Michael Paller is dramaturg and Director of Humanities for the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and also teaches in their MFA acting conservatory. Since joining A.C.T. in August, 2005, he has dramaturged 50 mainstage productions and several readings in A.C.T.’s First Look series of new work including plays by Ping Chong, Jose Rivera, Lillian Groag and Philip Kan Gotanda. He has been a dramaturg and literary manager at several theatres including the George Street Playhouse, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, the Long Wharf Theatre, the Roundabout Theatre and others. Before coming to A.C.T, he taught at Columbia University and the State University of New York at Purchase. He dramaturged the Russian premiere of Tennessee Williams’s Small Craft Warnings at the Sovremennik Theater in Moscow, and is the author of Gentlemen Callers: Tennessee Williams, Homosexuality and Mid-20th Century Drama (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005) and Tennessee Williams: the Playwright in Context (Smith & Kraus 2010) as well as several essays on Williams’s work. His adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol premiered at the Modern Club in Philadelphia and is published by Samuel French.