Tom Markus, a theater nomad who has traveled to both Broadway and Hollywood as an actor, not to mention to the Utah Shakespearean Festival as a director for five different productions, has joined the University of Utah staff as an artist, instructor and - officially - theater department chairman.

Pioneer Theatre Company patrons will see his first work this week as he makes his PTC directorial debut with "I'm Not Rappaport" (see story on E8).Markus has also directed productions in Australia and London. For seven years he was artistic director for the Virginia Museum Theatre in Richmond, where he produced his own adaptations of Jonson's "Volplone," Strindberg's "The Father" and Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," while directing more than two dozen other shows (and twice winning "Phoebe" awards as best director).

He's also played such varied roles as the urbane narrator in "Side by Side by Sondheim" and the title role in "Macbeth."

He has directed in the four corners of America - New Hampshire, San Diego, Seattle and Florida - as well as in the heartland ("To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday" in Indiana).

Markus has taught previously at the Yale School of Drama, City University of New York, the University of California and Florida State University. He is the author of "The Professional Actor" and for three years was book review editor for Theatre Journal.

He says he is looking forward to a bright future in Salt Lake City and is thrilled to have a chance to pursue his dual careers as artist and teacher.