In recent days, UNCSA — along with the rest of Forsyth County — has experienced an exponential increase in COVID-19 cases. Out of concern for the safety of our community, and to preserve an in-person commencement experience for our graduating students at the end of this semester, we have made the difficult decision to cancel several events this weekend, including the NextNow event on April 30.

We are very sorry to miss seeing you, celebrating our students, and enjoying the evening’s performances together. Scholarship support changes lives, and we are grateful for those who chose to empower our students by being a part of NextNow 2022. Thank you very much for your support and understanding. We look forward to seeing you in person again soon.

2022 Honorary Chair

John Paul Geurts headshotCreative Entrepreneur John Paul Geurts
John Paul Geurts (Design & Production '85) has a strong passion for exceptional guest experience and exquisite design. He currently works for Universe Creative, a division of Universal Studios Parks and Resorts, overseeing the development of a wide portfolio of projects. Previously, he spent 23 years at Nickelodeon, where he led creative development for hotels, theme parks and attractions, as well as live entertainment, museum exhibits and events. While there, he evolved into a licensing executive partnering with developers around the globe. Rounding out his time at Nickelodeon, John Paul stewarded the award-winning "SpongeBob SquarePants" musical to Broadway.

Throughout his career, he has been fortunate to transfer his theatrical training and scenic, lighting and costume design skills, to many industries outside the entertainment field. Prior to Nickelodeon, he worked in traditional theatre, television, tech and hospitality, opening attractions and experiences for The Walt Disney Company, Microsoft and Universal Studios. His theatrical work continues to drive his storytelling ability and collaborative skills. At the heart of his creative leadership is a commitment to high-quality, unique interpretation and a laser focus on the audience and their needs.

About NextNow

Current fellows and alumni of the Fletcher Opera institute join the UNCSA Cantata Singers and the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra performing an exciting program of operatic favorites led by founding Artistic Director and current Music Director James Allbritten. After the performance, join Fletcher Opera alumni and students from all five arts schools for an immersive cocktail soirée like only UNCSA can deliver. 


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Past Events

Thank you to our 2022 sponsors!


Thomas S. Kenan, III


Malcolm and Patty Brown

Jenny Lilliam Semans Koortbojian Trust


Blanco Tackabery
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Blanco Tackabery


Claire Christopher

Jean Davis

Jeffrey and Mary Deaton

John Hoemann and Howard Upchurch

Womble Bond Dickinson

Clearly Bespoke
Geoffrey and Erin Edge

Lynn and Barry Eisenberg

Jennifer and Paul Grosswald

Susan and Charles Hauser

Jim and Mary Allen Martin

North Carolina Opera

Bill and Judy Watson

John and Mary Lynn Wigodsky

Ralph Womble and Ashley Edwards