Adam Whisner

Last updated

January 17, 2017
 
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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 corporate/educational 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 electronics retailer Best Buy as the host of their in-house video news magazine "TAGtv." Adam has also been the commercial voice of dozens of national brands including Furniture Row, Papa Murphy's Pizza, and Callaway Golf.

When too many conflicts arose between commercial work and stagework in 2002, Adam took a hiatus from the theatre to focus on music, starting a few rock bands including Blacktop Badge, which played around the Twin Cities' club scene. He also took up motorcycling, which became a true passion, leading to thousands of miles of long distance sport touring, and a brief stint racing road bikes with the Central Roadracing Association amateur motorcycle racing club.

Adam returned to the stage in 2008 for local playwright and Minnesota Playlist co-founder Alan Berks' #Ringtone, and has continued doing 2-3 plays a year. He is currently a member of Wonderlust Productions theater company.

He was recognized in Lavender Magazine's "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, and in City Pages' "The 10 Finest Theater Productions in the Twin Cities Last Year" for The Woodsman. In 2016, City Pages named him "Best Actor" in their "Best of the Twin Cities" annual review.

Adam lives in NE Minneapolis with his wife, local singer/actress Sara Ochs, two shih tzus, and three motorcycles.

Résumé

EXPERIENCE

PLAYS WITH

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

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 method
Viewpointing
Puppeteering