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Into this world

‘Another World’ set actress on her way

By Michele DeVinney
Although born in Tampa, Fla., IPFW professor Victoria Adams-Zischke has hopscotched across the country for years, pursuing academics and a thriving acting career. Attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas for her undergraduate degree before eventually heading to the University of Delaware for her master’s, she also settled for a time in Oregon, where she performed in theaters in the northwest. But it was the 12 years spent in New York City which allowed her to explore the craft of acting.

“I was really lucky and started working right away when I got to New York. My agent said, ‘I’ll try to get you a callback the first year,’ but I was booking jobs the first couple months. I had a lot of prior experience and had worked hard, but I knew it was a lot of luck. If you allow yourself to think it’s too much more than luck, you set yourself up for some bad experiences.”

In fact, she found a fairly plum job within three months of arriving in the Big Apple, something almost unheard of. And that job not only allowed her to pay her rent, it also put her on television in front of millions of people.

“I got a role on ‘Another World,’ which was a soap opera on NBC. I was at the right place at the right time and looked exactly like what they were looking for.”

“Another World” is no longer on the air, which is now true of every other daytime drama once taped in New York. Adams-Zischke says the loss of those soaps, not to mention two of the “Law & Order” series franchise, has put a decided crimp in the opportunities to supplement sparse income available to those who pursue straight theater. But it was more than the economy that led her to abandon New York after 18 successful years of theater, commercials and soap operas; it was the desire to settle down and have a family. Having married fellow actor Kurt Zischke and become mother to Alexandra, now seven, Adams-Zischke started exploring other options.

“From time to time I started having the opportunity to talk to students and going to the Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, Utah to work with the B.F.A. students, I enjoyed working with them. I knew I wanted to have a child and provide that child with a sense of normalcy, and I also knew that as I approached 40 the jobs were going to slow down. So I started looking for teaching job.”

Arriving in Fort Wayne and joining IPFW’s Department of Theatre in 2010, Adams-Zischke enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with students, but she still plans to take the stage when possible. Her efforts will help her further establish her name, a name she adopted after her marriage — one she no longer shares with another entertainer.

“Before I got married and changed my name, I went by Victoria Adams, which is the same name as Posh Spice. So if you Googled me under that name, you would get articles about her or the Spice Girls or her husband David Beckham. You would have to go far down the list to find anything about my work. So now at least I don’t have that problem anymore.”

Posted: Wed, 04/25/2012 - 1:07 pm
Last updated: Wed, 05/23/2012 - 3:09 pm