Bryan Cranston named President’s Speaker for the Arts

This year, UVa will host Bryan Cranston for the President’s Speaker Series for the Arts on March 26th at John Paul Jones Arena.

The conversation will be moderated by Mark Johnson, a UVA graduate and academy award-winning producer.

Jody Kielbasa, Vice Provost for the Arts, discussed the significance of the President’s Speaker Series for the Arts.

“The series was developed to throw a spotlight on the importance, influence, and impact of the arts on our lives,” Kielbasa said.

Previous speakers have included Tina Fey and Kevin Spacey. Unfortunately last year, James Franco  cancelled shortly before the confirmed speaking event.

Well-known for his role as Walter White on the hit TV series Breaking Bad, Cranston began his career on television and moved into film as well as theatre and production.

As Vice Provost for the Arts, Kielbasa is responsible for selecting the guest speaker of the series.

“I look for artists who have had successful careers with broad appeal and whose work has had a significant impact on our culture,” Kielbasa said, “Bryan Cranston has enjoyed great success as an actor, director, writer, and producer of film, television, and theater.”

In partnership with the Virginia Festival of Book, copies of Cranston’s autobiography A Life in Parts can be purchased at the event. The first 40 copies will be able to attend a book signing event after the event.

Tickets can be picked up for free at the following locations: UVA Arts Box Office, JPJ Box Office and the ID Card Office located at O’Hill Dining Hall.

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