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Gina Kaufmann
gina@theater.umass.edu
Assistant Professor, Performance and Directing
B.A. University of Iowa in Iowa City
M.F.A. University of Texas at Austin
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Gina Kaufmann has worked as a director and acting coach in numerous regional venues, including The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Shakespeare & Company, and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto. 

In New York, she has directed for SoHo Rep, HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art, Wings Theatre, and Dixon Place.  Most recently, she directed Tartuffe and Private Lives for Sacramento Theatre Company, The Comedy of Errors for Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and was a director (Opus and Anton in Show Business) and the Associate Artistic Director for the 2010 Studio Festival of Plays at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox. 

She has worked extensively on new play development, including three years as a guest director with Paula Vogel and the New Play Festival at Brown University, directing a production of Vogel's own play, Hot 'N' Throbbing at Wellfleet Harbor Actors' Theatre and four years as the Artistic Director of The Unusual Cabaret in Maine.   

In 2009/10 she raised the money for two month-long residencies to bring The Misa Table Dance Theatre Collective to the UMass Amherst campus and directed their cast-generated piece called 1905.  During that same time period, Kaufmann directed the first English translation of Tirso’s Marta la piadosa (translated by colleague Harley Erdman as Marta the Divine) and took the cast of ten students to El Paso to perform at the 35th Annual Siglo de Oro festival. 

Kaufmann holds an MFA in Directing from The University of Texas at Austin and is a member of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

Click here for the WFCR story on Kaufmann's work on 1905.

Click here for a review of Kaufmann's 2005 production of Tartuffe.

 

 

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