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Ernest Zulia

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Ernest Zulia is professor emeritus and founding director of the Kennedy Center award-winning Hollins Theatre Institute at Hollins University. Zulia’s stage adaptation of Robert Fulghum’s All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten has had more than 3,000 productions around the world. The holiday sequel, Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas, has received hundreds of productions as well. He has collaborated with Broadway composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz on multiple occasions, including the creation of the musical revues Magic to Do and Day by Day, and the American premiere of Children of Eden, which he also directed. Zulia adapted and co-created the stage adaptation of U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey’s Bellocq’s Ophelia, which was honored with a Kennedy Center Award. Zulia has directed scores of plays, musicals and operas. He is the former associate artistic director of Mill Mountain Theatre, where he played a central role in the nationally renowned Norfolk Southern Festival of New Works. He also served as co-artistic director of Highlands Playhouse and has directed at dozens of professional theatres around the U.S. and internationally, including the Barter Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Asolo Repertory Theatre. He served as artistic director of the International Theatre Laboratory of Crete in 2001, which brought artists from five countries together to explore an international theatre language, and was an artistic associate at Chicago’s award-winning Apple Tree Theatre, where he was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award. He is the recipient of an ATHE Award, multiple Kennedy Center Awards, The Perry F. Kendig Award and the Betsy Green Grubbs Award. He holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre and English from SUNY Geneseo and a master’s degree in directing from Northwestern University. He is a member the Dramatists Guild and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

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