James Zager received a BS degree in Musical Theatre at the University of Wisconsin Steven’s Point and an MFA in Theatre for Youth: Directing/Playwriting at Arizona State University. He worked as a professional actor, director, and choreographer in theatre, film and television for over 15 years in the greater Chicago area. Currently he is a freelance director/choreographer collaborating with the likes of Milwaukee Rep, Milwaukee Ballet, Florentine Opera, In-Tandem, and serves as an Artistic Associate with Milwaukee Opera Theatre. Zager has created new works based on the writings of Wilde, Homer and Shakespeare and his body of work includes the youth plays Juliet, The Shakespeare Project, Stories Gone Wilde, and What You Will, all published by Dramatic Publishing. In addition, as an Associate Professor of Theatre, he teaches Intro to Theatre and Intro to Performance in the Pio-core here at Carroll University.
Areas of Specialization
Theatre as a Liberal Art; Musical Theatre; Voice & Movement.
What is your teaching style?
Lecture/discussion followed by practical projects with a ton of student interaction.
Why do you do what you do?
Teaching is the act of nurturing learning, while the basis of the theatre arts is the ongoing study of what it is to be human, therefore teaching theatre is facilitating the exploration of the human condition. What could be more vital and exciting?
How do you make learning engaging?
Authentic assessment. No written exams! Students are asked to present practical projects in class to assess mastery of material.
What should students know about you?
We have a ton of fun and laugh a lot in my courses!