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April 17, 2013/For Immediate Release

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



(Winston-Salem) A graduate student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has been selected for two highly competitive local leadership and community service opportunities. Eliza Walmsley, a second-year student in the School of Design and Production’s (D&P) Performing Arts Management Program, was named a participant scholar by the Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, and was chosen for the United Way’s 2013 Project Blueprint.

The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem invites all women and girls of the community to realize their power to make a difference. Since 2007, The Women’s Fund has awarded participant scholarships to 63 deserving women and girls. Participant scholarships are not cash awards, but they offer to the recipients the full benefits of membership in The Women’s Fund.

United Way’s Project Blueprint is a leadership development program that aims to increase the number of individuals from under-represented groups and communities providing leadership in local health, government and human services organizations. This marks the 22nd year that our United Way has provided this valuable service.

Eliza Walmsley

School of Design and Production Dean Joseph P. Tilford said Walmsley's recognition is an indication that she is well on her way to a rewarding career in performing arts management. "Networking and relationship building are vital to a management career,” he said. “Eliza has developed those skills with the help and guidance of her faculty mentors. I am very proud of her strong involvement with the local community."


Walmsley said she looks forward to continuing her involvement with The Women’s Fund and the United Way. “These accomplishments have been incredibly humbling and have instilled a confidence in my leadership capabilities,” she said. “I am so excited to get involved with each of these organizations and cannot wait to discover the impact they will have on my professional development.”

Eliza Walmsley is a native of Ridgeway, Va., and graduated Magna Cum Laude in December 2009 from High Point University with a Bachelor of Arts in Performance Theatre and a minor in History. Upon graduation, Walmsley was a drama teacher and director at Magna Vista High School in Ridgeway. She is fascinated by the positive effects of the arts in public education and the economic and social impact the arts can make in our community. An MFA Candidate at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Performing Arts Management, she is currently the Development Intern at Family Services, Inc., and also works part-time as Box Office Associate for the School of the Arts. This past fall Walmsley was the Finance Intern at Triad Stage in Greensboro. She also served as the Development Intern for The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. She currently serves on two board committees for Piedmont Opera’s Magnolia Ball committee and Winston-Salem Symphony’s technology committee. She also volunteers her time with the Junior League of Winston-Salem and The SECU Family House. In her spare time, she enjoys rooting for UVA sports, reading, spending time with her family, and watching Braves baseball. Walmsley enjoys living and exploring what the city of Winston-Salem has to offer, and firmly believes in the power of volunteerism and is committed to making an impact our community.

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.