Larry Henley, ’80 BA and ’02 MA Theatre, director of creative programs and production at UNLV’s Carrying out Arts Center, has been called the university’s Administrative Faculty Member of the Year for 2015. He has been an employee because September 1985 (this time around).
When you initially came to UNLV
I registered as a student in 1975, the very same year I graduated from Chaparral High School as a member of its first graduating class. By 1977 I was working in the campus theaters. I had started as an art major, however then I changed to theatre. Something I had actually discovered was that in theater you could meet girls! And I fulfilled my other half (Laura Elizabeth Wiley Henley, ’82 BA theatre, ’92 Master of Unique Education) here. My specialty was theater lighting design.
Where your profession has actually taken you
I moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, as head electrical expert and impresario at the Pikes Peak Center when it opened. I remained there three years and my better half chose she was done with the snow. Then I went back to UNLV as a theatre facilities expert. Later on I became the centers supervisor for the PAC then in 2002 I moved into my present task.
What your job includes
There is no typical day. We do all sort of things at the PAC– Nevada Conservatory Theatre plays, symphonies, opera, ballets, graduations, the Barrick Lecture series. I have the tendency to work a great deal of nights and weekends.
What it resembles to deal with the really well-known
The more established and skilled they are, the more fun they are to deal with– normally. It’s not so much the artists who can be challenging to deal with, it’s individuals who deal with the artists– the gatekeepers and the managers.
Itzhak Perlman is a lot of enjoyable. He’s a punster and likes to bet, so you always wind up going out. You are standing at the craps table at the Bellagio at 3 in the early morning viewing the greatest violinist on the planet throwing dice.
(Former President Bill) Clinton was the ultimate in charm. He had no reason to even know I existed, but he walked into my workplace and asked if he might sign something for me. He looked for people out.
I met (author) Doris Kearns Goodwin. She was the last person off of her plane. I used a Brooklyn Dodgers jersey for her. She enjoyed that.
My preferred Barrick lecturer would be Ken Burns. I love his documentary films, and he was simply amazing. I remember eating huge Bellagio langostino shrimp with him at midnight.
I rode in the back of a limousine with (married political consultants) James Carville and Mary Matalin. It ended up being really evident who put on the pants because family … and I don’t believe it was James Carville!
What You Want to Check out
Any biography. Frank Lloyd Wright: An Autobiography is worth reading. What an amazing human.
Something Individuals Might Be Shocked to Learn About You
I love sports and am a fan of the Dodgers, the Rams, and the Lakers. I’m a big Beatles fan, too.
Your First Job
Working as a parking cashier for the California Hotel at a lot on Ogden from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. I was a zombie when I would get to class. As God is my witness, I will never work graveyard once again.
Exactly what the Nominators Said
Henley was nominated by Lea Sexton and Cheryl Tillotson, director and associate director, respectively, of the College of Liberal Arts Wilson Advising Center; Vaune Kadlubek, director of encouraging for the Division of Health Sciences; and theatre teacher Joe Aldridge, director of the home entertainment & & engineering program. They wrote a joint nomination, describing Henley as a “hidden treasure,” and stating, “We have actually all been kindlied throughout the years to serve with Larry on many committees, many of which he has chaired. Whether it’s collaborating on the UNLV Formality Convocations or various commencements, the discipline and drive that Larry always shows has helped push most university occasions to brand-new heights. He works faithfully to bring the best to each event and performance he covers, and the result is excellence. He is constantly there, primarily out of sight, never asking for credit, and our entire university system has benefited from his sharp mind and peaceful strength.”Larry is an example of university citizenship at its finest. He has actually provided 100 percent to students and the university system as a whole, and he has actually enhanced the lives of everybody in the process. It is time for Larry to be acknowledged for all the many years and support he has freely offered to the university he enjoys.”