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Mark Phillips, Lynda DiVito, Mark Farrell


Theatre Director

By The Bog of Cats- San Jose REP

“Timothy Near’s no-holds-barred production makes you believe in the religion of live theater.”

-The Irish Herald

Miss Julie- San Jose REP

“Director Timothy Near’s audacious preamble to a classic adds a tingling psychosexual frisson to it.  Near has made this convention-flouting play daring all over again.”    

-Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle

By The Bog of Cats- San Joes REP

Then there’s artistic director Timothy Near’s direction—taut, muscular and poetic as the play itself, full of powerful drama and arresting images.”

-S.F. Bay Guardian

 “Near wants to carry us away and she does…her diversions are superb and she must get the credit.”

-Minneapolis Star and Tribune

Ghost On Fire- La Jolla Playhouse

“The whole of Near’s production has a sense of truth and quiet ensemble…a gracefully exploratory show, funny and revealing in a sometimes spacey, always rewarding way.  How many shows do you know that have the grace and originality to make that claim?”   

 -La Jolla Light News


A Doll's House- Stage West

“This insightful and passionate production expresses her beliefs and her life with all her directing signatures: her fine hand with actors, her ability to blend pictures and music, her imagination, her energy and her spirit, which shines through every production she creates.”    

-Malcolm L. Johnson, Hartford Courant

Epidavros Theatre, Greece

Mrs. Warren's Profession- Cal Shakes 

“Ms. Nears version of this classic is an arresting blend of ‘Vicwardian’ decor and modern energy.  New York’s Roundabout Theatre…will have to work overtime to top this exemplary version.”  

-Terry Teachout, Wall St. Journal  

All My Sons- Stage West

“Near’s production gathers power, and as it surges to its wrenching climax, it becomes a searing, shatteringly acted production of this classic American drama.”

-Malcolm L. Johnson, Hartford Courant



Timothy Near is an award-winning freelance director, three-time artistic director and Obie Award-winning actress.  She has directed over 80 plays and musicals at theatres across the U.S. including La Jolla Playhouse, New York Public Theatre, The Guthrie, Berkeley Rep, Center REP, and the Mark Taper Forum.  She was the first woman to direct at the Alliance Theatre and at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.  In her 21 year tenure as artistic director of San Jose Rep, she produced over 120 plays and 20 world premieres.  Twice as artistic director, she contributed to the campaign, design and completion of two mid-sized theatres.  In addition to an Obie Award for her performance in Still Life at the American Place Theatre in New York, she was a regular guest on “Sesame Street.”  She continues to direct and act.        

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On the set of Talley's Folly by Lanford Wilson

At A Contemporary Theatre's arena theatre in Seattle


The Road to Mecca just received 6 Bay Area Critics Circle Award nominations, including Best Production and Best Director!  Thanks to Weathervane Productions for the extraordinary support!

Written by Athol Fugard, with Wendy vanden Heuval, Victor Talmadge and Kodi Jackman.  Z Below, San Francisco, June, 2023. 

Read about it in Broadway World interview with Timothy and SF Chronicle Datebook.


The Unexpected 3rd  Written and performed by Kathryn Grody.  We just completed a workshop and 4 packed performances as part of the Kiln at People's Light Theatre in Malvern, PA in March, 2024.  Next: on to the New Ground Theatre Festival at Cleveland Playhouse in June!  Previous workshops were at Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor and the Rosendale Theatre in upstate New York, 2022, and at Dodger Studios in New York, June 2023.  A big THANK YOU to all these theatres for their support of new work!!

Stay tuned for news about future productions!

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