Author Archives: 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 – 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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Subscriber Newsletter – August 2019

Subscriber Newsletter – August 2019

Whew! Our 18-19 Season has fully opened. And what a season it has been. There is always a collective sigh of relief that rises from everyone down at...

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Cabaret | A Note from the Artistic Director

Cabaret | A Note from the Artistic Director

In the half-century since the world premiere of Cabaret, so much in our world has changed and yet so much remains the same. Like the giant mirror...

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The Fit | A Note from the Artistic Director

The Fit | A Note from the Artistic Director

I believe playwrights are the prophets of our time. And it is thrilling when a play we have spent years developing opens at a moment that makes it...

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Significant Other | A Note from the Artistic Director

Significant Other | A Note from the Artistic Director

The term “significant other” is a generic one. In the ultra-complex diversity of the ways we partner, it is a careful term that reveals no...

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