Dear Masquers Family,
I am humbled and honored to take on this new leadership role at our beloved Masquers Playhouse. I would be amiss if I did not first herald all the work that TAS has taken on in the last few years to keep the gem of the Point relevant and present in the mind of the Bay Area Theatre world. I also wanted to acknowledge TAS and the Board for the faith that they have bestowed on me. It is also with an incredibly large warm heart that I recognize all the extraordinary hard work, sweat, and passion that Carl Smith has unselfishly provided for the last five years. Carl has maintained a love for this playhouse and has been a stalwart captain to bring our theatre back from the brink of extinction. When no one else wanted to, he stood up and took on the daunting task to repair and refurbish our theatre. Carl, I respect you and am grateful for all the work and the great place you leave the theatre for me to inherit. Them’s big shoes to fill.
I am excited to be with you all and bring us into the next chapter of the rich Masquers legacy. We then kick off the 2022 Season with our 300th production, the clever and wildly inventive As You Like It. Our creative and capable director, Rice Majors, has created a revisioning of the classic Shakespeare comedy set in the 1968 San Francisco Summer of Love with original music and plenty of psychedelic tones. The rest of the season is equally exciting with new faces as directors, performers, and artists coming into our house. We are back, and we want the membership, the community, and the larger Bay Area Theatre world to know about this gem at the Point.
For those of you whom I have never met, I do look forward to meeting you and getting to know about you and your relationship with the theatre. Let me take a few minutes to introduce myself to you and the experiences I bring to this role. I am a proud Bay Area native, raised in Castro Valley, and now living in Oakland. Professionally, I am a licensed psychotherapist who has been working in community-based mental health for over twenty years. I have provided direct service to kids, teens, adults, couples, families, and groups in a number of settings. The pertinent part of my professional life is that I have been involved in not-for-profit agencies at a variety of levels – manager, director, administrator. My passion for the last 16 years has been theatre. I have been so fortunate to have appeared in over 60 shows in the Bay Area. I have had experience as a director, as a playwright, as a Board Member, and as a Company Member for a wide variety of theatres. At the Masquers, my first show was The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (thank you to my friend and mentor John Maio) and I was honored to direct The Laramie Project and Expecting Isabel a few years back.
My mission and vision are simple. This theatre is our theatre. My goal is to work beside all of you who make up Masquers Playhouse. It is to broaden our reach into the communities we serve so that we better represent the stories and people who make up our community. It is to expand our offerings and programs so that it is current and keep our theatre contemporary and relevant. It is to bring new and fresh faces into our audiences and onto our stage, and benefactors who believe in our Playhouse and can support us financially. And to bring joy back to the stage, for everyone involved.
Thank you for this opportunity. Let your voices be heard. And welcome back to the theatre.