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Research Areas

Stage Management, Musical Theatre, Producing

Contact Information
Department of Theatre & Dance
UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive MC0344
La Jolla, CA 92093-0112
Phone: (858) 534-3791
Fax: (858) 534-1080
Email: sadler@ucsd.edu
  Steven Adler
Emeritus Stage Management Faculty


MFA, Pennsylvania State University


Steven Adler retired from UC San Diego in 2016, after 29 years on the faculty, the last twelve of which were spent as provost of Earl Warren College. In his professional career, he stage managed the Broadway productions of Dance a Little Closer, Camelot with Richard Harris, and the Tony Award-winning Big River. He stage managed numerous national tours and productions at leading Off-Broadway theatres, including Manhattan Theater Club, CSC, and the original cast of Forbidden Broadway. At La Jolla Playhouse, he served as production stage manager for the musicals 80 Days and Elmer Gantry, as well as Macbeth, Dogeaters, Sweet Bird of Youth, Wintertime, the original cast of the Tectonic Theater Project's groundbreaking production of The Laramie Project, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Berkeley Rep co-production of David Edgar's two-part political cycle Continental Divide. He was awarded a Japan Fellowship by the Asian Cultural Council and a UC Pacific Rim Fellowship for research management processes at Japanese theatre companies. For the department, he directed productions of The Good Woman of Setzuan, Sleeping Nightie, Balm in Gilead, A Flea in Her Ear, The Seagull, Chicago, The Servant of Two Masters, and 5th of July. He is the author of two books, Rough Magic: Making Theatre at the Royal Shakespeare Company and On Broadway: Art and Commerce on the Great White Way, both published by Southern Illinois University Press, and a chapter called “Box Office” for the Oxford Handbook of the American Musical, published by Oxford University Press. He is writing a chapter on the changing landscape of producing musicals for a new Routledge Press anthology on post-1970s musical and is researching a new book on the history of La Jolla Playhouse. He intends to stay involved in teaching for the department with classes in American musical theatre, the history of directing, and the films of Woody Allen.

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