Scenic Design- Puppet Arts
Zach Broome is a graduate student at UConn pursuing MFA degrees in Puppetry and Scenic Design. As an undergrad, Zach studied technical theatre at Mercer University in Macon, GA. In 2004, Zach was hired as part of a team tasked with pulling Macon Little Theatre, a seventy year old institution, away from the brink of financial collapse. Under his leadership the theatre applied for grants, updated its lighting and sound systems, improved safety protocols, bolstered its network of community volunteers, and instituted practices that significantly reduced production costs and unnecessary waste. In 2021, MLT celebrated its 87th season and is the oldest continually operating theatre in the southeastern United States. In 2015, Zach moved to Connecticut to pursue an MFA degree in puppetry and later enrolled in a second degree program in scenic design. During his time at UConn, Zach has worked on a number of theatrical and puppet-related productions. He designed and built puppets for the Connecticut Repertory Theatre productions of Shrek: The Musical (2016) and She Kills Monsters (2017). In 2016 he designed puppets for, and performed in, Puppets Take the Pops— a collaboration between the UConn Puppet Arts Program and The Boston Pops symphony orchestra. Zach has performed in puppet slams across New England and has written and performed the full-length puppet productions Sheldon Explains It All (2017) and Sheldon Explains It All: Under the Sea! (2019). His scenic designs have appeared in productions in both the northeastern and southeastern US. Most recently, Zach designed the set for the debut production of Ish, a puppet show by Felicia Cooper (2021) and Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s productions of The Cherry Orchard (2019) and Evil Dead: The Musical—a production that was cancelled due to the global health crisis of 2020.