Cynthia Totten (Director of The Importance of Being Earnest) is a Professor of Theatre at Eckerd College, a small liberal arts institution in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she teaches stage movement, acting, directing, and performance courses. She holds an MFA in Acting/Directing from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Eckerd College directing credits include Eurydice, The Tempest, Fuddy Meers, Passion Play (Part One), Iphigenia, Rain. Some Fish. No Elephants., Our Town, The Dining Room, As You Like It, The Boys Next Door, and A Streetcar Named Desire. She received Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Meritorious Awards for Excellence in Direction for directing Iphigenia and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This summer marks Cindy’s 17th season with the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival, where she directed The Winter’s Tale (2015), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014), Love’s Labor’s Lost (2013), The Tempest (2012), As You Like It (2011), The Gamester (2010), Treasure Island (2009), Richard III (2007), Macbeth (2006), Cyrano de Bergerac (2005), Romeo and Juliet (2004), As You Like It (2003), The Taming of the Shrew (2002), Hamlet (2001), and The Merchant of Venice (1999), and performed the role of Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (1998). Cindy holds a 200-hour Yoga Teacher certification from Ananda Expanding Light Meditation Retreat near Nevada City, California. In the Fall 2014 semester, she served as Director of Eckerd College’s London Study Centre, where she taught The British Seminar and Acting: Shakespeare. Cindy received the 2016 Lloyd W. Chapin Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Art at Eckerd College.