MFA Head of Voice
Christine Adaire is a Designated Master Linklater Voice Teacher trained by the world renowned voice teacher Kristin Linklater. She has worked as an actor, voice/dialect coach, and director in many American regional theaters, including The Old Globe, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman Theatre, Lyric Opera (Chicago), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Steppenwolf, Court Theatre, American Players Theatre, Theatre for a New Audience (NYC), Santa Cruz Shakespeare and La Jolla Playhouse. She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association for over thirty years. Christine has held faculty appointments at DePaul University, National Theatre School of Canada, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and Roosevelt University. Her international teaching credits include classes and workshops for Shanghai Theatre Academy (China), Toi Whakaari (National Theatre School of New Zealand), King’s College in collaboration with the Old Vic Theatre (London), Institut del Theatre and Escuela Eolia (Barcelona), Teatro Guindelero (Madrid), Birmingham City University - School of Acting (Birmingham, U.K.). Her current area of research and writing is transgender/gender diverse voice. She works with transgender/gender diverse individuals so they can modify their voice to more fully express their gender identity. She is a contributing writer to the 3rd Edition (2019) Voice and Communication Therapy for the Transgender/ Gender Diverse Client: A Comprehensive Clinical Guide, (Plural Publishing).
MFA Program Director, MFA Head of Movement
Danyon Davis oversees the development and implementation of the Movement classes in the MFA Conservatory. In addition to coaching the MFA students in the Conservatory productions, Danyon also contributes as a coach for A.C.T.'s mainstage shows. Danyon is the former Head of Movement at Stella Adler Studio. Danyon has performed in classical, contemporary, and experimental plays throughout the U.S. and Europe. A former associate with Bill T. Jones and with the SITI Co., Danyon also performed, taught, and directed for many years with the Guthrie Theater. A decade ago, Danyon was invited to return to his alma mater, the Juilliard Drama Division, by the late Jim Houghton to receive Moni Yakim’s Movement/ Physical Acting methodology. Danyon has adapted Mr. Yakim’s approach while serving as a faculty member at the Neighborhood Playhouse, Circle in the Square Theatre School, and HB Studio's one-year Hagen Core Training Program. Danyon has taught movement in many workshop intensive settings, including community and arts-in-education based work with Stephen DiMenna, as well as workshop intensives with the Bill Reed Voice Studio, Middlebury College, and the Public Theater.
Peter J. Kuo
Director of the Conservatory, Head of the San Francisco Semester
Peter J. Kuo is an L.A. native that has been working in the theatre industry for more than two decades. At A.C.T. he is the Director of the Conservatory and sits on the Staff EDI Committee. He earned his MFA in Directing at The New School for Drama in New York City where he was the Social Justice Programs Coordinator. He is a theatre director, producer, writer, educator, and social justice advocate focusing on raising the visibility of marginalized communities. He is a Round Three grantee of Theatre Communication Group's Rising Leaders of Color Program and held a First Stage Residency at The Drama League. He is a co-founder of Artists at Play, an Asian American theatre collective producing Los Angeles premieres. He has directed/assistant directed at American Conservatory Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Geffen Playhouse, East West Players, South Coast Repertory, The Play Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Rattlestick Theatre Company, among others. He holds a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from eCornell and has facilitated workshops, led panels, and taught classes around Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for Theatre Communications Group, The New School, HB Studio, Asian American Arts Alliance, and The Consortium of Asian American Theatres and Artists, among others.
Director of Dramaturgy and New Works
Joy Meads A.C.T. credits include Gloria, Testmatch, Sweat, Men on Boats, Seascape, Her Portmanteau, The Great Leap, and Rhinoceros. In 2019, she was awarded the LPTW Lucille Lortel Visionary Award. Prior to A.C.T., she was the Literary Manager and Artistic Engagement Strategist at Center Theatre Group, where highlights of her production dramaturgy include the world premieres of Marco Ramirez’s The Royale, Jordan Harrison’s Marjorie (2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist), and Forever by Dael Orlandersmith. Previously, she was Literary Manager at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Associate Artistic Director at California Shakespeare Theater. Additionally, Joy has developed plays with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, NYTW, Berkeley Rep, Denver Center, the O'Neill, Ojai Playwrights Conference, BAM, Portland Center Stage, South Coast Rep, and Campo Santo, among others. Joy has worked on new plays with playwrights including Dael Orlandersmith, Will Eno, Sheila Callaghan, Naomi Iizuka, Lucas Hnath, Paula Vogel, Rajiv Joseph, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Kimber Lee, Qui Nguyen, Jocelyn Bioh, David Adjmi, Universes, and many more. Joy has served as a guest artist, lecturer, and respondent at Yale, UCSD, USC, Princeton, University of Iowa, and Northwestern University, among others. Her article “What Lies Beneath: the Truth About Unconscious Bias” was one of American Theatre Magazine’s most viewed and shared stories of the year, and is a staple on syllabi at multiple universities. Joy is a proud co-founder of The Kilroys. Called “the superheroines of the theater” by Backstage, The Kilroys are a gang of playwrights and dramaturgs working for gender parity on American stages. A second anthology of monologues from plays on The Kilroys’ annual List was recently published by TCG books. www.thekilroys.org.
Lisa Anne Porter
MFA Head of Acting & Text and Dialects
Lisa Anne Porter was, prior to coming to ACT, an Associate Professor of Voice/Acting/Text in the B.F.A. program at Syracuse University, where in her first year teaching, she was awarded the Most Inspirational Faculty Award. She has also served on the faculties of UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Shakespeare & Company, The Tepper Center (New York City), Naropa University, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She has coached voice and dialect in more than 70 productions nationwide and is currently the Co-Head of Voice and Dialects for SF production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. As a professional actor, she has performed with numerous repertory companies and Shakespeare festivals throughout the country. Most recently, she has been seen in the Bay Area world premiere of Eureka Day at the Aurora Theatre Company, The Eva Trilogy and A Bright Half Life at the Magic Theatre and Twelfth Night at California Shakespeare Theatre. She has an M.F.A. in Acting from A.C.T. and a B.A. in Theater and American Studies from Wesleyan University. She is also a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher, trained by the world- renowned voice teacher Kristin Linklater and has a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Training from Cornell University.
Dr. Jack Sharrar
Director of Academic Affairs, WASC Accreditation Liaison Officer
Jack F. Sharrar, Ph.D. received the Managing Director’s Award for 2003. He has served as a theater panelist for the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts and is a member of Actors’ Equity and the Screen Actors Guild. His credits include roles at Michigan Repertory Theater, Mountainside Theater, the BoarsHead Theatre, Theatre 40, Pioneer Theatre Company, numerous media roles, and direction of over 50 plays and musicals. He is author of Avery Hopwood, His Life and Plays (UMI Press), editor (with an Afterword) of Avery Hopwood’s heretofore unpublished novel, The Great Bordello, a Story of the Theatre (Mondial), contributor to The American National Biography (Oxford), and The Gay and Lesbian Theatrical Heritage (UMI Press); coeditor (with Craig Slaight) of numerous award-winning volumes of scenes and monologues for young actors (Smith & Kraus), “Lean Forward, An Orientation to Professionalism for the Student Actor (Dramatics Magazine); adapter of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Debutante (Playscripts, Inc.), Avery Hopwood’s Fair and Warmer (Playscripts, Inc.) and Just for Tonight, a Screwball Comedy; Doctor Faustus; Better Angels, drawn from the Civil War writings of Walt Whitman and Louisa May Alcott, and author of Up In Avery’s Room, which received a staged reading at Theatre Rhinoceros. He is a graduate of Central Michigan University, the University of Michigan, and holds a Ph.D. in theater history from the University of Utah.
Milissa Carey is an educator, director, and actor working throughout the Bay Area. Her training includes a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Master of Music from the University of Southern California, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and Studio A.C.T. She is also on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Foothill College. Carey joined the M.F.A. faculty in 2015. Other recent teaching engagements include teaching theater and musical theater at the University of London. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, Carey and has performed with many Bay Area companies and toured the US and Canada on the 25th anniversary Broadway national tour of Evita, under the direction of Hal Prince. Recent directing credits include Cinderella (Broadway Version), Side Show; Shrek the Musical; She Loves Me; Kiss Me Kate; Sunday in the Park with George; Spring Awakening; Little Shop of Horrors; South Pacific; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Spelling Bee; Almost, Maine; and It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play.
Andy Chan Donald
A.C.T. Associate Artistic Director, Guest Artist
Andy Chan Donald is currently the Associate Artistic Director at A.C.T., overseeing the producing of the mainstage season and the development of new work. A.C.T. credits include: The Great Leap (w/ BD Wong), Seascape (directed by Pam MacKinnon), A Walk on the Moon (world premiere), Vietgone, Hamlet (w/ John Douglas Thompson), A Thousand Splendid Suns (world premiere), among others. Previously, he created the position of Producer of Artistic Development and Community Programming at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Some of his producing/commissioning highlights at NJPAC include: The Hip Hop Nutcracker (w/ United Palace; international tour); Carefree: Dancin’ with Fred and Ginger (dir. Warren Carlyle; national tour); NJPAC Stage Exchange (new play commissioning program); Jimmy Fallon in Conversation with Stephen Colbert, John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown (filmed, HBO), American Songbook (w/ Ted Chapin; filmed, PBS), Meredith Willson’s The Music Man (w/ Two River Theater, dir. Robert O’Hara). Prior to NJPAC, he served as Artistic Director of Naked Angels in New York City for four seasons, where his producing credits include Next Fall (Broadway, Tony Nomination), This Wide Night (with Edie Falco and Alison Pill, 5 Lortel nominations), Outside People (Vineyard Theatre), Naked Radio (weekly podcast), Oh the Horror!, Armed and Naked in America. He also started the “3-Step Formula,” a bi-coastal new play development series in Los Angeles and New York, and spearheaded the merger of Naked Angels with the New School for Drama, establishing the company as the resident professional theater inside the university's graduate program. He also served as producing associate at NYSF/Public Theater and Second Stage Theatre, as a pilot development assistant at ABC and HBO, and as artistic director of the Charlie B. Theater Company for four seasons (Los Angeles). He currently serves on the board of Theatre Bay Area. Education: BFA, NYU/Tisch; MFA, Columbia University; recipient of the Barbara Whitman Prize for Theatre Management & Producing
Director of Education & Community Programs
Juan Manzo (Citizen Artist) is an Arts Education professional & advocate with almost two decades of experience in the field. He has led arts education programs and professional development workshops in Arts Integration for teachers and young people in New York and California. Juan has worked as a Teaching Artist and Arts Education Consultant for multiple organizations including StageWrite, The Old Globe, San 2020-2021 4 Francisco Opera, Young Audiences of the Bay Area, La Jolla Playhouse and Center Theater Group. As a member of the Board of Directors for the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area, he has worked for a stronger and more equitable arts education community in the Bay Area. A strong believer in using the arts for creative engagement and problem solving, he is deeply committed to ensuring access to the arts to all students regardless of socioeconomic status or race.
Kari Prindl grew up around the world before graduating in English with a concentration in theatre at Oberlin College in 1987. At Oberlin, she also took cello lessons at the conservatory and was seriously involved with the dance department. After college, she moved to San Francisco where she danced daily until a major injury forced her to stop. Though the injury created crisis, it also lead her to the discovery of the Alexander Technique. Kari spent three years at the Alexander Training Institute-SF with Frank Ottiwell and received her certification in 1992. From 1992 to the present day, Kari has taught group classes and lessons in her private practice. She has also worked extensively with musicians and actors both at the Community Music Center and at the American Conservatory Theatre. She also spent several years working with populations at risk, such as recovering drug addicts and those with HIV. Kari enriches her work with continuing lessons in the Alexander Technique, swimming, yoga and with the study of other modalities such as Feldenkrais and Cranial Sacral Therapy. She is gentle, open and profoundly interested in consciousness and healthy functioning. She provides lessons tailored to each student in a calm environment in which to explore and learn.
Lauren English was most recently seen in Gloria at A.C.T. directed by Eric Ting. Selected local credits include: Cry it out with Just Theatre, Nassim, The Baltimore Waltz and Why We Have a Body at The Magic Theatre, Henry IV & V, A Mid Summer Night’s Dream at Cal Shakes, Talley’s Folley at The Aurora Theatre Company, Lasso of Truth at Marin Theatre Company. She has worked extensively with San Francisco Playhouse where she is a founding company member and Artistic Associate. Favorite onstage SF Playhouse credits include: reasons to be pretty, Seminar, The Glory of Living and Our Town. In New York she worked with The Actors Company Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Public Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Lark Theatre and Playwrights Realm. Lauren teaches locally at ACT, St Mary's College and SF State. She also has a private performance coaching practice.
MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. www.laurenenglish.net.
Jennifer Ikeda is HAPA, born and raised in Oakland, California. She attended classes at SF’s ACT/Young Conservatory before moving to NYC at age 17 to attend The Juilliard School, where she earned her BFA in Drama.
Jenny has worked in rooms with theatrical legends such as Caryl Churchill, JoAnne Akalaitis, Cicely Berry, Philip Glass, Edward Albee, Brian Bedford, Alvin Epstein, David Greenspan, and Theresa Rebeck, as well as dozens of ‘celebrities’ and far too many exciting theater-makers to name, participating in hundreds of workshops and readings throughout her career.
Theatrical performance credits include - Broadway: Top Girls (MTC), Seascape (LCT); Other NYC: Vietgone, Linda (MTC); Bad News (Skirball); Revolt. She. Said…, Marie Antionette (Soho Rep); King Philip’s Head…, Takarazuka!!! (Clubbed Thumb); Love and Information (NYTW); Charles Frances Chan’s…, Leah’s Train, The Dispute (NAATCO); Today Is My Birthday (Page 73); Rescue Me, I_NY, The Square (Ma-Yi); Oliver Twist, Hamlet, Coriolanus (TFANA); Women Beware Women (Red Bull); and for the Public Theater: Lady Macbeth with the Mobile Unit; As You Like It (Celia) and The Bacchae at the Delacorte; another As You Like It, The Two Noble Kinsman, and Ping Pong downtown. Regional theater credits include performances at La Jolla Playhouse, The Ahmanson/CTG, Sundance Theater Lab, The O’Neill, NYS&F, Berkeley Rep, ART, The Shakespeare Theatre, NJ Shakespeare, Chautauqua Conservatory Theater, and her very first AEA credit with the inaugural season of the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival in 2001, playing Juliet.
Television work includes recurring roles on Dash & Lily, Blue Bloods, Blindspot, Smash, and Lipstick Jungle, as well as appearances on New Amsterdam, Maniac, Tell Me A Story, Elementary, Madame Secretary, Happyish, Person of Interest, Suits, Fringe, and Law & Order.
In Feature Film she has twice appeared opposite internationally acclaimed comedian and TV/Film star Ken Jeong, in KILLING HASSELHOFF and the independent sci-fi drama ADVANTAGEOUS, directed by Jennifer Phang and also starring Jaqueline Kim, Jennifer Ehle, and James Urbaniak, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015 and was given a Special Jury Award for Collaborative Vision.
Ms. Ikeda is also a highly accomplished and recognized VO artist and audiobook narrator. She recorded the best-selling All Soul’s Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, which has been adapted for television by BBC, as well as Jean Wakatsuki Houston’s seminal book on Japanese-American Internment, Farewell to Manzanar. She has made multiple appearances on NPR’s Selected Shorts, and is a two time recipient of the Audie Award, the audiobook world’s highest honor for achievement.
Darryl V. Jones
Darryl V. Jones is a professional director, actor, and professor. He recently served as the Acting Artistic Director of the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre and is full Professor Emeritus of Theatre at Cal State East Bay and adjunct professor in the American Conservatory Theatre MFA Program.
In the fall of 2021, Jones will direct the world premiere of The Great Kahn by Michael Gene Sullivan for San Francisco Playhouse. In January of 2020, Jones directed The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith for Center Rep Theatre Co, and he directed and co-choreographed the critically acclaimed production of Kill Move Paradise by James Ijames for Shotgun Players and the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in 2019. In 2018 he directed Detroit 67 by Dominique Morisseau for the Aurora Theatre Company. In fall 2017 he directed and co-choreographed the Aurora production of The Royale winning the Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Entire Production-East Bay as well as being nominated for Outstanding Direction.
Directing credits include the off Broadway and national tour of We Are Your Sisters (AUDELCO Award Outstanding Production), A View From The Bridge (Washington, DC Theatre Lobby Award Outstanding Direction, Source Theatre Co.) and Spunk (Helen Hayes Award Nominee Outstanding Musical, African Continuum Theatre Co.).
Other directing credits include, Grapes of Wrath and Balm and Gilead (Outstanding Direction Ann Arbor News) Mud, River, Stone (The Unicorn Theatre) The Minneola Twins (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co.), The Brothers Size (Theatre Rhinoceros), Gem of the Ocean (Sacramento Theatre Co.), The Amen Corner (African American Continuum Theatre Company) Spunk (The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Co.) and direction/choreography for the world premiere of the opera Dark River, based on the life of Civil Rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer for Oakland Opera Co., and the Mt. Holyoke College East Coast premiere.
At CSUEB Jones has directed several premieres of new plays including Follow Me To Nellie’s by Dominique Morisseau (his friend and student from the University of Michigan) and Xtigone by Nambi Kelley, chosen to attend the Region VII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. His COVID 2020 production of Blood at the Root received numerous regional and national KCACTF honors and awards. Jones has also directed and choreographed musicals such as In The Heights, Chicago, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, Oliver, The All Night Strut, Children of Eden, The Wiz and many more.
Prior to moving to the Bay Area, he was Directing Associate at Arena Stage where he directed and produced PlayQuest the New Play Development Series and choreographed Candide directed by Doug Wager and Dance of Death directed by Joanne Akilaitis. Jones was also Head of the B.F.A. Directing Concentration at the University of Michigan and Foundation Advisor for their BFA Acting Program.
He is an active member of Actors Equity Association and a TBA Award nominee for outstanding supporting actor in a musical 2017 for Priscilla. He has performed for theatre companies such as Arena Stage, The Old Globe, Ford’s Theatre and The Kennedy Center.
Jones holds a Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance from The Catholic University of America, and an MFA in Directing from Boston University. He is a certified Meisner Acting Technique instructor from Larry Silverberg’s True Acting Institute.
Audition Preparation, Literary Manager and Casting Associate
Allie Moss (Audition) is a Bay Area based director. She has worked at American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco Playhouse, Custom Made Theatre, FaultLine Theater, Playwrights Foundation, The Breadbox Theater, and Left Coast Theater Company. Recent projects include directing Far Away (A.C.T. MFA Program), Cloud Nine (Custom Made Theater) and Restoration Master Reset (Cutting Ball Theater). Other favorite directing projects include Hookman, (A.C.T. Young Conservatory), Bull in a China Shop (A.C.T. MFA Skyfest), and American Hero (Custom Made Theater). Allie is the Literary Manager and Casting Associate at American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), where she co-produces A.C.T.'s new works program and also works as a dramaturg on the mainstage. Allie holds a BA in Theater from Goucher College.
Deputy Director of Development
Shannon R. Davis
Director of Community Connections
Shannon R. Davis is a Bay Area-based Director/Performer, originally from her ancestral homeland of Wisconsin. She is in the CalShakes Artist Circle, and a company member of In The Margin Theatre. She holds an MFA in Directing & Acting from UW-Madison. Shannon has worked with the following: American Conservatory Theatre, New Native Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The American Repertory Theatre, American Indian Community House, CalShakes, Anchorage Opera Company, Theatre of Yugen, Berkeley Rep, MoxieArts NY, Brava Theater, Tantrum Theatre, Ashland New Play Festival, Forward Theatre, Shotgun Players, TheaterWorks, Theatre Bay Area, Marin Shakespeare, San Francisco Playhouse, Renaissance Theaterworks, Playwrights Foundation, Vortex Rep, others. www.shannonrdavis.com
MARGO HALL award winning actor/director/playwright/educator and the Artistic Director of Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Recently awarded the 2021 Kenneth Rainin Fellowship in Theater, and listed as one of the YBCA 100 honorees.
Acting credits include Black Odyssey*, Fences, Twelfth Night, A Raisin in the Sun, A Winter’s Tale, American Night: the Ballad of Juan Jose and SPUNK for the California Shakespeare Theater, JAZZ, Skeleton Crew, Gem of the Ocean, Fences and Seven Guitars for Marin Theater Company. Ah! Wilderness, Once in a Lifetime and Marcus or the Secret of Sweet* at The American Conservatory Theater. Exit Strategy, and Trouble in Mind*, at the Aurora Theater, Marcus Gardley’s A World in a Woman’s Hands for Shotgun Players. Barbecue* (also directed), and MF with a Hat at SF Playhouse.
Some of her acting credits for Campo Santo** include Dennis Johnson’s Nobody Move, Chinaka Hodges' Mirrors in Every Corner, Jessica Hagedorn's Fe in the Desert and Stairway to Heaven, and Naomi Iizuka’s Hamlet: Blood in the Brain, 17 Reasons (Why) and Polaroid Stories, floating weeds, a world premier by Philip Kan Gotanda, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, by Jose Rivera, Bethlehem by Octavio Solis, and Hurricane, by Erin Cressida Wilson. She has toured France with Word for Word as Missie May in The Gilded Six-Bits by Zora Neale Hurston, and Oceola in The Blues I’m Playing by Langston Hughes.
Margo’s recent film credits include Leslie White in All Day and a Night, and Nancy in Blindspotting, and the voice of Melba in Pixar’s SOUL. TV credits include Nancy in Blindspotting coming to STARZ summer 2021, Helen in Chances, Marsha Watkins and Blind Witness on Nash Bridges.
She debuted as a Theater Director with The World Premiere of Joyride, from the novel Grand Avenue by Greg Sarris, which was the Bay Area Critics Circle Winner for Best Original Script; the SF Weekly Black Box Awards for Best Production, Best Ensemble, Best Director; Drama-Logue Awards- Northern California for Best Production, Best Ensemble; the Backstage West-Garland Awards- Northern California for Best Production, Best Ensemble, and the Bay Guardian GOLDIE Award Winner for Stage. She most recently directed Hieroglyph by Erika Dickerson- Despenza which was a co-pro for LHT and SF Playhouse. The play was filmed live onstage and streamed virually. Other credits include How I Learned What I Learned for Lorraine Hansberry Theater, Ubuntu and MTC-Co-production, Barbecue, Red Velvet and The Story, a SF Playhouse/Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Co- Production, and Thurgood, and Rejoice! for the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Prior directing credits include Sonny’s Blues a story by James Baldwin, for Word for Word, which toured France. She co-directed Bulrusher with Ellen Chang, a play by Eisa Davis, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Once on This Island, Hamlet, Blood in the Brain, SPUNK, The Trojan Women, It Falls, Ragtime, and A Streetcar Named Desire for Chabot College.
Margo completed her first writing project in April 2005 with the World Premier of The People’s Temple at Berkeley Repertory Theater, which won the Glickman award for best new play in the Bay Area for 2005. She was a part of a collaborative team of four writers who used interviews of survivors, and archival material to form a play exploring the People’s Temple movement and the tragic ending at Jonestown. The play went on from Berkeley Rep. to The Perseverance Theater in Juneau, Alaska and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Margo is also part of the acting ensemble. In 2013 she premiered her semi biographical piece, Be Bop Baby, a Musical Memoir, at Z Space, featuring the 15 piece Marcus Shelby Orchestra, which chronicled her life growing up in Detroit with her jazz musician stepfather who was with Motown. Lyrics and book by Margo Hall, with original music composed by Marcus Shelby.
**She is a founding member of Campo Santo, multi-cultural Theater Company in San Francisco *Theater Bay Area best actress recipient
Artistic Director, Perseverance Theatre
This is Pam’s third season as A.C.T.’s fourth artistic director. She is a Tony, Drama Desk, and Obie award– winning director, having directed upwards of 75 productions around the country, off Broadway, and on Broadway. Her Broadway credits include Beau Willimon’s The Parisian Woman (with Uma Thurman), Amélie: A New Musical, David Mamet’s China Doll (with Al Pacino), Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles (with Elisabeth Moss), Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance (with Glenn Close and John Lithgow), Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle nomination), and Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park (Obie Award, Tony and Lucille Lortel nominations). Her most recent credits include world premieres of Bruce Norris’s Downstate (Steppenwolf Theatre Company, London’s National Theatre), Lydia R. Diamond’s Toni Stone (Roundabout Theatre Company, A.C.T., Arena Stage), Kate Attwell’s Testmatch (A.C.T.), Christopher Chen’s Communion (A.C.T.), as well as Edward Albee’s Seascape (A.C.T.). She is an artistic associate of the Roundabout Theatre Company, an advisory board member of Clubbed Thumb, and an alumna of the Drama League, Women’s Project, and Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors’ Labs. She is the most recent past executive board president of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and continues to serve on the board. She grew up in Toronto, Canada, and Buffalo, New York, acted through her teens, but majored in economics and political science at the University of Toronto and briefly pursued a PhD in political science at UC San Diego, before returning to her true passion: theater. She has been recognized as among the 25 Most Influential San Franciscans of 2020 by San Francisco Magazine, along with Jennifer Bielstein.
Welker White and Damian Young
Welker White and Damian Young of THE MOVING FRAME are actors, educators, and founders of The Moving Frame. Dedicated to a process-oriented exploration of screen acting, The Moving Frame offers actors an immersion into the language of cinematic storytelling. Welker and Damian have conducted screen acting intensives in some of the most respected universities and training programs across the U.S. and abroad, including: The Actors Center, NYU Grad Acting, Brown/Trinity MFA, Columbia MFA Acting, ACT, FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Syracuse University/ Tepper, SMU, Bowdoin College, The Freeman Studio, Montclair State, Emerson MFA Film, Wesleyan University, The Atlantic Conservatory, The Hartt School, and the 16th Street Actors Studio in Australia. They have taught workshops for casting, producing, and directing professionals, as well as having served on the faculty for the National Alliance of Acting Teachers’ Teacher Development Program. Welker has several published pieces on using the camera in acting training and has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist designation. She is on the MFA Acting faculty at Brooklyn College. As actors, Welker and Damian have appeared on and off-Broadway, in premieres of major works by esteemed playwrights, and in countless film and television projects.
Gameela Wright (pronounced Guh like “Garage”-MEE-luh) is an actor and on-camera acting coach based in NYC. She has been a working actor for over 20 years, and is an associate coach for her mentor - renowned on-camera acting teacher, Bob Krakower. Gameela originally began her acting training and career studying theater with Terry Schreiber and the late, great Wynn Handman. She started in local and regional theater, and then worked in on-camera commercials. She then began to work almost exclusively in TV and film, working on such projects as Blue Bloods, the various Law & Order series, She’s Gotta Have It, Tully, and most recently the upcoming Netflix series Archive 81 and Showtime’s Billions. In the last few years Gameela has ventured back to theater, with her most recent projects “I Was Most Alive With You” by Craig Lucas at Playwright’s Horizons, and “Eve’s Song” at The Public in New York.
Peter J. Kuo
Director of the Conservatory
Director of the MFA Program
Alejandra Maria Rivas
Conservatory and School & Community Programs Coordinator
Dr. Jack Sharrar
Director of Academic Affairs
Director of Financial Aid
Conservatory Production Manager