The School of Communication and Media
Theatre and Cinema Arts (UG)
Full Name: Antonio Zarro
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.