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 Leadership

  • Jasson Minadakis

    Jasson Minadakis

    Artistic Director | x3304

    jasson@marintheatre.org

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    Jasson (he/him/his) is in his 15th season as artistic director of Marin Theatre Company, where he has directed Mother of the Maid, SovereigntyOsloShakespeare in Love, Thomas and Sally, Guards at the Taj, August: Osage County, The Invisible Hand, Anne Boleyn, 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 Libby Appel’s adaptation of Chekhov’s Seagull, Happy Now?, Equivocation (SFBATCC Award, 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 others, 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.

  • Meredith Suttles

    Meredith Suttles

    Chief Executive Officer

    merediths@marintheatre.org

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    Meredith Suttles (she/her/hers) is an arts leader with an extensive background in creative and performing arts in the areas of development, management, strategic planning, fundraising, and performance. She has held senior leadership roles at TheaterWorksUSA, Soho Repertory Theatre, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), and the New York City Opera. Meredith is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and former EmcArts: Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators (ALACI) Fellow. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a Steering Committee Member of the Black Theatre Commons and currently serves on the Board of Directors of viBe Theater Experience.

Artistic

  • Nakissa Etemad

    Nakissa Etemad

    Associate Artistic Director

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    Nakissa Etemad, MTC’s new Associate Artistic Director, is an Iranian American dramaturg, producer, and French translator specializing in new plays and musicals for over 25 years. She is Regional VP Metro Bay Area for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), a Resident Artist of Golden Thread Productions, and a member of the Anti-Racism Task Force of LMDA. Recent credits include Yussef El Guindi’s Hotter Than Egypt (2020 Colorado New Play Summit), Heather Raffo’s Noura (Marin Theatre Company/Golden Thread), Marcus Gardley’s Play on! commission of King Lear (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and world premiere productions with Gardley, Lauren Yee, Marisela Treviño Orta, Margo Hall, and Torange Yeghiazarian. She is a frequent collaborator on Golden Thread’s ReOrient Festivals of Short Plays and Bay Area Playwrights Festivals, including plays by Betty Shamieh, Naomi Wallace, Niku Sharei, Katori Hall, Garret Groenveld, Dustin Chinn, and Terence Anthony. Early highlights include the East Coast Premiere of Resurrection Blues by Arthur Miller (The Wilma), Every Good Boy Deserves Favor by Tom Stoppard & André Previn (The Wilma/The Philadelphia Orchestra), Culture Clash in Bordertown (San Diego Rep), and Festival Director for the 5th Annual New America Playwrights Fest – featuring new plays by Lynn Nottage, Naomi Iizuka and Polly Pen (San Jose Rep). Former dramaturg and literary manager of The Wilma Theater, San Jose Rep, and San Diego Repertory Theatre, and recipient of the 2015 Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy for The Lark's four-city premieres of Marcus Gardley’s the road weeps, the well runs dry. M.F.A. in Dramaturgy, UC San Diego.

  • Lauren Gunderson

    Lauren Gunderson

    Playwright in Residence

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    Lauren Gunderson (she/her/hers) is the most produced living playwright in America of 2016, winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Co. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned and premiered at companies across the US including South Cost Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), Marin Theatre Co (I and You), The Denver Center (The Book of Will), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), San Francisco Playhouse (Bauer), and many more. Her work is published at Playscripts, Dramatists, and Samuel French (Emilie). Her children's book “Blast Off To The Moon! Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog" comes out next May. LaurenGunderson.com and @LalaTellsAStory.

    Lauren Gunderson is in residence with MTC through of the support of the Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program administered in partnership with HowlRound.

  • Richard A Mosqueda

    Richard A Mosqueda

    NNPN Producer in Residence

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    Richard A Mosqueda (He/She/They) is the NNPN Producer in Residence for Marin Theatre Company. They are a queer, Mexican-American theater producer and director who is committed to adventurous new works by queer artists of color. As a director, they have worked with such companies as New Conservatory Theatre Center, Portland Center Stage, Theatre Rhinoceros, Custom Made Theatre, Halcyon Theatre, and Shotgun Players. Richard was selected to be part of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation 2017-2018 Observership Class, where he observed the Tony-Nominated director Leigh Silverman on Soft Power, A Play with a Musical at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. They are the founder and producer for Epic Party Theatre in San Francisco. She holds a BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University. SDC Associate Member.

Administration

Education

  • Daniel Duque-Estrada

    Daniel Duque-Estrada

    Education Coordinator & Teaching Artist

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    Daniel is thrilled to continue his career as an educator here at MTC, after serving as a teaching artist at The Dallas Theater Center and Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, where he is also a member of the Resident Acting Company. As a professional actor, he has acted at theaters regionally and off-broadway, including WP Theater, Second Stage, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Dallas Theater Center. He holds A BA from UC Berkeley and and MFA in acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep.

  • Alicia M. P. Nelson

    Alicia M. P. Nelson

    Education Coordinator & Teaching Artist

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    Alicia M. P. Nelson (she/her) is an award-winning San Francisco/Bay Area based actor and arts educator. Originally a ballet dancer, she has strong foundations in dance and a deep love of movement in storytelling. She is a graduate of Boston University where she acquired a BFA in Acting, and has trained in classical theatre and Commedia dell’Arte in both Greece and Italy. As an actor she has worked in theatres across the country, and has worked as a teaching artist in various companies in the Bay Area. She specializes in working with students in preschool and kindergarten. Nelson is passionate about all things that spark the imagination. She is an avid believer in playing pretend, making a fool of yourself, diving in head-first, and increased diversity in theatre. She hopes to make theatre accessible to its youngest audiences and, in doing so, inspire creativity in the generations to come.

  • Miranda Raines

    Miranda Raines

    Box Office Manager

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    Miranda (she/her/hers) joined Marin Theatre Company as a Front of House Associate in March 2019, moving then to the Box Office Manager position in July. Originally from eastern Kentucky, Miranda has been living in the Bay Area since 2017. Prior to joining MTC, Miranda worked as an international student advisor for five years before changing careers to focus on her art. Miranda is also an intern at Art Works Downtown where she does exhibition facility management. Miranda graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Penn State University and an MEdu. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. Miranda enjoys spending her free time traveling, hiking, and just being outdoors.   

Production

  • Sara Huddleston

    Sara Huddleston

    Director of Production

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    For MTC, Sara has previously designed sound for Straight White MenShakespeare in LoveMiss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley and Gem of the Ocean. Other favorite Bay Area sound design credits include: The Gangster of LoveReel to ReelGrandeurFool for LoveDogeatersAnd I And SilenceEvery Five MinutesHirTerminusSe Llama CristinaAny Given DayMrs. Whitney and Goldfish (Magic Theatre); Octopus (Magic/Encore Theatre Company); I Call My Brothers410 [Gone] and Invasion! (Crowded Fire), Autobiography of a Terrorist (Golden Thread Productions); In On It and T.I.C (Encore Theatre Company); The Shaker Chair (Encore Theatre Company/Shotgun Players); Kiss and Macbeth (Shotgun Players) and Word for Word's 25th Anniversary! Show (Word for Word). Next up: The Resting Place (Magic Theatre) and We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War (Golden Thread Productions)she/her/hers

  • Jeff Klein

    Jeff Klein

    Technical Director | x3330

    jeff@marintheatre.org

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    Jeff started first working at MTC as an overhire carpenter in January 2006, was hired full time as the Assistant Technical Director in October 2006.  With 9 seasons and nearly 5 dozen productions to his name here, he was then promoted to Technical Director in June of 2015.  A native Texan originally from San Antonio, Jeff has worked in all aspects of theatre.  Getting the theatre itch in high school with some minor acting roles, he attended college graduating with a B.A. in Humanities with a Theatre minor.  Eventually moving into a full time technical/behind in the scenes career in his mid 20s, Jeff has a storied history working from theme park venues in Texas to a magic show in Branson, MO and then landing in the San Francisco Bay Area which he has been proud to call home since 2005.  While Jeff misses the time acting on stage, he considers himself a character of life and does his best undertaking the roles of comedy (and drama, of course) that seemingly come at him everyday.