The celebrated St. Louis native is best known for his voice work in the Tim Burton cult classic The Nightmare Before Christmas as the character Oogie Boogie, and for his roles on stage and film in the original Broadway stage production of Cats, the Musical, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Guys and Dolls, and The Wiz.
In his keynote address on March 8 at 9:30 a.m., Ken will share his experience as a performer working with the design and technical teams and the inspiration he draws from then. His talk, entitled “Shoeboxes and Christmas Lights” is a reference to a play stage Ken had as a child – a time when he first discovered the technical side of the theatre and performing arts.
“The idea of what is beautiful and pleasing to the eye is how it all began for me,” Ken said. “I was bewitched by the swirl of light and color and the magic of a moving set piece by no visible means. These were but a few of the technical magicians wonders that awakened my young mind to the world of the ‘actual’ theatre arts.”