EONF Honors Carey Perloff this October, 2017

By Gary Schaub

Published on September 11, 2017

Carey Perloff

Carey Perloff, long-time artistic director of the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) in San Francisco will be honored by the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House at a Gala celebration dinner on October 14 in Danville.


Ms. Perloff will be honored by the Foundation in two ways. She will be presented the 2017 Tao House Award for her inspirational leadership and vision for the American Theatre, and by the creation of the “Carey Perloff Fellowship” within the Foundation’s Travis Bogard Artist in Residence program at Tao House. 

The Tao House Award is the Foundation’s most prestigious award with previous honorees including actor Jason Robards, biographers Barbara and Arthur Gelb, critic and director Robert Brustein, and A.C.T. founding member Edward Hastings.

“The Tao House Award is reserved for those who have served the American Theatre with distinction,“ said Foundation President Dan McGovern.  “Carey Perloff, for her visionary leadership of A.C.T. for twenty-five 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.”

Carey Perloff has been a force in the American Theatre since her days as artistic director of Classic Stage Company in New York. As Artistic Director for A.C.T for the last twenty-five years, she has continued by spearheading collaborations with international companies and staging premiers by great playwrights like Tom Stoppard and Harold Pinter. In addition, Ms. Perloff is a recognized dramatist in her own right, and plans to pursue her freelance and writing career when she retires from A.C.T in 2018.

During her tenure at A.C.T. Perloff has directed more than fifty productions and has revitalized the Conservatory’s MFA program. She also oversaw the rebuilding of San Francisco’s Geary Theater (now American Conservatory Theater) after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, as well as the development and opening of the 283-seat Strand Theater in the City’s Mid-Market district which focuses on presenting new works. 

“Carey Perloff’s twenty-five year legacy at A.C.T. is nothing short of phenomenal,” said Nancy Livingston, immediate past-president of ACT’s Board of Directors. “Her combined passion for A.C.T. and the community it serves are revered throughout the Bay area, as well as nationally and internationally.”


The Travis Bogard Artist in Residence Program



The Tao House Artist in Residence program was established in 2014 to provide a place for Fellows to work in the atmosphere that Eugene O’Neill found so beneficial to his creativity. Fellowships are currently granted to scholars and playwrights.

The Eugene O’Neill Foundation’s Fellowship in Carey Perloff’s name is for theatre artists transitioning into writers, or for established playwrights transitioning into prose. Fellows will apply and be selected by the current process for the Foundation’s  Artist in Residence program. To date, eight Tao House Fellows have spent time in retreat at Tao House in the surroundings and atmosphere that encouraged and stimulated Eugene O’Neill to pen his most famous plays, including Long Day’s Journey into Night, The Iceman Cometh and A Moon for the Misbegotten while residing at Tao House with his wife Carlotta from 1937-1944. 


If you are interested in sponsoring one of our Fellows at Tao House, link coming soon here!