WEST COAST ARTS FOUNDATION
Founder and Director
See Marin Independent Journal article
Margot is a Director, Choreographer and Independent Filmmaker and a thirty year veteran of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and The Screen Actors Guild (SAG).
She has won national acclaim as a director and choreographer. She is the Founding Director and president of West Coast Arts. Ms. Jones has received grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, The San Francisco Foundation, The George Balanchine Trust, The Rita & Leonard Sperry Foundation and the E.L. Weigand Foundation.
West Coast Arts Foundation, founded in 1998 is a non profit, tax Exempt Corporation dedicated to the production of artistic projects. WCAF provides a community resource for adults and young artists from families and schools that cannot provide enrichment programs, i.e. film, video, the performing arts (theater, dance and music) workshops, concerts and rehearsal space for various community activities. A percentage of WCAF’S funds are placed in its scholarship/apprentice reward program. Honorees are presented in concert and awarded a gift at the end of each fiscal year. West Coast Arts Foundation has received support from: The Nevada, E. L. Wiegrand Foundation, Bank of America, Tiburon Branch, CitiBank San Rafael Branch, Channel 55 New York, The Marin Community Foundation, Larry and Laurie Klein, Richard J. Davis, The Fred Gillert Family Foundation and local businesses in our Community.
Jeanette Harrison of Alter Theater
SINCE 2015, WCAF HAS BEEN HONORED TO HAVE SUPPORT FROM GEORGE. GEORGE STARTED HIS CAREER IN BACKSTAGE MANAGEMENT IN 2014 AS A CO-STUDENT BACKSTAGE MANAGER AT SAN DOMENICO SCHOOL. EVER SINCE THEN, HE HAS WORKED ON THEATRES ACROSS CALIFORNIA WORKING WITH LIGHTS, SOUND, STAGE DIRECTION AND MUCH MORE. HE CURRENTLY ATTENDS HIGH SCHOOL IN NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA AND HELPS WITH HIS SCHOOLS THEATRE AS MUCH AS HE CAN. HE IS A PASSIONATE SAILOR AND A PART TIME INSTRUCTOR FOR THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA'S NEWPORT SEA BASE.
SINCE STARTING HIS CAREER AT WCAF, HE HAS LEAD THE THEATRE THROUGH AN EXTENSIVE UPDATE ON TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT AND CONTINUALLY WORKING TOWARD A MORE MODERN TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY EXPERIENCE FOR ALL GUESTS AND EVENTS.
Performance Program Coordinator
Contact Gini through her web site www.chamberjazz.com
Gini Wilson, called The Duchess, is well known in San Francisco and the Bay Area as a first class jazz pianist and entertainer. Her new cabaret show, From Bach to Bebop, An Evening of Jazz and Wisecracks, met with acclaim from audiences and critics alike. She is also known for concert erformances and has appeared in jazz festivals including Jazz by the Bay; Jazz in Jackson Hole, Wyo. and the San Miguel de Allende International Festival in Mexico. Her latest CD "Left Coast Local Time", duo piano and bass, introduces a new conception of jazz which she calls Chamber Jazz. She can often be heard on NPR Radio as house pianist for "West Coast Live", where she is known for her irreverent sense of humor. Gini has also acted as music director and performer at clubs such as STARS San Francisco, Moose's, and One Market. Gini was also music director for the documentary film "Encore for Ruby", produced by Margot Jones and recently seen on PBS television stations nationwide. "(at STARS San Francisco) ... you'll get a dose of Gini's fantastic piano playing ... she has charm, a sense of humor, and also the technique of a classical pianist which shines through ... What talent ! "
JazzNow Magazine May 1999
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS!
Nina Wise of In Motion Theater
We are an affordable venue for your workshops, productions, special events, and much more! Currently using our venue are In-Motion, Alter Theater, and renowned The Mountain Play and Marin Improv
BUFFY FORD STEWART
Buffy has a long list of credits that include her singing, dancing, acting, motion picture and television writing as well as her poetry. She began at an early age appearing in Summer stock in Sacramento as well as numerous productions at the Festival Theater in San Anselmo and the Sausalito Little Theater. Her musical career spans from her early days as a member of the Young Americans touring with Johnny Mathis. She has also sung with Carole King, Janis Joplin, Andy Williams, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, John Denver as well as her husband of thirty years, song writer John Stewart.
Some of her recording include Signals through the Glass, Hearts Together and The Essential John and Buffy. In the late sixties Buffy and John joined Robert Kennedy on his ill fated campaign for the Presidency. She has recently published her first book of sketches and poetry "Angel Rain".
Currently Buffy is working on several projects for television and motion pictures with her partner Nirmaia Heriza. Buffy and John live in Northern California with there dogs PeeWee and Shirley, and their cat Cosmos. Their son, Luke, is a Martial Arts champion and lives in San Francisco.
GEORGE E. REINHARDT IV
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Terry McGovern of Actors Workshop
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