Virtual Panel Discussion – Katharine Hepburn: Image is Everything
April 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main Street
Old Saybrook, 06475
FREE EVENT – VIEW ON THE KATE’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Join host Ann Nyberg and panelists Jean Druesedow and Judy Samelson for an in depth discussion and analysis of Katharine Hepburn’s grasp on the power of her appearance. Kate was deliberate in defining her style, selecting clothes that complemented her long and narrow physique and continues to be recognized for her unique style. This FREE program will stream live on the Kate’s YouTube channel and questions may be posed by typing in the live YouTube chat field.
Jean Lawrence Druesedow is Director Emerita of the Kent State University Museum, having served as director from 1993 – 2018. She was previously Associate Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (1984-1992). She holds bachelors and masters degrees in Speech and Theatre Arts from Indiana University and has taught public speaking and costume design for the theatre at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky; speech for the University of Maryland European and Mediterranean Divisions; coordinated and taught the graduate Costume Studies program offered by the Costume Institute in cooperation with New York University (1978-1992) as well as Curatorial Problems for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York (1992). She has served as curator or organizer for over 40 exhibitions, is professionally active both nationally and internationally, lectures widely and contributes to publications in the field of costume studies.
Judy Samelson is the former editor of PLAYBILL magazine and is an honorary member of the board of The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, CT. She served on The Kate’s museum committee and wrote the Hepburn timeine for the theatre’s original Capital Campaign brochure as well as the Hepburn tribute that appeared in its 2009 Opening Night Gala program. She contributed the Introduction to the publication REBEL CHIC, and has written about Hepburn for Playbill.com as well as the Bryn Mawr College Bulletin. In the over 50 years that have passed since she first encountered Katharine Hepburn on the screen, she has amassed an extensive collection of material relating to the star whose career and life have been and continue to be an endless source of enjoyment, fascination and admiration.
Ann Nyberg is WTNH-TV’s longest-serving anchor/reporter in station history and has been nominated for multiple Emmys. In addition to anchoring several evening newscasts, she also produces and hosts the show Nyberg an on-air and online show she developed to share people’s stories with the masses. In November of 2015, Ann was inducted into the prestigious Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Boston/New England Chapter – an honor given to television professionals who have made significant contributions to their community and to the vitality of the television industry. She is the author of Remembering Katharine Hepburn: Stories of Wit and Wisdom About America’s Leading Lady and is a founding trustee of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center.