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2017 Art Summit features UNCG School of Theatre Alumni, David Harrell and Michael Ferguson

Posted on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 by jtcauthe under Theatre.
The Third Annual Arts Summit at UNCG
October 12, 2017
UNCG Auditorium/Campus

The third annual arts summit, sponsored this year by the College of Visual and Performing Arts, is focused on the arts and community—the arts not only as an economic engine but as place makers, as part of the fabric of a community, and as partners in the totality of its vitality and well-being. This conversation will include our invited speakers, UNCG faculty and students, and representatives from local government and the non-profit and private sectors. School of Theatre alums David Harrell and Michael Ferguson will deliver remarks and participate in the afternoon sessions.

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Michael Ferguson bio:
Michael is so excited to be a part of this year’s Arts Summit.  He is a graduate of two UNC schools, having received his B.A. in Theatre from UNC Greensboro and his M.F.A. in Wig & Makeup Design from UNC Schools of the Arts. He currently serves as a hairdresser for the Broadway production of CHARLIE and the CHOCOLATE FACTORY, and the Assistant Hair Designer for the Broadway-bound musical version of Disney’s FROZEN.  Other shows include, MATILDA the MUSICAL, LES MISERABLES (2014 Revival), MAMMA MIA, MOTOWN the MUSICAL, PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT, (First National Tour), and SHREK the MUSICAL, (National and International tours).
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David Harrell’s website and bio:

David Harrell is an internationally recognized actor, speaker and disability advocate. His award-winning solo play A Little Potato and Hard to Peel and his new adaptation The Boy Who Would Be Captain Hook have entertained audiences from New York City to Southern Georgia–from off-Broadway houses to the US Department of the Interior. Born without his right hand, he uses hilarious stories and a crazy cast of characters from his life’s journey growing up with a disability to challenge, entertain and educate audiences to not let circumstances peel away the core of their humanity.

David holds a BFA from the University of Southern Mississippi and a MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in theatre performance. He was nominated in 2010 for a New York Innovative Theatre award for “Outstanding Solo Performance” and won the Journalist Choice Award for his work in the Monomaffia Festival in Parnu, Estonia. His shows have been selected to the Greensboro Fringe Festival, the One Man Standing, United Solo, All For One Festivals in New York City, the Monomaffia Festival and the SoulO Festival in Toronto, Canada.

As an actor he has performed with theatres in New York City and across the country over the last 15 years, he has appeared in independent films, web series and the New York City institution Law and Order: SVU. As a Disability Advocate he has worked as the Accessibility and Outreach Director for the Raleigh Ensemble Players in Raleigh, NC and currently serves as the Disability and Programming Associate for Inclusion in the Arts in New York City. He serves on the NYC Local Performers with Disabilities Committee with SAG-AFTRA and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Arts Summit Schedule of Events

  • 8:30 – Doors Open at the UNCG Auditorium
  • 9:00: Welcome and Opening Comments
  • 9:40: Alumni Presentations
  • 11:00: Panel Discussion
  • 11:30: Keynote Address: Sally Gaskill, Director the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project


  • 1:30 – 3:00: Breakout Sessions
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