Cathy Thomas-Grant (Director), Professor of Theatre, trained at the American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco. She has served as the Pepperdine University Edinburgh Program Director since 2000 and is currently Divisional Dean of Fine Arts at Pepperdine University. Selected productions for the Edinburgh Fringe include: Mr. Happiness/The Water Engine, Necessary Targets, The Kentucky Cycle, Why Do You Stand There in the Rain? by Peter Arnott,(fringe first award 2012) and The Interference by Lynda Radley (fringe first award 2016). Selected Pepperdine directing credits include: Heritage by Nicola McCartney, Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, The Seagull (translation by Martin Crimp), Michael Redhill’s Goodness, Fiddler on the Roof, King Lear, Man of La Mancha, and Much Ado About Nothing. Selected professional acting credits include: The Imaginary Invalid, Judevine, 1918, the world premiere of Jane Anderson’s Food and Shelter, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Nagel Jackson’s adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities (American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco); The Comedy of Errors, A Winter’s Tale, Macbeth, and Tartuffe (American Players Theatre of Wisconsin); Steel Magnolias and The Octette Bridgeclub (Actors Co-op of Hollywood). Professor Thomas-Grant was awarded the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009.