Meet the Director: Mary Ann Rodgers

Mary Ann Rodgers (Director) is a Bay Area based theatre artist and teacher. She began directing at Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival with a staged reading of Rebecca J. Ennals’ Sonnets for W.H. She also directed Our Town which opened two days after the tragedy of 9/11 – a production which served as a place of healing for the local community, and a joyful production of As You Like It along the Napa River. Her Ross Valley Players directing credits include Jane Austen’s Persuasion by Jennifer Le Blanc, David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole, and A.R. Gurney’s The Cocktail Hour for which she won the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Directing. Coming up for Mary Ann are a staged reading at RVP of her play, (The Miracle of) Concepción and a revisiting of Jane Austen’s Persuasion by Jennifer Le Blanc for Livermore Shakespeare Festival. As an actor, she was last seen in Shoebox Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 142 Throckmorton as bumbling director Peter Quince, which she believes was very good casting. Her RVP acting credits include Impressionism, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Pack of Lies (BATCC Award). Favorite acting roles have always been given to her by Shakespeare – Beatrice, Emilia, Mistress Ford, and Titania. She teaches theater at The Bay School of San Francisco and loves sharing her experience of theater with the funny, creative, eager, and generous up-and-comers. As always, Mary Ann thanks her lucky stars for support given to her by her husband, actor-designer Malcolm Rodgers.


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