news-category: Performing Arts Distinguished Artist Series and Theatre Arts Department Present GWU Alumnus Dove Dupree By Office of University Communications On April 27, 2021 Actor, Poet and Spoken Word Artist Will Lead Poetry Workshop and Showcase BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—The Gardner-Webb University Distinguished Artist Series, co-sponsored by the Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Fund and The Department of Theatre Arts, will present Dove Dupree, a 2013 GWU alumnus, actor, poet and spoken word artist, for two programs on April 29 in Dover Theatre. At 3 p.m., he will lead a poetry workshop and at 6:30 p.m., a poetry showcase. Formerly known as D.Dove, Dupree earned a degree in theater and communications from Gardner-Webb. He is also a songwriter, educator, youth advocate, and business owner. He started writing raps at 7 years old. His goal in his music and poetry—just like in his life—is to impact and inspire. Dupree is a two-time Mayan Industry Award Winner for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Piece; a Writer’s Ball Best Original Piece winner; and has had countless spoken word wins around the country. He’s been a part of the award-winning spoken word team “Say What.” The team has held rankings of fifth, fourth, and second in major regional and national competitions over the past five years. He has also been featured on Button Poetry, WGGS, WYFF, and was twice the host for the North Carolina Education Lottery Facebook Launch. He has appeared in a handful of indie films and has even landed a principal role in a national commercial. He is also a recipient of the 2020 Carrie and Skip Gordon Emerging Teaching Artist Award from the Metropolitan Arts Council in Greenville, S.C. He runs social media marketing and video services, and he teaches poetry and acting through the Metropolitan Arts Council’s SmartARTS program. He presents workshops for students on how to incorporate music, poetry, and rap in whatever they are learning. Seating is limited because of COVID-19 restrictions. For information, email [email protected] Auxiliary Aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 10 days prior to the event. Please call 704-406-4264 or email [email protected] Located in the North Carolina foothills, Gardner-Webb University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university. Gardner-Webb emphasizes a strong student-centered experience and rigorous academics to prepare students to become effective leaders within the global community. Ignite your future at Gardner-Webb.edu.