CORRECTION:  FOUR UNCSA alumni were nominated for Tony Awards today!

School of Drama alumnus Edwin W. Schloss (’72) is a producer of the revival of La Cage aux Folles, which was nominated for Best Revival of a Musical and 10 other Tony Awards.  

We apologize for the omission – but it’s difficult to keep up with all of our alumni on Broadway! Speaking of…

Another connection we overlooked: School of Music alumna Maura Giannini was in the orchestra for Finian’s Rainbow, which was nominated for three Tony Awards.

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May 4, 2010/For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 336-770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu



 

UNCSA ALUMNI NOMINATED FOR TONY AWARDS


WINSTON-SALEM – Three University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) alumni were nominated for Tony Awards today.

The nominees include Tom Hulce, producer of American Idiot, which was nominated for Best Musical and two other Tony Awards; Stephen McKinley Henderson, who was nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play, for Fences, which was nominated for nine other Tony Awards; and Paul Tazewell, who was nominated for Best Costume Design of a Musical, for Memphis, which was nominated for seven other Tony Awards.

Hulce (‘71 high school and ‘74 college) and Henderson (‘72) are School of Drama graduates; Tazewell (‘86) is a graduate of the School of Design and Production.

In addition, renowned actress and UNCSA Board of Visitors Emeritus Member Rosemary Harris was nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for The Royal Family, which was nominated for four other Tony Awards. Harris is married to author and School of the Arts founder John Ehle, and is a frequent guest artist in the UNCSA School of Drama.

Hulce’s American Idiot, with music by Green Day, stars UNCSA School of Drama alumna Rebecca Naomi Jones as Whatsername and features UNCSA School of Music alumna Cenovia Cummins, violin, in the orchestra.

Other UNCSA connections to nominated shows include:

  • School of Dance alumni Keith Roberts (Hank) and Amanda Edge (Swing) are starring in Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away, which was nominated for two Tony Awards. (Tharp is a past commencement speaker and has an honorary doctorate from UNCSA.)
     
  • School of Drama alumni Wesley Taylor (Lucas Beineke) and Terrence Mann (Mal Beineke) star in The Addams Family, which was nominated for two Tony Awards. School of Music alumna Mary-Mitchell Campbell is the show’s musical director.
     
  • School of Drama alumnus Anthony Mackie (Toby) is starring in A Behanding in Spokane, which was nominated for one Tony Award. (Mackie also played Sgt. J.T. Sanborn in the Oscar-winning THE HURT LOCKER.)
     
  • School of Design and Production alumnus Barclay Stiff is the production stage manager for Enron, which was nominated for four Tony Awards.
     
  • School of Design and Production alumna Rachel Wolff is the stage manager on the revival of Lend Me a Tenor, which was nominated for three Tony Awards.
     
  • School of Design and Production alumna Tricia Barsamian is the associate costume designer on Sondheim on Sondheim, which was nominated for two Tony Awards.
     
  • School of Design and Production alumnus Ryan O’Gara is the associate lighting designer (under Winston-Salem native Howell Binkley) for Million Dollar Quartet, which was nominated for three Tony Awards.

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 Arts and Innovation.”) 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.

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