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Directors of 2013

Here is the talented roster of directors from the 2013 OC-Centric New Play Festival

Neal Kowalsky
"God Shaped Hole"


An SDC Associate Member, Neal is a New York City-based director making his West Coast debut. New York Credits:Thieves (The Public Theater), You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (St. John’s University), Andre Washington (The Chain Theatre), Lost&Found (Gallery Players). Regional Credits:Next to Normal (SDC Observer - Pioneer Theatre Company), Papermill Theatre (TYA Artistic Director). Neal has assisted on shows at the Signature Theatre Company, New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, Kaye Playhouse, the Planet Connections Theatre Festival and the Mac-Haydn Theatre. Neal has also worked internationally in Canada and the Czech Republic. Awards: Winner of Outstanding Play at Curan Rep Company's One-Act Festival, and Producers’ Choice at Left Hip Productions. A James Madison University alum, Neal sends much love to his parents, sisters, family and friends for the enormous amounts of support as he follows his dream and thanks Chapman University and the OC-centric staff for this amazing opportunity.

Tamiko Washington


Tamiko is also the artistic director of OC-centric. An AssociateProfessor of Theatre at Chapman University, she has an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of California, Irvine and is considered the originator of American Noh Theatre. In addition to her highly acclaimed one-woman show Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs (adapted for the stage by Deanna Sidoli and Kent Kirkpatrick), she has also acted at South Coast Repertory, the Old Globe Theatre, the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Orange County, Stages Theatre, the Vanguard Theatre, and Pacific Theatre Ensemble. Her television credits include co-starring and guest artist roles in Pensacola, Silk Stalkings and two Lifetime Movie Network films, Two Small Voices and Kidnapped. In 2005, she was awarded the Kennedy Center American/College Theatre Excellence in Education for her work at Chapman University. Directing credits at Chapman University include The Trojan Women, The School for Scandal, A Night of Noh Theatre, He Who Gets Slapped, Ragged Dick, Marisol, Waiting for Godot (XXXV KC/ACTF finalist production), A Streetcar Named Desire and Atsumori & Ikuta (XXXII KC/ACTF finalist production).

Stephen John
"Les Hollywood Hills"


Stephen is currently finishing his bachelor’s degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing at CSUF. He has been nominated over 10 times by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for Design and Stage Management. Stephen has worked professionally for over 15 years and has multiple professional credits as a producer, director, designer, stage manager, and technician. Directorial and design collaborations include STAGEStheatre, Fullerton College, Soroptimist International of Fullerton, Mysterium Theatre, Stage Works at the Mesa Arts Center (Mesa, AZ) Crazy Red-head Productions (Scotland), Handless Man Productions and 3D Theatricals.

Doug Oliphant
"The Sound of Silence"


Doug's past directing credits include SubUrbia (Pacific Resident Theatre), The Ruby Besler Cabaret (Hollywood Fringe), 44 Plays for 44 Presidents (Drive Theatre Company), Bluenose(Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre), the Postal Service album adaptation There is Truth, Love is Real (Hollywood Fringe), and Christopher Durang’s Betty’s Summer Vacation (Central Connecticut State University). Recent movement directing credits include Down in the Face of God (The Vagrancy) and Group (LA Theatre Ensemble). Recent fight choreography credits include Conk and Bone (Carrie Hamilton Theatre at Pasadena Playhouse), What the Butler Saw (Odyssey Theatre), and Company, The Rimers of Eldritch, and The Servant of Two Masters (Chapman University). Doug was the 2009 Kennedy Center ACTF national winner of the SDC Directing Fellowship. He has a BFA in Theatre from Central Connecticut State University and also studied at the O’Neill Theater Center's National Theater Institute and the St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy (Russia).

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