Meet the director of our premiere of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Ira Bauer-Spector! Ira is a San Diego-based theatre artist whose directing credits at San Diego Junior Theatre include: James and the Giant Peach (National Youth Arts Award – Outstanding Production), Flight of the Lawnchair Man, HONK!, Zanna, Don’t! (AMT Camp), Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale (SDJT Alumni), Pinkalicious: The Musical (Rippledink’s Repertory), The Stinky Cheese Man and other fair(l)y stoopid tales (Rippledink’s Repertory) and Jingle AARGH the Way! He has worked at many theatre companies in San Diego including The Old Globe, Diversionary Theatre, North Coast Repertory, American Rose Theatre and ACT – San Diego. He has also performed as an actor extensively across the country.
He is the Founding Artistic Director of Breakthrough Workshop Theatre, an education-focused nonprofit organization. There, he wrote, directed and starred as Miss M in the world premiere, semi-autobiographical play Miss M Saves the Universe! and directed/performed in Thomas Hodges’ award-winning song cycle, The Things We Never Say, both as part of the San Diego International Fringe Festival. The cast recording of BWT’s The Things We Never Say is currently available on iTunes and Spotify and the 4th Season of Breakthrough Workshop Theatre projects will begin in January 2016. Ira also currently serves as Marketing & Communications Coordinator for the historic San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, and is proud to be a part of the thriving youth arts education community in Balboa Park.