Playwrights: Log Cabin, The Qualms, Clybourne Park, Completeness. Pam is the Artistic Director of American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) in San Francisco. She is a Tony, Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning director, having directed eight productions on Broadway, including Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park (Lortel and Tony nominations and Obie Award); Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Tony and Drama Desk awards, and Outer Critics Circle nomination); Amélie: a new musical; Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles. She just completed a three year term as Executive Board President of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), a national labor union.
A few years ago, while cleaning out some boxes or desk drawers in my childhood home, my mom came across something she thought I might like to have: a booklet in which my pediatrician, Dr. Grossman, had recorded his observations about me over the course of the first six years of my life. In this booklet, between directives about diet and the dates of various milestones ("Sat without support: six months." "First step: age one."), are peppered some frank assessments of my personality and temperament: At one year, six and a half months: "Expect his tantrums to recur."
Tim: What brought you to playwriting?
Itamar: I was interested in writing from a pretty young age. I was a big sci-fi and fantasy book nerd as a kid. And so I think my first writing ambition was to write fantasy novels. Then in high school, I was at Berkeley High, which is a really crazy, diverse place to go to school, and the clique of weird, outsider, artsy kids at Berkeley High who were a little older than I was were really impressive to me. I thought they were really, really cool and they were writing plays and putting them on and I thought that was really exciting.