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University Theatre Earns Outstanding Arts Educator Award

University Theatre and several faculty and staff were recognized in Chatham Life & Style's Best of the Year 2020 award show.

Exterior of Thompson Theatre at night

By Caleb White, DASA communications intern

NC State University Theatre was recognized as an Outstanding Arts Educator by Chatham Life & Style in their Best of the Year 2020 award show. Additionally, the department’s production of Argo was recognized as one of 10 Outstanding Virtual Theatre Performances for the year.

As part of the Outstanding Arts Educator award, University Theatre received special recognition for its How to Theatre series on YouTube, which makes theatre education accessible to amateurs and professionals across the globe. Chatham Life & Style published an article about the series earlier this year, which is taught by University Theatre faculty and staff. The series covers topics such as wigs, creating realistic blood and gore, and scenery on a budget. It was designed by professional staff to not only help students and community members hone their theatre skills, but their “how to person” skills as well. The series is available to NC State students and the public alike, and will resume with more episodes this spring.

Chatham Life & Style, the presenter of the award, is an online blog that provides a Southern perspective on arts, food and culture for Central North Carolina. In addition to University Theatre’s departmental award, costume designer Laura Parker and adjunct instructor Lormarev Jones won awards for their work outside of NC State. 

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