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  • Stephanie Jane Hunt

    Stephanie Jane Hunt

    Lecturer, Theater and Performance Studies

    BioStephanie is an actor, director, and teacher of voice and acting. As a core member of the Bay Area theatre company, Word for Word, Stephanie has acted in numerous productions, including Tobias Wolff’s Sanity, Colm Tóibín’s Silence, Upton Sinclair’s Oil! and Susan Glaspell’s A Jury of her Peers. She played Lizzie Borden in The Fall River Axe Murders by Angela Carter directed by Amy Freed. For Word for Word, she directed the productions of Bullet in the Brain and Lady's Dream by Tobias Wolff, and All Aunt Hagar’s Children by Edward P. Jones, which played at the Z Space before touring France. She has acted with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Campo Santo, Aurora Theatre, the Magic Theatre, Berkeley Shakespeare, the One Act Theater, and in New York at La Mama. For two years with Pulp Playhouse, Stephanie performed late-night comedy improv with O-Lan Jones and Mike McShane at the Eureka Theater. She has taught voice at ACT in the Summer Training Congress, and at the University of San Francisco, Chabot College, and Sonoma State University. She has directed a number of university productions, most recently at USF, where she directed Twelfth Night, and adapted and directed Alice Munro’s The View from Castle Rock. Her training includes an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater and certification as an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. Stephanie is committed to creating and teaching ensemble-based theater with a focus on heightened language.

  • Patricia Madson

    Patricia Madson

    Senior Lecturer in Drama

    BioPatricia Ryan Madson is the author of IMPROV WISDOM: DON’T PREPARE, JUST
    SHOW UP (Random House, 2005) and a professor Emerita from Stanford University where
    she taught from 1977-2005. In the Drama Department she served as the head of the
    undergraduate acting program and developed the improvisation program. In 1998 she was
    the winner of the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Outstanding Innovation in
    Undergraduate Education at Stanford. She founded and coached the Stanford Improvisors
    and taught beginning and advanced level courses in Improvisation for undergraduate as
    well as adults in Stanford's Continuing Studies Program. In 1996 she founded the
    Creativity Initiative at Stanford, an interdisciplinary alliance of faculty who share the
    belief that creativity can be taught. Patricia has taught Design Improv for the School of
    Engineering, and was a guest lecturer for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and
    for the Mayfield Fellows program.
    She teaches regularly for the Esalen Institute, and has given workshops for the California
    Institute for Integral Studies, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, the National
    Association of Drama Therapists, the Western Psychological Association, Duke
    University East Asian Studies Center, Wellness in the Workplace for BC University and
    the Meaningful Life Therapy Association in Japan.

    Her corporate clients have included: IDEO, Google, Gap Inc.'s Executive Leadership
    Team, The Lucille and David Packard Foundation, the Banff Centre for Leadership, the
    National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), Hewlett Packard, Digital
    Impact, The Woods Institute for the Environment, the International Society for
    Performance Improvement (ISPI), the Santa Fe Leadership Center, the Association for
    YMCA rofessionals, Sun Microsystems Japan Division, Extempo Systems,
    Apple Computers, Adobe Systems, the Piedmont School District, and Price Waterhouse.

    Batchelor of Arts in Philosophy, Westhampton College of the U. of Richmond,
    1963Masters of Arts in Theater, Wayne State University, 1965
    Web pages:www.improvwisdom.com
    Linked In: Patricia Ryan Madson
    FACEBOOK: patricia.ryan.madson TWITTER: patryanmadson
    patryan@stanford.edu or improvwisdom@gmail.com