Hilary Adams, 1995
Professional Theatre Director, Applied Theatre Practioner
Type of Business
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Description of Business or Organization
Hilary is an award winning theatre director celebrating seventeen years of professional experience, including a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Director of a Play (Works Productions' Moby Dick), which was also nominated for Outstanding Play and Featured Actor. She is a Drama League Fellow, and has received five Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellowships assistant directing for Lynne Meadow (Collected Stories, Moonlight and Magnolias, The American Pilot, Our Leading Lady) and Mark Brokaw (Reckless). Also on Broadway, Hilary assisted Richard Jones (Titanic), David Henry Hwang (Flower Drum Song), and Robert Falls (Aida). Earlier this season, Hilary worked with second year undergrads at The Meisner Studio, NYU, on Churchill's Mad Forest, directed a new short play, Guernica 2003, in the American Globe Theatre Festival, and directed a Steel Magnolias for The Harbor Lights Theatre. Also this season she also worked with Justin Warner and Peter Yarin putting on a concert reading of their swashbuckling musical comedy The Masked Zinfandel, and traveled to Thunder Bay, Ontario, to facilitate a theatre workshop for Paramount Live!, a theatre company that produces with young actors. Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), League of Professional Theatre Women, and The National Association of Professional Women. Master's degree in Applied Theatre from the City University of New York (CUNY), School of Professional Studies. Please visit www.hilaryadams.com and https://www.facebook.com/theaterdirector for more information.
How did Evergreen prepare you for your professional life?
While enrolled in Evergreen, I not only took classes in theatre and adaptation for the stage, I also created an overseas professional experience for myself with Proteus Theatre Company, a small scale touring children's theatre company, located in Basingstoke, England. I am still very good friends with the artistic director, who is now the head of a large theatre in Scotland. The work I did with Proteus included theatre work in prisons, with children, touring to provinces and more traditional theatrical productions. Guess what? Sixteen years later I am still doing the exact same thing - the Applied Theatre MA program I am in prepares us in a pedagogy very similar to Evergreen's, I am working with children and other non-dominant groups, I went to Denmark this summer to work with a touring children's theatre company, and I am working on Broadway doing more traditional theatre as well. It's because Evergreen allowed me to figure out what really interested me that I was able to train in a unique combination of theater, education, advocacy, community building and outreach that I continue to this day.