Benny Sato Ambush◊ is an SDC freelance director, educator (BA, BFA, MFA levels), consultant, former National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) panelist/site evaluator, published commentator. He recently served nine years as Senior Distinguished Producing Director-In-Residence of Emerson Stage, the producing wing of the Department of Performing Arts (PA) at Emerson College, where he also taught on PA’s acting and directing faculty. Prior artistic leadership (select): Acting Artistic Director – Rites and Reason Theatre Company, Providence, RI; Producing Artistic Director – Oakland (CA) Ensemble Theatre (SPT); Associate Artistic Director – San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater (LORT B); Co-Artistic Director – San Francisco Bay Area Playwrights Festival; PEW Charitable Trust/TCG Director in Residence – Florida Stage (LOA); Associate Artistic Director – Anna Deavere Smith’s Institute on the Arts & Civic Dialogue at Harvard University; Producing Artistic Director – TheatreVirginia (LORT C). Formerly at New Rep: The Whipping Man; Thurgood. Benny holds numerous directing credits at professional regional theatres and universities throughout the U.S. and the Boston region. He has served on numerous regional and national boards, including Theatre Communications Group (TCG). He adjudicates nationally and internationally for the American Association of Community Theatre, is a Steering Committee member of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers, a member of The National Theatre Conference, and is a panelist for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. In April 2019, he will be inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. MFA – University of California, San Diego; BA – Brown University.