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Michael Addison

Emeritus Faculty

B.A., Pomona College, 1958
M.F.A., Tulane University, 1960
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1968

Positions Held
1964-67, Lecturer, U.C. Riverside; 1967-71, Associate Professor, U.C. Santa Barbara; 1970-71, Chairman, Dept. of Dramatic Art, UCSB; 1971-72, Dean, School of Theatre, California Institute of the Arts; 1972-86 Professor, Theatre, U.C. San Diego; 1972-77, Head, Graduate Studies, Theatre, UCSD; 1977-82, Chairman, Theatre, UCSD; 1982-85, Provost, Earl Warren College, UCSD; 1987-96 Artistic Director, California Shakespeare Festival (formerly Berkeley Shakespeare Festival); 2012, Artistic Director, Theater 150, Ojai.

Directing – Professional Theatre

Othello, King Lear, The Tempest, and The Taming of the Shrew,Utah Shakespearean Festival, 1963 - 6; Henry VI, 3, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, 1969; Waiting for Godot (Beckett), Octagon Theatre, Perth, Australia, 1969, Measure for Measure, Festival of Perth, 1970, Arms and the Man (Shaw), National Repertory Theatre, Perth, 1970; Orpheus Descending (Williams), Mountview Theatre, London, 1970; Duchess of Malfi (Brecht/Auden), San Diego Repertory Theatre, 1974; Much Ado About Nothing, Arsenic and Old Lace (Kesserling), Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 1975; The Maids (Genet), and Come and Go (Beckett) S. D. Rep, 1975; The Merchant of Venice, Oregon Shakespearean Festival, 1976; The Importance of Being Earnest (Wilde), Twelfth Night, Berkeley Rep, 1976; The Tempest, Oregon Shakespearean Festival, 1977; The Country Wife (Wycherly), Berkeley Rep, 1977; Glass Menagerie (Williams), Waiting for Godot (Beckett)S. D. Rep, 1977; The Changeling (Middleton), Drama Centre, Adelaide, Australia, 1979; Medea and Yankee Doodle Vaudeville Show, California Theatre Ensemble, Edinburgh Festival, 1980; Mother Courage (Brecht), S. D. Rep, 1981; Centralia, Berkeley Stage Company, 1981; The Odyssey (co-author, director, actor), performed by invitation Dubrovnik Theatre Festival and Skopje International Arts Festival, Yugoslavia, 1982; Trojan Women (Sartre adaptation), San Francisco Repertory Theatre,1984; The Taming of the Shrew, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, 1985; Cowboys #2 (Shepherd), S. D. Rep, 1985; Baal (Brecht), Marat/Sade (Weiss),S. F. Rep, 1986; Julius Caesar, Utah Shakespeare Festival, 1986; A Christmas Carol, S. D. Rep, 1988; Much Ado About Nothing, Bathhouse Theatre, Seattle, 1989; Henry IV, Pt.2, Henry V, Troilus and Cressida, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, King Lear, Merchant of Venice, Love's Labours Lost, Measure for Measure, and Hamlet, Berkeley/California Shakespeare Festival 1987-95; The Three Musketeers (Dumas), Pericles, Utah Shakespeare Festival, 1996-7; The Cherry Orchard (Chekhov), Mendocino Theatre Company 1998; Henry IV, Pt. I & II, Colorado Shakespeare Festival 1999; Importance of Being Earnest (Wilde), Rubicon Theatre 2003; Twelfth Night, Shakespeare Vignettes, Theatre 150, 2011, Ojai Performing Arts, 2014.

Directing – University Theatre

Over fifty productions at Tulane University, Stanford University, California Institute of the Arts, and the University of California, including plays by Jonson, Brecht, Moliere, Ibsen, Shakespeare, Congreve, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Genet, Beckett, and Buchner.

(selected examples)
Visiting Fellow in Theatre, University of Western Australia, 1969; Humanities Institute Grant, Australian Arts Council, 1970; Travel and Study Grant, Australian Arts Council, 1970; Visiting Fellow in Theatre, Flinders University, Australia, 1979; Elected Member, National Theatre Conference, 1982; University of California grants: Experimental Theatre Festival (three years); Yugoslavian Theatre Tour; Multiple research and travel grants for theatre research and production

(selected examples)
"Conceptualizing the Production", "Professional Training for the Director", "Theatrical Adaptations of Classic Texts", "The Orestia for a Contemporary Audience", "The Director"s Process: Achieving Performance Style", (American Theatre Association); "Shakespeare in the West", (American Society for Theatre Research); "Beckett in America - the Director works with the Actor", (Humanities Research Centre Conference on Modern European Drama, Canberra, Australia); "Reviving Greek Tragedy", (Hellenistic Society of California); "Greek Tragedy in Modern Dress", (Endowed Lecture, Concordia University, Montreal); "Experiments in Greek Tragedy", (Endowed Classics Lecture, San Diego State University); "Analysis of the Shakespearean Text for the Actor", (Ohio University); "Reinvigorating Shakespeare: Modern Dress or Fancy Dress?" (Shakespeare Theatre Association of America).

Public Services 
(selected examples)
Board of Trustees, San Diego Repertory Theatre; Board of Directors, Marquis Public Theatre; San Diego Ballet Liasion Committee; San Diego Theatre of the Disabled Committee; Board of Directors, San Diego Theatre League; Board of Directors, Flintridge Foundation; President, Shakespeare Theatre Assoc. of America; Board of Trustees, Anderson Valley Unified School District; President Board of Directors, Anderson Valley Education Foundation; President Board of Directors, Arts Council of Mendocino County; President, Ojai Education Foundation; Chair, Art Commission, City of Ojai.