Molly Noble

Actor / Director / Teacher


Molly Noble is a freelance theatre director and the founder of the award-winning Porchlight Theatre Company in Marin. She is also a contributing company director at Playground – The Bay Area’s Leading Playwright Incubator in Berkeley.

She welcomed two Bay Area Theatre Critics Awards for Porchlight productions under her tenure as Artistic Director. Molly’s freelance career as a director is based in her native California but has regional credits in Colorado and New Jersey.

  • The focus is on the power or the practice of art. Kenn Rabin’s Gymnopédie #1 (directed by Molly Noble) plays unexpected variations on Erik Satie in the key of sex between a flattered professor (Brian Herndon) and a student (Lisa Morse) with an agenda.

    Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle Gymnopédie #1 | Best of PlayGround 2009
  • The characters in “Five Women in the Same Dress” aren’t caricatures but complexly real people. The cast gets it all unassailably right — especially the finely honed Southern sense of absurdity, something that seems to elude many more experienced actors. How they do so is the wonder and magic of theater.

    Barry Willis, Marin Independent Journal Five Women Wearing the Same Dress | College of Marin
  • Based on a true story, and adroitly directed by Molly Noble… [“Pack of Lies”] is a universal story about the mutual affection of two women, despite external realities that have thrown them together.

    Barry Willis, Marin Independent Journal Pack of Lies | Ross Valley Players
  • It’s exhilarating.

    Woody Weingarten, Ross Valley Reporter Pack of Lies | Ross Valley Players
  • Ecce Homo is a charming, bittersweet vignette of a married couple preparing to give their final performance in the dying age of vaudeville that is put to pasture by the advent of talking pictures. Brian Herndon and Holli Hornlien interact beautifully in Jonathan Luskin’s perfect 10 minute play under Molly Noble’s sensitive direction.

    Kedar Adour reviews, For All Events Ecce Homo | Best of PlayGround 2011
  • COM’s director, Molly Noble, keeps the audience entranced as her ensemble rolls, falls, dances and performs exotic—and erotic—tales of ancient Baghdad.

    Lee Brady, Pacific Sun Arabian Nights | College of Marin
  • Near-perfect director Molly Noble makes even the newest actors play well together. It is a credit to Noble that the only stars onstage are the ones painted on the set. Surreal and poignant, fast and funny, this ensemble delivers charming entertainment in a season when we can let go and believe in love.

    Lee Brady, Pacific Sun Almost, Maine | College of Marin
  • The tension carries over, in a naturalistic vein, to a midnight argument over guns and safety in Malachy Walsh’s The Safety of Pools. Molly Noble’s gentle staging evokes the underlying bonds between a concerned Liam Vincent and fearful Rinabeth Apostol as exhausted new parents.

    Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle The Safety of Pools | Best of Playground 2010
  • [One] of my favorites [is] historically based, Richard Weingart’s Isle of Dogs, Part II directed by Molly Noble, a witty two-hander in which Shakespeare and Jonson meet over a pint at the local tavern.

    Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle Isle of Dogs | Best of Playground 2007
  • …five unmarried sisters spontaneously join hands and explode into a spontaneous rite of exultation and release. It is an amazing scene, and, in the hands of award-winning director Molly Noble, it is a harrowing one. For in Noble’s riveting and stark interpretation, it begins with a strangled cry and erupts into a white cloud as the sisters slap and rub their faces with flour. For one brief moment, they give in to their desires, laughing, screaming and shrieking like a pack of wild banshees in a fierce, primitive, nearly tribal danse macabre.

    Mark Langton, The Marin Independent Journal Dancing at Lughnasa | College of Marin


  • Directed by Molly Noble, “Maple and Vine” is a fascinating, funny and at moments horrific look into the workings of any cult — the fundamental premise, the attraction, and the failing.

    Barry Willis, Marin Independent Journal Maple and Vine | College of Marin
  • Director Molly Noble has assembled a stellar cast of actresses. Softly drenched in sweet nostalgia, Lughnasa is a beautiful play, beautifully executed.

    David Templeton, The Bohemian Dancing at Lughnasa | Main Stage West


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