*One City One Book Author: Carey Perloff

In Conversation with Donn Harris
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Join us for our premier One City One Book event, an engaging and lively conversation with Carey Perloff, the author of Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater, who will talk about the importance of live theater in society and of studying the arts in education. She will be on stage with Donn Harris, the executive director of Creativity and the Arts for the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). Harris, the former executive director of Oakland School for the Arts, and former principal of the acclaimed Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA) has returned to SFUSD to help realize the citywide dream of building out the district’s ArtsCenter in the Civic Center corridor.

Both Perloff and Harris are tremendous and bold visionaries who have built lasting institutions dedicated to the arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. And both have a no-holds barred approach to expounding on their passions for the arts and for San Francisco, which is sure to make for an exciting on-stage event. Perloff, who is celebrating more than 20 years as the artistic director of the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), is also an award-winning playwright and teaches and directs in the A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts program. A recipient of France’s Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the National Corporate Theatre Fund’s 2007 Artistic Achievement Award, Perloff received a B.A. Phi Beta Kappa in classics and comparative literature from Stanford University and was a Fulbright Fellow at Oxford. She is also a proud mother of two.

Her wonderful, provocative and moving book, Beautiful Chaos, published by City Lights Books, explores the history of the nationally renowned A.C.T. but also tells a compelling story of being a young women leading a world-class theater company and offers her insightful opinions on San Francisco today, including cultural literacy, how startups are changing the city, gender disparity, leadership and power. Ultimately Beautiful Chaos provides an impassioned manifesto for the role of live theater in today’s technology-infused world.

One City One Book is San Francisco's citywide book club.
In 2016, we're reading Beautiful Chaos - A Life in the Theater by Carey Perloff.
Find out more at: One City One Book.

*Funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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