FOGG Theatre Company engages, entertains, and enlivens the San Francisco Bay Area community with musical productions that examine and celebrate our history, our communities, our heroes, our concerns, and our ideologies. We commission, develop, and produce locally relevant stories created for the San Francisco Bay Area. We also provide Bay Area focused performing arts education.
FOGG stands for "Focus On Golden Gate". We are a collaborative venture building a locally based, self-reliant theatre system—one in which the creation of work, the production of work, and the consumption of work enhances the economic, environmental and social health of the San Francisco Bay Area. By telling locally relevant stories, and by using Bay Area artists, we are creating a theatre system that gives our audience a personalized, consequential and vital entertainment alternative. Telling Bay Area stories is important. Stories are how we process our past, how we examine our present, and how we imagine our future. They're how we grieve our losses, and how we celebrate our triumphs. Our stories matter.
FOGG Theatre named one of SFist’s 12 Best Local Theaters In The Bay Area
SFist September 2, 2015
'Cable Car Nymphomaniac' Remounted for Limited Run in June
SFist March 21, 2015
Bay Area Stories for Bay Area Artists
San Jose Mercury News January 19, 2015
'Cable Car' Promises Wild Ride
San Francisco Examiner January 15, 2015
New Theatre Company Debuts Story of Infamous 'Cable Car Nymphomaniac
SFist January 6, 2015
30 Amazing Things to Do in S.F. This Month
Refinery29 January 5, 2015
New Theater Stages the Cable Car Sex Case that Gripped S.F.
SF Gate November 5, 2014
Singing the Climax: A New Musical Theater Company Launches with a Show About a Nymphomaniac's Lawsuit
SF Weekly February 26, 2014
Co-Founder/Director of Education
Aimée Miles is a working actor, singer, and voice-over artist living in San Francisco. She has performed in dozens of plays and musicals, on both coasts and abroad, as well as numerous films, tv shows, and video games – including Spiderman-3, CSI, Trauma, Back to the Future (game) and Nickelodeon’s Drake and Josh.
Aimée served as a Creative Producer for the SF/LA/Boston women’s theatre company, erinys productions, for which she produced and starred in the Los Angeles premiere of Anthony Minghella’s all-female play, Whale Music, a benefit for City of Hope’s Breast Cancer Research Center. She is a founding member of the Academy Repertory Company, in which she and a dozen other singing actors workshopped new musicals for the Academy for New Musical Theatre in Los Angeles.
Following her homecoming to the Bay Area in 2006, Aimee made her directing debut in at Brava Theatre Center in San Francisco with Birth, a docu-drama of women’s birth stories, penned by Karen Brody.
Aimée has worked behind the scenes in education and youth theatre since college, as a teaching assistant (ACT’s Young Conservatory, Oddfellows Playhouse), youth camp musical director (CYP Youth Theater), children’s playwright, private coach, career mentor, and touring elementary school performer (LA’s Imagination Central).
Aimee holds a BA in Theatre Arts and Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University, CT.
Tony received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University in 1998 in Theatre and Music, and later received his Masters Degree in Musical Theatre Writing from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU: Tisch School of the Arts. In 2008, he was honored with the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Award for songwriting. In 2011, he was a Resident Artist in American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program.
As a composer/lyricist, Tony has worked on a number of music theatre projects including FOGG Theatre’s first commission, The Cable Car Nymphomaniac which played to sold out houses in both January and June of 2015, and the award winning Our Country (with Dan Collins), which received its world premiere in June of 2009 through the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Our Countrywent on to win four Planet Connections awards, including Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical, and Outstanding Book, Music & Lyrics of a Musical, and was subsequently published in the “2010: Plays and Playwrights” anthology of new plays (NYTE Small Press). The hit show then enjoyed a successful run in 2010 at New York Musicals Theatre Festival. Tony has self-produced every iteration of Our Countryincluding the concept album (available on iTunes!) He has also self-produced multiple readings of his show The Many, Many Men of Tony Asaro in both New York City and San Francisco, and has co-produced concerts of his own work on both coasts as well. Tony’s first musical, Family has enjoyed two productions–one at SCU in 1999 and one at the Ryan Repertory Theatre in New York City in 2000.
Also an accomplished librettist, Tony has received commissions from choirs and opera companies to pen libretti for multiple operas and oratorios. His oratorio Such Beautiful Things, written with composer Jeff Parola, was commissioned by Choral Chameleon of New York City, and performed by them in 2010. His opera All Wounds Bleed, written with composer Chris Cerrone, was presented in Opera America’s New Works Forum in 2012, and received its world premiere at Tulsa Opera in 2013. Tony has recently been commissioned by American Lyric Theatre to write the libretto for a family opera adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree.
Over three decades, Clay David’s professional career in theatre arts, from London, Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, national tours to educational and community theatre, has embraced advocacy, acting, directing, production supervision, management, design, fund raising, community engagement and education, animated by a collaborative, mentoring spirit sensitive to the professionals with whom he has worked and the communities he has served. Most recently, his achievements in the theater have been recognized with Theatre Bay Area TITAN Award for Excellence in Theatre, five 2016 San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critic’s Awards for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Set Designer, Best Costume Designer and Best Production. He has also won the Dean Goodman Choice Award-Best Director, Lee Hartgrave FAME Best Play Award, and The Victor Borge Legacy Award.
In educational theater, Clay served as professor and lecturer of theater at Loyola Marymount University, The University of Connecticut, Diablo Valley College, and served as Chairman of Drama at Contra Costa College. He was the recipient of the BRAVO Award for Outstanding Innovation and Excellence in the Arts, AMCO Kennedy Center National Winner, and the Golden Apple Professor of the Year Award. He team taught with acting faculty and staff from California Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley’s Shotgun Players, San Francisco’s ACT, African American Shakespeare Company, and The Actor’s Studio in NYC.
Adapting and improvising as changing situations have required, Clay has managed teams and built consensus among gifted but demanding performers and stake holders. He has worked as manager, designer, director and consultant for Altarena Playhouse, Bay Area Musicals, 42ndStreet Moon, Speakeasy, Marin Shakespeare Company, Landmark Musicals Theatre, Island City Opera, OMG I Love That Show! Productions, Theatre Rhino, Berkeley Playhouse, Zeum Theatre, Yerba Buena Center, New Conservatory Theatre, Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, California Theatre Arts Crossroads Theatre, Walnut Creek, Knox Center for the Performing Arts, San Pablo, The Novato Theatre Company, The Ross Valley Players, and Theatre Bay Area.
Clay works in close collaboration with local organizations including Kiwanis, Rotary, and Girls, Inc, enthusiastically assisting non-profit organizations with publicity, fundraising and event planning, for groups as diverse as Bay Area Musicals, Theatre Bay Area, 42nd Street Moon Theatre Arts, California Heritage Council, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Berkeley City Club, STAND Battered Women’s Shelter, Preservation of the SS Red Oak Victory Ship, Richmond Museum of History and The Boys and Girls Club. Throughout his career he has found it especially rewarding to support education and outreach programs, to bring theater closer to both youth and seniors.
In all his arts education efforts, he has aimed to develop in students of all ages, backgrounds and levels of sophistication an awareness of, and connection to, the global community and to cultivate their capacity for reasoned inquiry, aesthetic and cultural awareness, and self-directed life-long learning through the art and ritual of performance. Clay believes his many years of passionate dedication to performing arts education that embraces all groups, backgrounds, ages and communities would significantly contribute to the capacity of the FOGG Theatre to support performing arts endeavors that reflect, explore and celebrate the wondrous diversity that characterizes the region it serves.
Clay David is grateful for the array of opportunities to grow and serve professionally which more than two decades of active engagement in so many roles and projects in the performing arts have provided. He is confident the distinctive breadth of his experience, as performer, manager, director and teacher, and the collaborative network of relationships he has developed with artists, sponsors and communities across the Bay Area equip him to make a very positive contribution to FOGG Theatre. The ethos and mission of FOGG Theatre with respect to advancement of the performing arts resonate with his own values and goals.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Leta Soza, President
Tony Asaro, Vice President
Nam Nguyen, Treasurer
Alexandra Whitworth, Secretary
Tony Asaro, Vice President
Nam Nguyen, Treasurer
Alexandra Whitworth, Secretary