L. Dean Adams


Associate Professor, Artistic Director and Coordinator of Recruitment and Advisement


Dean Adams holds an M.F.A in Directing from Florida State University, an M.A. in Communications and Theatre from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. in Drama and English from Tufts University. He has been a teacher for 30 years, and brings an impressive array of professional directing, design, and stage management experience to KSU. He is the Founding Artistic Director of the Connecticut Theater Festival in Simsbury, Connecticut, where he's directed productions including Love's Labour's Lost, Scapino!, and Private Eyes. While at KSU he has directed such diverse productions as Lysistrata, Bat Boy, and Fuddy Meers. Other academic directorial credits have included productions of Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (Rollins College) and The Music Man (Florida State University). As director of theatre at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor Connecticut, he directed and designed a touring production of Once Upon a Mattress, the first musical ever to tour the People's Republic of China (chronicled in the PBS documentary Beyond the Wall) in 1987. Professional design credits have included scenery for Bus Stop and Forever Plaid; and scenery/lights for Vanities, Chekhov's The Sneeze, and Beyond the Fringe (Centennial Theater Festival).


As a producer and director, Dean has collaborated with such internationally known artists as Theodore Bikel, Savion Glover, David Parsons, Moses Pendleton, James Laughton, Spaulding Gray, Lake Bell, Phillip Kerr, and Alley Mills. He has presented or co-produced productions with Hartford Stage, Parsons Dance Company, Momix, Pilobolus, Cirque de la Symphonie, The Nutmeg Ballet, Hartford Symphony, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The National Theatre of the Deaf, The Dukes of Dixieland, ODC Dance/San Francisco, Chanticleer, Emerson String Quartet, and Spectrum Dance Theater.

In addition to his duties as Artistic Director of the KSU Department of Theatre, Performance Studies and Dance, Dean is the coordinator of the musical theatre program and oversees the departmental programs in recruiting and advising. He teaches a wide variety of courses, from play analysis to acting for the camera. He believes in the liberal arts notion that students should study all areas of theatre practice, theory, and skills in addition to embracing a wide swath of literature, culture, and art.


Dean is the recipient of the College of the Arts Distinguished Teaching Award (2009) and the Distinguished Service Award (2007), and he is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Actor’s Equity Association, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Entertainment.


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