McElroy Alum is the keynote speaker at the 2015 College of Arts and Sciences (Arts) Commencement on Friday, May 8.

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Ian Brennan, producer, director, writer, actor, graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University Chicago in 2001with a BA in Theatre and Spanish. During his time at Loyola, Ian participated as an actor in the McElroy Shakespeare Celebration in 1998 and 1999. In 1998 he played Romeo (opposite now well-known Chicago actress Elizabeth Ledo’s Juliet) in scenes performed as part of “Coming of Age in Verona: Manhood and Womanhood in Romeo and Juliet.” In 1999 he played Horatio and Laertes in scenes performed as part of “Acting (un)Shakespeare; or, Hamlet, Bad Quarto, Good Play?”

Brennan is the co-creator and executive producer of Glee, which just completed its sixth and final season on FOX and for which he has received two Golden Globe Awards and the Peabody Award. With his Glee collaborators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, he is co-creator of the upcoming Scream Queens, which will air on FOX this fall. Along with Leigh Whannell, Brennan co-wrote and stars in the Lionsgate feature Cooties, which premiered at Sundance and will be released later this year.

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