Kirsten Miller - President
Ms. Miller has been working in theatre as an actress, director and teacher for 30 years. Her passion for William Shakespeare's words have inspired her to share the experience of discovering his text to children of all ages. Her focus is to open the hearts, minds and imaginations of children through Shakespeare's stories, helping to discover their own voices, to build self-confidence and work in an ensemble. Credits and training include theatre education at the University of Southern California, the Venice Biennale's International Theater Festival Arts and Studies, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the T. Schreiber Studio of New York.
Heidi Wiltsee - Secretary
Heidi Wiltsee is a local parent and a great enthusiast for artistic expression and youth development. She has watched her son thrive in Shakespearience and is passionate about supporting its powerful impact on young people. Heidi has a degree in Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz and a Masters in Social Work from University of Michigan. She has a background in helping to run programs for non-profit youth development organizations, including a cultural center for youth arts and activism, a youth-run music label and a multicultural public charter school. By far, her very favorite job has been being a mom. Although Heidi generally enjoys being a behind-the-scenes kind of gal rather than on-stage, she someday hopes to wield a broadsword.
Laurel Newby - Treasurer
Laurel Newby grew up in Mill Valley and has a background in journalism, law and education. She worked as a writer and senior editor for American Lawyer Media, and has extensive volunteer experience at educational nonprofits including 826 Valencia, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, and the Mill Valley School District. She has a degree in English Literature from Dartmouth College and a JD from Harvard Law School. She is thrilled to support Shakespearience as a board member after seeing the magic the program has worked in the lives of both her children and in the community.