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The UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) and Triad Stage have announced plans to create a formal partnership that will capitalize on the capabilities, connections and histories of both organizations.

The partnership will provide new curricular opportunities, enhance SMTD recruitment efforts and build a bridge to professions for students. The partnership will also provide top talent for Triad Stage productions.

“We look forward to working with Triad Stage to create a new national model for synergistic relationships between educational and professional entities,” said UNCG SMTD Dean Peter Alexander. “This is going to be a wonderful opportunity not just for our students, but for the Greensboro community as a whole.”

As the largest professional theater in the region, Triad Stage has been an important partner of UNCG since the theater’s inception. The new, formalized partnership is built on a history of collaboration between the two organizations, which dates back to Triad Stage’s 2002 inaugural production of “Suddenly Last Summer” featuring a UNCG graduate student and a UNCG alumna.

Over the course of the next year, Triad Stage Founding Artistic Director Preston Lane and Founding Managing Director Richard Whittington will serve as SMTD’s artists in residence. The two will teach courses and will open the doors of Triad Stage to UNCG students in formal and informal ways. This semester, Whittington is working to develop a theater management course that will be part of SMTD’s new arts administration major.

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