Mina Morita is the Artistic Director of Crowded Fire Theater, a critically acclaimed and vital company specializing in adventurous new play production in San Francisco. She is dedicated to the development of a contemporary theatre canon that reflects the diverse world in which we live. Previously, she served as the Artistic Associate at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and was part of the originating team for its Ground Floor Program, which is a center for the creation and development of new work. She has collaborated with a number of world-renowned directors and playwrights including Tony Taccone and Tony Kushner for The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, with Les Waters and Sarah Ruhl for In The Next Room, or the vibrator play (which received a Tony nomination), and Anna Deavere Smith for On Grace.
As a freelance director, she has worked with American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Crowded Fire Theater, Shotgun Players, Campo Santo, Aurora Theatre Company’s Global Age Project, Playwrights’ Foundation, and Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT). In 2014, Mina won the Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical for Min Kahng’s Where the Mountain Meets the Moon at BACT.
As an artistic leader in the Bay Area, Mina serves on the Zellerbach Family Foundation’s Community Arts Panel, and was Board President of Shotgun Players, a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley, and one of the original founders of Bay Area Children’s Theatre where she served as interim Executive Director. Mina holds a degree in directing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, was awarded the Bret C. Harte Fellowship at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, received the National Arts Strategies Future Leadership Fellowship, and participated in the 2014 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.