Events Page: Carey Perloff

Carey Perloff
ACT Artistic Director

Carey’s Talk: How Live Theater Keeps Us Human

A vigorous proponent of unusual classical literature and a passionate advocate of new work and new theatrical forms, Carey Perloff has been artistic director of acclaimed American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco since 1992. Perloff has directed dozens of award-winning productions for A.C.T., including the American premieres of works by Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, and Timberlake Wertenbaker, world premieres by Philip Kan Gotanda, Constance Congdon, and Mac Wellman, and new interpretations of Schiller, Webster, Euripides, Gorky, Gogol, and Molière. Her most recent creation is The Tosca Project, a ground-breaking movement-theater piece developed in collaboration with choreographer Val Caniparoli. Also an accomplished playwright and a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, Perloff is the author of Luminescence Dating, The Colossus of Rhodes, Higher, and Waiting for the Flood, among others. Perloff received a B.A. in classics and comparative literature from Stanford University and was a Fulbright Fellow at Oxford University. Before joining A.C.T., Perloff was artistic director of OBIE Award–winning Classic Stage Company in New York. She was recently honored with France’s Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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