new job

As of August 6, I will be the Literary Manager at Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley. Here’s the announcement:

“It is with great pleasure that Aurora Theatre Company welcomes our two newest employees, Josh Costello, who will be assisting me in the Artistic Office, and Ryan O’Steen, who will take over as Aurora’s Technical Director and Production Coordinator,” said Aurora Theatre Company Artistic Director Tom Ross. “Both Josh and Ryan have played important roles in the Bay Area theatrical community for quite some time and we look forward to their fresh visions and expertise as we move forward creating vigorous, challenging, and inspiring theater.”

I’m very proud of the work I did in my five-plus years with Marin Theatre Company, and I’m excited for this new chapter.

PlayGround March 19

I’m directing The Aftershock, a new 10-minute play by Ignacio Zulueta, this Monday March 19 for PlayGround, on stage at Berkeley Rep. These are always a ton of fun; six ten-minute plays written this week by great local playwrights, a bunch of the Bay Area’s best actors, a couple of hours of rehearsal, and go.

Reborning nominated for 6 Bay Area Critics Circle awards

Reborning by Zayd Dohrn, which I directed last year at SF Playhouse, has been nominated for six Bay Area Critics Circle Awards:

  • Ensemble
  • Featured Actress: Lorri Holt
  • Lighting Design: Michael Palumbo
  • Original Script: Zayd Dohrn
  • Principal Actor: Alexander Alioto
  • Specialties (Doll Design): Stef Baldwin & Cher Simnitt

Congratulations to all of the 2011 nominees!

Anansi the Spider

I’m directing a new adaptation of Anansi the Spider for MTC’s School Tour program in 2012.  Tommy Shepherd and Dan Wolf will write and perform.

Ana loves stories, and wants the other kids to act them out the way they’re written. But when she finds herself caught up in the legend of Anansi and the Sky God, with music, beats and rhymes creating a world of magic and mystery, Ana discovers that sometimes you have to write your own story—and that writing your own story might be the most exciting thing you can do.

The African folktale is updated, reimagined, and filled with music, beats and rhymes in this new play for elementary schoolers, specially commissioned by Marin Theatre Company.

The show will tour to elementary schools in February and March 2012. There will be public performances at MTC on March 24, 25, and 31.

More info here.

Toil and Trouble by Lauren Gunderson

I directed a workshop and reading of Toil And/Or Trouble, a new play by Lauren Gunderson, as a part of Just Theater’s New Play Lab. Starring Michael Barrett Austin, Anthony Nemirovsky, and Alex Chreighton.

Two ambitious young men and one badass lady fight the recession with dictatorial dreams: instead of going back to grad school like everyone else in business… why not take over a small country? Seriously. No I’m serious.

I previously directed two touring productions of Lauren’s A Short History of Nearly Everything for MTC.

Welcome

Welcome to my online stage directing portfolio. This site is undergoing renovations; the basic info is here but more images and video from past productions will be added soon.

I’m currently seeking a freelance directing gig for the 2012/13 season — I have a few scripts I’m shopping around, and I’m open to other possibilities.

For more information, to set up an interview, or to offer me a directing job, please email me at joshcostello at gmail dot com.