BOA 2013 DATES, VENUE, AND NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
San Francisco CA, May 1st 2013 – The Bay One Acts Festival (BOA), one of San Francisco’s premiere new works and independent theater festivals, will take place from September 14th – October 5th with two programs of plays running in rep at the new PianoFight Productions space at 144 Taylor St. in San Francisco. BOA also announces the appointment of Sara Staley as its new Artistic Director.
Staley worked with BOA as a director and producer in 2008, 2010 and 2011 before being named the Festival’s new Artistic Director. Staley replaces Jessica Holt who is now pursuing an MFA in Directing at the Yale School of Drama. Holt had been involved in BOA for the past five years and as the Artistic Director for the last three. Staley will now helm the only Festival in the region that brings together 10 independent companies as producing partners to work collaboratively and present cutting edge short-form plays by Bay Area writers.
To the role of Artistic Director, Staley brings deep connections with local independent companies as well as an extensive background in arts education and management. On top of helming world premieres with companies like Sleepwalkers Theatre, San Francisco Theater Pub and PianoFight, she holds a BA in theater from UCLA and since 2001, Staley has been the Director of the YouthAware Educational Theatre program at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco.
“When I got involved in BOA, I found myself immersed in a rich community of local independent theater artists,” says Staley. “Not only was everyone working to put on a diverse festival, but everyone checked their egos at the door and connected both socially, and as professional theater artists. BOA is a celebration of independent Bay Area theater. It’s a unique opportunity for different theater companies to connect, create, and collaborate, and for audiences to discover a plethora of new work, new voices, and new ideas.”
For over ten years, the Bay One Acts Festival (BOA) has showcased the best short plays from the most exciting independent theatre companies in the Bay Area. In those years, BOA has gathered the local independent performing arts community in a dynamic annual month-long festival that celebrates the work of local playwrights. In addition, every year, BOA produces a published companion anthology of the plays selected for production. Our goals for the festival are to build community between and across theatre companies, foster vital and enduring relationships between playwrights and directors, provide a network for the 70+ artists involved in the festival for the years to come, encourage a real engagement with what the idea of collaboration means in practice, provide a platform for theater companies to expose their work and mission to new audiences, and to nurture innovative, theatrical creativity in a vital and innovative format. .
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