This season of gratitude, we here at We Players are grateful for so many things: we're grateful for you, our extended community of artists and audiences alike; we're grateful for the magnificent landscape where we live - for the water, the islands, the park lands, and the historic buildings that we inhabit together and activate in surprising and inspiring ways through the magic of site-integrated theatre; and we are especially grateful for our newest company member, Lauren Anne Hewitt, who has joined We Players' team as our new Managing Director. Meet Lauren Anne!
Having served in the nonprofit arts sector for over 20 years, Lauren Anne provides We Players senior administrative management. She began her career as the Director of the Jon Sims Center for the Performing Arts in San Francisco, where she founded AIRspace, a new works residency program, and later produced a new opera, Wuornos, on the main stage at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2001. As the past Development Director of Berkeley's Aurora Theatre, Lauren Anne headed up a capital campaign to fund the buildout of their Addison Street theatre and studios. As the Executive Director of EarPlay, she presented works by emerging Bay Area composers as well as established composers such as Andrew Imbrie and Lou Harrison. For nine years she served as the Managing Director of 42nd Street Moon, producing musicals and Salons from the Golden Age of Broadway, starring Broadway greats such as Rebecca Luker, Lea Delaria, and Brent Barrett. Most recently she served as the Managing Director of Berkeley Playhouse overseeing the company’s professional season and conservatory. A fourth-generation Northern Californian from the Bay Area, Lauren Anne has a BA in Theatre from San Francisco State University and a Graduate Degree in Nonprofit Arts Administration from Golden Gate University.