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Ms. Timothy Near, is the Artistic Director of San Jose Repertory Theatre. Ms. Near received critical acclaim for the direction of The Crucible during the 2005-2006 season. Now entering her nineteenth season with the Rep, her many directing credits include Wintertime, The Odd Couple, ART, By the Bog of Cats...., Amy's View, Legacy, Three Days of Rain, Thunder Knocking on the Door and The Little Foxes. Under her directorship, the Rep has produced eight world premieres, 28 West Coast premieres and created the New American Playwrights Festival. Ms. Near has directed at numerous theaters around the U.S. including the Guthrie Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Ford's Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, New York Shakespeare Festival and A Contemporary Theatre of Seattle. Awards and accolades include the Dramalogue award for her direction of Ghosts on Fire at La Jolla Playhouse, Fire in the Rain...Singer in the Storm at the Mark Taper Forum and Thunder Knocking at the Door. Ms. Near is also a recipient of the Woman of Achievement in the Arts Award, given by the San Jose Mercury News and The Women's Fund. Ms. Near is also an actress and the recipient of New York's Obie Award for her performance in Still Life. [+]