Jack Zerbe began working in the theatre more than 35 years ago. During that time he has served as a musical director, an actor and director, a teacher, and finally, an administrator of higher education. His stage work includes conducting the orchestra for productions of 1776, Ernest in Love, New Girl in Town, Applause, She Loves Me, Anything Goes, and Oklahoma. As an actor, he appeared primarily at Shakespeare festivals in Chicago, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and Lake Tahoe. His work as a director has graced the stages of Indiana’s Brown County Playhouse, Chicago’s Free Shakespeare Company, and most notably Shakespeare Santa Cruz, where he also ran their intern program. While on the faculty at Guilford College, he directed more than 30 productions and taught a wide range of subjects including acting, directing, theatre history and literature, and cinema. He is a former director of study abroad and international education, and has traveled to over 25 countries world-wide. He currently serves as UNO's first director of the School of the Arts. Jack holds degrees from Oberlin College, Indiana University, and the University of California at Berkeley.