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Adam Whisner

Last updated

September 26, 2020
 
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  • Actor
  • Instrumentalist
  • Voiceover

Biography

Adam completed his Theatre Arts BA at the University of Iowa in 1993 and was accepted into the Acting Apprentice Company at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. By mid-1996 he was working full-time doing theater, commercial TV and radio, and co/ed video and voiceover work in the Twin Cities. He was a movie jockey for US Satellite Broadcasting in the late '90s, and worked for almost two decades with consumer electronics retailer Best Buy as a live MC and the host of their in-house video news magazine TAGtv. Adam has also been the commercial voice of many national brands including Furniture Row, Papa Murphy's Pizza, and the Callaway Golf Company.

When too many conflicts arose between commercial work and stagework in 2002, Adam took a hiatus from theatre to focus on making music, starting a couple rock bands including Blacktop Badge, which played around the Twin Cities' club scene. He also took up motorcycling, which became a lifelong passion.

Adam returned to theatre in 2008 for local playwright and Minnesota Playlist co-founder Alan Berks's #Ringtone, and has continued doing 2-3 plays a year. He is currently a company member with Wonderlust Productions theater company and has been performing regularly with Pillsbury House + Theatre's diversity and inclusion program, Breaking Ice, since 2014.

Lavender Magazine recognized Adam in their "Arts Spotlight: 2015 Theater Year in Review" for his "Crème de la Crème Performances" in Loudmouth Collective's A Bright New Boise and Theatre Pro Rata's The Woodsman. City Pages also acknowledged him in 2016 in "The 10 Finest Theater Productions in the Twin Cities Last Year" for The Woodsman, and named him Best Actor in their "Best of the Twin Cities" annual review.

Adam lives in Northeast Minneapolis with his singer/actress wife Sara Ochs, their two shih tzus, two motorcycles, and too many guitars.

Résumé

EXPERIENCE

PLAYS WITH

Park Square Theatre
Wonderlust Productions
Theatre Pro Rata
Loudmouth Collective
The Peanut Butter Factory
The Phoenix Theater Project
Joking Envelope
Workhaus Collective
Gremlin Theatre
Walking Shadow Theatre Company
The Commonweal
Alan Berks & Company
The Illusion Theater
The Minnesota Fringe Festival
Eye of the Storm Theatre
Theatre 15 Head: A Theatre Lab
The Hidden Theatre
History Theatre
Hey City Theater
Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre
The Actors Theatre of Louisville
Iowa Summer Repertory

EDUCATION
The Actors Theatre of Louisville Acting Apprentice Program '94
BA in Theatre Arts, Acting Emphasis, University of Iowa '93

TRAINING
Formal movement, voice, scene, and character study
Suzuki
Viewpointing
Puppeteering