Staff

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Toby Leavitt Executive Director

Toby oversees all aspects of the Shakespeare Festival's programs. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Chicago, and received her Masters from the University of Chicago Business School in 1997. Prior to joining the Festival in 1998, she served as General Manager for Chicago's Court Theatre. She oversaw their financial growth from a $1.6 million to $2.8 million annual budget, guided the theatre in developing a 5-year strategic plan to become the National Center for Classic Theatre, and managed the ensuing strategic growth of the organization. Prior to her four years with the Court, she worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago as Senior Editor and Director of Marketing Communications. Her accomplishments in audience development have been recognized by the Arts Marketing Center of Chicago and the Marshall Fields Foundation. She has served as a management consultant for Chicago Opera Theater, the Piven Theater Workshop, and Roadworks Theater Company, and has served as a panelist for the San Francisco Art Commission's Cultural Equity Initiatives Grant program.

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Rebecca J. Ennals Artistic Director

Rebecca has been on the staff of the Shakespeare Festival since 2002 and Artistic Director since 2012. She has extensive directing, acting, and teaching experience, and holds an MFA in performance from U.C. Davis. She has taught and written curriculum at the elementary through college levels. As an actor and director, she has worked locally with Marin Theatre Company, PlayGround, Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival, Pear Theatre, Napa Valley Repertory Theatre, Peninsula Youth Theatre, Los Altos Youth Theatre and Shakespeare At Stinson. Ms. Ennals has directed eight productions for the Festival's Shakespeare On Tour in-school touring program, six productions for the Civic Arts Stage Company program in Pleasanton, and three productions for Free Shakespeare in the Park. She also regularly writes the Festival’s Green Shows and conceived and executed the 2012 pop-up Shakespeare project "30 Days of Free Shakespeare in the Parklet." Her blog can be found at sfshakes.wordpress.com.

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Phil Lowery Education Director

Phil is a director, actor, stage manager, teacher, and a proud member of the SF Shakes Resident Artist company, through which he has taught hundreds of children and teens in our Bay Area Shakespeare Camps and Tailor-Made Residencies since 2007. He has performed with Shakespeare on Tour (Macbeth) and Free Shakespeare in the Park (The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet and The Winter’s Tale), and with other Bay Area companies, including Shotgun Players, Central Works Ensemble and Lamplighters Music Theatre, where he is on staff. Phil has directed musicals, operas and operettas around the Bay Area for companies such as Altarena Playhouse, Berkeley Opera, Pocket Opera, Lyric Theatre of San Jose, and Lamplighters.

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John Western Marketing Director

John has been a fan of Free Shakespeare in the Park since its inception in 1983 with The Tempest. He is responsible for the marketing and advertising of all Festival programs. He received his B.A. from Cleveland State University and continuing education credits from the advertising program at the University of California at Berkeley's School of Extended Learning. Mr. Western has been on the Festival staff since 1998, and has ten years of experience in theater advertising and promotion, plus two years of management experience in the public relations field.

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Anne Yumi Kobori+ Education Program Manager

Anne is an actor, costume designer, playwright, and teaching artist. She has acted with SF Shakes, Silicon Valley Shakespeare, Arabian Shakespeare Festival, Amios ShotzSF, Woman's Will, Bay Area Children's Theatre, and Palo Alto Players. A Resident Artist with SF Shakes, she has worked for them in the Bay Area Shakespeare Camps, Midnight Shakespeare, and Tailor-Made Residencies, and costumed Shakespeare on Tour’s As You Like It and Hamlet. Anne is also Artistic Director of UTOPIA Theatre Project, which she founded to support emerging artists in producing theatre which inspires social change and actor-audience connection. BA Theatre Arts, Santa Clara University.

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Will Crockett Knowledge and Messaging Manager

Will manages the Festival’s efforts in audience outreach and engagement. Prior to joining the Festival, he was the Marketing Communications Manager for Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley, where he developed integrated marketing campaigns and improved subscriber retention. He has also worked as Marketing Manager for Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis, and the Director of Marketing and Communications at the College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor University.

Chris Rogers

Chris Rogers Communications Manager

Chris Rogers is a developer, editor, and enthusiast from and about the San Francisco Bay Area. He is responsible for the communication campaigns for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, creating written, video, and audio content to help make the words and themes of William Shakespeare's work accessible to everyone.

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Neal Ormond Technical Director

Neal joined SF Shakes in 2017 as our first full-time technical director and manages all things tech, including set design, fabrication, paint, transportation, and installation for SF Shakes and several of our partner organizations. He also dabbles in lighting and sound and coordinates the infrastructure of our outdoor shows. Prior to this he spent 4 years in the advertising world as Manager of Art & Technology at Publicis, though the majority of his career has been spent as an independent designer/builder, recklessly pursuing and combining the realms of mobile architecture, pyrotechnics, electric vehicles, lighting and sound design, robotics, and graphic and web design. He holds a B.A. in Design from Stanford University. Recent intelligence suggests that he may currently be developing an autonomous, 50-foot-tall, fire-breathing, disco-dancing likeness of William Shakespeare . . .

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Tin T. Le Administrative Assistant

Tin first joined the Festival as a Tour actor in Twelfth Night as Duke Orsino and Sir Toby Belch and since has fallen in love with the company and its mission. He graduated University of California, San Diego with a double B.A. in Theatre and History. He has spent most of his career working with children of all ages with organizations like the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, Spindrift School of Performing Arts in Pacifica, and the Afterschool Enrichment Programs. He is very excited to join the Festival and continue to uphold the company’s wonderful mission.