Mina Morita is the Artistic Director of Crowded Fire Theater. Previously, she served as the Artistic Associate at Berkeley Rep and its center for the creation and development of new work, The Ground Floor. During her time at Berkeley Rep, Mina artistically coordinated the Fireworks Festival, directed Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again, and directed a staged reading of The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later. As assistant director there, she worked with a number of directors including Tony Taccone for Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, and with Les Waters for Sarah Ruhl’s In The Next Room, or the vibrator play (which received a Tony nomination). In 2012, Mina worked with Anna Deavere Smith as the artistic coordinator for her play On Grace.
As a freelance director, she has worked at Shotgun Players (By and By, The Great Divide, and The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden), Center Rep (Sisters Matsumoto), UC Berkeley (Aulis: An Act of Nihilism in One Long Act), Just Theater (Underneath the Lintel), TheatreFIRST (Fire Work), Sleepwalkers Theatre (The Nature Line), A.C.T.’s New Strands Festival, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, Aurora Theatre Company’s Global Age Project, Playwrights’ Foundation, Impact Theatre, Berkeley Playhouse, and Bay Area Children’s Theatre, among others. In 2014, Mina won the Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon at BACT). Blackademics marked her directorial debut at Crowded Fire, followed with co-directing The Shipment in 2016, with Lisa Marie Rollins.
Previously, she served as the Board President of Shotgun Players; as a founding member of Bay Area Children’s Theatre (its interim Executive Director in 2011); and Community Arts Panelist with the Zellerbach Family Foundation. 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.
In 2015, Mina was honored to share her story on TEDx, and in 2016, she was chosen as one of the YBCA100, for “asking questions and making provocations that will shape the future of culture.”
Mina Morita to succeed Marissa Wolf as Crowded Fire’s Artistic Director
American Theater Magazine, February 2015
“Keep an Eye On: Mina Morita, Director”
Theatre Bay Area Magazine, October 2011
Photos by Cheshire Isaacs / Cheshiredave Creative