Ashland University Theatre Professor Has Role in Feature Film
Ashland University students receive hands-on instruction from professors who are experienced and knowledgeable in their fields of study. An example of this is Fabio Polanco, assistant professor of theatre, who is appearing in theatres nationwide in the feature film, “The Next Three Days,” written and directed by Academy Award winner Paul Haggis and starring Academy Award winner Russell Crowe as well as Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde and Brian Dennehy. The movie is a remake of the 2008 French film “Pour Elle.”
Polanco said most of the film, as well as his role in the movie, was shot in Pittsburgh. In the movie, Polanco plays a telephone line repairman who actually repairs Russell Crowe’s telephone line.
While it is a small role, Polanco said he is very excited about it because it is his first feature film role. “It was the only thing I have not done,” he said.
Polanco also is very excited about being in a film with Russell Crowe and noted that he is very impressed by Haggis. “The script (written by Haggis) is phenomenal,” he said.
Like many of the Ashland University faculty members, Polanco has a very impressive background.
Polanco also has made numerous network television and radio appearances, including roles on “Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns,” and is currently appearing in a nationwide public service announcement for the American Diabetes Association. He received his MFA in acting from Case Western Reserve University and his bachelor of arts in sociology from Temple University. His research interests include acting, music theatre and Shakespeare performance.
As an actor, he recently completed the roles of “Rev. Billy Hightower" in "Bat Boy: The Musical" and "Snout" in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Great Lakes Theatre Festival in Cleveland and Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise and “Thenardier” in the Broadway national tour of “Les Miserables.”
In 2004, Polanco directed the Midwest premiere of Elizabeth Swados’ “Missionaries,” for which he was a finalist for Northern Ohio Live! Magazine’s Award of Achievement in Theatre. Other directing credits include: "Dead Man Walking", "Anyone Can Whistle”; “Cloud Tectonics”; “True West”; “Jesus Christ Superstar”; “All in the Timing”; “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”; “Sweeney Todd”; and “Waiting for Lefty.”
Other national credits include “Missionaries” at Brooklyn Academy of Music, directed by Elizabeth Swados and starring Josie DeGuzman; “Ludovico Marsili” in the U.S. premiere of David Hare’s adaptation of Brecht’s “The Life of Galileo,” directed by Mark Wing-Davey at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California; the first performance of Arthur Miller’s last play, “Resurrection Blues,” at The Signature Theatre Company; “Willie and Rupert” at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center; “A Christmas Carol” at McCarter Theatre directed by Scott Ellis; “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” at Idaho Shakespeare Festival; “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and “A Little Night Music” at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; “A Christmas Carol” and “A Little Night Music” at Great Lakes Theatre Festival; “The Grapes of Wrath” and “A Grand Night for Singing” at Cleveland Play House; “A Little Night Music” with Donna McKechnie at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; “The Tempest,” “Man of La Mancha” and “Twelve Angry Men” at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre; “Nine” at Cain Park; “The Fantasticks” at Porthouse Theatre; “Sunday in the Park with George” at Arden Theatre Company; and the U.S. premiere of “Domino Heart” at Dobama Theatre.