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

Staff

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Executive Staff

  • Jasson Minadakis

    Artistic Director | x3304

    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 TruthThe Whipping Man (San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Awards for best production and best acting ensemble), Waiting for GodotOthello, the Moor of VeniceThe Glass Menagerie, Edward Albee's Tiny Alice, the world premiere of SeagullHappy 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.  

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  • Michael Barker

    Managing Director | x3305

    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.

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Artistic

  • Margot Melcon

    Director of New Play Development | x3303

    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.

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  • Edgar Gonzalez

    Company Manager, Resident Teaching Artist & Associate Producer | x3310

    Coming soon.

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  • Robby Lutfy

    National New Play Network Producer in Residence and Head of Casting | x3312

    Robby Lutfy is the 2014-2015 National New Play Network Producer-in-Residence at Marin Theatre Company. Some directing credits include:  Sons of the Prophet, Cygnet Theatre; The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Cygnet Theatre; Clown Play, NYC International Fringe Festival; The Gin Game, Anacostia Playhouse; The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Threshold Repertory; The Sunset Limited, 3M Productions;Time Stands Still, Collaborative Arts. He has worked on plays in development at The Kennedy Center, The O’Neill Theatre Center, Burning Coal Theatre, The Hub Theatre and The Rensing Center. He has assisted directors at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center and Marin Theatre Company. He was the 2012-13 William R. Kenan, Jr. Directing Fellow at The John F. Kennedy Center. Rob is a graduate of the directing program at the UNC School of the Arts school of Drama where he returns every summer as guest faculty.

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Education

  • Daunielle Rasmussen

    Director of Education | x3310

    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.

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  • Edgar Gonzalez

    Company Manager, Resident Teaching Artist & Associate Producer | x3310

    Coming soon.

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  • Santina Moran-Seaborne

    Education Coordinator | x3310

    Santina Moran-Seaborne joined the MTC Education Team as the Education Coordinator and a Resident Teaching Artist at the beginning of the 14/15 Season. She has served as a teaching artist for various theaters, non-profit organizations, and camps, including Delaware County Community College in Philadelphia, Point Park University and the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Re-Use in Pittsburgh, Changing Worlds in Chicago, and the City of Santa Clara here in the Bay Area. In addition to teaching performing arts she has also worked as a props artisan and visual arts instructor. Santina holds a BA in Theatre and English from Santa Clara University, and an MA in Theatre Arts from Villanova University.

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Production

  • Doug Frazer

    Production Manager | x3301

    Doug started at MTC as Master Electrician in August 2008. He was promoted to Director of IT in July 2010 and Associate Production Manager in July 2011. He became Production Manager in January 2013 after serving as Interim for four months. He was previously the Master Electrician for 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, and House Electrician at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. He is a member of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and the United States Institute for Theater Technology.

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  • Joe Mizzi

    Technical Director | x3330

    Joe has been the Technical Director at MTC since July 2008 and has been with MTC as a carpenter and occasional electrician since 2002. Previously he was Technical Director for Center Repertory Company.

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  • Jeff Klein

    Associate Technical Director | x3330

    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.

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  • Danny Osburn

    Master Electrician | x3333

    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.

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  • Ashley Rogers

    Costume Shop Manager | x3318

    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.

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Marketing

  • Patty Gessner

    Marketing Director | x3302

    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.

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  • Sasha Hnatkovich

    Communications Director | x3313

    Sasha joined MTC in December 2010 and recently served as Interim Marketing Director during the summer of 2014. He has previously worked as Marketing and Public Relations Director at Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco and Communications Manager at Trinity Church in Boston. He’s also had stints as a line cook, freelance music writer and gas-mask-clad punk rock guitarist. @BwGN

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  • Jeff Berlin

    Graphic Designer | x3332

    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.

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Front of House

  • Bethany Byrd-Hill

    Ticketing and Audience Services

    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.

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  • Margot Manburg

    Box Office Manager | x3321

    Coming Soon.

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  • Courtney Toepel

    House Manager

    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!

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Development

  • Noralee Monestere McKersie

    Development Director | x3306

    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.

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  • Alex Burnham

    Development Associate | x3317

    Coming Soon

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Administration

  • Mira Greene

    General Manager | x 3309

    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.

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  • Safi Manzoor

    Business Manager | x3373

    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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