About

2018-2019 Directing Fellow, Asolo Repertory Theatre

Governing Company Member,  Real Live Theatre

Associate Artist, Pauline Productions

 

Toby Vera Bercovici is a director whose work utilizes a rigorous authenticity, playful relationship with the elements of time, and uniquely feminist aesthetic to help tell important stories. She places special emphasis on the ethical, psychological, and physiological manifestations of intimacy, and she has contributed her knowledge in this arena to several productions and films, serving as both intimacy choreographer and consultant. She has created numerous dance-theater adaptations of classic texts, including The *Annotated* Taming: Or, Out of the Saddle, Into the Dirt, Spring Awakening: A Sin of Omission (reviewed in New England Theatre Journal), Of Turlygods & Time: The Tale of King Lear, and The Life and Death of Queen Margaret  (co-created with Dan Morbyrne). New York credits include The Life and Death of Queen Margaret at Theater for the New City, Spring Awakening: A Sin of Omission at the Looking Glass Theatre, and the world premier of Julia Kaminsky's Genesis at the Circus Warehouse. She also assistant directed Belize, Imminence, and Hot Lunch Apostles for The Talking Band at La Mama E.T.C. and Old Comedy for Target Margin at Classic Stage. She has directed for multiple companies throughout Western Massachusetts including Silverthorne Theater, Hampshire Shakespeare Company, and Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble. She has taught theater at Colby College, Holyoke Community College, American International College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She holds a BA in Theater from Smith College and an MFA in Directing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She also has ongoing training at Shakespeare & Company and with the Michael Chekhov Association and Intimacy Directors International, as well as in Authentic Movement, Suzuki, and Viewpoints. 

 

 

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Where Toby will be this summer…

Teaching “Choreographing Intimacy” with Ellen Morbyrne at North Star, Sunderland MA, April 28

Leading the Women Making Big Noises: Or, King Lear residency at the Dragon’s Egg, Ledyard CT, June 6-10

Attending the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA) Director’s Track, Connecticut College, New London CT, June 16-22

Planning Real Live Theatre’s annual summer gala, location TBD, June 29

Directing The *Annotated* Taming: Or, Out of the Saddle, Into the Dirt, produced by Hampshire Shakespeare Company at the Renaissance Center, Amherst MA, July 17-28

Co-leading a trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 3-15