Award-winning actor and alumna Anna Camp will speak at the UNCSA High School Commencement, Chancellor Brian Cole has announced. She will address the Class of 2023 at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, in the Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The commencement ceremony will be livestreamed at uncsa.edu/commencement.
Perhaps best known for her iconic role as Aubrey Posen, a member of the
a cappella Bellas, in the “Pitch Perfect” trilogy (2012, 2015 and 2017), Camp also starred as Ginny in the “Perfect Harmony” TV series with Bradley Whitford from 2019-2020.
Other of her most memorable roles include Sarah Newlin in the cult vampire series “True Blood,” from 2009 to 2014; Jolene French in “The Help,” based on the bestselling book about African American maids during the Civil Rights Movement; and Gwen Grandy in “The Mindy Project” (2012-13), starring Mindy Kaling as an obstetrician.
“We are thrilled to welcome Anna Camp back to her alma mater to address the High School Class of 2023,” said Chancellor Cole. “Coming from her native South Carolina, Anna started out in our High School Drama Program and moved on to our undergraduate acting program, graduating in 2004. From there, she has had a remarkably full and varied career in film and television, on and off-Broadway, and in regional theater. I know how excited our students will be to hear from her on this special day.”
In her latest leading role, in AMC/Shudder’s new supernatural horror film, “From Black,” Camp plays Cora, a grieving mother and recovering drug addict desperate to hold her missing son again. But at what cost? The film will begin streaming exclusively on the platform next Friday, April 28.
Currently, Camp also stars as Amy in "Unexpected," opposite Joseph Mazzello and produced by Patricia Heaton, and as Patti in “A Little Prayer,” opposite David Strathairn and Jane Levy. Written and directed by fellow UNCSA Drama alum Angus MacLachlan, and co-produced by School of Filmmaking Assistant Dean Lauren Vilchik, “A Little Prayer” also features Drama alumni Celia Weston and Steve Coulter and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. Camp also appeared as Debbie Spangler in MacLachlan’s “Goodbye to All That” (2014), which starred Filmmaking alumnus Paul Schneider.
Camp was recently seen in the Paramount Plus film "Jerry & Marge Go Large,” opposite Bryan Cranston and Annette Benning, as well as the film “5,000 Blankets” for Sony Pictures. Other recent films include Paramount’s "The Lovebirds,” directed by Michael Showalter, opposite Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae, and the Western “Murder at Yellowstone City,” opposite Gabriel Byrne and Richard Dreyfuss. Other film credits include the “Pitch Perfect” trilogy; Netflix's "Desperados"; Woody Allen's "Cafe Society"; the indie film “Here Awhile”; and the Academy Award-nominated film “The Help" opposite Emma Stone and Octavia Spencer.
On television, Camp starred in Amazon’s critically acclaimed drama “Good Girls Revolt”; NBC’s comedy “Perfect Harmony,” opposite Bradley Whitford; the recurring role of Deirdre Robespierre on Netflix’s hit comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” created by Tina Fey; and in the role of Sarah Newlin on HBO’s “True Blood.” Other television credits include: Pam's sister on NBC's "The Office," major recurring roles on AMC's "Mad Men" and CBS' "The Good Wife," and appearances on Fox's "Glee" and CBS' "How I Met Your Mother."
On Broadway, Camp starred opposite Daniel Radcliffe in the 2008 Broadway revival of “Equus,” as well as in Mike Nichols’ "The Country Girl," opposite Morgan Freeman and Frances McDormand. Off-Broadway, she starred in "All New People,” for which she earned a Drama Desk Award nomination; “The Scene,” opposite Patricia Heaton and Tony Shalhoub, which earned her a Lucille Lortel Award nomination; and "Verité" at LC3 Lincoln Center. Other theater productions include a recent LA staging of “2:22: A Ghost Story," opposite Constance Wu and Finn Whitrock at the Ahmanson Theater, and “Belleville,” opposite Thomas Sadowski, at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Camp also starred as the Waitress in the unforgettable 2010 Train music video, “Marry Me” – possibly one of the most-used engagement songs of the last decade.
Among her other nominations and awards are the 2009 Satellite Award for best ensemble for “True Blood”; 2010 Screen Actors Guild Award nominee for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series, again for “True Blood”; and 2016 winner of the International Online Cinema Awards for best guest actress in a drama or comedy series, for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
Camp, who studied acting in the high school and undergraduate Drama programs at UNCSA, received her High School Diploma in 2000, her College Arts Diploma in May 2004 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in December 2004.
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