Teresa Stirling Forsyth's career as a writer/director/composer/performer began at age 4 on the fireplace hearth. She studied piano, legitimate voice and opera and took acting and dance classes. While in high school, during her bachelor program (BA Dramatic Arts: Directing, BA Psychology) and graduate studies (MFA Directing, MS Management & Leadership), Forsyth wrote, composed, produced and directed numerous productions, and then performed these same activities in professional theater for nearly 30 years.
Her professional credits include working with Dell'Arte International, several acclaimed solo artists, including Brenda Wong Aoki, regional opera companies, founder/producing artistic director for TheatreMaker, Artistic Director of King's Court Play'rs, and writer/director for Sacramento Theatre Company. Her national and international touring shows have performed in venues such as Kennedy Center, Smithsonian, Dallas Theatre Center, San Diego Repertory Theatre, and theatres in South America, Europe and Asia. She has taught at a number of colleges, including UC Davis and the University of San Francisco, and has won numerous awards and critical acclaim for her works.
Currently working with Sacramento Theatre Company as a director and playwright, while keeping her eyes on the horizon. She recently founded an exploratory committee to perform a feasibility study to determine if a professional Equity theater company in south Placer County is viable. Meanwhile, she completed a play for STC adapted from a Jane Austen novel, and is writing a new work about suffrage for Fall 2020 (location/producer TBD), while consulting/collaborating with solo performance artists/stand-up comedians, nonprofit administrators and educators. Previously Artistic Director for King's Court Play'rs (2 season) and Co-Founder, Producing Artistic Director for TheatreMaker (5+ years). As a Director & playwright, her background includes a wide variety of performing entities such as Dell'Arte International Physical Theatre Company, internationally touring solo artist Brenda Wong Aoki, and Oakland Lyric Opera. Shows have toured to the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian, Dallas Theater Center, San Diego Repertory Theater, Europe, and South America. Directed, created curriculum and taught at UC Davis, University of San Francisco, Shawnee State University, City of Vacaville (Youth Summer Theater), Napa County Office of Education, created curriculum for UC Berkeley Advanced Development Training Program (see Courses for a sampling of topics).
She performed composer/lyricist duties while artistic director of TheatreMaker and King's Court Play'rs, and as a performer toured 7 European countries singing and dancing with a universal jazz/blues group, and toured Japan as an actor/singer/dancer in the musical You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown for The Western Stage.