LLUIS VALLS (Joint Artistic Director and Perfomer for Theatre of Yugen, Performer for Theatre Nohgaku) Originally from Barcelona Spain, Lluis lived and studied in Miami before transferring to San Francisco State University and graduating with a BA in Dramatic Arts where he studied Suzuki Method for two years with Dr. Yukihiro Goto. Lluis has worked for nine years with theatre director Yuriko Doi performing on tour in the companies’ repertoire of Kyogen comedies and in some notable mainstage productions: Coyote 2 / Chorus in Erik Ehn’s Crazy Horse; the Waki (secondary role) in the modern noh play The Well of Ignorance (or Down the Dark Well) by Dr. Tomio Tada, and the Old Man in Yuriko Doi’s noh adaptation of Yeats' Purgatory. His favorite role was as Garcia Lorca in the Kabuki/Flamenco fusion production of Blood Wine, Blood Wedding. This Spring he worked collectively with Theatre of Yugen’s Joint Artistic team to create the original experimental piece The Clay Play. Lluis other notable roles include: Agamemnon in Clytemnestra by Tadashi Suzuki and as Banquo in Shogun MacBeth, both directed by Dr. Goto, and as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Yerba Buena Gardens, and Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet with SF Shakespeare Festival. Lluis has also directed Purgatory by Yeats, The Great American Cheese Sandwich by Burton Cohen, as well as directed, produced and performed in The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria by Fernando Arrabaal with his own company, Anhinga Productions. Lluis took all of 1999 to live and study in Barcelona, Spain, studying languages, guitar and contemporary and classical Catalan theatre. His translations include Dotze Treballs by Lluisa Cunille.