What’s your deal? Who are you and what’s your story?

My name is Adam P. Blais and I am a Maine-based Director, Choreographer, and Educator. My professional relationship with the Theater at Monmouth began in 2012, and I am humbled and delighted to be helming their 2018 production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance.

What most excites you about in taking on this directing opportunity at TAM?

One of my earliest theatrical memories, was attending a student matinee of Non-Stop Aesop in 1997 right here at Theater at Monmouth. I was mesmerized by both the space and the performances, and am always honored to return to those roots and continue the tradition of bringing live theatre to Cumston Hall.  I am equally excited to revisit and reconceive The Pirates of Penzance for TAM, having previously worked on a production during my undergraduate career at The University of Maine.

Why Classic Theatre?

As an artist living and working in 2018, it is always a tremendous opportunity to be able to examine and celebrate the work of the early playwrights and composers who helped shape today’s theatrical landscape. Through their tenacity, courage, and creativity, we as present day artists have been granted the opportunity to make the boldest of choices, limiting us only by our imaginations.

Who is your role model, and why?

My role model is not limited to any one person, but rather to anyone who has ever encouraged me to color outside of the lines, and to view the world through a different lens.

You can have dinner with any three powerful women in history. Who would you choose and why?

Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres, and Celine Dion.  While I so desperately wanted to come up with a list that did not scream “millennial,” I kept coming back to these three women. Not solely for their body of work, but for the manner in which they conduct themselves both personally and professionally. They are intelligent, thoughtful, and exceptional role models.

What is your super power?

Multitasking. I possess an uncanny ability to be able to complete an astronomical amount of work in a short period of time.

Describe yourself in three alliterative words. 

Fervid, Focused, and Farcical