Jill Forbath

(Director, Choreographer, Playwright)

Orange County Director Jill Forbath

949.400.7347 / Email


  • "Blue Window", Craig Lucas, Camino Real Playhouse
  • "Henceforward", Alan Ackbourn, Camino Real Playhouse
  • "Painting Churches", Tina Howe, Huntington Beach Playhouse
  • "A Sea of White Horses", Peter Dee, Vanguard Theater
  • "The Sisters Rosensweig", Wendy Wasserstein, Camino Real Playhouse
  • "Steel Magnolias", Robert Harling, Capistrano Valley High School
  • "Jake's Women", Neil Simon, Camino Real Playhouse
  • "Mornings At Seven", Paul Osborn, San Clemente Playhouse
  • "The Nutcracker", The Play, Camino Real Playhouse
  • "The Gondoliers", Gilbert and Sullivan, Choreographer for Kent Johnson, Camino Real Playhouse
  • "Night and Her Stars", Richard Greenberg, World Premiere, A.D. for David Warren, South Coast Repertory
  • "Passion, Poison and Petrifaction", George Bernard Shaw, Golden West College
  • "Twenty-Seven Wagons Full of Cotton", Tennessee Williams, Golden West College
  • "What She Found There", John Glore, West Coast Premiere, Golden West College
  • "Imagine Music", John Glore, West Coast Premiere, Camino Real Playhouse
  • "The Author's Voice", Richard Greenberg, Camino Real Playhouse
  • "Out the Window", Neal Bell, Camino Real Playhouse
  • "Apprenticeship", Dale Griffiths-Stamos, 4th Place Winner, West Coast Ten Minute Play Festival
  • "The Sitting", Curt Webster, 2nd Place Winner, West Coast Ten Minute Play Festival
  • "The Philadelphia", David Ives
  • "The Andalusian Dream", Magdalena Gomez, 1st Place Winner, West Coast Ten Minute Play Festival (photo below)
  • "Magic Box, Evil Eye", Jordan R. Young, American Stories, A Festival of One-Act Plays, Orange County Playwrights Alliance, Vanguard Theatre Ensemble
  • "An Acquired Taste" by Gene Fiskin, A Festival of One-Act Plays, Orange County Playwrights Alliance, Stages Theatre
  • "Style Never Out Of Date" by Gene Fiskin, , Orange County Playwrights Alliance, A Night In Fullerton
  • "The Bike", Beverly Arrowsmith, Orange County Playwrights Alliance, Stages Theatre
  • "Seascape", Edward Albee, Reader's Repertory Theater
  • "The Cavedwellers", William Saroyan, Reader's Repertory Theater
  • "The Troubles on 42nd Street", Jordan Young, Laguna Forum Theatre
  • West Coast Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival, "Six at Eight" Six short pieces at 8pm offering performances of top three winners of West Coast Ten-Minute Playwriting Contest and three pieces by established playwrights. Fourth place winner of the contest received two staged readings after matinees. Festival coordinated the efforts of four on-site playwrights, six directors, and twenty+ actors. 1994 - 2001.The Andalusian Dream
  • West Coast Ten-Minute Playwriting Contest Annual national contest concentrated on West Coast entries offering monetary awards for top three winners of 10 page plays with no prior equity productions. 1994 - 2001.
  • NewPlays, staged readings of original works by local playwrights. Process: casting, playwright and director meetings, two to three rehearsals, publicity, and public staged reading. 1994 - 2001.
  • NewPlays Directed:
    • "Other Pictures", Marilynn Bates
    • "Food Court", Shawn Quirk
    • "Workman's Carp", Eric Eberwein
    • "Geese", Richard Freedman
    • "Genes R Us", Stanley Hoffman
    • "Someone's Daughter", Patrice Badstubner
    • "Medea’s Ghost", S. Michele McFadden
    • "The Bird’s Nest", Dea JuVett
    • "Sunday At The Ritz", Richard Meese
    • "La Ventana", Steve Flores
    • "Dearborn", W.J. Lazerus
    • "At Claudette's", Marti Hood
    • "Crossing the Line", Joe Hullett, 1993 Julie Harris Award winner.
    • "Circles", S. Michele McFadden, Ashland, Oregon New Plays Festival winner.
    • "A Summer with Hemingway's Twin", Lucille deView
    • "The Beast", Brook Stowe
    • "Willing to Wait for a Miracle", David Scaglione
  • Adult Acting Conservatory, Camino Real Playhouse. Began conservatory with classes in Improvisation, Stanislavsky System, Playwriting, Theatre Appreciation, and Beginning/Intermediate Scene Study.
  • Cold Reading Workshop, Irvine, California. Workshop for actors to practice reading 5-7 page excerpts from 6-8 plays. Also acts as a forum for local playwrights to bring their works-in-progress for reading, discussion, and evaluation. 1992 - 97.


The Sisters Rosensweig

"The Sisters Rosensweig" by Wendy Wasserstein

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, Camino Real Playhouse, San Juan Capistrano, CA 1992 - 97. Researched plays for six main stage show season, directed plays, coordinated NewPlay program, founded 10-Minute Playwriting Contest and subsequent Festival, piloted adult acting conservatory, sought corporate sponsorship of plays/projects/venue enhancements, aided in community outreach programs, enhanced theatre's subscriber base with newsletter/direct mail/telemarketing efforts, and provided artistic/office support during theatre operations and performances. (Vice President, South Orange County Community Theatre, 1995 - 97.)
  • Judge, Annual High School Theatre Festival & Competition, Fullerton College.
  • Member, Theatre Communications Group (TCG)
  • Professional Ballroom Dance Instructor
  • Owner, Our Wedding Dance Inc
  • Founder, Anteater Web Design & Marketing Inc
  • Trainer, United States Ballroom Dancing Association (USADance)
  • Instructor, improv workshops
  • Acting roles upon request. (The History Channel, films)
  • Orange County resident over 30 years
  • "In A Field Hospital", American Civil War Reenactments, Southern California.
  • "On The Battlefield", American Civil War Reenactments, Southern California.
  • "Me Fish, You Fish", Vanguard Theatre Ensemble, OCPA showcase.
  • "13 Years", St. Mark Presbyterian Church, OCPA showcase.
  • "Janet, Trish, and Barbie", SCR Professional Conservatory showcase.
  • "Freedom", SCR Professional Conservatory showcase.


  • MBA, U.C. Irvine.
  • SCR, year-long playwriting workshop, John Glore, Literary Manager.
  • SCR Conservatory (Instructors: Peter H. Schroeder, Georgia Phillips, Greg Atkins, Bob Destri).
  • Gardner Theatre, Los Angeles, performance improvisation.
  • Cumulative dance experience 25+ years.
    • Ballet Pacifica Professional Company
    • UC Irvine Dance Department
    • Fred Astaire and Arthur Murray
    • Professional Coaching: American Smooth 1st Place Champion; Toni Redpath, Standard 1st Place Champions; Irina Suvorov, and Kristi McDonald and Latin 1st Place Champion: Kimberly Mitchell.


  • Cabrillo Playhouse, San Clemente
  • Camino Real Playhouse, San Juan Capistrano
  • Capistrano Valley High School, Mission Viejo
  • Cerritos College
  • Changing Masks Theatre Ensemble
  • Chapman University, Orange
  • Costa Mesa Civic Theatre
  • Forum Theatre, Laguna Beach
  • Huntington Beach Playhouse
  • Irvine Community Theatre
  • Jewish Community Center, Costa Mesa
  • Laguna Forum Theatre
  • Leisure World Theatre, Laguna Woods
  • Orange County Light Opera
  • Orange County Playwrights Alliance
  • Reader's Repertory Theatre
  • South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa
  • Stages Theatre, Fullerton
  • St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach
  • Temple Bat Yahm, Newport Beach
  • Vanguard Theatre Ensemble, Fullerton

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"A Sea of White Horses" by Peter Dee at the Vanguard Theatre Ensemble