Teacher, writer/editor, lyricist, songwriter
Work and Creative Background
Adam currently teaches International Baccalaureate English Language and Literature and MYP English in Erlangen, Germany. His spare time is spent as a political news junkie, raising his two sons, running the school's Bluegreen Club, and composing, recording, and rarely (these days) performing his original songs. And writing about himself in the third person. While his life story is hardly worthy of its own page on the Internets, there are a few reasons to make it available, so here it is.
SUMMARY: MEDIA, ARTS, EDUCATION
After a childhood chiefly in Evanston and Charlottesville, then college, he returned to Chicago to begin a career in film production and editing while playing in coffeehouses and attending for several years the New Tuners Musical Theatre Workshop, primarily as a lyricist; his work was selected for two showcases. He also worked as a freelance editor/writer, often of textbooks, and eventually took on the role of three-time executive editor of a free annual Earth Day guide with a distribution across Chicagoland. Other roles in that period included puppeteer with the Hystopolis Children's Puppet Theatre. Eventually he found his way into the then-cutting-edge world of children's software (starting with videodiscs!) at Britannica in Chicago and then in Seattle as an educational CD-ROM producer for Midisoft and Edmark.
After various triumphs and travails, he worked as a technical editor for Microsoft Interface magazine before being accepted to the prestigious Musical Theatre Writing graduate program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, earning his MFA in Writing for the Musical Theatre. Subsequently he joined the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop as a lyricist. He had several readings of short musical projects, but practical considerations intervened in this artistic life, as they do.
He soon found himself on a new path, pulling together the media, arts and education strands of the above, working as a substitute teacher and teaching artist in the South Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan, presenting classes in drama, playwriting, and other subjects. Meanwhile, he met his soon-to-be wife, whom he subsequently joined in teaching the MYP and IB at an international school in Berlin, then in southern Wales at the highly respected UWC Atlantic College, housed in famed St. Donat's Castle on the Bristol Channel. At this school he was also heavily involved in pastoral care and additionally founded two very active environmental clubs. The couple subsequently took their teaching back to Germany, where he has continued recording his music and meantime is becoming increasingly re-involved in social and environmental causes.
A NOTE ON ENVIRONMENTALISM
Adam became heavily involved in the Earth Day organization in Chicago in the 1990s, serving as volunteer and then member of the Executive Committee for over five years all told, and as executive editor of their annual environmental guide, Resources, for three of those years. The free magazine was a Chicago Tribune insert in 1993, and reached a distribution of 300,000 in the Chicago area. Much more recently, he founded and advised two extremely active green clubs at UWC Atlantic College in Wales, the Environmental Action Team (EAT) and Environmental Campaigns Team (ECT). These groups spearheaded a series of activities at the school, from a massive clothing swap to various waste reduction and issue awareness campaigns. He also organized and led a student trip to the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth. At his current school he has founded the Bluegreen Environmental Action Club, following the successful model of the EAT and ECT. He also volunteers for microfinancing pioneer Kiva.org as an editor.
EDUCATION AND WORKSHOPS
MFA: Musical Theatre Writing, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop (NYC)
New Tuners Musical Theatre (Chicago)
READINGS AND PROJECTS
Farmer Eli's Vacation - one-act adaptation of an 1895 story by Alice Brown (collaborator: Ben Cohn)
The Dance of Salome - full-length theatrical rock concert (collaborator: James Marler)
The Big Kahuna - one-act "mor(e)ality play" (collaborator: Brad Aspel).
Sweat of My Brow - poem selected to be read on National Public Radio's The Next Big Thing, 2002, by the poetry editor of the New Yorker Magazine.
America's Sweetheart - mini-musical selected for New Tuners one-act festival at
The Theater Building (collaborators: Chris Staton and Jim Stevens)
Let the Buyer Beware - original song, featured in a New Tuners songwriting
Who's That Bear - theme song for an animated pilot, Bear #13
Performances at Earth Day festival 1991, 1992
More "recent" projects:
Connor's Wor - graphic novel examining the common man's role in an extraordinary universe
One Knight in the Garden of Eden - allegorical musical about Man's troubled relationship with nature
The Love Pump - romantic non-musical comedy-drama
Co-founded a creative team that had proposals for two children's television programs, "Willa Wonders" and "Sounds Like Willa," under serious consideration at Disney and Noggin (Nickelodeon) in 2003-04. You can also check out other, mostly non-musical writing tidbits here.
Various performances at coffeehouses, festivals, and around campfires in three countries, none of which are Canada.
Substantial acting experience. Various awards for acting as a youth.
A few honourable mentions from international song contests; occasionally finalist or semi-finalist. No big wins yet! See individual song pages.
Adam plays and writes with a Taylor 3/4, a lovely Seagull dreadnought, and a Model K Froggy Bottom hand-crafted jumbo (mahogany and Englemann spruce). Lately he has been experimenting with Garageband using an iRig 37 Pro midi controller; the results can be heard in recent demos including The Falls, Just What It Means, Dark Bird, The Road to Catatonia and Take My Heart.
Member of ASCAP; when in the U.S., member of the The Dramatists Guild and the National Association for Media Literacy Education.
This site is all about me. Me, me, me.
This is a by-product of a site intended to serve mainly as a portfolio.
For a (somewhat) less self-centered site, watch for the rebirth of silly sister-site www.haywire.net.
I'm much more like I am now than I used to be.