Opening June 29 at Forest Meadows is Much Ado About Nothing, adapted and directed by Domenique Lozano. Lozano has worked with multiple texts to create a vision of the play that explores the very essence of truth, and re-envisions the agency of women to no longer accept the falsehoods thrown upon them. A true comedy, complete with witty lovers, bumbling constables and reimagined second chances, Much Ado celebrates the journey to true love, and what it takes to find your true self.

Domenique Lozano (Director)
Domenique is a West Coast based Director, Actress and Educator. She was a Resident Artist with the American Conservatory Theatre for 15 years, where she served as a core faculty member and director in the MFA Program, as well as the Young Conservatory Program, and as the resident director of the main stage production of A Christmas Carol. Directing work at ACT includes MFA Productions of Fuente Ovejuna, The Good Woman of Setzuan, SuenoThe Skin of Our Teeth, Happy to Stand, and Saved, as well as the world premieres of Staying Wild and Home Front. Ms. Lozano served on the Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies faculty at UC Berkeley as both a teacher of acting and as a director. Directing credits there include Tartuffe, Curly Fries- a webisode series, and Men on Boats. She is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at SOU, where she directed The Wolves, and teaches Acting. Other directing work includes The Comedy of Errors, The Importance of Being Earnest (SPARC Theatre, Livermore Shakespeare), The Caucasian Chalk Circle, (St. Mary’s College), A One Man Show, Orlando, Drawer Boy and Welcome Home Jenny Sutter (TheatreFirst). Acting credits include work with California Shakespeare Theater where she was an Associate Artist, A.C.T., Berkeley Repertory Theatre, CenterRep, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Translation work includes Schiller’s Don Carlos, which premiered in the 2018 New Strands Festival at ACT, and Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, which premiered at the American Conservatory Theater in 2010. Adaptations include The Comedy of Errors (SPARC Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Napa Valley Repertory Theatre), and Per Peterson’s To Siberia, co- adapted with Craig Slaight.

Anina Baker (Ursula, Borachio)
Anina Baker is so excited to be making her professional debut at Marin Shakespeare Company. Anina is native to the Bay Area and a graduate of UC Berkeley, holding degrees in Sociology and Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. She is currently a rising third year Masters of Fine Arts in Acting candidate at UC Irvine in Southern California and has also had extensive training at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Recent credits include: The Brothers Paranormal, The Bald Soprano, and King Lear (UC Irvine). She is so grateful to her friends, family, and teachers for their lessons, love, and support. IG: @aninabaker

Diyar Banna (Hero)
Diyar Banna is honored to be making her Marin Shakespeare Company debut in Much Ado About Nothing! Last seen on stages in Pittsburgh and Istanbul, Diyar is thrilled to be back home in the Bay Area after earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from Carnegie Mellon.

Stevie DeMott (Don Joan)
Stevie DeMott (she/they) is an actor, teacher, and Artistic Associate at MSC. She graduated summa cum laude from SFSU with a B.A. in Theater Arts and Creative Writing, and received her M.F.A from the American Conservatory Theater. She has performed with A.C.T., Magic Theatre, Marin Shakespeare Company, TheatreFirst, Word For Word, and San Francisco’s award winning devised theater company, Mugwumpin, among others. Favorite roles include Viola in Twelfth Night, Horatio and Guildenstern in Hamlet, May in Fool For Love, Sara in Stop Kiss, Orlando in Sarah Ruhl’s Orlando, Lady Macbeth, and Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet. Stevie has taught for CIIS at Burning Man exploring devising theater under extreme conditions, and for A.C.T.’s YC and Studio programs. With Mugwumpin, she devised and performed in two marquee shows, and multiple occurrences throughout San Francisco and Oakland. Stevie developed and performed a piece for San Miguel de Allende’s theater festival, TEATRAL.

Bridgette Loriaux* (Beatrice)
Bridgette Loriaux joins Marin Shakespeare for a second year, having directed last season’s Twelfth Night. Recently, 2 ½ BREATHS, a play she wrote, directed, and choreographed made its World Premiere off-Broadway debut on May 19, 2022 at the Chain Theatre in New York City. She began her professional career as a cast member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Then cast in the NYC off-Broadway show De La Guarda. After a year and half, toured internationally with the company until 2005. She humbly travelled the world performing and teaching in South America, Europe, the UK, Russia, and Asia, which ultimately led her to performing for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games. She then spent a year in Egypt and created Le Petite Mort for Darb1718, moved to Dubai, to design and produce luxury events throughout the Middle East and the Gulf as head of show production for Uneeq Entertainment. Currently, she resides in Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada where she is the co-owner of 20/20 ChiroYoga working with her husband, Dr. Jason Bauer through the fusion and healing of chiropractic and yoga therapy. She has continued to direct and choreograph for TheatreFIRST, Anton’s Well Theater Company, Shotgun Players, and High School Theatre Arts Departments throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently writing her second play, IMMERSION. Bridgette is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association. For more information, please go to www.twoandahalfbreaths.com.

Johnny Moreno* (Benedick)
Johnny is excited to be back at the Marin Shakespeare Company where he was last seen in Twelfth Night.  He has appeared throughout the Bay Area including A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, SF Playhouse, San Jose Stage Company, Marin Shakespeare Company, Center Rep, Marin Theatre Company, Crowded Fire, Thick Description and Pacific Repertory Theater.  Favorite roles include Iago in Othello, MacHeath in the Threepenny Opera (TBA Award), Ralph Bates in Period of Adjustment, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady (BATCC Award), Palo in Gibraltar, Mortimer in Mary Stuart, and Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. Film and television credits include Betas, Callback (winner of the Chicago Indie Fest for Best Film), Upside Out (with Olympia Dukakis), Paradise Club, and I’m Still Here (with Joaquin Phoenix).  He is a graduate of the A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts program. 

Edward Neville* (Don Pedro)
Edward Neville is excited to be working at Marin Shakespeare  Company for the first time. He began acting in the Bay Area and  completed his MFA at A.C.T. He has been blessed to work on some  wonderful projects, including Ti Jean and His Brothers (Mi Jean) and A  Christmas Carol (Young Dick) at A.C.T.; Kill Move Paradise (Isa) at  Shotgun Players; The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Matthias of Galilee)  with ARC/ Remote Theater; Jitney (Youngblood) at African-American  Shakespeare Company; Gem of the Ocean (Citizen Barlow) at  TheatreWorks; Two Trains Running (Sterling) at Marin Theater  Company; and most recently SWEAT (Chris) at Center Repertory  Company (he/him).

Richard Pallaziol (Dogberry)
Richard Pallaziol studied theatre at CSU Long Beach and the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. As actor, director, dancer, and fight choreographer during the past fifty-two years he has worked in over 400 shows from San Diego to Michigan. Prior roles here at MSC include Polonius in Hamlet, Lodovico in Othello, and King Louis in The Three Musketeers.

Keiko Shimosato Carreiro* (Innogen, Verges)
Keiko Shimosato Carreiro, AEA, SAG/AFTRA , is a Collective Member,  actor, designer, co-writer, and director with the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe. Most recently, Carreiro appeared in SF Playhouses’ premiere of My Home on the Moon, by Minna Lee,  A.C.T. ‘s West Coast premier of Chris Chens’ Headlands, and as “Ma” in San Jose Stages’ production of Vichet Chums’ Bald Sisters. She has performed at American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory, The Magic Theater, The Aurora Theater, Word for Word, Oakland Theater Project and Center Rep. In 2020 Keiko Co-founded Kunoichi Productions (Female Ninja productions) innovative, multidisciplinary theater combining Eastern and Western Theater Traditions. Carreiro is passionate about Theater as a vehicle towards social change. She is a visiting professor at Hollins University, Roanoke Virginia, in their Summer Graduate Program. Upcoming films include, The Truer History of the Chan Family by Eugenie Chan and Kinstukuroi by Kerwin Berk.

Victor Talmadge* (Leonato)
Victor Talmadge is very pleased to be debuting at Marin Shakespeare. Most recently he was seen in the Aurora Theater’s production of Manahatta.  Other Bay Area venues include Cal Shakes, Berkely Rep, ACT, Theater Works, San Francisco Playhouse, Z Space, OTP, The Magic Theater and Santa Cruz Shakespeare. He has worked extensively in New York and regional theaters and was on Broadway in the world premiere of David Mamet’s, November.  He played “The King” in the Tony Award winning production of the Broadway National Tour of The King and I and was seen as Scar in the Los Angeles production of The Lion King. Mr. Talmadge boasts extensive film and television credits as well and he was a recurring character on the TV series, Manhattan and Vegas.  As a playwright, his play, The Gate Of Heaven, was awarded The Nakashima Peace Prize.  It was the first live theater to be produced at The U.S. Holocaust Memorial and has been subsequently performed at The Old Globe Theater, Fords Theater, and The Annenberg Center, and various venues around the country.  He is currently Aurelia Henry Reinhardt Professor and Professor of the Practice, Mills College at Northeastern University.

Tai White (Claudio)
Tai White grew up in Santa Cruz, California. He enjoys rock climbing, bodysurfing, and making music. He got a BA in Theatre and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley, where he earned the Mask and Dagger award and the Travis Bogard award. In 2023, he earned his MA in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, one of the preeminent drama schools in the world, where he studied Shakespeare, Jacobean text, the Spanish Golden Age, French Classics, and Restoration Comedy. This is his first professional job since graduating.