Amy Clare Tasker is a director, playwright, and theatre maker based in San Francisco. Her 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.
Amy is a co-founder of Inkblot Ensemble, an associate artist with DIVAfest, Cutting Ball Theater and Atmos Theatre, and an artist in residence at EXIT Theatre. With Inkblot Ensemble, Amy has developed and directed All’s Fair and Satellites, new plays inspired by ancient mythology. Most recently, Inkblot Ensemble partnered with The Collaboratory to devise a physical theatre piece, Dirty Laundry, based on the laundresses in Federico Garcia Lorca’s Yerma. For Cutting Ball Theater, where she produced three seasons as General Manager (2008-2011), Amy has directed Andromache, The Stronger, Epicoene or The Silent Woman, and Euripides’ Medea for The Hidden Classics Reading Series. Also at Cutting Ball, she 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 Alice in Wonderland at Atmos Theatre; Antigone in SF Theater Pub’s Theban Chronicles; and Daniel Heath’s short play Nothing Works at the Bay One Acts Festival. Her new play Phoebe & Theia, or How to Get to Tartarus was commissioned by the SF Olympians Festival, where it will receive a staged reading in December 2012. Amy is collaborating with playwright Megan Cohen to create a transmedia online and live theater piece deconstructing the iconic Helen of Troy, to be workshopped at DIVAfest in May 2013.
Amy holds 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. She has also studied playwriting and directing at the University of Manchester/Royal Exchange Theatre, and is a 2012 alumna of Directors Lab West and Theatre Bay Area’s ATLAS program for directors.