Guest Artists

Meet our guest artists who will be teaching, growing, and working with us this year!

Meet our guest artists who will be teaching, growing, and working with us this year!

Ken Prestininzi, Distinguished Artist in Residence, Fall 2017 and Jan Term 2018

Ken PrestininziIn 2015, Saint Mary’s had the honor of presenting the West Coast premiere of Chaste, by playwright KEN PRESTININZI. This fall, he returns to Saint Mary's as a Distinguished Artist in Residence, to direct the fall mainstage production and teach playwriting.  

Prestininzi's plays have been professionally produced across the country and beyond, from Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York, to Mexico City and Prague.  Also a dramaturg and director, Prestininzi has worked on new scripts and revivals by Quiara Alegría Hudes, Sarah Ruhl and Paula Vogel, among others.  He also maintains collaborative relationships with several Bay Area artists and companies, including: playwright Peter Sinn Nacthrieb, the Bay Area Playwright's Festival, Z Space, and Playground at Berkeley Rep.  Now on the theatre faculty of Connecticut College, Prestininzi is the former Artistic Director of the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre; from 2008-13, he was Associate Chair of Playwriting at the Yale School of Drama. Prestininzi holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is a member of New Dramatists.


Michelle Jacques, Distinguished Artist, Fall 2017

michelle jacquesNew Orleans native and Oakland based musical artist MICHELLE JACQUES will be a featured performer and guest Music Director for our fall production, … And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi. Performing with Jacques will be members of her a capella ensemble, CHELLE’S Juke Joint, who repertoire runs from Creole, jazz, and funk to gospel, R&B, and Zydeco -  with a dash of Mardi Gras Indian chants.





Lisa Marie Rollins, Distinguished Artist in Residence, Spring 2018

Lisa Marie RollinsLisa Marie Rollins is playwright, poet, freelance director and dramaturg. Her acclaimed solo play, Ungrateful Daughter: One Black Girl’s Story of Being Adopted by a White Family…That Aren’t Celebrities has been performed in festivals, universities and academic conferences across the US. Most recently she co-directed Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment (Crowded Fire Theater) and a reading of Tearrance Chisholm’s Br’er Cotton (Playwrights Foundation).

As a poet, Lisa Marie's writing has been published in Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out, River, Blood, Corn Literary Journal, Line/Break, As/Us Literary Journal, The Pacific Review and others. She was Poet in Residence at June Jordan’s Poetry for the People at U.C. Berkeley, and a CALLALOO Journal London Writing Workshop Fellow. Her new collection of poems, Compass, received the 2016 Mary Tanenbaum Literary Award from SF Foundation. Lisa Marie is a Lecturer in San Francisco State's Department of Race and Resistance Studies, and a Resident Artist with Crowded Fire Theater. She holds degrees from The Claremont Graduate University and UC Berkeley.


Jiwon Chung, Interactive Theatre, Fall 2017

Jiwon ChungJiwon Chung is a professional actor, director, educator and a key theorist of Theatre of the Oppressed. Grounded in the work of Augusto Boal. with whom he studied extensively, Chung's focus is on theatre as a tool for social and political change. Through Boal's Interactive Theatre, Chung empowers others to challenge, resist, and transform systemic oppression, structural violence and injustice. He is the Artistic Director of Kairos Theater Ensemble and past President of the national organization for Theater of the Oppressed. Chung is also a Visiting Associate Professor of Art and Social Justice at Starr King School/GTU and a Teaching Artist at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre School, though his work as an educator often takes him around the country and across the globe.


Julie Douglas, Improvisation, Spring 2018

Julie DouglasJulie Douglas is an actor, theater-maker, teaching artist and clown. She has trained and performed internationally in Italy, Russia, and Bali, as well as with Bay Area companies such as Impact Theatre, SF Shakespeare, Shotgun Players, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Julie also gets silly on a regular basis as a hospital clown with The Medical Clown Project. A regular faculty member of ACT’s MFA and Studio programs, Julie teaches students of all ages for a range of theatre companies, schools, and community groups, from San Francisco Shakespeare and Cal Performances to Stanford Live and Contra Costa Civic Theatre. She holds an M.F.A. in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell'Arte International School, and she is a certified instructor of the Michael Chekhov Technique.