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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.

Affiliations

SAG/AFTRA

Actors' Equity Association

Theatre Communications Group

California Faculty Association

Association of Theatre in Higher Education

 

Skills

MS Office

PowerPoint

Final Draft

Audio/Video Editing

Brainstorming

Motivating

Languages

Work

experience
 

Creator and Writer
Ancient Lights
2017 - now

Currently developing content for television.

 
Guest Director
Idyllwild Arts Academy

2015

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

​1988-1994

 

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
Education
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

​2000

 

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

© 2018 by Craig Fleming