Maggie Yates

Maggie Yates

Maggie Yates is a writer, editor, and theatre artist. She has a BA in theatre and performance studies from UC Berkeley and an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco. She works for Out of the Box Theatre Company in Santa Barbara, and is a production associate for the annual On The Verge Theatre Festival. She previously worked with The Shotgun Players at the Ashby Stage in Berkeley.

Maggie is an editor for Rocky Nook Inc. She is a theatre critic and arts writer for and the Santa Barbara Independent.



BWW Preview: GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT at Out Of The Box Theatre CompanyBWW Preview: GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT at Out Of The Box Theatre Company
Posted: Apr. 2, 2018

BWW Review: THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE at Ensemble Theatre CompanyBWW Review: THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE at Ensemble Theatre Company
Posted: Dec. 14, 2018

BWW Previews: NEWSIES at Dos Pueblos Theatre CompanyBWW Previews: NEWSIES at Dos Pueblos Theatre Company
Posted: Apr. 1, 2018

BWW Review: NEW WORKS LAB at UCB Department Of TheatreBWW Review: NEW WORKS LAB at UCB Department Of Theatre
Posted: May. 25, 2018

Posted: Dec. 4, 2018

BWW Review: OUTLAW at Center Stage TheaterBWW Review: OUTLAW at Center Stage Theater
Posted: May. 9, 2018

THE CITY OF CONVERSATION at Ensemble Theatre CompanyTHE CITY OF CONVERSATION at Ensemble Theatre Company
Posted: Feb. 6, 2018

BWW Review: THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE at Ensemble Theatre Company
December 14, 2018

Ensemble Theatre Company's production of The Legend of Georgia McBride, directed by Jenny Sullivan, avoids the landmines. It's neither preachy nor offensive, and it tells a story of redemption that's timely, socially relevant, and charming. The show takes place over the period of a year, starting and ending around Christmas, an appropriate staging choice for a piece with such a clear connection to the general themes of the yuletide season. Georgia McBride is about family, forgiveness, celebration, and general joy to the world.

December 4, 2018

For Ensemble's upcoming extravaganza, 'The Legend of Georgia McBride' (by Matthew Lopez, directed by Jenny Sullivan), actors Stephen Spencer and Bill Brochtrup have stepped up to the challenge of transforming into drag queens. The play follows Elvis impersonator Casey (Spencer), who gets fired from his gig at a Florida bar to make room for the newest entertainment sensation, a drag show starring Miss Tracey Mills (Brochtrup). With a pregnant wife at home, Casey has to adapt or find another job, so he tries his hand at female impersonation.

BWW Previews: VANITY FAIR at UCSB Department Of Theater And Dance
November 10, 2018

Based on William Makepeace Thackery's mid-19th century novel, Vanity Fair follows the adventures in adulthood of two young women from different backgrounds. Whereas Amelia comes from a wealthy family, her friend Becky has learned to depend on charm and wiles to secure a comfortable future. Becky tries to snag a rich husband before a less-than-glamorous destiny as a governess comes to fruition.

BWW Previews: AMELIE: THE MUSICAL at Out Of The Box Theatre Company
November 7, 2018

After years cloistered in a backyard in the suburbs of Paris, the victim of cruel jokes by local children and the over-attentive smothering of his landlord/guardian, one intrepid lawn gnome has set off for adventure. Keep your eyes open downtown: you'll see him trying the various wine, cheese, and patisserie offerings of our petite Riviera by the Pacific. Cheerful and charming, he adds a hint of whimsy to anyone's Instagram feed. You can also see his stage debut (playing himself) in Out of the Box Theatre Company's upcoming musical, Amelie, at Center Stage Theater from November 9-18.

BWW Review: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE at Westmont Theatre Department
October 27, 2018

Hamill's Pride and Prejudicecreates the bridge that connects the nuanced tropes of Austen's 19th-century feminism to the conversations about gender equalityhappening currently. Westmont's production was a refreshingly fierce look at the symptoms of the gender power imbalance that are still festering in today's culture.

BWW Review: HAMLET at Naked Shakes--UCSB
October 23, 2018

Hamlet's father, the King of Denmark is murdered by his brother, Claudius (Jarred Web), who then marries Hamlet's mother, Queen Gertrude (Olivia Rose Nathan), and takes the throne. No one suspects foul play except Prince Hamlet (Tadja Enos), who senses something rotten in the state of Denmark. His fears are validated when his father's ghost spurs him to avenge his untimely death. Hamlet takes up the mantle of vengeance with single-minded focus, sacrificing relationships along the way.

BWW Previews: AS YOU LIKE IT at Manning Park
October 10, 2018

This weekend, Santa Barbara Shakespeare presents 'As You Like It,' a Shakespearian gender-bent forest frolic, in Montecito's Manning Park. Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine, and join SB Shakes in the Forest of Arden to experience the revelry of one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies.

BWW Previews: THE SCHOOL FOR LIES at Ensemble Theatre Company
October 2, 2018

Ensemble Theatre Company Celebrates a 40-year Milestone, Kicks off Season with David Ives' 'The School for Lies.'

BWW Preview: WOMEN FORWARD: 2 PLAYS at Center Stage Theater
September 4, 2018

Two Santa Barbara theatre companies have joined forces to produce WOMEN FORWARD, two plays in rep that celebrate the lives of strong, intelligent women. This dual production, created in collaboration between DramaDogs, A Theater Company and Dogstar Theater Company, includes Edward Albee's drama THREE TALL WOMEN and Peter Shaffer's comedy, LETTICE AND LOVAGE. Both plays, produced in rep, focus on the empowerment of the female-not in response to male animosity, but as a function of the natural female experience. Directed by DramaDogs' Ken Gilbert and Dogstar's Nita June Davanzo, these two companies will share the stage at Center Stage Theater September 7th-16th.

June 4, 2018

This music-infused interpretation of the Alberta Hunter's life is a true American rags-to-riches success story. Hunter, a jazz and blues singer, achieved critical and commercial acclaim in the 1920s-50s. In the late 1950s, she abruptly abandoned music to become a nurse. Several decades later, Hunter retired from nursing and returned to the stage for a two-week engagement at renowned New York blues bar, The Cookery. At age 82, this jazz legend rekindled the public's love for her powerful voice and spirit-her two-week stint at the Greenwich Village nightclub stretched into a multi-year, late-in-life comeback.

BWW Review: NEW WORKS LAB at UCB Department Of Theatre
May 25, 2018

The year-end New Works Lab at UCSB, which challenges students to write, direct, design, and perform short plays, gives students a chance to experiment with form, style, and collaboration. This year's plays offered comedy, drama, and an excursion into the absurd, while expressing insecurities about the future on both a personal and global level.

BWW Review: OUTLAW at Center Stage Theater
May 9, 2018

Christie's presentation is a colorful, and at times poignant, journey through personal memoir; his gruff-but-likeable stage presence and interesting story make for a thought-provoking evening in the theater. It's a casual style of performance, with a minimal use of traditional theatrical conventions, for an effect of live, un-cut documentary. Christie is an engaging speaker with good material from a life lived on the fringe.

BWW Previews: THE INVISIBLE HAND at Ensemble Theatre Company
April 10, 2018

The Invisible Handplays out events in a market atmosphere without stringent guidelines, in which capitalism can run amuck. 'Pakistan is the wild west,' says Tufts. 'How will capitalism thrive in an unregulated environment? It thrives with enormous consequence.' Directed by Jonathan Fox, The Invisible Handalso stars Mujahid Abdul-Rashid and Sarang Sharma. This Southern California premiere runs at the New Vic Theater April 12-April 29th, and then moves to the English Theater Frankfurt in May.

BWW Preview: GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT at Out Of The Box Theatre Company
April 2, 2018

Punk's not dead! So says Out of the Box Theater Company, who brings Green Day's American Idiot to Center Stage Theater April 6-15.

BWW Previews: NEWSIES at Dos Pueblos Theatre Company
April 1, 2018

High school theater programs are faced with an interesting set of challenges that professional or community theatre companies don't necessarily experience. The age and commensurate maturity of the student actors limits the type of works that can be meaningfully and effectively produced, and there's the practical consideration of aligning the choice of production with the available student population, whether that be an overabundance or dearth of performers. Beyond that, program directors are also educators, thus beholden to the cultural regulations of the school's environment. Finding a quality play that meets these requirements can be challenging, and often the options are 'experienced' classics that have little situational relateability to a cast born in the new millennia.

March 10, 2018

Alan Ayckbourne's 'Communicating Doors,' produced by the SBCC Theatre Group, follows Poopay (Felicia Hall), a blue-collar London dominatrix who shows up at a luxury hotel to service wealthy business mogul, Reece (Matt Smith), but instead gets pressured into witnessing his deathbed confession of embezzlement and murder. On the run from Reece's homicidal business partner, Julian (George Coe), who isn't keen on being outed for his part in the murder of Reece's two deceased wives, Ruella (Leslie Gangle Howe) and Jessica (Brittany Harter), Poopay hides in a hotel closet. The closet houses a time portal that takes her back twenty years to the night of Ruella's murder, in the very same hotel suite. Poopay and Ruella team up to prevent the murder, thus changing the past and altering the future for everyone.

THE CITY OF CONVERSATION at Ensemble Theatre Company
February 6, 2018

In an era defined by a population split by divergent ideologies and heated, propagandistic rhetoric, in which productive discussion about political issues seems impossible, Ensemble presents Anthony Giardina's 'City of Conversation,' a play that brings both sides of the political agenda to the dinner table.

BWW Previews: TRUMP: A ONE MAN SHOW at Center Stage Theater
January 10, 2018

Trump: A One Man Show runs at Center Stage for one nigh only, Monday January 15th at 6:30 p.m., and also features a brief opening set by magician James Lantiegne, owner of the House of Magic Foundation of the Arts in Ventura. Don't miss this satire extravaganza; it will be a huge, huge, bigly night!

BWW Review: MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY at Ensemble Theatre Company
December 9, 2017

Ensemble's Pemberley boasts an attractive set, beautiful costumes, and a talented cast who maintain a smooth, frothy sugarplum taste throughout. But with so little at stake for over two hours and a concerning level of emphasis on a woman's place Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley seems too long and too late for audiences looking for theatre with teeth.

BWW Review: A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at UCSB Department Of Theater And Dance
November 21, 2017

Though Shakespeare and Miller wrote their plays several centuries apart, the combo is fitting both plays articulate the struggles of frustrated protagonists trying to understand their function in a shifting social scape and their priorities within dysfunctional familial relationships.