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Anna Jensen

Anna Jensen Anna Jensen has a Ph.D. in Theater Studies from UC Santa Barbara. She has translated and adapted plays by Henrik Ibsen, including Hedda Gabler and When We Dead Awaken. She has served as production dramaturg for many productions, some of her favorites include Macbeth (dir. Jonathan Fox), Good People (dir. Jenny Sullivan) and The Baltimore Waltz (dir. Tom Whitaker).



BWW Feature: TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES at Rubicon Theatre
April 25, 2022

NAACP, Garland and Ovation Award-winning actor Chris Butler plays 36 different roles in Rubicon Theatre Company’s production of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith. The production begins previews on April 27 and opens on April 29, the 30th anniversary, to the day, of the announcement of the verdict in the Rodney King Trial and what was then called the L.A. Riots.

BWW Previews: SOMETHING ROTTEN! at Marjorie Luke
February 3, 2022

A 'joyful' celebration of Shakespearean theater and the Broadway musical!

BWW Review: THE SECRET GARDEN at Marian Theater
November 17, 2021

The Secret Garden, PCPA's enchanting holiday musical, will delight the whole family with its hopeful, heartfelt story of love, loss, and regeneration.

BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Marian Theatre, PCPA
November 17, 2019

BWW Review: DEATHTRAP at San Luis Obispo Repertory
November 8, 2019

San Luis Obispo Rep's craftily staged production of Deathtrap, a comedy thriller, delivers on the foreshadowing promise of its opening dialogue: 'One set, five characters. A juicy murder in Act One, unexpected developments in Act Two. Sound construction, good dialogue, laughs in the right places.' Deathtrap's stage action runs like an intricately laid out fox hunt where the audience as the pack of hounds follows continuously forking trails of red herrings. And it's delightful.

BWW Review: LOVE at Center Stage Theater
October 3, 2019

Just today, famed opera singer Plácido Domingo resigned from LA Opera amid accusations that he sexually harassed workers there. It seems as though such stories are far more common than they were a few years ago. In October 2017, journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey broke the stories of women sexually assaulted and harassed by the movie producer, Harvey Weinstein. That story was followed by an explosion of women who shared their own experience of workplace harassment. So many women posted under the 'MeToo' hashtag, that the systemic infection of sexual harassment became harder to deny.

BWW Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at Solvang Festival Theatre
September 5, 2019

PCPA closes its season with one of the sharpest, funniest, cleverest comedies written in the English language--Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. Fans of this Victorian confection of drawing-room comedy will not be disappointed. A beautiful set, designed by Jason Bolen, and sumptuous Victorian costuming, designed by Sara Curran Ice, transport us to a fashionable London flat and a smart country mansion.

July 25, 2019

Before the first line of PCPA's The Addams Family had left the mouth of Gomez Addams (George Walker), my seatmate was already chuckling. And the laughs kept coming until the players took their bows to a standing audience. The cast's comic timing synchronized perfectly with Erik Stein's fluid staging for a frightfully fun evening.

BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Solvang Festival Theatre
July 12, 2019

BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at Solvang Festival Theatre
June 18, 2019

A friend remarked to British actor, Edmund Gwenn, on his deathbed 'This must be very hard,' to which Gwenn replied, 'It is. But not as hard as farce.' PCPA's production of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder met the challenge of the dangerously delicate timing demanded of a musical farce. Set in England in the Edwardian period, lowly office clerk, Monty Navarro (George Walker), discovers that, through his mother's line, he is connected to the aristocracy as a member of the D'Ysquith family. With eight D'Ysquiths standing between him and an Earldom, he makes his way through his family tree by what Lady Macbeth referred to as 'the nearest way,' discreetly murdering his way to the top.

BWW Announcement: STATERA Mentorship Accepting Applications Now
May 30, 2019

It is a truth universally acknowledged that women dominate theater audiences, yet lack a proportionate power in theater administration, acting roles, production jobs, as designers and as produced playwrights.

April 9, 2019

Everything is Illuminated, a play based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, goes onstage at the New Vic in a production by Ensemble Theatre Company beginning April 10th. The story takes the audience on a journey with Jonathan (Jeremy Kahn), an American searching the Ukraine for the woman who may have saved his Jewish grandfather's life during the Holocaust.

BWW Previews: FUN HOME at Center Stage Theater
April 1, 2019

The Tony Award-winning musical, Fun Home, will play at Center Stage, April 4-14. Based on the graphic novel by cartoonist Alison Bechdel, Fun Home recounts Bechdel's memories of growing up with her secretive father and later coming out as a lesbian. In the musical, Alison appears as three separate characters: 'Alison' at 43 years old, 'Little Alison' as a young girl and 'Medium Alison' in college. Reviews of the early productions characterize the show as 'ground-breaking' and 'extraordinary.' Fun Home won the Tony for Best Musical in 2015, a New York Drama Critics' Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

BWW Previews: WEST SIDE STORY at Dos Pueblos High School
March 30, 2019

West Side Story: Staging 'America' in a fresh production at Dos Pueblos High School

BWW Review: THE WOLVES at The Severson Theatre
March 13, 2019

Sheep in wolves' clothing; wolves in sheep's clothing.

BWW Review: THE LARAMIE PROJECT at UCSB Hatlen Theater
March 5, 2019

An affecting and thoughtful portrayal of a watershed event

BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at Marian Theatre, Santa Maria
February 12, 2019

PCPA's current production, Shakespeare in Love, imagines Will Shakespeare's (Yusef Seevers) madcap adventures in London early in his career. Because historians truly do not know much about the personal life of the greatest writer of the English language, his life is a blank page upon which almost anything may be written. In this play, Shakespeare falls in love (at first sight) with Viola de Lesseps (Emily Trask). And, for our amusement, the course of true love does not run smooth.

BWW Preview: HEISENBERG at Rubicon Theatre Company
January 28, 2019

Stephen Simon's recent play, Heisenberg, opens this week at the Rubicon Theatre. Two strangers meet at a London train station where an unlikely romantic relationship develops between them. Joe Spano plays Alex, an Irish butcher, set in his ways. A complete stranger, Georgie (Faline England), kisses him. Subsequently, Georgie comes careening straight at him like an irresistible force meeting an immovable object. What collision or connection will come next?

BWW Review: MOUTHPIECE at UCSB: Arts And Lectures At Campbell Hall
January 25, 2019

'There's little a hot bath can't fix.' -Mothers everywhere 'It is impossible to say just what I mean!' -T.S. Eliot