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Bisceglie’s SF Follies www.sffollies.com A favorite for both locals and visitors, Bisceglie’s SF Follies takes a wicked wink at San Francisco’s past, present and future. The show pokes fun at the City’s popular landmarks, attractions, personalities, neighborhoods and events. Discover 150 years of SF’s history, secrets, scandals and urban folklore as they are revealed in this 90 minute hilarious, jaw-dropping musical revue overflowing with singing, dancing and outrageous comedy. 42nd Street Moon www.42ndstmoon.org 42nd Street Moon produces staged concert versions of rarely performed classic Broadway musicals that celebrate the 20th Century’s greatest musical theatre composers and lyricists. Abydos Theater www.abydostheater.org Abydos Theater is a home for innovative directors who have passion & command of craft to fascinate, surprise and enlighten. Abydos produce plays that affirm, enrich and delight in the director’s role, and bring outstanding, relevant theatre to a demanding SF Bay Area audience. Acro Sports/City Circus www.acrosports.org Acro Sports/City Circus is a nonprofit, pre-professional performance troupe & training program based at Acrosports in SF. This program is dedicated to enriching the lives of aspiring performers as well as the community through theatrical circus arts. AfroSolo Theatre Company www.afrosolo.org AfroSolo provides an artistic forum for the African American perspective. The award-winning AfroSolo Theatre Company exists to develop, promote and present African-American art and culture through solo performance & visual arts. Through art, they unite all ethnicities as they explore and share the unifying human spirit. American Conservatory Theater www.act-sf.org ACT nurtures the art of live theatre through dynamic productions, intensive actor training in our conservatory & an ongoing dialogue with our audience and our community. We embrace our responsibility to conserve, renew and reinvent the rich theatrical traditions that are our collective legacy, while exploring new artistic forms and new communities. We are commitment to the highest standards informs every aspect of our creative work. Ann Marie Productions www.amp-sf.org Strives to fill the theatre void with our thoughts, our bodies, our needs, & our souls. We produce original works from new San Francisco Bay Area playwrights, along with ones from noted writers. Artists Development Lab www.thelab.org The LAB is an interdisciplinary arts organization which supports the development and presentation of new visual, performing, media, sonic and literary art. We assist artists in the creation of new work and showcase work of the highest quality by emerging and underrepresented experimental artists. Of particular interest is work which crosses boundaries, encourages evolving artistic and social dialogue between artists and audiences, and develops the culture and community of the San Francisco Bay Area. Artship Foundation www.artship.org Artship offers broad access to the transforming powers of the creative process and to present new opportunities for breakthrough thinking and creative work. Asian American Theater Company www.asianamericantheater.org The Asian American Theater Company (AATC) is to connect people to Asian American culture through theater. Atmos Theatre www.atmostheatre.com AtmosTheatre is committed to bringing modern & classical theatre to the SF Bay Area and fostering opportunities for Bay Area artists. Plays are produced in nontraditional venues inspired by the outdoors or the play itself. Bringing theatre alive by actively engaging our audience in found or unusual spaces. BATS Improv www.improv.org San Francisco Bay Area’s leading improvisational theatre company presenting shows and workshops year-round. Bella Union Theatre Co. www.bellaunion.org Bella Union Theatre Co. works together to create something that none of us could create on our own. Productions are specific to our performance venue, our means, our environment, the community we serve and represent, the given circumstances of the play, & the unique blend of talents represented by the founding members. Big City Improv www.bigcityimprov.com Big City Performs every Friday Night at 10pm at The Shelton Theater 533 Sutter Street between Powell and Mason, just steps from Union Square in SF. Shows are fast-paced, un-scripted and created on the spot using audience suggestions and participation. Black Box Theatre Company www.blackboxtheatre.com The Black Box Theatre Company embraces the artistic experimentation & innovation that comes out of small itinerant theatre. Experimental new work. Innovative new forms. Captivating new ideas. Bobrow Productions www.bobrowproductions.com Writes & produces original musical entertainment for theater, corporate and special events. Boxcar Theatre www.boxcartheatre.org Boxcar Theatre is dedicated to the creation of new & adaptive works through a collaborative process. Through physical movement, dynamic imagery, and innovative storytelling, Boxcar creates an atmosphere and environment in which its audience will be engaged in a visceral sense and intellectual capacity. Brava! for Women in the Arts www.brava.org Brava! for Women in the Arts is a professional arts organization committed to producing, presenting & cultivating live art celebrating the intersection of feminism and multiculturalism that ignites social changes and builds community. Catchy Name Theatre Company www.catchynametheatre.org They deliver serious comedies, outrageous revivals, original works, dramatic shock treatments and elegant wit. Circus Center www.circuscenter.org The San Francisco School of Circus Arts is a project of Circus Center, the Pickle Circus & the San Francisco Circus. We inspire passion for circus arts through training, performance, and community outreach programs. City College of San Francisco Theatre Arts Dept. www.ccsf.edu/Departments/Theatre_Arts The Theatre Arts Department of City College offers low-cost courses in acting for stage & camera, Shakespeare, scene study, improvisation, directing, multimedia, production and costume. Play productions range from classical to cutting-edge contemporary work to student originals. Musicals and operas in collaboration with the music department complement our offerings. Everyone is eligible to enroll for classes and to audition. Climate Theater www.climatetheater.com Climate Theater is an alternative art space for developing new work and new artists. Music, film, theater, visual arts & more. Comedy on the Square www.comedyonthesquare.com Presents magic, comedy, & variety arts in an intimate theater 1 block from SF’s Union Square. We are open to all ages and pride ourselves on presenting things you are unable to see in a traditional comedy club. CounterPulse www.counterpulse.org CounterPulse provides support & low-cost resources for emerging artists, serving as an incubator space to create socially relevant, diverse, community-based art. CounterPulse houses a 1,400-square-foot studio theatre and small art gallery in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood, and is available for classes, workshops and performances in all disciplines. Cowell Theater/Fort Mason Center www.fortmason.org Offers a broad spectrum of activities in the fields of arts, education, media, humanities, environment and nonprofit services, Fort Mason Center is dedicated to attracting and maintaining a balanced program. Built to support the health and future of the Bay Area arts community, the Cowell Theater reflects in its programming the cultural diversity & multidisciplinary activity of local and national artists. Theatre, dance, video, film and music are all represented, creating an environment where artists feel respected and nurtured and audiences are challenged and entertained. Crowded Fire www.crowdedfire.org Crowded Fire is an ensemble based company and has earned a reputation for work that is innovative and genuinely “on the edge.” Originally focused on contemporary work of all kinds, in recent years the company has moved more deliberately into the development and production of new works. Cultural Odyssey www.culturalodyssey.org Cultural Odyssey supports the artistic work and vision of Rhodessa Jones and Idris Ackamoor, as well as an ancillary group of emerging, community, and established performing artists. To implement its mission, Cultural Odyssey locally premieres the original productions of Jones & Ackamoor, and presents the Cultural Odyssey Performance Series. Custom Made Theatre Co. www.custommade.org Is committed to producing plays that awaken our social conscience, focusing on the strength of the ensemble and creating an intimate theatrical experience. Staging up to six plays per season at the Custom Stage @ Off-Market, we are dedicated to bringing exciting, intelligent theatre to SOMA. Cutting Ball Theater www.cuttingball.com Cutting Ball develops productions of experimental new plays and re-versioned classics with an emphasis on language & images. Cynosure Creations www.cynosurecreations.com Cynosure Creations is an effort to promote theatre in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our aim is to provide the infrastructure to assist & nurture the growth of theatre, and encourage new talent. We focus on organizing workshops on all aspects of theatre & the related performance arts, generally culminating in a staged production. Our team comprises of creative, committed & talented professionals, who combine their training & experience with their passion for the arts to evolve our highly interactive, creatively structured workshop modules. An important goal of the organization is the promotion of theatre among children & teenagers. Dancers’ Group www.dancersgroup.org Dancers’ Group assists & supports the SF Bay Area’s dance community by creating a nexus of resources, expertise and knowledge. Advocating for the quality, visibility and vitality of Bay Area dance, we produce events, publications, and other programs and services. Deborah Slater Dance Theater www.artofthematter.org SF based Deborah Slater Dance Theater does gorgeous, acrobatic, talking dance. The company is dedicated to the creation of full-length works exploring social issues through original dance, text and music. Its nonprofit, Art of the Matter, runs Studio 210, a rehearsal and performance space & provides fiscal sponsorship. Eastenders Repertory Company www.eastenders.org Eastenders Repertory Company provides a collaborative, mentoring environment for theatre artists to produce both original & established works in repertory and to develop educational programs in theatre arts. El Gato Del Diablo Theatre www.elgatotheatre.org El Gato Del Diablo Theatre offers accessible, diverse work to adults and young audiences which celebrate the craft of theatre in its most authentic form. Ensambles Ballet Folklorico de San Francisco www.ensambles.com Mexican Folk Dance Company is dedicated to promote and teach Mexican folk & traditions through dance. Epiphany Productions Sonic Dance Theater www.epiphanydance.org Epiphany Productions is a SF based dance company that explores a theme-based interdisciplinary approach to postmodern dance & physical theatre. Exit Theatre www.theexit.org An experimental theatreplex with a bohemian cabaret atmosphere in downtown SF. EXIT Theatre also produces two annual festivals, the San Francisco Fringe Festival in September and DIVAfest in May. EXIT features the following: adjacent parking, BART and Muni within walking distance and cafe open one hour before curtain with a beer & wine bistro menu. FoolsFury Theater www.foolsfury.org FoolsFURY creates immediate physical works of theater that take full advantage of all the elements of live performance. Enough of the dreary & the tired – bring on excitement, awe and outrage. We crave thought-provoking visceral experiences that use all three dimensions, and multiple senses. Our work incorporates a wide range of arts, including physical movement, music, audience interaction, circus and dance skills. We want to push the boundaries of the theater into new and spectacular, while staying grounded in classic forms, and telling accessible, timeless, stories. Goat Hall Productions www.goathall.org Goat Hall Productions has a growing reputation as a company committed to opera and new music drama as a theatrical experience. We aim to nurture a collaborative creative process, support the creation and performance of new music drama, engage audiences by performing in an intimate or cabaret setting, create performance opportunities for San Francisco Bay Area singers and strengthen their acting skills, and introduce diverse audiences to opera and the unamplified voice. Golden Thread Productions www.goldenthread.org Golden Thread Productions is dedicated to theatre that explores Middle Eastern culture & identity as represented throughout the globe. Guerrilla Rep www.guerrillarep.org Guerrilla Rep seeks to engage, entertain and enlighten our audiences by developing and presenting provocative, socially relevant new work from local Bay Area playwrights. Handful Players www.HandfulPlayers.org Handful Players is a free after-school and summer children’s musical theatre program committed to helping inner city youth, especially those who are underserved and live or go to school in San Francisco’s Western Addition, find their creative voices, build self-esteem, & learn skills for succeeding in life. Humanities West www.humanitieswest.org Humanities West is devoted to exploring history to celebrate the mind and the arts. A non-profit offering humanities and arts programs. Humanities West presents a diverse series of lectures and performances encompassing fine & performing arts, social history, music, politics, and philosophy of the arts. Intersection for the Arts/Campo Santo www.theintersection.org Intersection is San Francisco’s oldest alternative art space, presenting challenging new works in literature, theatre, visual and interdisciplinary arts. We provide a place where provocative ideas, diverse art forms, artists and audiences can converge. Intersection provides a space where experimentation and risk are possible. Debate and critical inquiry are embraced, resources democratized and pressing contemporary issues are thrashed about in the heat & immediacy of live art. Joe Goode Performance Group www.joegoode.org Joe Goode Performance Group promotes understanding, compassion and tolerance among people through the innovative use of dance and theater, as interpreted by the artistic vision and work of Joe Goode. Jump! Theatre www.jumptheatre.org Creates and produce high-quality theatre works that tell real-life stories about mental illness. Our goals are to entertain, enlighten and reduce stigma. Killing My Lobster www.killingmylobster.com A SF theatre and film production company. The Lobsters have been performing sketch comedy, shooting short films, and running the annual hi/lo Film Festival since 1997. They challenge, entertain and inspire. By any means and through any medium–theatre, film, music, design–we’re out to revolutionize preconceptions about what is funny and what is possible. Ko Labs www.kolabs.org An inclusive theater troupe whose core members work with a variety of exceptional local artists to foster the development of original performances. We work as theatrical archeologists, investigating, researching, and hopefully, reconstructing America’s broken body: political body, physical landscape, and social form. Ko Labs believes It is the job of interdisciplinary theater, theater of the artifact, theater of the dreams to recreate, through any means possible a new history, a shared history for the local community & hopefully for America, as divided and disconnected as it has become. Lamplighters Music Theatre www.lamplighters.org Lamplighters produce light opera & classical musicals in English, specializing in the works of Gilbert & Sullivan. Production values are high, with excellent singers, full live orchestra, and award-winning sets and costumes. Growing from a community theatre founded in 1951, Lamplighters now offers stipends to all performers. Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco www.lfcsf.org The world’s first mixed lesbian & gay chorus, LGCSF is dedicated to building and enriching the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) community through song and a love of music. Since LGCSF’s first concert 23 years ago at a local middle school, the Chorus has performed around the world, and hundreds of times in San Francisco. The Chorus has provided a forum for SF’s gay and lesbian music lovers to develop their talents, find good friends, and share their gifts with San Francisco’s diverse communities. Lorraine Hansberry Theatre www.lorrainehansberrytheatre.com Lorraine Hansberry Theatre is one of the leading African-American arts institutions in the region. It presents plays by America’s and the world’s leading black writers and provides employment and career-building opportunities for actors, designers, directors, writers and technicians. Since our inception, we have produced 70 plays, more than half of which were West Coast or world premieres. Lucky Dog Theatre www.luckydogtheatre.com Lucky Dog Theatre is an experimental ensemble that performs Full Spectrum Improvisation, a style of improvisational theatre in which pieces are created spontaneously in several forms: physical/musical theatre, storytelling, one act plays. Content spans the full emotional palate, not only the comic. We also create scripted work developed from improvisation. Magic Theatre www.magictheatre.org Dedicated to the development and production of new plays. The “Magic Experience” delivers provocative, engaging, world-class productions of new plays and the chance for audiences to get close to the action. Musical Theatre Works www.musicaltheatreworks.org An after-school academy & performance company for students in grades 2-12. MTW offers three performance companies: Showcase (grades 2-8), Main Stage (grades 3-12) and Off-Broadway Ensemble (grades 9-12). Our academy classes include instruction in acting, voice and dance as well as a three-week, all-day Summer Musical Theatre Workshop. The goal of MTW is to offer young people the opportunity to learn about and experience all aspects of musical theatre in a professional environment of mutual respect, high expectation and standards. New Conservatory Theatre Center www.nctcsf.org New Conservatory Theatre Center produces innovative, high-quality theatre experiences for youth, adults, and artists to effect personal and societal growth, enlightenment and change. NCTC programs include LGBTS productions, musicals, education, cabaret, comedy, drama & solo performance Not Quite Opera Productions www.notquiteopera.org Not Quite Opera is a theater company devoted to the development and production of original musicals and music theater. ODC Theater www.odctheater.org A familiar cultural landmark in the heart of SF’s Mission District, exists to develop innovative contemporary artists. The theatre participates in the creation of new works through commissions, presentations, mentoring and space access. ODC Theater’s goal is to develop informed, engaged & committed audiences and to advocate contemporary arts as an essential component to the economic and cultural development of our community. Off Broadway West Theatre Company www.offbroadwaywest.org Off Broadway West Theatre Company purpose is to combine great theatre classics with relevant new plays by playwrights from the East Coast as well as the West. Endeavoring to discern and expand excellence and truth in the arts, our aim is to awaken our audiences to new ideas. The mission of Off Broadway West is to promote and encourage the continued development of theatre by providing leadership and opportunities for education while bringing together the talents of the two very diverse coasts of our great nation, right here in the SF Bay Area. Old First Concerts www.oldfirstconcerts.org Founded in 1970, features diverse musical programs, fostering both local and visiting musicians and the performance of new and unusual works. This year-round series offers programs at very affordable prices and provides a venue for emerging artists to advance professionally. Pangs Theater www.pangstheater.com Pangs Theater performing arts institution was founded in 2004 committed to bringing quality innovative work to the public. Pangs Theater is grounded solidly in theater, yet also devoted to developing cutting-edge multidisciplinary work. They perform classic pieces and imbue them with our stamp of physical and intense performance and direction. They also stage new work, which combines various genres and media into compilation performances, retaining the significance and historical meaning of its parts. Phoenix Arts Association Theater www.phoenixtheatresf.org Located in the heart of the SF downtown Theatre District, we present as many San Francisco and world premieres as possible of work by contemporary playwrights with occasional classics. We encourage and nurture new work by Bay Area theatre artists and writers, making our venue available at reasonable rates for workshops, rehearsals, auditions and performances throughout the year and for the SF Fringe Festival in September. Play Ground www.playground-sf.org Play Ground’s mission is to support the development of significant new local voices for the theatre. More than just a play development program, PlayGround focuses on the creation of community by nurturing the collaborative process between early development playwrights and established professional actors & directors. Playwrights Foundation www.playwrightsfoundation.org Playwrights Foundation is dedicated to discovering & supporting emerging local and national American playwrights in the inception and development of new plays that speak to and from an increasingly diverse society. Pocket Opera www.pocketopera.org Donald Pippin and Pocket Opera have been a special part of the SF Bay Area’s cultural and social life for years… bright and witty, great music skillfully performed, sometimes hilarious, sometimes dramatic, always easy to understand and enjoy. It is also addictive, and affordable. Post Street Theatre www.poststreettheatre.com In keeping with the quality productions presented in years gone by, it is the mission of Post Street Theatre to present a diverse array of high caliber, smaller scale Off-Broadway & avant-garde theatrical attractions in San Francisco PUS/975 Howard The Garage www. pustheatre.org PUS concentrates on barebones productions of Samuel Beckett’s works, re-imagined selected classics, and projects of our own creations. PUS is dedicated to explore the unknown, the undocumented, the unspoken, and the unexpected. Ray of Light Theatre www.roltheatre.com Ray of Light Theatre is a community theatre company whose mission is to produce quality theatre in SF. We are a city of diverse talents and R.O.L.T. would like to recognize & showcase the people from our community. RIPE Theatre www.ripetreats.com RIPE Theatre is a group of artists and designers who produce original, ensemble-developed work & new plays in the Bay Area. San Francisco Chamber Orchestra www.sfchamberorchestra.org The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra presents a season of admission-free concerts featuring the best in classical music: great repertoire, world class performers, beautiful concert halls, family concerts & much more. Beginning listeners are welcome to our audience-friendly presentations. San Francisco Comedy College www.clubhousecomedy.com Since 1999, the San Francisco Comedy College (SFCC) offers the best group and one-on-one stand-up comedy training in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Clubhouse, the SFCC’s performance venue, was named the best comedy club in town by the San Francisco Chronicle, the best comedy club in SF by AOL City Guides in 2008 & was recently remains #1 in Nightlife on Yelp.com! San Francisco Free Civic Theatre www.sffct.org A free producing repertory company that is a free adult recreation program of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. SF’s community theatre with the city’s resources & talent pool. San Francisco International Arts Festival www.sfiaf.org SFIAF is a presenting organization that promotes the arts and SF through production of an annual, multidisciplinary festival that brings together the world community of artists & audiences. San Francisco Magic Parlor www.SanFranciscoMagicParlor.com “Eccentrics of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast ” …a magical escapade! Share libations and delicacies in our elegant and intimate Victorian Parlor with world-class entertainers -spinning tales & weaving enchantment. San Francisco Mime Troupe www.sfmt.org The San Francisco Mime Troupe creates and produces socially relevant theater of the highest professional quality and performs it before the broadest possible audience. They do plays that make sense out of the headlines by identifying the forces that shape our lives and dramatizing the operation of these giant forces in small, close-up stories that make our audiences feel the impact of political events on personal life. To make this work accessible the Mime Troupe performs its shows in local parks at a price everyone can afford: free. San Francisco Performances www.performances.org San Francisco Performances is the city’s leading independent presenter of chamber music, jazz, contemporary dance and recitals. SFP offers the world’s top music and dance artists in major venues across San Francisco, including Herbst Theatre, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Davies Symphony Hall. San Francisco Recovery Theatre www.sfrecoverytheatre.org Reality-based theatre incorporates novice with professional actors staging original & classic African American productions. San Francisco Shakespeare Festival www.sfshakes.org San Francisco Shakespeare Festival began in 1983 with Free Shakespeare in the Park’s debut production of The Tempest in Golden Gate Park. Today we are an important regional theatre company and major arts education provider. Programs include Free Shakespeare in the Park, Bay Area Shakespeare Camps, Shakespeare on Tour & Midnight Shakespeare. San Francisco Stage Works www.sfstageworks.org Theatrical company focused on socially relevant works from a wide range of genres. Special emphasis on new works &educations in the San Francisco Bay Area community. San Francisco State University www.sfsu.edu/~tha The theatre arts program at SFSU is the largest program in Northern California, public or private, and ranks as one of the top 20 public university theatre programs in the country. Graduates from the program are found at work at all levels throughout the Bay Area professional and academic communities, as well as across the state and nation. San Francisco Theater Festival www.sftheaterfestival.org The San Francisco Theater Festival is the year’s largest one-day free theater event. Taking place at Yerba Buena Gardens in both outdoor and indoor venues and promotes the region’s many live-stage theaters to a broad and diverse audience to increase appreciation of & build attendance for, the SF Bay Area’s culturally and artistically varied theater groups. All types of theater are presented, including drama, comedy, one-acts, excerpts, scenes, musical theater, solo performers, improv, children’s shows, new works, workshops, opera, etc. School of the Arts-Dance Dept. (SOTA Dance) www.sfsota.org School of the Arts High School work with teens 14-18 years of age. They focuses on many styles of dance with heart and spirit! Second Wind Productions www.secondwind.8m.com Dedicated to theatre that explores social and political issues in a way that expands their discussion in the Bay Area community. SF Playhouse www.sfplayhouse.org Small professional San Francisco theatre producing new works and re-invigorated classics. SF Sketchfest www.sfsketchfest.com Sketch comedy festival in San Francisco. ShadowLight Productions www.shadowlight.org ShadowLight Productions, founded in 1972, has a mission to bring the stories of the world to light. They hope to build a world community through cross cultural storytelling and the magic of shadow theatre. SHN-Broadway Reframed www.shnsf.com SHN presents the Best of Broadway theatre series and owns and operates the Orpheum, Curran & Golden Gate Theatres, San Francisco’s premier and largest theatrical venues. Sleepwalkers Theatre www.sleepwalkerstheatre.com Sleepwalkers Theatre mission is to generate as many new plays as possible. They develop new writers from within our group. They will continually seek out submissions from any source, charging NO “reader” fee. They believe a first production is one of the most important steps to the development of a new play, and take production risks accordingly. Smuin Ballet www.smuinballet.org Smuin Ballet’s Brings enjoyment of dance to new as well as to existing audiences through works that extend and enrich the art with presentations of uncompromising originality and quality. At the heart of the company is Mr. Smuin’s singular ability to create pieces which merge the diverse vocabularies of classical ballet Y contemporary dance forms. Spare Stage www.sparestage.com Producing distinguished scripts that provide a dynamic balance of actor, director and playwright. They believe the stronger the script, the less necessity for spectacle. Favoring eloquent language and elegant simplicity in staging, they strive to nurture adventerous inquiry and creative ensembles. Spinning Yarns Dance Collective www.spinningyarns.org Spinning Yarns Dance Collective’s mission is to explore fundamental human themes through movement, metaphor & story. The company produces an annual home season as well as performing in showcases and festivals in the SF Bay Area. Square MaMa Productions www. squaremama.com Fills the gap between new plays and established revivals, Square MaMa breathes new life into good plays that never reached their full audience. Stage Werx Theatre www.stagewerx.org Provides a forum in which theatre artists (actors, directors, playwrights, designers) may further develop their talents and skills. Further the vitality, stability and development of live theatre in SF by producing and hosting premieres and “reinventions” of previously produced materials. Steve Silver Productions www.beachblanketbabylon.com Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon is the longest running musical revue in theatre history. This pastiche of contemporary culture has played to sold-out houses for more than 35 seasons, becoming an icon of SF. Sun & Moon Ensemble www.sunandmoonensemble.org Sun & Moon Ensemble is a performing arts group directed by Maria Lexa which features mask characters, giant puppets, theatre, dance & live music. Teatro ZinZanni (One Reel) www.zinzanni.org Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Chaos, & Dinner showcases an ensemble of world-class performers underneath an antique Belgian Spiegeltent with a five-course gourmet meal. Inspired by the cabarets of Europe, Teatro ZinZanni combines old-time vaudeville, circus arts, cabaret, live music and fine dining to create a new type of American entertainment. The Marsh www.themarsh.org The Marsh develops new performance. It encourages and supports all stages of this development by providing our community with developing work performance programs, workshops for adults and children and by presenting over 500 performances annually on our four stages. Located in a hub of San Francisco’s Mission District, The Marsh is known for encouraging experimentation & for providing audiences with an intimate venue to see work on the cutting edge of creativity. Theater Residencies www.wehavemet.org TRI is a mentoring program helping actors, directors, and playwrights operate new theater companies. It is a training program offering classes & internships in acting, directing, playwrighting, improvisation and theater management. It is also a production company committed to color-creative casting in projects covering the full canon of dramatic literature. Theatre of Yugen www.theatreofyugen.org Theatre of Yugen is an experimental ensemble whose work is based in the Japanese theatrical forms of Noh & Kyogen. Theatre Rhinoceros www.therhino.org Theatre Rhinoceros, the nation’s oldest and longest-running professional gay & lesbian theatre, develops and produces works of theatre that enlighten, enrich and explore both the ordinary and extraordinary aspects of our queer community. Three Wise Monkeys Theatre Company www.threewisemonkeys.org Dedicated to supporting, promoting and producing the best work by San Francisco Bay Area writers of all demographics, with an emphasis on youth, language, and theatricality. We are interested in plays written for the stage that concern themselves with issues involving the current generation and demonstrate a unique use of language and poetry. Thrillpeddlers’ Hypnodrome www.thrillpeddlers.com Thrillpeddlers have been performing authentic Grand Guignol horror plays, fetish vignettes, and lights-out spook shows in San Francisco Bay Area for more than fifteen years. Thunderbird Theatre Company www.thunderbirdtheatre.com An independent company in San Francisco that produces original comedies. The gateway drug to theatre. Trash Mash-Up www.trashmashup.googlepages.com Trash Mash-Up is a community performance art project. Using disposable materials, participants construct “Maskostumes” which are pageant masks and costumes. TMU culminates with a Mash-Up Bash, a public performance pageant. Trash Mash-Up builds creative connections & raises environmental awareness throughout our community as a new urban tradition is fostered. Traveling Jewish Theatre www.atjt.com Jewish Theatre reaches people from all cultural backgrounds by creating & presenting plays inspired by the rich fabric of the Jewish experience. Triple Shot Productions www.tripleshotproductions.org Triple Shots’ mission is to produce ambitious, soulful & skillful theater of political and social relevance. Our mission was chosen with great thought and sincerely represents our philosophy of theater, which is a reflection of our philosophy of living in this short lifetime. Tutti Frutti Commedia Co. www.tuttifrutticommedia.com Traditional Italian Commedia dell’Arte in English for Americans in San Francisco. Un-Scripted Theater Company www.un-scripted.com Un-Scripted Theater Company creates smart, innovative, and entertaining improvised theater that delights our audiences & advances the art and craft of improvisation. Uncle Buzzy’s Hometown Theater Show www.unclebuzzy.org Performs 21st-century environmental vaudeville from our Travelling Country Variety Show. We’re sketch comedy and music, dance and variety acts- like Uncle Buzzy’s world-famous chicken impression. We do radio, film (YouTube), rallies, improv, theatre and workshops. We’re SF’s environmentalist theatre troupe with a hometown feel. Voice One Theatre www.voiceoneonline.com Voice One Studio Theatre produces original plays, radio dramas, sketch comedies & improv. Most productions are ofshoots from classes. Shows are held in our 40-seat theatre Yerba Buena Center for the Arts www.ybca.org Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is the SF Bay Area’s premier venue for adventurous art. Located in the heart of San Francisco’s vibrant Yerba Buena Gardens district, the Center celebrates our area’s cultural diversity with dynamic visual art, performance and film programs presented in world class venues.

East Bay Performing Arts/Theatre Groups

Active Arts Theatre for Young Audiences www.activeartstheatre.org Active Arts Theatre for Young Audiences enchants children and their families with imaginative performances drawn from life and literature; introduces children of all backgrounds to the joy & excitement of live theatre; and creates a welcoming, entertaining and educational environment for exploring the arts. Actors Ensemble of Berkeley www.aeofberkeley.org They enrich, entertain and improve our community through fascinating theatrical works. With social consciousness and an ensemble approach, they provide area residents with opportunities to attend, participate and be helped through theatre. Alameda Children’s Musical Theatre www.acmtkids.org Theatre by kids, for kids. They try for an authentic theatre experience from auditions to rehearsals to multiple performances for each show. Alameda Civic Light Opera www.aclo.com Alameda Civic Light Opera presents a program of contemporary and traditional musical theater productions & limited engagement special events. They also offer programs that foster support and appreciation for the arts in youth and programs that keep the arts accessible to everyone regardless of their financial situation. Alice (Arts & Literacy in Children’s Education) www.aliceprogram.org A grassroots organization that teaches literacy, celebrates cultural diversity & strengthens community through the arts. ALICE was founded on the principle that the arts are essential to every child’s learning and that all children deserve an arts-integrated education-regardless of their racial, socio-economic, or ethnic background. Altarena Playhouse www.altarena.org The Altarena Playhouse began life as the Alameda Little Theatre & has continued on its course of providing theatrical Bay Area entertainment for over 70 years. Aurora Theatre Company www.auroratheatre.org Produces 5 shows per season, readings & workshops and offers free previews to low-income seniors and student group tickets. It seeks to provide a nurturing, intimate environment for an ensemble of theatre artists and artisans in order to produce plays, old and new, that place a high value on works and ideas and to emphasize the creative link that connects the playwright, the actor & the audience. AXIS Dance Company www.axisdance.org AXIS Dance Company’s creates and performs contemporary dance that is developed through the collaboration of dancers with and without disabilities; to teach dance and educate about collaboration and disability through community education and outreach programs to promote &support physically integrated dance locally, nationally and internationally. Benicia Old Town Theatre Group www.beniciaoldtowntheatregroup.com Promotes community theatre in the city of Benicia, Solano County and surrounding communities by providing a wide variety of high-quality theatrical entertainment. Benicia Old Town Theatre Group also strives to promote training in all aspects of theatrical arts, allowing aspiring performers & behind-the-scenes volunteers to learn, practice and perfect their craft. Berkeley Playhouse www.berkeleyplayhouse.org An adult professional theatre company that produces plays and musicals for children, youth, schools and families in the Bay Area. We also provide educational programs, classes, camps and workshops for children, youth, schools and teachers. Our mission is to awaken and inspire the minds & hearts of audiences of all ages through the magic of live theatre. Berkeley Repertory Theatre www.berkeleyrep.org Berkeley Repertory Theatre sets a national standard for ambitious programming, engagement with its audiences, and leadership within the community in which it resides. It endeavors to create a diverse body of work that expresses a rigorous, embracing aesthetic & reflects the highest artistic standards, and seeks to maintain an environment in which talented artists can do their best work. They strive to engage audiences in an ongoing dialogue of ideas, and encourage lifelong learning as a core community value. Broadway West Theatre Company www.broadwaywest.org An independent theatre company located in the Irvington district of Fremont. Broadway West boasts close to 500 season ticket holders in the Bay Area. Brookside Repertory Theatre www.brooksiderep.org Brookside Repertory Theatre, winner of the 2003 San Francisco Fringe Best Collected Shorts, produces original works by Bay Area playwrights & writers. BRT offers active memberships, bringing together outstanding local playwrights, directors, actors and collaborating artists to produce collections of original short plays, staged readings and full-length plays. Cal State East Bay Theatre www. class.csueastbay.edu/theatre University B.A. program offering training & performance opportunities in standard areas, plus dance/theatre, children’s dance/theatre, community theatre, and musical theatre. Recent performances reached Cyprus, Slovakia and Scotland although it’s still small enough to give students a personalized program. California Conservatory Theatre www.cct-sl.org California Conservatory Theatre is a twenty seven year old nonprofit theatrical company, serving the San Leandro and greater East Bay communities. CCT performs five shows per season, four contemporary plays and one musical or revue, in an intimate 67-seat theatre. With an over 70% subscription base, CCT has proven itself as a consistent producer of professional Equity theatre. CCT operates under the MBAT contract and pays all performers, designers and technicians in appreciation of their contributions to its ongoing success. California Revels www.calrevels.org A holiday tradition for nearly 20 years, The Christmas Revels host a theatrical, participatory celebration of the winter solstice that crosses religious and ethnic boundaries. Revels blend volunteer & professional artistic performers as well as bearers of tradition from many cultures. California Shakespeare Theater www.calshakes.org The professional, critically acclaimed California Shakespeare Theater makes boldly imagined & deeply entertaining interpretations of Shakespeare and the classics; provides in-depth, far-reaching Artistic Learning programs for learners of all ages and circumstances; and brings disparate communities together around the creation of new American plays that reflect the cultural diversity of the San Francsico Bay Area. Castro Valley Arts Foundation/Golden State Theatre Productions www.cv.k12.ca.us/cfa.html The Castro Valley Arts Foundation enriches the arts education of students and the community by securing funds and sustaining an endowment that enhances the operations and programming of the Castro Valley Center for the Arts. Center Repertory Company www.dlrca.org Utilizing professional directors, designers and actors, Center Repertory produces high-quality regional plays and musicals to inform, challenge & delight. Central Works www.centralworks.org Write, develop and produce plays. They focus on original work. They offer our community daring, intimate productions at affordable prices while bringing theatre artists together as partners in the creation and development of intellectually and emotionally demanding works. Chaksampa www.chaksampa.org Offering performances of Tibetan drama, music and dance, of the highest standard & the widest possible audience. Fostering the appreciation of Tibetan culture and drawing attention to its threatened survival. Continuing the traditions by providing material support, training, summer camps and encouragement to young Tibetans. Chanticleers Theatre www.chanticleers.org Chanticleers Theatre brings the best in live entertainment to the people of the community. To provide an outlet for young actors to get the benefit of acting in front of live audience. To let people feel the experience that only live theatre can bring. Children United by Experience/Gregangelo & Velocity Circus www.cuekids.org CUE offers training and performance events in a circus arts fusion, including aerial arts, clowning, trapeze, dance, music, character acting, urban & digital arts. City of Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company www.pleasantoncivicarts.org Civic Arts is a program of the City of Pleasanton Department of Parks and Community Services. We provide creative outreach to the citizens of Pleasanton and the surrounding area through opportunities to experience a wide variety of the arts. Civic Arts manages the Amador Theater on the Amador Valley High School campus where it produces Civic Arts Presents and the School Concert Series. The program offers an array of classes in many forms of artistic expression for all age groups. Civic Arts sponsors Pleasanton’s Poet Laureate and Public Art programs as well as special arts-centered events such as the Children’s Arts Festival, the Poetry, Prose and Arts Festival, & free Shakespeare in the Park by the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival Contra Costa Civic Theatre www.ccct.org CCCT is a volunteer-based community theatre that provides high-quality live theatre and education in the performing arts. Diablo Valley College Department of Drama www.dvcdrama.com Dedicated to creating avenues for aspiring theatre professionals to explore and hone their skills and talents, while sharing their passion for live theatre through programs that entertain, engage & inspire our community. DLOC www.dloc.org DLOC is a nonprofit regional theatre dedicated to enriching our community by producing Broadway musicals & by providing educational opportunities in the arts. Douglas Morrisson Theatre www.dmtonline.org The mission of the Douglas Morrisson Theatre is to provide active recreation opportunities for the amateur performer for artistic expression & social participation while providing the highest quality theatrical experience as passive recreation for our audience. The theater is committed to providing the highest quality performance that budget, time and the combined talents of staff and participants can achieve. East Bay Children’s Theatre www.childrens-theatre.org Brings live children’s theatre to disadvantaged elementary schools in Alameda and Richmond free of charge. Eugene O’Neill Foundation www.eugeneoneil.org The foundation conducts an annual Student Days program in which students from throughout the East Bay are invited to apply for workshops on theatre, writing, photography and visual arts. The workshops are conducted at Tao House in the spring. Also in the spring, the foundation sponsors Artists’ Days at Tao House. Artists from all disciplines are invited to spend two days at Tao House, where they can enjoy and paint or otherwise depict the bucolic scenery and environment. The foundation produces an annual Playwrights’ Theatre series in the spring, in which fully staged readings of plays are presented. In the fall, the foundation produces the annual Eugene O’Neill Festival in Danville. The event includes plays, lectures & exhibits. Hapgood Theatre Company www.hapgoodtheatre.org Hapgood Theatre Company, named for Stanislavski translator Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood, is a professional company committed to extending the legacy of realist-based theatre tradition by presenting challenging and provocative productions of works from the contemporary American theater. Impact Theatre www.impacttheatre.com Impact’s Directly contribute to the future of American theatre through focusing on new plays by emerging playwrights. Impact also prides itself on its fast-paced, vital, contemporary spins on classic drama. Impact provides exciting, unpretentious theatre that doesn’t conform to stale assumptions of what constitutes high culture. Jerica Productions www.jericaproductions.com Royal Underground started off as the Independent Theatre Ensemble in 1997, producing youth theatre around the SF Bay Area. In 2002, Jerica Productions acquired the theatre group, renaming it The Royal Underground, a theatre company that’s dedicated to producing groundbreaking, live entertainment presented in grand, theatrical style. Julia Morgan Center for the Arts www.juliamorgan.org Our mission, together with our programming partners, is to foster the development of an artistic community where children and youth create, experience and are transformed by the performing arts. We provide an inspiring facility, promote awareness of our programs, and support activities that enhance organizational and individual, collaboration & fellowship. Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre Programs www.kp.org/etp At Kaiser Permanente, we care about the communities we serve. We created Educational Theatre Programs to inspire children, teens and adults to make informed decisions about their health & to build stronger, healthier Bay Area neighborhoods Livermore Shakespeare Festival/Shakespeare’s Associates www.livermoreShakes.org Inspired by William Shakespeare, who through the rhetoric and poetry of the English language, gave voice to the deepest experience of being human, we are committed to producing professional theater in the community. We produce and support theatrical events that celebrate the human experience. We create a company that is accessible and fully integrated with the Tri-Valley community & invite the participation of our Central Valley and Greater San Francisco Bay Area neighbors. Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center www.livermoreperformingarts.org A world-class performing arts center in the Tri-Valley that promotes and encourages the presentation and creation of visual and performing arts while enhancing the public’s appreciation, enjoyment & understanding of the arts. Masquers Playhouse www.masquers.org Masquers Playhouse is a nonprofit community theatre in Point Richmond, CA. We have been producing plays and musicals for the last 48 years. Every year we have a main season of five productions, two of which are musicals. In recent years we have added less mainstream productions in a program we call Envision. The purpose of Envision is to stage plays that would not usually be part of our main season. New Urban Dance Company/Butterfield 8 www. b8company.com The mission of Butterfield 8 Theatre Company is to provide audiences a fresh take on classic plays, and foster the creation of new works in the Bay Area. Opera Frontier Song and Dance Troupe www.operafrontier.org The Opera Frontier Song and Dance Troupe uses the power of theatrical movement and lush vocal ensemble to delight audiences who relish the tension between opera and musical theatre. Pinole Community Players www.pinoleplayers.org The Pinole Community Players are celebrating 20 years of bringing quality productions to their community. We produce two full-scale productions each year in a small eighty seat cabaret-style-seating theater. Pittsburg Community Theatre www.pittsburgcommunitytheatre.org Provides entertainment for the San Francisco Bay Area community through theatrical production of a drama, musical, comedy and children’s show. Play Café www.playcafe.org Play Café is the performing arm (both staged readings and productions) of Playwrights Café, an East Bay writing group that has been meeting monthly since 1998. Participation is open to all. At www.playcafe.org, you can find information on our meetings, discussion forums and resumes of SF Bay Area actors & directors. Poison Apple Productions www.poisonappleproductions.com Poison Apple Productions is a nonprofit youth theater company dedicated to promoting original theatrical works by young local playwrights. Poison Apple focuses on providing quality performing arts education and unique opportunities for creative collaboration among students of all ages & experience on stage, off stage and behind the scenes. Quixotic Players www.quixoticplayers.com Quixotic Players serves Saint Mary’s College students who are reading great books text in the Collegiate Seminar Program, putting on contemporary versions of Greek, Roman, medieval, renaissance and modern plays that students are studying. Designed to enrich the curriculum & encourage the community to attend these free performance at the College: open to the public, no charge. Ragged Wing Ensemble www.raggedwing.org Ragged Wing Ensemble’s mission is to create ensemble based, physically adventurous and visually stimulating theatre, involving audiences in the ritual of live performance; develop original works and new interpretations of classic stories, folktales and myths & effect social change through arts education. Role Players Ensemble Theatre www.danvilletheatre.com The Role Players Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1983. The fundamental aim has always been to provide provocative, high-quality theatre productions that both entertain & educate. San Leandro Players www.sanleandroplayers.org East Bay community theatre: three shows per season including outdoor Shakespeare in the summer. Spring & fall shows include classic and contemporary. San Ramon Performing Arts Center www.sanramonperformingarts.com Provides performing arts to San Ramon. Through our two venues, Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center & the Front Row Theater. Shotgun Players www.shotgunplayers.org Shotgun Players is an ensemble of artists on a mission to create bold, relevant, affordable theatre. We believe in the power of theatre as a mechanism through which we and our community examine ourselves & the world. Stage 1 Community Theatre www.stage1theatre.org Community theater providing the Tri-City area with excellent productions & opportunities for the community. Stage Door Conservatory www.stagedoorconservatory.org Offering after school & summer performance-oriented musical theatre programs and camps for creatively-inclined youth in grades 3 – 12. All programs are overseen by professional instructors and directors with backgrounds in acting, singing, dancing, costuming and set and prop construction. They also offer an apprentice program for teens. Stagebridge www.stagebridge.org Stagebridge is the oldest senior theater company. Stagebridge uses theatre and storytelling to bridge the generation gap and to stimulate positive attitudes toward aging. Stagebridge’s intergenerational programs feature senior theatre productions, storytelling in the school, acting classes for seniors & writing contests for children. Storytelling Association of Alta California www.storysaac.org Storytelling Association of Alta Callifornia (SAAC) is a regional voice for story listeners and storytellers in California, reminding the local and national community of the power and the joy of storytelling. SAAC is the support for the San Francisco Bay Area Storytelling Festical, and annual multi-cultural weekend of storytelling produced entirely by volunteers. Tango & More (formerly Tango A Media Luz) www.tangoandmore.org Nomadic dance company dedicated to teaching & performing traditional Argentine dances TheatreFIRST www.theatrefirst.com TheatreFIRST is a professional company dedicated to bringing plays with international themes to the San Francisco Bay Area audience in an intimate setting. Town Hall Theatre Co. of Lafayette www.thtc.org Town Hall Theatre Company is a nonprofit corporation governed by a volunteer board of directors drawn from the theatre and business communities. Artistic decisions are made by a production board of trained theatre artists. Our artistic goal is to present artist & audience engaging contemporary theatre of the highest professional standard. Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre www.trivalleyrep.com Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre presents live stage entertainment and training for families and individuals of all ages. We offer large-scale Broadway-style musicals at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, intimate musical, dramatic, and comedy theatre in our black box Studio Theatre & chorale music at the Amador Theater in Pleasanton. UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies www. theater.berkeley.edu We are the theatre and dance department of the University of California at Berkeley. We produce a main stage season with student actors and professional directors/designers as well as a student directed/designed workshop season. Vagabond Players www.vagabondplayersinc.com Vagabond Players contributes to the arts by making theatre more accessible to older artists and audiences, to dispel myths about aging, bring a positive image of aging, celebrate the talents of older artists & enhance the quality of life for our senior population. Virago Theatre Company www.viragotheatre.org Virago Theatre Company is a partnership of artists, designers and musicians creating theatre of the highest quality. They believe in unconventional, inventive staging and a collaborative rehearsal process. We support new works and focus on new play development. Guided by our dedication to produce provocative and passionate theatre, we select works that address issues of psychological & social turbulence and have a unique perspective on our daily existence. WIlde Irish Productions www.wildeirish.org Wilde Irish Productions promotes cultural richness and diversity using the Irish experience and Irish authors & artists as a point of departure. Willows Theatre Company www.willowstheatre.org The Willows Theatre Company is a nonprofit professional theatre company developing and producing contemporary American plays and musicals. We strive to perpetuate the art form of live theatre by creating relationships with playwrights, designers, actors, students and other theatre artists whose work will impact current and future audiences. Woman’s Will www.womanswill.org Woman’s Will, the Bay Area’s all-female Shakespeare company, exists to provide opportunities for women and girls to work together in a supportive yet challenging environment, to entertain and educate through high-quality classes and performances, and to expand the boundaries in which audiences and artists see themselves. Youth Musical Theater Company www.ymtcberkeley.org Youth Musical Theater Company is dedicated to training the next generation of theater artists and engaged citizens by creating an exceptional theater experience for performers and audiences alike. For over ten years, YMTC has been providing talented, passionate young people with the opportunity to study and perform under the guidance of professional musicians, choreographers, and theater artists. Along with two fully staged & orchestrated productions each season, YMTC also offers musical theater training workshops for middle and high school students.

North Bay Performing Arts/Theatre Groups

142 Throckmorton Theatre www.142throckmortontheatre.org 142 Throckmorton Theatre is founded on the philosophy that theatre, music, dance, film, poetry, visual & related arts are essential components of a rich and rewarding life, and an indispensable part of human inspiration and education. The arts expand our horizons, challenge our beliefs, and surround us with passion and beauty. They also foster a sense of community by bringing together diverse populations, young and old, artist and audience. 6th Street Playhouse www.6thstreetplayhouse.com Featuring the works of two theatre companies, Actors Theatre and the Santa Rosa Players, the Playhouse offers a year-round season of bold plays and popular musicals. AlterTheater Ensemble www.altertheater.org Founded on the principles of ensemble collaboration and artistic risk, Alternative Theater Ensemble produces in storefronts along 4th street in downtown San Rafael. “Stripped down and unplugged” productions highlight the storytelling and the unique connection between audience member and live performer. AlterTheater is committed to the creative growth of theater artists and to a community that is inclusive, diverse, and accepting. Belrose Theatre www.thebelrose.com With a seventy two seat dinner theatre, we are very well equipped. We produce drama, comedy, musicals & special events. Cinnabar Arts Corporation www.cinnabartheater.org Cinnabar Theater is an intimate performing arts center presenting a wide range of work from the experimental, contemporary and classical repertoires of opera and drama, presenting pieces challenging to professionals & audience members alike. We train young people in the above-mentioned performing arts in our year-round drama program, Cinnabar Young Rep. College of Marin Theatre Arts www.marin.edu The College of Marin Department of Theatre Arts has a strong tradition of excellence and is very proud of such notable alumni as Robin Williams, Kathleen Quinlan and David Ogden Stiers. Each year the Department offers a variety of major productions, improvisation performances & a monthly series of student-directed performances and lectures in a brown bag lunch setting. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong background and work experience in all aspects of dramatic arts in preparation for transfer to a four-year college, a theatrical training conservatory or directly to a career in theatre. Dance Palace Community Center www.dancepalace.org A multipurpose nonprofit community center presenting professional and community theater through presenting plus adult/youth theatre programs. Darkroom Productions www.darkroomproductions.org is organized exclusively for charitable, and educational purposes, more specifically to foster the creation of original artistic presentations in film, music and theater; provide arts education for youth & enrich creative efforts throughout the community. Dominican Players www.dominican.edu Bi-annual festivals of new dramatic works involving community and university participation. Dreamweavers Troupe www.dreamweaverstheatre.org Dreamweavers is Napa’s only nonprofit community theatre, which recently relocated to its fantastic new home in the former Marlowe’s nightclub at the River Park Shopping Center. We perform five shows per year, running each show over four weekends. We are always interested in new actors, directors and volunteers. Hoochi-Doo Productions www.hoochidoo.com Hoochi-Doo productions is dedicated to bringing great live entertainment to the North Bay at an affordable price. Imaginists Theatre Collective www.theimaginists.org The Imaginists are a theatre of collaboration, experimentation and exploration. We are committed to making authentic, innovative theatre and expanding audiences by inviting diversity, mentoring emerging artists, encouraging new artistic voices and creating a vital forum for ideas & communication, honoring the importance of live performance. Independent Eye www.hitching.org The Independent Eye creates story-based work in styles appropriate to the stories. In 32 years, it has toured to 35 states, produced resident seasons in Chicago, Philadelphia and Lancaster, PA, and created series for public radio. Now, it focuses on collaboration with other theatres to create work through ensemble process. Marin Shakespeare Company www.marinShakespeare.org Marin Shakespeare Company is the North Bay’s professional Shakespeare theatre, offering award-winning mainstage performances each summer at the Forest Meadows Amphitheatre on the campus of Dominican University of California in San Rafael, as well as year-round education programs serving over 5,000 students each year. Marin Theatre Company www.marintheatre.org The Marin Theatre Company is a regional professional theatre that enriches the cultural life of a community by presenting the works of contemporary, classic and emerging playwrights. By engaging, entertaining and educating, we strive to bring the transformative power of theatre to people of all ages. Mira Theatre Guild www.miratheatreguild.org MTG is a community-focused, high quality performing and visual arts organization with a permanent home in the historic Bay Terrace Theater, a shared community resource. Mountain Play Association www.mountainplay.org Producing a Broadway musical in May and June in the stunning outdoor amphitheatre in Mt. Tamalpais State Park. Narrow Way Stage Company www.narrowwaystage.com Narrow Way Stage Company strives to provide our community with honest, progressive, and provocative theatre, while creating educational opportunities for youth and a supportive environment in which the performing arts can thrive. Novato Theater Company www.novatotheatercompany.org The Novato Community Players (NCP), a nonprofit theatre group, has been a part of Marin County for more than 75 years. Hundreds of productions have been assembled with the help of community support, ticket sales and membership volunteers. The NCP presents four shows a year including a major musical in the spring. Pacific Alliance Stage Co. www.spreckelsonline.com Pacific Alliance Stage Company, now in its 15th year, has mounted over 80 separate productions totaling almost 900 performances and has won numerous Dramalogue, Drama Desk and Dean Goodman Choice Awards for its efforts. It is the resident theatre company of Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park and remains the only Equity company in Sonoma County. Pegasus Theater Company www.pegasustheater.com Fully staged classical to modern theatre. Porchlight Theatre Company www.porchlight.net Porchlight Theatre Company is an ensemble inspired by nature, world literature and the human experience. Raven Players www.ravenplayers.org We are a group of individuals just like you – community-minded individuals with an interest in preserving performing arts. With funding for arts disappearing in our schools, the responsibility for supporting the arts lies firmly with us. When we banded together to save the historic Raven Theater, we had big dreams of enhancing the lives of every community member by offering a conveniently located, eclectic array of entertainment. Ross Valley Players www.rossvalleyplayers.org The Ross Valley Players is the oldest continually operating community theatre on the West Coast. Created in 1930 as a way to escape the hardships of the Depression, the theatre has introduced live theatre to thousands of Marin residents over the years. Roustabout Theater www.roustabout-theater.org Wells Fargo Center for the Arts resident theater company in Sonoma County producing musical theater with a strong apprentice program. Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts Department www.santarosa.edu/theatrearts The faculty and staff of SRJC Theatre Arts Department take pride in our ability to work closely with our students, offering a nurturing environment on a beautiful, friendly campus. We are working professionals and educators who share the common goal of providing a complete theatre experience. We are committed to providing a diverse multicultural theatre experience. Sha Sha Higby www.shashahigby.com International dance performance/sculptural artist Sha Sha Higby is known for her evocative and haunting performance and for the exquisite and ephemeral body sculpture she creates & moves within. Silver Moon Theatre www. silvermoontheatre.org Silver Moon Theatre brings vibrant live theatre to the Sonoma Valley, and teaches acting skills to young people and adults. Solano College Theatre www.solanocollegetheatre.org Solano College Theatre is an exciting vibrant and challenging home for the arts. Our staff is filled with nationally known artists-in-residence, sharing the skills of a disciplined and demanding profession with students who are ready and willing to be challenged with the best. Sonoma County Repertory Theater www.the-rep.com Sonoma County Repertory Theater brings theater to life in Sonoma County by producing inspiring, stimulating plays of the highest artistic quality, and educating students of all ages in the theater arts. We strive to enrich the lives of our community members, foster emerging artists, and contribute to the economic vitality of the area. Sonoma State University www.sonoma.edu/performingarts The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance provides a rigorous and nurturing contaxt where students explore and share thier passions and aptitudes toward the making of theatre and dance. TheatreNow www.theatrenow.org TheatreNow welcomes all people interested in live theatre, whether as actors, technical staff or audience. The opportunities for enjoyment and creative work are boundless. We have a place for you and welcome everyone to find out more about us.

South Bay Performing Arts/Theatre Groups

A-J Productions www.a-jproductions.net A-J Productions is an independent production company creating and presenting live theatrical events. Angels on Stage www.angelsonstage.org To provide an opportunity to children with differing abilities of any type and degree, ages 5-22, in San Jose CA to participate in annual professional musical theatre productions. Arclight Repertory Theatre www.arclightrep.org Arclight Rep is a professional, nonprofit theatre dedicated to producing imaginative, entertaining and provocative original, published and classical plays. Arclight produces the annual “Shakespeare on the Square” Festival in downtown San Jose in June – September. Ballet San Jose www.balletsanjose.org The mission of Ballet San Jose is to provide our audiences with professional ballet performances that are produced to the highest artistic standard, which contribute to the cultural needs of the community, and that are accessible to the broadest possible audience. Bay Area Showcase Chorus www.singharmony.org Bay Area Showcase Chorus is a vibrant, award-winning ensemble of women singers committed to creating musical magic in every performance. We embrace healthy competition and enjoy finding creative ways to share our passion for 4-part harmony in the barbershop style. BootStrap Foundation www.bootstrap-foundation.org We are dedicated to workshops and productions of new, original works. We also sponsor summer acting training for teens. Broadway by the Bay www.broadwaybythebay.org BBB produces three large-scale musicals a year in a 1,600-seat performing arts center. A fourth show, saluting a Broadway composer or composing team, is presented every year as part of the regular season. Bus Barn Stage Company www.busbarn.org Bus Barn Stage Company is a professionally managed, community-based theatre company. Our mission is to engage the artists and community in a shared experience of intimate, professional-quality theatre. Cabrillo Stage www.cabrillostage.com Cabrillo Stage is a nonprofit, nonunion professional summer stock musical theater company dedicated to presenting full-scale Broadway musicals to the greater Monterey Bay area. Calaveras Repertory Theatre www.calaverasrep.com CRT is a small professional company dedicated to presenting theatre that explores the possibilities of language & poetry in modern life. Campbell United Theatre Arts www.campbellunited.org We are a diverse and welcoming community which seeks to offer musical theatre experiences as an outreach to the Campbell community and the South Bay area. Children’s Musical Theater San Jose www.cmtsj.org Children’s Musical Theater San Jose is the leading theatre company for youth in the nation. Recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts for Access to Artistic Excellence, CMT casts all who audition and provides high-quality musical productions for family audiences throughout the Bay Area. City Lights Theater Company of San Jose www.cltc.org Performing in a converted warehouse, City Lights Theater Company creates innovative, engaging, and accessible theatre that brings audiences and artists together in an intimate, vital, and inspiring experience. City Lights offers an uncommon and unique theatre experience for the patron seeking a cutting-edge, off-Broadway performance. Coastal Repertory Theatre www.coastalrep.com Coastal Repertory Theatre is a community theatre with a commitment to excellent productions of old & new plays that include and interest the entire community. ComedySportz www.comedysportzsanjose.com Not comedy about sports, it’s comedy as a sport! The South Bay’s longest-running show, ComedySportz has been named best local theatre company by Metro Newspapers as well as Editor’s Choice by The Wave Magazine. Crystal Springs Players www.csumc.org/drama The drama group from Crystal Springs UMC, the Players specialize in giving people new to the stage a chance to perform in a supportive atmosphere. Actors come from the church and from friends of the church. The Players perform primarily secular plays that have a good message or are fun. Dragon Productions Theatre Company www.dragonproductions.net Dragon Productions Theatre Company is dedicated to producing lesser-known works that challenge, entertain, and provoke its patrons, while offering a home for both established & new theatre artists in the Bay Area to perform and learn. Festival Theatre Ensemble www.lgshakes.org FTE is dedicated to the production of classical theatre (primarily Shakespeare) and the creation of stage adaptations of classic novels, legends and fairy tales. Foothill College Theatre Arts Dept./Foothill Music Theatre www.foothill.edu/fa offers outstanding and varied education to those seeking to develop their skills in all aspects of theatre arts as well as produce outstanding and multi award-winning plays and musicals. Hillbarn Theatre www.hillbarntheatre.org Since 1941, Hillbarn Theatre’s founding ideal is to create theatre with the community, for the community, always striving for excellence in production. Jewel Theatre Company www.jeweltheatre.net JTC is a small professional company presenting contemporary existing and new plays/musicals. Los Altos Youth Theatre www.ci.los-altos.ca.us/recreation/layt An educational program dedicated to developing skills and interests in the dramatic arts. Producing three dramas and one musical a season involving various levels of difficulty and age groups. Lyric Theatre www.lyrictheatre.org Lyric Theatre is the performing arm of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of San Jose, which serves the community at large by providing family oriented entertainment. Lyric theatre produces a regularly scheduled season of fully staged and orchestrated light opera. These productions provide singers, instrumentalists and theatre artisans an outlet for creative expression. Mission City Opera www.missioncityopera.org Mission City Opera is Santa Clara’s professional opera company dedicated to the presentation exceptional operatic works at affordable prices in intimate productions. MCO is committed to the finest entertainment, to the education of adults and youth in this culmination of all performing arts, and to its preservation for generations to come. Northside Theatre Company www.northsidetheatre.com Northside Theatre Company’s mission is to present culturally enriching theatrical opportunities to our Bay Area community. We produce new works and traditional plays that reflect the rich & diverse cultural heritage of our valley. Notre Dame de Namur University Department of Theatre and Dance www. theatre.ndnu.edu Notre Dame de Namur University Department of Theatre and Dance offers degrees in theatre, dance and musical theatre. Pacifica Spindrift Players www.pacificaspindriftplayers.org Community theatre group providing volunteer opportunities to bring quality theatre arts to Pacifica and beyond. Palo Alto Children’s Theatre www.cityofpaloalto.org/childrenstheatre Palo Alto Children’s Theatre is a part of the Division of Arts & Sciences, Department of Community Services, City of Palo Alto. Palo Alto Children’s Theatre has gained world acclaim as a model for theatres by and for young people. In 1937, the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre became one of the first and only children’s theatres in the nation to have a fully-equipped theatre just for the young people of the community. The Children’s Theatre serves children and young adults aged 4 to 22 years. Palo Alto Players www.paplayers.org Palo Alto Players presents a diverse season drawn from the best of Broadway, off-Broadway & beyond. Our season of five productions runs from September to June, with all performances at the beautiful Lucie Stern Theater in Palo Alto. Pear Avenue Theatre www.thepear.org The Pear is an intimate (40-seat) black box theatre, specializing in producing new plays, classics and edgy works by contemporary writers like Amy Freed, Jon Robin Baitz, & Anthony Clarvoe. Since our founding in 2002, we have produced 21 plays and have developed a reputation for imaginative, high-quality productions. Peninsula Youth Theatre www.pytnet.org Provides theatrical learning experience that develops leadership, emphasizes responsibility and fosters teamwork in a supportive, respective environment. Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory www.pvtc-ca.org Creates community & inspire individuals to discover their unique passion through pursiut of excellence in theatre arts. We teach classes and produce plays for beginning actors as well as for experienced performers, hoping to nurture the growth of all of our artists. Renegade Theatre Experiment www.renegadetheatre.com Through our commitment to forward-thinking performance, RTE builds creative partnerships with aspiring and established artists to bring edgy, unique, outstanding theatre to the Bay Area. San Carlos Children’s Theater www.sancarloschildrenstheater.com A local children’s acting company presenting four shows a year. Also offers classes for beginning and intermediate actors as well as specialty classes. San Jose Multicultural Artists Guild/Tabia www.sjmag.org SJMAG’s serves communities by conducting cross cultural arts programming reflective of the experiences of African Americans, women and Chicano/Latinos. SJMAG operates three artistic programs: professional productions of works by women, African American, Latino & other multicultural playwrights and performing artists; community performances and workshops; and multicultural arts education programs. San Jose Repertory Theatre www.sjrep.com San Jose Repertory Theatre engages, entertains inspires people. We produce innovative theatrical performances that offer fresh perspectives into the human condition; educational programs that promote life-long learning; and outreach initiatives that benefit our diverse SF Bay Area community. Santa Clara Players www.scplayers.org Dedicated to the advancement and presentation of dramatic arts in the community. The group provides the opportunity for anyone, regardless of experience level, to work in a fun & enriching environment. A nonprofit community theatre group, the Players are devoted to providing an affordable, quality theatrical experience. Santa Clara University Center of Performing Arts www.scu.edu/cpa Department of Theatre and Dance offering a BA in theatre arts with a dance or theatre emphasis. Two dance concerts and four productions a year as well as student showcases, dance recitals & one-act festivals. Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company www.shadyshakes.org Shady Shakespeare brings the universal messages of Shakespeare’s work to a modern society and works to provide an environment that nurtures, fulfills and excites theatrical artists. SSTC encourages diversity by providing opportunities to all artists and volunteers & by providing its performances free of charge. Saratoga Drama Group www.saratogadramagroup.com Saratoga Drama Group is a nonprofit community theatre that produces three musicals per season. SDG provides its Bay Area audience with a varied mix of new shows and classical favorites. Tabard Theatre Company www.tabardtheatre.org Tabard Theatre Company is committed to making a difference in the community through the arts by presenting three main stage productions each season and workshops that are suitable and appropriate for audiences of all ages as well as making theatre affordable and accessible to all, a goal it meets through its various outreach & donation programs. Thalia Productions www.thaliaproductions.com Presenting the best of Brazilian music in the SF Bay Area. The Plaza Players www.geocities.com/plaza_players/Plaza_Players.html A new company focused on producing classic American theatre through careful management of economic resources. Theatre Q www.theatreq.org theatre Q exists to portray the evolving images of gays and lesbians. TheatreWorks www.theatreworks.org TheatreWorks is committed to being one of America’s outstanding professional theatres. Our work celebrates the human spirit through innovative productions and education programs inspired by our exceptionally diverse community. Productions include a mix of reinvigorated classics, contemporary hits & exceptional new works including fifty world premieres in the SF Bay Area over the past 38 years. West Valley Light Opera www.wvlo.org WVLOA, a community-based, nonprofit association serving a subscriber base of over 1,700 members, dedicated to presenting three fully staged, quality, affordable, family-oriented musicals each year, offering opportunities to anyone with dramatic or stagecraft aspirations to work with experienced directors, producers & performers.