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Sept. 18, 2012/For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu


WINSTON-SALEM – The School of Drama at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) welcomes actor Paul Niebanck as a guest artist on campus on Friday, Sept. 21.

Niebanck was invited by his friend Carl Forsman, new Dean of the School of Drama at UNCSA. In 2009, Niebanck appeared in Such Things at Keen Company in New York City. Dean Forsman is founding artistic director of Keen Company, where he spent a dozen years prior to joining UNCSA on July 1 of this year.

Niebanck recently appeared in Blood and Gifts at Lincoln Center Theater in New York. The play was written by UNCSA School of Drama alumnus J.T. Rogers and was nominated for a 2012 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play.

On Friday, Niebanck and Forsman will host a discussion on career issues for Drama seniors at 2 p.m. At 4:15 p.m., Niebanck and Drama faculty member Mary Irwin, who teaches voice, speech and dialects, will meet with Drama sophomores. Forsman will rejoin Niebanck for a conversation with all Drama sophomores at 5:45 p.m.; Niebanck will speak about being a working actor practicing his craft on a daily basis.

On Broadway, Niebanck appeared in In the Next Room or the vibrator play at Lincoln Center Theater. His Off-Broadway theatre credits include Shockheaded Peter, Great Expectations, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Coriolanus, and Pericles at Theatre for a New Audience; The American Clock and The Pussycat and the Expert Plumber Who Was a Man at Signature Theatre Company; The Revenger’s Tragedy at Red Bull Theater; Richard III and The Seagull at The Pearl; and Leaving Queens at Women’s Project.

He has appeared in regional theatre productions including In the Next Room or the vibrator play at Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Joan Dark at the Goodman Theatre; as Iago in Othello at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Pygmalion, The Crucible and Rhinoceros at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; Company at Kansas City Repertory Theatre; Gross Indecency and Don Juan at The Huntington Theatre Company; and The African Company Presents Richard III at Arena Stage.

Niebanck’s TV credits include “Burn Notice,” “Gossip Girl,” “One Life to Live” and “As the World Turns.”

He is an M.F.A. graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. World-renowned conductor and educator John Mauceri became Chancellor of UNCSA in 2006. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.

Paul Niebanck