Artistic Director of 


Tom Ross inaugurated the company with Barbara Oliver in 1992 and served as its Managing Director and Producing Director before being hired for his current position after a national search. Previously, he worked for eight years at the New York Public Theater as Executive Assistant to Joseph Papp and Co-Director of Play and Musical Development. Since moving to San Francisco in 1991, Tom has produced seven Solo Mio Festivals featuring over 140 solo performers  He has produced, authored and directed eight productions of A Karen Carpenter Christmas for both The Marsh and Transmission Theaters in San Francisco and in Seattle. In 1999, he received the $50,000 Person of Promise Award from the Alafi Family Foundation. As an independent producer in San Francisco, Tom has presented Angelina Reaux, John Kelly, Reno and with RaW MATERIALS Larry Kramer’s Indecent Materials, and the David Cale shows Somebody Else's House and Lillian. Tom is the recipient of several Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Circle and Goodman Awards. He has served on Theatre Bay Area’s Service Committee

Aurora Theatre Company is an exciting and invaluable addition to the burgeoning Downtown Berkeley Arts District.  For twenty years, Aurora Theatre Company has proven itself as a prominent producer of theatre in the Bay Area. Without sacrificing any of the intimacy or high standards of acting and directing that made Aurora Theatre Company what it is today, the current theatre provides better amenities, more comfortable seats and a modern style to our loyal patrons who have kept coming back for years.

2016 Interview (37 minutes)
Tom Russ discusses the ins and
outs of working at the thrust stage,
plus the upcoming 2017-2017 season
Program as aired on KPFA
Monday, June 13, 2016.

2011 Interview (42 minutes)
Tom Ross discusses the production of
Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance, 
at Aurora through September 20, 2011, 
about the history of Aurora and its theatre, 
and about his own career in theatre
Program as aired on KPFA
Friday, September 9, 2011, 3 pm 

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. 

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