Three UNCSA students win national recognition for their talents

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Holland Berson poses with some of her creations. (Credit: ANDREW DYE/JOURNAL)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Holland Berson, 27, has had a thing for alien monsters since childhood. She now hopes to make creatures that populate fantasy films in the vein of “Where the Wild Things Are” and “Dark Crystal.”

“It’s such an interesting process,” she said, outside her studio at UNC School of the Arts, where she is studying wigs and makeup as a graduate student of Michael Meyer in design and production.

“You get to put so much into it. There’s the design. There’s figuring out how to make it work visually, how to make it work electronically,” she said.

Berson will not only have the knowledge to pursue her monster dreams. She will also bring a good bit of cachet to her future job search as well. So will John Bowhers, a college senior who is studying scenic design at UNCSA with John Coyne.

Berson and Bowhers, who hope to work on Broadway, were each named the nation’s best among graduate or undergraduate students in their respective disciplines by the U.S. Institute of Theatre Technology of Syracuse, N.Y. They were nominated by their instructors and samples of their work were submitted.

This article was written by Ken Keuffel and originally appeared in The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read more.