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May 1, 2012 /FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / Web photos included
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu




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

School of Music alumnus Phillip Boykin (‘90) was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for his portrayal of Crown in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, which garnered a total of 10 nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical.

School of Design and Production alumnus Paul Tazewell (’86) was nominated for Best Costume Design of a Play for A Streetcar Named Desire, receiving the show’s only nomination.

UNCSA Board of Visitors member William Ivey Long also received a Tony nomination this year for Best Costume Design of a Play for his work on Don’t Dress for Dinner, which received a total of two nominations.

In addition, Other Desert Cities, directed by UNCSA School of Drama alumnus Joe Mantello (’84), was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Scenic Design of a Play (longtime School of Design and Production guest artist John Lee Beatty received that nomination).

* Also, School of Design and Production alumna Anne S. Kohn ('10) is associate director of administration for the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., which will receive the 2012 Regional Theatre Tony Award. Kohn received her master's degree in Performing Arts Management.

** In addition, School of Drama alumnus Paul Whitty ('02) plays Billy (Guitar, Ukulele, Cajon, Snare Drum) in Once, which was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Orchestrations and Best Sound Design.

Paul Tazewell Headshot

Paul Tazewell

Phillip Boykin Headshot

Phillip Boykin

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Finally, Scott A. Lehrer, who was sound designer for UNCSA’s spring 2011 all-school musical, Oklahoma!, was nominated for Best Sound Design of a Play for Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri won a Tony Award in 1983 for On Your Toes.

The Tony Awards will be broadcast at 8 p.m. June 10 on CBS.

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. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.


Note: These are all the UNCSA connections to the Tony nominations that we know of at present. We apologize in advance if we left someone out! Please let us know if we did!