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Department of Theatre to Welcome Dr. Ken Cerniglia of Disney Theatrical Group

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Department of Theatre will host a public lecture by Dr. Ken Cerniglia entitled "Institutional Dramaturgy: Disney on Broadway" for all faculty, staff, students, and the general public on Friday, April 25 at 4:00 p.m. in Studio 354, Murphy Hall. Dr. Cerniglia's visit is sponsored by the Department of Theatre Julie Stough Endowment Fund and Theatre Graduate Students.

Dr. Cerniglia, the Dramaturg and Literary Manager for Disney Theatrical Group, will lecture on his role in new play development within the institutional framework of Disney bringing 20 years of experience in developing plays on and off Broadway to the Lawrence, KS community. Dr. Cerniglia is a professional dramaturg based in New York City whose credits span plays, musicals, operas, symphonies, and films. His work is currently represented on Broadway by the 2012 Tony-winning productions of Disney’s NEWSIES and PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. Other stage credits for Disney include ALADDIN, THE LITTLE MERMAID, TARZAN, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, and twenty musicals for young performers. Ken is a published scholar with a Ph.D in theatre history and criticism from the University of Washington, past convener of the International Federation for Theatre Research’s historiography working group, and founding co-chair of the American Theatre Archive Project.

Theatre Graduate Students (TGS) was founded by Jeanne Tiehen and Scott Knowles in the Fall of 2012. It was created to provide a space for graduate students to interact, plan events, and organize and develop a clear voice within the Department of Theatre. TGS organizes service projects, social events, guest scholars, packets of information for future graduate students, departmental conferences and exhibitions, and theatre productions. Ken Cerniglia’s visit marks TGS’s first guest scholar.

For more information on Dr. Cerniglia's visit and lecture contact Scott C. Knowles, Theatre Graduate Students Guest Scholar Committee Chair, scknowles@ku.edu, (435) 668-0918.

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