Staff Profiles

Our Staff

Robert Currier – Artistic Director
Lesley Currier Managing Director

Dameion Brown – Artist in Residence
Jackson Currier
– Technical Director & more
Beth Kellermann Fouts
– Education Director
LeMar “Maverick” Harrison
– Artist in Residence
Trevor Hoffmann
– Box Office & Communications Manager
Suraya Susana Keating
– Shakespeare for Social Justice Director
Kendra Murray Marketing Director
Tina Rutsch – Business Manager / Arts-in-Corrections Manager
Alejandra Wahl – Administrative Assistant

Some of Our Key Seasonal and Previous Staff

Staff Biographies

Robert S. CurrierRobert Currier co-founded Marin Shakespeare Company and is its original Artistic Director. He holds a B.A. in Drama and an M.F.A. in Directing from U.C. Irvine, where he helped establish the Objective Drama Project with the legendary theatrical guru Jerzy Grotowski in the early 1980’s. An actor, director, writer and designer, Robert co-founded Encounter With the Theatre at the Woodstock Illinois Opera House (artistic home of the young Orson Welles) in 1971 and the still thriving Ukiah Players Theatre in 1977. He and Lesley initiated Baja Shakespeare, Baja del Sur’s only live classical theatre company in Los Barriles, Mexico in 2001. Robert has directed well over 100 productions. At Marin Shakespeare Company, he has been nominated for “Best Director” and his productions for “Best Production” numerous times by the Bay Area Critics Circle, Choice Awards, and others. His 2016 production of Othello and 1994 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream won the Bay Area Theatre Critics Award for “Best Overall Production”. A popular teacher, Robert has been an Adjunct Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Dominican University of California as well as many other places. He is known for his wit and wisdom.

Lesley S. CurrierLesley Currier is the founding Managing Director of Marin Shakespeare Company. She holds a B.A. in Religion from Princeton University, where she was awarded the Frances LeMoyne Page Award for Theatre. She spent three years with the Ukiah Players, where she acted, produced and served as fundraiser coordinator for the Phase II building expansion. In 1988, while in Ukiah, she initiated the New American Comedy Festival. After a season acting at Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival, she studied at U.C. Irvine’s M.F.A. Program in Acting, before being invited to Marin with her husband Robert to found Marin Shakespeare Company. Since 1989, she has produced award-winning summer productions, provided work for thousands of theatre artists, created education programs that serve over 5,000 students each year, and founded Shakespeare for Social Justice which provides rehabilitation through Shakespeare in 11 California State Prisons. An actor, director and playwright, Lesley’s original adaptation of “A Thousand and One Arabian Nights“, which she directed, was nominated for “Best Overall Production of 2002” by the Bay Area Critics Circle. Lesley was nominated as “Best Director 2009” for “Twelfth Night, or All You Need Is Love” which she adapted with Robert Currier. She and Robert co-founded Baja Shakespeare in 2001, brining live theatre to the East Cape of Mexico’s southern Baja peninsula. Lesley is past President of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America, served on Theatre Bay Area’s Theatre Service Committee for six years, and has thrice served on grants panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, was elected to the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame in 2007, and is the 2017 recipient of the Burbarge Award for excellence in Shakespeare production worldwide from the American Shakespeare Center.

 

Dameion Brown had his first ever public performing playing the title role in Othello at Marin Shakespeare Company in 2016, for which he won “Best Lead Actor” from the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award.  Since then, he as appeared in The Seagull at Utopia Theatre Project, Waafrika and The Farm at TheatreFirst (winning another BATCC award), Dance of the Holy Ghost at Ubuntu, and as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Pericles at Marin Shakespeare Company. He is now a full-time Artist-in-Residence at Marin Shakespeare Company where he acts, teaches at-risk youth at youth correctional facilities, and serves as a community ambassador and sought-after inspirational speaker. Dameion Brown spent 23 years in prison, where he discovered Shakespeare as part of Marin Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare at Solano Prison program.

Jackson Currier made his Marin Shakespeare Company debut at the age of 5 as the Changeling Child in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Since then, has played many roles including Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Porthos in The Three Musketeers, for which he received Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle nominations.  He has woked for the company as a set builder, Set Designer, Technical Director, Teaching Artist and Director of the Teen Touring Company. He has understudied at Berkeley Rep, acted at Ross Valley Players, and directed at Ukiah Players Theatre. Jackson trained at Shakespeare & Company.

  Beth Kellermann Fouts is an Equity actor who has worked as a professional actress and director as well as teaching artist throughout the Bay Area.  Before joining Marin Shakespeare Company as our Education Director, she most recently served as the All-School Theatre Arts Department Chair at San Domenico School, and was honored to be nominated for the inaugural “Excellence in Theatre Education Award” by the Tony Awards in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University.  She has worked with The Utah Shakespearean Company, Napa Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Shakespeare in Ashland, as well as Berkeley Repertory Company, the Laguna Playhouse, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and California Repertory Company, among others. She holds a M.F.A. in Acting and Directing from Cal State University Long Beach.
LeMar “Maverick” Harrison served 22 years in prison, where he participated for 5 years in Shakespeare at San Quentin.  He was released in July of 2018 and is now a full-time Artist-in-Residence at Marin Shakespeare Company. He is also a music producer and performing artist.

  Suraya Susana Keating is an actress, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Drama Therapist, yoga Tteacher and Adjunct Professor at California Institute of Integral Studies where she teaches in the Masters Program for Drama Therapy. Suraya uses drama and the arts as tools for deep individual and social transformation. During the past 20 years, she has worked extensively with youth, adults, and the incarcerated. At Marin Shakespeare Company, she has acted in several main stage productions, and taught and directed for the Marin Shakespeare program at San Quentin State Prison since 2005. www.suraya.org

Tina Rutsch earned her MA in American Studies from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in 2005, focusing on the individual as an agent of social change, and later received academic certificates in Business Management and Accounting.  While creating and administrating programs to serve Hawai’i’s homeless, including teaching piano to homeless youth, Tina saw how having access to the arts can inspire positive changes in people.  She returned to her own theatrical roots in 2010 and has been working with the Shakespeare at San Quentin program since 2015.

  Alejandra Wahl is an actor and singer who has performed and worked as a teaching artist throughout the Bay Area and Los Angeles. An avid student and lover of Shakespeare, Alejandra has been studying Shakespeare and performing since her youth, and spent over two years in the University of Iowa’s Theater program with a focus on classical theater. During her studies, she discovered a love for epic and ancient theater, adapting several Greek myths into a short one-woman play. Since 2017, she has been a teaching artist for Marin Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare for Social Justice program, co-facilitating Shakespeare classes in various prisons – a truly life-changing experience. Alejandra holds a B.A in English Literature and Theater Arts from Cal State University East Bay.