Fabio Polanco

Associate Professor of Theatre
Center for the Arts
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In 2004, Fabio 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" at Baldwin-Wallace College. As an actor Fabio recently completed the roles of “Mr. Tesh” in Nikolai Gogol's "The Gamblers" with the Cleveland Museum of Art as part of their Viva and Gala series and "Thenardier" in the Broadway national tour of "Les Miserables". 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. Fabio has also made numerous network television and radio appearances, including roles on “Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns.” He received his MFA in acting from Case Western Reserve University and his B.A. in sociology from Temple University. His research interests include acting, music theatre and Shakespeare performance.


B.A., Sociology, Temple University
MFA, Acting, Case Western Reserve University

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