In 1989, a small troupe of Shakespeare enthusiasts sought to reestablish an outdoor summer Shakespeare festival at Dominican College’s Forest Meadows Amphitheatre. They wanted to bring the drama, poetry and fun of Shakespeare back to Marin for all to share. Seeking dynamic leadership, the group invited Robert Currier and Lesley Schisgall Currier to come to Marin to create the new Marin Shakespeare Company.
Since then, Artistic Director Robert Currier, now the most senior Shakespearean artistic director in northern California, has guided the Company to become one of Marin’s foremost cultural assets and a beloved summertime event, as well as a provider of year-round educational programs. It has achieved status as a major player in the West Coast Shakespeare scene and is the North Bay’s only professional Shakespeare company. As one of Marin’s most successful performing arts organizations it entertains audiences of over 10,000 theatregoers, and provides learning experiences for more than 3,000 students each year through education and outreach programming.
The original Marin Shakespeare Festival, founded by John and Ann Brebner, produced outdoor Shakespearean theatre at the Ross Art and Garden Center for 6 seasons from 1961 to 1967. That year the Forest Meadows amphitheatre was built for the Shakespeare Festival where it remained until 1973. In 2001, Marin Shakespeare Company celebrated the 40th anniversary of the founding of California’s first outdoor Shakespeare festival.