Self-Portrait

 

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I was born in Long Beach, California. My father was a Navy man, so we moved around a bit. After living in Hawaii and South Carolina, my family returned to California and settled in Huntington Beach. 

 

As a teenager I dabbled in Renaissance woodwinds. (Yeah, I was THAT guy.) Working in a music store, just out of high school, I was asked to play in a production of "Two Gentlemen of Verona," directed by Daniel Sullivan. This led to joining the resident company at Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, touring with their educational theatre program, and teaching in SCR's Young Conservatory.

 

While acting and directing throughout Orange County, I held a strange array of jobs: tour guide on the Queen Mary, dancing dwarf at Disneyland, and séance medium for a private magic club in Newport Beach. 

 

In 1986 I was recruited as a concept writer for Alchemy II, whose toys included Teddy Ruxpin and the Talking Mother Goose. A few years later Walt Disney Imagineering hired me as a Show Writer, then moved me to Paris, France, to be the Senior Concepteur/Rédacteur for creation and installation of Euro Disneyland.

 

Not long after I returned to California, my father passed away.  I resigned from Walt Disney Imagineering to care for my mother in Orange County. A few years later I returned to South Coast Repertory to become their first Education Director.

 

In 1997 I left SCR to pursue an MFA in Acting. 

 

After grad school I taught theatre history and writing for California State University Long Beach until 2014, then left to pursue writing and acting full-time.

 

My wife Kimberly is a writer and avid gardener. Our son is a Harvey Mudd National Merit Scholar, pursuing a degree in Computer Science. He's also a long distance runner, holding his college's freshman record for the 10K.

 

© 2018 by Craig Fleming