For more than 22 years, Kenneth Green has lent his creative talent to Spelman College as a faculty member of the department of drama and dance. On April 8, 2010, in Sisters Chapel he’ll add to an impressive and lengthy list of credits by producing “A Legacy of Change,” the Founders Day Convocation commemorating the 129th anniversary of Spelman College.
“The work I’ve done at Spelman has been fulfilling,” said Green, whose daughter, Milan, C’2011, attends Spelman. “It’s often based in Black or African-American aesthetic. I’m most passionate about those works that live in a historical context where there is depth and meaning.”
Green’s passion is the perfect compliment to Spelman’s legacy of producing leaders of African descent, rich in history and tradition. It was fitting that he was chosen, along with Jo Moore Stewart, director of publications, to create Spelman’s 125th Convocation celebration, “The River That Flows Through Time,” which set a precedent, changing the format and style of subsequent Founders Day convocations.
“Kenneth has a wonderful sense of how to bring history to life through dance,” said Stewart. “His choreography and creativity has really served Spelman well over the years.”
Originally from San Bernardino, Calif., Green has enjoyed a career of producing events, special projects, and theatrical presentations nationwide. He was casting director for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Tokyo professional talent division; and served as TV choreographer for the Walt Disney World Easter Parade Special. He has choreographed for Kodak, Head Sports Wear, Adidas and Wendy’s; and has worked with countless celebrities, including Vanessa Williams, Donna Summer, Eartha Kitt and Diahann Carroll.
Always connecting Spelman to the community, Green has brought many high profile entertainers to the campus including actress Jasmine Guy, who recently directed the department of drama and dance’s production of “The Bluest Eye.”
Green, who also works with Office of College Relations on cultural events, continues to add to his impeccable body of work at Spelman, leaving a lasting impression with students, faculty and all who come to know him. Joy Brunson, C’2010, calls Green her mentor since being directed in numerous Spelman productions.
“Working with Mr. Green has been a huge blessing in my life,” said Brunson, who starred in Spelman’s recent production of ” The Bluest Eye,” was named a top pick to Columbia University’s Masters in Fine Arts Acting Program, and will be seen alongside Jasmine Guy and Kenny Leon in “Kasha and the Zulu King,” an animated series that will air on BET in October. “I’ve worked with him since I was a freshman, and he took me under his wing. Through his generosity and belief in me when no one else did, I’ve grown and been challenged, and I cherished every moment.” – Lorraine Robertson is an Atlanta-based author, freelance writer, and regular contributor to Inside Spelman.