We are very happy to announce that two veteran professional actors – Maura Tang and Jim Charles Dean – will be joining our students in tomorrow’s reading of Philip Kan Gotanda’s Love in American Times. Check out how amazing they are!
A graduate of UC Berkeley’s Theater, Dance and Performance Studies program, Maura Tang went on to receive her MFA in Acting at the University of Washington, Professional Actor’s Training Program. Extensive training in Stanislavski System, Alexander Technique, Kristin Linklater’s vocal technique, Viewpoints of Anne Bogart, Suzuki Method of Actor Training, Clown, Stage Combat, and multiple dance styles. She has taught acting, voice, and dance in the greater Bay Area at Skyline Community College, St. Mary’s College, Berkeley Playhouse, New Conservatory Theater, the Performing Arts Academy of Marin and right here in TDPS. Maura is a proud company member of Brickabrack, a community-engaged, award-winning company with a strong focus on audience engagement, creating new works out of Oakland. She has collaborated as a writer, actress, choreographer and director with Brickabrack on three new productions over the past two years. Over the years she has had the pleasure of performing at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, the Guthrie Theater, the Jones Playhouse, Berkeley Playhouse, Lamplighter’s Music Theater, Bay Area Children’s Theater, Book-it Repertory Theater and of course, Zellerbach Playhouse.
Jim Charles Dean is a veteran Bay Area actor. It’s hard to sum up all the things he’s done, but a good place to begin is this amazing profile on SFGate. As Edward Guthmann notes there, “In 36 years on Bay Area stages…Dean has played drunks and dreamers, rock stars and lonely old men. He’s broken a toe onstage, acted with a case of conjunctivitis and fallen offstage into a man’s lap when he lost control of a motorized wheelchair. A journeyman actor, Dean has appeared in more than 150 local stage productions. For 20 years, from 1977 to 1997, he did 80 plays at Berkeley Rep alone, both lead roles and character turns. He’s accomplished something most actors find impossible – he’s made a living as a Bay Area stage actor, without taking outside jobs to supplement his income.”
Please join us in welcoming these phenomenal actors to Berkeley tomorrow afternoon for our reading of Love in American Times!