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Mina Morita

Artistic Director

Mina Morita previously served as the Artistic Associate at Berkeley Rep and its center for the creation and development of new work, The Ground Floor. During her time at Berkeley Rep, Mina  artistically coordinated the Fireworks Festival, directed Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again, and directed a staged reading of The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later. As assistant director there, she worked with a number of directors including Tony Taccone for Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, and with Les Waters for Sarah Ruhl’s In The Next Room, or the vibrator play (which received a Tony nomination). In 2012, Mina worked with Anna Deavere Smith as the artistic coordinator for her play On Grace at Grace Cathedral.

As a freelance director, she has worked at Shotgun Players (By and By, The Great Divide, and The Norman Conquest’s Round and Round the Garden), UC Berkeley (Christopher Chen’s Aulis: An Act of Nihilism in One Long Act), Just Theater (Underneath the Lintel), TheatreFIRST (Fire Work), Sleepwalkers Theatre (The Nature Line), Aurora Theatre Company’s Global Age Project, Playwrights’ Foundation, Impact Theatre, Berkeley Playhouse, and Bay Area Children’s Theatre, among others. She is the proud recipient of Theatre Bay Area’s 2014 award for Best Director of a Musical: Tier II for her development of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon a new musical produced by Bay Area Children’s Theatre.

Beyond Mina’s work as a director, she is a member of the Zellerbach Family Foundation’s Community Arts Panel. Previously, Mina served as Board President of Shotgun Players and was one of the original founders of Bay Area Children’s Theatre where she served as interim Executive Director in 2011. Mina holds a degree in directing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, was awarded the Bret C. Harte Fellowship at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, received the National Arts Strategies Future Leadership Fellowship, and participated in the 2014 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.

To contact Mina directly: minam (at)

CFT Credits

Director: Blackademics
Assistant Director/Dramaturg: Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven

I am deeply honored and thrilled to be joining the leadership team of this exceptional organization. Crowded Fire has long been a vital nexus for new play development and an essential home for talented artists. I look forward to being a curious, compassionate, and innovative champion of Crowded Fire’s legacy.

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