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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2004
CONTACT: Faith Jackson
Office of University Relations
908-737-NEWS (6397)

Broadway Company of Rent Featured in the New
Kean University Premiere Artists Program
Six company members from the hit Broadway show to visit Kean University campus

UNION, N.J. ––Kean University is proud to announce the creation of a new master class and lecture series titled Premiere Artists. An offshoot of Premiere Stages, the new professional Actors Equity Association theatre program at Kean University, Premiere Artists will feature high-profile artists as they visit the Kean University campus to participate in one-day residencies. In the afternoon, guests will instruct Kean University performance majors in a master class. In the evening, the artist-instructors participate in one-hour interview/question-and-answer session in the Wilkins Theatre, which is open to the public. The master class is limited to Kean University performance majors.

Premiere Artists launches the series on Wednesday, December 1, at 3:30 p.m., when five members of the current cast of Broadway’s Rent, along with the associate conductor, David Truskinoff, will conduct a master class for Kean University students. During this time, Truskinoff and the cast, represented by Karmine Alers, Merle Dandridge, Justin Johnson, Owen Johnston II, and Kendra Kassebaum, will work with students on select numbers from the show. Following the class, the company will return to Wilkins Theatre at 7 p.m., to take questions from the audience and discuss their experiences in Broadway’s most acclaimed musical. Daniel Higgins, executive director of University Relations at Kean University, will moderate the question-and-answer portion of the evening.

Wilkins Theatre is located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. Tickets are $5 for the general public and can be purchased by calling the Wilkins Theatre Box Office at (908) 737-SHOW.