August 25th

10am – 1pm


SOLD OUT! Join the waitlist by e-mailing Laura Espino:

Perloff is passionate about Pinter and soon you’ll see why. A rare opportunity to break down this ferocious playwright’s text, learn how to activate his mysterious language, navigate those famous pauses, and release his brilliant comedy, with one of the nation’s experts on the topic.

What to wear: Comfy clothes

What to bring: Notebook. Sides will be sent a week in advance, but feel free to bring your favorite Pinter Scene or monologue.


Carey Perloff is a director, writer, producer and educator who recently completed an acclaimed 25-year tenure as Artistic Director of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco (1992 to 2018).

A longtime collaborator of Tom Stoppard’s, Perloff staged the New York premiere of INDIAN INK at Roundabout Theatre Company (nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival) before bringing the show to A.C.T. She has collaborated with Stoppard on the West Coast premiere of THE HARD PROBLEM and the American premieres of INDIAN INK and THE INVENTION OF LOVE, as well as ARCADIA (twice), ROCK ‘N ROLL, TRAVESTIES, THE REAL THING, and NIGHT AND DAY. Perloff is also a notable interpreter of Harold Pinter’s work; productions include THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (with Judith Ivey), THE HOMECOMING, OLD TIMES, CELEBRATION and THE ROOM (American Premiere), MOUNTAIN LANGUAGE (American Premiere, CSC), and THE COLLECTION (Center Theater Group).

Perloff has collaborated with some of the finest actors in America including Olympia Dukakis, David Strathairn, Peter Reigert, Joe Morton, Wendell Pierce, Seana McKenna, Marco Barricelli, Firdous Bamji, Judith Ivey, Art Malik, Bill Irwin, and many more. She has developed relationships with great international artists such as Robert Wilson, Peter Brook, Robert Lepage, Kim Collier and Morris Panych, introducing Bay Area artists to imaginative and experimental work from around the world.

A recipient of France’s Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the National Corporate Theatre Fund’s 2007 Artistic Achievement Award, Perloff received a B.A. Phi Beta Kappa in Classics and Comparative Literature from Stanford University and was a Fulbright Fellow at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. She received an Honorary Doctorate from University of San Francisco in 2017 and an Honorary MFA from A.C.T. in 2018. She was on the faculty of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University for seven years, and taught and directed in the A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program for twenty-five years. Perloff is on the board of the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Sarasota, Florida and lectures on arts and culture around the country, including at the Aspen Ideas Festival and at TedX San Francisco. Her highly acclaimed book BEAUTIFUL CHAOS: A LIFE IN THE THEATER (City Lights Press, 2015) explores many of the ideas and issues that emerged during her tenure at A.C.T. and shares the journey of a woman in a leadership field often dominated by men. BEAUTIFUL CHAOS was selected as the One City One Book “Big Read” by the San Francisco Public Library and was featured in programs and discussions across the Bay Area throughout 2016.

8 persons max per class.

SOLD OUT! Join the waitlist by e-mailing Laura Espino:

All classes will be at Live Oak Theater, Berkeley


Individual session: $90

4 PACK: $280 ($70 per session)

8 PACK: $520 ($65 per session)

16 PACK: $960 ($60 per session)