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
DAVID HIRATA – Director of Artists & Staff Relations
BRIAN WILLIAMSON – Producing & Outreach Manager
DANIEL BAUMER – Marketing Manager
BOB GELETA – Finance Manager
KRISTIN SCHEEL – Development Associate
DEBORAH BADHIA – Human Resources/Payroll
NINA SACCO, Administrative & Box Office Assistant
ALEXA ALMIRA, Volunteer Coordinator
CARLA BEFERA & CO, Publicists
ASHLEY MUNDAY – Master Electrician
Artists in Residence
DAVID FORD – Director/Playwright
CHARLIE VARON – Performer/Director
Board of Directors
Mary Anne Cook
Amira de la Garza
Deborah Lynne Lombardo
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