Perloff's memoir of her career in the theater offers a provocative, passionate and deeply personal view of theater's role today.
"Her love of people, art, and the human process of creating theater is infectious. She has such a beautiful way of expressing her passion about art and its making that inevitably draws people into her ever-expanding circle. One has no choice but to believe in her passion because she believes in it so fervently herself. That's what makes a natural leader."—Constantine Kitsopoulos, Music Director/Conductor
As San Francisco's legendary American Conservatory Theater prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, Artistic Director Carey Perloff pens a lively and revealing memoir of her twenty-plus years at the helm, and delivers a provocative and impassioned manifesto for the role of live theater in today's technology-infused world.
Perloff's personal and professional journey—her life as a woman in a male-dominated profession, as a wife and mother, a playwright, director, producer, arts advocate, and citizen in a city erupting with enormous change—is a compelling, entertaining story for anyone interested in how theater gets made. She offers a behind-the-scenes perspective, including her intimate working experiences with well-known actors, directors, and writers including Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, Robert Wilson, David Strathairn, and Olympia Dukakis.
Whether reminiscing about her turbulent first years as a young woman taking over an insolvent theater in crisis and transforming it into a thriving, world-class performance space, or ruminating on the potential for its future, Perloff takes on critical questions about arts education, cultural literacy, gender disparity, leadership and power.
Carey Perloff is an award-winning playwright, theater director, and the Artistic Director of the American Conservatory Theater of San Francisco since 1992.