Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

LOCAL Q&A: Adam Miller

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

LOCAL Q&A: Adam Miller

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This week we're talking with Adam Miller, managing director of Theatre Tuscaloosa, who drives much of the off-stage dirty work that keeps the community's largest performing arts organization running.

Q:Who are you? What do you do?

A:Adam Miller, managing director. At my job, I am responsible for the business operations of Theatre Tuscaloosa, including (but not limited to) marketing, publicity, personnel, contracts, fundraising, budgeting, board relations, government relations, audience services/ ticket office, etc. Additionally, I teach theater appreciation within Shelton's Fine Arts Division. I also enjoy the odd turn on the stage and have recently forayed into directing ("The Dixie Swim Club," fall 2012). I'm also a member of the board of directors of the American Advertising Federation of Tuscaloosa. At home, I am husband to Paige Miller and father to my two boys: Kai, 9, and Quinn, 3. Our family is also very active with University Presbyterian Church, where I am an elder and my wife is a deacon.

Q:Where are you from? What brought you to or keeps you in Tuscaloosa?

A:This is always a hard question for me to answer, as my family was quite migratory during my childhood. I was born on Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico. When I was 2 years old, we moved to El Paso, Texas. Later we moved to San Antonio. Before fifth grade, we moved to Lewisville, Texas (where I appeared in my first play, "Damn Yankees," with Lewisville Little Theatre), and before seventh, we moved to Corinth, Texas. Before ninth grade, we moved to Huntsville, Ala., where I attended high school at Virgil I. Grissom High School. Initially, a Presidential Scholarship brought me to Tuscaloosa as a college freshman at (the University of Alabama). I majored in telecommunication and film and minored in theatre, appearing in a variety of UA productions. During my junior year, I met Paige Miller, and we were married right after graduation in 1997. We immediately moved to Knoxville, Tenn., where she had a job with (the University of Tennessee), and I worked at the Bijou Theatre Centre doing touring children's theater. UA roped me back in for grad school in 1999 as I pursued my MFA in theatre management/arts administration, which meant a 15-month internship at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery. My first job out of grad school was at LSU, where I served as the director of marketing and public relations for its Department of Theatre and Swine Palace Productions, a small professional theater housed at LSU. In late 2004, we moved back to Tuscaloosa. We'd had our first son, Kai, and were longing for our church and friends in Tuscaloosa. My wife got a great job offer, and back we came. I worked at UA for 51/2 years, most at the College of Continuing Studies, before the opportunity to serve at Shelton State and Theatre Tuscaloosa came along.

What keeps us here is our long-time friends (who we consider to be extended family) and our church. We've now lived in Tuscaloosa more years than anywhere else, and although we have no family here, it just feels like home to us.

Q:What do you tell people or friends who've never been here about living in Tuscaloosa?

A:Tuscaloosa has a lot of charm, a thriving arts community, and while our bread and butter is Alabama football, we're that and a whole lot more.

Q:Where are the top places you take visitors and why?

A:It all depends on the age range and interest of our guests. If they have kids, we go to the Children's Hands-on Museum or to Tuscaloosa Children's Theatre, if they're running a show. …

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