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Uranium + Peaches 2008 by Peter Cook & William Lanouette
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Virginia Morris
Director, January 2005 Hollywood Reading

Virginia Morris, a Harvard graduate, first studied acting and directing with Robert Chapman at the Loeb Theatre in Cambridge, Mass., then with Sanford Meisner and William Esper in New York and with Paul Sills in Chicago.  She performed regionally at theatres in Cleveland, Seattle, New York and Chicago, and, in Alaska, directed Uncle Vanya and Arthur Kopit's Indians.  After spending three summers acting at the Sundance Institute's Playwright's Lab, she moved to Los Angeles, and with Did Conn, Peter Hay and Ethan Philips, helped found First Stage, Hollywood, an organization dedicated to developing new works for the stage and screen, where she has been acting in and directing staged readings and workshops for 20 years and currently serves on the artistic committee.

She has appeared in the films
The Boost, Switch, Shocker, Bonfire of the Vanities, Mother, Species, The Facts of Life, Zoe, and most recently Yvette Freeman's Remember.  Examples of television work include the telefilms Not My Kid, An Uncommon Love, A Different Affair, Skates, Lucky Chances, Intruders, Donato and Daughter, and Norma and Marylin, as well as episodes of ER, Dharma and Greg and Cracker, and the pilots for Making Out, The Flash, Murphy's Law and ER. Most recently, she had guest starring roles on Lost and Cold Case Files.

Virginia was nominated for an ADA award for acting in Sea Marks at the Raven Playhouse and won a Dramalogue for directing Adam and Eva Marie at Actor's Art Theatre.  In 2000, she and her husband, Jimmie F. Skaggs, founded ShapeShifter Productions, for which she directed the world premiere of Mimi's Guide (which was nominated for four ADA awards, including one for direction of a new play) and the critically acclaimed comedy ...Anton's Abandoned Story Cycle... In 2003, she co-produced for ShapeShifter the world premiere of Let the Rocks Speak, about the Armenian Genocide of 1915.