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Co-founders Ted Reed, Todd Blakesley (Artisitc director), Mary Lou Reed and Roger Henderson outside the Crystal Palace in Mission Beach (1972-76). -- Dedicated exclusively to developing original works it mounted 27 world premieres and provided the laboratory for Todd's experimental work in Total Immersion Theater.
VIDEO - Bill Geist on FritzCon 96 by Todd Blakesley and Burnham Joiner. Total Immersion theater during the 1996 Republican Convention just two blocks away. Interviews with Todd, Rick Stevens and scenes from the production. (7 min) PLUS KFMB Channel 8 newscaster Dennis Morgigno has his own take on the show. (3 min)
PHOTOS: The 2006 Sledgehammer production of Todd Blakesley's interactive play immersed three audience-juries deliberating on charges against the 43rd President of the United States. Plus REVIEW by Anne Marie Welsh. -- A subsequent production was directed by Ray Tatar in 2007 at his California Stage Company in Sacramento.
VIDEO: Summary of the 2015 workshop production of Todd's most recent immersive creation in collaboration with the Playwrights Project. (4 min) Funded by a Creative Catalyst grant from the San Diego Foundation.
In the aftermath of September 11, 2001 Todd (as Managing Director) and Gayle Feldman (as Artistic Director) co-founded a theater dedicated to advancing women's roles on stage, plays by women and revisiting the classic with a non-gender bias.
After touring the Canadian Fringe circuit in 2001 Todd found his passion for all things Fringe, consuming. In 2013 he became a founding committee member of the San Diego International Fringe and served as a festival coordinator for five years.
Joining Todd in the depths of Toronto winter for Sue Morrison's Clown Through Mask workshop was this incredible group from around the world: Brazil, Peru, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Canada and two of us from the USA.
A partial LISTING of acting, writing, producing, directing and managerial credits. (Click on "Download" for PDF)
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