March 24, 2010 / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONFERENCE TO HONOR
WINSTON-SALEM – The work of Dean Joseph P. Tilford and 10 students from the School of Design and Production (D&P) at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has been selected for display at the 2010 U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Kansas City, Mo., March 31-April 3.
“We are incredibly proud of the fine work that Dean Tilford and our Design and Production students are doing every day,” said UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri. “To have that work recognized on a national and even international stage is much deserved. It is proof of what we have known all along: that our D&P school sets the gold standard for the performing arts and entertainment industries.”
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, USITT has chosen Dean Tilford as one of two designers to highlight in special exhibits. According to Sightlines, the web magazine of USITT: “Mr. Tilford is recognized as a designer of remarkable vision and talent. The selections in this exhibit (‘The Designs of Joe Tilford’) show some of the principles and signature elements that have elevated him as a unique and visionary artist of the American professional theatre.”
Sightlines continues: “This collection of theatrical design has an overarching theme characteristic of Mr. Tilford’s stage designs – careful attention to detail, elimination of the unnecessary, and visual richness that, while giving the audience very specific visual information, allows room for imagination.”
For more information about the exhibit of Dean Tilford’s designs at USITT, and some samples of his work, visit: http://ww4.usitt.org/sightlines/v50/n01/stories/StageExpo.html.
In addition, 10 UNCSA D&P students have been selected for USITT’s “Young Designers’ Forum” and “Young Technicians’ Forum” at the conference in Kansas City.
After a juried assessment process, USITT selects 15 students nationally to participate in each forum, for a total of 30. Selected students then submit their work for review and discussion with established designers and technicians. The student work is then put on display for all conference attendees to view.
“The fact that our students make up fully one-third of all young designers and technicians chosen nationwide to participate in these forums is remarkable,” said Dean Tilford. “It speaks not only to the talent of our students, but also to the success of our training programs and the expertise of our faculty. This is why more than 95 percent of our students have jobs in the industry when they graduate.”
The five students from the School of Design and Production chosen for the USITT Young Designers’ Forum are:
· Sara Bullard of Winston-Salem, third-year graduate student in Sound Design;
· Tyler M. Holland of Raleigh, college senior in Costume Design;
· Jessica Moretti of Winston-Salem, third-year graduate student in Scene Design; and
M. Meriwether Snipes of Houston, college
senior in Costume Design.
The five students from the School of Design and Production chosen for the USITT Young Technicians’ Forum are:
· Wade Jolly of Augusta, Ga., college senior in Technical Direction;
· Timothy Sanford of Winston-Salem, college senior in Technical Direction;
· Lindsay Senior of Pinehurst, college senior in Scene Painting;
· Cynthia Settje of Cumberland, R.I, college senior in Costume Technology; and
· Carly Todd of Winston-Salem, third-year graduate student in Scenic Art.
USITT is the association of design, production, and technology professionals in the performing arts and entertainment industries. USITT has approximately 4,000 members from the United States, Canada and 40 other countries.
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.