Tyrone Davis is an actor, director, teaching artist and the Community Artistic Director in the Education and Community programs with American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.). As Community Artistic Director he is committed to ensuring access to live theater for diverse communities throughout the Bay Area. Davis is the lead instructor for A.C.T.’s School Residencies at Downtown and Ida B. Wells Continuation High School which serve youth from all over San Francisco who have not experience success in conventional public high schools. Through A.C.T.’s Collaborative Youth Arts Project initiative which connects a playwright with young actors from all over the Bay Area to create a play focused on important issues to young people, he has commissioned and directed Snakes by Chris Webb and Top of the Pyramid by Nikkole Salter.
To support A.C.T.’s mission of ongoing engagement with the community Davis develops partnerships with community-based organizations aimed at engaging San Franciscans in telling untold and undertold stories and supports multigenerational audiences in the creation of theater. As the culminating event of A.C.T.’s Stage Coach audience engagement and community outreach initiative, Davis directed the world premiere production of Crack.Rumble.Fly.:The Bayview Stories Project by Aleshea Harris during a two day Bayview Arts Festival in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point community.
In addition, Davis is an adjunct drama professor at Los Medanos College where he has recently directed Olé for Hollywood by Latins Anonymous and Radio Golf by August Wilson. He is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Theater M.F.A. acting program and holds a B.A. in theater from California State University, Northridge (CSUN).