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MATTHEW TRAVISANO

TITLE: ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND THEATRE DEPT CHAIR
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BIO: Matthew Travisano is in his seventh year at OSA. He is the Chair of the School of Theatre and is on the faculty of the English Department. Previous to his arrival he taught arts and academics at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco. He holds a BA in English from UC Berkeley where he specialized in the the study of poetry generally and, more specifically, the art and literature of the Middle Ages in central and northern Europe. For the School of Theatre he developed a text-based approach to actor training. In addition to being the chair, Matthew heads up the School of Theatre's playwriting program and serves as the artistic director of its New Works Festival. In recent years he has directed mainstage productions of A Streetcar Named Desire, A Raisin in the Sun, Three Sisters, and Endgame. He has written world premiere versions of The Trojan Women, The Little Mermaid, and The Oresteia, all of which received their world premieres at OSA. In his English courses Matthew focuses on hermeneutics, literary theory, cultural theory, Old and Middle English, literary translation, poetics, and literary criticism. He worked on education and artistic initiatives with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Crowded Fire Theatre, Ubuntu Theatre Project, and the National Endowment for the Humanities/Cal Humanities.