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Baron Kelly

Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor

Department of Theatre and Drama

Hometown: New York

Baron Kelly is a four-time Fulbright Scholar who has worked nationally and internationally on Broadway, regional theatre, and in television and film. He trained at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is widely published author and sits on numerous editorial boards including The Harold Pinter Review and the Comparative Drama Conference.

Unavailable for spring 2024. 


From the Streets of New York to the Stages of the World: Being a Global Artist

After surviving growing up in a tough neighborhood in New York, I discuss my career beginnings singing with the Metropolitan Opera to eventually becoming a four-time world traveled Fulbright Scholar bridging cultural divides as a cultural specialist for the United States.

Earle Hyman: It's All About Character

The talk is about pioneering African American actor, Earle Hyman, and his rise to international fame on the stages of Norway and Scandinavia in the 1950s-1990s. I discuss how a Black American was accepted by Scandinavia pre-Civil Right Era in America. Earle Hyman is better known to television audiences as Grandfather on the Cosby Show.

African Americans in the “Raceless“ Soviet Union

How the African-American experience in the Soviet Union shaped black identity and how the presence of people of color shaped Soviet understandings of race.