Spent a bit of time recently digging through files and found a lot of black and white photos from my days studying acting at UNC-Greensboro. Most of the pictures are black and white. I believe that is what was used to print in weekday editions of the Greensboro News & Record. Color was reserved for weekend papers. I was there for a little over three years after transferring from the North Carolina School of the Arts. I’d also had experience working as a high school intern at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival and at the Monomoy Theatre in Cape Cod. So I was eager to get time on stage and playing roles after spending so much time being near it. Looking back, UNC-G gave me a lot of that. A true bounty of gifts on Tate Street…
I got to do other parts in mainstage productions of “Medea,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.” I was also in student-lead black box productions of “Marat/Sade,” “As Your Like It,” “A Doctor in Spite of Himself,” “Pyramus and Thisby,” “How Much Is Your Iron?,” “The Bald Soprano,” “Woyzeck,” “Cowboy Mouth,” and Fred Chappell’s “Duet,” among others.
I was on the Dean’s List my first semester but let my academics slide a bit as I got more involved with performing. I took 22 hours my final two semesters and summer classes to graduate on time. I received a nomination for the Irene Ryan competition for my role in “Toys in the Attic.” I went on to make the top 10 in the regional competition.
I do owe a great deal of gratitude to all the directors and teachers with whom I worked at UNC-Greensboro: Betty Jean, John, Mary, Kay, Steve, Tom, Jim, Marsha, Alan, Jonathan, Imre, Mark, Bruce, Jean, Belinda, Ellen, the other Jonathan, Nicole, Wade, and Lori. You provided me with experiences that shaped me in many ways and prepared me for the life I grew into over the years.