FOUNDER OF CERIMON HOUSE
[BOARD MEMBER SINCE 2009]
Randall Stuart founded Cerimon House in 2009, and leads the organizations’ cultural art and humanities programming, as well as the ongoing restoration of its home campus, the former Alberta Lodge in the heart of the Alberta Arts District in Portland. Concurrently, Mr. Stuart balances a life in the arts as producer, director, playwright, and teacher, and his work has spanned 40 years with repertory theaters, opera companies, and Shakespeare festivals. He trained at the American Conservatory Theater [’74-‘79] and has spent the intervening years as a visiting theatre professor at institutions of higher learning and graduate programs, including returning to his alma mater A.C.T. as a teacher and director in the Advanced Training Program [’91-’94 & ’05.] Other theatre companies include Berkeley Rep, Portland Rep, Artists Rep, ACT (Seattle), Santa Cruz Shakespeare Festival, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Randall’s various activities as a citizen, producer, and activist include: the founding and building of Cerimon House in Portland, being a member of the strategic team during the construction of the senior living center Rhoda Goldman Plaza in San Francisco, and serving on the creative team of Oakland’s Family Paths, a social service organization, co-producing and directing their large-scale benefit at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. His work on other cultural benefit events include: directing the 2003 Bay Area Theater Critics Award-winning version of the international peace event Lysistrata Project featuring a cast of 100 actors at Berkeley Repertory Theater; a founding member of the Daedalus Project at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; serving as the staging director for the Macy’s Passport benefit for several years, and creating The Evening Watch in 2018, a cultural initiative of Cerimon House. Randall is a fifth generation San Franciscan, a life-long student of philosophy and thanatology, and founded Cerimon House to honor his mentors: courageous humanitarians and educators who toiled to make the planet an increasingly civilized and altruistic place.