About Amy Clare Tasker
I am a British-born, California-grown director and theatre maker. From 2008 – 2013, I made work in San Francisco, California. I now live and make theatre in London, England. I am a Third Culture Kid: a hybrid of cultures, a holder of two passports, and a mangler of regional accents.
My work demonstrates a commitment to new forms and new voices; a fascination with ancient, epic stories; and a profound joy in collaborative experimentation with other creative minds in theatre and across artistic disciplines.
In London, I am a cofounder of the GAP (Gender and Performance) Salon, which aims to connect, sustain, and inspire artists and advocates working for gender equality. I am a member of the Young Vic Directors Programme, Tamasha Developing Artists Network, So and So Arts Club, League of Professional Theatre Women UK, and a regular trouble-maker at Devoted & Disgruntled.
In San Francisco, I was a cofounder of Inkblot Ensemble, an associate artist with DIVAfest, EXIT Theatre, Atmos Theatre, and Cutting Ball Theater. With Inkblot Ensemble, I developed and directed All’s Fair (EXIT Theatre 2009) and Satellites (FURY Factory 2011), new plays inspired by ancient mythology. In 2012, Inkblot Ensemble partnered with The Collaboratory to devise a physical theatre piece, Dirty Laundry, based on the laundry women in Federico Garcia Lorca’s Yerma.
For Cutting Ball Theater, where I produced three seasons as General Manager (2008-2011), I directed Andromache, The Stronger, Epicoene or The Silent Woman, and Euripides’ Medea for The Hidden Classics Reading Series. Also at Cutting Ball, I assistant directed Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in Rep (dir. Rob Melrose) in five new translations by Paul Walsh; Eugenie Chan’s world premiere Bone to Pick & Diadem (dir. Rob Melrose); and Will Eno’s Thom Pain (based on nothing) (dir. Marissa Wolf).
Other Bay Area directing credits include a promenade Alice in Wonderland in the California Redwoods with Atmos Theatre; Antigone in San Francisco Theater Pub’s Theban Chronicles; and Daniel Heath’s short play Nothing Works at the Bay One Acts Festival. My one-act play for aerialists, Phoebe & Theia or How to Get to Tartarus was commissioned by the SF Olympians Festival, where it received a staged reading in December 2012.
The Helen Project, a transmedia online and live theatre piece co-created with playwright Megan Cohen, was workshopped at DIVAfest in May 2013. A postmodern feminist retelling of the Trojan War stories from the perspective of Helen of Troy, the piece takes on themes of beauty, blame, war, and myth itself. At DIVAfest, Megan and I workshopped performances with five actors in both a traditional proscenium “edition” and a fragmented immersive “edition.”
My work in London includes further development of The Helen Project at the Face to Face Festival (LOST Theatre) in 2014. I’m now exploring the project as a solo performance (Canal Cafe Theatre 2015, Women & War Festival 2016) and hope to eventually create a full-scale multimedia installation.
I am currently developing Home Is Where… an innovative devised performance using headphone verbatim, music, movement and multimedia to explore themes of culture, identity, and belonging. We scratched a short piece at Camden People’s Theatre and the Cockpit in early 2016 and are now working toward a full-length performance at Rich Mix in September.
In April 2016 I created Amy Clare Tasker Performance Lab with executive director Susie Italiano, to facilitate the continued development of The Helen Project, Home Is Where, and the creation of my future work.
Other London projects include TranShakespeare, a three-week workshop for directors, actors, and dramaturgs led by internationally renowned director Lisa Wolpe of LA Women’s Shakespeare Company. I produced TranShakespeare in collaboration with the Young Vic Directors Programme and Kings College/London Shakespeare Centre. I also directed a showcase of short plays with 17Percent (Canal Cafe Theatre and Rochester Literature Festival 2013), created by women playwrights and inspired by HG Wells’ short story The Door in the Wall.
I am a passionate advocate for diversity and gender equality in theatre. Before cofounding the GAP (Gender and Performance) Salon in London, I was a member of the Bay Area’s “YEAH, I Said Feminist: A Theatre Salon.” My 2013 TACTICS interview series (Theatre Artists’ Collected Thoughts Insights Challenges and Strategies for gender parity advocacy) is online at Works by Women San Francisco.
In 2007, I earned a B.A in Drama from U.C. Irvine, with honors from the Claire Trevor School of the Arts and the Campus-wide Honors Program. In a year of education “abroad,” I studied playwriting and directing at the University of Manchester/Royal Exchange Theatre. I am a 2012 alumna of Directors Lab West and Theatre Bay Area’s ATLAS program for directors.
download my CV here (pdf)