Spare Stage produces plays that provide a dynamic balance between actor, director, and playwright. We favor eloquent language and elegant simplicity in staging. We nurture creative ensemble, and invite you to join us in exploring complex ideas on a Spare Stage.
Spare Stage was founded in 2007 and is a San Francisco-based 501c(3) nonprofit organization.
Laylah Muran de Assereto (Artistic Director)
Laylah is a San Francisco area playwright, actor, director, and producer. From 2008-2014 she produced the annual short play festival “Sheherezade,” which received a TBA nomination for Outstanding Anthology for 2014. Spare Stage audiences saw her perform Celia in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads: The Hand of God. Her short play Shaving Bees will be included in “Playoffs 2017” (PCSF) and her one-act Under the Milky Way in the Light of Day will be included in SF Olympians VIII. In 2015 she was one of the contributing playwrights to Wily West Production’s I Saw It. Her play Fortress Found was part of the SF Olympians Festival VI. Her short plays, Anonymous Me, Jain, and Cash for Capes were included in Wily West’s TBA Outstanding Anthology-nominated “Superheroes”. She has directed for “Sheherezade 12 & 15 (TBA winner), Playoffs 2016 (TBA nominated) PCSFs Reading Series, Southern Railroad Theatre’s “I Do Declare” series, and Repro Rights! Women @ Risk (2015), The Body Politic (2016), and Radical Hope (2017). Laylah studied theatre at SF School of the Arts, and ACT Studio, City College of San Francisco, and with Stephen Drewes (from 1993-2007). For a full listing of her credits click here.
Jason Jeremy is an actor and sound designer, getting his start in radio plays in his teen years as a sound engineer for KOPN Radio’s Lullaby of Broadway, Inside Radio kids’ workshops, and the annual Midwest Radio Theater Workshop. Most recently, Jason designed sound for Ex Nihilo’s six-part radio play series Terra Incognita, which was recorded live at Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland, and for Wily West’s productions of Unhinged and Drowning Kate. Jason performed in PCSF’s annual short play festival “Sheherezade” from 2006 through 2009 and 2014, and he designed sound for “Sheherezade” in 2010 and 2012. He is a founding member of Wily West Productions and performed numerous roles for them including Pingta in The Widow West, The Mighty Magora in Maidrid’s Bow, Cosimo in Zero Hour, and various roles in San Francisco Stories and I Saw It. Jason played Matthew in Spare Stage’s production of Private Eyes, and Reese in the New Conservatory Theatre Center’s The War at Home.
Amanda Lee (Dramaturg)
I am thrilled to be a part of an ensemble group creating theatre from the bare stage up! Born in England, I grew up on the East Coast and have been a West Coast transplant for 26 years—San Francisco is where my creative heart lives. I believe passionately in theatre being the crucible for many different voices and stories, and I look forward to sharing Spare Stage’s projects with you. I find theatre to the perfect intersection for my interests and skills—I am an actor (recently seen in the Playwrights Center 2016 Playoffs-Short Play Festival); a dramaturg (for Golden Thread Productions 2015 ReOrient Festival, and several one-person shows); a published photographer (but mostly taking photos of my dog and clouds right now!); a film buff (especially French film noir and anything by Werner Herzog); a researcher (I will literally look up anything and everything, including the kitchen sink), and recently, I just wrote my first play, Waiting for Van Gogh. Other theatrical activities include reading new, unproduced plays for several literary committees, including the Magic and The Playwrights Foundation. I received my MA in Theatre from SF State, with a BA in English, and a minor in Women’s Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, and I am a member of LMDA (Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America). As always, my beloved acting teacher, Linda Lowry, who taught me so much truth about who I am, will always be a part of my artistic journey.
Quinn J. Whitaker studied theatre design and production at Oakland School of the Arts with a concentration in Lighting Design and Stage Management. She attended Barnard College in New York City during which time she served as the Lighting Design and Stage Manager for Columbia University Event Management and the Columbia University Musical Theatre Society. She also worked as a technician for the International Architectural Lighting Design Awards and Ellie Charles Awards. Quinn was the lead designer and production manager for PCSF’s Sheherezades 10-14. She was a designer, production manager and producer for Wily West from 2010 through 2014, including award nominated productions of “Superheroes“, Everybody Here Says Hello, and Gorgeous Hussy.
Board of Directors
Laylah Muran de Assereto, Chair
Luana Hernandez, Treasurer
Quinn Whitaker, Secretary
(open position), Development Director
email laylah at sparestage dot com if you are interested in serving on the board