Sharon Ott has been a leading ﬁgure in American theatre for 25 years—including 13 years as Berkeley Rep’s artistic director, during which the company achieved national prestige and a Tony award for outstanding regional theatre. Following her tenure in Berkeley, Sharon served Seattle Repertory Theatre as its artistic director for nine years. Her New York credits include work at mtc, Playwrights Horizons, and The Public Theater; she has worked regionally at Arena Stage, the Huntington, the Mark Taper Forum, Opera Colorado, San Diego Opera, Seattle Opera, South Coast Repertory, and many others. In these theatres, she has collaborated with contemporary American artists including Ricardo Chavira, Willem Dafoe, and Anna Deavere Smith; directors Joe Mantello, Stephen Wadsworth, George C. Wolfe, and Mary Zimmerman; and authors Nilo Cruz, Amy Freed, Philip Kan Gotanda, Beth Henley, and August Wilson. She is the recipient of multiple Bay Area Critics Circle and Dramalogue Awards, an Elliot Norton Award, an Obie Award, and the Paine Knickerbocker Award for Lifetime Achievement. Sharon is currently a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design and serves on the national executive board of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.