Ciera Eis (she/hers)
is a theatrical director and producer in the San Francisco Bay Area (she currently resides on the unceded land of the Huichin Ohlone peoples). Ciera is interested in socio-political new work, emerging playwrights and artists, and experimenting with space and form in theater. She is especially drawn to directing and producing queer femme narratives, heightened comedy, and plays about mental health and catharsis of trauma. Her love for adventure in seen in her work through her exploration of unconventional theater space and forms, which has lead her to dabble in site-specific and immersive work, heightened comedy, and multiple media mediums.
Since moving to the Bay Area three years ago, she has become the Co-Artistic Director of FaultLine Theatre, the New Works Producer of Custom Made Theatre, the Creative Producer of Pint Sized Plays, and the Manager of Individual Giving at Magic Theatre. Ciera has aided in new play development at companies such as American Conservatory Theatre., Magic Theatre, The GroundFloor at Berkeley Rep, Custom Made Theatre, Playground, and PianoFight and has been in the room with playwrights such as Taylor Mac, Naomi Iizuka, Luis Alfaro, Mfoniso Udofia, Kimber Lee, and Will Eno.
Recent directing credits include: The Lost Ballad of our Mechanical Ancestor (Shotgun Players), Every Brilliant Thing (Saint Mary’s), In the Dark (Playground-LA), You Had Me At Hello (FaultLine) and The Official Unicorn Hunter’s Guide (Winner of Shortlived VIII). Assistant Directing credits: Wakey Wakey, Both Your Houses, Spring Awakening (A.C.T.). She is currently in the SDCF Observer Class 2019-2021 and graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a double in Directing and Psychology. Awards: Promising Woman in Theatre, Porter Arts Grant, DaVinci Scholar, Renaissance Artist Award, and winner of Shortlived Play Festival 2019.
A few projects which have showcased her creativity in directing include an immersive recreation of Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, set in real time on the streets of L.A. during the chaos of the 1992 riots. I Share, Therefore I Am, a scene using Italian futurist techniques to comment on the dilapidation of interpersonal connection and mental health due to social media. She is currently developing two plays, with Madison Wetzell which follows a well-meaning AI robot, who accidentally provides four seemingly harmless office objects with consciousness, and leads to conversations about liberations struggles. She has directed musical theatre scenes, dramas, staged readings, and site specific new work.
History: or, way too much information
In 2016, Ciera was appointed the Interim Artistic Director of a sector of the nonprofit, FACTR. Here she worked on creating programing for young DACA recipients to devise and express their stories through theater in a safe environment. In 2017, she was an Artistic Direction Apprentice at Magic Theatre under Loretta Greco, and began learning how to develop new plays with local and national playwrights. She also assisted on plays, season planning, producing, and nonprofit arts administration within the company. Following her season-long apprenticeship she became an Ambassador for Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s play incubation series, The Ground Floor for the Summer of 2018. She then returned to Magic Theatre as the Manager of Individual Giving.
By 2019, she was the Creative Producer of Pint Sized Play, a themed immersive short play festival dedicated to producing new work by emerging local playwrights, directors, and actors. She started directing locally in the theater scene, and assistant directed nationally-known directors such as Anne Kauffman Mina Morita, Christine Adaire, and Brian Katz at American Conservatory Theatre and Custom Made Theater. She has been in the room developing plays with playwrights such as Will Eno, Taylor Mac, Naomi Iizuka, and Kimber Lee. At the same time, she was directing elementary schoolers through Tomorrow Youth Repertory. And in 2020, she had become the New Works Producer at Custom Made Theater, heading the Undiscovered Works Festival for emerging local playwrights. Most recently she took over FaultLine Theater as the Co-Artistic Director, Producing.
Ciera took over FaultLine because of her love of new work, her want to support emerging artists, and her dedication to their mission statement of producing work that lies at the intersection of pop culture and politics. She and her fellow artistic directors have already began to adapt the company towards a co-leadership model in order to try a break the capitalistic pyramid of upward power and instead create an ecosystem where teamwork is prized. This new test also creates an easily revolving leadership model where new artists are able to shift into power roles in order to make sure the art of the organization does not become stagnant over time. Throughout all of this, she has been developing multiple new work with local playwrights in the SF Bay Area.
She has received awards for Promising Woman in Theatre, Porter Arts Grant, DaVinci Scholar, Renaissance Artist Award, and winner of Shortlived Play Festival 2019.