Best Theater Director: And certainly the most idealistic
Aaron Davidman, Traveling Jewish Theater
Phlegmatic Traveling Jewish Theater artistic director Aaron Davidman is quintessentially Berkeley both so laid-back he should have a hard time seeing over his own waistband, and intellectual as all get-out, which shows in the new works he co-creates. He broaches difficult dialogues and painful questions, and threads an intelligent and humane humor through pieces such as God's Donkey and Blood Relative. Though he lives in the East Bay, we mostly get to see his SF-based company's shows only when they stop by the Julia Morgan. But he honored his roots on the Shotgun Players' Love Is a Dream House in Lorin, a project he initiated and then directed into a phenomenal production that put an astonishing thirty people on the company's diminutive stage. What made his feat even more impressive is that most of the cast had little to no performance experience beyond the choir loft or the school auditorium. Davidman forged them into a beautiful ensemble that truly witnessed for the community, to the raves not only of audiences but of those who worked with him.