Victor J Talmadge Curriculum Vitae
THS 004: Acting Fundamentals
THS 164: History of Theater
Victor Talmadge is an educator, actor, playwright and director. He is currently Visiting Professor and Director of the Theater Studies Program at Mills College. Most recently he was Interim Chair of the Performing Arts Department and Faculty Professor of Acting at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. He has taught acting/playwriting for Johns Hopkins University, New York University and served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the City University of New York. As an actor he has performed in over 100 professional classical and contemporary plays on the New York stage and in regional theaters throughout the country. Recently he played Iago to critical acclaim at Shakespeare Santa Cruz. He worked on Broadway in the world premiere of David Mamet's, November. He played “The King” in the Tony Award winning production of the Broadway National tour of The King and I for which he received the Bay Area Theater Critics Award, and was seen as Scar in the Los Angeles production of The Lion King. Victor Talmadge boasts extensive film and television credits, as well. Some of the actors and directors he has worked with include, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Ed Harris, Gene Hackman, Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, David Fincher and Michael Apted. As a playwright, his play, The Gate Of Heaven, was awarded The Nakashima Peace Prize. It was the first live theater to be produced at The U.S. Holocaust Memorial and has been subsequently performed at The Old Globe Theater, Fords Theater, and The Annenberg Center, as well as various venues around the country. It has been taught at NYU, Tufts, and UC Berkeley. He has served as a Trial Consultant for the international litigation firm of Latham and Watkins. As a director, Mr. Talmadge has presented both experimental and classical pieces. His directing work has been seen on both coasts. Among his many directing credits at SFUAD, he has created two new documentary theater pieces. He was the artistic director of THE VICTORY PROJECT, a multicultural, collaborative event with Columbia University MFA Graduate Theater students, the NYC school system, and professional theater artists, created as a response to the tragedy of 9/11 and was commissioned by The Oakland School for the Arts to create and direct a documentary theater piece on the descendents of The Black Panther Movement.