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April 11, 2013/For Immediate Release, high res. photo available

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu



Ceremony is 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 at Stevens Center

(Winston-Salem) A show business professional who currently works for one of the world’s most creative entertainment companies will be the speaker for college commencement exercises at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). Chancellor John Mauceri has announced that Jerry Nadal, senior vice president of Cirque du Soleil’s Resident Shows Division, will speak at the ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Stevens Center, 405 W. Fourth St.

Nadal is responsible for every aspect of the seven live Cirque du Soleil shows currently in production in Las Vegas, and one show in Orlando, Fla., as well as the new production, Michael Jackson ONE, which premieres June 29 in Las Vegas.

“Cirque du Soleil is recognized for high-quality, artistic entertainment and the most challenging technical productions,” Mauceri said. “UNCSA is known for training the highest caliber of artists and theater technicians. We are perfect partners. Jerry Nadal, who works at the top level at Cirque du Soleil, is a speaker whose message will resonate with our graduates and their proud families.”

Cirque du Soleil’s shows, known for their combination of powerful athleticism, high energy acrobatics, inspiring imagery and cutting-edge theatrical technology, have been seen by more than 100 million people in 40 countries on six continents.

Jerry Nadal

Since 2010, the School of the Arts and Cirque du Soleil have collaborated annually to produce the Entertainment Innovation Conference in Winston-Salem, where college students, professors and entertainment professionals explore the merger of arts and innovation.

“Jerry Nadal is not only a consummate professional in the entertainment industry, he is a true citizen-artist,” Mauceri said. “That speaks to one of our core values at UNCSA: using our talents and our gifts to serve our communities.”

Jerry Nadal is a show business professional specializing in live performance; having worn many hats working over 25 years in the entertainment industry, Jerry currently holds the title of Senior Vice President, Resident Shows Division for Cirque du Soleil.  He is responsible for 2,000 individuals from over 40 countries around the world who strive for perfection working for one of the world’s most creative entertainment companies. Jerry sits on the Executive Board of Cirque du Soleil reporting to the COO and is responsible for every aspect of the seven current live production shows in Las Vegas (Mystère, “O”, Zumanity, , The Beatles LOVE, CRISS ANGEL Believe and Zarkana); and the soon to open Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino as well as La Nouba at Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida. His overall operational responsibilities include human resources, finance, IT, technical show support, merchandising and a large sales and marketing team that oversees annual revenues of $500 million dollars.  A large part of Mr. Nadal’s responsibilities also include the management of Cirque du Soleil’s operating partners which include MGM Resorts International, Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Disney, Apple Records and the Michael Jackson Estate.

Having joined Cirque du Soleil in 1998, Mr. Nadal has held several positions including General Manager for the Resident Shows Division; Company Manager for the show KÀ during its creation period; Tour Manager for the Asia-Pacific touring production of Alegría while simultaneously holding the position of Managing Director for the Asia-Pacific regional division of Cirque du Soleil in Singapore; as well as Company Manager for Alegría, during its run at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino on the Gulf Coast in Biloxi, Mississippi.  He has also been responsible for the company’s advance into Asia opening shows in Tokyo, Japan at Downtown Disney and in Macau, China at The Venetian Resort and Casino.

Before joining Cirque du Soleil, Mr. Nadal gained considerable experience in show business and held a variety of positions with several companies managing operations for various Broadway shows.  He started out in the business as a stage manager which took him across the United States and Caribbean with productions of A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, Fiorello! and Masquerade at the Movies, he also toured as company manager with productions of Grease! and Little Shop of Horrors.  Mr. Nadal’s first venture into the Las Vegas market was in the role of production manager for Starlight Express at the Las Vegas Hilton and he continued work as a production manager on national tours of Smokey Joe’s Cafe, 42nd Street and The Will Rogers Follies.

Mr. Nadal holds Associate in Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees from St. John’s University in New York and an MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix.  He also sits on the board of directors for Nevada Public Radio, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre, Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas, In12Days and One Drop USA foundation of Cirque du Soleil where Mr. Nadal was most recently the Executive Producer for a one night only benefit performance in Las Vegas that included over 230 performers to highlight the worldwide water crisis.   Mr. Nadal and his partner Gene Lubas are the proud fathers of 6 year old twin boys, Harrison and Wilson and make their home in Las Vegas.

MEDIA: The UNCSA commencement ceremonies are not open to the general public. Family and friends of graduating students must have tickets to enter the Stevens Center. However, tickets are available for media representatives. Please call 336-734-2891 or email whitakerl@uncsa.edu by April 30 if you are interested in covering this event.

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. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.