Title: Associate Professor
Company: Rollins College
Location: Altamonte Springs, Florida, United States
Eric J. Zivot, Associate Professor at Rollins College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in performing arts education.
Mr. Zivot has been an associate professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida since 2004. He is also an associate artist with the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, a position he has held since 2005. Since 2011, he has been the resident director and an actor for Mad Cow Theater in Orlando, Florida. Previously, he was a division training head for the American Conservatory Theater. He is also the owner and founder of Gymnasia Theatrica.
Mr. Zivot completed the professional actor training program at Southern Methodist University in 1984 and subsequently earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the same. He continued his education at the American Conservatory Theater, earning a Master of Fine Arts in acting in 1994. He attributes his career success to the support he received from his family. He became a child actor at age six because he always knew that performance appealed to him.
An active performer and writer, Mr. Zivot has appeared in roles in “The Biggest Game in Town,” “JAG,” “Babylon 5” and “Sunset Beach.” He is the author of “Triune Brain Method,” a book published in 2016. He was given honorary citizenship status through the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois in 1986 and is a recipient of a Governor General’s Academic Medal, an honor received the same year. He has previously received two Ten Best awards, one for teaching in a liberal studies program and one for performing. His areas of expertise include contemporary and classical theater styles, actor training and speech mechanics.
Mr. Zivot maintains membership and active roles with several groups, including the American Conservatory Theater, the Association of Theater Movement Educators and the English-Speaking Union. He is a founding member and senior mentor for the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. He plans to continue mentoring actors, writing and performing in the coming years. He hopes to develop his own summer training program and travel the country, bringing his acting methods and what he’s learned to others.
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