the performing & visual arts academy @weaver
300 south spring street, greensboro, nc 27401
the school of theatre @weaver
NEWS & VIEWS
In the last several years we have continued to add to the resources our students enjoy with many new acquisitions:
The following are new for 2019-2020:
Two new short throw video projectors
New projection software and video splitter
New video mixer
Nine new wireless microphones
New power amp
New digital sound snake and ethernet cabling
Three new LED Ellipsoidals
The following are new for 2018-2019:
The amps and wireless microphones now have a tower backstage in the fashion of most professional houses.
Added two new intelligent light fixtures (bringing our totals to 8 large and three small fixtures).
We purchased a large low lying fog machine.
The following are new for 2017-2018:
We have continued to add LED pars to our lighting inventory.
We now have a total of 6 large moving head light instruments and 3 smaller ones.
We've added to our wireless microphones.
The following are new for 2016-2017:
A brand new digital sound board with the ability to pre-program mics!
Set of new 8 handheld wireless microphones.
Set of new 8 head worn microphones.
New Mylar rain curtain (see it in SISTER ACT).
Two new upgraded Intelligent lines installed from the catwalk.
We purchased 4 remote controlled/wireless PAR 64s for use with our competition show.
We purchased 2 remote controlled/wireless light cubes for our fall show.
We continue to add to our costume stock.
The following are new for 2015-2016:
New Hazer and fog machines
New LED Par 64s have been added to our stage bringing our total to 45.
We also have 4 black light LED pars
We continue to add to our costume stock.
We did several repairs our our dimmer rack.
The following are new for 2014-2015:
A generous parent donation was given to purchase four new head worn mics.
New speakers will be installed in the theatre to improve sound coverage in the space.
We are once again so pleased to receive a grant from ECOLAB to purchase $2000 worth of print resources for our Theatre Library.
5 new LED Par 64's have been added to the stage (bringing our total to 15).
We've purchased 3 new snow machines for our holiday show.
NEW four station wireless backstage talk-back system by eartech.
The following are new for 2013-2014:
New white cyclorama
New paint for the entrance to the theatre
10 new PAR lights and 10 refurbished PAR lights.
A family donated a brand new 30" TV monitor and DVD player combo to use to run video and pictures for recruitment events and productions.
We purchased a short throw video projector which made its first appearence at our presentation of LEAVING IOWA at SETC.
We are thrilled that we will begin the year with a brand new roof on the Weaver buildings.
Ten LED pars were added to help light SHREK, THE MUSICAL.
The orchestra pit has been cleaned and carpeted.
The following were new for the 2012-13 schoolyear:
We were once again honored to receive a grant from Ecolab for the purchase of a new 32 channel soundboard, microphone snake, and four handheld wireless mic system.
We've purchased a new CD player with Ipod dock integrated.
We received money from our boosters to purchase eight new style headworn wireless microphones.
A gift from boosters and a private donation has allowed us to purchase 16 new Source Four Ellipsoidals that have been installed on our catwalk.
Through a generous gift we received a set of eight wireless microphones which made their debut at our musical IN THE HEIGHTS.
We received 6 new rechargable walkie-talkies for backstage communication.We now own 4 intelligent moving light fixtures, a green laser, and a variety of special effect lights.We have a new open classroom/studio space in the north wing for our performance classes.
We received two new spotlights
The following were new for the 2011-12 school year:
New LED cyclorama lighting.
Two LED spotlights
New arena style hazer
Intelligent lighting with control board.
New lighting-including PAR 64s
The following were new for the previous couple of years:
New Theatre lab space: costume, prop, and make-up space
New video projector for our film classes.
New sound equipment
Installed projector in theatre
travelling sound system
new office bookcases
new cubbies for theatre alcove
In 2008 Keith Taylor was named as the AATE (AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF THEATER EDUCATORS) TEACHER OF THE YEAR
POETRY OUT LOUD
POEM PERFORMANCE competition
2019 Jack Greenberg
Guilford County Winners
advance to state
2019 Jack Greenberg
2019 Sophie Stewart
NC Thespians inducted Mr. Keith Taylor into the Thespian Hall of Fame in May of 2020. He was recognized for his service to the organization including the direction of the first ALL-STATE production (Bare: the Musical)
North Carolina Theatre Arts Educators (NCTAE) named our own,
Mr. Keith Taylor as their very first TEACHER OF THE YEAR
at their September 2014 Conference!
STUDENTS CONTINUE TO EARN TOP HONORS
2020 brought extraordinary challenges to the world as the Corona Virus dramatically impacted schools and arts programs. With just days ahead the musical BRING IT ON had to be postponed and eventually cancelled. The cast and crew had worked long and hard for what promised to be a sensational event.
May 2020 found our graduating seniors with some unusual and very special events. Seniors were delivered yard signs and received an honors parade to their homes where they were presented with honor cords, kind words, and sweet gifts. They participated in a drive-thru graduate recognition ceremony on campus on June 6th.
March 2020: The NCTAE playwriting competition and festival awarded Ada Collins for OUTSTANDING PLAY and Honorable Mentions to both Alex Fritts and Emily Pate.
January 2020: Ally McLean and Olivia Woody represented Weaver as our school winners at the annual Poetry Out Loud competition.
November 2019: Weaver was recognized by NCTC for our production of 33 VARIATIONS. At the regional festival in Charlotte the production earned a Superior rating and was awarded as Distinguished play. Other awards included:
Festival Spirit Award; Barbizon Excellence in Design & Production - Stage Management - Danielle Aikens; Barbizon Excellence in Design & Production -Properties - Isabel Egbert; Excellence in Acting - Annie Conrad; Excellence in Acting - Anthony Costello ; Outstanding Achievement in Acting - Frances Porter; Excellence in Ensemble Acting; Excellence in Directing - Keith Taylor; and Distinguished Play (Judges Choice).
At the State Festival 33 Variations also received a Superior rating and was also awarded:
Festival Spirit Award; Excellence in live Music; and the Barbizon Outstanding Achievement in Design & Production - Stage Management - Danielle Aikens.
March 2019: Theatre students enjoyed two and half days of non-stop theater at the NC ITS festival. The following students received SUPERIOR ratings:
Mackenzie Shaw- solo musical; Halee Myers—Monologues , Solo musical (CRITICS CHOICE); Alex Fritts—Monologues; Frances Porter—Monologues; Helena Franco—Monologues; Isabel Rhoten—Monologues; Jack Greenberg—solo musical; Anthony Costello—solo musical; Sarah Stephens—monologues; Bronwen Bradshaw—monologues, solo musical; Caroline Donato—solo musical; and Alex Contianos – monolugues.
Additionally we had four students named to the ALL-STATE cast for the production of BARE:THE MUSICAL: Anthony Costello; Bronwen Bradshaw; Ally McLean; and Livia Donato.
February 2019: Sophie Stewart and Jack Greenburg won the Guilford County Poetry Out Loud competition and went on to compete at the state level. Jack made it to be included in the nine finalists.
February 2019: Isabel Rhoten's play DINNERS WITH AARON took top honors for the North Carolina Young Playwrights Festival hosted by UNCG and Triad Stage. Her play received a staged reading followed by a Q&A with herself and the production team.
February 2019: Halee Myers won first place at the August Wilson Monologue competition and will go on to compete in NYC in May.
February 2019: Jack Greenburg represented our school at the annual ESU Shakespeare Monolog Competition.
November 2018: Weaver's production of IN A WORD received much acclaim and Superior ratings at NCTC regional and state festivals. At the regional festival students were recognized for the Festival Spirit Award; Barbizon Excellence in Design & Production - Sound Design - Camille Everett; Barbizon Outstanding Achievement in Design & Production - Tech Direction & Lighting Design - Petko Novosad; Outstanding Achievement in Acting - Isabel Rhoten; Excellence in Directing - Keith Taylor; and Distinguished Play (Audience Choice)
At the state festival the production earned a Superior rating and students were recognized for the Festival Spirit Award; Barbizon Excellence in Design & Production - Sound Design - Camille Everett; Barbizon Outstanding Achievement in Design & Production - Tech Direction & Lighting Design - Petko Novosad; Excellence in Acting - Ethan McKinney; Outstanding Achievement in Acting - Isabel Rhoten; and Excellence in Directing - Keith Taylor
March 2017: Theater students are honored to be named among the top finalists in the state wide North Carolina Young Playwrights play writing competition
Honorable Mention-The Bench by Livi Southard
Winner-Crepes by Livia Donato
Both students will be honored in April. Crepes will receive a staged reading at UNCG and Livia Donato will be featured in a talkback with the author public forum. Both plays will be available for classroom use or production on the website of the North Carolina Theater Arts Educators.
March 2017: Theater students participated in the North Carolina Thespian Festival and the following students received SUPERIOR ratings:
Roxy Cowett- Monologues; Taylor Rockwood- Monologues; Frances Porter - Monologues; Alex Fritts- Monologues; Mackenzie Shaw- Solo Musical performance; Jack Greenberg – Solo Musical performance; Ethan McKinney – Solo Musical performance; Halee Myers and Taylor Rockwood – Duet Acting.
And Flora Schwartzel was awarded CRITICS CHOICE as the top SUPERIOR in her event for Costumes.
March 2017: the school of theatre@ Weaver opened SISTER ACT: THE MUSICAL to sold out crowds and rave reviews. The seven performance run of the show set records for attendance and box office! The musical featuring Tenayjah Hawkins (Deloris), Bronwyn Bradshaw (Mother Superior), MacKenzie Shaw (Sister Mary Roberts), Halee Myers (Sister Mary Partrick), and Jack Greenberg (Eddie) featured a two-story set, flashy costumes, and sparkling choreography.
2017: Weaver's production of CURIOUS INCIDENT received much acclaim and Superior ratings at NCTC regional and state festivals. At the regional festival students were recognized for the Festival Spirit Award; Barbizon Excellence in Design & Production - Costume Design (FS); Barbizon Excellence in Design & Production - Sound Design (CE); Barbizon Outstanding Achievement in Design & Production - Stage Management (AP); Excellence in Ensemble Acting--Curious cast; Excellence in Production Design - Curious Incident Outstanding Achievement in Acting (JG); Excellence in Directing - Keith Taylor; and Distinguished Play (Audience Choice). At the state festival Weaver was recognized for the Festival Spirit Award: Barbizon Outstanding Achievement in Design & Production - Stage Management (AP): Outstanding Achievement in Acting (JG).
November 2017: Weaver was honored to be asked to be a host site for one of the eight NCTC regional play festivals. We will host and provide technical support for sixteen plays over two days. The top two plays will advance to the state festival at Greensboro College.
May 2017: Weaver celebrated its annual DDH (Drama Department Honors) and ITS induction at the beautiful Star Mount County Club. Presided over by ITS president Victoria Evans and fellow officers the year's accomplishments were celebrated in grand style. Hundreds of certificates and forty trophies were awarded. Twenty new members were inducted into ITS in a lovely candlelight ceremony. Spotlight awards included: Most ITS point awarded in a single year to Petko Novosad, Rising Star award to Jack Greenberg, and Thespian of the Year to Victoria Evans. The evening included with honoring our graduating seniors and a slide presentation of our season.
November 2016: Weaver's production of LOVE/SICK went from acclaimed main stage performances to competition at NCTC regional and state events. At the regional festival at Wake Forest High School in Raleigh the production garnered a superior rating and Distinguished play, and the following awards: Excellence in Design and Production awards for props (MS), costumes (FS), and stage management (AP), Outstanding acting (VE), Outstanding directing (KT), and the festival spirit award. At the state festival Weaver received Excellence in Scenic Concept, festival spirit award, Excellence in Design and production for stage management (AP), Outstanding acting (AB), and a Superior rating.
2014: Weaver's MIDDLETOWN received rave reviews and a SUPERIOR rating from the adjudicators at the NCTC State Festival. Students were recognized for Excellence in Production & Design: Properties (ML and EM), Origninal Score (TN) and Outstanding Achievement in Production and Design for Stage Management (KW), which includes a $70,000 scholarship offer from Greensboro College. Excellence in Acting awards went to the two MIDDLETOWN leads (WC and TB). Another great festival!
2014: Weaver's MIDDLETOWN takes distinguished play honors at the regional NCTC festival hosted by Weaver Academy. The play will advance to the State level. Students were recognized for properties (ML and EM) and Stage Management (KW); tech award for original music score (TN); Mr. Taylor received the excellence in directing award; two students (PW and KQ) received excellence in acting awards; and two students earned Outstanding acting awards (top male: WC; top female: TB).
2014: Six students represented Weaver at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska in June. They received lot's of attention in the college audition process. One of our students was offered a place with the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM) to join them after graduation this coming Spring.
2013: Weaver opened day 2 of the NCTC State Play festival at Greensboro College with a standing ovation and a SUPERIOR rating for DUCK HUNTER SHOOTS ANGEL. Two students earned excellence in acting awards; Mr. Taylor was recognized for excellence in directing; the production received a tech award for overall production design; properties manager received an excellence award; stage manager and costume designer were both recognized for outstanding work (each award was linked to a large scholarship offer). Students also participated in the college auditions day and received much attention and many offers.
2013: Weaver took top honors at the NCTC regional Play festival at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Two students earned excellence in acting awards; Mr. Taylor was recognized for Directing; our stage manager, costume designer, and properties manager all received awards. DUCK HUNTER SHOOTS ANGEL will advance to compete in the state play festival at Greensboro College in Novemeber.
2013: Six students competed in Individual Events and enjoyed a week of performances and college auditions at the International Thespian Festival held annually in Lincoln, Nebraska. The students received an abundance of college call-backs and continued to represent Weaver well at such events.
2013: Our program was honored for a second time to receive an invitation from The American High School Theatre Festival to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Although we will not be fielding a production this time, it was thrilling to once again be honored in this way.
2013: Once again a Weaver Theatre student took top honors at the English Speaking Union annual Shakespeare monolog contest. She went on to represent us at the National event in NYC!
2013: Students were honored with the opportunity to perform LEAVING IOWA at the SETC conference in Louis ville, Kentucky. The performance earned a Superior rating and two students took home honors for their acting. The Group enjoyed a week of professional workshops and performances from students from across the South. Many of the students participated in College auditions where they stirred up an abundance of interest in Weaver Academy and the caliber of our students!
2012: Weaver took top honors at the NCTC State Play Festival and advanced to perform at SETC in Louisville, Kentucky this March. A freshman student took home an excellence in acting award; a senior took the top award in acting which carried three scholarship offers with it, and Mr. Taylor was recognized for his directing.
2012: Weaver won regional honors at the 2012 NCTC Play Festival and will go to compete in the State Festival with a cutting of LEAVING IOWA; three students won Excellence in Acting awards; one student won the Oustanding Actor award; and Mr. Taylor was recognized for his directing.
2012: Weaver won numerous awards at the 2012 ITS festival--we had a record number of Superiors and Critic Choice awards.
2012: Weaver students were honored to present the world premiere of the original musical ST. AGGIE'S '84 written by Canadian composer Chris Wynters. They went on to perform the opening number in Guilford County's ONSTAGE concert
2012: Two Weaver seniors took top awards at the NCTAE Playworks Festival.
2012: A junior acting student won first place in the Guilford County English Speaking Union, Shakespeare Contest. She won a trip to NYC to compete as a finalist.
2011: Weaver won regional honors at the 2011 NCTC Play Festival and will go on to compete in the State Festival with a cutting of THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA; two students wons excellence in Acting awards; Weaver also received awards for Overall production Design (set, costumes, lighting, make-up, sound), Ensemble Award, and Mrs. Kraack was recognized for her Directing.
2011: Weaver won multiple Critic's Choice awards at the spring state ITS festival including our one-act entry, TRIFLES. A team went on to Nebraska to present TRIFLES in a showcase, compete, and participate in workshops and college auditions. Students took home top prizes for monologues and lighting design and received a record number of call backs in the college audition process.
2011: A senior acting student won third place in the NCTAE playwriting contest with his original play, BLOOMIN' LILLY. He won a cash prize, a staged reading of his play at TRIAD STAGE, and his work will be published. Weaver was also represented as a Playworks pilot school with THE WINE GLASS, also written by a senior acting student.
2011:A sophomore acting student won first place in the Guilford County English Speaking Union, Shakespeare Contest. She won a trip to NYC to compete as a finalist.
2010: Weaver was invited to perform in the Fringe Festival in Edinburg Scotland in August of 2010. They performed a children's show based on a book by President Jimmy Carter called THE LITTLE BABY SNOOGLE FLEEJER. Check out AHSTF.org for information on this thrilling opportunity.
2010: Weaver won regional honors at the 2010 NCTC Play Festival and went on to compete in the State festival with our cutting of THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE; two students took home acting awards and Mr. Taylor was recognized for Directing at regionals and Weaver won Excellence in Costumes and Excellence in Hair and Make-up at State.
2010: A Weaver Senior won second place in the NCTAE playwriting contest for his original play, FLYING THE NEST. He won a cash prize, a staged reading of his play at TRIAD STAGE, and his work will be published.2009: Weaver won regional honors at the 2009 NCTC Play Festival and went on the compete in the State festival with a cutting of ALMOST, MAINE. They received multiple acting and design awards on both levels.
THESPIAN of the YEAR
2019 Mackenzie Shaw
2018 Jack Greenberg
2017 Victoria Evans
2016 Will Clark
2015 Kristin Wright
2014 Kyle Kite
2013 Laura Peterson
2012 Emily Franks North
2011 Isaac Powell
English speaking union
Regional Winners (compete in NYC):
2020 Halee Myers
2018 Abby Burris
2017 Roxy Cowett
2016 Abby Burris
2014 Jaevon Williams (2nd)
2013 Roxanne Snyder
2012 Cara Farlow
2011 Leigha Sinnott
2010 Sam Jones
Winners (compete in NYC):
2020 Anthony Costello
2019 Halee Myers
2018 Jack Greenberg
2016 Kendall Mason
Camille Everett 2019
Petko Novosad 2019
Mackenzie Shaw 2019
Tyler Void 2019
Abby Burris 2018
Roxy Cowett 2018
Ashley Pennington 2018
Taylor Rockwood 2018
Maggie Gray 2016
Kristin Wright 2015
Kyle Kite 2014
Bridget Lavender 2014
Cara Farlow 2013
Caleb Taylor 2011
Travis Neese 2010
ORIGINAL PLAYS competition
2020 Ada Collins
Honorable mentions to Alex Fritts and Emily Pate
2019 Isabel Rhoten
2018 Livia Donato
Honorable mention to Livi Southard
Many Previous winners including:
2012 Smith McLean
2012 Hayden Moses
school of theatre ABROAD
2019 London, ITS Nebraska; 2018 Chicago Unifieds, ITS Nebraska; 2017 NYC, ITS Nebraska; 2016 ITS Nebraska; 2015 Disney World, ITS Nebraska; 2014 ITS Nebraska; 2013 Chicago Theater, ITS Nebraska; 2012 NYC, ITS Nebraska; 2011 SETC in Kentucky, ITS Nebraska; 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland), ITS Nebraska; 2009 NYC
WEAVER ALUM WINS TONY AWARD
Congratulations to Isaac Powell, as a member of the cast of
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL !!!
Isaac has since gone on to star as Tony in the Broadway revivial of WEST SIDE STORY!
Many Thanks to our friends at
for their generous grant towards
the purchase of print resources!