Alan Freeman

Professor Emeritus, Theater

Professor Freeman pursues a career as a director, writer, actor, producer, and filmmaker.


  • Office: Keck Theater 205
  • Email: afreeman@oxy.edu

Education: A.B., M.A., Occidental College; M.F.A., American Film Institute

Professor Freeman holds an MFA in Film Directing from the American Film Institute (AFI) where he wrote and directed two short films and a thesis short, Girl Before a Mirror. While at AFI, he culminated his long time responsibilities as Producing Artistic Director of the Occidental Theater Festival in order to concentrate on writing and directing for stage and screen. Freeman and the Festival have been honored over the years with awards from the Los Angeles Drama Critics, DramaLogue, the Robbies and two citations from the Los Angeles City Council. He is Emeritus Professor of Theater at Occidental College in Los Angeles where he continues to direct plays and teach courses. 

Freeman has directed over seventy plays, musicals and operas; acted in more than sixty plays and films; written two full-length plays and directed four short films. In 1997, he directed his original play, Wall Scaling, in the Keck Theater as part of the College Season followed by a spring revival for the Occidental Theater Festival. Additional directing assignments for the college season have included: Little Eyolf, Candide, Lysistrata, A Little Night Music, The Cherry Orchard, Sweeney Todd, The Hostage, Bus Stop, Company, Crimes of the Heart, The Threepenny Opera, Major Barbara, Love of the Nightingale, The House of Blue Leaves and Cabaret; for the Occidental Theater Festival: Hay Fever, Harvey, She Stoops To Conquer, as well as The Fantasticks and Pygmalion which won nine DramaLogue Awards between them. Most recently, Freeman directed Maria Irene Fornes’ Fefu And Her Friends, Shaw’s Saint Joan, HAIR  the Tribal Rock Musical, Ibsen’s A Doll House, and Hairspray, The Broadway Musical as part of the Oxy College Season. He is preparing a production of two one-acts: Eugène Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano and Caryl Churchill’s Far Away, for this April.

Festival audiences have seen him play leading roles in Equus, Translations, The Odd Couple, Playboy of the Western World, Amadeus, Twelfth Night, Midsummer, Romeo & Juliet, School for Wives, Getting Married, Anything Goes, and HMS Pinafore. In addition to his responsibilities at Occidental, he has worked professionally as an actor and director at such theaters as the Mark Taper Forum, San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, The Pasadena Symphony, and the San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theater. Locally, he produced and acted in the award-winning productions of Candida and Tartuffe at the Bank Playhouse. He played major roles in productions at Theater West and the Santa Fe Theatre Festival. 

His short film, War Sermon, won a bronze medal for Peace at the Virgin Island Film Festival and was nominated for two local Emmys. Currently, he and his writing partner, Frank Denson have written two screenplays, and their stage play, TEDDY & TWAIN: Purely Social, has been work-shopped at River Stage in Sacramento and at Theatre West in Hollywood. 

He is married to Kathie Freeman, former Concert Production Manager for the Los Angeles Master Chorale; their two children are grown and working in film, theater, and education.

Freeman is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild.