Jack Sharrar is Director of Academic Affairs for the American Conservatory Theater, where he teaches in the M.F.A. program and received the Managing Director's Award for 2003. He has served as a theater panelist for the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts, has taught both university and secondary theater arts for over 30 years, and is a member of Actors' Equity and the Screen Actors Guild. His performance credits include roles at Michigan Repertory Theater, Mountainside Theater, the BoarsHead Theatre, Theatre 40, Pioneer Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theater studios, numerous media roles, and direction of over 50 plays and musicals. He is author of Avery Hopwood, His Life and Plays (UMI Press); contributor to Oxford University Press's The American National Biography, and The Gay and Lesbian Theatrical Heritage: A Biographical Dictionary of Major Figures in American Stage History in the Pre-Stonewall Era (UMI Press); co-editor (with Craig Slaight) of numerous award-winning volumes of scenes and monologues for young actors published by Smith & Kraus, and Up In Avery's Room, a play. His play The Debutante is published with Playscripts, Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and holds a Ph.D. in theater history and dramatic literature from the University of Utah.