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Ken Bradbury, until recently a teacher at Triopia Jr.-Sr. High School for 35 years, and now an instructor at Lincoln Land Community College, is a resident of Arenzville, Illinois, Since 1995, he has been named the most produced author of dramatic material for competition in the United States.
Mr. Bradbury is the author of several weekly newspaper columns, many historic play scripts, and many hundreds of jr. high/high school competition pieces. He is a staff writer for Cass Communications. He has written music for 5 recordings of Shiloh, a Christian singing group and is an accomplished player of the piano and the bagpipes. His play, "Shadow of Giants", also co- authored with Robert Crowe, has appeared on PBS television. He is the author of 6 books.
Mr. Bradbury is the winner of the Country Companies and Channel 20 Golden Apple Award for teaching, the Western Illinois University "Friends of the Arts" Award, the Illinois College Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, the Illinois College McGaw Citation for Excellence in the Arts, and was named "Outstanding High School Teacher" by Eastern Illinois University. Mr. Bradbury was awarded the honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by MacMurray College and the honorary Doctor of Letters by Illinois College. He has received the Chicago Studs Terkel Humanities Award and is a winner of the "Downstate Playwrights Award" from the University of Illinois.
Current projects include a new play for the Mt. Rushmore National Memorial and a new drama to accompany the reenactment of Lincoln's funeral train. His script, "The History of Mankind in Less Than Ten Minutes" will soon be featured in a new York-based movie.
Mr. Bradbury spoke to Student Teachers at a seminar held on the WIU campus. These remarks were made just prior to his presentation.