Noteworthy News & Upcoming Plays

Rebecca Ennals named Artistic Director of SF Shakes

The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, a venerable pillar of the local theater scene, has just announced that Rebecca Ennals will assume the newly created Artistic Director position.  Ennals, who has helmed education programs at SF Shakes for the past 10 years, will continue to work closely with Executive Director Toby Leavitt to integrate SF Shakes’ artistic and education programs and to innovate new programs, such as this year’s clever 30th anniversary event “30 Days of Free Shakespeare in the Parklets.”  Per a recent press release: “Both are deeply committed to the idea that Shakespeare’s plays are currently and universally relevant to people across the globe, and in our own communities, and that everyone should have the opportunity to experience quality theatre.”  We are excited to see what this dynamic pair of female theatrical leaders will cook up for future seasons!

Fontana Butterfield Fires Her Canon

Read actor/director Fontana Butterfield’s recent post Yeah, I Said Feminist on the Theatre Bay Area Chatterbox blog in which she details the goals and activities of the “Yeah, I Said Feminist” Theatre Salon that she founded in August 2012.  The group has met three times in the past few months, boasts more than 250 Facebook followers, and is preparing a Launch Party in January 2012!

Theatre Bay Area Hosts Diversity Symposium

Theatre Bay Area will be hosting a Diversity Symposium on December 3rd from 2-6pm at Aurora Theater in Berkeley. The event is free and you can sign up to attend here.

TBA’s event description reads:
“The Bay Area is one of the most diverse regions in the country, and yet a casual observer may not recognize that in the work we do or in the people that make up our local theatre landscape. Women are the majority of the population, but opportunities in the field (administratively and creatively) seem to be disproportionately small. Some theatremakers seem to address the ideals of diversity easily, while others struggle to even know where to begin to address it for themselves. At this half-day event, members of the community will come together to grapple with what the current ecosystem looks like, what it means for our field and what we can do about it.”

Panelists include: Aldo Billingslea (actor and educator), Deborah Cullinan (Intersection for the Arts), Brad Erickson (Theatre Bay Area) Lauren Gunderson (playwright), Jeanette Harrison (Alter Theatre), Melissa Hillman (Impact Theatre), Cindy Im (actor), Rick Lombardo (San Jose Rep), Lisa Mallette (City Lights Theatre Company of San Jose), Evren Odcikin (independent director and Golden Thread Productions), Sean San Jose (Campo Santo), Valerie Weak (actor and educator), Marissa Wolf (Crowded Fire), Christine Young (University of San Francisco), and others.

For more information, email TBA Director of Field Services Dale Albright at

WWSF recommends A Coupla Crackpot Crones

Works by Women San Francisco recommends A Coupla Crackpot Crones, a holiday-themed sketch comedy show created/performed by the awesome team of Terry Baum and Carolyn Meyers, and directed by Joan Mankin.  The show has performed at the NYC Fringe and is described by SF Weekly as “socially and politically charged theater.”  Performs December 15-30 (Saturdays @ 3pm & 8pm, Sundays @ 3pm) at Stage Werx (446 Valencia).  Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.  Click here to purchase tickets or phone 1-800-838-3006.

Images courtesy Crackpot Crones


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