Who’s Who at The Marsh

STEPHANIE A. WEISMAN – Artistic Executive Director/Founder

Stephanie Weisman founded and has been the Artistic/Executive Director of The Marsh since its inception in 1989. Under her leadership, The Marsh has grown from a one-night-a-week performance series to producing 600-700 shows annually on its four stages. In addition to its developing work performance series, The Marsh’s programs include: artist-in-residencies, after-school workshops for at-risk youth, and performance development classes and workshops. In 1996 Stephanie spearheaded the drive to successfully buy their 12,000 sq ft facility on Valencia Street in San Francisco. This increased The Marsh’s programs four-fold as well as provided for a stable Bay Area arts organization. In 2010, The Marsh added a second venue in Berkeley.

For her work at The Marsh, Stephanie has received the Meritorious Achievement Award from Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Circle and was named A Local Hero by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. The plays she has produced have since been produced in theaters both nationally and internationally and have received numerous awards including: more than a dozen Critics Circle and Dramalog Awards; three of the prestigious Will Glickman Playwright Awards (Dan Hoyle’s “Tings Dey Happen,” Charlie Varon’s “Rush Limbaugh in Night School,” and Brian Freeman’s “Civil Sex”) as well as the National Theater Critics Emerging Playwright Award.

In addition to her work as Artistic Director of The Marsh, Stephanie has served as Associate Producer for the movie HAIKU TUNNEL by Josh and Jake Kornbluth, distributed by Sony Classic Pictures; she has curated the Cleveland Performance Festival and the Berkeley Arts Center’s Performance Series. Her directing credits include Madine Ish’s performance SNAPSHOTS FROM THE ASYLUM and SOLO FLECKS. She is a past board member of the Will Glickman Playwright Award and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s Business Arts Council.

Stephanie has a BA in Psychology and a MA in English in Creative Writing from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Under the mentorship of Robert Creeley, she edited the arts journal, The Black Mountain II Review for three years and developed and taught a class, Small Press Publishing. She taught for six years at Media Alliance’s Macintosh Training Lab and has served as a computer consultant. Her journalism, prose and poetry have been published nationally and she was awarded a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for her poetry performance piece, DANCEMASTERS. More recently her opera, Aphrodisia, was performed to critical acclaim.

The Wonderful Marsh Staff

STEPHANIE WEISMAN, Artistic Executive Director/Founder

Program Directors
REBECCA FISHER, Renewal Campaign Chair
WAYNE HARRIS, Marsh Youth Theater (MYT)
ALEXA ALMIRA, Monday Night Marsh
REBECCA FISHER & BRIDGET FREDERICK, Tell It On Tuesday
SHARON EBERHARDT, MarshRisings

Administration
MARK KENWARD, Director of Artist Relations & Special Projects
LAUREN BURGAT, Producing Manager
HECTOR ZAVALA, Technical Manager/Operations Manager
GINNY ALANIZ, Development Associate
BOB GELETA , Manager of Administration and Finance
DEBORAH BAHDIA, Human Resources/Payroll
LESLEY EVENSEN, Web/Ticketing Administrator
ALEXA ALMIRA, Website Administrator/Volunteer Coordinator
MAGGIE WILSON, Marketing Director

KENNY YUN, Marketing Advisor
CARLA BEFERA, Publicist
VICKI WONG, Media Coordinator
ISAIAS ESPAÑA, Berkeley Manager
LANCE McGEE, Facilities Manager
CHARLIE VARON, Development Coordinator

Technical Staff
NICOLE PEÑA
AARON AGUILAR
ALEXA ALMIRA
TERRANCE HOLLIDAY

House Managers
MIKE GRUNWALD
LOUEL SENORES
XIAO JUAN SHU
ARNIE WARSHAW
ERICK ORELLANA
NICOLE PEÑA
ALEXA ALMIRA
MICHAEL MANSFIELD
ANDY CHAN
REID MEADOR
MAGGIE WILSON
JANE EISNER
GREG ROSAS
ISABEL & MARIA

Artists in Residence
David Ford, Director/Playwright
Charlie Varon, Performer/Director

Board of Directors
Philip Armour
Gail Buchbinder
David Fuchs
Carol Klyce
Diane Ross
Stephanie Weisman

Advisors
Lucia Bogatay
Kristen Bouvier
Mary Anne Cook
Amira de la Garza

Richard DiLeo
Eric Eislund
Deborah Lynne Lombardo
Harriet Moss
Bev Scott
Sam Roberts

Dirk Alphin

Funders
California Arts Council, Equity Residential Foundation, Fleishacker Foundation, Grants For the Arts, Eva Gunther Foundation, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Meyer Sound, Michelson Family Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, SF Department of Children, Youth & Their Families, San Francisco Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation