Director John Butterfield has a BA from St. Mary's College and a Masters
in Directing for Theatre from Toi Whakaari/Victoria University in
Director Maureen-Theresa Williams has been with NUDC/Butterfield
8 since its inception. An award-winning actor, Ms. Williams has performed with
regional theater companies since 1976, including Act Now!, Angry Reynolds
Productions, Antioch Rivertown Theatre, Arclight
Repertory Theatre, Bay Area Stage, Benicia Old Town Theatre Group, Chanticleers,
Civic Arts Rep, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Missouri Street Theatre, Odyssey Players, Onstage,
Subterranean Shakespeare, Theatrefest, Dramateurs/Town Hall Theatre Company, and the Willows
Theatre Company. She studied theater at
John Butterfield founded New Urban Dance Company (NUDC) in 1989. Since then the company has performed in the Bay Area and throughout Northern California; (Willows Theatre, Brady Street Theatre, the Cowell and the Noh Space in San Francisco.)
the theatrical branch of NUDC, began as a group of
actors performing monologues to compliment the dance pieces at NUDC concerts and became its own company with the creation
of a new script for Dracula.
Since then, Butterfield 8 has performed at the
The Mission of Butterfield 8 Theatre Company is to provide audiences a fresh take on classic plays, and foster the creation of new works.
Our Vision is to present audiences with examples of both ends of the theatrical spectrum: new productions of classic works, focusing in particular on text-driven plays (such as the works of Shakespeare), and new works devised by the company or written by local playwrights. Our work often examines perceptions of gender, both within the context of the play and the larger context of society as a whole. We strive to create an immersive environment, believing the audience’s experience starts when they buy the ticket, and shouldn't end when they leave the theater.