Friday night was an exclusive gathering at the Fountain Theatre of special patrons invited to enjoy an early performance of the world stage premiere that they helped make happen. Executive Producers of Citizen: An American Lyric and their guests were welcomed to the Fountain for a preview performance in their honor, followed by a catered reception with the artists upstairs in our cafe. It was a lively evening of thought-provoking theatre, energetic conversation, and invigorating food and drink.
Two months ago, the Executive Producers attended an exclusive reading of Citizen, the new project the Fountain was developing about race in America based on the internationally acclaimed and award-winning book by Claudia Rankine. Even in that early phase of development, those gathered recognized the urgent need for this project to blossom to fruition and offered their financial support. Their contributions were essential in guaranteeing that Citizen would be produced at the highest artistic level possible and reach a wide landscape of audiences. Thanks to the partnership made by our Executive Producers, the Fountain was able to increase its marketing and promotional campaign for Citizen, reach out to more schools and engage more students, and establish a greater range of associations with a diverse variety of organizations for the project.
The Executive Producers of Citizen are Barbara Herman, Susan Stockel, Dorothy and Stanley Wolpert, Diana Buckhantz, Marjorie Goldman, Debra Grieb and John Mickus, Karen Kondazian, Sophie and Leslie MacConnell, Brenda and Brett Marsh, Dick Motika and Jerrie Whitfield, Dr. Ejike and Mrs. Victoria Ndefo, Rita Rothman, Barbara and Barry Shaffer, and Lois Tandy.
Too often, many may view or experience the daily sickness of racism and ask themselves , “What can I do?” The Fountain Theatre and this community of extraordinary and generous people joined together as a family and made the decision to do something. For that, we are proud and will forever be grateful.
“I am so honored and excited to be a part of the Fountain Theatre family.”
The Fountain Theatre is delighted to welcome Brenda L. Marsh, C.P.A., C.F.E., as a new member to our Board of Directors. Brenda is an accountant and partner with the Los Angeles accounting firm Goren, Marcus, Masino & Marsh. She joined the firm in 1993, and became a partner January 2003. Brenda has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 1979. She has been in public accounting since 1979, including international C.P.A. firm experience. Her areas of expertise include: litigation support services, auditing, review and compilation of financial statements in a variety of industries; and corporate tax preparation.
Brenda brings years of dedicated experience in philanthropic service to the Fountain. She is committed to enriching communities and improving the lives of others and has served on the boards of charitable organizations. Brenda is married with two children and lives in Los Angeles.
“I am so honored and excited to be a part of the Fountain Theatre family,” says Brenda.
We look forward to Brenda enhancing our Board with her professional guidance and expertise, her intelligence, good humor and positive energy. Welcome, Brenda!