The Brebner Artistic
The Brebner Artistic Endowment,
in honor of Ann Brebner and John Brebner, is housed
at Marin Community Foundation; income from the fund
benefits Marin Shakespeare Company's Artistic Programs
and helps ensure the vigor of Marin Shakespeare for
future generations. The Endowment Fund contributes each
year to support our artistic presentations.
Call Lesley Currier at 415/ 499-4485
or e-mail management@marinShakespeare.org to find out how you can contribute a gift or legacy.
Donations to the Brebner Artistic Endowment may be sent
Attn: Brebner Artistic Endowment
5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200
Novato, CA 94949.
"In the Beginning..."
Co-founder of the
original Marin Shakespeare Festival, Ann was president
of the Brebner Agencies Inc. until 1982. She served
for six years as President of the Mill Valley Film
Festival Board and was Chair of the Rafael Film Center
project to restore and reopen the Rafael Theatre in
downtown San Rafael. Ann has been honored with induction
into the Marin County Women's Hall of Fame; she was
the first woman to win the national Pioneer Award;
and she received the Lifetime Award from Northern
California Women in Film. She is the author of "Setting
Free the Actor". Currently completing a book
about the early part of her life in New Zealand and
England, Ann is also a consultant to actors and others
who spend time in the public eye. She is the mother
of two sons, Alexander and Jay, both of whom live
in Marin County.
John completed the
professional theatre program at London's Old Vic School
and came to the U.S. on a Fullbright to study at Stanford
University. He spent a season at the Oregon Shakespeare
Festival in Ashland before co- founding both the Brebner
Agency and the original Marin Shakespeare Festival
in 1960. In the 1970's he formed a children's theatre
company which toured for eight years. He has directed
and acted at just about every Marin venue and many
other Bay Area theatres. Currently, he is a founding
member along with his wife Barbara of The Wine Country
Theatre in Sonoma County.