The School of Communication and Media
Theatre and Cinema Arts (UG)
Full Name: Antonio Zarro
Associate Professor of Cinema Arts
B.A., University of Tulsa; M.A., Regent University.
Antonio Zarro is a screenwriter, director and actor with extensive industry experience and notable accomplishments. In 1990, he created Aria Pictures, a media production company through which he produced and directed over 300 films, commercials and training dramas. His productions have played in Hollywood, Cannes and Europe, and have shown on Showtime, HBO, Cinemax and the Family Channel. His work has screened at the NY Film Festival, the Chicago Film Festival, the Virginia Festival of American Film, the Columbus Film Festival, Worldfest-Houston and Worldfest-Flagstaff. A few of Mr. Zarro’s awards include: an Academy Award, a Cine Golden Eagle, a Telly, an Addy, a Mercury, a Questar, an Aurora Award, an Axion and an Apex. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, acting in movies, television and the theatre. In 1998, Mr. Zarro established the Zarro Acting Academy, training film actors on the East Coast. His classes have given numerous students a start in major motion pictures, prime time television and national cable shows.
In addition, he taught as an adjunct instructor at Regent University (1989-1991) in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Old Dominion University (2001-2006) in Norfolk, Virginia. During his undergrad years, Mr. Zarro was President of the Communications chapter of Alpha Epsilon Rho and his video dramas won regional and national awards. At the graduate level, he wrote and directed Bird in a Cage, which won an Academy Award.