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The Blushing Orchid Royal Treatment: Hotel Discounts & VIP Tickets

Posted By Katharine Chin, Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, May 13, 2014



Sweet Dreams at the Hyatt

Give yourself the royal treatment with a room at the Hyatt Regency after the ball! Purchase Blushing Orchid Ball ticketsand the Hyatt Regency will discount your room 20% if you stay the night. After a thrilling evening of dancing and toasting the night's winners with delicious cocktails, why not tuck yourself into a luxurious Hyatt room for just $259? 

The Hyatt is easily accessible by ferries, BART and numerous MUNI lines. 
Make your reservations today by calling 1-888-421-1442 and referring to the group name, Blushing Orchid Ball/Theatre Bay Area. Note: This special discounted rate is only available for 20 rooms, or until May 19, 2014. 


Upgrade to a VIP Ticket and Revel in Additional Perks!
  • Gift bag
  • Express check-in & check-out
  • Free parking at adjacent garage
  • Additional drink tokens
  • Access to the Blushing Orchid VIP lounge, a private and centrally located room with a VIP-only bar, banquette station and large-screen TVs for viewing the Tony Awards in style! 



The Hyatt Regency, San Francisco. Photo courtesy of The Hyatt Regency, San Francisco



The Atrium. Photo courtesy of The Hyatt Regency, San Francisco



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What to Wear to the Blushing Orchid Ball

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, May 6, 2014


What to Wear to the Blushing Orchid Ball: Haute Couture to High Drag

 

Now that we're only a month away from the Blushing Orchid Ball, Theatre Bay Area's new annual fundraising gala, it's time to go over your checklist. Nerves a-jumble with excitement? Check. Tickets reserved in advance? Check. Got a killer outfit? Chec—well, let's talk about that.

Now, we're not going to suggest that your outfit ain't killerwork that argyle sweater, baby! But there's such a range of ways you can rock your socks at BOB (as we affectionately call it), and we don't want to stifle your creativity!



Photo: "click your heels 3 times . . ." by Andrea Janda. Used under Creative Commons license.
 

 

At BOB, we'll be awarding three different attire-related prizes, so as you're planning your ensemble, you may like to consider how it might fit within any of the following categories. Don't be limited by these suggestions, though! Let your imagination soar!

Award 1: Best dressed.
This category is for all you classic sophisticates out there, whether you're smokin' in designer clothes or you're such a fashionista that whatever you wear is à la mode. Think of your best evening wear (but make sure you can dance in it!).

Award 2: Best use of our signature color. 

 
That's HEX Code #cc3569 or
CMYK 16/94/39/1,
for all you color nerds!

What hue might that be? Hint: see the name of the gala! What does "blushing orchid" look like? Look no further than here, on our new website! It's an elegant shade of magenta, with notes of fuchsia and strawberry. What do we mean by "best use"? Think clever. Perhaps you're sporting a dark ball gown, but your heels, makeup, headpiece or jewelry adds a daring splash of pink to your outfit. Think of Audrey Hepburn's costume in the horse race scene of My Fair Lady. Or maybe you're in a tuxbrighten up your sartorial splendor with a blushing orchid cummerbund, boutonniere, bow tie and/or handkerchief! 

 

Award 3: Most original ensemble.
You might have heard that at BOB we'll be screening the Tony Awards on East Coast time. Let this be your inspiration to come dressed in something with a little more flair—even a full costume, if that tickles your fancy! Do you have a favorite character from a musical (Hedwig, anyone?) or a favorite drag queen (Hedwig, anyone?)?

 

A panel of esteemed judges from diverse backgrounds—drag, fashion, government and celebrity-dom—will pick the winners. We're keeping the judges' names a mystery for now, though, just so any overzealous contenders don't attempt to bribe.

 

The main prizes will be eternal fame and glory, but as if that weren't enough, winners will also receive tangible earthly delights. We promise it will be more than worth it.

 

See you at the ball (and on the runway)!


 
Photo: "2013 Honoring the Promise" by Susan G. Komen® Used under Creative Commons license.
 

Photo: "Ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian Women Costume" by The ACT Costume Shop.

Photo: "Men's Smoking Jackets" by The ACT Costume Shop.




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Featured Member: Martha Richards

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

We're excited to announce Martha Richards as our next featured member. Martha is the founder and executive director of WomenArts, and joined us on the "Being Agents of Change" panel at our 2014 Annual Conference.



Featured TBA member Martha Richards.


Tell us a little about your theatre work.
I started my theatre career in the box office at Berkeley Rep, and spent 20 years in various theatre management positions, including five years as managing director at StageWest, a LORT theatre in Springfield, MA. In 1994 I founded WomenArts, a non-profit dedicated to increasing visibility and opportunities for women in theatre and other art forms, especially women who address social issues through their art.

WomenArts started out working with four women-led theatre companies in Massachusetts. We now have a website that serves over 500,000 visitors a year. We also coordinate an annual international celebration of women artists every March called Support Women Artists Now Day ("SWAN Day"). There have been over 1,200 SWAN events in 25 countries since we declared this holiday seven years ago.

Do you have a favorite play or a favorite production?
It is hard to pick favorites, but three local productions that spring to mind are Symmetry Theatre's 2011 production of Patience Worth, written by Michelle Carter & directed by Erika Chong Shuch (about a woman channeling another woman); The Ballad of Polly Ann, a 2009 dance-theatre piece choreographed by Jo Kreiter with music by Pamela Z (about women construction workers on the Bay Bridge); and Come Home, Jovelyn Richards' 2008 solo piece about African Americans returning home to Arkansas after fighting in World War II. I am also a huge fan of the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

What do you like about the theatre scene here in the Bay Area?
I love it that there are so many amazing theatre women here, and that we have such great ways to get to know each other through groups like Works by Women San Francisco; the Yeah, I Said Feminist group; and the Theatre Bay Area Gender Parity Committee. I am inspired by this wonderful energy, and I am thrilled that WomenArts is part of the growing gender parity movement here. 

Do you have a resource or piece of advice you'd like to share?
The WomenArts website has lots of useful information, including sections on: Women's Employment in the Arts (links to arts employment statistics), Build Your Skills (basic information for artists starting out), Funding Resources (annotated lists of arts funders), and the WomenArts Blog (news about women artists). We also maintain the WomenArts Network, a directory of 1,600 women artists. The League of Professional Theatre Women publishes free monthly newsletters that list upcoming festival, grant & residency deadlines. 

Anything coming up soon that you are excited about?
WomenArts just collaborated with Mount Holyoke College to produce our most ambitious SWAN event ever, Dark River: The Fannie Lou Hamer Story, a full-length opera by Mary D. Watkins about the 1960s civil rights movement. It was a hit in Massachusetts, and producers in other cities are expressing interest.

For SWAN Day 2015 next March, we want to create an event that will showcase Bay Area women in theatre. Anyone who would like to help can reach me through the WomenArts website.

 


UPDATE, Nov. 18, 2014: Martha has just been named to the national cabinet of the US Department of Arts & Culture as their senior strategist for women artists! The USDAC is not a federal agency, but a grassroots initiative working to address the lack of meaningful government support for the arts and expand the national conversation about the role of arts and culture in American communities. Go Martha! More information on the USDAC here.

 


Theatre Bay Area members: Creative. Committed. Community.

 

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TBA Awarded Three Major Grants

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

We are thrilled to announce that Theatre Bay Area has recently received three major grants that will support exciting projects benefiting theatre companies, theatre venues, and individual artists alike.

First, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded us an Art Works grant of $25,000 over one year to further our Intrinsic Impact work. Over the 2014-15 season, Theatre Bay Area will partner with different local theatre companies to survey audiences to measure the highly individual, deeply felt personal response—the intrinsic impact—of the work on stage. Participating companies will then meet to share and discuss their survey results and next steps to deepen their work's intrinsic impact. Eventually, we'll share those results publicly so the field as a whole can benefit from the research. Theatre Bay Area executive director Brad Erickson says, "I'm delighted that we have received renewed support from the Endowment to continue our intrinsic impact research, exploring how theatres can better understand and deepen the lasting effect of their work on their audiences." Learn more about Theatre Bay Area's Intrinsic Impact work here.
 
Second, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation gave us a grant of $75,000 over three years to support the continued development of Bay Area Performing Arts Spaces, a searchable database of 500 local performing arts venues and facilities in 11 Bay Area counties. Theatre Bay Area and Dancers' Group, with whom we're partnering and who has also received a grant from Hewlett, will use the funding to grow the site, in terms of the number of spaces listed, the number of site visitors and the number of searches conducted. We'll also be working on improving existing profiles, especially by encouraging spaces to adopt the now-free Calendar Sync feature. Explore Bay Area Performing Arts Spaces here.

Finally, the Zellerbach Family Foundation awarded us a one-year grant of $20,000 to support the Performing Arts Assistance Program, or PAAP, through which Theatre Bay Area gives consulting support to Zellerbach grantees in the small to midsize range. Find out more about PAAP here.
  
Many thanks to all our generous donors!



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B.O.B.: You're Invited!

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Updated: Monday, April 28, 2014
Join us for our first annual Blushing Orchid Ball! Kick off the TBA Awards in style, and help raise funds for Theatre Bay Area - all while enjoying drinks, dancing, auctions and fabulous costumes!




Rock our signature color, Blushing Orchid, at our masquerade ball. Dazzle with your snazziest black tie attire or favorite costume. Prizes will be awarded for the most distinctive looks!

Celebrate 'til you're blushing (yeah, that's right!) with dancing - lessons included! - signature cocktails and savory snacks, a silent auction and a livestream of the Tony awards.

Guests and honorees include civic leaders, philanthropists, audience members, backstage heroes and theatre artists who make the Bay Area sparkle. (That means you!)

Looking for the perfect ravishing costume? 
The ACT Costume Shop is offering a 10% discount to new renters. Private rentals are available on weekdays by appointment only. 

Keep your eyes peeled on this spot (TBA Backstage Blog
) over the next few weeks for more Blushing Orchid (B.O.B.) updates!



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Stuff We Love: Tweets from #TBACon14

Posted By TBA Staff, Thursday, April 17, 2014
Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014

By TBA Staff    


We're still glowing from the greatness that was #TBACon14. Bathe in its lingering glory with our Top Ten Conference Tweets!



Conference-goers networking up a storm. Did we mention there was free coffee all day? Photo: Cheshire Isaacs


1. Plenary Advice from Meredith McDonough:


2. On Bay Area Theatre, Compared to New York [quoting panelist Rob Melrose]:


3. Heather Kitchen Lays It Down:


4. On Lively Breakout Sessions:


5. Repeat Offenders:


6. On Business Partnerships: 


7. On Technology:


8. On Gender Equality As, You Know, A Real Thing:


9. Lean In, Actor Edition [quoting panelist Desdemona Chiang]:


10. And, In Closing:



Honorable Mentions


Most Philosophical:

Sassiest and Baconiest:

"A" for Effort!:

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Meet the Plenary Speakers

Posted By Katharine Chin, Saturday, April 12, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The 2014 Theatre Bay Area Annual Conference is fast approaching! Prep yourself for the big day by reading up on our most excellent plenary speakers. This year our plenary session topic is "What is the Ideal Theatre Community?" Share your two cents on the ideal theatre community on Twitter by using the hashtag #tbacon14.

Plenary Speakers:



 
Desdemona Chiang is a stage director based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle. Cofounder of Azeotrope. Directing credits include Playmakers Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Crowded Fire Theatre Company, Azeotrope, Impact Theatre, FringeNYC, Playwrights Foundation, Golden Thread Productions, Washington Ensemble Theatre, SF One- Minute Play Festival, Unicycle Collective, SIS Productions, Ohio Northern University, University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts, among others.

New play development and assisting credits include: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Intiman Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, Magic Theatre, Theatreworks, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, among others. Intersection for the Arts Triangle Lab Artist-Investigator.

Alumnus: SDC Sir John Gielgud Directing Fellow, Drama League Directing Fellow, TCG Young Leader of Color, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and Directors Lab West. 2012 Gregory Award Recipient for Outstanding Direction.

Member: Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). BA, Integrative Biology and Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies: University of California at Berkeley. MFA Directing: University of Washington.

Desdemona in the news: 
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Heather Kitchen
has more than 36 years of professional experience in performing arts management, planning, financial analysis, education, fundraising, board development, advocacy, policy formulation, union negotiations and program planning.

Prior to joining Dallas Theater Center in 2011, Ms. Kitchen served as executive director of American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco for 14 seasons where she grew the organization from an operating budget of $11 million to more than $19 million. Ms. Kitchen successfully led ACT's first endowment campaign of $31 million. She served as General Manager of The Citadel Theatre in Alberta, Canada, Production Manager at Theatre New Brunswick, and worked as a stage manager at many major regional theaters across Canada including: The Stratford Shakespearean Festival, The Neptune Theatre, and Canadian Stage Company.

Ms. Kitchen holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business. She has been an active community leader, serving on the board of directors of Big Brothers and Sisters of San Francisco and the Peninsula, the Commonwealth Club of California and on the San Francisco leadership board of the American Red Cross.

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Meredith McDonough is associate artistic director at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she has directed brownsville song (b side for tray), Noises Off, The Whipping Man, and The Delling Shore

Previously, Ms. McDonough was the Director of New Works at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, CA, where she directed the world premieres of Laura Schellhardt's Upright Grand and Auctioning the Ainsleys, as well as Silent Sky, Now Circa Then[title of show], and Opus (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards: Best Director and Best Production).

Other San Francisco credits include A Steady Rain at Marin Theatre Company,The Lily's Revenge and the premiere of Anna Ziegler's Another Way Home at the Magic Theatre. Regionally, favorites include Fair Use (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Eurydice (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Hazard County (Actor's Express), and the Washington, D.C. premiere of the musical Summer of '42 (Roundhouse).  

In New York City, Ms. McDonough has developed work with Roundabout Theatre Company, Atlantic Theater Company, Keen Company, and Ars Nova. She was the associate director of The Orchard Project and was the new works director for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, a Drama League Fellow, an alum of The Women's Project Director's Lab, and a Kesselring Award Panelist.

Ms. McDonough received her BS from Northwestern and her MFA in directing from the University of California, San Diego.


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Rob Melrose is the artistic director and cofounder of the Cutting Ball Theater and works nationally as a freelance director. He has directed at The Guthrie Theater (Happy Days, Freud's Last Session, Pen, Julius Caesarwith the Acting Company); The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Troilus and Cressidain association with the Public Theater), Magic Theatre (An Accident, World Premiere); PlayMakers Rep (Happy Days); Black Box Theatre (The Creature, World Premiere, BATCC Award for direction), as well as Actors' Collective, The Gamm Theatre and Crowded Fire Theater, among others.

His directing credits at Cutting Ball include Krispy Kritters in the Scarlett Night (world premiere), Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in Rep, Pelleas & Melisande, the Bay Area Premiere of Will Eno's Lady Grey (in ever lower light), The Tempest, The Bald Soprano, Victims of Duty, Bone to Pick and Diadem (world premiere), Endgame, Krapp's Last Tape, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Hamletmachine, As You Like It, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World among others.

His translations of Woyzeck, Ubu Roi, and Pelleas & Melisande have been published by EXIT Press.  He has taught at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, USF, the University of Rhode Island and Marin Academy.

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Reggie D. White is an actor/singer/teaching artist. Reggie grew up in Southern California and attended California State University, East Bay where he studied Theatre and Political Science. He has worked all over the San Francisco Bay Area with with Marin Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, TheatreWorks, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Crowded Fire Theater Company, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Intersection for the Arts, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and others.

In addition to his acting work, he also works as a teaching artist
teaching everything from acting to theatre-based literacyand has worked with Berkeley Rep, California Shakespeare Theatre and StageWrite. 


Reggie is also a Theatre Bay Area Titan Award winner, and the current recipient of the 2014 RHE Foundation's Artistic Fellowship. In addition to all of his artistic and education work, he hosts a comedy podcast, called "What's The Tea?"


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Ben Yalom is the founder and co-artistic director of foolsFury Theater Company, a dynamic ensemble based in San Francisco. He has directed many foolsFury productions, including the world premiere of Sheila Callaghan's collaboration with foolsFuryPort Out, Starboard Home (Z Space and La Mama), Doug Dorst's Monster in the Dark, the US premiere of Fabrice Melquiot's The Devil on All Sides (which he also translated), Don DeLillo's Valparaiso, the West Coast premiere of Martin Crimp's seminal avant-garde work Attempts on Her Life and others.

With Inverse Theater he directed the controversial musical Bangers' Flopera in the New York Fringe Festival ("One of the top three musical of the NY Fringe" American Theater Web; "Outstanding New Musical" Talkin Broadway). With Traveling Jewish Theatre he directed Naomi Newman's award-winning one-woman show Fall Down Get Up. Ben has also worked with A.C.T., the Playwrights Foundation, the Magic Theatre, Playground, the Aurora Theatre, and Encore Theatre (San Francisco), The Cell (New York), and Théâtre Ange Magnétique (Paris).

Ben has taught playwriting, directing and physical performance at many colleges and universities throughout the country, most recently at UC Riverside. He has also taught at the Lee Strasberg Institute (NYU/Tisch), the La Mama Umbria Director's Symposium, Stanford University, the National Theater Institute, Brown University, Connecticut College, Vassar College, and the Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre.

Ben holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His fiction, essays and translations of plays have appeared in magazines nationwide. He was recently elected to the board of the Network of Ensemble Theaters
. Ben is the proud servant of a bouncing baby boy.


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Playwright Cabaret at Annual Conference

Posted By Laura Brueckner, Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Bay Area has one of the hottest new play scenes in the country, and we're not afraid of showing off. The Playwright Cabaret is a new event at the Annual Conference that says, "Wilkommen, Bienvenue!" to all local writers interested in showing their work. There's nothing too rough, too challenging, or too strange for this showcase – bring it and sing it, you mad genius, you!



Photo: "Burn After Reading" by Stuart Crawford on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons license.


The Annual Conference is on April 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Playwright Cabaret will run from 12:45-4:45 p.m. in the new Berkeley Rep bar, which has a divine little postage-stamp stage ideal for intimate readings. Participating writers must provide all actors (there's no limit on cast size, but space limitations/safety/sanity suggest a max of six bodies onstage). Writers must also field a production assistant to read stage directions (this is important, seriously), and bring enough printed copies of the script for your cabaret team. There will be no printer or copier available onsite. Special note to writers: you are heartily encouraged to watch the reading rather than participate as a reader, in order to take full advantage of the presence of a live audience watching your work.

Each writer and team will get exactly 30 minutes' worth of stage time: five minutes to enter and set up, 20 minutes to read, and five minutes to clear the stage completely for the next team. These times are not flexible, out of respect for all participating cabaret teams, and our fabulous conference staff will be present to keep the stage running on time. So avoid stage fail by drilling your entrance and exit with your cast and timing your selection before the big day!

Interested writers should email Laura Brueckner. We hope to accommodate all writers who apply, and will accept applications until all slots are filled. In the event that there are more folks than slots by April 10, we'll roll like the General Auditions and select by lottery. Playwrights will receive a 50% discount on their conference registration fees. All writers, selected or not, will be notified by 6 p.m. on April 10. 

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Find Your Soul Mate at TBA's Annual Conference...er—Your Space Soul Mate

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Here's the scenario, friends: 

 

Spacey Spaciopolis owns a rockin' dance studio, but it's lonely a lot of the time. It's a shame to let it just sit there, and she knows she could make some extra loot by renting it out whenever she isn't Turkey Trotting in it herself, but she can’t pay for publicity (obviously). Plus she wouldn't know where to advertise it anyway, and she sure as Zeus doesn’t have time to design some spiffy ad, especially when she could be doing the Kangaroo Hop!

 

Across town, Thespis McThespian has been using the same black box for years to teach his "Find Your Voice Through Mime" classes, but the usurious landlord has just jacked up the rents, summarily ending McThespian's tenure. He's not familiar with the rental market any more (where's his phone book?), and every Google search he does just turns up porn theaters & Wikianswers pages.

 

Before Bay Area Performing Arts Spaces (BAPAS), the story might have ended here: a tragedy of the perfect match whose paths never cross. 

 

But sometimes, all a match needs is a matchmaker. Behold: the Space Rental Lab at Theatre Bay Area's Annual Conference on April 14!

 

Do you want to advertise your space for rental, but never seem to get around to it? Need to find a cheaper, more convenient venue for your next performance? At the Space Rental Lab, you'll work with our crackerjack team from BAPAS, a searchable database of 467 performing arts spaces in 11 Bay Area counties. We match spaces with renters for free! 

 

Stop in any time during the conference and Duck Waddle (real dance name) away with a complete, live, beautiful profile that's synced to your organization's calendar, highlighting your unbooked rental times. Or drop by to get a list of spaces that you didn't already know about and that meet your needs for your next rehearsal, audition, performance or self-help-through-mime seminar. 

 

Already got a BAPAS profile? You rock. Visit our lab and we'll help you make your profile even more appealing to potential renters. We just made some of the site's most popular features free! More about that here

 

If you're a theatre person of any stripe, you can't afford to not use this resource! Your match is out there waiting for you. Let us help you find it!


Oh, and you can register for the conference here. See you at the Space Rental Lab!



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Meet New TBA Staffer Katharine Chin

Posted By TBA Staff, Friday, March 21, 2014
We are pleased as blushing orchid punch that Katharine Chin has joined the TBA team as our new marketing associate. She's hella smart. She's hella funny. And she has mad photoshop and design skills. Learn a little bit more about our newest TBA staffer below. And give her a big Bay Area theatre community welcome! 





Where are you from and how long have you been in the Bay Area?
I'm from the Bay Area, born and raised. I also lived in Taiwan for five years throughout middle school and high school. I left the Bay Area for UC San Diego where I studied Biology & Political Science. After college, I spent a year in the desert starting a theatre company (Hungry River Theatre Co.) and then a year in Los Angeles, learning the ropes of film & TV in Hollywood. Now I'm finally back in the Bay!

How long have you been involved in theatre? Any specialized training or experience?
I've been involved in theatre in a non-high-school-elective sense since college where I was introduced to revolutionary idea that acting is more than "don't turn your back to the audience when you say your lines." I studied acting at UC San Diego (lots of Viewpoints) and more Viewpoints & improv with Steppenwolf West. After college, I studied at various improv & on-camera studios around Los Angeles.

What do you consider your specialty in theatre-making now? 
I've become an arts administrator in support of my pursuit of acting so there's that, but on the artistic side I am very drawn to experimental theatre. Theatre that is irreverent, gutsy, heartfelt, silly or sweaty excites me. But I like rules, too. So it has to make sense. Even if the sense is that it doesn't make sense. Does that make sense? 

What's the biggest theatre catastrophe you've ever faced?
Our five-person-triple-cast-Hamlet is opening in one week. Our set (rusted metal, mountains of tires, found junk from the desert) is not yet in the space (large, dusty, hazardous-extrusions-of-sharp-metal ex-batting cage). That's the short version.

Any pets? 
I don't have any pets right now (sad face). But in my rosy, ideal distant future, I'd own a Nokota horse, a breed of wild horse from North Dakota that is generally compact, colorful, and competent. 



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