Bay Area director honored by Eugene O'Neill Foundation

Carey Perloff to receive Tao House Award, fellowship in her name

The longtime artistic director of San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater will be honored by the Eugene O'Neill Foundation, Tao House at a gala coming up mid-October.

At the gala dinner, Carey Perloff will be presented with the 2017 Tao House Award and with the creation of a fellowship in her name, within the Foundation's Travis Bogard Artist in Residence program at Tao House.

"The Tao House Award is reserved for those who have served the American Theatre with distinction," said Dan McGovern, president of the Foundation. "Carey Perloff, for her visionary leadership of ACT for 25 years, and for her strong encouragement for emerging and distinguished playwrights is eminently suited to join the impressive group of previous recipients of the Tao House Award."

Perloff has served as artistic director for ACT for the last 25 years, directing over 50 productions, collaborating with international companies, revamping the conservatory's MFA program and more.

"Carey Perloff's twenty-five year legacy at ACT is nothing short of phenomenal," said Nancy Livingston, chair of ACT's board. "Her combined passion for ACT and the community it serves are revered throughout the Bay area, as well as nationally and internationally."

She plans on retiring from ACT in 2018, after which she hopes to pursue her freelance and writing career.

The fellowship in her name will be presented to selected theater artists transitioning into writers, or for established playwrights moving into prose.

The gala will take place this Saturday at the Oak Hills Ballroom in Danville. Dinner tickets are $150 per person, or $250 if attending the pre-dinner reception at Tao House; tickets can be purchased online at


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