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Toby Leavitt (Executive Director) oversees all aspects of the Shakespeare Festival's programs (Free Shakespeare in the Park, Shakespeare On Tour, Bay Area Shakespeare Camps, and Midnight Shakespeare). 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. (Back to 'Staff List')
Rebecca Ennals headshot Rebecca Ennals (Artistic Director) has been on the staff of the Shakespeare Festival since 2002. 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, CCT-San Leandro, Pear Ave 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 and six productions for the Civic Arts Stage Company program in Pleasanton. Her blog can be found at (Back to 'Staff List')
J Western John Western (Marketing Director) 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, including Shakespeare On Tour and Bay Area Shakespeare Camps. 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. (Back to 'Staff List')

Tony Narvaez

Tonya Narvaez (Marketing and Development Assistant) is delighted to be working with SF Shakes! She previously worked with the San Francisco office of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. At a young age she felt that the performing arts were something that resonated with her personally and consequently was a Performing Arts major at CSU - Long Beach. In addition to her love of the performing arts she is also a Bay Area playwright and has written for the San Francisco Olympians Festival. In her spare time she enjoys singing and cross-stictching. (Back to 'Staff List')
Carl Holvick-Thomas, Education Program Manager Carl Holvick Thomas (Education Director) has participated in all of the various programs with SF Shakes including Free Shakespeare in the Park, Bay Area Shakespeare Camps, Shakespeare on Tour, Midnight Shakespeare, Shakespeare for All, and Tailor Made Residencies. Carl also taught theater in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa with the non-profit Dance for All. As a professional actor, Carl has worked with the Shotgun Players in Mina Morita's Great Divide, Mark Jackson's God's Plot, and Patrick Dooley’s Skylight. He has also performed with Cutting Ball Theater, San Jose Stage Company, Pacific Repertory Theater, Playwright's Foundation, Marin Shakespeare Company, Impact, Just Theatre and Word for Word. Carl earned a double B.A. degree from UC Berkeley in Theatre and Political Science.(Back to 'Staff List')
Stephen Muterspaugh, Education Program Manager Stephen Muterspaugh (Associate Artistic Director) is a Resident Teaching Artist and Education Program manager at SF Shakes, teaching the Bay Area Shakespeare Camps and Midnight Shakespeare programs, as well as directing the Shakespeare for All program in the Central Valley. He directed the 2012-13 Shakespeare on Tour production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the 2013-14 tour of Julius Caesar and looks forward to dirrecting the 2014-15 tour of As You like It. Additionally, he co-directed the 2014 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of The Taming of the Shrew. He is a graduate of PCPA Theaterfest and a proud member of Actors' Equity. (Back to 'Staff List')
Steve Mannshardt

Steve Mannshardt (Technical Director / Resident Designer) has worked in theater for the past 30 years, having joined the Festival in 2010. His regional design credits include The Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven; ACT Theatre, Seattle; American Repertory Theater, Cambridge; The Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo; Magic Theater, San Francisco; The Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena; The Weston Playhouse Theatre, Weston, Vermont; The Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver; The Centaur Theatre, Montreal; The du Maurier Theater, Toronto; and The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland. He taught lighting design at Santa Rosa Junior College for 14 years and is a guest lecturer at local universities.(Back to 'Staff List')


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