Timothy Near (Emeritus Artistic Director of San Jose Rep/ Free Lance Director) recently concluded 22 years as Artistic Director of San Jose Repertory Theatre during which time she developed and/or produced 26 new plays, contributed significant leadership to the design and building of a new theatre facility and lead the company to be among the most respected and artistically adventurous resident theatres in the country. In the spring of 2009 she left her SJ Rep Artistic Director position to resume her career as a free lance director. Near recently directed an award winning production of Emily Mann’s adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at California Shakespeare Theatre. Near has directed at numerous theatres throughout the U.S., including Arizona Theatre Co., The Guthrie, Berkeley Rep, Alliance Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, L.A.’s Tiffany Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Center Rep, Ford’s Theatre in DC, New York Shakespeare Festival, Union Square Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, Center Rep, The Intiman, A Contemporary Theatre, Portland Center Stage and Opera San Jose. Near is also an actress and the recipient of an Obie Award for her performance in Still Life by Emily Mann. She is the recipient of the Woman of Achievement Award in the Arts given by the SJ Mercury News/Womens’s Fund and The Janet Gray Hayes Award for Women in Leadership.