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Sept. 27, 2013/For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu




WINSTON-SALEM – New faculty members at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) include alumnus and former guest artist Jared Redick, who studied dance with Mikhail Baryshnikov and performed as soloist with Miami City Ballet, Boston Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Other new faculty include Mikhail Tchoupakov in the School of Dance; Stephen Baker, Patrick Read Johnson and Tim McCann in the School of Filmmaking; Manhal Dandashi in the Division of Liberal Arts; and Robert Allen Smith in the High School Academic Program. The School of Music previously announced the appointments of Anthony Dean Griffey, Ida Beiler, and Michael Kudirka. (See http://www.uncsa.edu/pressreleases/releases2013/July2013/NewMusicFaculty.htm.)

“We are delighted to have Jared on our faculty,” said Dance Dean Susan Jaffe. “Our students stand to benefit tremendously from his experience as a performer and teacher. And, as a graduate of UNCSA’s high school dance program, he has a passion for this school.

“Mikhail Tchoupakov has had an amazing career as a dancer and a teacher,” Jaffe continued. “He and Jared (Redick) will enhance our very strong faculty in the School of Dance. I am thrilled that our students have opportunities to study with artists of their caliber.”  

Addressing new faculty in Film, Susan Ruskin, the new dean, said: “The breadth and depth of the experience that Stephen Baker, Patrick Read Johnson and Tim McCann bring to the School of Filmmaking will be incredibly advantageous to our students as they are preparing to work in the industry.

“In addition, the enthusiasm for filmmaking that these new faculty will contribute to our team will be nothing short of inspirational,” Ruskin added.

Jared Redick

Jared Redick returns to UNCSA as Assistant Dean of the School of Dance and instructor of ballet. He studied at UNCSA with the late Robert Lindgren, founding Dean of the School of Dance, as well as the late Duncan Noble, the late Melissa Hayden, Gyula Pandi and Frank Smith, who is still on the faculty. 

Redick was raised in Reston, Va., where he began his ballet training with his mother, Julia Redick, at Conservatory Ballet.  After receiving his high school diploma at UNCSA, he studied with Baryshnikov at American Ballet Theatre’s School of Classical Ballet and at the School of American Ballet. He began his performance career with San Francisco Ballet and danced with Texas Ballet Theater, Miami City Ballet and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet before joining Boston Ballet, where he danced for seven years as a soloist. With Boston Ballet, Redick was featured in works including John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Onegin and The Taming of the Shrew; Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, Rubies, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty; Jorma Elo’s Plan to B; and Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardee.

Following his retirement in 2009, Redick continued his work with Boston Ballet as principal of the South Shore Studio in Norwell, Mass. He has extensive teaching experience with Boston Ballet School, Orlando Ballet School, Yale University, Syracuse University Summer Dance Intensive, and Suzanne Farrell’s Cedar Island Program. In January 2011, Redick was appointed Artistic Director of New Haven (Conn.) Ballet. He was appointed Associate Fellow of Pierson College of Yale University in 2012. He is also the recipient of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts award for exceptional artistic achievement.

Also joining the School of Dance faculty is Mikhail Tchoupakov, who will teach ballet. Born and raised in Moscow, Tchoupakov graduated from the famous Bolshoi Ballet Academy. For nine years, he danced with the Bolshoi Ballet, performing the full repertoire of the theatre, including soloist parts in Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Spartacus, Swan Lake, Sketches, Raymonda, Don Quixote and Golden Age. He is a graduate of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography, where he received his M.F.A. in Ballet Pedagogy and Choreography.  Tchoupakov has lived in the U.S. since 1990. He has performed with Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Los Angeles Classical Ballet, Vienna State Opera Ballet, and San Francisco Opera Ballet. He spent six years with Colorado Ballet performing diverse classical and contemporary repertoire, including ballets by George Balanchine, Choo San Gogh, Alvin Ailey, Christopher Wheeldon, and Frederick Ashton. He has also served as a Ballet Master and Répétiteur for Colorado Ballet and was on the faculty of the Academy of Colorado Ballet.

Tchoupakov taught for the Houston Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, David Taylor Dance Theatre, State Street Ballet, Ballet Arlington, Guangzhou Ballet of China, Sibiu Ballet Theatre in Romania, Galili Dance in the Netherlands and Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has been a guest teacher in Brazil, Japan, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, and Great Britain, and appeared as guest lecturer at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, U.K.; Colorado College; and Wyoming State University. For three years, he was on the faculty of the University of Utah Department of Ballet, where he taught classes in ballet technique, men’s variations, pas de deux, and character dance, as well as served on graduate committees and participated actively in recruitment.

Stephen Baker will teach animation in the School of Filmmaking.  He has a B.A. in Industrial Design from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computer Animation from Ringling School of Art and Design. Baker is an award-winning animator and animation director who has brought characters and stories to life for more than 16 years. His first project was animating the character of Joe in MIGHTY JOE YOUNG, which was nominated for the 1998 Academy Award for Visual Effects.  He has worked on films including THE RING, ELF, STUART LITTLE, HOLLOW MAN, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE, HUGO, and SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTMAN, GREEN LANTERN and AFTER EARTH; television shows including daVinci’s Demons, Pushing Daisies, and Terra Nova; and video games including Halo 3, Lair, Kung Fu Panda and Lord of the Rings: Conquest; and commercials including “Lego Brickmaster” and “Coca-Cola Polar Bears.”

Patrick Read Johnson will teach directing in the School of Filmmaking.  At the age of 18, he landed a job as a model maker at a Hollywood visual effects facility. A year later he sold his first screenplay to 20th Century Fox. He co-wrote and directed MARTIANS!!! in 1988, which was released in 1990 as SPACED INVADERS by Touchstone Pictures, with the assistance of Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy. His feature film credits include DRAGONHEART, BABY’S DAY OUT, ANGUS, and the upcoming 5-25-77. He directed When Good Ghouls Go Bad for Fox Television.  Johnson has also worked extensively with The Muppets, both in consultation on the development of MUPPET MOVIE screenplays for Jim Henson Pictures, and the direction of a series of the company’s award-winning Muppet Meeting Films, as well as helming the FX- laden "When Food Goes Bad” episode of the hit Henson/Disney TV series Dinosaurs. Prior to joining UNCSA, Johnson served as a senior thesis mentor for The American Film Institute.

Tim McCann will teach directing in the School of Filmmaking. He has directed eight independent feature films, including DESOLATION ANGELS, REVOLUTION #9, RUNAWAY and WHITE RABBIT, and has won a variety of international awards, including the International Critics Prize at the Toronto Film Festival, the Merchant Ivory/Kodak Award at the Telluride Film Festival, and Critic’s Choice at Rotterdam. He has also worked as a screenwriter and cinematographer, and has guest lectured at Boston University, Cornell University, Ithaca College, The New School, Montclair and others, and was recently head of the film program at Purchase College, S.U.N.Y.

Manhal Dandashi joins the Liberal Arts faculty as instructor of French. He has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Romance Languages and Literatures – French from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a B.A. magna cum laude in French Language and Literatures from Nazareth College of Rochester, N.Y., and a diplôme d’Études Universitaires Générales from L’Université de Haute Bretagne in Rennes II, France. He has taught at Elon University and UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as East Chapel Hill High School, Durham Technical Community College, and L’Université de Haute Bretagne, Rennes II, France. 

Robert Allen Smith will teach high school social studies. He has master’s and bachelor’s degrees in history, secondary education from Appalachian State University. Smith formerly taught at Mount Tabor High School and Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, and T. Wingate Andrews High School in High Point.  In addition to teaching, he has advised student council, coordinated service projects including Habitat for Humanity, Children’s Home, Samaritan Ministries and Special Olympics, and has led student trips to Costa Rica, France, Greece, Italy, San Marino, Spain, the South Pacific and the United Kingdom.

New visiting faculty include:

·         John Adams, directing/producing in Film;

·         Deatra Blackburn, drafting in Design and Production (She received her M.F.A. in scenic design from Design and Production in 2012);

·         Timothy Douglas, instructor in Drama;

·         Daniel Ellison, instructor in Performing Arts Management in Design & Production;

·         Keith Hobgood, animation in Film;

·         Brian King, film music composition in Film;

·         Verena Moesenbichler-Bryant, Wind Ensemble conductor and instructor in Music;

·         Matthew Moore, cinematography in Film;

·         Blaise Noto, producing in Film;

·         Barbara Ann Peters, singing in Drama;

·         John Schimmel, producing in Film;

·         Benjamin Towle, design in Design and Production;

·         Robin Vest, drafting in Design and Production.

Additionally, faculty moving from part-time or adjunct status to full-time permanent status include: Jeff Gredlein, who teaches psychology in the Division of Liberal Arts; Janine Hawley, who teaches singing in Drama; Chris Heckman, who directs the film music composition program in Film; and Bob Keen, who teaches production design in Film.

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.