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REID EDELMAN
e-mail: redelman@mendocino.edu

EDUCATION:

Harvard University Graduate School of Education (Ed.M. 1996)
Individualized emphasis on human development, the arts, and creativity. Program included extensive coursework with Howard Gardner (multiple intelligence theory and the study of creativity), Carol Gilligan (psychology and the arts) and Robert Kegan (adult development). Helped initiate a program in Arts Education at Harvard. Coursework also included studies in dramatic literature with Robert Brustein and Jeffrey Masten.

Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University (1986-1987)
Professional actor training program. Conservatory training in acting (Meisner technique, under William Esper), voice & speech, movement, ensemble performance, and stage combat.

Stanford University (BA with distinction 1986)
Majors in Drama and English. Awarded Louis Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Creative Arts for senior thesis production of Of Mice and Men. Also awarded Robert Golden Medal for Achievement in the Humanities. Faculty included Martin Esslin, Charles Lyons, Carl Weber, John Wilson and Patricia Ryan.

American Conservatory Theatre: Summer Training Congress (certificate 1984)
Ten week intensive conservatory program. Primary acting teacher was Annette Bening. Other faculty included Sidney Walker, Bill Ball, Sabin Epstein, and Deborah Sussell.
 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:

Mendocino College, Ukiah, CA

Professor, Theatre Arts: 2000-present
Teach various classes, including: Introduction to Theatre, Introduction to Dramatic Literature, Beginning Acting, Intermediate Acting, The Actors Voice, Acting Styles, Acting Improvisation, Introduction to Directing, and Theatre Performance.  Produce and direct two major productions annually; coordinate annual festival of new plays.    Develop theatre curriculum, manage department and production budgets. Provide ongoing leadership for active theatre program. Supervise adjunct faculty and collaborate with local theatre organizations.  Participate in various campus-wide committees. Serve as Vice President of Academic Senate (2012-2013).

Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco, CA

Theatre Director & Chair of Performing Arts Department: 1987-2000
Created award winning program in Performing Arts. Taught Acting, Advanced Acting, Directing / Dramatic Theory, Voice & Speech, and Dramatic Literature. Coordinated annual festival of student written and directed plays. Directed two major productions each year. Managed performing arts department production budgets. Additional responsibilities included initiating faculty peer evaluation program, coordinating Community Service program, teaching Freshman & Junior English, serving as an academic advisor and extensive committee work.

The Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, MA

Director & Educator: 1995-1996
Directed Drama As Discovery Institute, an intensive ten-week free program for inner city Boston students. Staged student project paralleling Huntington production of Hamlet. Taught workshops at local schools.

The Harvest Theatre Company, San Francisco, CA

Artistic Director & co-founder: 1988-1995
Founded professional theatre company and developed artistic mission. Produced seven seasons and 28 plays, including two productions at the B.A.I.T. Fringe Festival. Directed 14 productions, including plays by Shakespeare, Lanford Wilson and Tennessee Williams. Created active play development program, producing U.S. premiere of John Clifford's Light in the Village, San Francisco premiere of John Olive's Voice of the Prairie, and several new scripts by playwrights in residence. Initiated school touring program and extensive educational workshops, including summer conservatory program for high school students and internship programs for college students. Managed budget and solicited funds. Received Edith Lew Award from Bay Area Theatre Workers Association for achievement in non-traditional and color blind casting.
 

PROFESSIONAL THEATRE DIRECTING CREDITS:

Under Yelena by Buffy Sedlachek. Staged reading of new play, presented by the Marin Theatre Company Playwright's Lab, Mill Valley, CA (1998)

"Titanic Innocence" by Amy Kirk. Staged reading of new play, presented by The
Playground. A Traveling Jewish Theatre, San Francisco, CA (1997)

"A Hamlet Happening" Original adaptation of Hamlet staged with inner city Boston youth at the Huntington Theatre Company, paralleling the company's mainstage production. Boston, MA (1996)

Our Town by Thornton Wilder. Harvest Theatre Company, Ehrer Theatre, San Francisco, CA (1994)

An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen (adapted by Arthur Miller). Harvest Theatre Company, San Francisco, CA (1993)

Vincent by Leonard Nimoy. Harvest Theatre Company, Ehrer Theatre, San Francisco. Also presented at the B.A.I.T. Fringe Festival, Teatro Miseon, San Francisco, CA (1993)

The Voice of the Prairie by John Olive (San Francisco premiere). Harvest Theatre Company, Ehrer Theatre, San Francisco, CA (1992)

Bridges A collection of scenes by Arthur Miller and August Wilson. Harvest Theatre Company, touring production presented at San Francisco Bay Area schools (1992)

Antigone by Sophocles. Harvest Theatre Company, Ehrer Theatre, San Francisco, CA (1991)

"Rivkala's Ring" by Spalding Gray. Presented in Harvest Theatre Company production of Orchards, a collection of short plays based on stories by Anton Chekhov. Produced at the Ehrer Theatre, San Francisco, and at The Stanford University Little Theatre, Stanford, CA (1991)

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. Harvest Theatre Company (then The Stanford Actors Project), Ehrer Theatre, San Francisco, CA (1990)

Oliver by Lionel Bart. West Marin Chorus & Orchestra, presented at the Bolinas Community Center and at the Point Reyes Dance Palace (1990)

The Little Prince Adapted by Reid Edelman, from the story by Antoine de Saint Exupery. Harvest Theatre Company (then The Stanford Actors Project), touring production presented at more than 30 San Francisco Bay Area Schools (1990)

The Rimers of Eldritch by Lanford Wilson. Harvest Theatre Company (then The Stanford Actors Project). Presented at The Intersection For The Arts, San Francisco, CA (1989)

The Frog Prince by David Mamet. Harvest Theatre Company (then The Stanford Actors Project), touring production presented at more than 30 San Francisco Bay Area schools (1989)

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. Harvest Theatre Company (then The Stanford Actors Project), Stanford University Little Theatre, Stanford, CA (1988)
 

ACADEMIC THEATRE DIRECTING CREDITS:

plays directed for the Mendocino College Theatre Arts Department:
Shrewed! by Jody Gehrman (premiere production) (2013)
The Seagull by Anton Chekhov; new version by Tom Stoppard (2012)
Oedipus Tyrannos
by Sophocles, translated by Timberlake Wertenbaker (2011)
The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare (2010)
Our Country's Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker (2009)
Prelude to a Kiss by Craig Lucas (2009)
The Ages of Man by Thornton Wilder (2008)
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (2008)
Temptation by Vaclav Havel (2007)
Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman (2006)
Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein, Sheldon Harnick & Jerry Bock (2006)
The Ladies of the Camellias
by Lillian Groag (2004)
Brigadoon
by Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe (2004)
All in the Timing
  by David Ives (2004)
Crimes of the Heart  by Beth Henley (2003)
Tartuffe  by Molière (2002)
The Tempest  by William Shakespeare (2002)
All My Sons  by Arthur Miller (2001)
The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan (2001)
Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck. (2000)

plays directed for the Lick-Wilmerding High School Performing Arts Department:

West Side Story  by Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim (2000)
Marisol by José Rivera (1999)
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare (1999)
Museum by Tina Howe (1998)
Working a musical from the book by Studs Terkel. (1998)
Black Elk Speaks by Christopher Sergel, based on the book by John G. Niehardt. (1997)
As You Like It by William Shakespeare. (1997)
Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel. (1996)
The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare. (1995)
The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. (1994)
The House of Blue Leaves by John Guare. (1993)
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. (1993)
The Investigation by Peter Weiss. (1993)
The Rise & Rise of Daniel Rocket by Peter Parnell. (1992)
Guys and Dolls by Frank Loesser. (1992)
The Art of Dining by Tina Howe. (1991)
Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward. (1991)
The Crucible by Arthur Miller. (1990)
Anything Goes by Cole Porter. (1990)
Beyond The Horizon by Eugene O'Neill. (1989)
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. (1989)
Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon. (1988)
The Boyfriend by Sandy Wilson. (1988)
Bus Stop by William Inge. (1987)
 

plays directed for the Stanford University Department of Drama:

The Taste of Murder by Howard Pollack (premiere production). Nitery Theatre (1988)

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. (undergraduate thesis production, awarded the Lewis Sudler Prize for excellence in the Performing Arts), Nitery Theatre (1986)

Alice In Wonderland Adapted by Reid Edelman, from the book by Lewis Carroll. Stanford Touring Children's Theatre, presented at the Studio 205 and as touring production at more than 40 Bay Area schools (1985)

SELECTED ACTING CREDITS:

Hamlet by William Shakespeare (Claudius) Mendocino College Theatre Arts Department. Directed by Bryan Arnold (2010)

Book of Days by Lanford Wilson (Len Hoch) Ukiah Players Theatre. Directed by David Hance (2006)

Robin Hood by Don Nigro (Cootie the Drunk & Diccon Cruikshank) Equity production at
the Marin Shakespeare Company. Directed by Cliff Mayotte (1997)

Dead Souls by Laurence Senelick (Public Prosecutor, Chichikov's Teacher, Ensemble) Harvest
Theatre Company (live radio play) Directed by Cliff Mayotte (1993)

Chemin de Fer by Georges Feydeau (Belgeance) Harvest Theatre Company (live radio play). Directed by Cliff Mayotte (1992)

Orchards (Peter in "Vint" by David Mamet and Stephen in "Drowning"
by Maria Irene Fornes) Harvest Theatre Company. Directed by Cliff Mayotte (1991)

A Woman Without A Name by Romulus Linney (Arthur Moore) Jameson Studio Theatre, Rutgers University. Directed by Robert Cox (1987)

Arden of Faversham (Bradshaw) Stanford University Department of Drama. Directed by Carl Weber (1986)

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare(Curtis and Pedant) Equity production by The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Directed by Michael Addison (1985)

Mann Ist Mann by Bertolt Brecht (Ensemble) Equity production by The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Directed by Michelle Trauffaut (1985)

Hamlet-A Portrait (Hamlet # 4) San Francisco International Theatre Festival, presented at
the Theatre Artaud. Written & directed by Stuart Sherman (1983)

The Hot l Baltimore by Lanford Wilson (Paul) San Francisco City College. Directed by Camille Howard (1983)
 
 

AWARDS:

Professional Excellence Award (presented by the Mendocino College Academic Senate), 2003.

The Edith Lew Award (presented to The Harvest Theatre Company), for innovation in non-
traditional casting, Bay Area Theatre Workers Association, 1992.

The Lewis Sudler Prize for excellence in the performing arts, Stanford University, 1986.

The Robert Golden Medal for achievement in the humanities, Stanford University, 1986.