June 3, 2013 / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER RANKS
UNCSA SCHOOL OF DRAMA
SEVENTH IN THE WORLD
WINSTON-SALEM – The Hollywood Reporter has ranked the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Drama seventh in the world.
The list of “The Top 25 Drama Schools in the World” appears online and in the June 7 print edition. For more information, see: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/top-25-drama-schools-world-558898.
“UNCSA’s Drama School is rightfully proud of our tradition of excellence,” said UNCSA School of Drama Dean Carl Forsman, who is completing his first year as dean. “It’s fueled by an extraordinarily dedicated faculty focused on teaching, and a highly competitive admissions process that results in small classes full of motivated students.”
Forsman was the founding Artistic Director of Keen Company in New York City.
Tim Appelo for the Hollywood Reporter (THR) writes: “Alums got three 2013 Tony nominations*, and new Drama Dean Carl Forsman – a Drama Desk and Obie winner – has big plans ….”
Forsman’s plans include a new theater laboratory, expanded production schedules, and increased integration with other art schools at UNCSA.
The article quotes Chancellor John Mauceri: “Not a day goes by without our hearing about a drama alum who won a role in a film, on TV, at a regional theater or on Broadway.”
Taking spots 1-6 are The Juilliard School (New York City); Yale School of Drama (New Haven, Conn.); Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (New York City); Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh); London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts; and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (London).
Considering the list includes graduate Drama programs, by default the ranking would make the UNCSA School of Drama fourth in the country for undergraduate programs.
Notable UNCSA alums listed by THR include Mary-Louise Parker, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Parnell, Tom Hulce and Terrence Mann.
“In my first year as Dean,” Forsman said, “I went to see three of our alums in a play off-Broadway; I met Anna Camp and Dane DeHaan (both recently returned from shooting major feature films); I talked to three alums about whether or not their pilots were picked up; and I mentored a recent alum as she was awarded a prestigious Annenberg Fellowship. These were all people who graduated in the last seven years!”
The UNCSA School of Drama offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts through a four-year Professional Actor Training program for undergraduates and a two-year Directing Option for college juniors and seniors (who may transfer in). The School of Drama also offers a High School Drama Program for 12th-graders.
While the School of Drama is no longer accepting applications for fall 2013, the online application for fall 2014 will open Sept. 1, 2013.
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.
*Billy Magnussen (2007) is nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play, for his appearance opposite Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pearce in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Terrence Mann (1978) is nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as Charlemagne in Pippin, which recently opened to rave reviews. Lauren Ward (1992) is nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Miss Honey in Matilda. The Tony Awards will be presented on June 9.