Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alum Scott Hedley ’10, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Musical Theatre, is the curator and co-producer of Get Happy! 100 Years of Judy Garland, an exhibit marking the centenary of the great singer and actress Judy Garland (born June 10, 1922). The exhibit is on display June 10 through 12, 2022, at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre, located at 4401 W. 8th St. in Los Angeles, where Garland was discovered performing in vaudeville onstage in 1934.
Hedley, who is considered one of the world’s foremost collectors of Judy Garland costumes and memorabilia, has served as a consultant and assistant curator to the Gene London Cinema Collection Trust for the past five years. He is a producer’s assistant at Warner Bros. motion picture studio. previously served as New World Stage’s assistant events manager, and was the associate line producer for Off-Broadway’s Obie Awards. His Broadway and film production credits include Sister Act, Big Fish, Rocky, Anastasia, the film version of In the Heights, and Netflix’s Dash & Lily.
According to the entertainment news service Top40-Charts, “The fascination for Judy Garland started for Hedley at his local library, one of his favorite places to visit as a kid. That’s where he discovered books written by L. Frank Baum and Rhys Thomas. And, every time he visited his Grandmother she would turn on the TCM classic movie The Wizard of Oz. After that is when Scott began watching all of Judy Garland’s movies and discovered her many talents through film and song.”