Benny Sato Ambush, Director

The Pint Collaborative

Benny  Sato Ambush is a professional freelance SDC Director, educator, theater consultant, published commentator. Formerly: Senior Distinguished Producing Director-In-Residence, Emerson Stage, Boston; Acting/Directing Faculty, Department of Performing Arts, Emerson College, Boston. Recent Visiting Arts Professor NYU Graduate Acting Program & Artist in Residence, Tisch School of the Arts, NYC. Former Producer/Artistic Director of two professional theaters (the LORT C TheatreVirginia and SPT Oakland Ensemble Theatre).


Regional Directing (Select): Old Globe Theater; American Conservatory Theater; Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland; South Coast Rep; Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Merrimack Repertory Theatre; Arizona Theatre Company; TheatreVirginia; Oakland Ensemble Theatre; Magic Theatre; Geva Theatre; Playwrights Horizon; Ford's Theatre; American Repertory Theater Institute; Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays; Lincoln Center Theater Institute; Heart of America Shakespeare Festival; New Harmony Project; Actors Guild of Lexington; Alaska Theatre of Youth; International Theatre Festival of Chicago; Sacramento Theatre Company; National Black Theatre Festival; Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre; Lyric Stage Company of Boston; Gloucester Stage Company; The New Rep; TheatreSquared; Underground Railway Theater. 


Teaching (select): NYU Graduate Acting Program; University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Emerson College; Brown University. Brooklyn College.

Emeritus Board Member - Theatre Communications Group (TCG); 

Former National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) panelist and peer site evaluator; United States Information Agency Cultural Tour Delegate to Kenya and the former Soviet Union; Member - The National Theatre Conference; Executive Committee Member - The National Alliance of Acting Teachers; Former Director - Institute for Teledramatic Arts and Technology, California State University, Monterey Bay; American Association of Community Theatre Adjudicator; Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Respondent; Panelist - National Alliance for Musical Theatre; Member - College of Fellows of the American Theatre (induction April 2019).


MFA in Directing, University of California, San Diego. 

B.A. Theatre Arts and Dramatic Literature, Brown University.