Carey Perloff is happy to return to the Huntington, where her production of Mary Stuart won the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production in 2000. Now in her 17th season as artistic director of San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater and a long-time collaborator of Tom Stoppard, she has directed for A.C.T. the West Coast premiere of Rock 'n' Roll, the American premieres of The Invention of Love and Indian Ink, and acclaimed productions of Travesties, The Real Thing, Night and Day, and Arcadia. Known for directing innovative productions of classics and championing new writing for the theatre, Ms. Perloff has also directed world premieres of several A.C.T.-commissioned translations/adaptations, major revivals of numerous classic plays, and premieres of several new works, including her own play The Colossus of Rhodes. She is also the author of the new plays Luminescence Dating, Waiting for the Flood, and Higher. Before joining A.C.T., Ms. Perloff was artistic director of Classic Stage Company, which won a 1988 OBIE Award for artistic excellence under her leadership. A recipient of France's Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the National Corporate Theatre Fund's 2007 Artistic Achievement Award, Ms. Perloff graduated from Stanford University and was a Fulbright Fellow at Oxford.