Steve Schroer (Producing Artistic Director)
In 2002 Steve Schroer founded Hardcover Theater; today he continues to serve as its artistic director. For Hardcover he has created eighteen shows, and co-written and/or co-directed four others, many based on works of literature never before adapted for the stage. As a very young man, Steve founded the first official student theater program at the University of Chicago; by the time he left, the program was producing more than forty shows a year. While in Chicago, he also founded a small professional theater company and served as general editor of Chicago Review, a nationally distributed literary magazine. Since moving to the Twin Cities, Steve has taught theater, film, literature, writing, and history at the Guthrie Theater, the Children’s Theatre, the Playwrights’ Center, the University of Minnesota, Concordia University, Cardinal Stritch University, and Northwestern Health Sciences University. Between Chicago and the Twin Cities, he has directed around fifty shows (including comedy revues, an opera, and plays by Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, and Boris Vian) and produced more than two hundred. Steve’s educational background includes both a B.A. and an M.A. in English literature. He was named one of City Pages’ Artists of the Year for 2007. Email.
John Adler (Resident Scenic Designer)
John has done tech and design for various Twin Cities theater companies, including scenery for Tom and Viv and Greek (Theatre Exchange) and lights for The Robber Bridegroom (Theatre in the Round). Among his Hardcover Theater credits are technical direction and scenic design for The Savage Joy of Breaking Things, Dr. Ox’s Experiment, Behind a Mask, and The Sea-Wolf. John is also an actor who has played such roles as Salieri in Amadeus, the title character in The Elephant Man, and Akaky Akakievich in The Overcoat (part of Hardcover’s Gogol anthology entitled The Nose).