Anne Occhiogrosso Bio

American Shakespeare Festival Theatre
Stratford, Connecticut 06614
A Biography of _________________________
ANNE OCCHIOGROSSO has received national acclaim for her work as an
Artistic Director, theater direct or and dramaturge and acting coach for 35 years.
Although she has worked with a broad spectrum of plays and scripts, her primary focus
has been the classical theater with a special emphasis on the works of William
Shakespeare. She co-founded the American Players Theatre with Randall Duk Kim and
Charles Bright in 1979, where she directed 16 Shakespearean productions including
Hamlet, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of
Venice. Along with the works of Shakespeare, she has directed Goldoni’s The Servant of
Two Masters, Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, Chekhov’s The Bear, The Wedding, Swan
Song and performed the role of Madam Arkadina in The Seagull. She co-directed
Moliere’s Tartuffe and Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex with Mr. Kim and performed the roles of
Dorine and Jocasta, opposite Mr. Kim, respectively. She has studied with Morris
Carnovsky and Phoebe Brand and performed the role of Anna Petrovna in a production of
Chekhov’s Ivanov. Ms. Occhiogrosso has taught acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory
of Acting and the New York Shakespeare Festival and has been a guest instructor for
schools throughout the country. She teaches acting with Classical Productions, Inc. and
coaches individuals for auditions, character development and script analysis for film,
television and theater.