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Zach Curtis

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June 1, 2017
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Directing Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Fezziwig's Feast, Love Letters, Gypsy, The Laramie Project for Black Hills Community Theater.

Zach is currently the Artistic Director of the Black Hills Community Theater in Rapid City, SD.  Before that, he was a freelance actor and director in the Twin Cities, with over 200 shows to his credit.  He was the longest tenured Artistic Director of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse in Bemidji, MN, overseeing nine seasons from 2006-2015. Before PBP, he was the AD of Fifty Foot Penguin Theater in Minneapolis, MN for ten seasons.

"One of the area's warmest, sharpest, most inviting actors." - Minnesota Monthly

City Pages "Best Actor in the Twin Cities 2015" - The Whale (Walking Shadow)


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Named "Best Actor in the Twin Cities" - City Pages, 2015 for his performance as Charlie in The Whale for Walking Shadow.


GUTHRIE THEATER: Born Yesterday (Eddie Brock), His Girl Friday (Diamond Louis), Night of the Iguana (Wolfgang)

GREAT RIVER SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL:  Julius Caesar (Julius Caesar), As You Like It  (Duke Senior/Duke Frederick)

SPRINGER OPERA HOUSE (Columbus, GA):  Of Mice and Men (Lennie)

THEATRE LATTE DA: The Full Monty (Dave Bukatinsky)

VIRGINIA STAGE COMPANY: A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Present, Fezziwig, Charity Man)

PARK SQUARE THEATRE:  The Liar (Cliton), Romeo and Juliet (Capulet), Johnny Baseball (Babe Ruth/Tom Yawkey), Of Mice and Men (Lennie), Harvey (Dr. Sanderson), Fortinbras (Horatio), Fifth of July (Jed), Ten Little Indians (Anthony Marston)


NEW EPIC THEATRE:  The Normal Heart (Ben Weeks), Coriolanus (Menenius)

FIFTY FOOT PENGUIN: Requiem for a Heavyweight (Mountain McClintock)

URBAN SAMURAI: A Few Good Men (Col. Jessep)

TORCH THEATER: Boeing Boeing (Robert), Prints (Alvin 'Creepy' Karpis), A Thousand Clowns (Leo/Chuckles)

PICK A LINE: Joseph Loves Mary (God)

BURNING HOUSE: Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (Michael)

JON HASSLER: The Pillowman (Michal)

MIXED BLOOD: Take Me Out (Shane Mungitt)

THEATRE PRO RATA: Killer Joe (Killer Joe Cooper), Metamorphoses (Midas, Orpheus, et al)

ACTORS THEATRE: The Foreigner (Ellard), Tuna Christmas (Thurston et al)

CHILDREN'S THEATRE: Reeling (Big Man), Treasure Island (Young Tom)

THEATRE L'HOMME DIEU: Of Mice and Men (Lennie)

10,000 THINGS: Waiting for Godot (Lucky), Cymbeline (Cloten), Measure for Measure (Lucio - 1998 and 2012), The Tempest (Sebastian)

PAUL BUNYAN PLAYHOUSE: Spamalot (King Arthur), Prints (Alvin 'Creepy' Karpis'), Annie (Daddy Warbucks), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (William Barfee), The Full Monty (Dave), 21A (Solo show), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom), The Boys Next Door (Norman), The Odd Couple (Oscar Madison), The Music Man (Harold Hill), The Foreigner (Ellard), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II Voice), Born Yesterday (Harry Brock)

GIANT STEP: Escape From Happiness (Junior)

PIONEER PLACE: Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Beyond Therapy (Stuart), Lend Me a Tenor (Tito Merelli)


PARK SQUARE THEATER: Laughter on the 23rd Floor

PAUL BUNYAN PLAYHOUSE: Artistic Director 2006-2011, 2013-2015:  I Love You You're Perfect Now Change, The Underpants, Prints, I Oughta Be in Pictures, The 39 Steps, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, I Do! I Do!, Noises Off, She Loves Me, Boeing Boeing, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dancing at Lughnasa, Guys On Ice, Lend Me a Tenor, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Forever Plaid, Gypsy, Dracula, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Biloxi Blues, The Who's Tommy, Greater Tuna, Sherlock Holmes - The Final Adventure, Sisters of Swing, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors, Three Days of Rain, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Pavilion, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Drawer Boy, Harvey, Wait Until Dark, Don't Hug Me

FIFTY FOOT PENGUIN THEATER: Artistic Director 1998-2006:   Debbie Does Dallas The Musical, The President, Once Removed, Inherit the Wind, American Buffalo, 12 Angry Men, The Quick and the Red, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest*, II Married Odin, The Elephant Man, The 17 Rules of Show Business, Dogg's Hamlet Cahoot's Macbeth, Impassioned Embraces

ST. PAUL CONSERVATORY FOR PERFORMING ARTISTS: Anything Goes, Urinetown, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

THE DIRECTORS THEATER: Artistic Director, 2001: Glengarry Glen Ross, Talk Radio

LYRIC ARTS:  Always...Patsy Cline, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

ACTORS EQUITY SHOWCASE: A Streetcar Named Desire

COMMONWEAL THEATRE: Picasso at the Lapin Agile

ACTORS THEATRE OF MN: A Tuna Christmas, Fezziwig's Feast (2011, 2014, 2015), Driving Miss Daisy

JON HASSLER: The Drawer Boy

THEATRE IN THE ROUND: Measure for Measure, As Bees in Honey Drown


THEATRE L'HOMME DIEU: The Rainmaker, Last of the Red Hot Lovers

PIGS EYE THEATER: A Few Good Men, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Bring me the Head of Dominic Papatola


BLOOMINGTON CIVIC: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Gypsy, A Few Good Men, The 39 Steps, 12 Angry Men, Prisoner of Second Avenue

PIONEER PLACE ON FIFTH: Lend Me a Tenor, Forever Plaid, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Who's Tommy, A Streetcar Named Desire, Art, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Drawer Boy, The Pavilion


BRIDGE PRODUCTIONS: Tales of Horror From the Bible

UNIVERSITY OF WI - RIVER FALLS: The Good Person of Setzuan

PAUL BUNYAN PLAYHOUSE: Guys On Ice, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Forever Plaid, Gypsy, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Who's Tommy, Sherlock Holmes, Greater Tuna, Three Days of Rain, The Foreigner, Little Shop of Horrors, The Pavilion, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Wait Until Dark

PIGS EYE THEATER: The Big Slam, Bring Me the Head of Dominic Papatola


FIFTY FOOT PENGUIN: Loot, Separation, The President Once Removed, American Buffalo, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Elephant Man, Criminal Genius, The Great Americ'n Play

DIRECTORS THEATER: Glengarry Glen Ross, Down the Road, Tone Clusters, Baby With the Bathwater

BA - Augsburg College - Theatre Arts and English

Graduate - National Shakespeare Conservatory Program

Extensive producing and marketing credits Over 200 professional productions in the Twin Cities and Greater MN


Streetcar Named Desire named "Best Play, Small Theaters" - Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2005
The Quick and the Red named to City Pages Top Ten Shows of 2003
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof named to Top Ten Shows of 2001 in Star Tribune, Pioneer Press & City Pages

"Curtis is a force in the Twin Cities" -- Star Tribune
"One of the area's most talented directors." -- KFAI Radio
"Curtis is staging some of the more rousing theater in the Twin Cities." -- City Pages
"Artists like Zach Curtis are are churning out top-flight work that is as good or better than what you would find in any city in the United States." mnartists.org

2015 - Best Actor in the Twin Cities - City Pages - The Whale

2008 - Lavender Magazine "Remarkable Performances" - Metamorphoses
2006 - City Pages "Great Performances" - Requiem for a Heavyweight
2005 - IVEY Award - Stacia Rice, A Streetcar Named Desire (director)
2005 - Star Tribune - Best Show of the Year - A Streetcar Named Desire (director)
2002 - City Pages "Best Independent Theater" - Fifty Foot Penguin
2002 - Star Tribune and Pioneer Press - "Top Ten Shows of the Year" - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (director)
2002 - City Pages "Best Actress of the Year" - Stacia Rice, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (director)
1999 - City Pages "Best Actress of the Year" - Jodi Kellogg, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (director)

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