Director Biography

Ira Bauer-Spector

Ira Bauer-Spector 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.

Education: BFA Musical Theatre/BFA Theatre Performance, University of Colorado at Boulder; MFA Musical Theatre (Directing Emphasis), San Diego State University.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Directed by Ira Bauer-Spector
Adapted for the Stage by Dwayne Hartford
Based on the Book by Kate DiCamillo

Dapper china rabbit Edward Tulane takes an unexpected journey when he becomes separated from his loving caretaker, Abiline.

Pinkalicious the Musical

Directed by Ira Bauer-Spector
Book by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann
Music by John Gregor
Lyrics by John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann
Based on the Book by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with “Pinkititis,” an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe — a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast.

Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale

Directed by Ira Bauer-Spector
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman

In this hilarious fairy tale adventure, princess Rapunzel may indeed find a way to escape the tower and take her rightful place as the ruler of the Kingdom - she will surely find a way inside your heart!

The Stinky Cheese Man

Directed by Ira Bauer-Spector
By Kent Stephens, adapted from the
book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
Music by Gary Rue
Part of Rippledink’s Repertory

San Diego Junior Theatre's 2013 production of The Stinky Cheese Man.

Flight of the Lawnchair Man2015 Fancy Nancy