Co-Artistic Director, Pacific Stages
Pacific Stages is fortunate to have tapped for Artistic Director the prodigious Brendon Fox, who brings to our ambitious undertaking a brilliant cumen developed over the last fifteen years in three different cities Chicago, San Diego, and Los Angeles. These diverse settings and vibrant arts communities have allowed him to cultivate a prowess in artistic direction for leading theatre sand institutions, along with noted strengths in directing, casting, producing, fundraising, community relations, multi?media promotion, and arts management.
Raised in Connecticut where he was exposed to the caliber and vision of such non-profit arts organizations as the Long Wharf Theatre and Yale Rep, he found his calling in the theatre at an early age, and to that end, went on to attend Northwestern University. Upon graduation, Fox landed an internship with the Court Theatre at the University of Chicago, a regional theatre specializing in the classics, and quickly rose within the ranks to become an assistant casting director, and then Assistant to the Artistic Director. During his tenure at the Court, he benefited as a protégé under two Artistic Directors, whose differing approaches allowed Fox to hone his expertise in dramatic literature and to carve out his own aesthetic. It is rooted in an ability to bring a sense of vitality and theatricality to productions while honoring the focus of the story at the heart of the play. As Brendon Fox has said, he wants plays and their presentations "to sing, to rise above the mediocre and commonplace," in order to inspire, and to connect the words and the audience, one to the other. His point of view is: "Every powerful play needs a powerful vision to bring it to life."
While in Chicago, Fox became a company member and then an Artistic Director of the Eclipse Theatre Company in a two year stint that provided him with "leadership boot camp." Like Steppenwolf, Eclipse operated as an ensemble based theatre with a cutting edge focus on newer and original works, along with a barebones budget that required Fox to wear multiple hats. In a short amount of time, he not only helped to put the maverick company on the map of the national theatre scene, but also developed a reputation for his ability to motivate all members of the organization at large.
From Chicago, Fox was lured to San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, where he spent seven creatively acclaimed years in what was much more than a workplace but rather, he says, "an artistic home" that empowered him to take risks as a director and gain further recognition as a rising star to watch. Mentored there by Tony Award-winning Jack O’Brien and inspired by the vision of founder Craig Noel, Fox participated on several levels as part of the team that each year produces a repertory season of fourteen plays. His duties as Associate Director included casting, script selection, assistant directing, and line-producing such productions as The Full Monty and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, both directed by Mr. O’Brien and Much Ado About Nothing (with Dana Delany and Billy Campbell), directed by Fox. With the demands of Mr. O’Brien’s travels to New York and abroad, additional management, community relations, fundraising, and oversight responsibilities fell to Fox. In no time Fox was seen as bringing a confidence, accessibility and savvy to the public face of the Globe, not only with innovative fundraising opening night and gala productions, but also with his establishment of a free town wide CastingForum which included six Casting or Artistic Directors from around the city the first of its kind in San Diego. Most importantly, he was able to play his part in the Globe's journey from a local, community based organization into one of the leading regional theatres in the country. Certainly, this has given him an excellent working model from which to draw on behalf of Pacific Stages.
Fox’s current position of Associate Producer at the award-winning L.A. Theatre Works includes collaborating with Artistic Director Susan Loewenberg on selection of its annual ten radio play season. Besides producing the plays here in Los Angeles, along with casting all the shows, Fox directs plays of his choice during most seasons. In 2006-2007, as a sampling, Fox directed Henry Winkler in the new play The Ruby Sunrise, Hector Elizondo in The Prisoner of Second Avenue, and Anne Heche, Jeremy Sisto, and Teri Garr in Arms and the Man. As for outreach, Fox has worked closely with LATW's Education department on its efforts to target grants in order to bring students from schools across Los Angeles into radio stations to watch and participate. Fox has also produced five nationwide radio play tours that have performed in over 140 cities with over eighty actors. Needless to say, Fox's growing number of alliances with the best and brightest among our nation's playwrights, as well as with actors and directors of note eager to work with him again in the future, is a further boon to Pacific Stages.
Above all, Brendon Fox brings a signature passion to his role as Artistic Director at Pacific Stages. Its mission to support younger, exciting new voices in the American Theatre and to produce lesser known works by the giants of the American theatre, he believes, is perfectly aligned with his own artistic focus to celebrate widely diverse voices, transformational story-telling, a richness of dramatic language, and timeless messages.
Brendon is a proud member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and a former Eagle Scout.