Alan Freeman

Professor, Theater, Emeritus (1969-2014)
A.B., M.A., Occidental College; M.F.A., American Film Institute
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Professor Freeman pursues a career as a director, writer, actor, producer, and filmmaker.

Alan Freeman, is a director, writer, actor, and producer.  Most recently, he staged the West Coast Premiere of Anne Garcia-Romero’s Paloma for the Latino Theater Company at LATC last Spring, and in October directed a staged reading of the play at New Dramatists in New York City. He has worked professionally as an actor and director at such theaters as the Mark Taper Forum, San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, and the San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theater. His work has won awards for directing, acting and producing. He held a long tenure as Producing Artistic Director of the venerable Occidental Theater Festival and now concentrates on directing and writing for stage and screen. He is Emeritus Professor of Theater and a member of the Board of Trustees at Occidental College, where he directed plays and taught courses in acting, directing, playwriting, and narrative filmmaking. Member: SDC, DG, AEA, SAG-AFTRA.

Freeman has directed over seventy plays, musicals and operas; acted in more than sixty plays and musicals; written two full-length plays; two screenplays; and directed four short films.  For many years, he was Producing Artistic Director of the Occidental Theater Festival which was honored many times with awards from the Los Angeles Drama Critics, DramaLogue, the Robbies and two citations from the Los Angeles City Council.

Directing assignments for the Festival included: The Birds, The Visit, Three Penny Opera, Oklahoma, Brigadoon, South Pacific, Ruddigore, The Mikado, Hay Fever, Harvey, She Stoops To Conquer, Wall Scaling (his original play) as well as The Fantasticks and Pygmalion which won nine DramaLogue Awards between them.  

He has staged operas for The Los Angeles Bureaus of Music, Joan of Arc at the Stake for The Pasadena Symphony, and Menotti Operas for San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theater.

In his last few years on campus, he directed Bernstein’s Candide, Shaw’s Saint Joan; HAIR, the Tribal Rock Musical; Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornes; Hairspray the Broadway Musical; and Two Weird Plays, an all-woman, contemporary production of The Bald Soprano by Eugène Ionesco, and the dystopian tragicomedy Far Away by Caryl Churchill.

Other productions directed for the college season have included: Major Barbara, Lysistrata, The Cherry Orchard, Little Eyolf, The Hostage, Bus Stop, Crimes of the Heart, Love of the Nightingale, The House of Blue Leaves, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Company, and Cabaret.

Freeman 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.  His short film, War Sermon, won a bronze medal for Peace at the Virgin Island Film Festival and was nominated for two local Emmys.

In acting, Festival audiences saw Freeman 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.

Locally, he produced and acted in the award-winning productions of Candida and Tartuffe at the Bank Playhouse. He has played major roles in productions at Theater West and the Santa Fe Theatre Festival.  

He holds an AB in Speech & Drama and an MA in Directing from Occidental College, and an MFA in Film Directing from The American Film Institute.