Theatre Bay Area – Causing a Scene since 1976

Believing the arts to be essential to society, we invest in the Bay Area’s creative community.

The result— our region is one of the most vibrant & unique cultural destinations in the world.

Now engaging millions of arts participants each year, our members form the dynamic intersection of technology, arts, entertainment and culture. The largest service organization of our kind, we support our members’ radical creativity with an unparalleled collection of resources in an effort to advance culture and just plain make life better.

Theatre Bay Area’s Mission is to unite, strengthen, promote and advance the theatre community in the San Francisco Bay Area, working on behalf of our conviction that the performing arts are an essential public good, critical to a healthy and truly democratic society, and invaluable as a source of personal enrichment and growth.

The San Francisco Bay Area is the third largest theatre center in the country, with more than 400 companies in nine counties. The region boasts more theatre companies per capita than almost any other metropolitan area in the US, and is home to the third largest community of Equity (union) actors, following New York City and Chicago. Some 200 new plays are premiered here each year, many going on to wider success.

Theatre Bay Area’s present membership reflects the thriving arts scene in the nine Bay Area counties, consisting of more than 365 theatre and dance companies, from multimillion dollar organizations to grassroots community groups; some 3,000 individuals, including actors, directors, designers, dance artists, playwrights, dramaturgs, technicians and theatre patrons.

Grant Recipient 2013, 2014

Discretionary Donation 2013

Photo credit: The three Weyward Sisters: Julie Douglas, Maria Leigh and Caroline Parsons in We Player’s production of the Scottish Play at Fort Point, San Francisco. Photo by Tracy Martin.