March 22, 2010 /   Press Tip/Photo Op
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 336-770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu


Friday and Saturday, March 26 and 27

WINSTON-SALEM – High school theatre students from across North Carolina will converge on Winston-Salem this weekend, when the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) hosts the 2010 North Carolina Thespian Festival.

The festival is the annual conference of the N.C. Thespian Society, the state chapter of the International Thespian Society.

More than 360 people – about 310 students, plus directors and chaperones, from 27 different International Thespian Society troupes – are expected to attend the festival, which will be held Friday and Saturday, March 26 and 27, on the UNCSA campus, 1533 South Main St., Winston-Salem.

Faculty members from the UNCSA Schools of Drama, Design and Production, and Filmmaking and special guest artists will present workshops for the festival participants from 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27. Workshops will include: Audition Tips, Mask, Stage Combat, African Dance, Sound in Theatrical Space, Theatre Games, Costume Portfolio, Blood and Guts (creating realistic wounds and prosthetics for stage and screen), Arts Managers, Physical Movement Improvisation, Preparing a Role, Lighting for Camera, Circus Arts, Secret Art of the Film Editor, and more.

The thespians also will present a play showcase and will participate in 16 adjudicated individual events (monologues, duet acting, solo musical, etc.) during the conference. The society will conclude the festival with an awards event, called Tarheel Theatre Tapestry, where the performances and designs judged the best in all event categories will be announced. Thespians earning a superior rating may advance to the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Neb., in July.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of the Arts”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts.  Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.