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Barbara Means Fraser

Barbara Means Fraser is a tenured professor of theatre in the department of theatre and dance at Santa Clara University, where she served as chair from 2003 to 2006 and as associate dean for the college of arts and sciences from 2011 to 2017. She joined the theatre faculty of Santa Clara University in 1993 after 10 years of teaching as a tenured associate professor at Austin College in Texas. Fraser is also a playwright and director. She has written 12 plays—one of which is a musical, Family, with Tony Asaro, which was produced by the Ryan Repertory Theatre in New York City. Breast Entanglements and Illusion of Success were produced as staged readings at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Other plays have had productions or staged readings in California, including in San Jose, Santa Clara and Sacramento, as well as in Austin, Texas. Fraser has written one screenplay, Can’t Thread a Moving Needle, which won a Platinum REMI Award in 2015 at WorldFest, Houston’s international film festival, in the category of women’s issues. Fraser is head of the directing program at Santa Clara University and has directed more than 25 plays in Texas and California. She co-directed the film Can’t Thread a Moving Needle with award-winning filmmaker, Michael Whalen. Fraser earned her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, her master’s from Miami University of Ohio and her bachelor’s from Yankton College in South Dakota. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Bob, and their golden retriever, Bartlet.

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