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Broadway director donates papers to Special Collections

November  25, 2013

Augustana’s Special Collections will host a reception to celebrate the addition of Phil McKinley’s papers. The reception will be Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Thomas Tredway Library (3435 9½ Ave.). The event is free and open to the public.

McKinley directed The Boy From Oz, starring Hugh Jackman, and Spiderman: Turn off the Dark on Broadway. He also has directed more productions of Ringling Bros., Barnum and Bailey Circus than anyone else to date.

The exhibit at Augustana, “From Avon to Broadway: Selections from the Philip Wm. McKinley papers,” contains materials from 1973 to the present. The papers consist of production materials, scrapbooks, photographs, audiovisual materials and artifacts. The papers largely relate to McKinley’s career as an actor, writer, choreographer and director, but also contain some academic and personal papers.

While a student at Augustana, McKinley participated as an actor and a choreographer in Augustana’s theatre and also the Barn Theater, a community group in Moline. He graduated in 1973 with majors in education, speech, drama, music, English and the visual arts.

His papers in Special Collections comprise the third-largest collection of original documents by a single donor at Augustana, and already have been used in the classroom. When laid out, the collection covers 72 linear feet.

For more information, please contact Sarah Horowitz at (309) 794-8814 or

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833