About The Department

The Department of Badassery is an SF-based production house focused on delivering new ways of experiencing the world through storytelling using the oldest methods combined with new technologies. Everything is on the creative table, from traditional live theater, films, virtual reality, immersive storytelling and site specific performance. In the ever-free and cutting edge spirit of San Francisco, The Department hopes to blend the old and the new into something that audiences and performers alike have yet to experience. Follow us on Twitter @DeptofBadassery for news, updates, and tasty morsels from the DBA Research Department.


Robin Fontaine: Co-Founder

Robin Fontaine is a New York trained theater director who has also worked in visual effects and motion capture on Hollywood films, and in the video game industry. She has a keen interest in the evolution of storytelling methods, from the oldest forms of theater all the way to video games and virtual reality, and brings a combination of vision and technical acumen to her innovative productions. Her work as a stage director has been seen in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and the Dublin and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. Her VFX production credits include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pts 1 & 2, TR2N, John Carter, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and her clients have included Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, the BBC, KQED, Electronic Arts, Genentech, and The Museum of the African Diaspora. Prior to living in the Bay Area, she toured Europe for 1.5 years as a performer with a theater company, lived on a sheep farm in England, rode a bicycle from New York to Florida, graduated with honors from the Fordham University directing program in NYC, and studied with Anne Bogart at the Saratoga International Theater Institute. She is an alumna of the Lincoln Center Theater Director's Lab West.

Gabriel Montoya: Co-Founder

Gabriel Montoya has worked in theater as an actor, director and producer for over 20 years. Last year, Gabriel made his San Francisco debut as "Mickey, the Director of Hospitality" in Boxcar Theater's immersive production “Speakeasy.” Previously, he has appeared as "Philip" in "Orphans," "Jerry" in “Jerry and Tom," “Valentin" in "Kiss of the Spiderwoman” and Orestes in Luis Alfaro’s Electricidad, directed by Susannah Martin. Gabriel also moonlights as one of the most respected boxing journalists in the country, specializing in the performance-enhancing drug problem in combat sports. His writings have been featured or cited by Maxboxing.com, USA Today, ESPN, The New York Times, The L.A. Times and the Guardian, among others. Gabriel is the co-host/co-producer of two weekly radio shows, The Next Round and Leave it in the Ring.

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