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Josh Costello

Director, 59E59, Aurora Theatre Company, San Francisco Playhouse
MFA, Directing
Class of 2003
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Josh Costello is the Artistic Director of Aurora Theatre Company, where he has directed Exit StrategyThe Importance of Being EarnestDetroitWittenbergThe Heir Apparent, and the world premiere of Eureka Day, which won every Bay Area new play award. His world-premiere production of Aaron Loeb’s Ideation with the San Francisco Playhouse, which won the Glickman Award for best new play in the Bay Area and for which Josh received the Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Direction, moved to Off-Broadway at 59E59 and was named a New York Times Critic’s Pick. He directed the world premiere of his adaptation of Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother for Custom Made Theatre Company, the world premiere of Reborning by Zayd Dohrn for SF Playhouse, and the world premiere of Toil & Trouble by Lauren Gunderson for Impact Theatre. Other directing work includes My Children! My Africa! and Lovers & Executioners at Marin Theatre Company, House of Lucky at Magic Theatre, Romeo and Juliet: A Fire Ballet at The Crucible in Oakland, Hamlet at Shakespeare-by-the-Sea in LA, and his adaptation of The Rover at The Chance Theater in Orange County and for a live television broadcast on LA and Orange County’s PBS affiliate. Josh was the founding Artistic Director of Impact Theatre, the Artistic Director of Expanded Programs at Marin Theatre Company, the Education Director at Marin Shakespeare Company, and a faculty member at Cal Shakes, ACT, SF Shakes, UC Riverside, Cal State Long Beach, South Coast Rep, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood. Josh holds a BFA in Theatre from Boston University, and an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington, Seattle. 

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