Tony Award-winning actor named artist-in-residence at KSU
Shuler Hensley’s appointment brings Broadway and film actor’s expertise to College of the Arts
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KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 10, 2012) — Shuler Hensley can now add Kennesaw
State University’s College of the Arts “artist-in-residence” to a list of honors that already includes Broadway’s “Triple Crown” of the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Circle awards.
Hensley, a Marietta resident, has been named to the prestigious position in recognition of his impressive body of work, which includes a 2002 Tony Award for his performance in the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma!” His portrayal of Jud Fry in the Broadway revival won rave reviews from audience and critics alike.
“Shuler Hensley is a magnificent actor who has accomplished so much in a career that spans theatre, opera, film and television,” said College of the Arts Dean Joseph Meeks. “The College of the Arts welcomes his passion for the performing arts and the true sense of excitement he brings to everything he does. Our students are thrilled to have an opportunity to learn from someone of his stature on the national and international arts scenes.”
One of Hensley’s first activities will be to introduce College of the Arts theater, music and dance students to a living legend, veteran Broadway director and producer Hal Prince. On Sept. 14, Hensley will sit down with Prince in his New York office and transmit an interview live via Skype to the Howard Logan Stillwell Theater on campus. An interactive teaching tool for both students and professors, Hensley has plans to introduce other luminaries of musical theater, film, dance, classical music — all the art forms — to students in the performing arts at Kennesaw State, as well as teach a series of workshops for students over the coming months.
Hensley, who has been cast by Prince in the “Prince of Broadway,” a musical tribute currently under development, recently starred in “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.” The Southern gothic musical by John Mellencamp and Stephen King debuted in April at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre. Next spring, Hensley starts work on a film that will be shot in Georgia.
Next April, Hensley will host the fifth annual Shuler Hensley Awards at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Likened by many to a mini Tony Awards production, it is also known as the Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards.
By Robert S. Godlewski, KSU University Relations
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.