Andy Ottoson is a freelance writer, director and producer in theater and opera.  He is the Founding Artistic Director of Dalliance Theater, which premiered over twenty new works in its four-year run. At Dalliance he directed his own adaptation of Strindberg's A Dream Play as well as the world-premieres of Refractions, Blind Love and Small Talk, and wrote Violations and #8.  He also wrote Jeremy and at the 2014 Fresh Fruit Festival, plus numerous short plays and films for Framework Productions and others.  Additional directing credits include Der Fliegende Hollander, Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci for Connecticut Lyric Opera, as well as new works with Framework Productions, Tip My Cup, Evil Eye Productions and Surfacing Playwrights’ Festival.  He has assisted a wide range of directors, including Joe Dowling, Jonathan Munby, Gabe Barre, Stafford Arima, Richard Jay Alexander, Sharon Ott, Harold Scott, Steven Woolf and others.  Companies worked with include Guthrie Theater, SPF at the Public Theater, Dallas Opera, Primary Stages, Nashville Opera, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Tulsa Opera, Gingold Theatrical Group, LyriCo Light Opera and many others.   He is a proud member of AEA and AGMA, an Associate Member of SDC and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab.  www.AndyOttoson.com

"Theater is the home that we come back to where we find who we are.   It is a bottomless well of insight and joy, a happy mesh of pictures, sounds and stories to engage us in something real and apart from our increasingly digital culture.  Theater is a glue that binds our isolation together, continually renewing our understanding of a growing and uncertain world. 

"I am inspired by works that fuse the old and the new—the happy collision of contemporary ideas and imagery with the myth and weight of our rich global heritage.  In my professional career, I have been fortunate to work in both theater and opera, to create brand-new works and re-discover the great masterpieces. 

"We live in revolutionary times, where the digital realm has given us unlimited freedom while taking so much away.  We search more and more for something real, something we can feel and smell and hold with a sense of originality, uniqueness and hand-made integrity.  This is what the theater can bring to our distracted life: someplace real where we are free to dream."

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