About ZADT
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Mission

Zeiders American Dream Theater believes that creativity and creative experiences are fundamental to an individual’s and community’s growth and development. Our goal is to become an integral part of the community using the arts to encourage individuals to embrace their dreams and to achieve their full potential. When the arts thrive in a community, the community thrives. We will build partnerships with other community arts organizations to provide audiences, young and old, a full range of inspiring artistic experiences. The Theater is going to provide a forum to introduce new and exceptionally gifted artists, composers, and creative writers and is going to create opportunities that encourage and support the arts and aspiring artists of all types.



Board of Directors

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Michael Zeiders, Founder and Director
The driving force behind the theater is Michael Zeiders, Founder and CEO of Zeiders Enterprises, Inc. Today, Zeiders Enterprises employs over 1,000 professionals nationwide, including 200 in Hampton Roads. Services include family counseling, personal financial management, spouse employment and career transition. Zeiders is also the Founder and Chairman of the Quality of Life Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization that supports the families of severely wound, ill or injured veterans. Mike’s experience also includes writing a musical comedy that was performed in 13 cities, and teaching audio production classes at Northern Virginia Community College. Michael Zeiders has a BS degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from George Mason University.
John Ickes, Secretary/Treasurer and Director
For the past 16 years, John has been the Special Events Planner for the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival which attracts over 500,000 people each year. He is the Founder of Doorway Singers and Doorway Entertainment, Inc. which have provided musical entertainment in Hampton Roads since 1990. He serves as the Choir Director for St. Francis Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach. John Ickes has a BA degree in History from University of the State of NY (Regents/Excelsior Colleges) and an MA degree in International Studies form Old Dominion University.

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Bryan Kidd, Director
Bryan is the retired Chief Composer and Arranger for the United States Navy Band. During his tenure in that position, he composed, arranged, and orchestrated a wide variety of music for all of the Navy Band Ensembles including Concert Band, Ceremonial Band, Commodores Jazz Ensemble, Sea Chanters Chorus, and Country Current Country-Western Band. Currently, Bryan is the Composer/Arranger-in-Residence for the American Pops Orchestra at George Mason University. His works are published by FJH Music Company, Curnow Music Press, and Alfred (Warner Bros.) Music. Additionally, he is a former Elementary, Middle, and High School Band Director. Bryan has a Bachelor of Music Education and Masters in Composition from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music.

Staff

Terry S. Flint, Executive Director
Terry comes to The Z with 16 years of professional theatre and production experience. Her career behind the scenes includes production management, scenic design, and props management, at regional theaters including Williamstown Theatre Festival, American Repertory Theatre and Texas Shakespeare Festival. Terry came to Hampton Roads in 2006 to work for the Virginia Stage Company where she started as properties manager and then served as production manager for 6 years. While at VSC, she designed scenery for numerous shows including Billy Bishop Goes to War, A Raisin in the Sun, Taming of the Shrew, Grounded, and the current production of A Christmas Carol.

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Bart Kuebler, Music & Artistic Director
Bart Kuebler brings over two decades of arts experience to the Zeiders American Dream Theater. He has worked in theater at all levels from local community theater to professional and commercial. He has performed in concert with artists as varied as Bernadette Peters and Take 6, toured with major Filipino artists including Piolo Pascual and Pops Fernandez, and performed in concert with numerous orchestras across the US and in Japan and Malaysia. Bart also has extensive experience as a military musician, culminating his Army career as Senior Instructor at the Army School of Music.
James Bryan, Marketing and Patron Manager
James Bryan has been involved in the local arts scene and beyond for years. James started out freelancing for Little Theatre of Virginia Beach before working with Virginia Arts Festival where he was strategic in the planning and execution of many events including The Art of Chocolate and the Virginia Beer Festival. He has also done work with The Meridian Group where he worked on advertising campaigns for The Chrysler Museum, Wounded Warrior Project, Smartmouth Brewing and STIHL. Recently, he has worked with Virginia Stage Company helping create and design unique marketing initiatives for all their main stage shows. James was recently featured in the November 2014 issue of Coastal Virginia Magazine and discovers his creative ideas while running marathons or brewing his own beer.

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Elizabeth Joy Terrell, Company Manager
Elizabeth Joy Terrell is a native to the Hampton Roads area and has made a career as a jazz and blues singer. She performs as a solo artist, and with several different combos including her jazz band Licita, The Doorway Singers, and Twenty South. She has even shared her musical talents with the theater, and has performed in productions with LTN and VMT. Her experience as a full-time musician, and as her own manager and bookkeeper has given Elizabeth unparralled exposure and an invalubale understanding of what it means to thrive as an independent artist. For the past two years Elizabeth has also lent those skills to a retirement and financial planning company as their office manager.

Associate Artists

Lindsay Eure, Director

A native of Virginia, Lindsay is a former Hurrah Player and GSA alumni. She earned a BFA in Musical Theater from the prestigious Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and has been a proud member of the Actors Equity Association since 2004. For many years she has enjoyed a successful career as an entertainer and her credits range far and wide, including the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as well as appearances at numerous regional theaters across the country. Upon moving back home from New York, Lindsay has been featured regularly in productions with Virginia Musical Theater at the Sandler Center and with Virginia Stage Company. She was the founder and executive director of The New Theatre of Chesapeake, producing musicals at various venues throughout Hampton Roads. Lindsay has a true passion for the art of cabaret, for directing and for nurturing talent in others. She is equally passionate about her role as wife and mother. Lindsay is thrilled to have the opportunity to make art and raise a family simultaneously, and feels blessed to call the Z her new artistic home.

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Jason Kypros, Resident Artist/Instructor
Jason Kypros is a working actor, co-founder of Plan B Improv and the current spokesperson for the VA Lottery. After graduating from VA Tech with a BA he moved to Los Angeles where he began performing Stand Up Comedy. There he also completed the performance track curriculum at the one and only “Groundlings Improv Theatre”. Jason loves performing and he has been fortunate to do so on the Big Screen, the TV screen and the stage. Some of his favorite performances include, Richard Roma in “Glengarry Glen Ross”, Lt. Kaffee in “A Few Good Men”, Algernon in “The Importance of Being Earnest” and Mr. Applegate in “Damn Yankees”. Now with 10 years of improv experience, 13 years as a Stand Up Comedian and 8 years running his own production company, Jason is ecstatic to be a part of the team at the Z and looks forward to the opportunity to share some of his knowledge with others.