"You won't find a more spectacular venue for live theater than
Cal Shakes' Bruns Amphitheater in the Orinda hills." —Diablo Magazine




Leadership


Eric TingEric Ting, Artistic Director Designate

Obie Award-winning director Eric Ting has been called “a magician” by The New Yorker magazine and “perhaps one of the most gifted young directors in our midst” (Hartford Courant). Deeply committed throughout his career to the development of new and diverse voices for the theater, Mr. Ting has directed new works (many of them world premieres) by Sam Hunter, Aditi Kapil, Kimber Lee, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Laura Jacqmin, Kenneth Lin, Kristoffer Diaz, Anna Deavere Smith, and others. Beyond his advocacy for new plays, Ting has also been recognized for his co-adaptation of Hemingway’s Old Man & the Sea and his controversial interpretation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth set during the Vietnam War. Mr. Ting has directed productions at Manhattan Theatre Club, Soho Rep, the Public Theater, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens, Williamstown Theatre Festival, A.R.T., Hartford Stage, BAM Next Wave, and the Alliance Theatre; as well as internationally, including Singapore, France, Canada, Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Bali. No stranger to the Bay Area, his work has been seen at Shakespeare Santa Cruz (Shipwrecked! An Entertainment...), and through workshops and readings at A.C.T., Berkley Rep, Marin Theatre Company, and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. 

During his eleven seasons at Long Wharf Theatre, eight as Associate Artistic Director, Mr. Ting was most notably a driving force in several innovative community and audience engagement initiatives that vigorously pursued the potential of art as a tool for social change. He has been a teaching artist for the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp; led playwriting workshops for survivors of domestic violence; and developed after-school programs for underprivileged children in his home state of West Virginia.

Mr. Ting is a founding member of the artists’ collective Intelligent Beasts. He is a multiple-grant recipient, including a TCG New Generations Future Leaders fellowship, a Jerome & Roslyn Milstein Meyer Career Development Prize, and (with Meiyin Wang) a 2012 MAP Fund Award for the development of Motherland/ Foreign Relations (We All Here Why You Never Call?). He was recognized on the occasion of American Theatre magazine’s 25th Anniversary as one of 25 forward-thinking artists. Additionally, he has served on numerous grant and fellowship panels including the Doris Duke Charitable Trust, the Jerome and McKnight Foundations, the NEA, TCG, PONY and the Alpert Awards.

Ting will make periodic visits to the Theater between now and November 1, 2015, when he assumes his official duties as Cal Shakes Artistic Director. He will be joined in early 2016 by his wife Meiyin Wang—currently Co-Director of the Under the Radar Festival and the Devised Theater Initiative at the Public Theater as well as Curator of the Park Avenue Armory Artist-In-Residence program in New York City—and their new daughter, Frankie. 

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Susie FalkSusie Falk, Managing Director

Susie Falk was appointed Cal Shakes’ Managing Director in February 2009, after serving for four years as Cal Shakes’ Marketing Director, overseeing all marketing, sales, and public relations efforts for the Theater, as well as box office and front of house operations. During her tenure, the company has seen ticket revenue increase by 24% and completed a rebranding effort. She previously served for five years as Press and Public Relations Director for Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Prior to that, she spent five years in the PR and Marketing Departments at American Conservatory Theater, and one season as part of the Professional Arts Training Program at Seattle Rep. A Berkeley native, Susie studied at Cal Shakes (then the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival) as a teenager, performing at John Hinkel Park. She recently completed seven years on the board (four as vice president) of Theatre Bay Area, the local service organization for theater companies and theater workers. She is a graduate of Vassar College and completed course work in organizational psychology at JFK University in Pleasant Hill. She lives in Berkeley with her husband, lighting designer York Kennedy, and their daughter Pippa.

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