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Penned by MTC Mellon National Playwright in Residence Lauren M. Gunderson and former Director of New Play Development Margot Melcon, the final installment of the Christmas at Pemberley trilogy follows Mr. Darcy’s younger sister, Georgiana—an accomplished pianist—and the youngest Bennet sister, Kitty. Georgiana, shy but creative, is living under the scrutiny of her commanding older brother; Kitty, now free of the influence of her gregarious sister Lydia, is Georgiana’s joyful, practical best friend. It is Christmastime at Pemberley and the pair impatiently await the imminent arrival of Henry Grey, Georgiana's equally shy secret correspondent. When the gentleman enters a family holiday in full force and is met by the unwelcoming presence of Mr. Darcy, Georgiana fears her chance at love will be lost forever. The future is never certain, however, and love has a way of arriving exactly when it is meant to. The world premiere of Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley is a co-commission by Marin Theatre Company in partnership with the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis and Northlight Theatre in Chicago.

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Cast

  • Lauren Spencer

    Lauren Spencer

    Georgiana Darcy

    Lauren Spencer is thrilled to return to the gorgeous world of Pemberley after playing Jane Bennet in MTC’s 2016 production of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Lauren has performed with Campo Santo, Crowded Fire, American Conservatory Theater, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Rep, San Francisco Playhouse, and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, among others. As a director, she is passionate about developing new work that champions the joys and complexities of BIPOC women and femmes. Recent credits include: Darren Canady’s Black Butterflies (American Conservatory Theatre/Kansas City Repertory Theatre); Lisa Marie Rollins’ and Susan Ito’s Untold (Brava Theater for Women in the Arts); Noelle Viñas’s Derecho (Playwrights Foundation); and Jordan Remirez Puckett’s To Saints and Stars (Creede Repertory Theatre). She is a company member with the award-winning ensemble Campo Santo, a founding member of The Coalition of Bay Area Black Women Theater Artists, a “Reimagining Political Power” Fellow with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a recipient of CalShakes Luminary Learn Award for her work applying theater arts in the classroom, and an inaugural member of the Calshakes Artist Circle.

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  • Emilie Whelan

    Emilie Whelan

    Kitty Bennet

    Emilie Whelan moved to California in 2019 after a career in the bayous of New Orleans where she was a major force in arts and development post-Katrina. There she oversaw the development of NHP Foundation’s arts programming, Cripple Creek Theater Company, The Fringe Theater Festival New Orleans, and The DISTILLERY Artist Residency at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans for mid-career performing artists. She is an Associate Artist with Oakland Theater Project and credits with them have included MacbethRomeo and Juliet; Streetcar Named DesireMother Courage and her ChildrenHamletWaiting for LeftyGROUNDEDThe Radicalization of Bradley ManningOthello. She is the Director of Advancement with West Edge Opera, supporting new opera development. She is also a professor at Contra Costa College having received her BFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA from UC San Diego. She's a big fan of laughter, impromptu dance parties, and adding more butter to...everything.

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  • Laura Odeh

    Laura Odeh

    Elizabeth Darcy (Lizzy)

    Laura Odeh has appeared on Broadway in The Rivals (Lincoln Center Theatre). Favorite Off-Broadway credits include The Aristocrats (Irish Repertory Theatre), A Body of Water (Primary Stages), Gaslight (Irish Repertory Theatre)King Lear (The Public Theater), and Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Irish Repertory Theatre). Regional productions include Hand to God (Berkeley Rep), Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Marin Theatre Company), King Lear (Goodman Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company of DC), 33 Variations (La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage), and The Cherry Orchard (Yale Rep). Her television and film credits include The Other WomanSynecdocheNY“The Unusuals” and “Guiding Light,” as well as various commercials and industrial videos. She has worked with such directors as Zelda Fichandler, Robert Falls, James Lapine, Mark Lamos, Bill Rauch, Moisés Kaufman, Charlie Kaufman, Don Roos and Meredith McDonough. Laura received her MFA from the Graduate Acting Program at NYU. She is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors’ Equity Association.  

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  • Madeline Rouverol

    Madeline Rouverol

    Lydia Wickham, Sarah Darcy

    Madeline Rouverol is overjoyed to return to MTC, having originated the role of Lydia in The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley in 2018. Madeline is a New York-based actor and playwright originally from Santa Rosa, California with a passion for centering women’s voices in her work. She has developed and performed in new plays at The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, The Dramatists Guild, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Marin Theatre Company, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, and San Jose Stage Company. She made her Broadway debut this summer as the playwright’s assistant to Antoinette Nwandu on Pass Over. Madeline has been featured in American Theatre magazine and is a graduate of the theatre department at the University of Michigan. Her plays include Confirmation (Playwrights Foundation Semi-Finalist, Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program Semi-Finalist),You’re Not a Mystery to Me, and Fire Season. She is a proud new member of Actors’ Equity. “Love always to B and my friends and family.”

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  • Alicia M. P. Nelson

    Alicia M. P. Nelson

    Mary Bennet, Margaret O'Brien

    Alicia M. P. Nelson is a San Francisco/Bay Area actor, clown, and arts educator. She is also one of the newly appointed Education Coordinators at MTC, and is a member of the Red Ladder Theatre Company where she works to bring arts to at-risk populations. Regional theatre credits include: The National Women’s Theatre Festival (Othello), TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (FROST/NIXON), WAMTheatre (The Last Wife, The Virgin Trial), SF Playhouse (Dance Nation), Berkeley Repertory Theatre (u/s School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play), Berkeley Playhouse, Ragged Wing Ensemble, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Word for Word, Town Hall Theatre, and Cutting Ball Theatre. She has a BFA in Acting from Boston University and is a Theatre Bay Area award winner. www.ampnelson.com 

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  • Aidaa Peerzada

    Aidaa Peerzada

    Jane Bingley, Emily Grey

    Aidaa Peerzada is an actor, poet and playwright who grew up between the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland and Lahore, Pakistan. Regional performance credits include: The Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, American Players Theatre, Theatre Lila, and Quantum Theatre. She was recently awarded the Theatre Bay Area’s Director’s Residency and is the Artistic Development Director at the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company Workshops of her original plays include: One Googol and One (SFBATCO), Grandma Science (The Greenhouse Theatre Solo Lab), Shining (The Ground and Field Theatre Festival at UC Davis), (The New Roots Theatre Festival with SFBATCO). She is a co-author of the original musical Sunflowered (Northern Sky Theatre). Aidaa studied at the Baltimore School for the Arts and went on to receive her BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University.  

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  • Zahan F. Mehta

    Zahan F. Mehta

    Henry Grey

    Zahan F. Mehta is an actor and musician from Mumbai, India. A recent graduate of the American Conservatory Theater’s MFA program, he received his BFA from Northeastern University and has trained at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in the NMTI program. He most recently played the Rebel in For The Record’s The BratPack at Feinstein’s at the Nikko. His roles at A.C.T. include Barnaby in The Matchmaker, Maks in Martyna Majok’s Ironbound, and Isaac Babel in Rajiv Joseph’s Describe the Night. Zahan is also a multi-instrumentalist who plays the guitar, bass, piano, harmonica, and (his first love) the drums.

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  • Daniel Duque-Estrada

    Daniel Duque-Estrada

    Fitzwilliam Darcy (Darcy)

    Daniel Duque-Estrada is thrilled to be back in the Bay and on MTC’s stage for the first time. Other theaters include WP Theater and PlayCo (off-Broadway), as well as two seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center (former Acting Company Member), and Trinity Repertory Company, where he is currently a member of their Acting Company. He holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA from Brown University/Trinity Rep.

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  • Adam Magill

    Adam Magill

    Thomas O'Brien

    Adam Magill last appeared at Marin Theatre Company in Sovereignty as Samuel Worcester and Mitch. Previous MTC roles include Will Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love, Arthur de Bourgh in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, and Elder Thomas in The Whale. Bay Area credits include: Vanity Fair (ACT), Uncle Vanya (Cutting Ball), Macbeth (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Stupid F**king Bird (San Francisco Playhouse), and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (City Lights Theater Company). Mr. Magill is a graduate of the Foothill Theatre Conservatory.

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  • Brigitte Losey

    Rehearsal Understudy, Female Roles

    Brigitte Losey is a native Bay Area actress and theatre maker. Some past roles include Ali in Mamma Mia (San Jose Stage Company), Heather Chandler in Heathers (Pacifica Spindrift Players), Pauline in Saturday Night Fever (Broadway By the Bay), Poppy in Noises Off (Hillbarn Theatre), Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods and Ginger in The 1940’s Radio Hour (Los Altos Stage Company), and Mary Lane in Reefer Madness (Ray of Light).

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  • Gillian Eichenberger

    Understudy for Lydia Wickham/Sarah Darcy, Mary Bennet/Margaret O'Brien, and Jane Bingley/Emily Grey

    Gillian Eichenberger is an actor, vocalist, and theatre educator from Marin County. She is proud to have been part of the thriving North Bay theatre community. Favorite roles include Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Roxie in Chicago, April in Company, and The Governess in The Turn of the Screw. She is a passionate educator of artists of all ages, working as a director, vocal coach, and music director. When she’s not acting, she plays synthesizer and sings with the rock band, The Hot Takes. Next up, she’ll be playing Sheila in Hair and directing A Doll’s House Part II. “Love and gratitude to Andre, her parents, and in-laws.” gillianeichenberger.org

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  • Nic A. Sommerfeld

    Understudy for Henry Grey, Thomas O'Brien, and Fitzwilliam Darcy

    Nic A. Sommerfeld is a San Francisco-based actor and playwright. They are thrilled to be working with Marin Theatre Company for the first time. They have performed with such companies as Cal Shakes, Berkeley Playhouse, FaultLine Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, The Thrillpeddlers, SF Oasis, and The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. They have also acted in and worked as a Trans consultant on developmental readings with NCTC, UCSF, and Magic Theatre. When not writing or performing, they frequently perform as their drag king persona, Chester Vanderbox. 

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  • Elissa Beth Stebbins

    Understudy for Georgiana Darcy, Kitty Bennet, and Elizabeth Darcy

    Elissa Beth Stebbins is a Bay Area-based actor and teaching artist. Recent regional credits include Becky Nurse of Salem (Berkeley Rep), Kings, Kiss, The Village Bike, and Caught (Shotgun Players), In Braunau (San Francisco Playhouse Sandbox Series), Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. and You For Me For You (Crowded Fire Theater), The Little Prince (Marin Theatre Company), and Minneola Twins (Cutting Ball Theater), among others. She is a TBA Award winner (Theatre Bay Area), and a TITAN and CASH grant recipient. Elissa graduated from Santa Clara University, and has continued training with Shakespeare and Company, and Atelier Matteo Destro. 

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Creative Team

  • Lauren Gunderson

    Playwright

    Lauren M. Gunderson has been one of the most produced playwrights in America since 2015 topping the list twice including 2019/20. She is a two-time winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for I and You and The Book of Will, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s Playwright Residency with Marin Theatre Company. 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. She co-authored the Miss Bennet plays with Margot Melcon, and her play The Half-Life of Marie Curie is available on Audible.com. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You; Exit Pursued By A Bear; The Taming and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists Play Service (The Revolutionists; The Book of Will; Silent Sky; Bauer, Natural Shocks, The Wickhams and Miss Bennet) and Samuel French (Emilie). Her picture book Dr Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon is available from Two Lions/Amazon. LaurenGunderson.com

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  • Margot Melcon

    Playwright

    Margot Melcon is a theatre artist, administrator, and writer. She was the director of new play development at Marin Theatre Company for seven years, where she dramaturged over thirty productions, including six world premieres, and administered the company’s two annual new play prizes and commissioning program. Margot has developed plays with TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Crowded Fire Theater, Shotgun Players, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Kennedy Center, The New Harmony Project, and The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. She is currently the program executive for promoting culture at the Zellerbach Family Foundation. Margot is a graduate of California State University, Chico.

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  • Meredith McDonough

    Director

    Meredith McDonough was the Associate Artistic Director at Actors Theatre of Louisville for seven seasons where favorite directing includes both parts of Angels in America, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and The Last Five Years. In the Humana Festival she directed the premieres of Marginal Loss, Dot, brownsville song (b-side for trey) and Airness, amongst others. Before ATL, she was the Director of New Works at TheatreWorks in CA where she directed the world premieres of Triangle, Upright Grand and Auctioning the Ainsleys. Other San Francisco credits include the premiere of Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley at Marin Theatre Company, and The Lily’s Revenge with Taylor Mac at the Magic Theatre. Regionally, favorites include Noises Off (Guthrie Theater), Fair Use (Steppenwolf Theatre), Eurydice (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and the D.C. premiere of the musical Summer of ’42 and the U.S. premiere of NSFW (Round House Theatre). In New York City, Meredith has developed work with Playwrights Horizons, Red Bull, Keen Company, the Women’s Project and Ars Nova. She was the Associate AD of The Orchard Project, the New Works Director for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, a Drama League Fellow, an alum of the WP Directors Lab and a Kesselring Award Panelist. Education: Northwestern; MFA, UCSD. She is a Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and served on the Board of SDC for six years.

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  • Nina Ball

    Scenic Designer

    Nina Ball (she/her) is happy to be returning to MTC with this wonderful production. Her work has been seen at American Conservatory Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Theater, Shotgun Players, San Francisco Playhouse, Aurora Theatre Company, Center REPertory Company, among many others. She is a company member at Shotgun Players in Berkeley as well as TheatreFIRST. Recent awards include a Theatre Bay Area (TBA) award for The Nether at San Francisco Playhouse; San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle awards for her designs of My Fair Lady at San Francisco Playhouse and Metamorphosis at the Aurora; a Shellie award for Mirandolina at Center REP. In addition to theatre, Ms. Ball is also a production designer and has worked on numerous film, TV and commercial productions. Nina is the scenic design professor at Stanford University and also a lecturer at UC Berkeley. Ninaball.com



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  • Fumiko Bielefeldt

    Costume Designer

    Fumiko Bielefeldt (she/her) is very happy to be designing Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley. Her work has appeared in MTC productions for over 10 years, including Oslo, Straight White Men, Guards at the Taj, The Oldest Boy, The Convert, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Othello, the Moor of Venice, Edward Albee’s Tiny Alice, Equivocation, What the Butler Saw, Lovers & Executioners, Frozen, Displaced, Fugitive Kind, Indiscretions, and Candida. Her career as a costume designer for over 30 years has garnered her many awards, including the Barbara Bladen Porter, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Dean Goodman Choice, Back Stage West Garland, and Drama-Logue Awards.

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  • Wei-Ling Liao

    Lighting Designer

    Wen-Ling Liao (she/her) is happy to be back. Her previous credits with MTC: I and You, The Who & The What, The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley and The Catastrophist. Her selected credits: AW, Wilderness! with Hartford Stage; The Winter’s Tale, House of Joy and Quixote Nuevo with Cal Shakes; 44th Humana Festival (Are You There?, Nicole Clark is Having A Baby and Flex) with Actors Theatre of Louisville, Gloria and Vietgone at A.C.T.; White Pearl with Studio Theater; The Chinese Lady, Oedipus El Rey, The Resting Place and Reel to Reel with Magic Theatre; Dance Nation, Significant Other, King of the Yees and Barbecue with San Francisco Playhouse; Native Garden with Center REPertory Company; The Importance of Being Earnest with Aurora Theatre Company; The Boy Who Danced on Air with Abingdon Theater Company; Chill with Merrimack Repertory Theater; Milk Like Sugar with Huntington Theatre Company; and Sense and Sensibility with Dallas Theater Center. Others: She is the member representative of USA 829 Western Region Executive Board. She earned her MFA from University of California, San Diego and BA from National Taiwan University. wenlingliao.com

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  • Madeleine Oldham

    Sound Designer

    Madeleine Oldham is a sound designer based in Oakland, CA. She is happy to be back at Marin Theatre Company, where her work has been heard in The Wolves and Love. She has designed sound for theatres around the country including A.C.T. San Francisco, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY, Crowded Fire, and more. You can hear her on KALX radio as DJ Madame X. Madeleine believes that stories hold power for both good and evil, and it’s up to us to keep this knowledge close and use it well. She also understands that the best sport is ice hockey, and wiener dogs are the embodiment of joy.

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  • Jenny Giering

    Composer and Musical Director

    Jenny Giering's current projects include Alice Bliss commissioned by Playwrights Horizons and Stacey Mindich (2018 Weston Playhouse New Musical Award, 2021 TheaterWorks Silicon Valley New Works Festival), and What We Leave Behind (co-written with Sean Barry, 2019 TheatreWorks Writer’s Retreat) for which she received a 2021 Barrington Stage Spark Grant. She has written many incidental scores including music for Lauren M. Gunderson’s Silent Sky (TheatreWorks, 2015) and Peter Pan and Wendy (Shakespeare Theatre Company, 2019) Gertrude and Claudius (Barrington Stage, 2019) by Mark Saint-Germain, An Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare (Weston Playhouse, 2021) and many others.  When she’s not writing music, you can usually find her making French Macarons.

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  • Lisa Anne Porter

    Dialect Coach

    Lisa Anne Porter is currently the Head of Acting and Dialects at the American Conservatory Theater as well as the Co-Head of Voice and Dialects for the SF production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. She has also served on the faculties of Syracuse University, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Shakespeare & Company, The Tepper Center (New York City), Naropa University, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She has coached voice and dialect in more than 70 productions nationwide. As a professional actor, she has performed with numerous repertory companies and Shakespeare festivals throughout the country. Most recently, she has been seen in the Bay Area world premiere of Eureka Day at the Aurora Theatre Company, as well as The Eva Trilogy and A Bright Half Life at the Magic Theatre. At MTC, she played Julia/Frederic in Lovers and Executioners. She has an M.F.A. in Acting from A.C.T. and a B.A. in Theater and American Studies from Wesleyan University. She is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher, trained by the world-renowned voice teacher Kristin Linklater and has a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Training from Cornell University.

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  • Elisa Guthertz

    Stage Manager

    Elisa Guthertz has been a stage manager in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 28 years. Most recently she stage managed Toni Stone at Arena Stage and American Conservatory Theater. Some of her other A.C.T. credits include, Testmatch, Rhinoceros, Seascape, Sweat and Hamlet. She has stage-managed A Thousand Splendid Suns at A.C.T., The Old Globe, and Theatre Calgary. She has also worked on many shows for Berkeley Repertory Theatre including, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Cloud Tectonics, and Suddenly Last Summer. Other credits: Failure: A Love Story at Marin Theatre Company; The Good Body with Eve Ensler at the Booth Theatre on Broadway; Big Love at Long Wharf Theatre, Goodman Theatre and Brooklyn Academy of Music; The Vagina Monologues with Eve Ensler at Alcazar Theatre.

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  • Christina Hogan

    Assistant Stage Manager

    Christina Hogan (she/her) is excited to return to Marin Theatre Company. Previously she has worked as the Stage Manager at MTC on Brilliant Mind, The Catastrophist, and Skeleton Crew. Other Stage Management credits include Gloria, Top Girls, Edward Albee’s Seascape, and Men on Boats at American Conservatory Theater; In Old Age, The Baltimore Waltz, runboyrun, And I and Silence, and Any Given Day at Magic Theatre; Ripped and Selkie at Z Space; It Can’t Happen Here at Berkeley Repertory Theatre; and A Raisin in the Sun at California Shakespeare Theater. Hogan has a BA in theater arts from Saint Mary’s College of California. 

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  • Nakissa Etemad

    Producer, Casting Director

    Nakissa Etemad is an Iranian American dramaturg, producer, and French translator specializing in new BIPOC plays and musicals for over 25 years. Recent MTC credits include Producer for The Catastrophist and Brilliant Mind. Marin Theatre Company’s Associate Artistic Director, she is also a Resident Artist of Golden Thread Productions, Regional VP Metro Bay Area for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), and a member of MENA Theater Makers Alliance and the Anti-Racism Task Force of LMDA. Recent dramaturgy with Yussef El Guindi on 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 recent world premiere productions with Marcus 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, Terence Anthony, Dustin Chinn, and Bennett Fisher. 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 Exec. VP Freelance of LMDA. Recipient of the 2015 Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy for The Lark’s four-city premieres of Gardley’s the road weeps, the well runs dry. Nakissa dedicates this show to Dr. Galen A. Etemad, the patriarch, inspiration, role model, and guiding light to his family and friends for 99 wonderful years. 



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* Denotes member of Actors Equity Association
+ Member, United Scenic Artists
^ Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

Reviews

  • “A feast for actors! 

    The playwrights have a deep understanding of theater as alchemy…great craft and talent and insight. Meredith McDonough’s crackerjack direction can make an unspoken signal ripple through an ensemble and evolve. Nina Ball’s lavish sets…[and] Fumiko Bielefeldt’s costumes…[provide] visual pleasure. The beating heart of the show is Lauren Spencer’s Georgiana, who seeks not only the right to love but the right to be an artist.”

    — San Francisco Chronicle Read full review
  • "Four and a half stars.

    What more could theatergoers ask for at Christmas time? 
    It’s a dazzling production. You’ll leave the theater uplifted — 
    a rare enough event and one to be especially relished during trying times."

    — Marin Independent Journal Read full review
  • “Highly enjoyable, smart and full of real charm and warmth. There’s  an intelligence and spirit at work here. Austen would no doubt love to see the triumph of some her women characters as envisioned by [playwrights] Gunderson and Melvin.” 

    — Theaterdogs.net Read full review
  • "Lively, funny and sensitive. Lauren Spencer delights as Georgiana. Yet the spark comes from the indomitable spirit, Kitty, portrayed by Emilie Whelan with great verve. The situations and interactions among the characters seem genuine...this whole play works so well."

    — CordellReports.com Read full review
  • "Playwrights Gunderson and Melcon have given us a delightful bit of holiday entertainment that feels—like the begowned women themselves—frilly and colorful on the surface, but corseted underneath with a framework of feminism. The cast is wonderful, and perfectly in tune with each other. It's almost as if we are watching a real family, so natural and fluent are their interactions. [The] finale is a lovely concoction that melts sweetly in your mouth with just a hint of spice.  I for one welcome this journey into the world of Austen. "

    — TalkinBroadway.com Read full review
  • “As we enter MTC, we are spell-bound by Nina Ball’s amazing, luxurious Romantic Period opulence. The magnificent 1800s piano gleams in a rich wood-paneled library with elegant antique furnishings. A Christmas tree stands boldly with a shining star atop, a new-fangled tradition. Christmas music fills the air. Planning the holiday, the Bennet sisters skirt around the living room in chaotic holiday glee, in Fumiko Bielefeldt’s lovely gowns to punctuate their characters. Director Meredith McDonough maintains the flavor, the language, and humor of the Austen era, with passionate musical interludes by composer Jenny Giering. Under the charm of the Bennet’s family Christmas, [playwrights] Gunderson and Melcon remind us that powerful relationships help foster change.”

    — Theatrius.com Read full review
  • "Everyone finds love at Pemberley!
    Director Meredith McDonough’s cast give it their all. Scenic designer Nina Ball and costume designer Fumiko Bielefeldt drape the stage and cast in magnificent 19th-century accoutrements that, when combined with sharp dialogue and smart performances, make this show a feast for the eyes and ears."

    — Pacific Sun/The Bohemian Read full review
  • "A joyful, uplifting way to celebrate the holidays."

    — San Mateo Daily Journal Read full review

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