Dr. Zackary Ross has a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master’s degree in Educational Theatre from New York University, and is an honors graduate of Lewis and Clark College’s theatre department in Portland, Oregon.
In addition to his experience as an educator, Zack is an active theatre artist. As a director, his most recent productions include Unrehearsed Shakespeare, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Blithe Spirit, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Tony Kushner’s adaptation of The Good Person of Szechwan, Tennessee Williams’ short play Adam and Eve on a Ferry, John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain, and Charles L. Mee’s Orestes 2.0. As a Fight Director, he has recently staged Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Naomi Iizuka’s Anon(ymous), Fancy Me Mad by Michelle Salerno & Juan Ramiez, House of Desires by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and Dying City by Christopher Shinn. As and actor, he has appeared most recently in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Frederick Knott’s Wait Until Dark, The Neo-futurists Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, Christopher Durang’s The Actor’s Nightmare, and Wendy Kesselman’s adaptation of The Dairy of Anne Frank. His dramaturgy credits include The Illusion freely adapted from Pierre Corneille’s L’Illusion Comique by Tony Kushner, Iphigenia and Other Daughters by Ellen McLaughlin, and Buried Child by Sam Shepard.
Zack’s research interests include theatrical adaptation, contemporary drama, theatre and social change, early modern drama, and trauma studies.