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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 13, 2017

Gregg Barnes with costume designs for "Kinky Boots"

MAHWAH, N.J. – Award-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes will be the featured speaker as the School of Contemporary Arts kicks off the Walt Santner Theater Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 8 at 5 p.m. at the Sharp Theater of the Berrie Center for Visual and Performing Arts.

The event is free and open to the public.

Barnes, whose recent Broadway credits include Aladdin, Kinky Boots, Something Rotten! and Tuck Everlasting, among dozens of other stage productions, will discuss his work in costume design in a career that has spanned several decades. He won the Tony Award for Best Costume Design for his work on the Broadway productions of the Drowsy Chaperone (2006) and Follies (2011). Most recently, he was nominated for the Tony for Best Costume Design in a Musical for Tuck Everlasting in 2016. His current work includes the costume design for a production of Dreamgirls that opened in November 2016 at the Savoy Theater in London.

The Walt Santner Lecture Series, established in 2016 through an endowment provided by Mr. Santner, an alumnus of the School, is aimed at enhancing the theater majors’ experience at the College, said Steven Perry, Dean of the School of Contemporary Arts.

“Having a guest lecturer such as Gregg Barnes will provide our students with a richer understanding of what professionals are doing in their fields of study,” said Perry. “Our goal is to further develop the student experience by introducing them to people who have active careers in the arts.”

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