Ernest Zulia

Ernest Zulia

Zulia serves as artistic director and chair of the Hollins University theatre department. He has directed dozens of plays, musicals, operas, and world premieres in regional theatres throughout the United States and internationally, including the Barter Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and the Asolo Theatre. He served as associate artistic director at Mill Mountain Theatre from 1987 to 1995, as well as co-artistic director at the Highlands Playhouse in North Carolina. His stage adaptation of Robert Fulghum’s international best-selling book All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten, launched by Mill Mountain Theatre in 1992, has received thousands of productions around the world. He directed the show at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., where he also created and directed Magic To Do, featuring the songs of Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz. This brought further collaborations with Schwartz, including his direction of the American premiere of Children of Eden, also at Mill Mountain Theatre. He was an artistic associate at the award-winning Apple Tree Theatre in Chicago for 12 years, where he was nominated for Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award as best director. He is the producing director of the International Theatre Laboratory of Crete where, in collaboration with Virginia Tech, artists from five countries assembled to explore a global theatre language for the 21st century. He was recently honored by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival as distinguished teaching artist, and his Hollins production Bellocq’s Ophelia, based on the work by U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey M.A. ’91 was also honored with four national awards for distinguished production. Zulia is a member of SDC and the Dramatists Guild.

Education

  • M.F.A., Northwestern University
  • B.A., SUNY Geneseo