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I passionately believe that the values of anti-racism and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access are crucial for a theatre artist to champion if they want to not only stay relevant, but truly be part of leading the cultural conversations happening in the rehearsal room and throughout the industry. As some examples of my own advocacy, over the last two years I co-created and moderated a DEIA hour-long virtual module at my former college entitled "Courageous Conversations", which facilitated ways for different stakeholders to explore strategies to interrupt microaggressions when they occur in a range of gatherings; I hired a NYC-based cultural competency consultant to help create safer spaces in production meetings and rehearsal rooms; I formed an allyship with Broadway for Racial Justice to address ways to address decolonizing texts and expand hiring processes; and I have worked as a director with previous theatre companies to expand casting opportunities in the community as well as striving for gender and racial equity whenever possible in my production teams. Though these are relatively small steps in terms of advancing greater diversity in the arts world and academia, I believe that modeling these ideas do have long-term beneficial effects. In the stories I help shine a light on, and the collaborators I work with and learn from, I always want to reflect the beautiful breadth of voices and perspectives I see in the country.
BRENDON FOX is a director, teacher, adapter and producer who has worked nationally and internationally at a number of prominent regional theaters, universities and training programs, including Prague Shakespeare Company, The Julliard School, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Long Wharf Theater, Portland Center Stage, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.
Directing credits include: LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, American Stage; LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, Prague Shakespeare Company, Colorado Shakespeare Festival; BASKERVILLE, Long Wharf Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse / Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; RELATIVELY SPEAKING, Dog Days Theatre; THE PITMEN PAINTERS, American Stage; ALABAMA STORY, Peninsula Players; PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, PlayMakers Repertory Company; ANGELS IN AMERICA (Parts One and Two), PlayMakers Repertory Company; FALLEN ANGELS, Theatre at Monmouth; SHIPWRECKED!, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING with Dana Delany, Old Globe Theatre; OPUS, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Portland Center Stage, Peninsula Players, L.A. Theatre Works; THE LEARNED LADIES, Texas Shakespeare Festival; REBORNING, Urbanite Theatre Company, TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, Houston Shakespeare Festival; the L.A. premiere of THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS, Pasadena Playhouse; LOBBY HERO, FSU / Asolo Rep; LOVE’S LABORS LOST, Academy of Classical Acting; PRIVATE LIVES and THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE (LATW National Tours); AS YOU LIKE IT, Weston Theatre Company.
He has workshopped new plays at the JAW New Play Festival at Portland Center Stage, New Harmony Project and the Asolo Unplugged Series. His next project is LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT at American Stage in Florida.
Brendon has served as an SDCF and NEA Panelist, and a KCACTF Adjudicator, Presenter and Speaker at the Regional and National Festivals.
He has taught and directed students at The Juilliard School, Prague Shakespeare Company, The University of Virginia, The University of Evansville, University of Northern Colorado, University of North Carolina, The Old Globe/University of San Diego Professional Actor Training Program, and the Academy of Classical Acting. He is a former Associate Producer for L.A. Theatre Works, directing many acclaimed radio plays for NPR and numerous national tours. He has worked as Associate Director at the Tony Award-winning Old Globe Theatre in San Diego for seven years.
He is also an Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance at Washington College, Maryland. Prior to that he was the Assistant Professor of 2nd Year Acting at the FSU / Asolo Conservatory in Florida.
He holds a BS in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and an MFA in Directing from UCLA.
"Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not." G. B. Shaw