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UNCSA ALUMNI NOMINATED FOR 2012 EMMY AWARDS
WINSTON-SALEM – Two alumni of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) have been nominated for Emmy Awards.
Alumnus Seth Easter (School of Design and Production, Class of 2004, Scene Design) is nominated for Outstanding Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Programming for the “65th Annual Tony Awards.” Easter, the art director, shares the nomination with production designer Steve Bass. Easter lives in New York.
Alumna Christal Schanes (School of Design and Production, Class of 2003, Wig and Makeup Program) is nominated for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special for the “Saturday Night Live” episode with guest host Zooey Deschanel. Schanes, who is joining the Design and Production faculty this fall, has been nominated in previous years. Originally from Illinois, she lives in Winston-Salem.
In addition, “It’s Halftime in America,” Chrysler Brand’s 2012 Super Bowl commercial directed by alumnus David Gordon Green (School of Filmmaking, Class of 1998, Directing), is nominated for Outstanding Commercial. The commercial is narrated by Academy Award-winner Clint Eastwood and features an optimistic look forward for the U.S. auto industry. Originally from Texas, he lives in Los Angeles.
There are numerous UNCSA alumni associations with other nominees.
Alumnus M. Ryan Traylor (School of Filmmaking, Class of 2003, Producing) is the second assistant director on “Childrens Hospital,” a Cartoon Network web show that is nominated for Outstanding Special Class – Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Program.
Alumnus Adam Christopher Banks (School of Filmmaking, Class of 2006, Producing) is the post-production supervisor on “Homeland,” which is nominated for nine awards including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series. Alumnae Beth Petty (School of Dance, Class of 1979, Contemporary Dance; School of Filmmaking, Class of 1997, Directing) and Kathleen Byrne (School of Filmmaking, Class of 2006, Producing) helped bring “Homeland” to Charlotte, N.C., to film as part of their work as executive director and film assistant, respectively, for the Charlotte Regional Film Commission.
AMC Studios’ “The Walking Dead” has three nominations, for special make-up effects, visual effects, and sound effects. Alumnus Phil Kobylanski (School of Filmmaking, Class of 2006, Screenwriting) is assistant to Gale Anne Hurd, who is the executive producer of the show. Four School of Filmmaking students worked as interns on “The Walking Dead” this summer: Nick Fanego, Tori Lancaster, Ashley Sfeir and Emma Van Halsema.
UNCSA also has other ties to the 2012 Emmys. Past UNCSA commencement speaker Kathy Bates is nominated twice, for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (Charlie Harper, “Two and a Half Men”) and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Harriet Korn, “Harry’s Law”). And Amy Poehler is nominated for her work as an actress and writer on “Parks and Recreation”; she stars in YOU ARE HERE, which recently finished shooting in the Piedmont Triad, including at the UNCSA School of Filmmaking, with numerous students and alumni serving as interns and crew. YOU ARE HERE is directed by Matthew Weiner, creator of AMC’s “Mad Men,” which received 17 Emmy nominations.
The nominations were announced July 19. “The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards” ceremony will be televised live from the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles beginning at 7 p.m. ET Sunday, Sept. 23, on ABC.
As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. World-renowned conductor and educator John Mauceri became Chancellor of UNCSA in 2006. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.