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Sep 30, 2019,
San Rafael
AlterTheater Welcomes New Staff Member


Press Release Description


October 1, 2019



Marketing Director:

Jeanette Harrison:



AlterTheater celebrates its quinceañera season, 

expanding company with new Producing Artistic Director

October 1, 2019—AlterTheater gears up to celebrate its quinceñera season. First up, to help guide the company in its celebrations and program expansions, AlterTheater announces a new position: its first-ever Producing Artistic Director, to help position and lead the company in its next 15 years of success and community involvement.


Following a national search, San Francisco State graduate and experienced Bay Area theater professional  Alicia Coombes has been named Producing Artistic Director.


“I’m so excited to be working with Alicia,” says Artistic Director and co-founder Jeanette Harrison. “With Alicia’s guidance, AlterTheater will continue producing contemporary work in downtown San Rafael and in partnership with other groups. Meanwhile, I’ll continue to run the new play development program, and focus on fundraising and right-sizing the organization, getting us ready for the next 15 years. For all of us at AlterTheater, as we look toward the future, we’ll continue supporting storytelling that includes all members of our community, and look to do that in the best way possible for both artists and audiences.”


"Under Jeanette\'s leadership, AlterTheater has built a foundation of artist-led and ground-breaking theater,” Coombes says. “As we continue to explore ways to create opportunities for both established and promising artists in the Bay Area, I\'m excited about the possibilities of building on this ensemble\'s history in the innovative, inclusive, and courageous way in which it was begun. It\'s such an honor to be a part of the future of this organization!"



The company’s 2019/2020 season continues this winter with the world premiere of AlterLab-developed new play GHOSTS OF BOGOTÁ by Diana Burbano, which has already won the Rella Lossy Award, and concludes with a touring production of PURE NATIVE by Vickie Ramirez. Its first show, CIRCULAR by Laura Shamas, played in both San Rafael and San Francisco, in partnership with A.C.T.’s ArtShare program.


GHOSTS OF BOGOTÁ will be presented in partnership with the Latino Council. “This is the first year in a while that we’ve been able to produce a 3-play season. We’re all super excited.”


AlterTheater’s work this season is made possible by a grant for GHOSTS OF BOGOTÁ by Diana Burbano from the California Arts Council, and by a grant for PURE NATIVE by the National Endowment for the Arts.


“This is the first time we’ve ever gotten both a California Arts Council grant and an NEA grant in the same season. We’re humbled and thrilled,” says Harrison. “And they’re both matching grants, so I’m going to be working very hard with our board of directors to raise the matching funds!”



Alicia Coombes is a dramaturg, director, writer, and administrator with over a decade of experience in professional theater in the Bay Area. She is currently in her fourth year at Cal Shakes as their Creative Content Manager. Prior to this, she served as the Marketing & Community Outreach Manager at Cutting Ball Theater, the Company Manager at foolsFURY, and the Literary Manager at Aurora Theatre Company. She has also worked at A.C.T., Crowded Fire, Golden Thread, Marin Theatre Company, Playwright\'s Foundation, San Francisco Playhouse, Wily West Productions, and Z Space. She holds a BA from San Francisco State University.



For the past 15 years, AlterTheater has been producing new and contemporary work in non-traditional spaces, predominantly in storefronts along San Rafael’s Fourth Street. In 2009 AlterTheater began a new play commissioning program, and in 2011 added a playwright residency program, AlterLab. AlterTheater plays and playwrights have gone on to off-Broadway and some of the largest theaters in the country. Founded on the principles of ensemble collaboration and artistic risk, AlterTheater Ensemble is committed to new works and local artists.




Contact Information
Name: Jeanette Harrison     Email:
Phone: 415-454-2787




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