garrett m. zuercher, Arts ’03
Garrett Zuercher has achieved a lot of firsts in his lifetime. “Quid Pro Quo,” the play that he wrote and directed for his senior thesis, was the first student-written and directed play that Marquette entered in the American College Theater Festival, a nationwide competition. The play garnered two national playwriting awards and was chosen to be performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In addition, the play has been independently performed by several theatre companies around the country, and Garrett is currently adapting it into a film script.
Garrett, who graduated magna cum laude from Marquette with degrees in theatre and creative writing, is also one of the first two deaf students to graduate from the university. After graduation, he performed the lead role of Huckleberry Finn in the Broadway musical “Big River,” which toured across the country and in Japan. After the tour closed, he began working independently as an actor, playwright, director, producer and dancer, and, most recently, landed a guest-starring role on the television show “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” In addition to his theatre and film work, Garrett is the personal assistant to the president of a public relations firm for the performing arts in Manhattan.
Throughout his career, Garrett has lived by a simple philosophy: “Follow my heart. I don’t want to look back when I’m older and wish I would have done it differently. It’s not always easy, but it always feels right.”