May 3, 2011/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UNCSA DRAMA ALUMNUS JOE MANTELLO NOMINATED FOR TONY AWARD
WINSTON-SALEM – University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Drama alumnus Joe Mantello was nominated today for a Tony Award.
In addition, UNCSA School of Drama alumnus Alex Hoeffler, Class of 2010, is in War Horse, which is nominated for Best Play.
Mantello was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his role as Ned Weeks in Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, which was also nominated for Best Revival of a Play. Mantello has won two Tony Awards, for Best Direction of a Play (Take Me Out) and Best Direction of a Musical (Assassins). His last performance on Broadway was in 1993’s Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, for which he was also nominated for a Tony Award.
Mantello studied acting in the School of Drama at the School of the Arts, where he received a College Arts Diploma in 1984.
Last year, four UNCSA alumni – Tom Hulce, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Paul Tazewell and Edwin Schloss – were nominated for Tony Awards.
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.