About Us

The Guilde of Sainte Marie was officially formed in December of 2003 with a core membership of 10 members. We wanted a place to play, and chose first the French courts of the 16th century as our medium. Our first event was Fresno City College Renaissance Faire in 2004 as the Court of King Henri III and Queen Louise, and since then we have done nothing but grow and grow stronger. Our focus is the House of Valois, and our primary courts are that of Fran├žois I (the Knight-King) and Henri III of France (the last of the Valois Kings).

We also portray the House of Tudor, both in the time of Elizabeth I and Henry VIII.

Our guilde boasts over 100+ combined years in Renaissance Faire and general acting/performing experience. We now have a strong membership of 15 dedicated and hard-working actors who strive for as close to perfection as is possible when dealing with historical reenactment. Not only do we want to portray our characters in all of their pomp, circumstance and glory, but also we want to show them as real life human beings in their element and lifestyle. We strive to portray the human-interest side of history, and while we want to teach, we want to have fun too! We are by all means not authorities in the period, but consider ourselves students and teachers as one.

Our mission

The Guilde of Sainte Marie is a not-for-profit historical reenactment society dedicated to the portrayal of noble class life in the 16th Century during the height of the Renaissance Period. Whether performing as a French or English noble court, we strive to maintain historical accuracy in our characterization, our set, our costumes, our language and our staging. Each re-creationist is important in our Guilde, from the royal household to the guard to the courtier to the monarch. As in the time period, each would not exist without the other, and each thrives of the other. We are a family on and off-stage.

Our Board of Directors

Our strength lies in our individuality. Founded by Johnnie Bloom-Ramirez, the Guilde has grown to feature the best of the renaissance with historical garment construction, and accurate personae representation. We strive to be the best at what we do, and it shows in our performances, set, and staging.

Johnnie Bloom-Ramirez

President/Creative Director

Angela Baker

Vice-President

Barbara Miller

Secretary/Treasurer

Lacy Anderson

Membership Director