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The majestic Stevens Center needs a facelift to keep it shining. Lauren Carroll/Diary


Q: Why don’t we have productions at the UNC School of the Arts Stevens Center like they have at the Tanger Center for the Performing Arts in Greensboro?

To respond: Wiley Hausam, general manager of performance facilities at UNCSA, explained what’s going on at Stevens Center — and plans for the future:

“As the largest ‘classroom’ and main performance venue in the University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts, the Stevens Center regularly presents a variety of student productions, including operas, concerts of symphony orchestra, dance performances and of course an annual ‘Nutcracker’ presentation for our Winston-Salem community to enjoy.

“In addition, the Stevens Center is home to partner organizations such as the Winston-Salem Symphony, Piedmont Opera and the National Black Theater Festival, which regularly present events.

“Before the pandemic, UNCSA performed touring Broadway shows and more as part of a series that began in 2018, including the sold-out production of ‘Kinky Boots’ in 2019.

“Unfortunately, future scheduled shows have been canceled due to the impact of COVID-19 on Broadway and the inability to hold in-person events out of concern for the safety of our audiences.

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