Stephanie Hankinson is an academic, director, producer and actor. Before moving to Seattle to pursue her PhD in English at the University of Washington, she worked as the Founding Artistic Director for Common House Productions (Sacramento, CA) and the Founding Managing Director for the Davis Shakespeare Festival (Davis, CA). Directing highlights include: Love’s Labour’s Lost (Common House), The Woman in Black (Common House), Macbeth (Studio 301), Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical (Studio 301) and the world premiere of The Sonnet Project (Davis Shakespeare Festival). She served as the Artist-in-residence and guest lecturer for the 2010 and 2011 Bakersfield Shakespeare festivals. Favorite roles include: Goneril (King Lear / Bakersfield Shakespeare Festival), Camillo (The Winter’s Tale / UC Davis) and Lady Bracknell (The Importance of Being Earnest / Common House). She is now a tenure-track English Faculty member at South Seattle College and spends her days teaching undergraduate courses on American and Caribbean literatures, natural disaster, writing and film studies while working on her dissertation.