ABOUT AUSTIN SHAKESPEARE

As Artistic Director of Austin Shakespeare since 2007, Ann Ciccolella has led the company to continue to stage for the public FREE Shakespeare in Zilker Park featuring a 1960’s rock musical of The Dream, a Pachuco style Romeo y Julieta, a Bollywood Twelfth Night, a South American The Winter's Tale, among others. She directs at the Long Center’s intimate Rollins theater, where she has produced plays by Shakespeare, along with Tennessee Williams, Oscar Wilde, Tom Stoppard, Noel Coward, Jane Austen, Harold Pinter, George Bernard Shaw, Edmond Rostand and others.

From 1990-99 Ann served as Managing Director for Zach Theatre. Prior to that Ann was executive director for Austin Circle of Theaters, a service organization for Austin's 70 theaters, dance and music groups (now called the Austin Creative Alliance).  

In 2013, Ann returned to New York to direct and produce a half-million dollar production a new adaptation of Ayn Rand's Anthem Off-Broadway at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. 

As a playwright, Ann has had full productions of her scripts.  She teaches acting, and runs a weekly Artist’s Way group. Ann has taught theater courses at UT Austin and St. Edward's University. She holds an interdepartmental degree in Dramatic Literature, History of Theater and Cinema from the New York University.  One of her proudest accomplishments for Austin Shakespeare is creating a teen company, Young Shakespeare production each year at The Curtain Theater.

As a stage director at ZACH, she directed: Cabaret, The Vagina Monologues, Full Gallop, Closer, Master Class, and Misery.  Before moving to Austin, Ann served as associate director for SHAKESPEARE ON WHEELS, from the University of Maryland Baltimore Country for three years. For ten years, she led the Renaissance Theater Company as Artistic Director, producing and directing Off Broadway and along the East Coast with shows ranging from Romeo and Juliet, to Oedipus Rex to Cyrano de Bergerac

On Aug. 9, 2007 Ann Ciccolella was presented with a "Distinguished Service Award" for her advocacy in building the creative community of Austin.   As a driving force in the community, Ciccolella worked intensely with voters to garner $32.5 million in bonds for Austin’s arts facilities.

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