Directorial Credits

Clovni Extraterestri National Theater of Romania, Cluj, 2014
Twelfth Night New Swan Shakespeare Festival, 2014
King Lear New Swan Shakespeare Festival, 2013
War of the Clowns National Theater of Romania, Cluj, 2012
(still in rotating rep)
The Merchant of Venice New Swan Shakespeare Festival, 2012
Into the Woods Claire Trevor Theatre, UC Irvine, 2010
The 39 Steps Utah Shakespearean Festival, 2010
CLOWNZILLA: Illegal Aliens Monkey Wrench Collective, Fullerton, 2010
Arezzo International Theatre Festival, Italy, 2010
CLOWNZILLA: Macbeth Collaboration with TUIDA, South Korea, 2009
CLOWNZILLA: Ready, Set, Dead Shanghai Theatre Academy Festival, 2009
CLOWN PLANET Arezzo, International Theatre Festival, Italy, 2008
CLOWNZILLA: A Holiday Extravaganza Rude Guerilla Theatre Company, 2007
CLOWNZILLA: A Love Story Gwacheon Theatre Festival, South Korea, 2008
Rude Guerilla Theatre Company, 2007
Arezzo, International Theatre Festival, Italy 2007
TheatreFest, Solvang, 2007
A Flea in Her Ear Claire Trevor Theatre, UC Irvine, 2005
Sunday in the Park with George Irvine Barclay Theatre, 2007
Birds in DMZ Arezzo International Theatre Festival, Italy, 2006
The Birds Project UC Irvine, Korean National University of Arts,
Suwon Festival, 2002-‘05
Woof, Daddy Claire Trevor Theatre, UC Irvine and Poland Tour, 2005
Seven Guitars Claire Trevor Theatre, UC Irvine, 2004
Fiddler on the Roof Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts, 2004
Marion Stage, Santa Maria, and Theatre Festival, Solvang
Sweeney Todd Claire Trevor Theatre, UC Irvine, 2003
As You Like It Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Normal, Illinois, 2003
God’s Country Studio Theatre, UC Irvine, 2002
Vaudevillo La Sala Mirador, Madrid, Spain, 2001
Victor/Victoria Irvine Barclay Theatre, 2001***
The Time of Your Life Winifred Smith Hall, UC Irvine, 2000
The Venetian Physician’s Magician Brouhaha International Street Theatre Festival, Liverpool, England, 1999
La Sala Mirador, Madrid, Spain, 2000
Guys and Dolls Irvine Barclay Theatre, 1998
Twelfth Night Irvine Barclay Theatre, 1998
Italian American Reconciliation Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Massachusetts, 1996
City of Angels Irvine Barclay Theatre, 1996
On Borrowed Time La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1996*
Servant of Two Masters Translation and adaptation, 1995 -1996
Shakespeare Festival, L/A; Orange County Shakespeare Festival; Court Theatre, West Hollywood; and Los Angeles Theatre Center
Pacific Symphony
Holiday Pops Concerts
Stage Director, 1996
Noises Off Irvine Barclay Theatre, 1995**
  *Nine Dramalogue Awards including Best Direction & Production
**Show of the Year in Orange County, Orange County Register
***Best College Production 2001, LA Times-Daily Pilot
   

Additional Directorial Credits

The Merchant of Venice Utah Shakespearean Festival
Death of a Salesman Utah Shakespearean Festival
Alekhine’s Defense South Coast Repertory
The Rimers of Eldritch Western Stage
Romantics South Coast Repertory Newscripts
Pick Up Ax South Coast Repertory Newscripts
Statements After An Arrest Under the Immorality Act UC Irvine
Three Penny Opera UC Irvine
West Side Story UC Irvine*
Caucasian Chalk Circle UC Irvine
Golden Boy UC Irvine
Cloud Nine UC Irvine
  *Voted Show of the Year
by L.A. Times Theatre Critics
   

Other Theatres 1985 – 1988
Magic Theatre, San Francisco

One Act Theatre Company, San Francisco

Intersection for the Arts

Blake Street Hawkeyes

‘lesser mortals’ – mixed-media theatre ensemble


CLOWNZILLA
Artistic director, 2006 – present
Original silent white-faced clown troupe premiering work in the states and touring to international festivals. 


California Commedia Troupe, Pan Pacific Players
Artistic Director, 1999 – 2006

This company was dedicated to the creation of original masked commedia productions and international performances. Countries visited: England, Spain, and South Korea.


Drama Department, University of California, Irvine
Professor of Acting 1987 – present

Head of Graduate and Undergraduate Acting Programs, 1995 – 2006

Supervision and coordination of graduate and undergraduate curriculum.

Advisor to M.F.A. actors and undergraduate majors.

Selection of incoming graduate actors: NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, and Irvine.

Director/producer UCI Showcase – presented with Harvard/ART – in LA, NYC.

Selection and supervision of undergraduate Honors in Acting

Chair of Drama Department, 2008 – 2013

Artistic direction and selection of Drama season productions
Department budget and fundraising
Oversight of curricular offerings for undergraduate and graduate students
Coordination of faculty reviews, merits, and promotions
Advertising, Theatre Guild, Review process


Courses
Advanced Scene Study / Acting in Styles / Auditioning Technique / Shakespearean scenes
Half-face, Full-face, and Bag Masks / Actor Transformations
Clowning / Commedia, Farce, and Absurd
Acting Pedagogy / Improvisation / Directing / Public Speaking

University Service
Member, Council on Educational Policy, 2005.

Committee member, School of the Arts Research Awards, 2001 – 2003.

Chair, School of the Arts Executive Committee, 1995.

School of the Arts Representative to the Academic Senate, 1995, 1999.

UCI Representative to Intercampus Arts Council, 1990 – 1993.

Chair, Committee on Teaching Quality, 1990 – 1992.

Founder of UCI Teaching Colloquy, 1991.

Faculty liaison to publicity, 1992 – 1995.

Director: In the Company of Strangers, Ethnic Diversity Video for IDS, 1991.


Publications
Book – The Art of Clowning, Palgrave MacMillan, 2009

Book – Power Speech, 2006
Book – Masking Unmasked, Four Approaches to Basic Acting, Palgrave MacMillan, 2003.
Article – “Beating the Odds: Bassanio triples as Morocco, Arragon and himself in the Merchant of Venice at the Utah Shakespearean Festival.” On Stage Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder Press, 1993


Visiting Artist and Guest Workshops/Lectures
Universitatea Babes Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Fall 2012
Workshops in Clowning for graduate and undergraduate actors

Washington University, St. Louis
Workshops – Clowning, Fall, 2012

Keynote Speaker
San Diego Teachers Association Conference
Old Globe Theatre, San Diego
September 27, 2011

Invited Guest
First International Theater Festival: Gellu Naum
National Theatre of Romania
Cluj, Romania, October 2011

Invited Guest
Featured Director and Featured Performance: Razboiul Clovnilor
Book Launch for The Art of Clowning, Second Edition
Second International Theater Festival: Est – Vest
National Theater of Romania
Cluj, Romania, October, 2012

Invited Guest
Third International Theater Festival: George Banu
National Theatre of Romania
Cluj, Romania, October 2013

Gwacheon International Theatre Festival, 2008
Workshops – Clowning


Accadmia dell’Arte, Arrezo, Italy, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2011
Workshops – Clowning

Western Michigan University, 2006
Workshop – Auditioning Skills

Workshop – Clowning and Half Masks


University of Kansas, 2005
Lecture – Graduate Acting Programs in America

Workshop – Half-masks and Commedia

Workshop – Clown Essence

Workshop – Full-face mask integration in production project

Evaluator – Choreography for university production of Candide


Korean National University of Arts, 2004-2007
Workshop – Clowning Technique (3 days)

Workshop – Half-masks and Commedia Improvisation (3 days)

Lecture – Graduate Actor Training in America


California State University, Pomona;

Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts, 1995-2004
Workshops – Masks, Commedia, and Clowning


Professional Consultant
Power Speech Presentation Skills, 1993 – present

Clients include: 
UCLA Anderson School of Management; Carling Communications, Amgen; Pacific Life; UCLA Librarians; Allergan International; Body Wise International; Hunter Industries Incorporated; Orenda International; Pacific Communications; Microsemi; Abercrombie and Kent; The Jennings Company; CU Mortgage Company; Toshiba Incorporated; Future Link; Southern Living at Home; UCI School of Management Executive MBA and Health Executive MBA programs.


University of California Davis, 1986 – 1988
Visiting Lecturer in Acting, Movement, and Voice.

Served on Graduate Acting and Directing Committees.

Taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Drama.

Directed several premiere productions.


Berkshire Theatre Festival, 1983 – 1986
Resident Director and Acting Instructor.

Director of Education.

Managing Director of Children’s Theatre.

Producer/Director of Original Scripts Festival.

Directed over twenty student and professional productions.


Boston, 1982 – 1984
Artist-in-Residence at Brandeis University. 

Directed original adaptation of Tommy, The Rock Opera.

Directed new script readings at the New Ehrlich Theatre, Boston.

Visiting Instructor of Acting at Boston University.


Awards
Outstanding Teacher, School of the Arts, UC Irvine, 2001.

Outstanding Teacher, School of the Arts, UC Irvine, 1994.

Inspirational Professor, Greek Society, 1994.


Education
M.F.A. in Acting, Brandeis University, 1982.

B.A. in Dramatic Arts, University of California at Davis, 1980.