Augustana Receives McKinley Papers

December  04, 2013

      A Broadway director, producer, and choreographer has donated his papers to Augustana College. Wednesday the college will host a reception to celebrate the donation from Phil McKinley. 

      Special Collections librarian, Sarah Horowitz, says McKinley was born in Avon, Illinois and graduated from Augustana in 1973. His career includes directing for Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus, plus shows on Broadway including the recent "Spiderman: Turn off the Dark."  His donation to the library includes scripts, publicity materials, newspaper clippings, posters, and costumes.

      She thinks all of this will be very useful for classes at Augustana. 

      "The materials have already been used by a theater class. It was a directing class that came in to look at some of Phil's directing notes for different productions he's done. So obviously there will be a lot of use by the theater department."

      Students might also look at McKinley's papers for lessons in script writing, music scoring, and scenic design.  Horowitz says the papers actually arrived at the library a year ago and are now fully catalogued. The papers are open to the public and are listed on the library's website. 

      The reception to celebrate Phil McKinley's papers will be held Wednesday  afternoon from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Tredway Library at Augustana College. Phil McKinley is on campus this week directing the theater department's production of "A Green River" that will be performed next week (12/11-15).