- February 20, 2016 Presidential Open House for the Classes of 2004-2011 A Chance to Be Heard Dr. Brian C. Ralph, William Peace University's 11th President, extends a special invitation to Peace College alumnae from the Classes of 2004-2011 to come back to their Alma Mater for a private open house. Meet Dr. Ralph from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Drop by for a quick visit, a long talk, a campus tour, or anything in between. Main Parlor will be set to receive individuals or groups. R.S.V.P. by Feb. 13, 2016 by clicking here. Refreshments served. view Event
- February 25, 2016 Twelfth Night by William Peace Theatre William Peace Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" directed by Dr. Wade Newhouse, Feb. 25-28, 2016. TICKETS: $15 Adult, $10 Faculty/Staff/Alumni, $5 Student REGISTER HERE William Peace Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s timeless comedy February 25 - 28 in Leggett Theatre on the campus of William Peace University. Drawing inspiration from the romantic comedies of influential filmmaker John Hughes, the show’s design captures the exuberant teen romance of the 1980’s. Twins Viola and Sebastian have been separated from each other in a shipwreck along the coast of Illyria. Disguising herself as a boy named Cesario, she enters the employ of Duke Orsino, who pines after the Lady Olivia. As Orsino sends her to deliver messages of love to Olivia, she falls for him and Olivia falls for her. Meanwhile, Olivia’s uncle, Sir Toby Belch, and a dimwitted knight named Sir Andrew Aguecheek, accompanied by various servants and clowns cause drunken mayhem and prank Olivia’s steward, Malvolio, into believing she is in love with him. Dr. Wade Newhouse directs this production. At William Peace University he currently serves as the Interim Program Coordinator for Theatre and Musical Theatre, and teaches such courses as Composition, Children’s Literature, Southern Literature, Storytelling for Simulation, Critical Approaches to Film, and American Hauntings. He has published articles and book chapters on a wide variety of authors, including Sir Walter Scott, Ambrose Bierce, William Faulkner, and Neil Gaiman. He is the Assistant Director of Raleigh’s Village Idiots and has performed with that improvisational comedy troupe for over ten years. As an actor, Dr. Newhouse has often appeared on the Peace stage, playing such roles as Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Herr Schultz in Cabaret, the Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods, and the Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Dr. Newhouse has also performed with Bare Theatre, hiSTORYstage, and Forest Moon Theater. view Event
- March 3, 2016 Charlotte Alumni Reception An Evening with Dr. Brian C. Ralph Charlotte-area alumni and friends are invited to a special "Meet and Greet the President" cocktail reception hosted by Amanda Hollingsworth '01, Patton & Cindy Pinkston McDowell '87 and Jim & Beth Michael Moncure '77. Event Location: Dressler's Restaurant, 1100 Metropolitan Ave #125, Charlotte, NC (Complimentary Parking Available) Event Date: March 3, 2016 Event Time: 6:00 p.m. R.S.V.P. by February 24, 2016 by clicking here. view Event
William Peace University Names Amy White
Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre and Theatre
Four-Year Baccalaureate Welcomes Former Actress and Off-Broadway
Professional With 10 Years Industry Experience
RALEIGH, N.C., August 8, 2014 – William Peace University, a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, is proud to announce the hiring of Amy White as Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre and Theatre. 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.
Prior to WPU, White worked in the theatre industry for a decade, having worked as a professional actress based in New York City, off-Broadway, and on touring companies playing such roles as Sharpay in High School Musical, Bianca in Taming of the Shrew, and the title role in Cinderella. Off stage, she has acted as a director, voice coach and choreographer for numerous productions across the East Coast. In 2010, White helped found an ensemble-based theatre company in NYC called the madCAP collective. She has also dedicated many summers directing and choreographing for the Apollo Civic Theatre’s Youth Summer Workshop.
White holds a BFA in Musical Theatre with a minor in Dance from the State University of New York at Fredonia, along with a MFA in Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
“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, faculty and staff. I believe WPU has great potential to create a symbiotic relationship with 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.”
“We are ecstatic to welcome Amy to WPU,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., President of William Peace University. “She brings a great deal of knowledge and industry experience to our institution, and will surely have an impact on students in the BFA Program.”
“I’m really happy that the University is bringing in someone who has real-world and industry experience,” said Luis Beltran, William Peace University ’16. “I can’t wait to pick her [Ms. White’s] brain about acting in New York City and things like that.”
For more information on the William Peace University BFA Program, click here.
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