Stephanie Weisman – Founder and Executive/Artistic Director
Stephanie A. 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. Her most current development is MarshStream, The Marsh’s performance broadcast platform.
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. 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. 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 she developed a solo performance musical, BREED & RESCUE, about breeding and rescuing dogs and children. She is currently working on a new performance and a book, as well as reimagining her opera, APHRODISIA, with Wei Wang, for the digital black box.
Weisman lives in Oakland and the Trinity Alps with her husband and 3 American Bulldogs, Trinity, Junior and Marsha.
Rebecca Cervantes – Instructor / MYT Director
Rebecca Cervantes has a B.A. in Politics and that is why she is working in the Arts. She has been working at The Marsh in different ways since 2001. She started as a Dance Teacher, became the Community Liaison and is now the Director of The Marsh Youth Theater (MYT). She is a longtime Mission district community member and has brought many students and families to The Marsh over the years. She loves helping students and families participate in Carnaval, Sunday Streets, and other community events throughout San Francisco. She has choreographed and coordinated many student showcases and special Dia de Los Muertos shows at The Marsh.
She is also the Director of Moving Beyond Productions (MBP), an arts organization dedicated to providing cross cultural arts education and empowering youth. Moving Beyond Productions’ Carnaval contingent has won multiple awards in the Children & Youth category.
Wayne Harris – Instructor / Outreach Coordinator
Wayne Harris is an award winning solo performer, writer, educator, curriculum innovator and musician. A gifted artist with wide ranging interests, he has accumulated an impressive body of work over the years that includes 5 full length plays, presentations for schools, directing and designing for pageantry groups as well as various musical projects.
Wayne is currently the Director of the Marsh Youth Theater in San Francisco, CA and a Resident Teaching Artist for StageBridge (An intergenerational theater) in Oakland, CA. Wayne has been involved with some of the country’s finest pageantry groups. He is the current Performance Coach for the World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps and the 2018 WGI Champions Paramount Winter Guard.
Wayne is a consultant to the Bluecoats and Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps,as well as with many other world class pageantry groups throughout the nation. In addition, Wayne adjudicates various pageantry events on the Westcoast and currently offers performance workshops to all types of youth performing groups.
David Hirata – Director of Artist & Staff Relations
David Hirata has been involved with The Marsh since 1993, so he’s been house manager and tech for more Marsh shows than he can count. He’s also written and performed three Marsh run shows, so he’s done just about every task at The Marsh there is to do, and it’s been an honor.
Brian Williamson – General Manager
Brian Williamson has been involved with the Arts for many years. After a successful 16 year career as a professional ballet dancer with Nashville Ballet, Dance Theater of Tennessee and Ballet Manila he now is an advocate for creating new and innovative ways of making theater and arts accessible to everyone.
Bob Geleta – Finance Manager
Bob Geleta, MBA, brings over thirty years of professional experience in financial systems and operations, for public accounting, government, private industry and nonprofit organizations.
Kristin Scheel – Development Associate
Kristin Scheel, has worked in production and development at The Marsh since 2018. She is a freelance writer and member of Open Windows art cooperative in the Bayview. She has a background in social work with the State of Oregon and program management experience as a small business owner and preschool director in San Francisco. She has an MFA from Mills College, and serves on the boards of Guerrilla Cartography and PATHSTAR.
DEBORAH BADHIA – Human Resources/Payroll
ALEXA ALMIRA, Volunteer Coordinator, Monday Night Marsh Director
CARLA BEFERA & CO, Publicists
BRIAUNNA CAVER – Marsh Intern/Co Producer
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