The Hollywood Reporter named the School of Drama at UNC School of the Arts among the world’s top five undergraduate theater programs in its June 5 issue, available online.

The Reporter, the leading publication of the entertainment industry, has recognized UNCSA’s acting program for the past three years.

Scott Zigler, dean of the School of Drama, said the program aims to prepare students for a broad range of careers, including theater, film, television, web content, and “even forms of media content we may not have seen yet.”

UNCSA alumni are finding early success on a variety of platforms.

Jordan Boatman, who graduated in 2018, landed a guest spot on CBS’s “The Good Fight” last year, and also won the prestigious Elliot Norton Award for best performance by an actress in Boston theater for “The Niceties” this past season. Samuel Farnsworth has a recurring role on the Amazon series “Dickinson,” Hannah Myers appeared on the CBS drama “FBI,” Mekhai Lee appears in the Off-Broadway revival of “Rock of Ages,” and Hassiem Muhammed appeared in the award-winning drama “Sweat” at Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Theatre.

And from the Class of 2019, Malik Childs has been cast in a workshop production of the new Donja R. Love play at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Nikyla Boxley has been cast in a Charlottesville, Va., production of “The Niceties.”

UNCSA is the only undergraduate drama program to showcase in four cities — Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and Chicago — for agents, directors, casting directors and producers from all branches of theater, film and television. More than 75 percent of the graduating class had offers for representation from the showcase tour in 2019.

 

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Lynn Felder

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