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WINSTON-SALEM – Dane DeHaan and Marc Damon Johnson, alumni of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Drama, have won prestigious Obie Awards.

The Obie Awards, which are presented annually by The Village Voice to honor Off-Broadway theatre, were announced Monday at New York’s Webster Hall. DeHaan and Johnson received two of the eight Obie Awards presented for performance.

DeHaan                 Johnson

DeHaan, who graduated from UNCSA in 2008 (college) and 2004 (high school), won for his performance in The Aliens at the Rattlestick Theatre. DeHaan, who is originally from Pennsylvania, is remembered locally for his role as Baby John, one of the Jets, in UNCSA production of West Side Story in 2007. He recently shot the John Sayles feature film BARYO in the Philippines, opposite Chris Cooper. In a review of The Aliens on April 23, The New York Times said that DeHaan plays “the bespectacled high schooler Evan Shelmerdine … with moving precision and comic truth.” 

Johnson, a native of Elizabeth City, N.C., who graduated from UNCSA in 1993, won for his performance in The Brother/Sister Plays at the Public Theatre. He has also appeared at the Great Lakes Theater Festival and the Long Wharf Theatre, among others. His TV appearances have included a featured role on HBO's "The Sopranos" and "Law & Order," while his film credits include Woody Allen's SWEET AND LOWDOWN and Hallmark Hall of Fame's GRACE AND GLORIE.

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.