When you show up for a celebrity-themed UNCG Theatre party as your favorite silent film star – and you never break character the entire evening – that’s dedication to your craft.
Adam Kampouris has taken on lots of featured roles during his years in UNCG Theatre. The title role of “Winnie the Pooh” on campus. Off campus in Triad Stage’s “The Illusion.” The title role of Hamlet at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre. Several roles in “Romeo & Juliet” at North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, where he was a fight captain.
At Creede Repertory Theatre he was featured in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” At the Pioneer Playhouse in Kentucky, he acted in three productions and participated in its prison outreach program, in which prisoners wrote plays. “I’d go (into the prisons) and read their plays aloud.”
Last fall, he played the title character in UNCG Theatre’s “Peter Pan.” It was a highlight. “You always wanted to be Peter Pan – at least I did.”
Rachel Briley directed the well-received production. “She knows how to creatively foster an environment (that’s) very collaborative.”
But his favorite character? Chaplin’s “Tramp.” Years ago he saw Chaplin’s “City Lights.” “I was obsessed after that.” He has performed the character for Asheville Vaudeville and street performances.
Kampouris donned his thrift-store outfit one last time as a Spartan recently, making his way across campus as students rushed to take selfies with the silent tramp. He strolled along College Avenue and near Petty Building, a route Chaplin himself once took as the featured celebrity at a huge World War I bonds rally nearly a century ago.
He actually borrowed his Chaplin hat from his old theatre mentor, Steve Lloyd MFA ’85. Lloyd has long been a third parental figure for him. A UNCG theatre alumnus, the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre leader had advised Kampouris to consider UNCG. He visited. “This seemed so welcoming.”
At UNCG Theatre, he’s developed his acting tools and networked. He’s worked to take advantage of all the opportunities the program offers. “I’m here for a reason – to get the most I can while it’s here at my fingertips.”
This month he heads to the bright lights of New York City for the UNCG Industry Showcase. He and his UNCG classmates will show off their talents for hundreds of theatre professionals.
He’ll wrap up his Spartan years in UNCG Theatre’s “Hedda Gabler” in April. Graduate in May. And move on to the next stage of his acting career.
“There are so many things I want to do. I feel very confident.” The Equity candidate is prepared, wherever his career leads.
“I don’t know where the dart will land yet.”
Story by Mike Harris, University Relations
Photography by Christopher English, University Relations