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.

Education Director

Tom Wells Education Director

Tom Wells is the Founding Artistic Director of Two Pence Theatre Company (Chicago, IL.). Tom is also long time company member of Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, MA.) With Shakespeare & Company Tom was a Senior Education Artist, and mainstage actor. Tom was a 5 time director for the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, co-director of Shakespeare & Young Co., (16-20 year olds), and integral in the design of one of their most popular youth programs, Riotous Youth (7-15 year olds). He also assisted with the Shakespeare in the Courts program supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He also assisted with countless professional development workshops, as well as Shakespeare & Co.’s National Institute on Teaching Shakespeare (NEA grant recipient). A long-time member of AEA, has also performed at the Pearl Theater (NYC) and regional theaters across the country. Tom holds a BFA from Drake University, and is an Alumnus of The National Theater Institute’s Acting and Advanced Directing Programs. Other training includes The Moscow Art Theater and The Royal Shakespeare Company. Tom is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher.

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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.

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Kristin Hall Communications and Program Manager

Kristin joined the SF Shakes team to coordinate communications strategies, the Shakespeare on Tour program, and development efforts for the Festival. A lifelong Shakespeare enthusiast, she holds an M.A. in Shakespeare Studies from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. She spent five years as a staff member and teaching artist for the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse in Atlanta, GA, before moving to Texas, where she worked for the Literacy First outreach program at UT Austin. In addition to her nonprofit work, Kristin is also an award-winning performer, songwriter, and playwright.

Sachi Kobori

Sachi Nagai-Kobori Development and Marketing Associate

Sachi first encountered SF Shakes as a camp parent, when her daughter performed in her first Shakespeare play in John Hinkel Park. A Japanese Literature major at UC Berkeley who received her M.A. from the University of Michigan, Sachi is a lifelong supporter of both the literary and performance arts. In the non-profit sector, she has worked for the Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) and the Goldman Fund and Environmental Foundation. She is happy to come full circle after two decades of being a stay-at-home mom by joining the office staff at SF Shakes. Sachi is dedicated to the study of Hawai’ian dance, song and language and is a student of San Francisco’s Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu.