EQUIVOCATION (2010) Andrew Hurteau, Craig Marker and Lance Gardner
EQUIVOCATION (2010) Andrew Hurteau, Craig Marker and Lance Gardner | Photo by Kevin Berne

Staff

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Executive Staff

  • Jasson Minadakis

    Jasson Minadakis

    Artistic Director | x3304

    jasson@marintheatre.org

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    Jasson is in his ninth season as artistic director of MTC, where he has directed The Whale, Failure: A Love Story, the world premiere of Lasso of Truth, The Whipping Man (San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Awards for best production and best acting ensemble), Waiting for Godot, Othello, the Moor of Venice, The Glass Menagerie, Edward Albee's Tiny Alice, the world premiere of Seagull, Happy Now, Equivocation, (SFBATCC Award for best director), the world premiere of Sunlight, Lydia, The Seafarer, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, A Streetcar Named Desire, said Saïd, Love Song and The Subject Tonight is Love. As artistic director of Actor's Express Theatre Company, he directed The Pillowman, Bug, The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Echoes of Another Man, Killer Joe, Burn This, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, Blue/Orange and Bel Canto. As producing artistic director of Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, he directed Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, Chagrin Falls (2002 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Production) and numerous other, including 19 productions of Shakespeare. Regional credits include The Whipping Man at Virginia Stage Company, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Hamlet at Georgia Shakespeare, Copenhagen at Playhouse on the Square (2003 Ostrander Theatre Award for Best Dramatic Production) and Bedroom Farce at Wayside Theatre.

  • Michael Barker

    Managing Director | x3305

    michaelb@marintheatre.org

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    Michael Barker (managing director) joined MTC in February 2013. He was previously the general manager of Laguna Playhouse in Southern California, the managing director for the Los Angeles classical theater ensemble The Antaeus Company, associate managing director at Yale Repertory Theatre and managing director of Yale Summer Cabaret. Prior to graduate school, Michael was associate director of marketing for Court Theatre in Chicago and also worked with Goodman Theatre, American Theater Company, Sansculottes Theater Company and the Playground Theater. He holds an MFA in theater management from Yale School of Drama and an MBA from Yale School of Management. At Yale, he was the recipient of the Daniel and Helene Sheehan Scholarship for theater management. He serves on the Mill Valley Arts Commission and the board of the Yale School of Management Alumni Association.

Artistic

  • Margot Melcon

    Director of New Play Development | x3303

    margot@marintheatre.org

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    Margot Melcon joined Marin Theatre Company as literary manager and dramaturg in 2008 and has served as dramaturg for all productions in the past five seasons in addition to managing new play development for the company. She has worked on new plays with the Kennedy Center, the New Harmony Project, The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, Shotgun Players, Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor and Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and was a fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O’Neill Playwrights Festival. She is a graduate of California State University, Chico.

  • Edgar Gonzalez

    Company Manager, Resident Teaching Artist & Associate Producer | x3310

    edgarg@marintheatre.org

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    Coming soon.

  • Dori Jacob

    Casting Director and Associate Producer

    dorij@marintheatre.org

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    Dori Jacob joined Marin Theatre Company as the Casting Director and Associate Producer in May 2015. For the past 4 seasons, she served as the Director of New Play Development for Magic Theatre in San Francisco and dramaturged the world premieres of Octavio Solis’ Se Llama Cristina, Linda McLean’s Every Five Minutes, Christina Anderson’s pen/man/ship and John Kolvenbach’s Sister Play. As the resident producer for Magic Theatre’s developmental programming, Jacob’s credits include 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 Virgin Play Series, the 2012 Asian Explosion Reading Series and the 2013 Costume Shop Festival. Further Bay Area dramaturgy/producing/casting credits include Assassins at Shotgun Players, Marilee Talkington’s The Creative Process at SOMArts, and Laura Schellhardt's The Comparables and Elizabeth Hersh’s Shelter In Place at Playwrights Foundation. Jacob previously served on the executive board and literary committee for the National New Play Network, is a current member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Education

  • Daunielle Rasmussen

    Director of Education (Outgoing) | x3310

    daunielle@marintheatre.org

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    Daunielle is a Bay Area-based theater and community artist. She has served Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre Programs as a performer/educator and Cal Shakes as community engagement manager, artistic administrator, associate casting director, company manager and a member of the main stage producing team. She has also worked with Custom Made Theatre Company, Diablo Actor’s Ensemble, Town Hall Theater, Active Arts (now Bay Area Children's Theatre), Neighborhood Theatre Players, Neighborhood Youth Theatre, the Magic Theatre, Laney College, Oakland Technical High School and Campolindo High School. Prior to moving to the Bay Area in 2005, she served as founding artistic director of both Pie Tin Productions in southern California and Above & Beyond in Liverpool, Great Britain, where she studied Community Arts at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Daunielle holds a BA in Theatre Arts, Acting from California State University, Stanislaus, and she recently graduated with an MFA in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts from California Institute of Integral Studies in May of 2012.

  • Courtney Helen Grile

    Director of Education and Engagement (Incoming)

    coutneyg@marintheatre.org

Production

  • MIke Post

    Production Director

    mikep@marintheatre.org

  • Jeff Klein

    Acting Technical Director | x3330

    jeff@marintheatre.org

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    Jeff started as an overhire carpenter in January 2006 and was promoted Assistant Technical Director in October 2006. He previously worked for the San Francisco IATSE Local 29 and overhire for various Bay Area theaters. Jeff hails from San Antonio, Texas, where he held a number of positions at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, including Run Crew/Carpenter, Sound Op and Area Supervisor, for their Entertainment Department.

  • Danny Osburn

    Master Electrician | x3333

    dosburn@marintheatre.org

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    Danny Osburn is an electrician and lighting designer native to the East Bay. Prior to joining MTC, Danny spent seven years in Chicago. There he worked as the Master Electrician of Lifeline Theatre and of Adventure Stage Chicago, and for the last four summers he served as AME for Northwestern University’s Cherubs program. In addition, he has worked as a freelance electrician for companies ranging from Steppenwolf to the Museum of Contemporary Art. Danny cut his teeth as a professional electrician as an intern for MTC in 2010. He earned a BA in Theatre and Philosophy from Northwestern in 2011.

  • Ashley Holvick

    Costume Shop Manager | x3318

    ashleyr@marintheatre.org

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    Ashley joined the MTC staff in the Fall of 2014 as the Costume Shop Manager. Previously, Ashley worked as the shopper for the San Francisco Opera costume department. Ashley is an award winning costume designer who designs for theaters and institutions throughout the Bay Area. Ashley is a proud company member of and resident costume designer for Mugwumpin, a San Francisco-based experimental theater ensemble. Ashley has an MFA from San Francisco State University.

Marketing

  • Patty Gessner

    Marketing Director | x3302

    pattyg@marintheatre.org

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    Patty Gessner joined Marin Theatre Company in September of 2014. Prior to joining MTC, she was marketing director of SFJAZZ where she presided over a period of unprecedented audience and concert growth following the opening of the new SFJAZZ Center. Patty also served as a marketing consultant at Sonoma State University where she helped to launch the new Green Music Center in September of 2012. Her twenty-five year career in the arts includes more than a decade at the San Francisco Symphony where she served as the Director of Marketing and Publications from 1990 to 1998.  She has also served as the VP of Marketing for Match.com, one of the internet’s early success stories. As a consultant, she has worked with a number of non-profits to help build and launch new web sites, including San Francisco Classical Voice, San Francisco Symphony, Music Academy of the West, among others. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado College and an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. She is a pianist by training and has sung with several Bay Area choruses.

  • Jeff Berlin

    Graphic Designer | x3332

    jeffb@marintheatre.org

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    Jeff Berlin joined MTC in March 2012. With 30 years of design experience, he recently worked at PC World magazine and as a freelancer. Jeff lives in Sausalito with his cat named Piggy and collects and sells vintage magazines and vinyl.

Front of House

  • Bethany Byrd-Hill

    Ticketing and Audience Services

    bethanyh@marintheatre.org

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    Bethany Byrd-Hill joined the MTC as the Director of Ticketing & Audience Services in August 2014. Bethany has worked as the Box Office Manager at the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer, SD and the Arts Administration Assistant at the Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, NY. She studied acting as an apprentice at the Horizon Theatre Company in Atlanta, GA as well as at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood, CA where she was awarded a talent-based scholarship. While working towards her B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of South Florida, she spent a summer serving as a White House Intern in Washington, D.C.

  • Jaime Engelhart

    House Manager

    housemanager@marintheatre.org

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    Courtney is thrilled to be working with the MTC front of house team as both House Manager and Box Office Associate. Courtney comes to Marin having recently completed a season with California Theatre Center in Sunnyvale where she served as house manager, box office assistant, performer, clinician, music director, and teacher. Originally from Wisconsin, she is a graduate of Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin where she earned her B.F.A in the studies of theater and music performance. She looks forward to welcoming patrons to some amazing performances on the MTC stage and hopes everyone enjoys the show!

Development

  • Noralee Monestere McKersie

    Development Director | x3306

    noraleem@marintheatre.org

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    Noralee started at MTC in February 2014. She was previously Associate Director of Major and Special Gifts for the the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (Legion of Honor/De Young). For twelve years, she was the executive director of the Marin Symphony, directing all fundraising, marketing, and community engagement, leading to significant growth in operating budget and net assets for that institution. Noralee is a California native, has lived in Marin County for 30 years, and lives on Strawberry Point with her husband Robert Reitherman, an earthquake engineer. She has two daughters, Amanda Monestere Howard of Dubai and Emily Monestere Zimmerman of Denver, and a 17-month-old granddaughter Emma Howard.

  • Gaby Giannini

    Development Associate | x3317

    gabyg@marintheatre.org

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    Coming Soon

  • Lauren Luedtke

    Special Events Associate

    laurenl@marintheatre.org

Administration

  • Mira Greene

    General Manager | x 3309

    mirag@marintheatre.org

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    Mira joined MTC in 2013 after serving as Managing Director for IAMA Theatre Company in Los Angeles and General Manager at California Repertory Company while completing her MBA/MFA in Theatre Management at California State University, Long Beach.  She has also worked with Trinity Repertory Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and as an independent theatre producer.

  • Safi Manzoor

    Business Manager | x3373

    safim@marintheatre.org

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    Safi joined MTC in May 2013 as Business Manager. He previously worked as a contractor with the United States Department of Defense, where he held several positions including Executive Administrative Assistant and Linguists’ Site Manager. He has also worked with IBM as Linguistic Consultant in building Machine Translation Devices for the DoD. He holds a BS in physiology and an AA in Business Administration.

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