Whitty, who wrote the book for Avenue Q, will work with students in audition and dramatic writings courses. Performing Arts artistic director Sharon Ott will moderate a question-and-answer session with Whitty. "I’ve been really blessed in my career, thanks in no small part to the advice I received from people who had been through it themselves. That’s why I think it’s so important to talk to students – to help them anticipate and appreciate the bumps in the road. I expect being down at SCAD – a university devoted to nurturing the arts – to be a particularly exciting experience," Whitty said in a statement.
In addition to Avenue Q, which ran on Broadway for six-and-a-half years and is currently running Off-Broadway, Whitty has also written The Plank Project, The Hiding Place and The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler. He is currently developing a musical adaptation of Armistead Maupin’s "Tales of the City" novels (with music by the Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears and John Garden) and an original musical based on the “Bring It On” film series.
Patricia Clarkson, Hugh Dancy, Alan Cumming, Rachel York, Chris Cooper, Marc Shaiman, Manhattan Theatre Club casting director Nancy Piccione and film and television casting agent Sheila Jaffe have also recently spoken to students at SCAD.