The People of The Playhouse
Meet the people who make The Playhouse in San Anselmo come alive!
A theatre is just an empty room without the people who bring it life. Below are some of the people who work tirelessly to bring the magic to the stage. Whether you are a parent with an aspiring actor, a member of the company, or an audience member who applauds at curtain call you are welcome to share your experiences at The Playhouse in San Anselmo. Please feel free to give a testimonial by clicking here.
When I think back on my childhood, I think immediately of The Playhouse! It is where I made lifelong friends, cultivated confidence, and fell in love with theater in a way that has shaped my entire life. It was my second home growing up and I love it with all my heart. It is so important that we support The Playhouse so that future generations of Marin children are able to experience the joy of finding themselves through theater, creativity, and the most special community.
The Playhouse has felt like home to me since moving to Marin and I feel so honored to be a part of its amazing history of community theatre for all walks of life. The unconventional set up makes for an amazing creative space to make every production a uniquely special one. I am so grateful for the affordability, and the resources such as sound and lighting equipment that are available for us to use. My productions would not be the same without the amazing Playhouse!!
I’m blessed to have travelled all over the world performing in musicals. Living my dream as an artist is a result of the opportunities I had performing in The Playhouse.
Heather Gant Lawrence
The Playhouse is, and always will be, my second home. Throughout my time as a performer at the Playhouse, I learned many valuable lessons I put into practice in daily life. I learned to respect, support, and help others. I learned to be organized, especially with my costumes, personal belongings, and minimally messy snacks (which always consisted of water and French bread). As a Playhouse actor, I learned the necessity of planning ahead. (No actor wants to enter the stage at the wrong time, on the wrong side, in the wrong costume, holding a prop used in act 2!) With a career as a teacher, I have come to realize the most valuable lesson learned by performing at the Playhouse. Performing on the diagonal, an uncommon method of performing a show in its entirety, instilled in me the importance of making a personal connection with every person to whom I came into contact. I am, and will always be, grateful for my time at the Playhouse.
The San Anselmo Playhouse has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I am so thankful that I had the chance to make many memories on that stage and behind the scenes with life-long friends. From my very first ballet performance when I was three years old, to the countless musicals I performed on that stage with Marilyn Izdebski Productions, The Playhouse was where I grew up and found my deep-rooted passion for performing. Throughout the years, I’ve grown to appreciate those experiences that were so unique. I feel so lucky that I had the chance to find my passion for performing while taking part in community theater and dance at The Playhouse in San Anselmo.
Meet the Production Companies
These companies are frequent renters of The Playhouse. We are happy to support them by giving them space here on our site. Each company produces their own productions and manages their own box office. Links below will take you to their sites so you can learn more about each group. We welcome any company that rents our venue to submit information we can publish on our website.
To learn more about ticket purchasing for shows being presented at The Playhouse in San Anselmo please visit our Box Office page
Marin Musical Theatre Company
The Marin Musical Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) non-profit theatre company comprised of both professional and amateur performers dedicated to fostering and enriching the community through the performing arts. The mission of the Marin Musical Theatre Company is to share the love of theatre, song, and dance with the community through performances and workshops that encourage participation by people of all ages and levels of experience.
23 Elephants Theatre Company offers affordable, quality theatre education for all ages, backgrounds and experience levels, exceptional theatrical productions, and the creation of new work for both youth and adults with the goal of bringing together, challenging, inspiring and enriching the lives of the community.
Katia and Company
Katia & Company is a non-profit theatre company, which seeks to foster community through extraordinary experiences in the arts. Actors of all levels and ages are encouraged to reach their full potential, both on stage and off.
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YES Theatre began in Ross Valley in 1981. This unique award-winning program has been offering children the opportunity to participate in high quality, entertaining theatrical productions in the public schools of our community for over 30 years. YES produces full scale Broadway musicals, original works by local playwrights, children’s theater favorites, musicals, comedies, even a bit of Shakespeare. . . all starring our children! Hundreds of YES students from the Ross Valley schools each year experience first hand participation in professional-quality theatrical productions. The program offers an opportunity for students to have fun while learning new skills. Theater incorporates listening, reading, memory, teamwork, self-discipline and a host of other educational opportunities.
Founded in Marin County California in 1988 by Virginia Stapleton, the school is distinguished by its commitment to inclusiveness and respect while providing top quality performing arts training.
The Stapleton School takes immense pride in creating a community that fosters creativity and uses the arts as a vehicle to promote personal development. One of the Bay Area's largest non-profit performing arts institutions, the Stapleton School provides a nurturing and welcoming atmosphere where participants will always find a sense of community.
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