of Laura Marks' BETHANY at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, directed by fellow alum
Gaye Taylor Upchurch. Jan. 25 - Feb. 23.
Jacobi Howard appears in Bertolt Brecht’s MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN starring Kathleen Turner at Washington, DC’s
Arena Stage. Jan. 31 – March 9.
Chris Parnell (’89) is “one of the most familiar alumni from UNC School of the Arts – and one of the most prolific…”
ABC’s SUBURGATORY, FX’s ARCHER, Cartoon Network’s RICK AND MORTY, PBS’s WORDGIRL.
Igor Goldin directs and Jordan Miller appears in San Diego Cygnet Theatre’s MAPLE AND VINE. Fellow Drama
alum Sean Murray is artistic director of Cygnet.
Feature film LOVES HER GUN starring alumna Trieste Kelly Dunn, written/directed/produced by Geoff Marslett, is a NY Times Critics' Pick.
Jamar Williams (’12) appears in the world-premiere staging of WITNESS UGANDA at the American Repertory Theatre in
Cambridge, MA. directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (PIPPIN). Winner of the 2013 Edgerton Foundation New Plays
Award, and the 2012 Richard Rogers Award for Musical Theater. Feb. 4 – March 16.
Alex Hoeffler (’10) plays Daniel in Nina Raine’s TRIBES in a co-production between The Philadelphia Theatre Company (Jan. 24 – Feb. 23)
and The Pittsburgh City Theatre (March 8 – 30) directed by Stuart Carden.
Jeremy Webb plays Tim in critically acclaimed production of Richard Nelson’s THE APPLE FAMILY PLAYS at DC’s Studio Theatre,
extended thru Jan. 5, 2014.
Alum of the Drama Directing Program, Miky Wolf, edited the highly praised HBO documentary SIX BY SONDHEIM.
He is a partner with Big Sky Edit in NYC.
Cinny Strickland (’87) appears in Triad Stage’s SNOW QUEEN written and directed by artistic director and fellow UNCSA alum Preston Lane. Dec. 1 – 22.
Also, in Triad’s UpStage Cabaret Mark Finley (’87) directs The Paper Lantern Theatre’s
THE SANTALAND DIARIES by David Sedaris, adapted for the stage by alum Joe Mantello. Dec. 12 – 21.
John Woodson, Drama alum, noted classical actor and theatre faculty member of Coastal Carolina University, presently
has his first one-man art exhibit in Winston-Salem at Swift & Wade Gallery on Trade Street, center of the downtown
arts district. Proprietor of the gallery is UNCSA Design & Prod. faculty member and woodturner, Bland Wade.
Stephen Friedrich (’13) appears in the NY premiere of Vladimir Nabokov’s THE TRAGEDY OF MR. MORN in a staged reading
at the Obie Award winning Red Bull Theatre. Dec. 9.
Check out the first AMAZING SPIDER MAN-2 trailer with Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborne.
PETER PAN: THE BOY WHO HATED MOTHERS by Drama alum Michael Lluberes is nominated for 5 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Theatre Awards
including Best Play.
Crystal Arnette (’09) appears off-Bway in the Flea Theater Company’s world premeire of Mallery Avidon’s
MARY-KATE OLSEN IS IN LOVE. 41 White Street, Nov. 1 – Dec. 9.
Jordan Miller plays Count Carl-Magnus in Sondheim’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC opp. Stephanie Zimbalist, Patrick Cassidy & Piper Laurie
at the Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara, CA. Dec. 5 – 22.
Ben Gunderson, ’08 Princess Grace Scholar in Acting & Riff in UNCSA’s 50th anniversary revival of WEST SIDE STORY, presently in the acclaimed
new production of LES MISERABLES in Toronto, moves to Broadway with LES MIS opening at the Imperial Theatre, 249 W. 45th Street, beginning
March 1, 2014. In his spare time he co-produces, shoots and edits the BroadwayWorld.com on-line series BREAK DOWN THE RIFFS starring Natalie Weiss.
Gaye Taylor Upchurch, Dir. Program alumna, who just directed School of Drama’s graduating class of 2014 in the musical
SHE LOVES ME, moves on to San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre to direct the west coast premiere of BETHANY by Laura Marks.
Jan. 25 – Feb. 23. She directed the original off-Bway production for NY’s Women’s Project this past year.
Broadway legend and multi-Tony nominated alum, Terrence Mann, performs a number in the the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
from the Tony winning musical PIPPIN in which he plays Charlemagne.
Mary Louise Parker co-stars w/Andy Garcia and Many Moore in Hallmark Hall of Fame’s CHRISTMAS IN CONWAY on ABC, Sunday, Dec. 1st 9/8c.
Broadwayworld.com wide ranging interview with Billy Magnussen.
Ashley Austin Morris appears in A&E’s 1st scripted on-line comedy, THINK TANK, playing Hannah Trouter.
If views and “like button” hits are high A&E plans to develop it into a prime-time TV series.
NYC’s Columbia University MFA Theatre Program presented PETER PAN: THE BOY WHO HATED MOTHERS by Drama alum Michael Lluberes. Nov. 15-17
School of Drama inspired NY theatre company Sonnet Repertory Theatre (executive director Katrina Kent, co-artistic directors
Todd Loyd & Tiffany Little Canfield) present Jean Genet’s THE MAIDS directed by Directing Program alum Christopher Schilder and
assistant directed by Steven Kopp. Signature Theatre, 480 W. 42nd Street. Nov. 22 – Dec. 1.
Neal Bledsoe co-stars opposite Michael O’Keefe, Tom Pelphrey, Anthony Rapp & David Zayas in feature film JUCTION.
Winner of numerous awards including Spirit of Indie Award (Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival) and Best Actor
for Bledsoe (Long Island International Film Expo). Opens in NYC Nov. 15 w/a multi-city rollout soon after.
Logan Fahey guest stars on Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX, Sunday Nov. 17 & 24 at 10pm EST.
Dan Kennett (’13) makes his professional debut as Sheriff Vallon in SHOW BOAT at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota, FL
directed by frequent UNCSA guest artist Rob Ruggiero. Nov. 12 – Dec. 29. 2013 Directing Program alum Daniel Kelly is Assistant
to Asolo Producing Dir. Michael Donald Edwards for the ‘13/14 season.
Terence Archie will play Apollo Creed in the Broadway musical based on Sylvester Stallone’s Oscar winning ROCKY with 5 time Tony winning creative team, Thomas Meehan (book w/Stallone), Stephen Flaherty (music), Lynn Ahrens (lyrics)
and Alex Timers (director). Winter Garden Theatre, previews begin Feb. 11, 2014.
Stephen Friedrick (’13) makes his prime-time TV debut on CBS’s ELEMENTARY, episode “Blood Thicker”,
Thurs. Nov. 14th at 10pm EST.
Molly Nordin (’13) makes her NY debut in the world premiere of A.R. Gurney’s FAMILY FURNATURE off-Bway at the Flea Theater, 41 White Street. Nov. 12 – Dec. 22.
Directing Program alum Mark Karafin directs the NY premier of winner of the 2013 Sanguine Theatre Company’s 2013
Playwright Competition, EXIT 27, by Aleks Merilo, featuring fellow alums Christian Daly & Alec Shaw. Medicine Show
Theatre, 549 W. 52nd Street, Nov. 7 – 17.
The Gotham Independent Film Awards has nominated Dane DeHaan as one of the 5 “Breakthrough Actors” of 2013
for his performance in KILL MY DARLINGS. Winners will be announced Dec. 2nd.
Directing Program alum Isaac Klein co-directs w/Ed Sylvanus Iskandar DANI GIRL, A NEW MUSICAL at
Exit, Pursued By A Bear (EPBB), Loft 227, 227 W. 29th Street, NYC.
Cinema Live presents the celebrated London West End production of Sondheim’s MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG featuring alum Ashley Robinson playing nationally at select movie theatre’s around the country Wed. Oct. 23rd @ 7pm. It Winston Salem it plays The Grand Cinema.
Tony & Emmy winning alumna Mary-Louise Parker returns to Broadway in the world premiere of
Sharr White’s THE SNOW GEESE directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan. Manhattan Theatre Club.
Previews thru Oct. 23, opening Oct. 24.
Matt Lauria has returned for season 5 of NBC’s PARENTHOOD playing “Ryan York” now engaged to “Amber”. Thurs. 10pm EST.
Tony nominated alumnus Billy Magnussen, in London filming INTO THE WOODS with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp amongst
others, has been cast as series regular “Greg Castman” in HBO’s THE MONEY opp. Nathan Lane, Brendan Gleeson, Mamie
Gummer, Ray Liotta, and School of Drama muse Rosemary Harris. Tony winner Miss Harris is married to legendary NC
writer John Ehle, one of the Founders of UNCSA. Their daughter & UNCSA alumna is 2-time Tony winner Jennifer Ehle.
Billy Magnussen Cast in Upcoming HBO Drama "The Money," With Nathan Lane, Rosemary Harris and More - Playbill.com
VARIETY, American’s premiere entertainment-trade magazine, names Dane DeHaan one of “10 Actors to Watch”.
Aleque Reid appears in Pulitzer and Tony winning playwright Bruce Norris’ DOMESTICATED at Lincoln Center Theater.
Directed by Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro, the cast includes Laurie Metcalf, Jeff Goldblum, Lizbeth Mackay
and Mary Beth Peil. 1st preview Oct. 10, opening Nov. 4.
Directing Program alum Jeremy Skidmore directed the world premiere of BELL by Jim Lehrer,
renowned former news anchor for the PBS News Hour. Commissioned by the National Geographic
Society and about the life of Alexander Graham Bell, it played the society’s Grosvenor Theater.
Cedric Mays plays Martin Luther King, Jr. in Katori Hall’s THE MOUNTAINTOP at Playmakers Repertory Company, Chapel Hill, NC
in a co-production with Greensboro, NC’s Triad Stage (Drama alum Preston Lane Artistic Director) where it transfers Oct.20 – Nov. 10.
Megan West aka Megan Stanke ('13) makes her prime-time television debut. Tues. Oct. 1st, "Haley" on CBS's PERSON OF INTEREST episode "Hide & Seek"; and Wed. Oct. 9th, "Tanya Jenkins" on NBC's LAW & ORDER: SVU episode "Internal Affairs".
Bwayworld.com documents Billy Magnussen enjoying his downtime with cast member Chris Pine while in London filming Disney’s feature film of Sondheim & Lupine’s musical INTO THE WOODS.
The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, DC presents MEASURE FOR MEASURE directed by Jonathan Munby, assistant director, Gus Heagerty. Sept. 12 – Oct. 27.
Leon Addison Brown has replaced Cuba Gooding, Jr. as “Ludie Watts” opp. Cicely Tyson & Vanessa Williams
in the critically acclaimed B’way revival of Horton Foote’s THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, directed by Michael Wilson.
Two time Tony winning alum Joe Mantello will direct the world premiere of Harvey Fierstein’s CASA VALENTINA on B’way spring 2013.
His hit production of Bette Midler’s one-person show I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS transfer’s from B’way to LA’s
Geffen Playhouse for a limited run Dec. 2 – 22.
Betsey Brown (’13) has been keeping herself busy since graduating this past May. She filmed a low budget indie with Alice Ripley this summer,
and just wrapped an episode of CW’s THE CARRIE DIARIES playing the role of “Jen”.
Tony nominated alum K. Todd Freeman (THE SONG OF JACOB ZULU) plays “Stepin Fetchit” in Will Power’s FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN, a play
about Hollywood actor Fetchit’s unlikely friendship with Muhammad Ali. NY Theatre Workshop, Aug. 12 – Oct. 13. Directed by Tony winner Des McAnuff.
Mike Abbott, Jr. (’00) will co-star as the son of Burt Reynolds in the feature film comedy ELBOW GREASE,
written and directed by Jason Shirley. He recently wrapped production on A SHRIMP’S TALE, a short film
drama written and directed by Andrew Robert Swisher, scheduled for release in 2014.
Hayley Treider joins the cast of the hysterical, door slamming comedy ROOM SERVICE as “Hilda Manney”
at the Westport Country Playhouse, directed by Mark Lamos. Oct. 8 – 26.
Anna Camp, fresh from playing Sarah Newlin on HBO’s TRUE BLOOD and narrowly surviving the last episode of season 6, will guest star on an upcoming episode of CBS’s
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER as Cassie, described as “one of the most attractive, available and unfortunate guests at the wedding”. Mon’s at 8pm EST.
As of Oct. 2013 Jonathan Frapper (’97) becomes Executive Director of Institutional Advancement for Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD),
with campuses in Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong and Lacoste, France. He credits his “education as an actor and drive from UNCSA” with
his success in funding for the arts.
Hollywood has announced that Dane DeHaan will play legendary actor James Dean in bio-pic LIFE co-starring
Sean Murray, Artistic director of San Diego’s Cygnet Theatre and UNCSA alum, directs Oscar Wilde’s THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST and Tom Stoppard’s TRAVESTIES in revolving rep. Appearing are fellow alum’s Jordan Miller (Algernon in EARNEST and Henry Carr in TRAVISTIES),
and Patrick McBride (James Joyce in TRAVASTIES). Sept. 18 – Oct. 27.
Gaye Taylor Upchurch, alumna of the Directing Program, directs the final production of NYC's Atlantic Theater's 2013-14 season,
OUR NEW GIRL, by Nancy Harris. May 28 - June 22. This fall she returns to UNCSA to direct the graduating class of 2014 in
the musical SHE LOVES ME. Nov. 20 - 24.
Megan West FKA Stanke (’13) will play “Haley” on CBS’s PERSON OF INTEREST Oct. 1st, 10/9c;
and she has just shot an upcoming episode of NBC’s LAW AND ORDER: SVU.
Dane DeHaan co-stars in three movies being screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 5 – 15. KILL ME DARLING, directed by John Krokidas, with Danielle Radcliffe, Elizabeth Olsen and Michael J. Hall;
DEVIL’S KNOT, directed by Atom Egoyan, with Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth; and METALLICA: THROUGH
THE NEVER, directed by Nimrod Antal, with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.
Marc Damon Johnson (’93) joins the cast of Yale Repertory Theatre’s A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Sept. 20 – Oct. 12.
UNCSA Alumni touring company, The Open Dream Ensemble, sponsored by the Kenan Institute for the Arts begins its 2013 tour of the original children’s musical BIG SHOES by School of Drama High School alumna
Michaela Morton. Directed by Directing Program alum Robert Lutfy, BFA Drama alum’s in the cast include
Ali Bill, Wiley Basho Gorn, Chesley Polk and Haydee Thompson.
Directing Program alumnus, Thomas Rowell, is assistant director at the Goodspeed Opera House to Rob Ruggiero,
frequent UNCSA guest artist, for THE MOST HAPPY FELLA. For what it’s worth, Thomas bicycled 670 miles from
Boone, NC to East Haddam, CT over 11 days to start rehearsals for this production.
Alejandro La Rosa, class of 2013, is Administrative Intern at NY’s The Keen Company, Jonathan Silverman, artistic director. Carl Forsman, prior to becoming Dean of the School of Drama July 2012, was
artistic director of this award winning off-Broadway theatre.
Jane Hallstrom (HS Drama 1968) just played Holofernes in LOVES LABOUR’S LOST with the Montford Park Players in Asheville, NC,
and will play the Duchess of Gloucester in Richard II at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Sept. 19-Oct. 19.
Mia Vallet (class of 2013) makes her professional debut off-Bway in ASHVILLE directed by Karen Allen, part of the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s
5-play cycle THE HILL TOWN by Lucy Thurber. Directing program alumna Gaye Taylor Upchurch directs the last play in the cycle, STAY. Gaye returns
to UNCSA this fall to direct Masteroff, Harnick and Bock’s musical SHE LOVES ME, Nov. 20-24.
J.T. Rogers writes the screenplay for TOKYO VICE starring Daniel Radcliffe set to begin shooting in early 2014.
School of Drama alum Jeff Burchfield plays both Strom Thurman and George Wallace in THE GREAT SOCIETY, Alexander Harrington’s new play
about LBJ, off-Bway at the Clurman Theatre.
Jenn Lyon co-stars opposite George Lopez in new FX primetime sitcom SAINT GEORGE.
Neal Bledsoe talks about his role on NBC’s upcoming primetime series IRONSIDE. 1st episode is Wed. Oct. 2nd 10/9c.
Jennifer Ferrin join the principle cast of AMC’s primetime series HELL ON WHEELS as Louise Ellison, “strong-willed reporter for
the NY Tribune”. 2hr. premiere Sat. August 10, 9pm EST, 8pm C.
Earlier this summer Charles Osborne left off-B’ways FORBIDDEN BROADWAY to play the Emcee in CABARET at the Modesto, CA Performing Arts Center. He has joined the cast
of the new musical HARMONY, music by Barry Manilow, book and music by Bruce Sussman, playing Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre (Sept. 15-Oct. 6), and the Ahmanson Theatre in LA (March 4-April 13).
Wesley Taylor joins the cast of 2nd Stage Company’s new off-Broadway musical LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE by Tony winners William Finn
(music & lyrics) and James Lapine (book & direction). Previews begin Oct. 15, opening mid-Nov.
Billy Magnussen, School of Drama alumnus and Tony nominated actor for Chris Durang’s Tony winning VANYA & SONYA & MASHA & SPIKE joins the cast of Rob Marshall’s movie version of Sondheim’s INTO THE WOODS as Rapunzil’s Prince. Other cast members include Meryl Streep,
Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Chris Pine and Christine Baranski.
Luke Smith plays Smee in the 1st National Tour of 5-time Tony Award winning musical play PETER AND THE STARCATCHER directed by Rick Elice and Roger Rees.
Washington DC’s Theater Alliance, artistic director Colin Hovde and assoc. artistic director Nathaniel Mendez, present
Nathan Louis Jackson’s BROKE-OLOGY featuring Jacobi Howard at the Anacostia Playhouse, Aug. 14-Sept. 8.
Ciera Payton plays recurring role of Cassandra, ex wife of Agent Dale Jakes (Brandon Jay McLaren), on USA Networks GRACELAND, July 18th 10pm/9c.
NYC’s The Greene Space in partnership with the August Wilson estate presents AUGUST WILSON’S AMERICAN CENTURY CYCLE,
staged readings of his 10 play cycle capturing 100 years of African American life during the 20th century. Stephen McKinley Henderson directs SEVEN GUITARS and performs in JITNEY and KING HEDLEY II. Jonathan Majors performs in MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM and
FENCES. Frequent UNCSA guest director Michele Shay directs TWO TRAINS RUNNING and RADIO GOLF.
Matthew Brookshire, alumnus of the Directing Program, is manager of the Actors Fund Arts Center at
the Schermerhorn in Brooklyn, NY. http://www.actorsfund.org/about/publications/blog/BuildingCommunitiesSchermerhorn
Sydney Shepherd, class of 2013, makes her Broadway debut in the musical comedy FIRST DATE at the Longacre Theatre,
220 W. 48th St. Previews begin July 9th.
Gregg Mozgala, UNCSA High School Drama alumnus and artistic director of NYC’s The Apothetae Theatre Company presents
and performs in THE PENALTY written by fellow High School Drama alumnus Clay McLeod Chapman. June 14-29 at Dixon
Place, 161A Chrystie Street. http://www.theapothetae.org/index.html Read the about this unique theatre company “dedicated
to the production of full-length plays about the ‘disabled experience’…featuring characters (and actors) w/disabilities or dealing
Neal Bledsoe co-stars in NBC’s new primetime series IRONSIDE premiering Wed. Oct.2nd 10pm/9c.
Rob Morris, directing program 2013, has joined the staff of Comedy Central in NYC as an assistant in the Movie Studio Production Department.
Sean Murray, artistic director of San Diego’s Cygnet Theatre directs Sondheim/Firth’s musical COMPANY featuring
fellow UNCSA alumni Andrew Oswald and Andrew Wells Ryder. July 5-Aug. 18.
Aleque Reid appears in Second Stage Theatre’s off-Broadway musical NOBODY LOVES YOU beginning performances June 20th.
Alec Shaw aka Alec Grooms, class of 2013, is presently shooting the lead in indie feature film SILVER COVE directed by Jake Laguardia & produced
by Warren Smith, both alumni of UNCSA School of Film Making. Mid July he goes to the prestigious O’Neill National Playwrights Conference
to work on OREGON TRAIL, a new play by Bekah Brunstetter.
Mary-Louise Parker has two major motion pictures opening this summer on the same day, July 19th – RED 2 co-starring Bruce Willis,
John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Brian Cox, Anthony Hopkins & Catherine Zeta-Jones; and R.I.P.D. (Rest in Peace Department) co-starring Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds & Kevin Bacon. She will also return to Broadway this fall in the world premiere of
THE SNOW GEESE by Sharr White directed by Daniel Sullivan. Previews Oct. 1st, opening Oct. 24th.
John Langs, associate artistic director of Seattle’s A Contemporary Theatre, directs HAMLET at the American Players Theatre
in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Ro Boddie plays Horatio in both HAMLET and ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD as
well as appearing in TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA. June 13 – Oct. 6. http://americanplayers.org/plays-and-tickets/hamlet
Blake Griffin is featured in LIFE OF A KING starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Dennis Hayberts premiering
June 22 at the LA Film Festival. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2708254/
Jenn Lyon is Hildy Johnson in HIS GIRL FRIDAY, John Guare’s adaptation of THE FRONT PAGE by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur & the Howard Hawks 1940 feature film at the LaJolla Playhouse. May 28 – June 30. http://www.lajollaplayhouse.org/his-girl-friday
Lucas Hall plays Puck in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Bassanio in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, and Hamlet
in ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre. June 2 – Sept. 28. Lucas
played the title role in HAMLET at the Old Globe in 2007. http://www.theoldglobe.org/tickets/index.aspx
Jordan Brown plays Chad in the world premiere of Neil LaBute’s newly revised stage version of his feature film IN THE COMPANY OF MEN at Chicago’s Profile Theatre. May 16-June 30.
Will Rogers plays the title role in George Kelly’s 1920’s classic American comedy THE SHOW OFF
at the Westport Country Playhouse, directed by Tony nominated Nicholas Martin, director of the
B’way hit VANYA & SONIA & MASH & SPIKE featuring Tony nominated Billy Magnussen for the role
of Spike. June 11-29. http://www.westportplayhouse.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=2306
Diandra Langenbach, who accepted her BFA diploma on May 4, 2013 makes her professional
debut in Agatha Christie’s THE HOLLOW at Houston’s Alley Theatre, directed by Gregory Boyd.
July 7-Aug. 4. http://www.alleytheatre.org/Alley/Agatha_Christie's_The_Hollow.asp
Haley Treider plays Daphne Stillington in Noel Coward’s PRESENT LAUGHTER at the Two River
Theatre Company in Red Bank, NJ. Former faculty member and frequent guest artist Ben Furey is
vocal/dialect coach. June 1-23. http://trtc.org/plays_events/current_season.php?categoryID=153
Alex Hoeffler appears at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC in the new musical DERMA, June 3-8.
CBS has announced its upcoming fall and midseason prime-time programing. Anna Wood will star opp. Cam Gigandet in RECKLESS.
Set in Charleston, SC, Miss Wood plays Jamie Sawyer, “gorgeous Yankee litigator.”
Ben Carbo plays Romeo in The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival’s ROMEO & JULIET July 11-27. Also, he will appear in a featured re-occurring role as an alien high school
student in the CW Network series STAR-CROSSED airing this fall.
Nicholas Baily will be performing off-Broadway in MOONLIGHT AND LOVE SONGS at the Abingdon Theatre May 23-June2.
http://theater.nytimes.com/show/120268/Moonlight-Love-Songs/overview. He then goes to the Williamstown Theatre
Festival to play Michael in the much anticipated musical adaptation of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, music and lyrics
by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown, book by Tony and Pulitzer winner Marsha Norman, direction by Tony winner Bartlett Sher.
Aug. 1-18. http://wtfestival.org/2013/bridges
Mark Karafin is Assistant Director/Company Manager of Oberon Theatre Ensemble’s
THE DRAWER BOY off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse, 4/19-6/16.
Mando Alvarado is an emerging voice on the burgeoning Hispanic American theatre scene.
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater presents his newest play BASILICA off-Broadway at the
Cherry Lane Theatre, May 8 thru June 16.
The new musical MURDER BALLAD featuring Rebecca Naomi Jones transfers it’s sold out run from the Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II to
the Union Square Theatre for a 9 week engagement. Previews May 7, opening May 22, closing July 7.
San Diego’s Cygnet Theatre closes its 10th season with Joe Calarco’s SHAKESPEARE’S R&J. Artistic Director
and UNCSA alumnus Sean Murray has cast four recent graduates of the School of Drama, and says
“I’m thrilled to continue the relationship with my alma mater”. Christian Daly is Romeo, Dave Thomas Brown plays Mercutio/Lady Capulet/Friar Lawrence, Tyler Lea is Juliet and Benvolio, and John Evans Reese is Tybalt
and the Nurse. May 22-June 16.
This morning April 30th Sutton Foster and Jesse Tyler Ferguson announced the nominees for the 2013
American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards. The following School of Drama alumni are nominated –
Billy Magnussen, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play, VANYA AND SONIA AND
MASHA AND SPIKE; Terrence Mann, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical,
PIPPIN; and Lauren Ward, Best Performance in a Featured Role in a Musical, MATILDA, THE MUSICAL.
Daniel Stewart Sherman is featured in the musical KINKY BOOTS w/13 nominations, and Marc Damon
Johnson appears in LUCKY GUY starring Tom Hanks w/6 nominations. D&P alumnus Barclay Stiff is
Production Stage Manager for THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES w/3 nominations, and former School of Drama
Faculty and frequent guest teacher Ben Furey is Associate Dialect Coach for MATILDA, THE MUSICAL.
The awards will air live on CBS, Sun. June 9th 8pm E/7pm C.
PETER PAN: THE BOY WHO HATED MOTHERS by Michael Lluberes receives it West Coast premiere at Hollywood’s The Blank Theatre. April 20-June 2.
Two time Tony winning director Joe Mantello directs Bette Midler on Broadway in I’LL EAT YOU LAST.
Previews April 5, opening April 24. http://www.illeatyoulast.com/ Mr. Mantello also joins the cast of the
feature film version of Larry Kramer’s THE NORMAL HEART opposite Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin and Mark Ruffalo.
John Langs, Associate Artistic Director of Seattle’s ACT Theatre, directs Kenneth Alber’s
world premiere adaptation of Franz Kafka’s THE TRIAL at Seattle’s New Century Theatre
Company. April 4-28.
http://www.wearenctc.org/#!our-season A spellbinding descent into chaos: ‘The Trial’ | The Arts | The Seattle Times
Anna Camp returns to HBO for season 6 of TRUE BLOOD, recreating her role as Sarah Newlin,
the “anti-vamp puritan”. The series resumes Sun. June 16 at 9pm EST.
Jackie Hansen appears in WORDS, RAZORS, AND THE WOUNDED HEART, a new play by
James Presson at NYC’s St. Marks Theatre. April 11-17.
Nan Barnett has been named Executive Director of the National New Play Network
(NNPN) in Washington, DC. She was Executive Director of Actors Express in Atlanta,
a founding member & managing director of Florida Stage in Manalapan, and past
president of the Florida Professional Theatre Assoc.
School of Drama alumnus Joe Isenberg wins the prestigious 2013 Helen Hayes Award
for Outstanding Choreography in a Resident Production for THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE
OF CHAD DEITY at DC’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre, the first time this auspicious honor
has ever been awarded to a fight choreographer. Joe was unable to attend the
ceremonies because he is presently rehearsing SHOWBOAT at the Washington
Interview with Braxton Molinaro presently playing John Wilkes Booth in ASSASSINS at San Diego’s Cygnet Theatre, directed by artistic director and alumnus Sean Murray.
Sarah Haught, Directing Program alumna, is assistant director on the LA premiere of Daniel
Talbotts’ SLIPPING, off-Broadway Rattlestick Theatre’s first production on the West Coast.
April 4 – May 5.
Interview with Wes Day, School of Drama alumnus & member of Blue Man Group. Other Blue Men alumni have include Bryce Somerville, Colin Hurd and Shane Andries.
Lauren Culpepper appears in Lincoln Center Theater Company’s much anticipated NIKOLAI AND THE OTHER by Richard Nelson, directed by David Cromer. Previews
begin April 4, opening May 6.
Gabriel Brown will appear in August Wilson’s JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE at the Los Angles Music Theatre’s
Mark Taper Forum. Directed by Phylicia Rashad, previews begin April 24, opening May 8 thru June 9.
No Rules Theatre Company (Joshua Morgan & Brian Sutow co-artistic directors)
present Peter Shaffer’s BLACK COMEDY at the Hanesbrand’s Theatre, Winston-Salem, NC,
after it’s critically acclaimed run at the Signature Theatre in DC. Thru April 7th. The
cast includes alums Jerzy Gwiazdowski, Kathryn Saffell & Brian Sutow; directed by
Dir. Program alum Matt Cowart, w/sets by John Bowhers & lighting by Travis McHale,
both D&P alums.
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