Assistant Professor - Movement and Stage Combat
M.F.A. Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University
B.A. Drama from Thomas More College
Adam McLean is a director, fight director, theatre educator and a life-long musician specializing in long distance musical collaborative projects (adammclean.bandcamp.com).
Adam's fight direction has been seen at Capital Repertory Theatre, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.), Company One, The Actor's Shakespeare Project, Shakespeare Now!, The Nora Theatre, MetroWest Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative and Opera Boston. In addition Adam's fight direction has been seen at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and the Boston Conservatory.
As a director, Adam had the pleasure of directing Jose Rivera's MARISOL while teaching Acting and Movement full time at Boston Arts Academy the city's only public high school for the Visual and Performing Arts. He also directed David Lindsay-Abaire's RABBIT HOLE for Newton South Summer Stage and Jose Rivera's GIANTS HAVE US IN THEIR BOOKS. In addition, Adam directed Henry Purcell's DIDO AND AENEAS and Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE for Boston's Metro West Opera.
Adam has taught Movement, Acting and/or Stage Combat at Emerson College, Boston University, the Opera Institute, the New England Conservatory, the Boston Conservatory and was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Acting and Stage Combat at Florida State University. In addition, he has taught at the National Stage Combat Workshops in Las Vegas and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Adam has also had the pleasure to teach Acting and Stage Combat at the Boston University Summer Theatre Institute (BUSTI) and the Emerson College Pre-College Acting Studio Summer Program. He had the honor of performing in Carol Churchill's MAD FOREST at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, Romania where he later returned to teach Stage Combat.
Adam continues to study the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique with the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA) under such teachers as Lenard Petit, Ragnar Freidank, Ted Pugh, Joanna Merlin and Jessica Cerullo. He is a proud Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD). Adam holds a BA Drama from Thomas More College. He also earned an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University. Adam also held a Black Sash/Teaching Certification in Wing Chun from Sifu Scott Elliott at the AFS Academy.