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