By Linda Ayres-Frederick and Dale Albright
The San Francisco theatre community has suffered an irreplaceable loss with the passing of Joe Weatherby, actor, director, writer, producer and all-around good guy. Born on June 28, 1946 in Nova Scotia, Joe “shuffled off this mortal coil” on February 6, 2016. Joe truly loved live theatre, from the inside as much as from the outside. He would often travel to New York or London and see as many shows as he could, sometimes seeing two (or more) performances in a single day. He was a fine writer and his plays were always well received, also an excellent director who showed great insight into whatever scripts came his way, while always taking very great care of his actors. Anyone who had the great good fortune to be his friend can attest to what a wonderful, generous and fun-loving friend he was.
Joe also served the art community with his business Taxes4Artists. Additionally, he founded a continuing education program at Kaiser to improve communications between doctors, their patients and their colleagues. Born Joseph Anthony Weatherby, he held a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Central Michigan University. Joe is survived by his sisters, Jeannie, Veronica and Nia, brothers Al, Bruce and Frank, many nieces, nephews and a host of loving friends. He will be sorely missed.
Theatre Bay Area is especially deeply indebted to Joe for his contributions to our community with his yearly tax workshop for artists, which he led for over 15 years, as well as numerous sessions for ATLAS participants. His knowledge and willingness to work with our community to “translate” such important financial information had an indelible impact on the lives of many artists.
A memorial celebration of his life will be held at the Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason Street (at Geary), Sixth Floor, SF 94102 on February 14, 2016 at 3pm. Please RSVP to Lbaf23@aol.com.