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Alumnus Chris Chalk visits UNCG before debut on “Gotham”

Photo of Chris Chalk speaking with studentsMany Spartans saw him at Thursday’s UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance Distinguished alumni awards ceremony.

UNCG theater students heard him speak Thursday and Friday at classes – including one on acting for film (see photo).

Audience members at Friday’s UNCG Theatre performance of “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” engaged with him in a pre-show Q&A (with Jim Wren) about playwright August Wilson.

But this week, millions saw alumnus Chris Chalk makes his first appearance as Lucius Fox in the FOX network’s popular series “Gotham.” He will appear again next week.

Fans of DC Comics and Batman have been awaiting the introduction of this character into the series.

Chalk graduated from UNCG in 2001 with a major in theater. He then headed to New York City. His credits have included August Wilson’s “Fences” on Broadway with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis; acclaimed television series such as “Homeland” and “Network;” and the Oscar Best Picture film “12 Years a Slave.”

One UNCG Theatre student asked him what he’d learned as an undergraduate? “I learned beginning steps,” he told the students and audience members.

His work at UNCG was the beginning of a continuing journey to becoming an artist, he explained. That included such things as love, humility, service and discipline.

He encouraged the students. The theme of being disciplined and giving it all you have permeated his talk.

“In New York, there’s a huge UNCG community there now,” he told the theatre students looking to make it in the City. Reach out to other Spartans there, he said, himself included. They can point their fellow Spartans new to the City in the right direction.

He has not forgotten his time as a student – and has enjoyed returning to UNCG over the years

“They kept allowing me to come back and talk with students,” he said.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Martin Kane