Joanne Gordon (Director) is the former Artistic Director of California Repertory Company and Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at California State University Long Beach. She is an award-winning director whose accolades include five Drama-Logue Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Directing, a Los Angeles Critics Choice Award, Polly Warfield Award, Women in Theatre Red Carpet Award, Long Beach Playhouse Diva Award and being named “Best of the Year” by the Los Angeles Times. As an internationally renowned Sondheim scholar, she has directed a number of this extraordinary artist’s works worldwide, including the first Chinese language production of West Side Story in Beijing.
Directing: Highlights include: S/he and Me (Conceived for internationally renowned actress Alexandra Billings); The Goat, Disgraced (CV Rep- Palm Springs), The Secret Garden (The Western Stage- N. California); The B.S Bukowski /Sondheim, Next to Normal, The Clean House, Festen, “Love, Bukowski”, The Cider House Rules (Cal Rep); Always … Patsy Cline, Clarence Brown Theatre, Knoxville, Tennessee; WOKE! A Revolutionary Cabaret, Stop the World I want to get off, Rent, Spring Awakening, 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, Side Show, Evita, Nine, Hair, Merrily We Roll Along, Into the Woods, Out Loud, The Last Five Years (University Players); West Side Story, Jing Yi Academy, Beijing, China and Alaska Light Opera Theatre; Exiles from Paradise, Volkwanghochshule, Essen, Germany; Doing Nothing All Day, International Theatre Festival, Bescancon, France;, How I Learned to Drive, Open Fire, Loyola Marymount, New Orleans, Louisiana; Short Hairs and Long Shots: The Poetry and Prose of Charles Bukowski, Los Angeles Theatre Center; For Every Child: The Poetry of Jimmy Santiago Baca, Burbage Theatre, Los Angeles.
Published Work includes Art Isn’t Easy: The Theater of Stephen Sondheim; Stephen Sondheim: A Casebook; and contributions to The Oxford Handbook of Sondheim Studies and The Sondheim Review.
Gordon is equally well known for her dramatizations of the work of Charles Bukowski. Gordon did her undergraduate work in South Africa and her Ph.D. at UCLA.