Steve Zahn will deliver Transylvania University’s commencement address

Transylvania University’s May 25 graduation ceremony will have a dash of Hollywood: Actor and area resident Steve Zahn is to deliver the commencement address.

Steve Zahn in a rehearsal for "Smackdown for the Christmas Crown" in December. © Herald-Leader photo by Rich Copley.

Steve Zahn in a rehearsal for “Smackdown for the Christmas Crown” in December. © Herald-Leader photo by Rich Copley.

Zahn, who starred in films including Sahara; Happy, Texas; and Rescue Dawn,  and the HBO series Treme, lives in Georgetown with his wife, theater artist and author Robyn Peterman-Zahn and their two children. They also are co-directors of The Rep, a Lexington-based musical theater troupe whose next production will be Georgie Boy! this summer.

Zahn took to the stage himself in December, playing the featured role of One-Man-Christmas-Show-Man in The Rep’s second annual production of Peterman-Zahn’s satirical revue Smackdown for the Christmas Crown at the Lyric Theatre.

On film, Zahn can next be seen in Dallas Buyers Clubthe story of Ron Woodroof (played by Matthew McConaughey), an HIV/AIDS patient who created an underground resource of non-FDA approved AIDS medicines in the early 1990s. The film was recently acquired by Focus Features and is scheduled for release later this year.

Zahn attended the American Repertory Theatre’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University.

The commencement ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. May 25 on the lawn at Old Morrison on the Transylvania University campus.

Eastern Kentucky University made news earlier this month with the announcement that First Lady Michelle Obama will address its graduates on May 11.

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