Photo: THIS MUCH I KNOW at Aurora Theatre Company, 2022 (photo by Kevin Berne)


Josh Costello is the Artistic Director of Aurora Theatre Company, where he has directed Exit Strategy, The Importance of Being Earnest, Detroit, Wittenberg, The Heir Apparent, and the world premiere of Eureka Day, which won every Bay Area new play award. His world-premiere production of Aaron Loeb’s Ideation with the San Francisco Playhouse, which won the Glickman Award for best new play in the … Continue reading Biography

Little Brother

world premiere by Josh Costello
based on the novel by Cory Doctorow
Custom Made Theatre Company

“A total marvel… powerful and brilliant”

“requires watching… it’s a tense, power-packed play… eloquent, touching and infuriating in all the right places”
-Marin Independent-Journal

Eureka Day

world premiere
by Jonathan Spector
Aurora Theatre Company

winner of every award for best new play in the Bay Area

One of the best plays of 2018
-San Francisco Chronicle

Exit Strategy

Bay Area Premiere
by Ike Holter
Aurora Theatre Company
September 2019

The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde
Aurora Theatre Company

“delightful… captivating…”
-Talkin’ Broadway

“sheer comic brilliance”
-SF Examiner


world premiere by Aaron Loeb
San Francisco Playhouse
Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters

Winner, Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Direction

Critic’s Pick
-New York Times


by Lisa D’Amour
Bay Area Premiere
Aurora Theatre Company

“astutely directed… funny and horrifying”
-SF Examiner

One of the top ten best plays of 2015
-San Jose Mercury News


Bay Area premiere
by David Davalos
Aurora Theatre Company

“copious waves of laughter… a comic feast of brain ticklers”
-Rob Hurwitt, SF Chronicle

“witty… hilarious… it’s so darn clever and charming”

The Heir Apparent

by David Ives from Jean-François Regnard
Bay Area Premiere
Aurora Theatre Company

“Hits the laugh jackpot”
-San Jose Mercury News

“Pure fun”
-San Francisco Chronicle


world premiere by Zayd Dohrn
San Francisco Playhouse

“A major triumph… Costello has drawn magnificent performances from his three-actor ensemble”
-Huffington Post

“Directed with just the right balance of rawness and finesse”
-SF Weekly

My Children! My Africa!

by Athol Fugard
Marin Theatre Company

“brilliantly directed by Josh Costello”

[Highest Rating]
“Packs an enormous punch… three exceptional actors and a skilled director… heart-wrenching”
-SF Chronicle

Romeo & Juliet: the Fire Ballet

world premiere created by Michael Sturtz
music by Sergei Prokofiev and DJ Vordo
The Crucible Industrial Arts Center

“It’s all fun and fabulous, but it’s also — thanks to solid acting from the entire ensemble –surprisingly dramatically effective.”
-SF Chronicle


by William Shakespeare

outdoor performances in LA and Orange County

“a first-rate production of working professionals who demonstrate their talents under the informed, high-spirited direction of Josh Costello”
-Long Beach Press-Telegram

The Rover

by Aphra Behn
adapted by Josh Costello
world premiere
Chance Theatre Repertory Company
and live television broadcast
(southern California)

“inventive and pleasurable, showcasing Behn’s sharp wit and Costello’s inspired imagination…”
-BackStage West

more productions

“director Josh Costello has wrought an organic production whose every facet fits the larger mosaic, forming a harsh, wrenching, bittersweet tale”
-OC Register

“an ambitious foray into no-frills contemporary drama… authentic, rough language… Costello directs with a sure hand”
-East Bay Express