Sharon Ott makes her debut at the Clarence Brown Theatre with this production of Blithe Spirit. This is the second Noël Coward play she has directed, with Private Lives at Berkeley Repertory Theatre being the first. That production featured Rebecca MacLean, the actress/wife of CBT Artistic Director Cal MacLean in the role of Sybil. Ms. Ott is an acclaimed director of both the classics and new plays. She has directed 11 plays by Shakespeare at theaters across the country (including American Shakespeare Center, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Idaho Shakespeare Festival), four plays by George Bernard Shaw (including Pygmalion at Seattle Repertory Theatre featuring Carol Mayo Jenkins), as well as plays by Chekhov, Ibsen, Lope de Vega and Bertolt Brecht. Her work with 20th and 21st century authors as a director or producer includes world premieres by such noted authors as Nilo Cruz, August Wilson, Phillip Kan Gotanda, Jose Rivera, Jessica Dickey, Amy Freed, Beth Henley, and Eve Ensler. She was the Artistic Director of the Berkeley Repertory Theater (for 13 years), and the Seattle Repertory Theater (for 8 years) and has won many awards for her directing and producing, including 3 Bay Area Theater Critics’ Awards, several Hollywood Dramalogue awards, and an Obie Award (with Theatre X, Milwaukee). During her final season as Artistic Director at Berkeley Rep, the company received the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. Ms. Ott has directed at theaters throughout the country including Playwrights Horizons, the Public Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, Arena Stage, Roundhouse Theater, Milwaukee Repertory, Missouri Repertory, the Huntington Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, Ford’s Theatre and many others. She has also directed operas for San Diego Opera, Seattle Opera, and Opera Colorado. She currently serves as the Chair of the Dept. of Theatre at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, where she is an Associate Professor. Prior to VCU, she was a Professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and served as the Artistic Director for the Performing Arts Dept. She is a proud member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Union), and served on the SDC Executive Board for 13 years.