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Big Thanks to a Hangar Great

Jan 13th, 2023


Big Thanks to a Hangar Great:

A Tribute to Production Manager Adam Zonder


As our Production Manager of 28 years (!), Adam Zonder, moves on to explore new horizons, we bid him a very fond farewell, and wish to express our deep gratitude for his many years of service to the Hangar. Adam has been an essential part of the Hangar’s history: his steady guidance, meticulous organization, and love of theatre have been a propelling force for the Hangar as it evolved into the exceptional professional theatre it is today.


Adam is sometimes a man of few words. We wanted to send him off with as many of his own words as possible–so we engaged with him for a final Hangar Q&A.


How did you come to work at the Hangar?

In 1996, while in graduate school, I applied to be the Technical Director (TD) for the summer season. After interviewing with the Production Manager, Stephen Spoonamore, I was offered the job. This was also Bob Moss’s last summer as the Artistic Director. The following winter, I applied to be the Production Manager and after interviewing with both Jerry Smith, Managing Director, and Mark Ramont, Artistic Director, I got the job. For the next couple of summers it was pure happenstance that I ended up being available for the summer season. After that, I specifically took work allowing me to return each summer.


What has been your favorite part of the job?

The sheer variety of events/shows has always been one of my favorite parts, from the Wedge to KIDDSTUFF to Mainstage, and more recently concerts, lectures, parties. [Also] seeing the places and positions that former apprentices, interns, and fellows have achieved/attained after having participated in the Hangar’s various training programs especially those from the Stage Management and Design programs. 


What do you find most challenging?

Navigating the ups and downs of a non-profit especially related to budget while balancing the volume and quality of the work.


Favorite Hangar productions?

Musicals: Hair, Next to Normal, Kinky Boots, Great Comet

Non-Musicals: Bach at Leipzig, As You Like It, Red, Talley’s Folly 





Kinky Boots


Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812


What shows do you wish we'd been able to do during your time at the Hangar?

Musicals: Chess, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens

Non-Musicals: Copenhagen, A Walk in the Woods, Death of a Salesman


Adam Zonder at the Hangar, by the Numbers:

27 seasons =

857 unique members of the tech staff

239 single day rental events

169 Wedge Productions

151 KIDDSTUFF Productions

137 Mainstage Productions

128 Design Fellows/Apprentices

101 Drama League Directing Fellows

59 multi-day rental events

50 Mainstage Costume Designers

49 Other HTC shows/events

49 Mainstage Directors

45 Mainstage Set Designers

44 Mainstage Lighting Designers

34 Mainstage Sound Designers

8 Artistic Directors

5 Mainstage Projection Designers

3 Admin Offices

2 outdoor performance space designs

1 multi-million dollar renovation


And a tribute to Adam Zonder would not be complete without mentioning his sweet sidekick, Shoeshine Zonder. Shine has been a welcome presence at the theatre, always ready for a sniff, a treat, or a walk around the grounds.


Thank you Adam and Shine, for the joy, artistry, and vision you brought to the Hangar Theatre!


If you haven’t already–check out Adam’s incredible “In Good Spirits” interview series on the Hangar's YouTube page for discussions with a diverse range of designers, stage managers, technicians and other theatre professionals from past Hangar seasons.


Photos by Rachel Philipson Photography and Design.



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Saturday, 2/18 @ 10 AM & noon





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  • General Manager
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Upcoming Events


Ithaca Ballet Presents:

WinterDance 2023


February 11, 2023

7:30 PM


An evening of contemporary and innovative dance and choreography.





KIDDSTUFF: Red Riding Hood


Thursday, 2/16 @ 9:45 AM

Friday, 2/17 @ 9:30 AM

Saturday, 2/18 @ 10 AM & noon





DSP Shows Presents:

Tab Benoit w/Special Guest JD Simo


February 19, 2023

8:00 PM


Ticketing inquiries should be directed to DSP Shows by email at or by phone at 607-280-2900. 





Winter Break-a-Leg classes return in February! 


Who: 3rd to 6th Graders


When: Feb 20-24, 2023 from 9 AM - 3 PM

Program Fee: $330/week (need-based scholarships are available)





DSP Shows:

James McMurtry


March 19, 2023

8:00 PM


Ticketing inquiries should be directed to DSP Shows by email at or by phone at 607-280-2900. 








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