Dr Peter Zazzali


Dr Peter Zazzali

Programme Leader, BA(Hons) Acting & Senior Lecturer

●    PhD (Theatre Studies), The CUNY Graduate Center, USA
●    MFA (Acting), University of Delaware, USA
●    BFA, California Institute of the Arts, USA

Dr. Peter Zazzali is a trainer, director and scholar whose work is internationally recognised.

Prior to joining LASALLE, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Kansas, where he also served as Associate Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance and Artistic Director of the Kansas Repertory Theatre. 

Peter has acted, directed and taught throughout the world. His credits include the Western Australian Academy for the Performing Arts, Queensland University of Technology, Actors Repertory Theatre Luxembourg, National Theatre School of Ireland and a wide range of institutions in the US.

In 2019, he was a Fulbright Scholar at New Zealand’s national drama school (Toi Whakaari). His research on actor training has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as American Theatre, Theatre Journal, Journal of American Drama and Theatre and Theatre Topics among others. His book Acting in the Academy: The History of Professional Actor Training in US Higher Education (Routledge 2016) has received high praise, with Theatre Topics branding it “a critical contribution to ongoing discourse on the role, structure and purpose of actor training programs located within US academic institutions.” His sequel, Actor Training in Anglophone Countries: Past, Present, and Future, will be released in 2021.

Watch Peter's conversation series Actor training in the 21st century: a global perspective here.

  • Actor Training in Anglophone Countries: Past, Present, and Future (London: Routledge) (forthcoming 2021).
  • Consciousness and Brechtian Acting: Defamiliarizing the Self, in Philosophizing Brecht: Critical Readings on Art, Consciousness, Social Theory, and Performance (Norm Roessler and Anthony Squiers eds. Amsterdam: Brill) (2019).  
  • The Entrepreneurial Actor: A Study of Training Programs in Anglophone Countries Worldwide, in New Directions in Teaching Theatre Arts  (Anne Fliotsos and Gail Medford eds.  New York: Palgrave) (2018).
  • Acting in the Academy: The History of Professional Actor Training in US Higher Education (London: Routledge) (2016).  
  • A Case Study of Directorial Courage: An Iranian Director’s Subversive Production of Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba in SDC Journal Peer-Reviewed Section (Winter/Spring 2017): 35-40 (co-authored).  
  • Trying to Understand Waiting for Godot: An Adornian Analysis of Beckett’s Signature Work in The European Legacy 18.6 (September 2016): 694-704.
  • Star Struck!: The Phenomenological Affect of Celebrity on Broadway in Journal of American Drama and Theatre 28. 1 (January 2016).
  • Toward Revising Undergraduate Theatre Education in Theatre Topics 25.3 (Fall 2015): 261-76 (co-authored).    
  • Special Issue on Performance and Consciousness in Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 29.2 (July 2015).
  • Special Issue on the Legacy of Theodor Adorno in The European Legacy 18.6 (September 2016).
  • Research and Practice

    Creative Work Directing (selected)

    • The Taming of the Shrew, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Perth, AU), August 2019
    • Love and Information, New Zealand National Drama School, Toi Whakaari (Wellington, NZ), June 2019.
    • By the Light (premiere), New Jersey Repertory Theatre, October 2018
    • The Legend of Georgia McBride. Kansas Repertory Theatre, July 2018.
    • The Mascot (premiere). The Living Room Theatre (KC, MO), March 2018. 
    • The Motherf*cker with the Hat. Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, AU), June 2017.  
    • Pooter McGraw Is Not Dead Party (Midwest premiere), University of Kansas, November 2016.
  • The Fever, Actors Repertory Theatre Luxembourg, October 2016.  
  • Angel Street, Kansas Repertory Theatre, July 2016. 
  • Waiting for Godot, Queensland University of Technology, June 2016.
  • Durang/Durang, Guthrie Theatre/University of Minnesota, April 2016.
  • A Doll’s House, University of Kansas, November 2015.
  • The Good Doctor, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Perth, AU), June 2015.  
  • Grace, or the Art of Climbing, Montclair St. University, February 2015.
  • Pooter McGraw Is Not Dead Party, Montclair St. University, February 2015.  
  • The Big Meal, University of Kansas, November 2014.  
  • Creative Work Acting (selected)

    • The Guys, Actors Repertory Theatre Luxembourg, May/June 2018.
    • And Then There Were None, Kansas City Actors Theatre, August 2017.
    • The Jacksonian (selections), William Inge Festival, April 2017.  


    Research Interests
    • Actor Training; Theories of Acting and Directing; Sociology of Theory; Cultural Studies.