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 tenth season as artistic director of MTC, where he has directed The Convert,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

    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

  • Dori Jacob

    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

  • Courtney Helen Grile

    Courtney Helen Grile

    Director of Education and Engagement

    courtneyg@marintheatre.org

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    Courtney is very happy to be a part of the MTC team. She holds an MFA in Theatre, emphasis in Theatre for Young Audiences from the University of Central Florida and a BFA in Media in Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Since 2005, she has worked as a professional actor, singer, teaching artist, and facilitator with companies all over the US; including CLIMB Theatre Co., The National Theatre for Children, Dollywood Company, and Orlando Repertory Theatre. She moved back to the U.S. in early 2014 after working for a year in Ireland with two of their top performing schools; The Gaiety School of Acting and the National Performing Arts School – Dublin. Her research interests are community-engaged theatre, theatre for social change, and voice/breath as means of expression. To learn more about her research interests and work go to http://courtneyhelengrile.com/

  • Ashleigh Worley

    Ashleigh Worley

    Education Program Manager

    ashleighw@marintheatre.org

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    Ashleigh joined the MTC Education Team in July 2015. Hailing from the east coast, Ashleigh paid her dues working in the trenches of education as a public school teacher. As an award-winning director and educator, she was charged with designing curriculum for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Ashleigh has worked for numerous theatre companies all over North Carolina in a variety of capacities and is thrilled to be able to share her talents and passion for arts education with the families of the Bay Area.

  • Hannah Keefer

    Hannah Keefer

    Resident Teaching Artist

    hannahk@marintheatre.org

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    Hannah Keefer joined Marin Theatre Company as a Resident Teaching Artist in June of 2015, where she began by directing the MTC Teen Camp production of Mary Poppins. She is a 2012 graduate of Huntington University in Indiana, with a B.S. in Theatre Education. Her theater work at Huntington included full theatrical productions (Once Upon a Mattress, Guys and Dolls, Picnic, The Cherry Orchard, Beauty and the Beast), reader’s theatre (Good People), one-acts (The Actor’s Nightmare), children’s theatre (High School Musical, Jr.) and various musical revues. When student teaching at Warsaw Community High School in Warsaw, IN, she directed the children’s theatre show Humpty-Dumpty Is Missing! or The Mysterious Case of the Fallen Egg, as well as assisting with student productions of Anne of Avonlea and John Lennon and Me. Before college, she taught drama to middle school and high school students with groups like Alive Drama Team in Rock Falls, IL, and New Life Drama Company, a traveling theatre troupe based out of Cleveland, TN.

  • Haley Bertelsen

    Haley Bertelsen

    Education Coordinator

    haleyb@marintheatre.org

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    Haley Bertelsen is an actor born and bred in beautiful Seattle, Washington, Go Hawks! Haley is a BFA Theatre graduate with a specialization in performance from Central Washington University. Since June of 2015 she has been living in the middle of the beautiful Redwoods and has worked as an assistant director, intern, and finally Education Coordinator and Resident Teaching Artist for Marin Theatre Company. Haley prides herself in being able to say she is also a princess for Amazing Fairytale Parties.

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

  • Sara Waugh

    Sara Waugh

    Marketing Director | x3302

    saraw@marintheatre.org

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    Sara is new to the Bay Area and is thrilled to be here. Formerly a Long Beach/Los Angeles resident, where she earned her MBA & MFA in Theatre Management with an emphasis in Marketing from California State University, Long Beach in 2015, she initially trekked west from Brooklyn by way of Knoxville, TN where she earned her BA in Theatre from the University of Tennessee in 2007. She has experience as the former Marketing Director for both Four Clowns and The Clown School in Los Angeles, experience in the world of casting with theatrical agency the Krasny Office in NYC, and producing, production, front of house and general management experience with Center Theatre Group in LA, The Roundabout Theatre Company in NYC, the Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville, TN, and a number of other LORT and regional professional theatres across the East Coast. She has been a theatre kid all her life, growing up in a household with a costume designing (and singing and dancing) mother. She is a live performance, music, art and food junkie and loves to travel any chance she can get, especially to visit family. She is also in the market to adopt a cat, if anyone has any tips on Scottish Folds or Exotic Short Hairs.

  • Jeff Berlin

    Graphic Designer | x3332

    jeffb@marintheatre.org

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    Jeff Berlin joined MTC in March 2012. He has over 30 years of design experience, mostly in magazine design and art direction. In the 70s he was a roadie for The Bad Lads and in the 80s he played rhythm guitar and maracas for the heavy metal cover band Smoke Machine.

Front of House

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

  • Stephanie Palmer

    General Manager

    stephaniep@marintheatre.org

  • 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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