June 4, 2009
Contact: Susan Parks, UCO College of Arts, Media ; Design Marketing and Communications Manager (405) 974-3774, email@example.com
UCO ALUMNUS RETURNS AS DIRECTOR OF MUSIC THEATRE AND PRODUCER OF BROADWAY TONIGHT SERIES
Dr. Greg White, a University of Central Oklahoma alumnus with more than a decade of experience starring in Broadway national tours and regional theatre, is returning as director of UCO's Music Theatre division, as well as producer of the Broadway Tonight series.
White held the position at UCO from 2002-2008, directing the Oklahoma premieres of "Steel Pier," "A New Brain," "Jane Eyre" and the "The Spitfire Grill." He most recently worked at Texas State University where he developed the music theatre curriculum.
He will return to campus in August, when he will also become producer of the popular Broadway Tonight entertainment series.
"Greg's talent, success and professionalism continues to make us all here very proud. His accomplishments speak to the value of a UCO degree. We are so pleased he is returning to share his gifts with us, to mentor and develop our talented students while producing quality entertainment for the Edmond and Oklahoma City Metro communities," said UCO President W. Roger Webb, who began the Broadway Tonight series when he arrived at UCO.
Since its inception 11 years ago, Broadway Tonight has presented such well-known Broadway shows as "Hello Dolly!," "Grease," "Hairspray," "Fosse," "Big River," "Jekyll ; Hyde" and "The Music Man," as well as notable entertainers Shirley Jones, Roger Williams, The Lettermen, Patti Page, Melissa Manchester, Paul Williams and Debbie Reynolds.
White said his plans for the entertainment series include involving more students in the productions.
"The series will work in closer step with the UCO College of Arts, Media and Design. While we will still bring 'the greats' to the Edmond community, I envision a more integrated series, including more celebrity/student collaborative performances like the 'Carousel in Concert' production last season. We have so many students that go on to such impressive professional careers. I'd love the Edmond community to discover them first!"
White will work closely with long-time Broadway Tonight Director Jon Finch, who has been with UCO's Broadway Tonight since the beginning.
"Greg and I have known each other for years and I look forward to working with him and the students and continuing to bring top celebrities and shows to the community."
Dr. John Clinton, dean of the UCO College of Arts, Media ; Design, said White's return to UCO is a win-win for everyone involved.
"We have Jon's talents, experience and knowledge and Greg's fierce passion and enthusiasm. Together, they will be a dynamic force in bringing wonderful talent to our community and integrating the UCO music theatre students into the process."
White says he is excited about returning to UCO, and continuing the growth of both programs.
"UCO has always been home for me. I grew up in Edmond and completed two degrees at Central. Even when I was living and performing in New York City, I would always come back and guest direct, or give master classes. I was thrilled to be a part of the enormous growth of the Music Theatre program between 2002 and 2008. It is fitting I am back at UCO. I am home."
In addition to acting in the Broadway national tours of "State Fair" and "Forum," as well as performing dozens of other roles in regional theatre, White is also an award-winning playwright and director, having worked throughout the U. S., most notably at the historic Bucks County Playhouse in Bucks County Pennsylvania. He recently premiered his one-man monodrama, "Stewart ; Son," in which he plays actor Jimmy Stewart.
For more information about UCO's Music Theatre program and the College of Arts, Media and Design, visit www.camd.uco.edu.
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