Mina Morita is the Artistic Associate at Berkeley Rep and its center for creation and development of new work, The Ground Floor. During its inaugural lab in 2012, 100 artists were brought in from across the U.S. to workshop 13 projects, of which she directed two. In 2014, we will be developing 17 new plays with notable artists such as Anna Deavere Smith, John Leguizamo, PearlDamour, Jiehea Park, and Dave Malloy. During her time at Berkeley Rep, Mina has curated and line-produced the Fireworks Festival, directed Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again, and directed a staged reading of The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later. As assistant director there, she has worked with Tony Taccone on Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide and Itamar Moses’ Yellowjackets; with Les Waters on Todd Almond’s Girlfriend, Naomi Iizuka’s Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West, and Sarah Ruhl’s In The Next Room (which received a Tony nomination); with Jonathan Moscone on Tony Taccone’s Ghost Light.
As a freelance director, she has worked at Shotgun Players (By and By, The Great Divide, and The Norman Conquest’s Round and Round the Garden), Just Theatre (Underneath The Lintel), Sleepwalkers Theatre (The Nature Line), Aurora Theatre Company’s Global Age Project, Playwrights’ Foundation, Campo Santo, Precarious Theatre Company, Impact Theatre, Berkeley Playhouse, and Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT). In 2012, Mina worked with Anna Deavere Smith as the artistic coordinator for her play, On Grace. Most recently, she directed Min Kahng’s adaptation of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon with BACT. Up next is the world premier of Lauren Gunderson’s Fire Work with TheatreFIRST.
Mina also serves as the Board President for Shotgun Players and is one of the original founders of BACT where she served as interim Executive Director in 2011. This year she joins Ferocious Lotus, a new Asian-American theatre company as one of its core company members and begins her three-year tenure on the Zellerbach Family Foundation’s Community Arts Panel. Mina holds a degree in directing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, was awarded the Bret C. Harte Fellowship at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, received the National Arts Strategies Future Leadership Fellowship, and participated as a member of the 2014 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.
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