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WINSTON-SALEM – Two School of Design and Production (D&P) alumni of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) have won Emmy Awards.

Alumnus Seth Easter (School of Design and Production, Class of 2004, Scene Design) won for Outstanding Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Programming for the “65th Annual Tony Awards.” Easter, the art director, shared the win 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) won for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special for the “Saturday Night Live” episode with guest host Zooey Deschanel. Schanes has been nominated in previous years. She shares the award with five other hairstylists for the episode. Originally from Illinois, she lives in Winston-Salem.

"We are so proud of Seth and Christal,” said Dean Joseph P. Tilford of the School of Design and Production. “They have built such wonderful careers and this recognition is the well-deserved result of their hard work, dedication and talent.

“Christal is teaching for UNCSA this year as a guest artist while she continues her work with ‘Saturday Night Live,’” Dean Tilford continued. “I hope we can find a way to get Seth here to visit and work with our students at some point in the future as well. Our alums are a vital part of the UNCSA success story."

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded the 2011-12 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards Sept. 15 at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. This year, the Creative Arts Emmys honored excellence in more than 70 categories. Much of the ceremony was devoted to recognizing members of the production team whose expertise is vital to television production, including such disciplines as casting, cinematography, picture editing, sound editing and mixing, technical direction, special visual effects, hairstyling, makeup, music, art direction, stunts and more.

The balance of this year's Emmys, more than 20 categories, will be handed out at the Primetime Emmy Awards telecast this Sunday, Sept. 23. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the show will air live coast-to-coast on ABC at 7 p.m. ET from NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE.

There are several UNCSA alumni associations with other Creative Arts Emmy winners.

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 won 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 won two Emmys. 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.

Alumnus Phil Kobylanski (School of Filmmaking, Class of 2006, Screenwriting) is assistant to Gale Anne Hurd, who is the executive producer of AMC Studios’ “The Walking Dead,” which won one Emmy. Four School of Filmmaking students worked as interns on “The Walking Dead” this past summer: Nick Fanego, Tori Lancaster, Ashley Sfeir and Emma Van Halsema.

Past UNCSA commencement speaker and honorary doctorate recipient Kathy Bates won for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (Charlie Harper, “Two and a Half Men”).

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.