Theater

Guest Artist Bios

August 29, 2014

G. William Hume Fellow in Theater

Daniel Alexander Jones is an award-winning, critically acclaimed theatre artist whose work has been presented across the country and internationally. His performances as his alter-ego, Jomama Jones, have been critics' picks of the New York Times, Time Out New York and Time Out Chicago. Daniel is an associate professor at Fordham University in New York City.  He received the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts in recognition of his dynamic body of work.

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August 6, 2014

Culley Guest Artist - Director

Chris Fields is a Los Angeles-based director, teacher, and actor who is currently the Artistic Director of the award-winning Echo Theater Company, which he founded in 1996. Most recently, he produced and directed the World Premiere of Tommy Smith’s FIREMEN for The Echo and as well as winning the LA Weekly Award for best Comedy Direction for his production of Gary Lennon’s A FAMILY THING. He also appeared in the critically acclaimed and Ovation nominated Los Angeles premiere of Marc Schultz’ Everything Will Be Different and produced the world premiere production of Wirehead...

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August 6, 2014

Edgerton Guest Artist - Director

M. Graham Smith is the Director of Movement and Voice in Barcelona's premiere Meisner Program (www.meisner.es). He also teaches at the American Conservatory Theater’s (A.C.T.) actor training programs in San Francisco and at Waterfront Playhouse & Conservatory in Berkeley. He has been a guest teacher at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco State University, Berkeley Playhouse, and Assumption University in Bangkok and CSSSA at CalArts. His teaching incorporates principals from many different physical disciplines and traditions from around the world in the service of training a dynamic articulate physical actor. Graham trained at the Dell’arte School of Physical Theatre, Trinity University Dublin’s Leqoc program, and in Bali, Indonesia with master teachers of the Balinese Mask dance form.

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January 29, 2014

writer/director

JP Allen is an award-winning writer/director of independent feature films and stage plays.  His first feature film, COFFEE AND LANGUAGE, premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival where it was nominated for the Golden Starfish Award and for Best Screenplay. He wrote, produced and acted a lead role in the film STEPHANIE'S IMAGE starring Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo. His other films include GAMBLING, BELIEF, "Meeting with Chekhov", SEX AND IMAGINING (based on his play produced in NYC and LA), CENTAUR and LOVE AND DEMONS.  Also a novelist, his most recent work is THE FILMMAKER.

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January 29, 2014

Edgerton Guest Artist

Sheila Callaghan's plays have been produced and developed with Soho Rep, Playwright's Horizons, South Coast Repertory, Clubbed Thumb, The LARK, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, Woolly Mammoth, and Rattlestick Playwright's Theatre, among others. Sheila is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwright's Center in Minneapolis, a MacDowell Residency, a Cherry Lane Mentorship Fellowship, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, and the prestigious Whiting Award. Her plays have been produced internationally in New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Germany, Portugal, and the Czech Republic. These include SCAB, CRAWL FADE TO WHITE, CRUMBLE (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), WE ARE NOT THESE HANDS, DEAD CITY, LASCIVIOUS SOMETHING,...

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October 17, 2013

Playwright-THE THUGS

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Adam Bock's plays include The Receptionist (MTC, Trinity Rep, Studio Theater, Outer Critics nom.) The Drunken City (Playwrights' Horizons, Outer Critics nom), The Thugs (Soho Rep, OBIE Award), ...

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October 17, 2013

Playwright-AGAMEMNON

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Steven Berkoff was born in London in 1937. He studied Drama in London and Paris. He performed with repertory companies before forming the London Theatre Group (L.T.G.) in 1968. Their first professional production was In the Penal Colony, an adaptation of a short story by Kafka. Berkoff's first original stage play East, was presented at the Edinburgh Festival in 1975.
 
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October 1, 2013

Artistic Director of Playwrights Horizons

Tim Sanford is the Artistic Director of Playwrights Horizons, a writer's theater dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American playwrights, composers and lyricists, and to the production of their new work.  Beginning as a literary intern in 1984, Tim went on to serve for nine years as Literary Manager and two years as Associate Artistic Director, before assuming leadership of the theater in January 1996.  

In his tenure he has produced writers as diverse as Edward Albee, Christina Anderson, Billy Aronson, Jon Robin Baitz, Annie Baker, Tanya Barfield, Neal Bell, Adam Bock, Keith Bunin, David Cale, Kirsten Childs, Julia Cho, Kia...

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August 22, 2013

Culley Guest Artist - Director, THE THUGS

Larissa Kokernot is happy to be directing The Thugs at Occidental this fall as the Culley Guest Artist.  Larissa has been working in the professional theatre for over 30 years with regional directing credits at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, the Guthrie Theater, The Playwrights' Center, California Repertory Theatre, Project Y at 59e59, La Jolla Playhouse and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where she was the 2007 Phil Killian Directing Fellow.  Larissa served as Artistic Associate of Eye of the Storm Theatre in Minneapolis for 6 years where she directed The Death of the Father of Psychoanalysis (& Anna), Skylight and Two Sisters and a Piano as well as the seeds of many new plays.  Larissa has been living and working in the Los...

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August 15, 2013

Assistant Director - AGAMEMNON

Captain Jason Barlaan first enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2005 upon graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre.  After spending two years at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, he reported to Quantico, VA where he earned his Commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps.  In 2008 he was sent to Fallujah, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Two years later he was sent to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM where he earned his second Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.  After being honorably discharged in 2011, Captain Barlaan enrolled into the California Institute of the Arts where he is now receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree also in Theatre.  Theatre credits...

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