June 20, 2013/For Immediate Release
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BACKSTAGE.COM NAMES UNCSA DRAMA SCHOOL TO LIST OF TOP 7
For the second time in a month, the School of Drama at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has been named to a list of top acting programs. Backstage.com has listed the School of the Arts as one of “7 colleges where Tony winners trained.”
Earlier this month, The Hollywood Reporter ranked the Drama School number seven in the world.
Backstage’s online feature noted that Tony-nominees Terrence Mann and Billy Magnussen have their UNCSA training to thank for roles on Broadway. “The school was the first public arts conservatory in the country,” and “one of the most exclusive arts conservatories in the world,” Backstage said.
A 1978 graduate, Mann appears on Broadway in Pippin, which won the Tony for best revival of a musical. Mann, who plays Charlemagne, was nominated for best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a musical.
Magnussen, a 2007 graduate, was nominated for best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a play for his work as Spike in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which won the Tony for best play.
A third UNCSA graduate was nominated for a Tony this year. Lauren Ward (1992) was nominated for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a musical for her work as Miss Honey in Matilda the Musical.
Drama Dean Carl Forsman, who is completing his first year at UNCSA, said he is awed by the level of talent that he has seen. “It’s fantastic to see our alumni being recognized and rewarded because it is testament to the training and discipline they learned here, from our talented faculty,” Forsman said.
“Being named to lists like the one Backstage released is great because it helps us tell our story and helps us to continue to recruit the best and brightest students,” he added.
Also on Backstage’s list were Carnegie Mellon, Marymount Manhattan, Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Michigan, Ithaca College, and Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
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.