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Second Wind Productions

Theatre for an Endangered World

In 1985, Manu Mukasa and Ian Walker reorganized the Chinook Theatre Company, then a small amateur group, into a professional organization under the name, Second Wind Productions, Inc.

In 2000, Andi C. Trindle Walker and Ian Walker revised Second Wind's mission and structure,and formally established the company in the San Francisco area. Dedicated to promoting diversity and dialogue to Bay Area theatre experience, Second Wind produced works by:


The Denver Post
called Second Wind's production of The Blood Knot, "Riveting. Stunningly poignantů" and "near flawless".


The Rocky Mountain News
listed their production of Ceremonies in Dark Old Men as one of the five plays to see.

And in 1989, Second Wind's Production of Sizwe Bansi Is Dead won an outreach award to tour statewide.

In 1991, members of Second Wind decided to take a break from producing theater, and began working with other theaters in both Colorado and California, providing an opportunity for "cross pollination" of creative ideas.

Second Wind Productions first visited the Bay Area as a company in 1994 when it presented its productions of My Children! My Africa! It returned the following year with a seven-actor, multicultural production of The Merchant of Venice.

Since that time, members of Second Wind have worked with many companies throughout the Bay Area, producing, designing, directing, and acting. Company members Andi C. Trindle Walker and Ian Walker are both founding members of The Actor's Collective in San Francisco, now in its third season.

In 2000, Second Wind obtained non-profit status, and revamped its goals to fit the diverse community of the Bay Area. It's 2000 season marks Second Wind's first year as a resident theater company in the Bay Area. Second Wind starts its residency with Walkers on the Wild Side , the world premiere of Erin's Hope by founding member and resident playwright, Ian Walker, and the San Francisco premiere of Criminal Genius by Canadian playwright George F. Walker.

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