NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED SCHOOL OF MUSIC, THEATRE AND DANCE EXCELS IN COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Faculty and students from around the country choose UNCG's School of Music, Theatre and Dance as a preeminent institution for developing talented leaders in the performing arts. In addition to excellence in the classroom, the studio and on stage, the school is an active and devoted contributor to the Greensboro community and beyond. For the 2013-14 academic year, some of the most significant contributions toward community engagement and economic development include:
- Director of Opera David Holley was elected president of the National Opera Association and was also asked to become the artistic director of the Greensboro Opera.
- As a result of Holley's leadership, the 2015 National Opera Association (NOA) Annual Convention will be held in Greensboro's Koury Convention Center, Jan. 8-11, 2015. The convention typically has been held in large cities such as New York, Washington, DC, Atlanta and San Antonio.
- Dance professor Mila Parrish is making an impact with Dancers Connect, which gives Triad-area elementary and middle school students a chance to join a new dance community hosted by UNCG, for free. What began with 26 students in the spring of 2013 grew to 130 applicants in the fall of 2013, with another record-breaking number of applicants expected for spring of 2014. Dancers Connect serves both the community and the pre-service dance education students as they grow as teachers and future leaders in dance. Volunteers include graduate and undergraduate students from a range of majors across campus, plus five high school students. Parrish currently has Dancers Connect satellite programs running at The University of South Carolina and The College of Charleston.
- Parrish also has formed a dance company called iDance, which is made up of UNCG dance performance and dance education majors. This summer the iDance Company will perform at the Dance and the Child International Conference in Seattle.
- Associate professor of music Rebecca MacLeod was recently awarded the 2014 ASTA String Researcher Award, given to a researcher whose work has contributed significantly to scholarship in string education and/or performance. MacLeod was honored in large part for her work in developing a special program to teach string instruments to students at Greensboro's Peck Elementary School.
UNCG is one of 73 colleges and universities recognized by NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education as leaders in cultivating civic-minded students.
A scene from The Most Happy Fella (performed at the UNCG Collage concert in September) competed in the final round of the 2014 National Opera Association's Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition in New York and won an Honorable Mention award. UNCG Opera also took third place in the 2013 Opera Production Competition for its production of Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. In addition to this third place finish, UNCG has won seven first place and four second place awards in the competition.
AT THE OSCARS
Department of Theatre alumnus Chris Chalk '01 was featured as the character Clemens Ray in the Oscar-winning film Twelve Years a Slave. Chalk spoke of some of his gut-wrenching scenes in a recent LA Times article. His screen-acting career so far has included such productions as Showtime's Homeland, HBO's The Newsroom and the film Rent. He won a Theatre World Award for his Broadway debut in Fences. He returns to UNCG on occasion to conduct master classes and speak with students.
The UNCG dance department has been selected to perform at the American College Dance Festival Association's 16th National College Dance Festival June 5-7 in Washington, DC. This is UNCG's second invitation to the festival.