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In “A Conversation on Creative Thought,” Devanand Janki will share insights from a career in the arts and an innovative approach to bringing diversity to theater at Mitchell College’s Speakers Series on Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Weller Center.

He is an award winning Director-Choreographer based in New York City, originally from Canada. His prolific New York credits include the hit Off-Broadway show Zanna, Don’t! (Winner of the Lortel, Callaway, & GLAAD Media Awards), John Patrick Shanley’s Romantic Poetry for the Manhattan Theatre Club, The Yellow Brick Road (Callaway nom.), Junie B. Jones (Lortel nom.),Cupid & Psyche, Henry & Mudge (Lortel nom.), Skippyjon Jones (Lortel nom.), Shine! The Horatio Alger Musical (NYMF), This One Girl’s Story (Abingdon Theatre, GLAAD Media Award nom.), and Buddy’s Tavern (York Theater – Lab).

Mr. Janki has combined his philanthropic skills with his Broadway prowess on such concerts as: HAIR with an all-star cast, featuring Jennifer Hudson(Grammy nom.), Funny Girl featuring 16 Fanny Brices, including Whoopi Goldberg, Bebe Neuwirth, and Jane Krakowski; Dreamgirls and Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway 101, all for the Actors’ Fund, the entertainment industry’s largest charitable organization. He has also served nine years as an Artistic Associate for Broadway Bares, one of the largest fundraisers for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

His other notable credits include: Amahl and the Night Visitors, Babes in Toyland, Anything Goes in concert (assoc.) all for Lincoln Center. The Wings of Ikarus Jackson and Barrio Grrrl! (Helen Hayes nom., Kennedy Center); the regional premiere of Rent (Hangar Theatre, SALT Award); The Rocky Horror Show, How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?, and Disney’s Aladdin (Director, Chicago Shakespeare); Andrew Lippa’s Asphalt Beach (AMTP); Man of La Mancha (Maltz Jupiter Theatre); The Full Monty (Foothills Theatre); The Scarlet Pimpernel (Gateway Playhouse); the workshop of Lily (Huntington Theatre). TYA Tours:Martha Speaks, If You Give a Pig A Panacake, Fly Guy & Other Stories, Nate The Great, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, the Musical, and The Jack Sprat Low Fat World Tour.

Mr. Janki has also worked internationally, creating One Man’s Dream II for Tokyo Disney, as well as the Korean Premiere of Zanna, Don’t!, and concerts for Japan’s #1 Boy Band: Shonentai. Live Industrial credits include projects for: Carnival Cruise Lines, Coca-Cola, MAC Cosmetics, Benjamin Moore Paints and Dove. As a performer, Dev has appeared on Broadway in Miss Saigon, Cats, The King & I, Side Show, and tours of A Chorus Line and West Side Story.

He is the Artistic Director of the Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat (BCTR) a new theatre company in Salem, CT that develops new musicals & plays that celebrate diversity.

www.binghamcamptheatreretreat.org

 

For more information, call 860-701-5030 or email speakers@mitchell.edu.