Allen & Karen Drescher
LIVIA GENISE - Artistic Director
Livia Genise has been a professional actress and member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1969. She is also a member of AFTRA, AGVA and SAG. An Ashland resident, Ms. Genise holds a B.F.A. in Voice from Southern Oregon University and has taught and directed for over 20 years.
She began her 40-year stage career at the St. Louis Municipal Opera and has performed throughout the country from Broadway (Rizzo in Grease) to Hollywood, guest starring on everything from Three’s Company to Hill St. Blues, including a four-month stint on Days of our Lives. Bay Area audiences have seen her in over 30 productions, from roles such as Mrs. Shubert in Sheer Madness at the Mason Street Theatre to Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing for the VITA Shakespeare Festival to Hesione in Triumph of Love at TheatreWorks.
Ms. Genise has received Awards for Best Actress in a Musical from Dean Goodman, Drama-Logue and the Bay Area Critics Circle. While serving as Resident Artist for the Willows Theatre Company, she founded the Willows Theatre Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Ms. Genise served as its Conservatory Director for four years in addition to becoming Casting Director for the Willows. Before moving to Ashland to her current position with CTC, she spent two years as Education Director at The Marin Theatre Company.
The founder and Artistic Director of the Camelot Theatre Company in Talent, Oregon, Ms. Genise’s acting credits at Camelot range from Maria Callas in Master Class to the Witch in Into the Woods to Sister Aloysius in Doubt. Her directing credits include Do I Hear A Waltz, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Heidi Chronicles, Gaslight, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Crucible, An Evening of Cole Porter, Into the Woods, Children of Eden, Camelot, Promises, Promises, Brigadoon, Shenandoah, Cabaret and, most recently, Gigi.