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Center REPertory Company Staff

Michael Butler (Center REP Artistic Director)

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is a director, writer, actor, and published songwriter. This is his tenth season as Artistic Director of Center REPertory Company, the resident professional company of the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. His directing credits for Center REP include Clybourne Park, The Real Housewives of Walnut Creek, the Musical, Don't Dress for Dinner, The Underpants, A Number, To Kill a Mockingbird, Boeing-Boeing and Dracula, as well as the Shellie and/or Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle (BATCC) Award-winning productions of Around the World in 80 Days, The Marriage of Figaro, Nixon's Nixon, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Number and Anything Goes. He has also performed in REP's productions of The Mousetrap, Noises Off and Rumors. Prior to Center REP, he held the post of Associate Artist at San Jose Repertory Theatre where his directing credits include The Haunting of Winchester (World Premiere), Mary's Wedding, Side Man, Desire Under the Elms, Twelfth Night, and Nixon's Nixon, as well as serving as the Rep's Literary Manager and publications writer, and acting in a dozen productions. Other directing credits include the World Premiere of Custody of the Eyes at Cleveland Playhouse, Bus Stop at Marin Theatre Company, The Marriage of Figaro at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Not About Heroes at San Jose Stage, Nixon's Nixon at Seattle Rep, Benched at Sacramento Theatre Company, The Blue Room at Theatre On San Pedro Square, Knock Knock at the Aurora Theatre, As You Like It at San Jose State, where he taught a course in the Creative Process, and From Now On and The New York Play at the Juilliard School, of which he is a graduate. He also directed Krissy Keefer's solo dance-theatre piece, Queen of Sheba, at Dance Mission in San Francisco, wrote and directed Penelope Puddles' Problematic Playground for Make a Circus, and adapted and directed the one woman show Dorothy Parker: Red Room Blues, for the Philadelphia Art Alliance. He is the co-writer and composer of many music-theatre pieces, which he has directed and performed around the world. These include Shout & Twist, which was produced at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre in New York, the Odyssey Theatre in LA, the Prithvi Theatre Festival in Mumbai and on a tour of India, and It's Still Life, which was commissioned by and performed at the Whitney Museum in New York, as well as theatre festivals in Morocco and India. He co-composed the music and lyrics with the noted blues recording artist Chris Cain for Thunder Knocking on the Door, which opened San Jose Rep's new downtown theatre, and subsequently directed a production of it at A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle. He has written songs and underscoring for productions at the Guthrie Theatre, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and San Jose Rep, as well as the Merchant Ivory film, Slaves of New York. As an actor, Michael has worked on Broadway and off, in film and television, and in most of the major regional theatres around the country. Highlights include the Broadway productions of Two Shakespearean Actors with Brian Bedford and Victor Garber, Macbeth with Glenda Jackson and Christopher Plummer, and leading roles at The Public Theatre, the Roundabout, the Guthrie, Arena Stage, and Long Wharf, as well as tours of Russia, Europe and Australia with The Acting Company. He played the title role in the PBS production of David Gordon's Punch and Judy Get Divorced and was the villainous Pierre LeChance on The Guiding Light. In his career as a performer he has also danced with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company and played guitar and harmonica in many rock, blues, and country western bands at all the notable dives in NYC. Michael is a proud member of five professional Unions: the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA and The Dramatists Guild.

Managing Director: Scott Denison

Marketing Director: Gabe Marin

Marketing Assistant: Ariel Brewer

Education Directors: Kerri Shawn & Jeffrey Draper

Technical Director: Joshua Lipps

Casting Director: Jennifer Perry

Production Stage Manager: Jeff Collister

Assistant Stage Manager: Joe Coe

Costume Manager: Bethany Deal

Audience Services Coordinator: Courtney Egg

Production Services Coordinator: Toni Kilcoyne

Asst. to the Managing Director: Gail Pfeifer

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