Marin Shakesepare Firm welcomes Raphael Massie as our new Creative Director.
After a nationwide search, Marin Shakespeare Firm is worked up to call Raphael Massie as its new Creative Director. Beneath Massie’s creative management, the theatre will launch its 2022 summer season season at San Rafael’s Forest Meadows Amphitheatre and proceed growth of the brand new Middle for Performing Arts, Schooling & Social Justice presently underneath building in downtown San Rafael.
Massie involves Marin Shakespeare Firm with greater than 20 years of appearing, directing, training, and literary expertise — most lately as an Creative Affiliate Oregon Shakespeare Pageant, the place he was a finalist for the Killian Directing Fellowship in 2019.
“One of many issues that excites me most about MSC is its dedication to anti-racism and social justice, significantly as a corporation based on the work of Shakespeare. His performs have had a profound affect on my profession and my life, and together with that, I perceive that they’re removed from good,” stated Massie. “Discovering a corporation that’s keen to interrogate the work with targets of hurt discount and elevated accessibility, in addition to make room for different, equally compelling work, each traditional and modern, was extraordinarily vital to me. The addition of the venue at 514 Fourth Avenue will permit us to proceed to maneuver the dialog ahead and to broaden our exploration, not solely of what ‘traditional’ means, however of what it means to be an anti-racist theatre. I can’t wait to affix with the Bay Space group on this investigation.”
Along with intensive appearing, directing, and dramaturgical work, Massie’s expertise additionally consists of serving as an Actor, Resident Artist, and Director with the Elm Shakespeare Firm and Collective Consciousness Theatre as properly college positions at Southern Connecticut State College and the Regional Middle for the Arts. He has studied and labored at Shakespeare & Firm and was awarded the Drama League of New York Classical Fellowship for Administrators of Shade in 2013. Massie earned his MFA in Theatre Apply: Staging Shakespeare from the College of Exeter within the UK and holds undergraduate levels each in Theatre and Schooling.
Massie is taking over the position after the retirement of Marin Shakespeare Firm Co-founder Robert Currier, who served as Creative Director for greater than three many years and can stay as Creative Director Emeritus and proceed to play a big half in creating the theatre firm’s new area in downtown San Rafael. Currier was the 2022 recipient of the Coronary heart of Marin Lifetime Achievement Award.
“We’re so excited to welcome Raphael to our group,” stated Co-founder and Managing Director Lesley Currier. “We had the chance to see him direct actors in a scene from Shakespeare through the interview course of, and had been extremely impressed with the ability and data he brings to share with Bay Space actors. Raphael brings new pleasure and vitality as we broaden into our new area – a spot we all know will profit the group in some ways. Though my distinctive husband and Co-Founder Robert Currier is retiring from full-time work, I’m keen and excited to proceed as Managing Director and chief fundraiser, to help Raphael’s creative imaginative and prescient in addition to our training and jail packages, and to see Marin Shakespeare develop and rework.”