Some of Our Key Seasonal and Previous Staff
Kenny Allen / Marketing Director
Kenny is passionate about connecting arts with audiences. He has a degree in Theatre Arts from California State University, Fullerton. Previously, Kenny has done marketing work for The Laguna Playhouse, Shakespeare Orange County, and the CSUF Department of Theatre and Dance. Kenny enjoys exploring the capabilities of online marketing, from social media to geo-targeted advertising to marketing analytics. Kenny is passionate about the intersection of the arts and social change and is proud of and excited by the transformational work being done by Marin Shakespeare in their Theatre for Social Justice programs at San Quentin, Solano State Prison, and the Marin County Community School. You can learn more about Kenny by visiting www.KennyDavidAllen.com.
Luis Araquistain – Education Director
Luis was the Executive Director of the Traverse City Children’s Theatre in Traverse City, Michigan for five years. Previously, he served as Educational Outreach Director for Pacifica’s Spindrift School of Performing Arts, and as a teaching artist with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. His acting credits include San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and New Conservatory Theatre. Luis is a San Francisco native and is proficient in Spanish. With his wife, Margie, he sidelines as a web designer doing business as Hipcat Design.
Heath Belden / Stage Manager
Heath came to Marin Shakespeare Company in 2004. He has recently stage-managedLaughter on the 23rd Floor for Center REPertory Company, A Streetcar Named Desire for Pacific Alliance Stage Company, Once Upon A Mattress, starring Lea DeLaria, for 42nd Street Moon, and five operas with Donald Pippin’s Pocket Opera. He has worked as an ASM at the American Conservatory Theatre and San Jose Musical Theatre. Heath has worked on such new plays as Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, Ken Weitzman’s Spin Moves, and Charles L. Mee’s Wintertime. He received an M.F.A. degree from UC San Diego and is a member of Theatre Bay Area and Actors’ Equity Association.
Abra Berman / Costume Designer
Abra has designed costumes for Bay Area theatres for over twenty years, and for Marin Shakespeare Company since 2005. She has also worked with Company C, Pocket Opera, Lamplighters, Berkeley Opera, Cinnabar Theatre, Sonoma Rep, Brookside Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Hillbarn Theatre, Palo Alto Players, Alameda Civic Light Opera, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, College of Marin, UCLA, and Peninsula Youth Theatre. Abra recently assisted in the mounting of the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit at the De Young Museum, and oversaw the mounting of the San Francisco Ballet costume exhibit at the Museum of Performance and Design. She received her MFA in theatrical costume design from UCLA, and is a Professor at the Art Institute of California at San Francisco. She also has a performance background in classical ballet.
Ellen Brooks / Lighting Designer
Ellen has acted, directed and designed at theatres all over the Bay Area. She won a Dean Goodman Choice Award for Lighting Design for the 2001 Marin Shakespeare Company season.
Josh Costello / Education Director
Josh Costello received his BFA in Theatre Education and Stage Direction from Boston University and his MFA in Directing from the University of Washington in Seattle. He was the founder and first Artistic Director of Impact Theatre, a Berkeley company specializing in new work by emerging playwrights for today’s younger generations. Josh has taught for the California Shakespeare Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theatre, South Coast Repertory Theatre, UC Riverside, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Vector Theatre. As a director, he has worked at the Magic Theatre, The Marsh, Shakespeare-by-the-Sea and Impact Theatre, among others. www.joshcostello.com
Billie Cox / Composer
Billie has composed and designed sound for Marin Shakespeare Company since 1995. A multi-talented artist, Billie also directs children’s theatre, writes original musicals, authors CD-Roms, and has composed for theatre, video and film. She is founder of Dig Deal Theatre Company.
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.
James Dunn / Guest Director
James is a native of Marin County and was Founder and Chairman of the College of Marin Drama Department, where he directed and taught for 30 years. In the 1960’s he was co-founder and director of the California Shakespeare Festival. In the 1970’s he was artistic director of the California Act Theatre. He has been a guest director with California Actors Theatre, the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, the Julliard School in New York City, the Monterey Shakespeare Festival, the Marin Theatre Company, the Denver Theatre Center, Shakespeare at Stinson and the Marin Shakespeare Company. He has been the director of the Marin Mountain Play since 1994. He has received many awards including six “Best Direction” Awards from BATCC as well as Dean Goodman Choice Awards for his direction of Marin Shakespeare Company’s As You Like It and Cyrano de Bergerac.
Joel Eis / Prop Designer
Joel is a professional scenic/lighting designer and university professor. He has designed over 250 shows, and written two books on theatre. He and his wife Toni currently own The Rebound Bookstore in San Rafael. He loves finding ridiculous plastic do-dads for actors to stick in their belts, on their heads, and he likes getting lots of other stuff too.
Dori Eisenhauer was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She received her degree in Drama from Franklin and Marshall College, apprenticed in the art and business of theatre at the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia and continued to work throughout Philadelphia as an actor, teacher or administrator with the Performing Arts League of Philadelphia, The Wilma Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Caravan, Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, Hedgerow Theatre, The Walnut Street Theatre, and Theatre Rumpus. She studied ensemble acting in Chicago at Steppenwolf Theatre before relocating to Seattle, working with Theatre Puget Sound as well as local theaters Artswest and Seattle Children’s Theatre. In New York, she co-founded The Cockeyed Optimists Theatre, continuing to work and study at Atlantic Theatre Company. Now happily settled in Novato, she is sometimes heard on local radio with the Petaluma Radio Players. Most importantly, Dori is happy to be in one spot and she is overjoyed to collaborate with the talented staff and artists of Marin Shakespeare Company as Marketing Director.
Elias Escobedo / Administrative Assistant
A San Francisico native, Elias received his BA in Dramatic Arts from U.C. Davis. He has acted with Marin Shakespeare Company in Henry IV, Part 1; Henry IV, Part 2; King Lear and as Benvolio in Romeo & Juliet (Dean Goodman Choice Award.) Elias has worked with Cal Shakes, TheatreWorks, Berkeley Rep, SF Playhouse, Valley Shakes, New Conservatory Theatre, Theatre Rhino, Belrose Theatre, Curtain Theatre, and Summer Repertory Theatre. His commercial and TV credits include Albertson’s, Save-Mart, Longs Drugs, Kaiser Permanente, and Blind Date. He belongs to AEA, AFTRA and Theatre Bay Area. www.EliasEscobedo.com
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 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.
Robert W. Goldsby / Guest Director
Robert has had a long and distinguish career in the theatre. He is best known in the Bay Area as a founder of the American Conservatory Theatre’s MFA Program, Chair of U.C. Berkeley’s Theatre Department for 25 years, and a founder of the Berkeley Stage Company, which staged new work for ten years in Berkeley. He is a Moliere scholar and translator and he has directed at numerous major regional theatres including South Coast Rep and the Mark Taper Forum.
Jonathan Gonzalez / Education Director
Jonathan has taught and directed in numerous schools in Marin and beyond, including Dixie Elementary, Neil Cummins, Rancho Elementary, St Isabella’s, Coleman School, and St. Catherine’s Middle School in Burlingame. In seven years with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, he directed tours of Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, performed in six tours, and appeared in two seasons of Free Shakespeare In The Park.
In addition to leading numerous Marin Shakespeare Young Company sessions, Jonathan directed Teen productions of The Taming of the Shrew, Love’s Labour’s Lost, She Stoops to Conquer, King Lear, Troilus and Cressida, and As You Like It. In 2004, Jonathan was the inaugural instructor for Marin Shakespeare’s Shakespeare at San Quentin program.
As an actor, Jonathan has been seen at Berkeley Rep, California Shakespeare, Carmel Shakespeare, Theatre Rhinoceros, Center Rep, Western Stage, and Pacific Rep, among others. For Marin Shakespeare Company, Jonathan appeared in Cyrano De Bergerac, Much Ado About Nothing (Dean Goodman choice award for supporting actor) A Thousand and One Arabian Nights, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, She Stoops to Conquer, and Taming of The Shrew.
Professional Directing work includes Town Hall Theatre, The Exit Theatre, Masque Unit, and Penninsula Youth Theatre. Jonathan has an M.F.A. in Acting and Directing from the University of Houston.
Gary Grossman / Actor and Teaching Artist
Gary has been passionate for the theatre since the age of 14, when he debuted in The King and I. At Marin Shakespeare he has played in Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Taming of the Shrew. Gary has also been seen at Shotgun Players, Marin Theatre Company, Ragged Wing Ensemble and Sonoma Repertory among many other theatres. He appeared in world premieres of The Dante Club as J.T. Fields, and in Panama as Grandma at Cal Rep Theatre in Long Beach. Gary teaches theatre and has performed in over 60 plays and various improvisation comedy groups in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He completed his M.F.A. in Acting at Cal State University Long Beach.
Trevor Hoffmann is a locally-grown artist hailing from Petaluma. He is the recipient of two Stage One Theatre Awards, one for Acting in 2012, and one he shares as director of Assassins at Sonoma Arts Live, which won “Best Production” in 2015. Trevor’s professional credits as a Voice Actor include the 2012 Game of the Year “The Walking Dead – Season 1”. Trevor can be found regularly on Sonoma and Marin stages, working with such companies as 6th Street Playhouse, Spreckels Performing Arts Center, Cinnabar Theatre, and Sonoma Arts Live. Trevor served as Marin Shakespeare Company’s Box Office and Communications Director.
Pamela Johnson / Costume Designer
Pamela has been the resident Costume Designer at Sonoma State University since 1990 and has designed over 100 shows for theatres from Mendocino to San Francisco. She won a Dean Goodman Award for her Costume Design for Marin Shakespeare’s Cyrano de Bergerac.
Denise Kirchner / Costume & Props Designer
Denise Kirchner – A native of Marin, Denise graduated from Sir Francis Drake High School and hitch-hiked through Europe before she discovered theatre at the College of Marin. After six years as Propmaster at the Julliard School in New York. Upon her return to the Bay Area in the late 1970’s, she became a vibrant thread in the fabric of the theatre community, lending her talents, whimsy, and spirit to countless projects as a costume and prop designer. Denise designed costumes for Marin Shakespeare Company’s very first production of As You Like It in 1990, and her final design project was the magical properties for Marin Shakespeare Company’s Alice in Wonderland in 2006.
Bruce Lackovic / Set Designer
Bruce has designed and built sets for Marin Shakespeare Company since 1996. A welder, sign-maker, and all-around technical guru, Bruce has served as a California Artist in Residence at Redwood High School and as Technical Theatre Consultant for the Ross Valley Community for Schools.
Richard Lane / The Academy of the Sword / Fight Direction
The Academy of the Sword was founded and is run by Richard Lane, a Certified Teacher/Fight Director with the Society of American Fight Directors. Richard has directed fights at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the San Francisco Opera, Magic Theatre, Theatreworks and nationwide, amassing numerous awards. Richard has served as Fight Director for the Marin Shakespeare Company for more than ten years. He is the author of Swashbuckling: The Art of Stage Combat and Theatrical Swordplay.
Sam Leichter / Administrative Assistant and Education Manager
Sam trained at Bates College, where he studied Theatre and French, and as an Acting Intern with Marin Shakespeare Company.
Sam has performed with Marin Shakespeare Company, the African American Shakespeare Company, Adirondack Shakespeare Company, Center REP, and BRAVA, among other theatres. Also a playwright, his play The Philadelphian was a hit at the 9th Bay One Acts Festival. Sam has worked as an Administrative Assistant at Theatre Bay Area. He can be seen in the role of Eros in Marin Shakespeare Company’s Antony and Cleopatra in the summer of 2010.
Kate Magill / Education Director
Kate has found success in several realms of live theatre – she has worked, at one time or another, as an actor, a costume designer, a stage manager, a teacher/director and an arts administrator. For nearly a decade, she served as leading actress, theatre teacher and Resident Costume Designer for Gamut Theatre Group (Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival / Popcorn Hat Players Children’s Theatre) in Harrisburg, PA.Most recently, she spent several years in the Deep South, as the Education Program Coordinator for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, Alabama where she was responsible for ASF’s SchoolFest (matinee) Program, reaching upwards of 45,000 students yearly. She also managed and taught in various summer camps, designed curriculum for outreach programs, including NEA-funded workshop for Shakespeare for a New Generation, and managed / taught in ASF’s Acting Academy, including developing a new wing of the Acting Academy geared toward homeschooled children.In addition, Kate has been an actor and stage manager for Open Stage of Harrisburg, and an Adjunct Professor of Costume Design/Resident Designer for Gettysburg College and a production assistant for Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Kate is married to actor Mark Robinson and they have two canine babies– Ace and Angel.
Ian Marsh / Technical Director
Ian Marsh – Ian worked with Marin Shakespeare for a decade starting in 1997. He was also Master Carpenter for Aurora Theater in Berkeley, and Technical Director for Yes! Theatre in San Anselmo.
Lucas McClure / Education Manager & Actor
Lucas has served as Managing Director at Ephrata Performing Arts Center in Pennsylvania, Production Manager at Burbage Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles, and Publicity/Education Director at Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma. He holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Shakespeare and Archetypal Psychology from Sonoma State University. Lucas has taught drama at Marin Shakespeare Company, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Cinnabar, St. Vincent de Paul High School, Youth-in-Arts and Idaho Theater for Youth. Lucas has acted at Marin Shakespeare Company in 17 shows since 1995 (Dean Goodman Award for the Dauphin in Henry V) and in seasons at Idaho Shakespeare Festival and the Utah Shakespearean Festival, as well as playing Hamlet at Ukiah Players Theatre.
Cynthia Pepper / Choreographer
For over 24 years Cynthia has taught contemporary dance to all ages throughout the Bay Area. She has served as a choreographer for small and large stages, television and film screens and theatrical productions of all sorts, including the 2009 Mt. Play. She is an award-winning short film producer for Sesame Street and has 12 short dance films distributed worldwide. Currently she directs Project D. which is a dance program funded by the Marin Community Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts. Cynthia has choreographed for Marin Shakespeare since 2002. www.cynthiapepper.com.
Patricia Polen / Costume Designer
Patricia has designed over 100 shows in her 35 years as a Costume Designer. She has designed for professional and academic theater and has received several Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Circle Awards for Costume Design. She also works as a Make-up Artist for the San Francisco Opera, and is the Wig and Make-up Designer/Supervisor for the Portland Opera. Patricia has designed costumes for Marin Shakespeare since 2005.
Mark Robinson / Set Designer & Technical Director
Mark is an actor, director, teacher, designer and theatre technician, who received his MFA in Acting from Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He has worked in the Bay Area as an Actor, Teacher, Technical Director and Scenic Designer. Previously, he worked for Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival (PA) where he was a core company member, Dorian Opera Theatre (IA), and Commonweal Theatre Company (MN).
Jon Tracy / Director/Instructor
Jon Tracy has been directing teen productions at Marin Shakespeare Company since 2007. Jon works as a director, playwright, and designer with such companies as American Conservatory Theatre, Magic Theater, Shotgun Players, Impact Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Z Space, Playwright’s Foundation, Sonoma County Repertory, Woman’s Will, New Conservatory Theatre, Oberlin Dance Collective, Missouri St. Theatre, Napa Valley Repertory Theatre, Harbor Theatre, Traveling Lantern Theatre Company and the San Francisco, and the Napa and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festivals. He is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Meritorious Achievement Award, fifteen North Bay Arty Awards, a Sacramento Elly Award, a Bay Area Critic Circle Award and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. A graduate of Solano College Theatre’s Actor Training Program, Jon is an Affiliate Artist with The Foothill Theatre Company and Alter Theatre Ensemble, a Company Member of PlayGround, an Associate Artist at The Berkeley Playhouse, The Director of Artistic Development for The SF Playhouse, and a founder of Darkroom Productions.
Whitney Ward / Administrative Assistant
Whitney is back in the Bay Area after earning her M.A. in Linguistics at Yale University. Her previous theater experience includes two summers as Administrative Manager at Northern Stage in Vermont. She has also worked in Stage Management for Lamplighter’s Musical Theater, Ambit Theater, and as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley.
Karen West / Front of House
Karen’s passions are theatre and literature. She worked for six years in author promotions for Barnes & Noble. Prior to that, she piloted a 5 year Theater-in-the-Galleries program, acting in and directing over 30 plays. She is a founding member of Courtyard Shakespeare and has acted with PCPA Theatrefest and run box office for PCPA and Cal State Fresno. She has a B.A. in Theatre from SFSU.
Cynthia White / Guest Director
Cynthia was Associate Director and Director of New Play Development at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival from 1991-1996. She has directed at many regional Theatres including Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespearean festival and the Virginia Shakespeare Festival. Cynthia is artistic director of Golden Fish Theatre in Seattle Washington and hold an M.F.A. in Directing from Southern Methodist University.
Lisa Woods / Education Manager
Lisa trained at Shakespeare & Company and Emerson College, from which she holds a B.F.A. in Acting. She has taught at Kids Take the Stage, California Shakespeare Festival, and Berkeley City Ballet.Administrative positions include Box Office Representative at Shakespeare & Company and Fina Costumes. Lisa has performed with Cutting Ball Theatre, American Repertory Theatre and Shakespeare & Company.
Amy Young / Administrative Assistant
Amy is a College of Marin graduate and a Journeyman member of IATSE Local #16, which services theatre, film, commercials and industrials, she has worked in a large variety of positions at many leading entertainment and cultural organizations and has been associated with Marin Shakespeare in various capacities for four years.