Artistic Director

Christine Marshall

Christine Louise Marshall has been working with Mad Horse since 1995, and its Artistic Director since 2008. She has directed, designed, and acted in many productions over the years. She has also been a teacher and company member at Maine State Ballet for 20 years. She narrates The New Yorker's audio edition, and has narrated nearly a hundred audiobook titles. She works in an acting, directing and design capacity on many Maine-produced, plays, films and commercials. 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 performing  arts community of Maine. She lives in South Portland, within sight of the Hutchins School, with her husband Michael, who makes her life worthwhile.

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 has been a member of the Company since 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. He is proud of his involvement 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. He has since performed in numerous Mad Horse productions, including A View from the Bridge, The School for Lies, Vigils, Titus Andronicus, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Of Mice and Men, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Drunks, and Joe Egg. Joining Mad Horse as a Company member has been nothing short of incredible, and Burke is proud and honored to be part of this amazing group!

Janice Gardiner

Janice has been a Mad Horse Theatre Company member since 2010. Her roles include 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 Design, Bedroom Farce, August: Osage County, & Light Up the Sky, and AIRE's Eclipsed and Dancing at Lughnasa.

Jennifer Halm-Perazone

Jennifer joined Mad Horse Theatre Company in 2008 as a Stage Manager and Production Manager. She first discovered the exciting world of technical theatre at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois. It was there that she developed her interest in stage management. Later, she was the resident stage manager for Antrim Theater in Suffern New York. She was a member of the play reading committee, the Board of Directors and director of several one acts. She also taught acting classes for children. After moving to Maine, she continued to teach theater in after school drama clubs and at the Longcreek development center. She stage-managed Pippin for The School House Arts Center, and Steel Magnolias for the Freeport Community Players. In 2006 she 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 has stage-managed Hedda: A Re-Vision, Of Mice and Men, Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Dresser, and The Late Henry Moss, to name but a few.  She has been production manager on numerous Mad Horse shows, including A View from the Bridge, Six Degrees of Separation, and The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.

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).  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, joining an amazing group of individuals whose passion for creating theatre which examines the human experience aligns with her own.

James Herrera

James has been a Company member since 2008.  He received his BFA in Design for the Theatre from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.  After college, he worked for a number of musical tours (Me & My Girl, West Side Story) and dance companies (MullerWorks, Dance Theatre of Harlem).  He was the wigmaster for several shows at the New York Shakespeare Festival, including Hamlet with Kevin Kline and Twelfth Night with F. Murray Abraham.  A former member of TWU Local 764,  James dressed and wigged on Broadway for Jelly’s Last Jam, Inherit the Wind, Stanley, and Smokey Joe’s Cafe, among others.  In the Portland area, he has been seen onstage in Love!Valour!Compassion!, Torch Song Trilogy, and Twelfth Night. He is a member of the Maine State Ballet Company, where he has performed a variety of character roles, including the mysterious Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker. James fills a variety of roles for Mad Horse, including actor, director, and costume designer.

Chris Horton

Chris Horton has been a proud member of Mad Horse Theatre Company since 2005.  Director: Orphans; The Cryptogram; The Late Henry Moss; The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.  Actor:  School for Lies; The Clean House; Of Mice and Men; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead; Long Days Journey into the Night. He founded the Dark Night Series with Christine Marshall. Chris lives in Portland with his wife, Tootie Van Reenen, and is grateful for the opportunity to work with all the great artists in the Portland theater world.

Scott Leland

Scott is a Scenic and Sound Designer based in Portland. Past local credits include: Mad Horse Theatre Company (Vigils, Orphans, Grey Gardens), Good Theater (The Grand Manner, Clybourne Park, 4000 Miles), AIRE (Da), and PORTopera (La Boheme, Madama Butterfly). Scott has a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Southern Maine. He was previously the Assistant Technical Director for the Emery Community Arts Center in Farmington. He is honored to be part of the Mad Horse family, a place where he feels undoubtably at home.

Kat Moraros

A Company member since 2013, Kat has appeared in A View from the Bridge, The School for Lies, Titus Andronicus, and Six Degrees of Separation. She directed Ghosts of Ocean House, by Michael Kimball, as part of the BY LOCAL series. Selected work elsewhere includes: Rosalind in As You Like It (Fenix Theatre Company), Emma in CONTRACTions (Dramatic Repertory Company/PortFringe ‘14), Ruth in Tribes (Portland Stage Company), Lucy in Mr. Marmalade (MTWTFSS Theatre), Death By Design (Good Theater); Abby in PINK! (PortFringe ‘12); Macbeth, The Tempest (Freeport Shakespeare Festival); The Birthday Party (Acorn Productions); Waiting for Godot (Arts@UNE/City Theatre, dir. Sally Wood). Kat holds a BA in Acting from Bates College and completed conservatory training at the London Dramatic Academy with a focus on Shakespeare and physical theatre. Kat is also a company member with the Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Theatre Company. Visit for film credits and more; tweet @katmoraros.

Mark Rubin

Mark joined Mad Horse in 2013.  He has appeared as the Body in Vigils, Marcus in Titus Andronicus, Musa in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, and Archer in November. Mark has also worked at Good Theater (Clybourne Park, August: Osage County, Light up the Sky, Rabbit Hole, Shakepeare in Hollywood, and Enchanted April), 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 Elise, Harry and Archie for their love, support and patience.

Nicholas Schroeder

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 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!

Nate Speckman

Nate, a Portland based actor/director/sound designer, has been a Company member since 2010. He has appeared in a number of local short films and has lent his voice to several audio projects. Nate is also a co-founder of the Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Theatre Company having either directed or appeared in such shows as SEX a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs, Mr. Marmalade, The Brown Clouds of Courage: The Musical, and The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon. Past Mad Horse acting credits include The History Boys, The Dresser, Six Degrees of Separation, Spring Awakening, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Sex Drugs Rock & Roll, Titus Andronicus, The School For Lies, Orphans, and A View From The Bridge. He previously has directed Uncle Bob, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, and Vigils and will be directing the upcoming production of Kimberly Akimbo.

Tootie Van Reenen

A member of Mad Horse Theatre Company since 2005, Tootie has performed in many productions, including: The 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.

Tom Wyatt

Tom Wyatt is a light designer and cinematographer living in South Portland.  Local credits include sound designs for Longfellow: A Life in Words and Third (Portland Stage Company), light designs for The Dresser, The Goat, Spring Awakening and The School for Lies (Mad Horse Theatre Company) and cinematography for A Cycle Vicious and Control Her (Tasty Dude Films.) He recently directed his first short film, Eau de Boy: A Fragrance Suite.