Tom Ross (Artistic Director) inaugurated Aurora Theatre Company with Barbara Oliver in 1992. He has served as its Managing Director and Producing Director – and was appointed to his current position after a national search. He has directed 26 productions for Aurora Theatre Company including Fifth of July, A Bright New Boise, This Is How It Goes, A Delicate Balance, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, The First Grade, The Best Man, SEX, The Birthday Party, Blue/Orange, Betrayal, Lobby Hero, The Shape of Things, The Entertainer, The Weir, and The Homecoming. He co-directed Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale with Muriel Maffre. He directed (and wrote) the long-running A Karen Carpenter Christmas. Before coming to the Bay Area, Ross worked for eight years at New York’s Public Theater (NYSF) as Executive Assistant to Joseph Papp and Co-Director of Play and Musical Development. While there he wrote the book adaptation for the Joe Orton/Todd Rundgren musical Up Against It! and collaborated on projects with artists including Larry Kramer, Kathy and Mo, Malcolm McLaren and Jonathan Larson. He was a site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts for 16 years.