I grew up in Southern California.

Skipping college, I spent my twenties as an actor and freelance stage director. In 1986 I left theatre to become full-time editor and concept writer for Alchemy II, creators of Teddy Ruxpin.


In 1988, I was recruited by Walt Disney Imagineering as a Show Writer. Six months later I was promoted to Senior Concepteur/Redacteur and sent to France, where I was tasked with directing the nomenclature, scripting, and media efforts for the creation of Euro Disneyland.


After four years in Paris, I left Disney to serve as Head of Education for South Coast Repertory. Two years later I began college at the age of forty-two, earning an MFA in Acting. 

I have directed and acted in professional theatre, designed and taught a broad spectrum of university theatre courses, and consulted on innovative business models for theatre companies.


I love to brainstorm. I love to set a room on fire.



Actors' Equity Association

Theatre Communications Group

California Faculty Association

Association of Theatre in Higher Education



MS Office


Final Draft

Audio/Video Editing






Creator and Writer
Ancient Lights
2017 - now

Currently developing content for television.

Guest Director
Idyllwild Arts Academy


Directed an international cast in a production of "The Disappearance of Daniel Hand," by Dan O'Brien.

Conservatory Instructor
Orange County School of the Arts

​2014 - 2015


For the Acting Conservatory, a general survey course in the many disciplines that constitute theatrical art. For the Production & Design Conservatory, a history of theatrical production, with an emphasis on the "why" of adaptation and innovation.


Academic Affiliate
Center Theatre Group

2011 - present


For the Student Advisory Committee, I created curriculum, questions and prompts for research on the challenges of public education, while helping to guide student work that informed the content of a commissioned piece for the Mark Taper Forum stage.


For the Student Ambassadors, I mentored a leadership development program for young people seeking to engage their peers in the LA theatre community.


Assistant Professor, Theatre Studies
California State University Long Beach

2006 - 2014


While my primary teaching assignments focused on theatre history, literature, and criticism, from the beginning of my CSULB teaching career I pursued a path of investigation into the best methods of student engagement. Everything I did was motivated to capture student attention so I might focus it toward student self-actualization, in theatre and across the arts spectrum.


On campus, that encouragement often was directed toward stimulating interdisciplinary contact. I was active on MFA thesis committees not only within the Theatre Department, but also the Dance Department, where I participated (performed) in MFA dance concerts. 


For Film and Electronic Arts, I was a frequent guest in Directing for Film. As an actor, I performed numerous voiceovers and appeared in four student films.  


My emphasis on student engagement brought the following acknowledgements:

  • Most Valuable Professor (College of the Arts)

  • Most Inspirational Professor (Associated Students)

  • Most Influential Professor (Education Opportunities Program)


Full-Time Lecturer, Theatre
California State University Long Beach

​2004 - 2006


Immediately following my selection as Outstanding Graduate for the College of the Arts, I was engaged to teach the following courses: Appreciation of the Theatre, Theatre History, Fundamentals of Acting, and Theatre Today.


Graduate Teaching Associate, Theatre
California State University Long Beach

​2001 - 2004


While pursuing my MFA in Acting, I was engaged as an instructor each semester to teach courses in Theatre History and Introduction to Acting.


Education Director
South Coast Repertory

​1995 - 1997


After teaching for many years in their Conservatory, I became the first-ever Education Director for Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. Having successfully directed three Theatre for Young Audiences productions and increased enrollment in conservatory programs, I left SCR to enroll in college and pursue my goal of teaching theatre at a university. 


Senior Concepteur / Redacteur
Show Writer
Walt Disney Imagineering



In 1988 I was recruited by Walt Disney Imagineering then one year later, relocated to Paris, France. As an Imagineer I conceptualized and directed the nomenclature and scripting effort for the creation of Disneyland Paris theme park; formulated language policy for Disney and the French government; wrote and directed audio/video media; wrote or approved all French/English show copy for the theme park (menus, show graphics, operational signage); created nomenclature for architects (Frank Gehry, Michael Graves, among others); researched and produced a bilingual style guide; conceived Discoveryland nomenclature (with Ray Bradbury); researched and wrote “Le Visionarium” (with Jean-Claude Carrière). In my spare time I served as Senior Editor for WDEye (Imagineering in-house publication).


English (expert)

French (conversational)

Downloadable Resumes
California State University Long Beach

Master of Fine Arts, Acting

2001 - 2004


​After one semester as an undergraduate, I was absorbed into the graduate Acting program. While pursuing my MFA, I performed in twelve productions with the California Repertory Company, taught beginning acting and Theatre History courses each semester, and directed five student showcases. In Spring 2004 the College of the Arts honored me with their Outstanding Graduate award and a position as a full-time lecturer in theatre studies.



Golden West College



In three study-packed semesters, I successfully completed all required general education courses, then transferred to CSULB.

© 2018 by Craig Fleming