Performer Interviews, Q & A, and performance excerpts
with Marsh and MarshStream founder Stephanie Weisman

Thursday April 22, 2021 at 7:30pm PT

Wendy MacNaughton

With the onslaught of COVID, famed illustrator, Wendy MacNaughton. has made a right career turn. She is now putting her whirlwind energy into a new show, Draw Together, a digital drawing class for kids that is making huge waves and she is producing it at The SF Marsh!

Join us as we talk about this transition, her realization about how this is a way to support change and even do a drawing exercise. 

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About the Guest

Wendy MacNaughton is a NYT best-selling illustrator and graphic journalist based in San Francisco. Her books include Meanwhile in San Francisco, The City in its Own Words (Chronicle)Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology (Bloomsbury)Pen and Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them (Bloomsbury)Knives & Ink: Chefs and The Stories Behind Their Tattoos (Bloomsbury),The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and the forthcoming Leave Me Alone with the Recipes, The Life, Art and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles (Bloomsbury). Wendy is the back page columnist for California Sunday Magazine, and co-founder of  Women Who Draw.

Before all that stuff, she studied art and social work, worked as a copywriter in advertising, a campaign director for non-profits, a bookseller in a used bookstore, and a counselor on a suicide hotline. She also created the national campaign for the first democratic elections in Rwanda, health education materials for nomadic tribes in Northern Kenya, and a short film in Eastern Congo. She lives in Potrero Hill with her partner (and frequent collaborator) the writer Caroline Paul, two cats and a dog.

Press & Interviews

Meanwhile with Wendy MacNaughton, KALW, 2015 »

Illustrator Wendy MacNaughton Digs into the Bay Area’s Hidden Subcultures, KQED, 2014 »

Meanwhile in San Francisco, by Wendy MacNaughton, SF Gate, 2014 »

Bookshelf | An Illustrator Captures the Spirit of San Francisco, New York Times, 2014 »

Draw Together on YouTube

Draw Together Merch

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About the Host

Photo by: Craig Lee

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.

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