A brief history of
The Curtain Theatre
"The Play's the Thing" in Old Mill Park, Mill Valley, CALIFORNIA
Our organization was formed by Mill Valley arts producer John Leonard, set designer Steve Coleman, and artistic director Mikel Clifford. The opening production of Shakespeare's As You Like It was staged in summer 2000 to celebrate Mill Valley's centennial.
With sponsorship from Mill Valley Arts Commission, the Outdoor Arts Club, Parks and Recreation, and generous community donors, the Curtain Theatre has continued to produce free summer shows in the city's beautiful Old Mill Park Amphitheater.
As You Like It, 2000
Steve Coleman and Michele Delattre designing
The Tempest, 2014.
In summer 2010 the board established the Curtain Theatre as a non-profit, named after one of London’s first public theaters. Built near the Curtain Close in Shoreditch, it was described in Shakespeare’s Henry V as the “wooden O.” The Curtain was home to Shakespeare’s company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, until they constructed the Globe in 1599. Like our own Curtain Theatre, the 1577 original featured an open-air stage and a conspicuous shortage of curtains.
Though the theater’s focus is on free Shakespeare, it occasionally stretches out into other classical drama.
See the list of past productions on our ARCHIVE page.
Hot Day in Ephesus, 2009.
She Stoops to Conquer, 2001
King Stag, 2013.
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Steve Beecroft (production/board)
Peter Bradbury (dramaturge)
Steve Coleman (set design)
Michele Delattre (artistic director/board)
Pat Meier-Johnson and Russell Johnson (publicity)
Nic Meredith (asst prod/board)
Diane Pickell-Gore (stage management/board)