Cordelia Zars is a writer, composer, and teacher, and author of Man Up: A Musical. She grew up in Laramie, Wyoming with her two brothers. She studied classical piano from the age of 5 with Alla Latchininsky, Mana Tokuno at the New England Conservatory, and George Lopez at Bowdoin College. In college she music-directed and acted in Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods, playing the roles of Johanna and The Baker’s Wife. Her senior year she combined her majors (Hispanic Studies and Music) into a thesis on the history of musical appropriation in Christian Spain. Since moving to Colorado, Cordelia has acted and music-directed local theater productions, composed original scores for plays, and taught musical theater to children at the Actor’s Academy for the Performing Arts in Denver and Boulder.
She is also Editor and Producer for one of the nation’s favorite outdoors podcasts, The Dirtbag Diaries, and spends her free time mountain biking, trail running, and gallivanting in the hills.
As a musician, writer and activist, Cordelia channels her passion for igniting social change through art. She believes the seeds of sustaining change grow in emotion and empathy, in the raw ability to feel what someone else is feeling. As emotion is the currency of art, we—as painters, writers, and musicians—have a lot of work to do to bring this fractured world together. She is thrilled to be working with one of her best friends, Max Middleton, to direct her first original show.