Foundation Friends and Theatre Glitterati Honor ACT’s Carey Perloff

By Pam Patterson

Published on December 14, 2017

At a gala celebration dinner on October 14, the Eugene O’Neill Foundation honored Carey Perloff (below), long-time artistic director of the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) in San Francisco, by presenting her with its most prestigious award, the 2017 Tao House Award.

“For her visionary leadership of A.C.T. for twenty-five years, and for her strong encouragement for emerging and distinguished playwrights, Carey Perloff is eminently suited to join the impressive group of previous recipients of the Tao House Award,” said Foundation President Dan McGovern.


Jonathan Moscone served as master of ceremonies for the event, which featured a riveting performance by stage and screen actress Kimberly Franklin, (top photo), reenacting three pieces from Tao House fellow Valerie Joyce’s play, “I Will Speak for Myself.” The play, which was previously performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, gives voice to the stories of three historical African American Women. Joyce (right) completed work on the play during her fellowship at Tao House’s Artist in Residence program. The appearance of Franklin and Joyce was especially significant, since Perloff was also honored at the event with the creation of the “Carey Perloff Fellowship” within the Foundation’s Travis Bogard Artist in Residence program at Tao House. The Perloff Fellowship is for theatre artists transitioning into writers, or for established playwrights transitioning into prose.

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.


For information on the Travis Bogard Artist in Residence Program click HERE