Board

Board of Directors:

Andrew Gordon – Chair
Chris Mazzola – Vice Chair
Sheila McClear- Secretary
Marilee Eckert – Treasurer

Board Members:

Ben August
Anne Yumi Kobori
Peter Kuo
Mark Kushner
Jerrell Lewis
Reverand Marcus Liefert
Lynn Oldham Robinett
Sandy Zuber

Chair: Andrew Gordon is a trial partner at the international law firm Duane Morris LLP where he handles complex insurance and commercial litigation. A graduate of Amherst College and the University of San Francisco School of Law, Andy is identified as one of California’s leading business litigation lawyers in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2006, one of California’s Super Lawyers through a peer review process, and long recognized as an A-V rated attorney in Martindale Hubbell.  Andy has handled numerous pro bono matters and leads Duane Morris’ pro bono activities in its San Francisco office.  In addition to his leadership at Marin Shakespeare Company, he serves on the Board of San Francisco Giants Community Fund.  His past community work include: Chair of the Board of Flex Public Schools, overseeing two on-line charter schools in the Bay Area, Board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Marin County, and Chair of the Boards of tennis clubs in Marin County, and a homeowners association at Lake Tahoe.  Andy joined the Marin Shakespeare Company Board in 2017 and became Chair in 2019.


Vice Chair: Chris Mazzola
is the Head of School at the Branson School in Ross. A Dartmouth graduate, with an M.A.T. from Vanderbilt, Chris has spent over three decades working with teenagers. Prior to Branson, she was a teacher, coach, and administrator at the Thacher School in Ojai, CA for twenty years, and High School Principal at St. Anne’s Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia for five years. Chris loves working with teenagers, and her philosophy of education centers around creating student-centered programs and environments that not only prepare adolescents for college, but also prepare them to make a positive impact in the world by leading lives of integrity, purpose, learning, and joy. Chris joined the Marin Shakespeare Company Board in 2018.

Secretary: Sheila McClear has spent her career in higher education, both as teacher and administrator.  A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Nazareth College, with an M.A. in English from the University of Michigan, Sheila served on the faculties of University of Hawaii and University of Maryland European Division, with teaching assignments in Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, Germany and England.  While in Hawaii, she wrote and edited for Young Hawaii Magazine and served as media director and spokesperson for the first Crater Celebration — a benefit rock festival held in Diamond Head crater. Upon returning to the U.S., Sheila joined the San Francisco firm, Art Blum Public Relations.  She moved to the San Francisco State University Public Affairs office (now University Communications), where she eventually became Director of Public Affairs, with responsibility for media relations, publications, and crisis communications.  She also served as Director of Special Projects, with presidential speechwriting in her portfolio.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco State University Retirement Association.  Sheila joined the Marin Shakespeare Board in 2015, drawn by its artistic excellence and its social justice work.

 

 

 

Ben August is a father of four, grandfather of two, and a devoted husband. He’s retired from his Human Resources company he built over the past twenty years. In his abundant free time, he reads, tends his vineyard, and manages business projects. He’s a patron of the arts with a particular fondness for Shakespeare. Ben grew up in San Diego, but spent much of his adulthood in Houston, Texas. He now lives on his vineyard in Napa.

Marilee Eckert is currently the Executive Director of San Francisco Conservation Corps. Her prior experience includes serving as Chief Executive Officer of Conservation Corps North Bay and she has been a leader in the corps movement both nationally and in California for over 25 years. Marilee is a Trustee of the Buck Family Fund of the Marin Community Foundation. She has served on the Marin County Economic Commission, the Marin County Disaster Council, and the Sonoma County Youth Council. She has been a Board Member of the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin, Environmental Education Council of Marin, Fire Safe Marin, and Human Rights Roundtable on Hate Violence. Other special recognition and awards include Marin Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee, Environmental Hero of the North Bay presented by Assemblymember Jared Huffman, Congressional Record remarks by Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, Hannah Creighton Environmental Justice Award by Sierra Club Marin.

  Anne Yumi Kobori is a Japanese-American theatre artist with a passion for immersive storytelling and reimagined mythology. After working a decade in theatre education, she has since transitioned to freelance playwriting, directing, acting, and producing. She has written multiple short plays: The Art of Suffrage (Best of PlayGround 25), Coward’s Flame and Give Me the Sky (MondayNightPlayGround), Roses in the Desert (Dragon Theatre), Simulation (Pear Theatre), and The Disappearance of Betty La Rose (Neighborhood Stories). Her full-length plays Seeds, Every Day Alice, and Seagull adaptation, have premiered with Utopia Theatre Project. As a director, she has worked with Utopia Theatre Project, SF Shakespeare Festival, EnActe Arts, Silicon Valley Shakespeare, and Los Altos Youth Theatre. Select performance credits: title role in Hamlet, Desdemona in Othello (SVS), Celia in As You Like It the musical (SF Shakes), and Masha in Three Sisters (Utopia). Currently, Anne is a co-writer for Braided with Theatre of Yugen. When not theatremaking, she can be found gardening, baking bread, and writing short stories on her vintage typewriter. BA Theatre Arts, summa cum laude, Santa Clara University. www.anneyumikobori.com

Peter J. Kuo (he/him) is a director, producer, educator, and writer focused on raising the visibility of marginalized communities. He is an alum of The Drama League and was named one of TCG’s Rising Leaders of Color in 2018. Currently, he is the Director of the Conservatory at American Conservatory Theater where he serves on the Staff EDI Committee. At The New School in New York city, he founded the NSD: Affinity Groups program and was involved with several equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives. He taught the class Acting Beyond Marginalization at HB Studio, and has directed students in productions at The Atlantic Acting School and Redhouse Art Center. He previously worked as an art administrator at South Coast Repertory, East West Players, Soho Repertory Theatre, and LA Stage Alliance. He is the co-founder of Artists at Play, a Los Angeles Asian American Theatre Collective. As a director and assistant director, he has worked at Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Play Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, East West Players, South Coast Repertory, Geffen Playhouse, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Leviathan Lab, Ma-Yi Theater Company, and Pan Asian Repertory, among others. He holds a BA in drama from UC Irvine, with a minor in business management; a MFA in directing from The New School for Drama; and a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell.

Mark Kushner is an experienced Education Leader and International Consultant.  Currently, he is San Francisco Art Institute Co-Leader,  COO and General Counsel. Educated at Wesleyan University, Keble College at University of Oxford, University of San Francisco, and Harvard University, Mark is a national leader and pioneer in education, an experienced nonprofit executive, and a sought-after international school and university startup and turnaround consultant.  Among other firsts, he created the first charter public high school in California, one of the first school management organizations, and California’s first fully technology-blended schools almost 14 years ago.  A former Shakespeare teacher, coach, principal, college educator, attorney, and CEO, he was the founding chair of the state charter commission, has taught courses for a decade on education innovation at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and Graduate School of Education, and has served on numerous education boards, including San Francisco University High School, Leadership Schools, and Flex Schools, among others. Selected honors include the Harvard Club of San Francisco’s Educator of the Year, and the Hart Vision Award, one of the highest awards given to education administrators in California.  Mark, a fourth generation San Franciscan, resides in San Francisco, has two children, and enjoys reading, painting, tennis, soccer and backpacking.

Jerrell Lewis has been serving as Senior Director, Strategic Services for CohereOne, a full-service Marketing agency for the last year. Along with account management, Jerrell’s primary role is to provide strategic and integrated marketing leadership, working closely with clients to uncover business needs and objectives, craft strategies and identify and implement initiatives to achieve goals. Prior to CohereOne, Jerrell was Managing Director UK for Wunderman Thompson Data in London for five years. While there, her role included managing the UK business, including the co-operative database, privacy, strategic partnerships, and the overall agency relationship. In addition to serving on the board for Marin Shakespeare Company, Jerrell is a CASA volunteer, advocating and mentoring children in the foster care system. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling the world, hiking, and practicing yoga.

Reverand Marcus Liefert serves as Developmental Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin. He is a ritual artist, weaving together myth, music and poetry to spark joy and justice in the mind, heart, and spirit. A lifelong thespian, he has found the embodied storytelling of theater to be a powerful playground for both personal and collective healing. He has studied the intersection of spirituality, theater, and social justice at Vassar College, New College of California and Starr King School for the Ministry. As a religious leader in Marin, he works with the Marin Organizing Committee to promote efforts to move Marin toward the just and equitable community we know it can be. He served congregations in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Rochester, New York, before returning to his Bay Area home where he lives in Oakland with his five year old son, Henry.

Lynn Oldham Robinett is an Episcopal Priest currently working as the Community Engagement Associate at the Marin Interfaith Council. She served as a parish priest for over 20 years in Marin County, and currently leads worship every second Sunday at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Marinwood. Prior to being ordained, she served with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica, and later worked for Larkin Street Youth Center doing street outreach with homeless youth. She previously served on the boards of Central Marin Soccer, the Marin Women’s Soccer League, and GAIA Global Health and is currently on the board of Stapleton School of the Performing Arts. In her spare time, she loves to play and watch soccer along with her husband, Ryan. She and Ryan have three children – two daughters in college, and a son at the Marin School of the Arts in Novato. Lynn joined the Marin Shakespeare Company board after she was introduced to the great work that Marin Shakespeare Company does through her son who had the fortune to perform with the Company in both Richard III and Love’s Labour’s Lost.

Alexandra “Sandy” Zuber is a lawyer, real estate developer and community leader.  Growing up in Sydney, Australia, Sandy attended the University of Sydney where she received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees. Her law practice first focused on merger and acquisitions and cross-border leveraged leasing for commercial passenger aircraft and then maritime law focused on shipbuilding contract negotiation, vessel financing and refinancing, and maritime insurance litigation. Leaving her legal career behind, Sandy founded and ran a property development company in Australia focused on apartment and condominium development until she moved permanently to Mill Valley, CA in 2002. Sandy’s commitment to non-profit organizations over the past 38 years began with her involvement in World Vision Australia and included regular pro bono work for Legal Aid Australia. Upon moving to California, Sandy served for seven years with Marin Advocates for Children as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected foster children, and as Parent Chair of Performing Arts at Mount Tamalpais School. Sandy also served on the board of 142 Throckmorton Theatre, where she served as Board President 2015-2016.  A passionate animal advocate, Sandy has spent many years volunteering in both clinical and development roles at various animal rescues. Sandy joined the Board of Marin Shakespeare Company in October 2016, where she has served as Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign Cabinet, and then of the Capital Campaign which has to date raised $5M to purchase and transform 514 Fourth Street into a Center For Social Justice, Arts and Education as well as renovate the Forest Meadows Amphitheatre. Sandy is very devoted to all facets of Marin Shakespeare Company’s work, but especially to the Shakespeare For Social Justice program; her experiences at San Quentin have been life changing. She currently serves on the Board’s Anti-Racism Committee, as well as the Nomination Committee. She lives in Mill Valley with her husband and three children.