Gaen Murphree
Director, Playwright

Playwright/Director Gaen Murphree holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Washington School of Drama. She began her theatre career playing free Shakespeare in the park across Oregon and Washington. Most recently, she was associate director on A Christmas Carol, at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre. She also directed A Bright Room Called Day and The Conduct of Life for ACT’s MFA Acting Program. Other directing projects include an all-women Hamlet, a Butoh-inspired Antigone, the world premieres of Classics (by television writer Carol Flint) and Bitchy Bitch Live! (adapted from the comics of Roberta Gregory). Trained as a classical musician, she assistant directed The Marriage of Figaro for the Tacoma Opera, the HMS Pinafore at the University of Washington, and held an observership on Mark Lamos’ production of the Britten/Piper Turn of the Screw at the Seattle Opera. Ms. Murphree has worked at regional theatres across the country, including the Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Intiman Theatre, and the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Favorite theatre projects include performing her one-woman show Juno: Postcards from Olympus, playing a Wacky Mom on Stilts for disadvantaged kids across California with San Francisco’s Make a Circus, and working with the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

Neil Flint Worden, AEA

A professional actor and director for the past 25 years, Neil Flint Worden recently appeared with Olympia Dukakis in Another Side of the Island at Alpine Theatre Project and the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Other favorite roles include Claudius and Henry IV at the Utah and Wyoming Shakespeare Festivals, Bottom in Midsummer Night's Dream at Lost Nation Theater, Louis XIV in Las Meninas at the San Jose Repertory, and Alcandre in The Illusion. As a cofounder of Half Moon Theatre, Worden appeared as El Tigre/Pepe in Spain, the King in Cinderella, and the Father in The Yellow Boat. For six years, he ran the Acting program at Vassar College. He has also taught at the University of Washington, the Utah Shakespearean Lab School, the CVE program in San Francisco, Ben Delatour Scout Ranch, and the National Camp School for the Boy Scouts of America. Worden completed his Fight Director training at Dueling Arts International under Gregory Hoffman and has choreographed nearly 30 full productions over the past 10 years. He holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Washington School of Drama.


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