UNCSA Speaker Series culminates with ‘The Art of Writing’

During its 50 th anniversary, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has presented a special “Speaker Series” seminars that have been free and open to the public.

The third and final event, which will take place Sunday on the UNCSA campus, is “The Art of Writing,” and will chancellor Lindsay Bier feature UNCSA chancellor Lindsay Bierman and chancellor emeritus Alex Ewing, as well as Vicki Weavil, director of library services and the author of the recently published young-adult novel Crown of Ice, and Joseph Hefner and Victoria Lancaster, two seniors in the School of  Filmmaking.

Joseph Mills, noted poet and the Susan Burress Wall distinguished professor of humanities at UNCSA, coordinated and moderates the Speaker Series presentations.

“The arts are He joined Southern Living as deputy editor in 2010 then promoted to editorin-chief shortly thereafter. There, he oversaw editorial vision and content for the eighth-largest monthly paid magazine in the United States, with regional and tablet editions reaching 18 million consumers monthly.

Ewing, the UNCSA chancellor from 1990-2000, is the author of BRAVURA!: Lucia Chase and the American Ballet Theatre, a biography of his mother Lucia Chase, fondly known as “the Queen Mother of American Ballet.” During the 1960s, he revitalized Chicago’s famed Joffrey Ballet. At UNCSA, Ewing oversaw the school’s successful $25 million campaign for endowment and scholarships, and orchestrated the combination of local, state and national support to secure the establishment of the School of Filmmaking in 1993. Since retiring and chancellor, Ewing and wife Sheila continue to reside in Winston-Salem.

Before coming to UNCSA, Weavil worked for the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Television and Radio (now known as the Paley Center for Media), which has branches in New York City and Los Angeles. Her next novel, the young-adult science-fiction fantasy Facsimile, is scheduled to be published next year by Month9Books, followed in 2017 by the sequel Derivation.

Hefner, who grew up in Southern Pines, NC, is a directing student and also the chairman of the Student Advisory Committee in the School of Filmmaking. Having completed his thesis film WITHOUT, he served as an intern at the American Pavilion during the 67 th annual Cannes Film Festival and has twice worked as a teaching assistant during UNCSA’s summer film intensives. He is also about to complete his first feature-length screenplay after seven years in development.

Lancaster, a production design student at UNCSA, is a Pfafftown native whose hobbies include reading, writing and puppy-watching. Following her graduation, she plans to move to either New York and Los Angeles to launch her career in the art department. !


The UNCSA 50 th Anniversary Speaker Series “Art of Writing” seminar will take place 7 pm Sunday in Freedman Theatre, located in Performance Place on the main campus, 1533 S. Main St., Winston- Salem. Admission is free. For more information, call 336.770.3399 or visit the official UNCSA website: