Direction (Selected List)

Arctic Requiem, Hillfinger/McMillen

The Dragon Play, Davis

What Every Girl Should Know, Byrne

Lohan, Drollinger

Project: Lohan, Drollinger  Costume Shop ACT, San Francisco; July 2012

OMFG, The Internet Dating Musical, Winslow  ODC Theater, San Francisco

* Stay With Me, Kaltenbach  Marin Fringe Festival, San Rafael

The Magic School Bus: Live! (musical), Elmegreen  National Tour/ Maximum Entertainment, NY

The Horses, Brian Torstenson  AlterTheater, San Rafael, CA

Strega Nona, (musical), Tommie de Paola  National Tour/ Maximum Entertainment, NY

The Shaker Chair, Adam Bock  Shotgun Players, Berkeley, CA

Juana: A New Opera (workshop)  Theater Artaud, SF, CA

** Hunter Gatherers, Peter Nachtrieb  Thick House, SF, CA

Missives, Garret Groenveld  Theatre Rhinoceros, SF, CA

Colorado, Peter Nachtrieb  Summer Plays Festival, New York, NY

The Construction Cabaret, Lunatique Fantastique  The New Conservatory Theatre, SF, CA

Multiplex, Peter Nachtrieb  Thick House, SF, CA

Finding Claire, Kim Merrill  Oakland Public Theater, Mills College

The Beginning, Tom Swift  Playground Festival, SF, CA

Horse Latitudes, Nicola Harwood  Jon Sims Center, SF, CA

Summerland, Brian Thorstenson  Z Festival of New Performance, Santa Cruz, CA

Spank, Nancy Wright Cooper  Handmaiden Productions, Berkeley/SF, CA

Ariadne, Ken Prestininzi/Clark Suprynowicz (opera)  City Summer Opera, SF, CA

The Devil's Three Gold Hairs, Grimm  Word For Word, SF, CA

Animal Acts, Stephen Pelton  Z Space Studio, SF, CA

Reading In Bed, Ken Prestininzi  Here Theater, New York, NY

* Best Direction of a Play, Audience and Critic Award, 2011
** Bay Area Critics Circle Nomination for Best Direction of a Play, 2006

New Play Development

The Best of Playground Festival 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012: All Thumbs, Hairy Ape, Swift, Loeb, Moggridge  
Thick House, SF

Click, Thorstenson  Playwrights Foundation, SF

Billion Dollar Baby, Jensen  Playwrights Center, Minneapolis, MN

Me Given You, Reddy  Playwrights Foundation, SF

Half Light Dances, Thorstenson  ODC, PlayBrokers

Colorado, Nachtrieb  Teatro Esperanza

Playground 2001-2002, Various Writers  Traveling Jewish Theatre

Zip’s Great Day, Cooney  Kaiser Permanente ETP

Summerland, Thorstenson  Bay Area Playwrights Festival

Education & Industry Training

MFA Theatre Direction, University of California at Los Angeles, 1993

BA Theatre, Concentrations in Directing and Children’s Theatre,

University of California at Santa Barbara, 1980

Viewpoints Workshop with Mary Overlie & Anne Bogart, Summer 2004

Advanced Directing Workshop with Mel Shapiro, June 2003

Viewpoints Movement Workshop with Mary Overlie, December 2001

Internships/Mentorships with Joseph Chaikin & Martha Clarke, 1987-1988, 1992

Community Involvement

Playground Company Member, 2004-Present

Aurora Theater Gap Project, Director’s Council, 2007, 2010

San Francisco Arts Commission, Community Partnerships Grant Panel, 2006

Cultural Equity Grants Organizational Projects Grant Panel, 2005

Playwright’s Festival, Magic Theater, Panelist, 2000

Lincoln Center Director's Lab, Member Participant, 1998

West Coast Playwright’s Festival, Resident Director, 1992-1993

 

Academic Appointments

Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA; 1999-Present
Adjunct Faculty: Respect for Acting; Directing Actors for Film & Television (BA);
Directing Actors for Motion Pictures (MFA); Directing Actors in Rehearsal (MFA)

Intro to Playwriting Studio A.C.T; 2014, 2016

Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA; 2006-2012
Adjunct Faculty: Directing (F ’08, W ’09), New Works Class, (S ’09) Acting (S ’09)
Producer/Co-Producer: New Works Festival (’06, ’07, ‘08)
Director: Radio Plays (F’ 07)

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA; 2010-2013
Lecturer, Movement 1
Lecturer, Acting 1

Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA; Spring 2009-Winter 2010
Adjunct Faculty: Directing
Adjunct Faculty, Intro. to Theatre

New College Experimental Performance Institute, San Francisco, CA; 2004, 2006-2007
Adjunct Faculty: Acting, EPI Conservatory (1-year appointment); Master Class for Directors

Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA; 2004-2006
Adjunct Faculty: Basic Principles of Acting; Children’s Theater Touring Productions;
Beginning Directing; Intermediate Directing

Guest Direction

MFA Playwriting Program, Greenhouse Projects, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA; 2006-present

MFA Playwriting Program, Cloud 9, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA; 2000-Present
 

Spring Awakening, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA; Winter 2006, Winter 2008

MFA Playwriting Program, St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA; 2001-2003

MFA Playwriting Program, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; 1996

Professional Directing Credits (selected)

The Shaker Chair, Adam Bock
Shotgun Players, Berkeley, CA

Juana: A New Opera (workshop)
Theater Artaud, SF, CA

Hunter Gatherers, Peter Nachtrieb
Thick House, SF, CA

Missives, Garret Groenveld
Theatre Rhinoceros, SF, CA

Colorado, Peter Nachtrieb
Summer Plays Festival, New York, NY

Feast of One-Page Plays, Various
Phoenix Theater, SF, CA

The Construction Cabaret, Lunatique Fantastique
The New Conservatory Theatre, SF, CA

Multiplex, Peter Nachtrieb
Thick House, SF, CA

Finding Claire, Kim Merrill
Oakland Public Theater, Mills College

Horse Latitudes, Nicola Harwood
Jon Sims Center, SF, CA

Summerland, Brian Thorstenson
Z Festival of New Performance, Santa Cruz, CA

Spank, Nancy Wright Cooper
Handmaiden Productions, Berkeley/SF, CA

Ariadne, Ken Prestininzi/Clark Suprynowicz
City Summer Opera, SF, CA

The Devil’s Three Gold Hairs, Grimm
Word For Word, SF, CA

*Bay Area Theatre Critics Award Nominee, Best Director, 2007
*American Theatre Critics Award Winner, Humana Festival, 2007

Related Professional Experience

Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre Programs, Oakland, CA; 2000-2004
Program Coordinator & Artistic Director, K-5 Theater Program

• Responsible for the research and development of educational messages to be included in local theatrical presentations. 
• Managed artistic creation and production of custom products to meet Kaiser’s internal and external needs. 
• Created, developed, nurtured, and directed award-winning program, Zip’s Great Day.
• Worked closely with pediatricians, community leaders, teachers, and parents to identify community needs.
• Played central role in creation and direction of script, music, puppet, and set design.
• Managed theatre presentation process for hiring playwrights and design staff.
• Researched and sourced trainers for new puppetry methods and implementation.
• Supervised and managed five full time employees.
• Managed budget of over $100K for Zip’s Great Day.

A.S.K. Theatre Projects, Los Angeles, CA; 1994-1997
Program Creator & Coordinator

• Funded by the Skirball Foundation in New York, A.S.K. was one of the premiere playwright service organizations in the country for over 15 years. 
• Created and managed A.S.K.’s first youth-focused educational outreach program, Playwrights in the Schools, creating 15 residencies in 2.5 years.
• Designed program to incorporate five residencies per semester across three years.
• Devised and implemented each school’s curriculum.
• Created application and selection process for schools. Managed selection of schools and playwrights.

Community Involvement

Aurora Theater GAP Project, Director’s Council, 2007, 2010
San Francisco Arts Commission, Community Partnerhips Grant Panel, 2006
Cultural Equity Grants Organizational Projects Grant Panel, 2005, 2006
Playwright’s Festival, Magic Theater, Panelist, 2000
Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, Member Participant, 1998
West Coast Playwright’s Festival, Resident Director, 1992-1993

Industry Training

Leadership in Action 1 & 2, Strozzi Institute May-June 2012
Viewpoints Workshop with Mary Overlie & Anne Bogart, Summer 2004
Advanced Directing Workshop with Mel Shapiro, June 2003
Viewpoints Movement Workshop with Mary Overlie, December 2001
Internships/Mentorships with Joseph Chaikin & Martha Clarke, 1987-1988, 1992

Education

MFA Theatre Directing with Concentrations in Classics, New Plays, and Dramaturgy
Professors: Roberta Levitow, Michael McLain, Robert Israel, Peter Sellars, Martha Clarke
University of California at Los Angeles, 1993

BA Theatre with Concentrations in Directing and Children’s Theatre
University of California at Santa Barbara, 1980