The Company

Brent Askari

Brent has acted in MHTC productions including The Pillowman, Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo, November, Becky Shaw, Drunks, Cloud 9, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, The History Boys, Circle Mirror Transformation, A View From The Bridge, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You.  He directed his original play Cloudhoppers and the East Coast premiere of Justin Tanner’s Voice Lessons. He is the creator of Mad Horse’s BY LOCAL reading series and runs it with company member Tootie Van Reenen. Brent has performed in numerous audio dramas and narrates the nationally syndicated television program Animal Science, which was nominated for a national Daytime Emmy Award in 2014 for Outstanding Children’s Program. He has had plays produced in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Connecticut, Maine, and Washington, DC. He was part of HBO’s New Writers Project and has been a finalist in the Samuel French Short Play Festival, Boston Theatre Marathon, Louisville 10-Minute Play Competition, the Reva Shiner Comedy Award, and the Mountain Playhouse International Comedy Playwriting Contest. He has sold several screenplays to companies including Paramount Pictures, MTV, Marvel Films, Reveille Entertainment, Our Stories Films, Artisan Entertainment, and Langley Films. He is the author of the novel Not Ready For Prime Time (Carroll&Graf) and is currently working on a new book.

Burke Brimmer

Burke joined Mad Horse Theatre as a company member in 2008. He first became involved with acting as a student at the University of Southern Maine, where he acted in Antigone, La Ronde, Purgatory, As Is, and As You Like It.  A few years later he was performing in productions with the Children’s Theatre of Maine, where he was featured in Stuart Little (both in theater and touring productions), The Crucible, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Romeo and Juliet. Burke was cast as Malcolm in the Stage at Spring Point’s inaugural production of Macbeth. He first performed with Mad Horse as a guest artist in The Bacchae, Drunks, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg and Of Mice and Men.  After joining Mad Horse, Burke was seen in The Children’s Hour, The Actor’s Nightmare, Crazy Eights, Baby Food, That Other Person, The Dresser, The Maiden’s Prayer, The Normal Heart, Midge’s Section (Sure Thing), The Late Henry Moss, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Becky Shaw, November, Titus Andronicus, The School for Lies, Vigils, A View from the Bridge, Kimberly Akimbo, Lysistrata, Trevor, Stupid F**king Bird, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.  Additionally, Burke has performed in a few local and nationally seen film and television productions, and lent his voice to a few as well.

Burke has been proud and honored to be part of this amazing group!


Jake Cote

Jake Cote - All the way from Bangor, Maine, Jake has been a company member with Mad Horse since 2016. Jake received his bachelors degree in Theatre from the University of Southern Maine in 2012. He is a frequent actor and sound designer. He loves breakfast foods, whiskey, and comic books.

Janice Gardner

Janice has been a Mad Horse Theatre Company member since 2010. Her roles include Fabiana Aziza Cunningham in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Detective Morris in The Nether, Francine in Totalitarians, Lysistrata in Lysistrata, Brooke in Other Desert Cities, Pattie in Kimberly Akimbo, the Widow in Vigils, Celimene in The School for Lies, Theresa in Circle Mirror Transformation, Becky Shaw in Becky Shaw, Dr. Emma Brookner in The Normal Heart, and Hermia Gottlieb in Dead Man's Cell Phone. She has appeared in several other area theater company productions, including Dramatic Repertory Company's Swimming in the Shallows, Good Theater's Death by DesignBedroom Farce, August: Osage County, & Light Up the Sky, and AIRE's Eclipsed and Dancing at Lughnasa. She has lent her voice to several regional commercials and radio dramas, including FinalRune’s The Cleansed and Forest Rose Productions’ A Journey with Strange Bedfellows. She has also enjoyed designing costumes for Mad Horse and The Children’s Theatre of Maine. 

Jennifer Halm-Perazone

A proud member of Mad Horse Theatre Company since 2008, Jennifer is a “backstage woman” and enjoys working as Stage Manager, Production Manager and House Manager for the company.  She first discovered the exciting world of technical theatre during college and found her calling.  She was the resident stage manager for The Antrim Players in Suffern, New York for three years.  After moving to Maine she taught theatre in after school drama clubs, at the Long Creek Youth Development Center and to homeschooled children.  She stage-managed for The School House Arts Center, the Freeport Community Players, and was a production assistant at the Portland Stage Company for I Am My Own Wife.  That experience lead her to the Mad Horse Theatre Company where she found her home. Some of her favorite production credits are: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Of Mice and Men, The Children's Hour, The Clean House, The Normal Heart, The Late Henry MossThe Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Orphans, and Lysistrata.

Marie Stewart Harmon

Marie studied with the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, and graduated from Manhattanville College in 2009 with double majors in Theatre and Communication. She has since been working professionally in Southern Maine with companies such as Portland Improv Experience (PIE), Mystery for Hire, Mainely Improv, Ellipsis Productions, and American Irish Repertory Ensemble (AIRE), Pie Man Theatre Company and is a founding member of the Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Theatre Co. When Marie is not creating theatre she can be found managing Lisa-Marie’s Made in Maine’s Portland store, helping to support local creativity and her family business. Marie is excited and honored to be part of Mad Horse Theatre Company, an amazing group of individuals whose passion for creating theatre which examines the human experience aligns with her own. She has been seen in ALLIGATOR ROAD, LYSISTRATA, DIGBY’S HOME, THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, MR. BURNS, and can often be found greeting people at the Box Office. She couldn’t do anything without the support of her personal superhero, Matthew.

Allison McCall

Allison has been a proud member of Mad Horse Theatre Co. since 2015. On stage roles with MHTC include: Carly in Reasons to be Pretty, Rachel Jackson in Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, Maria/Scratchy in Mr. Burns, Ashley in Trevor, Myrrhine in Lysistrata, and Hadia in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. She's also sometimes a stage manager or director, and a very occasional playwright (Waiting for Alice, Icarus and Daedalus). Other local credits include Good Theater (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeAct One, Becky's New Car, August: Osage County), Fenix Theatre Co. (Macbeth, As You Like It), Ziggurat Theatre Co (Fafalo!), Freeport Players (Indoor/Outdoor, The Foreigner), costume designer for Crowbait Club's King of Crows festival, numerous directing and acting work via PortFringe, and various film projects. Allison is also a founding member of MTWTFSS Theatre Co, with credits including CB's Sister in Dog Sees God, Charlie in Redacted, Narrator in Brother's Grimm Spectaculathon!, Sookie in Mr. Marmalade, among others, and is represented by Dirigo Talent Agency. She graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2011 with a BA in Theatre and Art History, and studied Theatre/Performance Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2009. By day, Allison can be found as a Theatre Educator with the Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine.

Christine Marshall 

Christine Louise Marshall has been working with Mad Horse since 1995, and served as Artistic Director from 2008-2018. She has directed, designed, and acted in numerous productions over the years. She has also been a teacher and company member at Maine State Ballet for 22 years. She narrates The New Yorker's audio edition, and has narrated more than a hundred audiobook titles. She works in an acting, directing and design capacity on many Maine-produced, plays, films and commercials, recently having directed her first film effort, PEPPERCORN HEART, which has been screened in several festivals already, after its debut in Maine's DAMNATIONLAND film festival. She has co-written and directed several PortFringe productions, including the DAVE & CHRISSY series, as well as HOW DARE YOU, SIR: A GENTLEMEN'S PANEL OF ROCK. Before moving home to Maine, Christine helped to found the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti Michigan, as well as producing several productions there, including the award-winning WILHELM REICH IN HELL. She has a degree in Theatre from Skidmore College. She is proud to be a part of the vibrant performingarts community of Maine. She lives in South Portland, within sight of the Hutchins School, with her husband Michael, who makes her life worthwhile.


Christopher Price

Christopher Price works in theater, radio and television as a director, scenic designer, actor and voice artist. In addition to productions here at Mad Horse, other local credits include work with The University of Southern Maine, Portland Stage Company, The Theater Project, The Public Theater and The Fenix Theater Company. He has narrated performances with The Portland Symphony, MPBN, The Portland Ballet and The Atlantic Chamber Orchestra and voiced numerous audio books and radio dramas. He holds a Master’s Degree from The Harvard University Graduate School of Design and lives in Portland with his wife and two daughters.


Mark Rubin - Artistic Director

Mark joined Mad Horse in 2013 and is the Artistic Director for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.  Past Mad Horse shows include One Flea SpareBloody Bloody Andrew JacksonThe Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The TotalitariansLysistrata, TrevorAlligator RoadVigilsTitus AndronicusBengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,and November. Mark has also worked at Good Theater (Act OneClybourne Park, August:Osage County, Light up the Sky, Rabbit Hole, Shakespeare in Hollywood, and Enchanted April), Fenix Theatre Company (Much Ado About Nothing), Bare Bard (Taming of the Shrew), Lorem Ipsum (Love and Information) and AIRE theater (Lonesome West, Juno and the Paycock, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Dancing at Loughnasa, and Tinker’s Wedding). He previously worked in the Washington, DC area at Arena Stage, Round House Theater, Project Y, Cherry Red Productions, and Olney Stage.  As always, he thanks Harry and Archie for their love, support and patience.

Nick Schroeder - Executive Director

Nick joined the Company in 2014.  He has acted in several Mad Horse productions, including The Normal Heart, Titus Andronicus, Grey Gardens, and Midge’s Section.  In 2015 he will be directing Other Desert Cities. Nick studied theater at Sarah Lawrence College ('06). He is also a founding member of the Portland theater collective Lorem Ipsum (Our Late Night, Ghosts, Love and Information, If We Were Birds, etc.) and has appeared with several additional production companies in Portland and New York. Nick is a journalist and editor of the Portland Phoenix, the alt-weekly newspaper, and plays baseball with the radical local baseball team the Portland Pansexuals. He was raised in Old Orchard Beach.

Reba Askari, née Short

Reba is the Theatre Artistic Director at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, where she directs young actors in five “for kids, by kids” productions per year. Reba also works on projects with local schools, bringing theatre into the classroom, and she is a regular performing artist and puppeteer in the dress up theatre. She grew up in Boothbay Harbor and graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2002 with a BA in Theatre Arts and a minor in Women’s Studies. Reba is passionate about using theatre as a vehicle to empower communities. She spent two years overseas as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, where she led workshops and trainings on theatre and development. Reba earned a Masters degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College in 2013. She has acted locally in productions with Lorem Ipsum, The Theater Project, and Mad Horse (you may remember her as Matilde in The Clean House in 2010). She has directed for the Maine Playwright’s Festival and Port Fringe. Reba joined Mad Horse’s fundraising committee last spring and chaired the spring fundraiser. She is grateful and excited to join the ensemble and looks forward to contributing to the organizations bright future!

Tootie Van Reenen

A member of Mad Horse Theatre Company since 2005, Tootie has performed in many productions, including: Kimberly Akimbo, The Last Days of Judas EscariotThe Bacchae, Drunks, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Clean House, The Dresser, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Bengal Tiger at the Bagdad Zoo. She has also performed with other theater companies in Southern Maine, including Good Theater and the Theater Project in Brunswick, and recently made her first foray into film. She worked with Brent Askari on the BY LOCAL play reading series which launched in 2013 and is currently serving on the Mad Horse Theatre Company Board of Directors. She resides in Portland with her husband, Company member Chris Horton. You might catch her knitting or crocheting backstage or serving you at the concessions booth.