• Adam Zahler - VPA  

    Adam Zahler

    Contact Information
    Office A-369, inside A-368

    B.A., University of Vermont
    M.F.A., University of Virgina

    Personal Statement

    “I am forever interested in how the arts impacts people, and I believe that theatre is the best means we have to show what it means to be human. Here at WSU, I direct a wide range of plays in a variety of styles - from Shakespeare to William Inge, drama to farce, Realism to Post-Modernism - all as means to express the human condition.

    “As a teacher, I want young actors and directors to understand that what they communicate to the audience is integrated with how they communicate it. The goal, after all, is to show the audience a different way to view their world. In the end, if one person sees the world differently because of the work we have done on a play, then that production is a success.

    “In recent years, I have begun work with two colleagues, one in Visual and Performing Arts and one in Urban Studies on CitySpeak, an innovative approach to research and arts-based urban planning and community development. Through CitySpeak we use art to give voice to communities whose voices are not normally heard. I am also intrigued with ways in which theatre can help people cross cultural and even geographic boundaries. I've been exploring connections in both England and Nigeria to find out how we can link our work and our students. Currently, I teach acting, directing, and American entertainment history.”

    Professional Accomplishments

    Adam Zahler earned a Master in Fine Arts in Drama with a concentration in Directing at the University of Virginia and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont. As a free-lance director in the greater Boston area, Zahler earned several awards including Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Production (Stonewall Jackson’s House, 2001) and Outstanding Director (Permanent Collection, 2005). His work has been seen at New Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Speakeasy Stage, Stoneham Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Nora Theatre Company, The Theatre Coop, and Lyric Stage West.

    As Artistic Director of The Open Stage in Vermont, he co-produced a cultural exchange with the Volkov Theatre in Yaroslavl, Russia including a two-week tour in Russia with an original production. He served as producing associate at New Repertory Theatre in Massachusetts, artistic director of Second Stage in Vermont and associate director of Vermont Repertory Theatre.

    As an actor, he has appeared in numerous productions, as well as small films, commercials, and voiceovers. At the Huntington Theatre Company, he was a member of the cast of Come Back Little Sheba which received three 2016 Elliot Norton Awards including Outstanding Production and Outstanding Ensemble. He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

  • Courses Taught
    • Acting
    • Directing
    • Rehearsal and Performance
    • History of American Entertainment
    Honors and Grants