Stars of Vaudeville #981: Bob Fitzsimmons
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Deidre Suber The Techie: Deidre Suber's career in theater began at Skyline High school in Oakland, CA with several stagecraft classes, where she honed her skills in set construction, and then went on to become the lighting operator for many of the schools dance concerts. After graduating from high school, she took a brief hiatus from school in general, but theater was in her blood and there's no escaping the hypnotic song of the stage. She answered the call by joining San Francisco State University's Theater Arts department in Fall 2001. Immediately, she was back to working as tech for several main stage productions for the department; set construction and stage crew for A Japanese Christmas Carol directed by Yukihiro Goto, assisting the lighting designer on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar by William "Bill" Peters, stage crew head for Danton's Death and tech for The Ibsen/Strindberg Project, both directed by Mohammed Kowsar. The Stage: But something happened that she did not expect, suddenly the shy techie felt a desire to be on stage performing as part of the show instead of being behind the scenes helping to run it. The world that she once knew had changed and now it brought new and exciting problems and pleasures to sort through. She dove right into a flurry of acting, voice and dialect classes, stage combat, mask work and the Suzuki Actor's training workshop, in and outside of SFSU's theater department. However, Brown Bag, a little black box theater in the Creative Arts building, is where she made her acting debut. First, in The Land of Counterpane as Hildegard the witch by, Robert Louis Stevenson, followed by God in Pieces, an adaptation on the off-Broadway play, The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives by Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffeny, where she played various characters. Then she starred as several characters in a four person ensemble play, The Age of Dragons, written entirely in verse and directed by River Jackson. The films: Many theater actors have ventured on to have their talents captured on film, and Deidre was right there with the rest. Student films is where she started, first as a hallway collision victim in Bushwhacked, then as a Pirate/Angelic dancer in Stealing a Burrito and Christmas Spirit. She played a supporting role in the independent film Things Done Changed by Joe Alonso and several roles as an extra in the films; Colma: The Musical by Richard Wong (credited), All About Evil by Joshua Grannell (uncredited) and Moneyball by Bennett Miller (uncredited). Currently, she is working as a videographer and editor on several personal and professional video projects. Deidre has just completed two cycles of The Mother of Invention Acting School taught by Andrew Utter.