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Second finalist for artistic director for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks on campus Nov. 25

November 21, 2013

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Kevin Asselin, an acting professor at Oklahoma City University, former cast member of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and a national specialist in movement and fight choreography, will conduct a public forum as he interviews for the position of artistic director of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, in the Black Box Theatre on the campus of Montana State University.

The Black Box Theater is located in the Visual Communications Building at the corner of 11th and Grant.

Asselin is a professor of acting and movement at Oklahoma City University, where he serves as Head of Movement.  Asselin holds an MFA degree in acting from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign and a bachelor of science in Music and Theatre from Plymouth State University. A member of Actors Equity, his Chicago acting credits include more than eight productions with the Tony Award-winning Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Writers Theatre, Defiant Theatre, Rising Moon Theatre, Shakespeare on the Green, Dolphin Back Theatre, The Chicago Symphony and others. 

While with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, he appeared in "Henry IV Part One," "Comedy of Errors," "As You Like It," and "She Stoops to Conquer." He also toured with Montana Shakespeare in the Schools and was the co-creator of Montana Shakes, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks’ elementary school touring program. He directed "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," currently on tour for Shakespeare in the Schools. Asselin is a two-time Joseph Jefferson nominated fight director and has staged fights for more than 40 theatres.  He is the resident fight director for the American Players Theatre, The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Theatre-OCU at Oklahoma City University, and holds actor combatant certifications with the Fight Directors of Canada and the Society of American Fight Directors.

Asselin is the second candidate to interview for the position of artistic director. The successful candidate will succeed Joel Jahnke, who retired earlier this year after 36 years with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks.

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is an outreach program of MSU's College of Arts and Architecture. Performances each summer are supported by grants and corporate sponsorships as well as hundreds of individual donors who give what they can to keep the performances free and available to everyone in the touring area.

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Nancy Cornwell, 994-4405, caa@montana.edu

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