Author Archives: Bill English

Bill English

Bill English Bill English is Artistic Director and Co-Founder of San Francisco Playhouse, and in fifteen years with Susi Damilano, has guided its growth from a bare-bones storefront to the second-largest theater in San Francisco.

Notes from the Empathy Gym – April 2020

Notes from the Empathy Gym – April 2020

Right about now, I’m sure many of us are feeling pretty small, isolated, many of us alone, feeling defeated by a microscopic single cell...

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Real Women Have Curves: A Note from the Artistic Director

Real Women Have Curves: A Note from the Artistic Director

Thirty years ago, in San Francisco at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Real Women Have Curves by Josefina López was given its world...

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Born in East Berlin: A Note from the Artistic Director

Born in East Berlin: A Note from the Artistic Director

We are worried these days about our privacy. We feel like thousands of eyes are watching us. Surveillance cameras, the info we must share to travel...

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Notes from the Empathy Gym – January 2020

Notes from the Empathy Gym – January 2020

January 2020 First off, a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to our End of Calendar Year fundraising campaign. You gave over $400,000 —...

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Notes from the Empathy Gym – December 2019

Notes from the Empathy Gym – December 2019

December 2019 HEARTS BEAT AS ONE We are often reminded of the precariousness of live theatre. That something can go wrong at any moment. Lines...

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Tiny Beautiful Things: A Note from the Artistic Director

Tiny Beautiful Things: A Note from the Artistic Director

As a long-time Cheryl Strayed fan, I was thrilled to see that Nia Vardalos’s wonderful dramatic adaptation of her Tiny Beautiful Things was...

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Groundhog Day | A Note from the Artistic Director

Groundhog Day | A Note from the Artistic Director

Each season, we seek a show that will work well for the holidays. What kind of art do we need this time of year? For millennia, mankind has searched...

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Notes from the Empathy Gym – November 2019

Notes from the Empathy Gym – November 2019

Every once in a while, live theatre generates a miracle. Something that shouldn’t be possible, that everyone says couldn’t be done, that not only...

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The Daughters | A Note from the Artistic Director

The Daughters | A Note from the Artistic Director

I’d been hearing about The Daughters for several years from actors who had participated in developmental readings of it around the Bay Area. They...

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Dance Nation | A Note from the Artistic Director

Dance Nation | A Note from the Artistic Director

Clare Barron has been shaking up the expectations of Off-Broadway audiences and critics for some time. I first saw Baby Screams Miracle a few years...

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