March 29, 2017
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WTAMU Theatre Announces 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees
CANYON, Texas—Jenny Nolan Bailey and Randall Carver will join a prestigious roster of former West Texas A&M University students and faculty when they are inducted into the Branding Iron Theatre Hall of Fame. The 2017 induction will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22 in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex, Branding Iron Theatre.
The two new inductees join an impressive roll of former students and faculty who have excelled in the entertainment, theatre and theatre education industries. Fellow Branding Iron Hall of Fame members include Bill Anderson, Joe Anderson, Wendall Cain, Rene Clemente, J. Frank and Melody Davis, Mila Gibson, Denise Verner Green, Steve Hilton, James D. Kemmerling, Lee N. Kendle, Gene Murray, Pat Starr, Royal L. Brantley, Marti Hinson Kirk, Jerome McDonough, William A. and Margaret Moore, Allen Shankles, Michael Skinner, Eddie Thomas, Jerry O. Williams and J. Gary and Lydia Miller-Wyatt.
Jenny Nolan Bailey
Bailey graduated from Gilmer High School and headed to WT, where she was active in the theatre program. She was cast as Ruthie Joad in the Branding Iron Theatre production of The Grapes of Wrath and won a BIT Award for her performance. After graduating in 1993, Bailey earned a Master of Arts degree in theatre from the University of North Texas before moving to Hollywood, Calif.
Her passion for film helped her land a job as a production secretary on the short-lived Judge Reinhold production, The O’Keefes. She was soon admitted into the prestigious Director’s Guild Training Program and, in the fall of 2003, she began training as a film and television assistant director and became a member of the Director’s Guild of America in 2005. She has worked extensively as an assistant director guiding films such as Steven Spielberg’s War of The Worlds, Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson’s The Adventures of Tintin, and highly acclaimed television series such as The West Wing, Joan of Arcadia, Saving Grace, Men of a Certain Age, and Michael Patrick King’s hit CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls.
She lives with her husband, Kevin Bailey, and son, Landon, in Burbank, Calif.
Carver spent his early childhood in Canadian, where he got his first taste of acting while holding his mother's scripts as she rehearsed for community theatre productions. His interest in theatre really took off when he attended a WT Drama Camp under the direction of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Moore.
An original company member of the outdoor musical TEXAS, Carver graduated from West Texas State University in 1968 and immediately landed a pivotal role in the 1970 Academy Award Best Picture of the Year, Midnight Cowboy playing opposite Jon Voight. While on leave from serving his country in Korea as a tank platoon leader on the DMZ, Carver auditioned for and was accepted into the Master of Fine Arts Graduate Program at UCLA.
An accomplished film actor with a career spanning more than six decades, Carver starred in his first feature film, Time to Run and went on to appear in the classic film Man on the Moon and the 2008 Academy Award Best Picture, There Will Be Blood opposite Daniel-Day Lewis.
One of the most active television actors in Hollywood, Carver starred as John Burns in the Emmy award-winning show Taxi and series including Six O’Clock Follies and Norman Lear’s iconic Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. His guest star appearances include Malcolm in the Middle, Norm, Murder, She Wrote, The Love Boat, Emergency, The Rookies, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Waltons, Room 222, Mod Squad, Alias Smith and Jones, Here’s Lucy, Casual and television movies including Once and Eagle and Detour to Terror, where he got to play his first bad guy role starring opposite O.J. Simpson.
When Carver isn't coaching actors, he shares his love of rescuing animals with his wife, Emmy-nominated writer Shelley Herman. Randall also serves as an Elder at The First Christian Church of North Hollywood.
A 1 p.m. Q&A Hall of Fame panel will precede the April 22 induction ceremony. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 806-651-2799.