Director Biography

Frank Crawford

Frank Crawford, in the The Merry Wives of Windsor, Old Globe Theatre, 1951

Frank Crawford was an actor and protegé of University of Texas drama professor, and Shakespearian authority, B. Iden Payne. Crawford assisted Payne with the Shakespeare Festivals in San Diego for three years. He appeared as Gremio in Payne’s Old Globe production of Taming of the Shrew (1950) with Donna Woodruff and Jackson Woolley, and was assistant director for Payne’s productions of The Merry Wives of Windsor and Much Ado About Nothing the next year. Payne was a visiting faculty member at San Diego State College, and directed many productions in the Globe's renewed Shakespeare Festival using actors from the college's Drama Workshop.

In 1952, Crawford won an Atlas Award for his portrayal of Touchstone in Payne’s production of As You Like It.

At the Old Globe, Crawford worked with early Junior Theatre Wing staffmembers, including scenic director Robert Ford Corrigan, technical director Marvyn Harbert ( Mary Poppins ), and tech crewmember Genevieve Turlac (author, The Lone Name).

Crawford settled in San Diego, directed a locally developed musical version of Rip Van Winkle for the Drury Lane Theatre in La Jolla. He served as artistic director Junior Theatre from 1952-1954, directing, and even starred as Dodo in The Clown Who Ran Away.

He

Rip Van Winkle

Directed by Frank Crawford
Written by Grace Dorcas Ruthenburg
Choreographed by Susan Reilly
Musically Directed by Gene Bowers

San Diego Junior Theatre's 1953 production of Rip Van Winkle

Marco Polo

Directed by Frank Crawford
Assisted by Marcia Saxman and Polly Chase
Written by Geraldine Brain Siks

San Diego Junior Theatre's 1953 production of Marco Polo.

The Silver Thread

Directed by Frank Crawford
Written by Constance D’Arcy Mackay

San Diego Junior Theatre's 1953 production of The Silver Thread

The Clown Who Ran Away

Directed by Frank Crawford
Written for the Stage by Conrad Seiler
Choreographed by Maria Fielding

A clown named Dodo saves six dolls from the evil clutches of Rudolph Bernard Boo and his minion, Ugly. Watch as this runaway clown becomes the town hero!

The Rose and the Ring

Directed by Jackson Woolley and Frank Crawford
Adapted for the stage by Harris Deans
Music by Robert Cox
Lyrics by Desmond Carter
Musical Arrangements by Ross Hastings
Based on book by William Makepeace Thackeray

A story of four young royal cousins, switched identities, pantomime, ballet, magic rings & roses, fairies and exciting intrigue!

Frank Crawford, in the The Merry Wives of Windsor, Old Globe Theatre, 1951