Marin Shakespeare Company
Marin Shakespeare Company seeks to achieve excellence in the staging and study of Shakespearean plays, to celebrate Shakespeare, and to serve as a cultural and educational resource for the people of Marin, the San Francisco Bay Area, and beyond. Through work on the stage, in local schools, and in California’s prisons, MSC connects people from all walks of life with Shakespeare’s presentation of the power of the human spirit.
MSC was founded in 1989, when a small troupe of Shakespeare enthusiasts sought to re-establish an outdoor summer Shakespeare festival at Dominican College’s Forest Meadows Amphitheatre. Seeking dynamic leadership, the group invited Robert and Lesley Currier to lead the effort. Since then, they have guided the Company to become one of Marin’s foremost cultural assets and a provider of year-round educational programs. As one of Marin’s most successful performing arts organizations MSC entertains audiences of up to 10,000 theatregoers, provides learning experiences for more than 5,000 students, and engages hundreds of incarcerated men and women in eight California state prisons with the joy, insight and hope of Shakespeare performance. In January of 2017, Marin Shakespeare purchased a 14,000+ square foot building at 514 Fourth Street to become a year-round home that will eventually house classrooms, storage, administrative offices, and a 165-seat Theatre. Until it can be brought up to code for public performance, Marin Shakespeare Company is using the building for classes; storage of props, costumes and other theatrical materials; meetings; rehearsals; and auditions.