26, 2010 / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UNCSA ALUMNI NOMINATED FOR HELEN HAYES AWARDS
WINSTON-SALEM – An unprecedented number of University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) alumni have been nominated for Helen Hayes Awards.
One of the country’s most prestigious cultural honors, The Helen Hayes Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in professional theatre throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. They also provide a vibrant living legacy to the First Lady of the American Theatre, Helen Hayes MacArthur.
Alumni nominated for awards or involved in nominated productions include:
· Klyph Stanford, School of Design and Production Class of 2004, nominated for Outstanding Set Design, Resident Production, for Hysteria, Rep Stage. He is formerly of Greensboro, N.C.
· Ashley Robinson, School of Drama Class of 2004, nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Musical, for Giant, Signature Theatre.
· Jeremy Skidmore, School of Drama Class of 2000, nominated for Outstanding Director, Resident Play, for Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Forum Theatre. The production is also nominated for Outstanding Resident Play. Skidmore is a native of Hillsborough, N.C.
· Mollye Maxner, School of Drama Class of 2009 (college) and School of Dance Class of 1993 (high school), is assistant director of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, which is nominated for Outstanding Resident Play. She is also the assistant director of Barrio Grrrl! at The Kennedy Center Family Theatre, which is nominated for Outstanding Production in the Theatre for Young Audiences category. Maxner resides in Winston-Salem.
· Ro Boddie, School of Drama, Classes of 2009 (college) and 2005 (high school), performs the role of Belize in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, which, in addition to being nominated for Outstanding Resident Play, is also nominated for The Canadian Embassy Award for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Play. Boddie is a native of Wendell, N.C.
The nominees for the Helen Hayes Awards were announced on Jan. 25. The 26th Annual Helen Hayes Awards will be held April 5 in Washington, D.C.
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of the Arts”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.