Aurora Connects

Live Webcast Every Friday at 4pm

Theatre is all about connection. While the measures we're all taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are necessary to save lives, they're also leaving us isolated at a time when we need human connection more than ever. At Aurora, there's not much we can do to directly address the pandemic, but even with our stage dark it remains our role to make connections between artists and audiences.

AURORA CONNECTS is our new weekly live broadcast, an online salon and virtual happy hour. We'll stream AURORA CONNECTS live on our YouTube channel, allowing you to react, comment, ask questions, and engage in real time.

We'll share updates about Aurora's upcoming shows and season, interviews and Q&As with actors and designers, roundtable discussions with directors, and more. Our first episode, this Friday at 4 p.m., features actors Danny ScheieSusan Lynskey, and Dean Linnard from our canceled production of Joe Orton's LOOT talking with Aurora Artistic Director Josh Costello and Associate Artistic Director Dawn Monique Williams. Have suggestions for AURORA CONNECTS? Let us know what you want to see.


Watch last week's inaugural episode, and join us this and every Friday at 4 p.m. for #AURORACONNECTS.

Friday, March 27th:


Josh Costello, Artistic Director
Josh Costello was appointed Artistic Director in 2019 following a national search. At Aurora, he has directed, among others, Exit StrategyThe Importance of Being EarnestDetroit, and the award-winning world premiere of Jonathan Spector's Eureka Day. His world premiere production of Aaron Loeb's Ideation with SF Playhouse moved to Off-Broadway at 59E59 and was named a New York Times Critic's Pick. Costello holds a BFA in Theatre from Boston University, and an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Dawn Monique Williams, Associate Artistic Director
Dawn Monique Williams has been Aurora's Associate Artistic Director since August 2019. An Oakland-native, she was Artistic Associate and a resident artist at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for six seasons. She's worked in theatre across the US including: HERE Arts Center, Profile Theatre (Portland), A.C.T., Chautauqua Theatre Company, African American Shakespeare Company. Williams holds an MA in Dramatic Literature and an MFA in Directing. She directed Bull In A China Shop at Aurora in Fall 2019.


Danny Scheie
Actor and director Danny Scheie was last seen at Aurora in 2015's The Monster-Builder. Stage credits include A.C.T., Cal Shakes, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, Arena Stage, Old Globe, Actors Theater of Louisville, Z Space, Magic Theatre, and Yale Rep. He recently played Nurse Bruce in this season's Almost Family on Fox. Scheie holds a professorship of Theater Arts at UC Santa Cruz and a PhD in Dramatic Art from UC Berkeley.

Dean Linnard
Dean Linnard is an actor and teaching artist in the Bay Area. Recent credits include SF Playhouse, Cal Shakes, Marin Shakespeare Company, Left Edge Theatre, Vermont Shakespeare
Festival, Luna Stage, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and the national tour of The Lightning Thief. He holds a BFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
Susan Lynskey
Susan Lynskey was seen most recently off-Broadway in The Jewish Wife at New Light Theater Project and as young Margaret Thatcher in 59E59 Theaters' Handbagged. Bay Area credits include Berkeley Rep and A.C.T. Other credits include Arena Stage, Kansas City Rep, Round House, Metro Stage, Olney Theatre Center, The Kennedy Center, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Lynskey has been recognized with Helen Hayes nominations for Outstanding Lead and Supporting Actress and the DC Audience Choice Award. She is an OSF Acting Company member and is currently filming Thespian for Amazon. Lynskey fosters new plays with leading incubators including The Kennedy Center, Magic Theatre, Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor, and National New Play Network.


Join us this and every Friday at 4 p.m. for #AURORACONNECTS.