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The School of Theatre and Dance would like to congratulate alumna Sandra Bullock on her Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar award nominations for the motion picture, Gravity.
Bullock attended East Carolina University, and received her training in the Professional Acting program.
Sandra was born in a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C., to Helga (Meyer), a German opera singer, and John W. Bullock, a U.S. voice teacher from Alabama. She grew up on the road with her parents and younger sister and often performed in the children's chorus of whatever production her mother was in. That singing talent later came in handy for her role as an aspiring country singer in The Thing Called Love (1993). Her family moved back to the Washington area when she was an adolescent. She later enrolled in East Carolina University in North Carolina, where she studied acting. After studying theatre with Edgar Loessin and his faculty, Sandra moved to New York to pursue a career on the stage. This led to work in television programs and then feature films. She gave memorable performances in Demolition Man (1993) and Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993), but did not achieve the stardom which seemed inevitable for her until her work in the smash hit Speed (1994). Sandra now ranks as one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood. For her role in The Blind Side (2009) she won the Oscar, and her blockbusters The Proposal (2009), The Heat (2013) and Gravity (2013) made her a bankable star.
Broadway designs include: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Lombardi, Memphis, West Side Story (2009 Tony Nomination), Guys and Dolls, In The Heights (2008 Tony Nomination), Gypsy- directed by Arthur Laurents, starring Patti LuPone, CryBaby, LoveMusik, Xanadu, Jersey Boys (2006 Tony Award Winner), Avenue Q, Bridge and Tunnel, Dracula, Steel Magnolias, Golda’s Balcony, Hollywood Arms, The Look of Love, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Minnelli on Minnelli, The Full Monty, Parade, Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1993 Tony Nomination), Taking Sides, How To Succeed..., High Society and Grease. Off-Broadway works include: The Tin Pan Alley Rag, Landscape of The Body at The Signature, Sinatra at Radio City, Batboy: The Musical, Never The Sinner and Radiant Baby.
Mr. Binkley is a proud co-founder of Parsons Dance for which he has designed over 60 pieces. He has created works for The La Jolla Playhouse, The Shakespeare Theatre D.C., The Alley Theatre, The Old Globe, The Guthrie, The Goodman, The Hartford Stage, The Seattle Repertory Company and The Kennedy Center where he designed six musicals in repertory for The Sondheim Celebration. Dance: Alvin Ailey, MoMix, Peter Pucci Plus, American Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance and The Joffrey Ballet (Billboards). Binkley has also designed works for The Dallas and The Metropolitan Opera Houses.
He is a five-time Helen Hayes Award recipient and was awarded the 1993 Sir Laurence Olivier Award and the Canadian Dora Award for Kiss of The Spider Woman. Mr. Binkley was given the 2006 Henry Hewes Design Award, 2006 Outer Critics Circle Award and the 2006 Tony Award for Jersey Boys. Originally from Winston-Salem and a proud graduate of East Carolina University.
Kevin Williamson is the creator of the exciting Scream movie franchise as well as the hit WB series, Dawson's Creek. He has written such screenplays as Killing Mrs. Tingle and The Faculty. Kevin is the writer, executive producer, and creator of the CW series, Vampire Diaries in addition to being the head of his own production company, Outer Banks Entertainment. He completed the Professional Actor Training program at East Carolina University in 1987.
Raised in the South, Beth Grant moved frequently as a child and enjoys claiming several towns and cities in Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina as home. She was a Page in the North Carolina Senate, attended the North Carolina Governor's School for Gifted and Talented students, and received a governor's appointment at the age of nineteen.
Grant was president of the East Carolina University College Democrats for two years, receiving the Outstanding College Democrat Award from then Senator Edmund Muskie. She is a graduate of ECU with a BFA in Acting and Directing.
One of Hollywood's most recognizable faces, she has starred in over seventy feature films including this year's Best Picture Academy Award nominated Little Miss Sunshine (2006). She delighted in creating the character you love to hate, Pageant Official Jenkins, making Grant the happy recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast In A Feature Film.
Technical Director NY City Opera, Lincoln Center (23 years)—in charge of all production operations for the country’s leading opera repertory company. The company’s productions have won many, many awards in NY and internationally.
By December he should be settling in as the TD for the Canadian Opera Company.
Conwell Sellars Worthington, II attended East Carolina University and earned a B.F.A. degree in Management & Design Directing. He also focused on the University's B.M.A. program with a major in Voice & a minor in Piano. Throughout his 38year career as producer, director, manager, and stage manager of live theatre and live entertainment throughout the country including on New York City's Broadway, he has worked and studied with Martin Charnin, Morton DeCosta, Jamie Hammerstein, Billy Hammerstein, Larry Kasha, Michael Kidd, Manny Kladitis, Mitch Leigh, Marsha Mason, James Nederlander, George Plimpton, Harold Prince, Jerome Robins, Richard Rodgers, Joe Ropso, Donald Sadler, Paul Sills, Leonard Soloway, Lee Strasberg, Fred Walker, Meredith Wilson, and Yuriko.
He is currently Chairman of Cornerstone Entertainment International, Inc.