Dor Cosby Atkinson

Theatre Director & Teaching Artist

Dor Cosby Atkinson is a professional theatre director and teaching artist located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dor has collaborated with theater companies in San Jose, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York. She has taught acting and movement classes on college campuses and with community groups in Virginia, Washington, and California. She was the Founder and Artistic Director of Edge Theatre Ensemble ( in Seattle from 2001-2008, directing plays and devising new works. She has her BA in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Cruz and her MFA in Directing & Public Dialogue from the School of Performing Arts and Cinema at Virginia Tech.

Dor’s expertise is in community-based theatre, ensemble theatre, socially-conscious theatre, and stylized theatre/ theatre of the grotesque. She is a practitioner of Meyerhold’s Biomechanics, employing this as an approach in the direction of several past productions. She utilizes outside-in and inside-out approaches when working with actors and students. Through visceral theatre, her mission is to heighten and intensify actors’ and audience members’ awareness of themselves, current social issues, and the truths of our human condition.

Contact Dor at dorcosbyatkinson (at)