Dor Cosby Atkinson - Artistic Director
Dor graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Theatre Arts in 1999, with an emphasis in acting
and directing and an interest in movement theatre. She continued her education at Freehold
Studio/ Theatre Lab in Seattle from 2001-2008, continuing her training in Meyerhold's
Biomechanics, Grotowski Plastiques and Corporals, Alexander Technique, Physical Theatre, Stage
Combat, and Advanced Directing with Intiman Artistic Director Bartlett Sher. In summer 2004,
Dorothy participated in Ellen Stewart’s La MaMa International Directors Symposium in Umbria, Italy,
where she studied with Richard Schechner on Site-Specific Theatre, Rhodessa Jones on Theatre
as Activism, Maxine Klein on Political Theatre, LiangteeTue on Chinese Opera, Bernardo Rey on
Mask and Performance, and Vito Taufer on Theatre & Melancholy.

Dor founded Edge Theatre Ensemble in Seattle in 2001, with  the support of many inspired
collaborators. Productions directed between 2001-2008 include: Baby with the Bathwater by
Christopher Durang, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton by Tennessee Williams, The Lysistrata Project,
Antigone by Sophocles, Taming of the Shrew: An Experiment, The Ceremony of the Death of the
Individual and the Dreams of Kim Sun-Il (original work), Hamlet and the Gambler (original work),
Marriage Play, by Edward Albee, three original performance pieces in Si Molesto Con Mi Canto,
Around the Clock by Kelley Faulkner, A Dream Play by August Strindberg, newly adapted by Caryl
Churchill, and Mother Courage and her Children by Bertolt Brecht. Dor taught acting classes at
Bellevue Community College from 2005-2008, and has been assistant director in multiple
professional venues, including Intiman Theatre.

"I am a passionate, enthusiastic humanitarian, theatre director, and teacher. I feel a high level of
energy that propels me towards storytelling, especially symbolic, spiritual, metaphorical, and highly
theatrical storytelling. I feel grounded when collaborating with others who share my artistic values:
socially-conscious theatre, theatre of the grotesque, theatre that is centered in specificity,
spontaneity, risk-taking, play, and rigor. I feel great joy bringing artists and non-artists a heightened
awareness of themselves, others, the socio-political issues of our world, and the truths of our
human condition." - DCA, 2010
(c) 2005  Edge Theatre Ensemble
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Dor Cosby Atkinson is currently working on her MFA in Directing and Public Dialogue at Virginia
Tech, in Blacksburg, VA. In Fall 2008, Dor directed two short plays:
The Levee by Taylor
MacBowyer and
That Midnight Rodeo by Mary Sue Price. To read an article about the production,
click here. In Spring 2009, Dor worked on a "living newspaper" project called Live News! The
ensemble created short original works using Meyerhold's Biomechanics as a base and current
events as source material, and performed these outdoors, on campus. She also directed an opera,
Venus and Adonis, with American Opera Theatre. Second year projects included Rough for
Theatre II
by Samuel Beckett, and Two Altars, Ten Funerals by Erik Ehn. Her final project at
Virginia Tech will be
The Good Person of Szechuan by Bertolt Brecht in Fall 2010. She has enjoyed
teaching Introduction to Acting classes for non-majors at VT. In Spring 2011, Dor and her husband
Ed will move to the California Bay Area, for an internship with San Francisco company Theatre of
Yugen, to teach, and to re-create Edge Theatre Ensemble.


To view production photos from Dor's Virginia Tech projects, click here.