Spring 2004 Directors

Alice Shikina (Come From Behind, Sueno, Leftovers)is the Associate Director of Three Wise Monkeys production company. She received her BFA in theatre from Miami University and has completed some graduate work at the University of Hawaii in Asian theatre and directing. She has been acting since she was 13 and began her directing career in the Czech Republic. Alice moved to San Francisco in 2000 and since then, has acted in both BOA Festivals and directed in the 2nd annual BOA Festival. She also dances and was last seen at the International Butoh Festival in 2002. She spends her time during the day designing for American Red Cross National.

Christopher Jenkins(The Amazing Adventures of Della, the Dwarf, Nimrod Heaven,and Brilliant Disguise) is currently the Company Manager for Berkeley Repertory Theatre as well as the founding Artistic Director of San Francisco's Unidentified Theatre Company (UTC). He was also the producer of the San Francisco production ofHedwig and the Angry Inch. His recent West Coast directing credits includeThe Food Chain for UTC,You Should Be So Lucky by Charles Busch, the West Coast premiere ofIn The Garden, the world premiere ofLegion, and the West Coast premiere ofAvow, all for the New Conservatory Theatre. Before moving to the Bay Area, he was the managing director for Buffalo United Artists, an award-winning theatre in New York for which he directed more than 30 productions, includingAs Bees in Honey Drown,Twilight of the Golds,Gross Indecencies: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, andUnidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love.

Mark Gagné (American Irish, Sheherezade), the Director of Development and Marketing at New Conservatory Theatre, has been a professional writer, teacher and director since 1987, beginning in Boston and continuing in Chicago from 1990 through June 2003. As the Founder and former Artistic Director of The Free Associates Theatre Company in Chicago, he created 12 original parodies during his ten-years there, includingCast on a Hot Tin Roof, MedeaMorphosis andBlithering Heights. His solo show,Never the Straight Man, toured the Midwest in 2002 after a successful run at Live Bait Theatre in Chicago in late 2001. Mark taught Writing Comedy and Introduction to Writing Satire & Parody for Columbia College in Chicago from 1999 through 2002, as well as several different workshops for the internationally renowned Chicago Improv Festival, for which he serves on the Advisory Board. He was also an Associate Faculty member for the Writing Program at The Second City Training Center in Chicago from January 2000 through June 2003. His hit comedyBS is currently in its 10th year at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago.

Anna Budd (Self-Animations, The Waiting Room, Age of Dragons)graduated from San Francisco State University in 1998 with a Masters in Playwriting. She wrote and performed several monologue plays, includingAwake and Dreaming, andFrom Shit Grows the Roses, both performed at the 1999 and 2000 San Francisco Fringe Festivals, respectively.From Shit Grows the Roses was produced by Venue 9 in 1999, where it was awarded "The Best of Women's Work."
Her two full-length plays,Writing for the Masses andPsychic Duality, were both finalists in the Highsmith Award at S.F.S.U. Her current play,What Burns, was a finalist in last year's Bay Area Playwright's Festival.What Burns has recently had staged readings at Mills College in Oakland, and at the Playwrights' Center of San Francisco, where she serves as Literary Manager. Her short playOdd Scraps From an Extinguished America was produced recently by the Isis Arts collective at the Exit Theatre. Anna Budd currently teaches acting and playwriting at Arrowsmith Academy in Berkeley. She also has a passion for swordplay and stage combat.