Mr. Phillip Rayher

Director, Theatre Dept.,
Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts

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Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts


Phillip Rayher Chair:Theatre, Certified Union Rep, Site Council, When Phillip Rayher joined SOTA more than 20 years ago, he brought with him 35 years' experience in directing, acting, designing, and teaching in places like Minneapolis, Washington, DC, Idaho, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Along came his collections, too, which to this day fascinate his students: PEZ candy dispensers, wind-up walking toys, Pop-up books, and kitschy Shakespeare memorabilia. A Bay Area native, Mr. Rayher earned B.A. and M.A. Degrees in Theatre from SF State, and taught college for six years in Idaho before leaving to do post-graduate work in directing at the University of Minnesota. Besides directing or acting in more than 80 classic, contemporary, and musical productions, teaching, and artistic directing theaters in all the places he has lived, Mr. Rayher authored Acting is Action, a text for high school and college theater students.


University of Minnesota
Minnepolis, Minnesota, United States
Post Graduate
Theatre Directing
1972 To 1974

San Francisco, California, United States
M. A., 1970
1967 To 1969
Dissertation: Erwin Piscator/Epic Theatre and The Good Soldier Schweik
Advisor: Dr Thompson

SF State
San Francisco, California, United States
B.A., 1967
1965 To 1967
Dissertation: none

Job History

Ruth Asawa San Francisco SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
Director, Theatre Dept.
San Francisco, CA, United States
August 1990 - present

Drama Teacher/Department Coordinato
Washington, D.C., DC, United States
August 1986 - June 1990