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 CA

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
  • Field Operations Supervisor, 2010 Census
  • High School Teacher (Biology), Wilson High School (LA)
  • Industry Analyst, Ziff-Davis Market Intelligence, La Jolla, 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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