|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
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
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
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
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.
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
San Diego Teachers Association Conference
Old Globe Theatre, San Diego
September 27, 2011
First International Theater Festival: Gellu Naum
National Theatre of Romania
Cluj, Romania, October 2011
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
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
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.
Outstanding Teacher, School of the Arts, UC Irvine, 2001.
Outstanding Teacher, School of the Arts, UC Irvine, 1994.
Inspirational Professor, Greek Society, 1994.
M.F.A. in Acting, Brandeis University, 1982.
B.A. in Dramatic Arts, University of California at Davis, 1980.