Keeping it Dramatic with Judy Navas

headshot_navasj_lg.jpgJudy Navas is something of a theatrical virtuoso. Her journey throughout the arts has resulted in an impressive collection of dramatic talent.

Before taking on the role of professor and director of general theater at Sonoma State University, Navas had studied a wide range of theater techniques from some of the mot influential forces in contemporary theater, including Sam Shepard, The Polish Laboratory Theatre, Martin Essline, and Joseph Chaikin. She had studied mime and mask with Leonard Pitt, and puppetry in the Netherlands.

Navas pioneered a drama class for adolescent psychiatric patients at Mt. Zion Hospital. She also taught drama at the School of Arts and Sciences in San Anselmo, as well as at the College of Marin, where she was once a student. She received her A.A. from the College of Marin, then obtained her B.A. at UC Berkeley and her M.A. at San Francisco State University.

Navas has directed and toured Tennessee Williams plays to critical acclaim in New Orleans, Louisiana and Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Most recently, she is directing Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler - the classic 19th century tale of a young woman in a rigid, Victorian-era society who finds herself too strong and independent for the time she lives in. Hedda Gabler is playing at Sonoma State University until Nov. 20.

Her other directing credits at SSU include the premier performance of Jack London's play, The Acorn Planters, Noises Off!, What The Butler Saw, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Waiting for Godot, as well as original performances based on such works as T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi.

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