July 11, 2014/For Immediate Release

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


WINSTON-SALEM – Alumni from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) received Primetime Emmy nominations for outstanding acting, outstanding reality program, and outstanding cinematography, and an alumna appears in a nominated movie.

Two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, who graduated from UNCSA’s School of Drama in 1984, is nominated as Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in HBO’s movie THE NORMAL HEART. He plays Mickey Marcus in the film, which received a total of 16 nominations, the most for any television movie.

Mantello also starred in the 2011 Broadway play of The Normal Heart, playing Ned Weeks, for which he received a Tony nomination for Best Performance by An Actor in a Leading Role. He won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance.   

Several graduates of the School of Filmmaking are involved with Discovery Channel’s “Alaska: The Last Frontier” which received two nominations, for Unstructured Reality Program and Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming. They include: Brian Mandle ’99, director of photography; Scott Gardner ’99, camera; Neil Moore ’02, field producer, camera; David Short ’03, camera; Frank Gibson ’03, producer; Scott Kyger ’07, associate producer; Charles Dugan ’02, editing; David H. Price ’07, editing; and Andrew Taylor ’13, camera assistant.

Taylor Roberts, who graduated from the School of Drama in 2002, appeared in KILLING KENNEDY on the National Geographic Channel. It is nominated for Outstanding Television Movie. Roberts also received her high school diploma from UNCSA in 1998, graduating from the School of Dance.

This is Mantello’s first Emmy nomination, although he has been nominated for six Tony Awards and nine Drama Desk Awards. He has won two Tonys, in 2004 as director of Assassins, and in 2003 as director of Take Me Out. He has received two Drama Desk Awards in addition to the win for The Norman Heart -- as director of Wicked in 2004 and as an actor in 1993’s Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.

This year he directed the Chicago Theater production of The Last Ship with music and lyrics by Sting. Mantello will direct the production when it moves to Broadway in October. 

THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer is about a gay activist who attempts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the early 1980s. It premiered off-Broadway in 1985 and opened on Broadway in 2011.

“Alaska: The Last Frontier” follows the Kilcher family as they homestead outside of Homer, Alaska. Its fourth season is scheduled to begin airing in October.

KILLING KENNEDY is based on the Bill O’Reilly book. It stars Rob Lowe and Gennifer Goodwin, and was nominated by the Screen Actors Guild, the Critics Choice Television Awards, the Directors Guild, The Motion Pictures Sound Editors, PGA Awards and the Writers Guild.

The Emmy Awards will air Aug. 25 on NBC.



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.



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