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WINSTON-SALEM – Actor Richard Fullerton, an alumnus of the School of Drama at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), will deliver the keynote address this Saturday, Oct. 30, at his alma mater’s Family Weekend. Fullerton, who can currently be seen as Robert Kleburg in SECRETARIAT, is also the father of a School of the Arts alumnus, guitarist Colin Fullerton. 

Approximately 375 parents and other family members and friends of students are expected at UNCSA’s annual Family Weekend, on the campus at 1533 South Main St., Winston-Salem.

Saturday will begin with registration and information shared from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m., and Fullerton will speak from 9:30-10:30 a.m.  

Richard Fullerton Picture
Richard Fullerton

A UNCSA alumni panel will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Alumni on the panel include School of Music alumnae Martha Mount and her daughter Katherine Mount, School of Design & Production alumni Roger Rutledge and last year’s keynote speaker, Edwin Martinat, School of Filmmaking alumnus Frank Eaton, and School of Dance alumna Melinda Bower Mueller.

From 1:30-10 p.m., the five arts schools and the Visual Arts Program will give demonstrations and presentations for the Family Weekend attendees, including a School of Design and Production haunted house in Eisenberg Social Hall. Attendees will also be able to attend the numerous UNCSA performances scheduled for the weekend. 

Richard Fullerton (bio provided by the speaker)

Richard Fullerton was accepted to NCSA (no "U" then) in its first year, 1965, as a student of playwriting -- but when no one materialized to teach it, was convinced to switch his major to acting, a move that was not without repercussions, as a jaunt to Los Angeles in the summer of '66 resulted in a 28-year stay, attempting to find the proper freeway exit. In 1994 he gave up the search and returned to Winston-Salem with his wife, Susan, and young son, Colin, and in 1996 returned to NCSA (still no "U") long enough to receive his BFA in drama: an act that apparently inspired Colin to take up classical guitar and graduate from UNCSA's high school program in the spring of 2010, by which time there was, obviously, a "U."

Richard managed to become a professional actor in 1971, and has somehow survived well over a hundred roles in theatre, film, television, industrials, commercials -- and that doesn't count the print work, or all the sets he built. Favorite stage appearances: (West Coast) LA premieres of The White House Murder Case and The Trip Back Down, Sea Marks, Waiting for Godot, The Foreigner, a season at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre; (locally) Faith Healer, Machinal , Brigadoon (at NCSA), Moving Picture, A Christmas Carol. Films include SECRETARIAT, REMEMBER THE TITANS, BLACK KNIGHT, CABIN FEVER, MICKEY, THE LIST and blah de blah...

Richard also attended college at Duke, Wake Forest, and UCLA - but unlike UNCSA, they never saw enough humor in the situation to grant him a degree... .

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 Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high 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. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.