Directing Resume

Bruce Coughran


SDC           310-430-9744

Current Position:  Artistic Director, Indra’s Net Theater, Berkeley, CA (2012-present)

Duties include Artistic planning, fundraising, grant-writing, strategic planning, budgeting, board development and leadership, external liaisons, house management, etc.

 Directing Experience

 Theater(full productions):

Copenhagen (2018)**+++++         Michael Frayn          Indra’s Net Theater, Berkeley

a Time for Hawking*++++            Bruce Coughran       Indra’s Net Theater, Berkeley

Partition                                              Ira Hauptman          Indra’s Net Theater, Berkeley

Darwin in Malibu                             Crispin Whittell       Indra’s Net Theater, Berkeley

What Do Women Want?*               Vicki Siegel                Actors Ensemble of Berkeley

The Secret of Life*+++                    Bruce Coughran        Indra’s Net Theater, Berkeley

Delicate Particle Logic*++             Jennifer Blackmer    Indra’s Net Theater, Berkeley

QED+                                                   Peter Parnell              Indra’s Net Theater, Berkeley

Copenhagen                                       Michael Frayn            Indra’s Net Theater, Berkeley

Life of Galileo                                     Bertolt Brecht     Masquers Playhouse, Pt.Richmond,CA

A Hot Day in Ephesus*                    Vicki Siegel                 Actors Ensemble of Berkeley

Hickory Miles *                                 Paul Heller                   Novato Theatre Company

Carwash                                             Lou Phillips                  Novato Theatre Company

Antigone                                              Jean Anouilh               Actor’s Ensemble of Berkeley

Bad Connections?? *                        Michael Levesque        West Valley Theater, Saratoga,CA

Spittin’ Image  (two-act version)   Stephen Metcalfe        Bitter Truth Playhouse, LA

Lunchtime  (workshop)                    Leonard Melfi               Playhouse West, LA

Lynette has Beautiful Skin(2-act ver)Jane Anderson         San Diego Actors Festival

Theater(staged readings-selected list):

Copenhagen     (exerpt)                    M. Frayn                  Eugene O’Neill Festival, Danville

Lungs                                                    D. Macmillian        Z Space, Z Below, San Francisco

In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer H. Kipphardt   Indra’s Net Theater, Berkeley

The Secret of Life                                 B. Coughran         Indra’s Net Theater, Berkeley

The Daughters of Urth*                      L. Addison            Craneway/Nexxus Center, Richmond

Copenhagen                                           M. Frayn            Actors Ensemble of Berkeley, Berkeley

The Way of the World                         W. Congreve         Subterranean Shakespeare, Berkeley

The Winter’s Tale                                 W. Shakespeare   Rossmoor Shakespeare Society

Falstaff and Hal*                                 B. Coughran          Subterranean Shakespeare, Berkeley

Sea of Tranquility                                H. Korder              Actor’s Ensemble of Berkeley

Midsummer Night’s Dream               W. Shakespeare   Subterranean Shakespeare, Berkeley

Measure for Measure                          W. Shakespeare   Subterranean Shakespeare, Berkeley

Midsummer Night’s Dream               W. Shakespeare   Rosmoor Shakespeare Society

Zombie Wedding*                                 R.C. Staub/D. Sturman   Exit Theater, SF

Henry IV part 1                                    W. Shakespeare    Berkeley City College, Berkeley

Dr. Faustus                                             C. Marlowe           Subterranean Shakespeare, Berkeley

The Winter’s Tale                                  W. Shakespeare   Subterranean Shakespeare, Berkeley

Much Ado About Nothing                    W. Shakespeare  Subterranean Shakespeare, Berkeley

Midsummer Night’s Dream                 W. Shakespeare  Berkeley City College, Berkeley

Measure for Measure                           W. Shakespeare  Subterranean Shakespeare, Berkeley

Henry IV part 1                                     W. Shakespeare   Subterranean Shakespeare, Berkeley

Denouement*                                         Jack Raymond      First Stage LA, Hollywood

* World Premiere

**US Premiere

+ TBA Award Nominee – Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama

++ TBA Award Nominee  in 5 categories including Best Direction of a Play, and Outstanding World Premiere Play

+++BATCC Award Nominee in 4 categories including Best Overall Production in the Bay Area, and Best World Premiere Play

++++BATCC Award: Best Overall Production in the East Bay (under 100 seats); 3 other nominations

+++++BATCC Awards: Best Overall Production in the Entire Bay Area (under 100 seats), Best Overall Production in the East Bay (under 100 seats), Best Principle Actress in a Play (Nancy Carlin); 1 other nomination

Assistant Directing Experience (Theater):

Most Wanted*                                       (Michael Greif, dir)            La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla

Brainpeople*                                         (Chay Yew, dir.)                    ACT, San Francisco

This Beautiful City                               (Steve Cosson, dir)               Kirk Douglas Theatre, LA

Measure for Measure                           (Paul Mullins, dir)              Old Globe, San Diego

L’Elisir D’Amore                                    (Bobby Weinapple, dir)     Berkeley Opera, Berkeley


Film (Directing):

Undone’ (7 min, HD, Color) 2013                                              PlayGround FF

‘Passing Through’ (30 min, DV, Color) 2003                         Platinum Award, Houston FF

‘Love for Love’ (5 min, 35mm, Color) 2001                        dist. Halcyon/Big Film Shorts

My Friend’s Love Affair’ (25 min.,16mm, Color)  2000        Bronze Award, Houston FF


Film (Producing):

Undone’ (7 min, HD, Color) 2013                                              PlayGround FF

East of Sunset’ (89 min, DV, Color) 2005 *                               dist. Westlake Ent.

*Multiple award winner including: Best Actress (MethodFest 2005), Maverick Award for Production Quality in a Low Budget Film (2005)

Other Representative Experience:

  • Seminar/Panel Manger, Palm Springs Intl Film Festival
  • Programming Film Administrator, Palm Springs Intl Film Festival
  • Panel Coordinator, American Film Market
  • New Play reader – Edgemar Center for the Arts, Santa Monica, CA


  • Playhouse West (Bob Carnegie, Mark Pellegrino, Jeff Goldblum) (4 years)
  • Larry Moss Studio (Michele Danner) (1 year)
  • UCLA Short Fiction Film Program (Director’s track)
  • AFI Conservatory (LA); UCLA Extension (short courses)
  • Private Study (Directing): Danny Simon, Ted Post, Sydney Pollack
  • TV Observations: CSI (Danny Cannon), Monk (Randy Zisk), King of Queens


  • Directors Lab West (2008)
  • Directors Lab Chicago (2006/2013)
  • SDCF Observership (Chay Yew)
  • TBA ATLAS Directing Fellow 2012 (SF)
  • TBA Titan Award finalist 2012
  • TBA Award finalist – Best Direction of a Play 2015

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (full member)
  • Member – Theatre Bay Area (TBA Adjudicator)


General Education:    

  • M.A. California State University, Dominguez Hills (History)
  • B.A. UCSD (Biology)
  • Dipl. Grove School of Music (Arranging and Composition)

Professional References:

Available on Request

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