B.A. in French from UCLA.
Private Professional Training with:
- Jeff Corey (acting),
- Benjamin Zemach (modern dance),
- Del Close (long-form improvisation),
- Leonard Pitt (mask),
- Mary Overlie (Viewpoints),
- Roy Hart Theatre (voice),
- Marcus Gardley and Lee Blessing (playwriting) among others.
Since 1982, I have taught solo performance development, ensemble theatre-making, theatre games, autobiographical improvisation and extended vocal exploration in my own private workshops, in individual sessions, and as a guest teacher, in residencies ranging from one class session to several weeks at:
- California State University East Bay
- U.C. Berkeley
- California Arts Council’s Summer School of the Arts
- California Institute of Integral Studies
- The Lama Foundation
- Esalen Institute
- Naropa Institute (Summer Session)
- Institute for Transpersonal Psychology
- University of San Francisco
- Stanford University
- A.S.K. Theatre Projects, Los Angeles
Between 1990 and 2005 I taught with Nina Wise at Motion, her Marin County studio where she pioneered and taught a unique form of movement-based, narrative-driven, autobiographical improvisation.
Theatre-Making and Performance (last ten years)
2015-16: Lightning in the Brain, writer, composer, performer.
2015: Galilee, actor, SF Playwrights Festival
2012: Good Person of Szechuan, director, composer, Cal State E. Bay
2011: In The Maze of Our Own Lives, playwright/director, TJT
2010: I’m Calling the Police, (Reading) playwright. (inspired by a story by Irvin Yalom) TJT
2009: The Chosen, Rabbi Saunders, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
2009: The Last Yiddish Poet, (revival) actor/co-creator, TJT
2008, 2009: 2 X Malamud, actor/co-creator, TJT
2007: Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman. TJT at Theatre Artaud, Julia
Morgan and Mountain View Center.
2006: Family Alchemy: Malamud & Paley Stories on Stage, actor/co-creator, TJT
2005: Blood Relative, actor/co-creator, TJT (Israeli-Palestinian-American collaboration)
2005: See Under: Love, (playwright) Publication in “9 Contemporary Jewish Plays” U of Texas Press.
2005: Berlin, Jerusalem and the Moon (collaborating playwright) Publicationin Ensemble Works TCG
Awards and Honors
2014: CA$H Grant from TBA for early development of Lightning in the Brain
2010: SF Weekly, TJT named “Best Theatre Company in San
2010: Hewlett-Gerbode Playwrights Collaboration Award/Commission for
In the Maze of Our Own Lives
2007: SF Chronicle and others, “10 Best Productions” annual lists
for Death of a Salesman
1999: Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award for See Under:
1995: California Arts Council Playwright’s Fellowship
1994: Marin Arts Council Playwright’s Fellowship
1993: L.A. Times “10 Best Productions” annual list for Sometimes We Need a Story More than Food at Los Angeles Festival (writer/performer)
1980-81 Dramalogue and LA Weekly awards for The Last Yiddish Poet, actor/co-creator
2016: Eight-week run of Lightning in the Brain at The Marsh, SF.
2016: SF Jewish Film Festival promotional trailer, actor.
2015: SF Playwrights Festival, actor
2015: Vallejo Symphony Orchestra, Peter and the Wolf, Narrator.
2014 – 2016: Oceanic Productions, screenwriter
2013: Stanford University, Guest Teacher, Law School (improvisation)
2013: Culture Strike, Moses and Jesus (video on immigrants’ rights, played Moses.)
2012: California State University, East Bay. Director, The Good Person of Szechuan (Brecht/Kushner)
2012: ACT, Back to the Source educational program for drama teachers, facilitator
2011: Five-Year Engagement, Apatow Productions, Actor (Film)
2009: The Chosen TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (LORT), Rabbi Saunders
2008 – Present: freelance creative consultant, various clients
1978-2012: Traveling Jewish Theatre (actor, writer, director, associate artistic director)
2005: See Under: Love, (playwright) Publication in 9 Contemporary Jewish Plays U of Texas Press.
2005: Berlin, Jerusalem and the Moon (collaborating playwright) Publication in Ensemble Works TCG
Short fiction in The Sun (three issues of the magazine) and in, Zeitlin, ed., Because God Loves Stories, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1997
Essays and articles in The Sun, American Theatre, San Francisco Examiner, Callboard, Beliefnet.com, Ocean Realm, Skin Diver Magazine