CAREY PERLOFF is celebrating her 21th season as artistic director of A.C.T. Known for directing innovative productions of classics and championing new writing for the theater, She is also the author of the new plays Luminescence Dating, Waiting for the Flood, Higher, and the one-act play The Morning After (Heideman Award finalist). A recipient of France’s Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the National Corporate Theatre Fund’s 2007 Artistic Achievement Award, Perloff received a B.A. Phi Beta Kappa in classics and comparative literature from Stanford University and was a Fulbright Fellow at Oxford. She was on the faculty of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University for seven years and teaches and directs in the A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program.
American Conservatory Theater nurtures the art of live theater through dynamic productions, intensive actor training in its conservatory, and an ongoing dialogue with its audience and its community. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Carey Perloff and Executive Director Heather Kitchen, A.C.T. embraces its responsibility to conserve, renew, and reinvent the rich theatrical traditions that are our collective legacy, while exploring new artistic forms and new communities. Commitment to the highest standards informs every aspect of A.C.T.'s creative work.
About the interviewer:
RICHARD WOLINSKY hosts "Bookwaves on Cover to Cover" heard every Thursday at 3:00 pm on KPFA-FM in Berkeley. He also hosts occasional theatre interviews on "Open Book" on Fridays at 3 pm.
2009 Interview: 39-minute web-only extended edit.Carey looks back at the 2008-2009 season and discusses upcoming plays, talks about how a season is developed and how individual plays come to A.C.T., gives some of her own history at A.C.T., and discusses her own history as a director and playwright.
Carey talks about the upcoming A.C.T. season including "Takes of the City", the previous season, including "Tosca Project" and "The Homecoming", and talks in-depth about the preview process and audience reactions.