Marin Theatre Company

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The Marin Theatre Company (MTC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and professional regional theater located in Mill Valley, California. Jasson Minadakis is the company's Artistic Director[1] and Michael Barker its Managing Director.[2]

Reaching an annual audience of approximately 35,000 people, MTC offers a season of six mainstage productions that runs annually from August to June in its 231-seat Boyer Theatre.[3] Recent notable productions since 2010 include the Bay Area premiere of Matthew Lopez's The Whipping Man, the 10th Anniversary revival of Suzan-Lori Parks's Pulitzer Prize for Drama-winning Topdog/Underdog, the Bay Area premiere of Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation, the West Coast premiere of Keith Huff's A Steady Rain, the world premiere of Steve Yockey's Bellwether, the world premiere of Libby Appel's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, the world premiere of Bill Cain's 2011 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award[4] -winning 9 Circles, the West Coast premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's In the Red & Brown Water, and the Bay Area premiere of Bill Cain's 2010 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award[5] -winning Equivocation.[6]

MTC is committed to the development and production of new plays by American playwrights, with a comprehensive New Play Program that includes world and regional premieres each season, two nationally recognized annual playwriting awards, new play readings and workshops by the nation’s best emerging playwrights and a National New Play Network Playwright in Residence.[7]

MTC offers theater experiences and education programs for youth and teens, including a partnership to present productions by the Bay Area Children's Theatre, student matinees to mainstage shows, a traveling School Tour of theater for young audiences, the Marin Young Playwrights Festival, afterschool classes, classroom workshops, summer camps and more. Approximately 6,000 students from over 40 Bay Area schools participate in our education programs each year.[8]

History[edit]

Marin Theatre Company (MTC) was founded in 1966 when 35 Mill Valley residents came together under the leadership of Sali Lieberman[9] to create the Mill Valley Center for the Performing Arts (MVCPA). The nonprofit organization brought arts as diverse as film, theater, poetry, dance and concerts of classical, jazz and folk music to Marin County for a decade. After a number of successful community theater productions, MVCPA began to exclusively produce and present theater performances in 1977.[10]

The small group overcame many challenges to put on critically acclaimed, award-winning plays in a golf clubhouse, a veterans’ auditorium and several schools and parks. To acknowledge the organization’s specialization in theater arts and expanded regional focus, MVCPA changed its name to Marin Theatre Company in 1984. This marked the beginning of a period of extraordinary growth. By 1987, MTC had become a professional theater company, opening its own theater complex with onsite administrative offices and joining with other local theaters to negotiate the first regional equity contract in the Bay Area. Since then, MTC began a new play program to support emerging American playwrights, launching a New Works developmental workshop and public reading series in 2004 and establishing two new play prizes in 2007. MTC joined the League of Resident Theatres[11] and National New Play Network.[12] in 2008.[13] Most recently, MTC has invested in its production staff and assets, including the 2011 opening of a new 5,500 sq. ft scene shop facility on the Oakland/Emeryville, California border.[14]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Wood, Jim (April 2009). "Jasson Minadakis: Marin Theatre Company's young artistic director has big plans". Marin Magazine. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Hurwitt, Sam (2013-03-28). "MTC's new director Barker looks to expand theater artistically, financially". Marin IJ. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Current Season | Marin Theatre Company". Marin Theatre Company Official Website. self-published. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bill Cain receives $25,000 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for 2011; $7,500 citations for Kathryn Grant and David Bar Katz". American Theatre Critics Association Official Website. self-published. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "CAIN WINS 2010 STEINBERG/ATCA AWARD — MARGULIES AND ZACARÍAS ALSO CITED". American Theatre Critics Association Official Website. self-published. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Production History | Marin Theatre Company". Marin Theatre Company Official Website. self-published. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "New Play Program | Marin Theatre Company". Marin Theatre Company Official Website. self-published. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Education | Marin Theatre Company". Marin Theatre Company Official Website. self-published. 
  9. ^ "Milley Awards of Mill Valley: Sali Lieberman and Vera Schultz Biographies". Milley Awards of Mill Valley Official Website. self-published. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "History | Marin Theatre Company". Marin Theatre Company Official Website. self-published. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "List of LORT Member Theatres". League of Resident Theatres Official Website. self-published. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "NNPN Member Theater Listings". National New Play Network Official Website. self-published. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "History | Marin Theatre Company". Marin Theatre Company Official Website. self-published. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  14. ^ Libertore, Paul (08/04/2011). "Marin Theatre Company bucks trend, does boffo box office". Marin IJ. Retrieved 18 April 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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