Michael R. Cook, Retired


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Retired 12/31/2014

Design, Technical Theater, Children's Theater Director

Michael R. Cook has been designing and directing professionally in and around the Bay Area for the past forty years. Among the professional companies and colleges he has designed for are Berkeley Shakespeare Festival (Resident Designer and Production Manager - 8 years), California Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Rep. (Resident Designer - 3 years), Shakespeare at Paul Masson (VITA - Resident Designer - 4 years) and Saint Mary's College (Resident Designer - 18 years). In addition he has been a Guest Designer for the California Actors Theatre, Contra Costa Music Theatre, The Attic Theatre, Saratoga Chamber Theatre, Berkeley Jewish Theatre, San Jose Stage Company, Sunnyvale Repertory Theatre, Solano College and Tau House among others. He has also Stage Managed and Tour Managed in Europe, United States and Canada. Michael is also an actor, (a longstanding member of the Actors Equity Association) and a director, and has directed at many theatres around the Bay Area. His two most recent directing assignments were “City Of Angels” (the only Broadway show with a jazz score) and “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum." He now home bases out of Saint Mary's College of California where he teaches and is the resident Scenic and Lighting Designer for the Performing Arts Department. He is also the Theatre Manager, in charge of all the technical aspects of running the theatre. Last year he received the “Freeman Award” from the Eugene O'Neill Foundation in Danville, California
Michael is most proud of having created and directed all the shows for the Children's Theatre Program at Saint Mary's College. Now in it's 15th season, its offerings have included Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Charlotte's Web, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Ugly Duckling and The Princess and the Pea, and each year draws capacity audiences of elementary and pre-school students. In 2004 Michael wrote and performed around the country a one-man show based on the life of Saint John Baptist De La Salle, called “Saint John Baptist De La Salle — Journey Of A Man.” He was blessed to have Jeffra (his wife) and SMC theatre professor Dan Cawthon co-direct this production. Jeffra also wrote and produced all the original music for the play. Also a painter and sculptor, five years ago, Michael had an exhibit called “portraits," presented by the Library at Saint Mary's College. Two years ago, he had a sculpture exhibit at the Addison Street Window Gallery, accross from Berkeley Rep. The exhib contained portraits of actors, directors and designers from the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival.

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