Founding Members


Michael Hunter is a director, performance curator, and adjunct professor at Stanford University, where he received his PhD in Drama and Directing.  His directorial work in the Bay Area and the UK has included Calderòn, Orton, Genet, Ionesco, and Kushner, as well as his own plays, which he has presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Michael runs a regular performance series in his home, and is a founding member of The Collected Works.


Barry Kendall is a performer and director. Favorite productions include Measure for Measure and Adrienne Kennedy's Motherhood 2000 at Stanford, Henry V at the Off-Broadway Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre, and the original site-specific pieces The Tower of Babel for Fun & Profit and Revival on the River, the latter performed at Andy Goldsworthy's sculpture Stone River. Favorite roles include the Madman in Witkiewicz's The Madman and the Nun and the Devil in Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights by Gertrude Stein. He earned a PhD in Drama from Stanford University in 2007. For three seasons, Barry ran 7 Stages Theatre, Atlanta's premier producer and presenter of international artists and companies. In addition to his work as a founding member of The Collected Works, he sings baritone with the International Orange Chorale, and karaoke whenever he can.


M. G. Renu Cappelli was born in Italy, sojourned in India and France for a time, and was properly raised in Maui, Hawaii. She completed her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley in 2007, and has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past twelve years. She is a scholar, a teacher, a puppeteer, and a theater-deviser. Her work explores interventions into normative models of identity, focusing in particular on how desire, resistance, and trauma interrogate racial formations and sexual subjectivities. 


Matthew Daube is an artist-scholar with an MFA in Playwriting from Smith College and a PhD in Theater and Performance Studies from Stanford University, where he teaches courses on literature, arts, and performance.


Jamie Lyons is an educator, film maker, writer and stage director who received his AB and PhD from Stanford University. He has worked at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, Magic Theatre in San Francisco, The Public Theater, and Mabou Mines in New York. For the stage he has directed the work of Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Sam Shepard, Peter Weiss, and Heiner Muller. Jamie's most recent film is an adaptation of Dante's Inferno with puppets.


Florentina Mocanu-Schendel (SAG-AFTRA). At age 12, she wrote, directed and performed comedy. At 18 she was awarded best actress, entered the People's School of Art in Bucharest and later the University of Theater Arts in Targu Mures where she earned her Diploma in Acting for theatre and film. In Romania she worked for the National Theatre, Comedy Theatre of Bucharest and Romania Film. Since she moved to the United States she worked in theatre and film while completing her education with an MA in Drama from San Francisco State University and a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from Stanford University. Presently she teaches Classical Dramatic Literature at University of San Francisco.

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The Collected Works
Artists working together in San Francisco