Upcoming Events
  • March 3, 2015 Graduate School Panel Need info on Grad School and What to Expect? A panel of Peace alumni and community guests will discuss their experiences of applying and attending various Grad/Professional School programs. Come ask questions and learn what to expect. Questions? Contact the Career Center. view Event
  • March 3, 2015 Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series: Fanny Slater '10 - DATE CHANGE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 3, 2015 AT 3:30 PM IN LEGGETT THEATRE William Peace University welcomes Peace Alumna Fanny Slater '10  as part of the 2014-15 Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series on March 3, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. in Leggett Theatre. Slater will speak to the WPU Community (alumni, faculty, staff, students and the general public) about her journey. She will show clips from the Rachael Ray Show where she won last year's Great American Cookbook Challenge and a home video or two of Fanny cooking as a kid. Slater was most recently named by the StarNews as one of the "12 to Watch." RESERVE YOUR FREE TICKET HERE William Peace University wishes to make this event accessible to all people in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to fully participate in this event please contact the Office of Engagement at Engagement@peace.edu or 919.508.2362.  Please make your needs known as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for effective accommodations, preferably at least 5 business days prior to the event. Fanny's Bio: My life is a recipe scrapbook composed of extraordinary culinary encounters. I did not receive formal training, but was homeschooled on the art of savory scratchmade eats by my parents. They taught me words like fresh sage and bouillabaisse and encouraged me towards a life of pursuing my passions. I did not travel the world feasting on global delicacies, but I did learn to roast Cornish hens with my dad and sauté buttery leeks with my mom. I have no idea what I learned in my second grade math class, but I will never forget how to shape crab cakes. I graduated from Peace College in 2010. One year later, I left Raleigh for the very first time and moved across the country by myself to Hollywood, California to chase a lifelong dream of becoming an actress. A year and a half later, I followed my stomach back to the east coast with a head full of new ambitions and a cat named after a fruit. While living in Los Angeles, every bit of hunger I ever held for cooking, eating, and writing fermented inside of me until I couldn’t take it any longer. I had spent the past twenty five years daydreaming about a life under the Hollywood sign, and it was that very place where I realized that the only part I ever needed to play—was myself. A little closer to home, I was ready to begin my next chapter. I chose the coastal town of Wilmington, North Carolina and a professional path that paid the bills but allowed me some freedom to flex my food muscles on the side. One day, I finally said goodbye to a life of fruitless jobs and announced that I wouldn’t spend another minute in an unfulfilling occupation.  So, I got my Fanny in the kitchen and became CEO (Chief Eating Officer) of Fanfare Catering and a food writer in my trendy riverfront town. In my kitchen today, I create enriched adaptations of the food that has touched my life. I unravel the flavors and weave them back together into an eclectic new dish. In November 2013, I was given the opportunity to share this very concept with the world. Along with nearly 1,000 others, I submitted my culinary concept to a national cookbook competition held by Rachael Ray. I stuck to the moral of my California adventure—to simply “be myself”—and soared to the top 5. In front of millions on May 19th 2014, I was announced as the winner. I’m currently in pursuit of my own cooking show and wrapping up my soon-to-be-Rachael-Ray-published cookbook which is set to launch mid-2015. This book is a celebration and reconnection of the nourishing experiences that have guided my hungry soul. It’s seasoned with absurdity and wit, and sprinkled with hilarious childhood stories and photos. It is Tina Fey meets Rachael Ray meets the girl next door who drinks craft beer and makes bacon jam just for fun. The Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series The Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series began in 2013-14 through a platinum presenting sponsorship made by Duke Energy and its community grants program. The speaker series brings guest speakers and lecturers from North Carolina to the University's campus each academic year. The University's Honors Program Coordinator is closely involved with the selection of speakers. One of the most exciting and prestigious programs on campus, the Honors Program provides academically talented and motivated students opportunities to study, conduct research and exchange ideas in a challenging and supportive academic environment. The Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series was created specifically with the Honors Program students in mind. Speakers included author Adam Shepard, musician Chris Hendricks, motivational speakers Joseph B. Washington and Dr. Kevin Snyder, Maestro William Henry Curry of the North Carolina Symphony, Professor Emerita of Psychology Dr. Korrel Kanoy, and former Mayor Smedes York, among others. Later this year, the program will feature Rep. Debra Ross and Trish Healy. The 2014-15 arts and events season will feature multiple visiting speakers from across North Carolina including: Rep. Deborah K. Ross, NC General Assembly; Eugene A. "Gene" Conti, Jr., former Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation; Tom Darden, CEO of Cherokee and former Chairman of the Research Triangle Transit Authority; Trish Healy, Principal at Hyde Street Holdings; Steve Swayne, Professor of Music at Dartmouth College; Sarah Powers, Executive Director for Visual Art Exchange; Ryan Messer, Senior Division Mgr, Johnson & Johnson and Precinct Executive (Cincinnati). William Peace University wishes to make this event accessible to all people in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to fully participate in this event please contact the Office of Engagement at Engagement@peace.edu or 919.508.2362.  Please make your needs known as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for effective accommodations, preferably at least 5 business days prior to the event. view Event
  • March 10, 2015 Teacher Network Fair Presented by the Office of Career Services The William Peace University Office of Career Services invites WPU students to attend the Teacher Network Fair held in conjunction with Meredith College. The event is scheduled for March 10, 2015 in Belk Dining Hall on the Meredith College campus from 9:30-11:30 a.m. This is a Career fair for education majors seeking teaching positions; Private and public schools systems from the southeast will be in attendance. Questions? Contact Barbara Efird, Director of Career Services. view Event

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William Peace University Hires Group of Faculty Members for BFA Program With 80+ Years Experience

By William Peace University on August 4, 2014 3:58 pm

William Peace University Hires Group of Faculty Members for BFA Program
With 80+ Years Experience

Four-Year Baccalaureate Welcomes Six Industry
Professionals to Fine Arts Program  

RALEIGH, N.C., August 4, 2014 – William Peace University, a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, is excited to announce programmatic and faculty hires to be implemented for the fall of 2014. From New York, the region and the Triangle, the University is privileged to have more than 80 years of experience to share with the BFA program at Peace. Michael Bush, Maestro Curry and Lauren Kennedy will be sharing their talents on and off campus and we are delighted they will be spending time working with each of you throughout the year. In addition, we are pleased to announce the following individuals will be joining the faculty for the 2014-2015 season and below you will find their respective bios.

MICHAEL BUSH most recently directed the Off-Broadway productions of Bikeman, PsychoTherapy, Cactus Flower, and Based On A Totally True Story. Regional Productions include:  Stormy Weather (Pasadena Playhouse, Prince Music Theatre), The Sisters Rosensweig (Capital Repertory Theatre) A Christmas Carol (Capital Repertory Theatre), Murderers (Philadelphia Theatre Company, City Theatre), etc. He is the co-author and director of Leslie Uggam’s Uptown Downtown (Pasadena Playhouse, Capital Repertory Theatre), which won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for best solo performance. He won the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival Award for Excellence in Direction for the world premiere musical Hurricane. He has directed eight New York Musical Theatre Festival musicals including The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde, The Piper, and Jonathan Brielle’s Himself and Nora. His second show for Leslie Uggams, Classic Uggams, premiered at New York’s  premiere nightclub 54 Below in November 2012. In June 2013, he directed the world premiere of a new play with music about Judy Garland called Heartbreaker at the Adirondack Theatre Festival

Additionally, Bush is the former director of artistic production and associate artistic director for the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City. He was associated with MTC for more than 25 years and helped artistically guide more than 200 new plays and musicals, including the Tony®Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Proof and Doubt, and the Tony® Award winning Love! Valour! Compassion!  He was instrumental in the rebirth of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Cabaret & Performance Conference, and served as its artistic director from 2005 to 2012. In his associations with both MTC and the O’Neill Center, Bush has presented such acclaimed performers as Julie Andrews, Rita Morano, Audra McDonald, Bernadette Peters, Betty Buckley, Rosemary Clooney, Marilyn Maye, and Jim Dale and has developed over 100 new shows, revues, and intimate musicals including [title of show] and The Story of My Life, both of which were produced on Broadway.  He is currently developing three new musicals:  40 Naked Women, a Monkey, and Me, Nightmare Alley, and Picasso.

WILLIAM HENRY CURRY enters his 19th season with the North Carolina Symphony in 2014-15. Maestro Curry serves as the artistic director for the Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series and all North Carolina Symphony summer programs. He has also served as music director of the Durham Symphony Orchestra since 2009.

A native of Pittsburgh, Maestro Curry started conducting and composing music at age 14. His first major appointment was at age 21, when he was named assistant conductor of the Richmond Chamber Orchestra. He also served as resident conductor with the Baltimore Symphony and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Maestro Curry was appointed associate conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony in 1983, a post he held until 1988, the same year he was named winner of the Leopold Stokowski Conducting Competition and performed in Carnegie Hall.

Maestro Curry has conducted more than 40 orchestras, including appearances with the Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, National, Detroit, Denver, American, Atlanta, Shreveport and San Diego Symphonies, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Israel Camerata Jerusalem Orchestra, as well as the orchestras of Indianapolis, New Jersey, Bangkok and Taiwan and with the New York City Ballet in their famed Balanchine production of The Nutcracker. Opera engagements include the Houston Grand Opera, Chicago Opera Theater and New York City Opera. In 2009-10, at the invitation of the U.S. Department of State, Maestro Curry spent two weeks in Taiwan presenting master classes in conducting and leading concerts of American music.

LAUREN KENNEDY, as an actress, has appeared on Broadway as Lady of the Lake in Monty Python’s Spamalot, Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close, Side Show as Daisy Hilton and Les Miserables as Fantine. Also, Cinderella at New York City Opera and Off-Broadway she starred in Vanities and Good Ol’ Girls. London: Trevor Nunn’s revival of South Pacific as Nellie Forbush at the Royal National Theatre. Lauren starred opposite Val Kilmer in The Ten Commandments at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angelos. She starred in pre-Broadway production of Lone Star Love with Randy Quaid.

Other new works and premiers include: Zelda Fitzgerald in Frank Wildhorn’s Waiting For The Moon (LENAPE, BARRYMORE AWARD NOM. For Best Actress), The Rhythm Club, White Christmas, Breakfast At Tiffany’s (St. Louis MUNY), Hot Shoe Shuffle (TUTS, The Trumpet of the Swan (The Kennedy Center) and The Last Five Years (Northlight). Kennedy has also played Betty Schaeffer in the national tour of Sunset Boulevard and has two albums including her debut album Lauren Kennedy Songs of Jason Robert Brown which received rave reviews. She is the Artistic Director at Hot Summer Night’s At The Kennedy.

AMY WHITE is thrilled to be joining the faculty of William Peace University. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre (Dance minor) from the State University of New York at Fredonia and an MFA in Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. In addition, Amy has spent several years in New York City working regionally and off-Broadway. There, she also co-founded the madCAP collecTIVE, an ensemble based theatre company. Her main theatrical interests lie in improvisation, devised performance, and musicals. Beyond the realms of the performing arts, Amy also enjoys cooking, yoga, and her pet lizard named Noodles Vonnegut.

In her new roles, White will teach Musical Theatre and Theatre classes, particularly in the realms of acting and dance. Additionally, she is providing private voice and piano lessons, and directing this year’s upcoming student performance The Importance of Being Earnest. 

“I am thrilled to be joining the Theatre faculty at William Peace University,” White said. “There truly seems to be a deep respect for developed artistry, hard work, and creativity among the students and staff. I believe WPU has great potential to create a symbiotic relationship with the Raleigh community through the arts and I look forward to helping cultivate this collaboration. It is a great honor and joy to be a part of this rapidly growing program.”

MATT HODGE is an award-winning composer, pianist, director, and teacher. He has been featured in more than 40 media outlets, including national television and national radio. His music has been bought and/or performed in 25 countries that span four continents: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He is a professional member of four national music organizations, and has worked with Grammy and Emmy award-winning professionals. He has also ranked multiple times in national music contests as both a songwriter and a musician.

Matthew holds a Masters of Arts in Music Degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Theory and Composition Degree (double emphasis in composition and piano).  He will complete a Master of Fine Arts in Music Composition Degree in 2014.

Matthew is currently on faculty at Campbellsville University, located in Campbellsville, KY. He has been directing and composing for singing groups for the last seven years. He also works professionally as a pianist, songwriter, and lecturer. In the last five years, Matthew has recorded and produced over a dozen CDs in Nashville, TN, and recently produced music with Grammy-award recipients in Los Angeles.

Matthew is a popular guest speaker covering various music topics, including songwriting. Recently, he has given seminars at University of Kentucky, Lindsey Wilson College, Centre College, Bellarmine University and Campbellsville University.

MICHAEL SANTANGELO holds a Bachelor of Music from Crane School of Music in voice and choral singing. While at Crane, Michael was a member of the Potsdam Pointercounts, SUNY Potsdam’s only all male acappella group. In addition to his acappella singing, Michael has a large background in recording and music technology. As a musician, he has played for the First National Tour of Disney’s High School Musical, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (Branson MO production) and many regional theater productions including Tommy, All Shook Up, Footloose, Little Shop of Horrors, The Wizard of Oz, My Fair Lady, and Bat Boy. Locally, Michael has musically directed NCTC’s Master STAS production of, In The Heights, and Jesus Christ Superstar, and played in the orchestra’s for NCT’s Altar

Boys, The Little Mermaid, and Hot Summer Nights concert Oh What A Night and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

As an educator, Michael has been a teacher in the NY public school system as well as many years of after school and summer theatre programs. He currently works with North Carolina Theatre Conservatory teaching voice, piano, and theatre classes. Michael comes to William Peace University with more than 15 years experience in music and theatre education.

Please stay tuned as more information will be released on these individuals in the coming weeks. For more details on that and other University news, click here.





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