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Kean University Hosts Acclaimed Broadway Designer

Premiere Artists presents Tony Award-winner John Lee Beatty

UNION, N.J. – Premiere Stages at Kean University, in association with the Kean University Department of Theatre, is proud to present acclaimed scenic designer, John Lee Beatty as part of the Premiere Artists Series. The December 3 event begins with an open seminar for students conducted by Beatty, followed by a Q&A session and reception. The campus community and public are also invited to participate. The event will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the University Center Little Theatre, located on the Central Campus at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. Admission is free.

Beatty has been awarded numerous awards for his work, including a Tony and Drama Desk Award for Best Scenic Design. He is widely regarded as America’s premier scenic designer and has designed numerous Broadway productions including The Color Purple, Doubt, Talley’s Folly, Chicago, Proof and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole, which recently had its New Jersey Premiere at Premiere Stages.

The Premiere Artists Series has featured renowned leaders in the field, including Academy Award winner, Olympia Dukakis; Tony Award winning actor, Norbert Leo Butz; and Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright, Lee Blessing.

"Kean's proximity to New York, the center of the theatre world, provides us with extraordinary master classes and internships, which help to provide a bridge from academia to the profession. The opportunity for our students and the Kean community to spend time listening to and learning about award-winning Broadway designer, John Lee Beatty, is invaluable. I can well remember seeing Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July in the early 1980s and being mesmerized by Mr. Beatty's set," said Holly Logue, acting dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Kean.

For more information about the event, please call 908-737-4360, or visit Premiere Stages online at

Premiere Stages is made possible in part through funding from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Commerce Bank and through the generous support of patrons. Premiere Stages offers free or discounted tickets to patrons with disabilities. All Premiere Stages facilities are wheelchair-accessible spaces. Please call for a list of sign-interpreted, audio-described or open-captioned performances. Large-print programs are available at all times. Publications are available with advanced notice in alternate formats.