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Shuler Hensley named artist-in-residence at KSU
Shuler Hensley named artist-in-residence at KSU

KENNESAW, Ga. -- An award-winning actor from Cobb County has been named an artist-in-residence at Kennesaw State University.

Marietta native Shuler Hensley hopes to bring a flavor of Broadway to the school's College of the Arts.

Hensley has won the coveted Triple Crown of theater awards -- a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Circle Award. He played Jud Fry in the Broadway revival of Oklahoma! and originated the role of The Monster in the Broadway production and national tour of Young Frankenstein. He also starred in Stephen King and John Mellencamp's original musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre.

"Shuler Hensley is a magnificent actor who has accomplished so much in a career that spans theatre, opera, film and television," College of the Arts dean Joseph Meeks said in a statement. "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."

Hensley plans to bring Broadway legend Hal Prince to KSU by broadcasting a live interview via Skype to the school's Howard Logan Stillwell Theater on Friday, Sept. 14. Prince, 84, is a veteran director and producer who is behind a number of popular productions, including Company, Follies, A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd.

During his time at KSU, Hensley also plans to introduce students to more big Broadway players through Skype, and to teach a series of workshops on campus.

The Shuler Hensley Awards, an annual awards program for the best high school theater productions in Georgia, are named for Hensley. Meet the 2011 Shuler Hensley Award winners.