Center Stage Salons with Josh Costello
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Join Aurora Theatre Company's Artistic Director Josh Costello for a series of interactive salon-style discussions with featured artists, designers, writers, and more. Explore the process of theatre-making from multiple perspectives and learn how art is changing and adapting throughout the year. Unless otherwise specified, all meetings of this monthly salon will be held virtually in a webinar format, where members can sign in from anywhere in the world to participate in the conversation.
January 10, 2021 | Mia Tagano | 4 PM
For our January 10 Center Stage Salon, Josh welcomes celebrated Bay Area actor Mia Tagano (Bull In A China Shop, Splendour). You are a part of the conversation with Mia and Josh, discussing the life of a Bay Area actor, the craft of acting, what it's like to perform with Aurora, and more.
Mia Tagano was last seen at Aurora in Bull in a China Shop and Splendour. Other bay area credits include Berkeley Rep (Macbeth), ACT (Love and Information), CalShakes (Hamlet and Nicholas Nickleby), and TheatreWorks (M Butterfly, Calligraphy and Loudest Man on Earth). Regional credits include Tamburlaine, (Shakespeare Theater), Snow Falling on Cedars (Portland Center Stage, Hartford Stage), and Tantalus (Denver Center/RSC co-production/UK tour). New York credits include Far East (Lincoln Center), 99 Histories (Cherry Lane Theater) and Song of Singapore (Capital Repertory). A member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, Mia received her MFA in Acting from the University of Washington; BA from OSU.
November 22, 2020 | THE FLATS Playwrights | 4 PM
Josh welcomes playwrights Lauren Gunderson, Cleavon Smith, and Jonathan Spector (Eureka Day) to our Center Stage Salon for a discussion of Aurora's first audio drama, The Flats. Get to know these talented Bay Area playwrights and join us for a discussion of this mysterious and moving story and its creation.
October 25, 2020 | The Flats Actors | 4 PM
On October 25, Josh welcomes the cast of The Flats to our Center Stage Salon for a spoiler-free discussion of Aurora's first audio drama. Get to know these talented Bay Area actors, learn about The Flats, and participate in a conversation that celebrates art and artistry.
September 12, 2020 | Eureka Day Cast Reunion | 4 PM
For our second Salon, September 12th, 2020, Josh reunited with the cast of 2018's Eureka Day to look back on the play that found comedy and drama in the anti-vax conflict, won every Bay Area new play award, and that went on to wildly successful productions in New York City and around the country.
August 29, 2020 | Margo Hall
Margo Hall (Exit Strategy, Trouble In Mind; Global Age Project director) has performed and directed in theaters throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She was seen onstage in Skeleton Crew, a co-production with Marin Theatre Company and Theatreworks. She recently directed BARBECUE (which she also starred in) for San Francisco Playhouse and Brownsville, b-side for tray for Shotgun Players. Her writing credits include The People’s Temple at Berkeley Repertory Theater, which won the 2005 Will Glickman Playwright Award for best new play in the Bay Area, and Be Bop Baby, a Musical Memoir, a semi-autobiographical piece at Z Space in San Francisco, featuring the Marcus Shelby 15-piece orchestra. She is a founding member of the award-winning, San Francisco-based multi-cultural ensemble Campo Santo, and has directed, performed and collaborated on new plays with artists such as Naomi Iizuka, Jessica Hagedorn, Philip Kan Gotanda, and Octavio Solis.
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Josh Costello, Artistic Director
Josh Costello is the Artistic Director of Aurora Theatre Company. Throughout his career, Josh has worked to make theatre more accessible for more people, sharing a passion for the visceral experience of live theatre with new audiences and underserved communities. He was the founding Artistic Director of Impact Theatre, which focused on audiences in their teens and twenties. As the Artistic Director of Expanded Programs at Marin Theatre Company, Josh created and administered several programs that built relationships with new audiences. At Aurora, Josh initiated student matinee and Community Partner programs and led a revision of Aurora’s mission to emphasize the theatre’s role as storyteller to the community. Josh has directed Exit Strategy, The Importance of Being Earnest, Detroit, Wittenberg, and The Heir Apparent for Aurora, as well as the world premiere of Eureka Day, which won every Bay Area new play award. His world-premiere production of Aaron Loeb’s Ideation with the San Francisco Playhouse in both SF and NYC won the Glickman Award for best new play in the Bay Area and the Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Direction, and was named a New York Times Critic’s Pick. Other directing work includes My Children! My Africa! at Marin Theatre Company, House of Lucky at Magic Theatre, and his adaptations of Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother and Aphra Behn’s The Rover. Josh was the Education Director at Marin Shakespeare Company, and a faculty member at Cal Shakes, ACT, SF Shakes, UC Riverside, Cal State Long Beach, South Coast Rep, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Josh holds a BFA in Theatre from Boston University, and an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington, Seattle.