Hilary Adams, BA, 1995
Type of Business
Professional Theatre Director, Applied Theatre Practioner
Description of Buisness or Organization
Hilary Adams is a theatre director and is currently enrolled in CUNY School of Professional Studies Masters Program in Applied Theatre, expected graduation June 2011. Her recent directing work includes assistant directing for Lynne Meadow on Collected Stories which opened on Broadway Spring 2010, directing Shirley Valentine at the Millbrook Playhouse, and Whatever Man in the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) 2009. Hilary is a Drama Desk nominee for Outstanding Director of a Play (Works Productions' Moby Dick), which was also nominated for Outstanding Play and Featured Actor. Her Love Jerry (NYMF 2008) won four NYMF Best of Fest awards and two honorable mentions including Excellence in Direction, and three Talkin’ Broadway 2008 Summer Theatre Festival Citations, including Outstanding New Musical. 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). Member League of Professional Theatre Women, SDC. www.hilaryadams.com
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 theater 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 theatre, education, advocacy, community building and outreach that I continue to this day.