Community Connections


Community Ballet Program – Brantly Shapiro has been the artistic director and primary instructor of the Community Ballet program for over 25 years. Ballet technique classes are offered to kindergarten through high school aged children from Winston-Salem and the surrounding communities in the dance studio of the Scales Fine Arts Center at Wake Forest University. Pointe classes are offered to upper level students.

Helen Simoneau Danse – Helen Simoneau has choreographed pieces for the Wake Forest Dance Company and presented master classes to dance students. Her company often performs in the Winston-Salem area.  “Helen Simoneau is a talented dancer and choreographer; her ability to shape movement that invokes imagery is powerful and given time to craft, creates pieces that float beautifully between imagery and purpose.” – Anne Mercurio


Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts – home of Hanesbrand Theatre.

Theatre Alliance – “Over the years, the Theatre Alliance has produced shows in various venues, including the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, the Augsburg Community Center, Wake Forest University, and several years at SECCA. Productions have included a wide variety of adult contemporary comedies and dramas, smaller-scale musicals and area premieres of emerging works with wide-ranging themes.”

National Black Theatre Festival – “Larry Leon Hamlin founded the National Black Theatre Festival® (NBTF) in 1989. His goal was to unite black theatre companies in America and ensure the survival of the genre into the next millennium. Held biennially, NBTF attracts more than 65,000 people during the six-day event.” Several productions take place in the theatres of Wake Forest University.

Paper Lantern Theatre Company
– “telling stories that push us to grow through creation, collaboration and risk.”

The Little Theatre of Winston Salem (formerly Twin City Stage) – “We are the triad’s premier community theatre specializing in affordable, professional-quality productions. Formerly known as The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem.”

University of North Carolina School of the Arts
(Drama) – “The School of Drama at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts trains talented young men and women to be exciting, versatile and accomplished professionals.”