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Brian Thorstenson

Brian Thorstenson

Lecturer

BRIAN THORSTENSON is a San Francisco based poet and playwright. His plays have been produced at Alter Theater, Brava Center for Women in the Arts, Central Works and Wings Theatre Co., NYC. From 2006 - 2011 Brian was the resident playwright with the Stephen Pelton Dance Theater where he created three dance theater pieces with the company. His radio adaptation of Sinclair Lewis It Can’t Happen Here was broadcast nationally on the Pacifica Radio Network. His poetry has appeared in Transfer, 14 Hills, 6,500, New American Writing, The Santa Clara Review, Lambda Literary Review and Foglifter. He was an artist in residence at the Blue Mountain Center in 1999 and 2001, and the Djerassi Resident Artist’s Program in 1996. Originally an actor, Brian was a founding member of The Z Collective and one of the first resident artists of the Z Space. He was part of the first group of playwrights in the Resident Playwright Program of the Playwrights Foundation. In 2015 he created a dance theater piece 'Whether to Weather' with EmSpace Dance. With photographer Kegan Marling he has made two short films, 'Sissy Song' and 'Left Behind' that were shown at the Queer Arts Festival as part of the Still Here program. Currently he is working with Detour Dance on a site specific dance theater evening called 'Fugue.'  He is one of the founding members of 6NewPlays, a playwright driven producing collective. He teaches at Santa Clara University and has an MFA from San Francisco State University.