“For me I would get so bored if I didn’t do a bit of everything” says School of Theatre student Zach Kaufer.
He recently was assistant director for the School of Theatre show Wedding Band, created and runs the theatre group Slanderous Tongues and was most recently in the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in Simi Valley, CA, in addition to being a full time student. I met with Zach to ask him about Chitty as well as the many other projects he is involved with.
He started last semester as assistant director to Gregg Daniels for the show Wedding Band (voted as the students’ second favorite show this semester). A few weeks afterWedding Band closed, Chitty opened. Performances for Chitty ran Friday through Sunday, leaving weeknights free for Zach to direct for the Shakespeare Company.
Slanderous Tongues Theater is an “outlet, for people to experience, work on and study Shakespeare.” As a result of the overwhelming number of students that auditioned for last semesters, Much Ado About Nothing, the Slanderous Tongues Board decided to create a Shakespeare Company this semester to bridge the gap for the students “who kind of know Shakespeare but weren’t quite ready for a full length production.” Six scenes from different Shakespeare works were chosen along with six different directors. Each group worked on their scene for the entire semester and performed their scene during the last week of classes.
Zach is assistant directing James Joyce’s The Dead and directing Speech and Debate by Stephen Karam opening the last week of classes. Slanderous Tongues is producing An Importance of Being Earnest written by Oscar Wilde in addition to the Shakespeare Company. Please check the audition board in the Drama Center for the date and times of auditions.
*Article originally posted here