The People Involved

Jane Albright

Jane Albright

Convention Coordinator

Jane Albright will be behind the scenes at this convention keeping details in order.

Ryan Bunch
Tori Calamito

Tori Calamito

Dorothy

Tori Calamito will co-host the Dorothy Fashions program, speak about creating virtual Oz communities, and perform in our music showcase.

Bill Campbell

Bill Campbell

Presenter

A toy theater captures the spirit of The Wizard of Oz at it first appeared on stage.

  • Minneapolis, MN
Sarah Crotzer

Sarah Crotzer

Presenter

An Oz Club members who will present on "Men of Straw, Wood, and Tin: Reading Physical Difference and Disability in L. Frank Baum's Oz"

  • Gallatin, TN
Scott Cummings

Scott Cummings

Co-chair and Presenter

Scott Cummings is one of the co-chairs for the 2017 convention. He will present a talk on W.W. Denslow's illustrations of the 1893 World's Fair in Chi

Karen Diket

Karen Diket

Music of Oz program manager

A musician, music educator, and avid reader, Karen is coordinating performances for our Friday night Oz music showcase.

John Fricke

John Fricke

Presenter

John Fricke will introduce the recreation of the 1950 Lux Radio Theatre Saturday evening.

  • New York, NY
Atticus Gannaway

Atticus Gannaway

Presenter

L. Frank Baum Memorial Award winner Atticus Gannaway will share his research into Frank Reilly and Sumner Britton, publishers of the Oz books.

Rick Goldschmidt

Rick Goldschmidt

Presenter

Official Rankin/Bass Historian/Biographer, Rick speaks Friday during our celebration of animated Oz.

  • Oak Lawn IL
Randy Hercey

Randy Hercey

Presenter

Randy has restored long-lost artwork by W.W. Denslow for the World's Fair of 1893. He has also prepared a series "Oz in Chicago" posters for the 2017

  • Chicago, IL
Ryan Jay

Ryan Jay

Presenter

TV & radio film critic and Oz historian Ryan Jay will interview Return to Oz actress Emma Ridley.

  • Milwaukee, WI
Dave Kelleher

Dave Kelleher

Presenter

Collector Dave Kelleher will join Walter Krueger to review animated Oz television and film merchandising with an emphasis on children's playthings.

  • Bear, DE
Walter Krueger

Walter Krueger

Co-chair

Oz collectibles expert Wally Krueger is one of the co-chairs for the 2017 convention.

  • Homer Glenn, IL
John Mundt, Esq.
Vincent Myrand

Vincent Myrand

Exhibitor

Ozian artist Vince Myrand joins us with selection of original paintings for sale.

Karen Owens

Karen Owens

Registrar

Karen Owens is our convention registrar and the owner of Storyland Collectibles.

  • Taylor, MI
Cindy Ragni

Cindy Ragni

Presenter

Antiquarian bookseller Cindy Ragni will be sharing her obsession with Oz illustrator W.W. Denslow, with an emphasis on his Chicago years.

Kurt Raymond

Kurt Raymond

Presenter

Kurt Raymond joins our Friday evening program as the Wicked Witch of the West.

Emma Ridley

Emma Ridley

Special Guest

Actress Emma Ridley brought Ozma to life in Return to Oz, the 1985 live-action film.

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