Alumnus Zak Stevenson has more than 20 years of experience in the field of technical production. He has provided technical direction and taught technical theatre courses at Southern Utah University, UNC Greensboro and Alma College—and at UNCSA since 2008. Professionally, he has worked for numerous companies including the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
Teaching is an extension of doing what I enjoy. Each content area challenges me to engage the students with the relevancy; to not just comprehend the lesson but to engage with it, find application for it, and incorporate it into their personal skills toolkit.
Mr. Stevenson has a unique ability to use the creative side of his brain and blend those creative insights in the more practical applications. His passion for the best quality work is unlike any other. He is extremely meticulous in his answers of his students’ questions and always encourages his students to go deeper with the questions they have asked… Since the moment that I stepped into our program, he has been an influential force in my education.
- Technical director for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, 2004-12
- Technical coordinator for Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festivals, 2007 and 2008
- Established guidelines for the first region VIII award for Student Technical Director, 2007
Awards, Recognitions and Honors
- UNCSA Excellence in Teaching Award, 2017
- International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), Local 635 (Winston-Salem, N.C.); served as call steward for Local 274 (Lansing, Mich.) and Local 635
- ETCP certified rigger (arena); actively rigs with Locals 635 and 574 (Greensboro, N.C.) and Local 322 (Charlotte, N.C.)
- American Welding Society (AWS)
- American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
M.F.A. Technical DirectionUNC School of the Arts
B.F.A. DirectingCentral Michigan University