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Professor and Broadway veteran Terrence Mann to receive state award

Terrence Mann works with WCU students.

Terrence Mann works with WCU students.

The North Carolina Literary and Historical Association will present Broadway star Terrence Mann, Western Carolina University’s Phillips Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre, with the Hardee-Rives Award for the Dramatic Arts on Friday, Nov. 7.

The annual award honors notable contributions to the dramatic arts in North Carolina and will be bestowed during an association meeting in New Bern.

Mann, who has been nominated three times for Tony Awards for his performances on the Broadway stage, joined the Western Carolina faculty in 2006.

His Broadway roles have included Rum Tum Tugger in “Cats,” Javert in “Les Miserables,” Chauvelin in “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and King Charles in “Pippin.” He was the originator of the role of the Beast in the Broadway production of “Beauty and the Beast,” and he has taken the Broadway stage in “Lennon,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Getting Away with Murder,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Rags,” “Barnum,” “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway” and “Jekyll and Hyde.”

Mann is founding artistic director of the Carolina Arts Festival and served as artistic director of the North Carolina Theatre for 14 years, directing more than 25 musical productions during his tenure. He also was artistic director of “The Lost Colony,” North Carolina’s long-running outdoor drama.

At WCU, in addition to teaching and directing, he and Charlotte d’Amboise, his wife and a fellow Broadway star, founded WCU’s Triple Arts Intensive Musical Theatre Summer Camp. The 2015 camp will be held July 9-15 in Cullowhee.

Mann is currently directing an upcoming production on campus of the musical “42nd Street,” which will stage in WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. nightly from Thursday, Nov. 13, to Saturday, Nov. 15, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16. Tickets are $21 for adults; $16 for attendees age 60 and older, and for WCU faculty and staff; and $7 for students and children.

Also for WCU’s School of Stage and Screen Mainstage Season, Mann will direct “The Rocky Horror Show,” which will be performed in Hoey Auditorium from Thursday, Feb. 19, through Saturday, Feb. 21.

Reich and Davenport present at national learning center conference

Writing and Learning Commons staff members Chesney Reich, director, and Mattie Davenport, associate director, presented “From Base Camp to Summit: Writing Fellows Offer Cross-Curricular Writing Help” at a recent National College Learning Center Association conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The presentation introduced the theory and practice of WCU’s Writing Fellows program. Started in 2007, the program enables faculty members to request assistance from a writing fellow – a student tutor trained to address undergraduate writing needs – in classes in which at least two academic papers are assigned.

Diede co-edits book about adoption

Martha Miede

Martha Diede

Martha K. Diede, a senior educational developer with Coulter Faculty Commons, served as co-editor of the book “The Spirit of Adoption: Writers on Religion, Adoption, Faith and More,” which was released by the Cascade Books division of Wipf and Stock Publishers in October. The book features narratives of birth parents, adoptive parents and adoptees centered on the way adoption shaped their spiritual lives.

Bobilya edits Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership

Andrew J. Bobilya, associate professor of parks and recreation management, serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership, which recently released its 16th issue. The journal publishes manuscripts to share the latest knowledge related to outdoor recreation, education and leadership, and to help develop theory and practice.

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