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March 19, 2014/For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu



WINSTON-SALEM – Eliza Walmsley, who will receive an M.F.A. in performing arts management from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in May, is spending the semester in a prestigious internship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Walmsley is an intern in capacity building programs for the DeVos Institute of Arts Management (DVIAM), a part of the Kennedy Center. She helps prepare for seminars by working with vendors, facilitating participants’ travel arrangements, developing content, and doing in-depth research for potential programs or clients. She works with a wide range of arts and cultural organizations, industry professionals who serve as DVIAM advisors, and Kennedy Center staff.

She is one of 36 interns selected from a candidate pool of 150 applicants. In addition to their work for components of the Kennedy Center, the interns attend weekly seminars led by executives of the Kennedy Center and other major arts institutions in Washington, D.C. The Kennedy Center Internship program is recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the top 100 internships in the United States.

Eliza Walmsley

From Ridgeway, Va., Walmsley graduated magna cum laude from High Point University with an undergraduate degree in performance theatre.  While enrolled in the School of Design and Production at UNCSA, she has been named a participant scholar by the Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, and was chosen for the local United Way’s 2013 Project Blueprint, a leadership development program for under-represented groups and communities serving health, human services and government organizations.  She volunteers with the Junior League of Winston-Salem, State Employees Credit Union’s Family House, and Youth Opportunities. She has interned with the Winston-Salem Foundation, the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Family Services, Triad Stage in Greensboro, and Dad’s Garage in Atlanta.

“Eliza already has built an impressive resume,” said Joseph P. Tilford, Dean of Design and Production. “She exemplifies what we teach, and what our faculty model: artists engaged in their communities, providing leadership to improve lives.” 

The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center is an experiential training initiative rooted in the practical application of management skills at an internationally recognized arts organization. Through internships, fellowships and management symposia, participants examine the many roles and responsibilities of successful managers in today’s complex world of performing arts.


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.