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Tony Taccone

Arts Festival 2012

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Tony Taccone is enjoying his 15th year as artistic director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where he has staged more than 35 shows – including world premieres by Culture Clash, Rinde Eckert, David Edgar, Danny Hoch, Geoff Hoyle, Quincy Long, Itamar Moses, and Lemony Snicket. Taccone took two shows from Berkeley Rep to Broadway: Sarah Jones’ Bridge & Tunnel, which won a Tony Award for its star, and Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking, which set box-office records in Berkeley before enjoying a six-city national tour.

Taccone commissioned Tony Kushner’s legendary Angels in America, co-directed its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum, and has collaborated with Kushner on seven projects. Their production of Brundibar featured designs by beloved children’s author Maurice Sendak; it debuted at Berkeley Rep and then traveled to Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven and the New Victory Theatre in New York.

Two of Taccone’s recent shows transferred to London: Continental Divide played the Barbican in 2004, and Tiny Kushner played the Tricycle Theatre last fall. His regional credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, Arizona Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre Group, the Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, the Huntington Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theater, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and Seattle Repertory Theatre, as well as San Francisco’s Eureka Theatre where he served six years as artistic director before coming to Berkeley Rep.

Taccone has served on the faculty at UC Berkeley and the board of Theatre Communications Group, and acted as a regional representative for the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Known as a director, he recently turned his hand to playwriting, and two of his scripts are premiering this year: Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup and Ghost Light, a co-production between Berkeley Rep and OSF.