Performer Interviews, Q & A, and performance excerpts
with Marsh and MarshStream founder Stephanie Weisman
The Festival of New Musical Voices 2021
In conversation with Founder Stephanie Weisman on the Upcoming Festival Performances
Stephanie Weisman, Wei Wang, Kathryn Keats, Wayne Harris, Maggie Wilson, Candace Johnson and David Ford
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About the Festival
The Marsh Festival of New Musical Voices 2021 is the culmination of a nineteen-month Marsh Performance Initiative. Launched on March 5, 2020, just before the COVID shuttering. The Marsh commissioned four artists to create new full-length musicals and a musical film. The workshop was in-person for one meeting before the shuttering and then transferred to MarshStream to a virtual workshop that has been meeting ever since. David Ford, the leading director of solo/new theater in the Bay Area, led the workshop, supporting the development of the new musicals. The Performance Initiative was conceived and designed by Stephanie Weisman, The Marsh’s founder and artistic director and produced by Brian Williamson, The Marsh General Manager. This is the fourth Marsh Performance Initiative; each culminating in a festival.
Check out our calendar HERE for a full list of performances
About the Host
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 and summer workshops for youth both onsite and in 5 SFUSD, and performance development classes, workshops and Performance Initiatives. 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. In 2020, Stephanie initiated MarshStream. She is currently at work developing her opera, Aphrodisia, with dancer, Wei Wang.