The School of Theatre annually recognizes alumni whose careers represent and reflect our mission statement of transforming a passion for the arts into a lifelong purpose. Visit this page to nominate someone for the WC Legacy Award, Minerva Award for Distinguished Service, Young Alumni Award, Professional Achievement Award, or the McIver Lifetime Achievement Award. Visit this page to see a breakdown of the awards.

Ed Simpson, BA in speech and drama from Guilford College, and an MFA in acting and directing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
He is Professor Emeritus from the Department of Theatre and Dance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he taught acting, directing, and playwriting from 1980 to 2006.
From 2006 to 2018, he was Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at High Point University.
Joseph Forbes Joe Forbes, Founder, Scenic Arts Studios, the premier scene painting studio for Broadway shows.

The company has painted more than 300 Broadway shows including The Prom, Tootsie, The Band’s Visit, School of Rock, Carousel, Hello Dolly.

Hugh Hysell, Tony Award winning producer, marketer, actor, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting
Bonnie Becker, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design & Theatre Technology (1976)
Susan E. Mickey, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Costume Design (1977)
Chris Chalk, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting (2014)