Aurora Connects

Live Webcast Every Friday at 4pm


Theatre is all about connection. While the measures we're all taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are necessary to save lives, they're also leaving us isolated at a time when we need human connection more than ever. At Aurora, there's not much we can do to directly address the pandemic, but even with our stage dark it remains our role to make connections between artists and audiences.

AURORA CONNECTS is our new weekly live broadcast, an online salon and virtual happy hour. We'll stream AURORA CONNECTS live on our YouTube channel, allowing you to react, comment, ask questions, and engage in real time.

We'll share updates about Aurora's upcoming shows and season, interviews and Q&As with actors and designers, roundtable discussions with directors, and more.  Have suggestions for AURORA CONNECTS? Let us know what you want to see.

 

Watch last week's inaugural episode, and join us this and every Friday at 4 p.m. for #AURORACONNECTS.
 
 

UP next | Friday, April 10:

Meet our Hosts

Josh Costello, Artistic Director
Josh Costello was appointed Artistic Director in 2019 following a national search. At Aurora, he has directed, among others, Exit StrategyThe Importance of Being EarnestDetroit, and the award-winning world premiere of Jonathan Spector's Eureka Day. His world premiere production of Aaron Loeb's Ideation with SF Playhouse moved to Off-Broadway at 59E59 and was named a New York Times Critic's Pick. Costello holds a BFA in Theatre from Boston University, and an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Dawn Monique Williams, Associate Artistic Director
Dawn Monique Williams has been Aurora's Associate Artistic Director since August 2019. An Oakland-native, she was Artistic Associate and a resident artist at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for six seasons. She's worked in theatre across the US including: HERE Arts Center, Profile Theatre (Portland), A.C.T., Chautauqua Theatre Company, African American Shakespeare Company. Williams holds an MA in Dramatic Literature and an MFA in Directing. She directed Bull In A China Shop at Aurora in Fall 2019.


This WEek's Guests


Carlos Aguirre


Laura Jane Bailey

Elizabeth Carter

Kevin Kemp

Katie Rubin

Dan Wolf


James Ard

 
Phil Wong

 


 

 

Friday, April 3rd:

WATCH EPISODE two heRE

Featuring:

Kait Kerrigan
Kait Kerrigan is a playwright, lyricist, and bookwriter. Off-Broadway: The Mad Ones, Henry and the Mudge, and Rosie Revere, Engineer, and Friends. Her work has been developed and performed internationally. Her plays include Disaster Relief, Imaginary Love, Transit, and We Have to Hold Hands. Other musicals include Republic, Unbound, and The Bad Years, an immersive house party. Awards, fellowships, and residencies include the Kleban, Larson, Dramatists Guild Fellowship, I-73 Writer’s Group, Lark Playwright’s Week and Winter Retreat, and MacDowell. Kerrigan is an alumna of Barnard College, and a member of ASCAP, the Dramatists Guild, and founding member of NewMusicalTheatre.com. For more information, visit www.kerrigan-lowdermilk.com.

M. Graham Smith
M. Graham Smith is a San Francisco-based Director, Educator and Producer. He has been an O’Neill/NNPN National Directing Fellow, Oregon Shakespeare Festival FAIR Fellow and is a proud Resident Artist at SF’s Crowded Fire. He grew up outside of New York City and has been based in San Francisco for the last fourteen years. He’s directed in New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Portland Oregon, Washington DC, and venues in San Francisco. He directed the West Coast Premiere of Jerry Springer: The Opera in SF and Truffaldino Says No at Shotgun Players, winning Best Director for the Bay Area Critics Circle.  Recent credits include the World Premiere of Obie winner Christopher Chen’s Home Invasion in SF, Deal with the Dragon at ACT’s Costume Shop & Edinburgh Fringe, Mia Chung’s You for Me for You at Crowded Fire, and James Ijames’ WHITE at Shotgun. He spent five years as Producer of Aurora Theatre’s new play development program and festival The Global Age Project. He teaches in A.C.T.'s actor-training programs, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre and at Barcelona’s premiere Meisner Technique program in Spain. You can visit him online at www.MGrahamSmith.com

 

Molly Smith Metzler
Molly Smith Metzler (playwright) is the author of Cry it Out, Elemeno Pea, The May Queen, Carve, Close Up Space and Training Wisteria. Her regional credits include: Northlight Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Repertory, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Chautauqua Theater Company, City Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Geva Theatre Center, Mixed Blood Theatre Company and more. In New York City: Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC). Metzler’s awards include the Lecomte du Nouy Prize from Lincoln Center, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education's David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award, the Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting and a finalist nod for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She is a proud alumna of the Ars Nova Play Group, the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages and the Cherry Lane Mentor Project. In television, Metzler has written for Casual (Hulu), Orange Is the New Black (Netflix), Codes of Conduct (HBO), and is currently a writer/producer on Shameless (Showtime). She is also a screenwriter, currently adapting Ali Benjamin’s award-winning novel The Thing About Jellyfish into a film for OddLot Entertainment with Made Up Stories and Pacific Standard (Reese Witherspoon’s company). Metzler was educated at the State University of New York at Geneseo, Boston University, New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts and the Juilliard School. She lives in Los Angeles and Kingston, N.Y.

 

Molly Aaronson-Gelb
Molly Aaronson-Gelb (Director) is the founder and Co-Artistic Director of Just Theater, for whom she directed We Are Proud to Present... (TBA Award for Outstanding Direction), A Maze (TBA Finalist for Outstanding Direction), Down A Little Dirt Road, Take Me To The Bridge, Far Away, The World Is Round, and Three Plays About Your Mom. Other directing credits include Spring Awakening (CenterREP), Living Together in the Norman Conquests Trilogy (Shotgun Players), the premiere of Blastosphere by Aaron Loeb and Geetha Reddy (Central Works), Aaron Loeb's First Person Shooter (Capital Stage) and Oliver! (Berkeley Playhouse). She has also directed for Crowded Fire, the SF Fringe Festival, and the Hangar Theater in Ithaca, NY. She has worked as an assistant director at Berkeley Rep, ACT, Cal Shakes, and The Women's Project, is a member of the Lincoln Center Director's Lab, and holds an MA in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. She is the Drama teacher at the College Preparatory School in Oakland and the Mother of a theater-loving four-year-old.

 
 
 

Friday, March 27th:

Watch Episode one Here
Featuring:

Danny Scheie
Actor and director Danny Scheie was last seen at Aurora in 2015's The Monster-Builder. Stage credits include A.C.T., Cal Shakes, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, Arena Stage, Old Globe, Actors Theater of Louisville, Z Space, Magic Theatre, and Yale Rep. He recently played Nurse Bruce in this season's Almost Family on Fox. Scheie holds a professorship of Theater Arts at UC Santa Cruz and a PhD in Dramatic Art from UC Berkeley.

Dean Linnard
Dean Linnard is an actor and teaching artist in the Bay Area. Recent credits include SF Playhouse, Cal Shakes, Marin Shakespeare Company, Left Edge Theatre, Vermont Shakespeare
Festival, Luna Stage, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and the national tour of The Lightning Thief. He holds a BFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
Susan Lynskey
Susan Lynskey was seen most recently off-Broadway in The Jewish Wife at New Light Theater Project and as young Margaret Thatcher in 59E59 Theaters' Handbagged. Bay Area credits include Berkeley Rep and A.C.T. Other credits include Arena Stage, Kansas City Rep, Round House, Metro Stage, Olney Theatre Center, The Kennedy Center, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Lynskey has been recognized with Helen Hayes nominations for Outstanding Lead and Supporting Actress and the DC Audience Choice Award. She is an OSF Acting Company member and is currently filming Thespian for Amazon. Lynskey fosters new plays with leading incubators including The Kennedy Center, Magic Theatre, Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor, and National New Play Network.


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