Victor (Vee) Talmadge is an accomplished actor, director, and playwright. He received a B.A. from Cornell in 1977 and his M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts in 1980. Throughout his ten years in New York, Mr. Talmadge was involved in numerous activities, besides acting extensively off-Broadway and regionally in established modern and classic pieces, he collaborated on new projects with playwrights Robert Schenken, Jeff Jones, and Shelby Brammer. He co-founded and served as Literary Director for the award-winning New York theater company, Empire Stage Players. It was during this period that Mr. Talmadge's one-act play, Kiss Goodbye the Howling Beast, was a finalist at the Actors Theatre of Louisville Short Play Competition. Mr. Talmadge taught playwriting for Johns Hopkins University and served as Adjunct Assistant Professor of English for City University of New York. With Bay Area playwright/actor, Lane Nishikawa, he recently completed The Gate of Heaven, a play about a 442nd (Japanese American) soldier who liberates a Jewish prisoner from Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany during World War II. Mr. Talmadge has acted at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre and the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. He has directed at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and has guest starred in a number of television and film projects.