University Place, Syracuse University
Ralph Zito

Department of Drama
Professor, Acting
Department Chair

Ralph Zito previously served as chair of the Juilliard School Drama Division's voice and speech department. He began teaching in that department in 1992 before assuming his duties as chair in 1999. He also served as associate director of the school’s mentoring program, which pairs students and faculty from different artistic disciplines to explore life in the arts.

Zito is currently a member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique, for which he also served on the board of directors, and is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association and the Voice Foundation. He was also an instructor at the Chautauqua Theater Company, where he served as artistic associate for seven seasons. His teaching experience also includes positions at Barnard College and numerous guest artist positions at programs around the country.

As a voice, text, and dialects coach, Zito has worked on and off Broadway and on national tours for such productions as The Orphans’ Home Cycle at Signature Theatre Company, Awake and Sing! and The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center Theater, and The Tongue of a Bird and The Merchant of Venice at the New York Shakespeare Festival. Regional theater credits include numerous shows at the Shakespeare Theatre and Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.; the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey; Hartford Stage in Hartford, Connecticut; the Alley Theatre in Houston; and Center Stage in Baltimore.

Zito has also directed productions for the Juilliard School, Barnard College and the Chautauqua Theater Company. His acting credits include roles in Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, The Gilded Age, Antigone, and Five by Tenn.


The Spitfire Grill: A Musical

The Spitfire Grill: A Musical

A young woman seeking redemption helps a weary Wisconsin town rediscover its value while finding the meaning of home in the Department of Drama’s recent production of this Off-Broadway musical.