Jordan College of the Arts
Department of Theatre

Visiting Alumni

Zan Sawyer-Dailey '72

Zan1This fall, we welcomed Zan Sawyer-Dailey, Associate Director of the Actors Theatre of Louisville, as our Butler Theatre Honored Alum. Zan led a terrific audition workshop for our current students and alums and spoke eloquently at the JCFA alumni dinner.

As Associate Director at Actors, Ms. Sawyer-Dailey overseas the operation of the artistic side of Actors Theatre, a theatre that produces 25 shows annually, has a $9 million budget, 65 full time staff and over-hire staff that reaches 250. Her long list of wide-ranging duties includes casting and she sees over 1500 auditions annually. She is the Master Acting Teacher for the Apprentice Training Program, one of the premiere acting internship programs in the country. Zan2

Zan has worked in management, teaching and directing positions at a host of impressive organizations across the country, including the Brooklyn Museum, American Conservatory Theatre, the Alley Theatre, Cornell University, Florida State, Bellarmine University, and the University of Louisville.

She has her MFA in arts administration from Florida State and her BA in Theatre Arts and Speech Communication from Butler. It is no surprise that Zan was on a full academic scholarship during her undergraduate years at Butler. She regularly made the dean's list, was a teaching assistant in Lighting Design and Production Management, and received the Outstanding Student Leader award during both her junior and senior years.

Zan3We are proud to claim Zan Sawyer-Dailey as one of our brightest stars. Thank you, Zan, for visiting us!!