Theatre Bay Area
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 11 counties. The region boasts more theatre companies per capita than almost any other metropolitan area in the U.S. 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 was founded in 1976 to serve this vital artistic community, and is today the largest regional theatre service organization in North America, serving as a model for other service organizations around the country.
Theatre Bay Area's present membership is derived from 11 Bay Area counties and consists of more than 365 Bay Area theatre and dance companies, from multi-million dollar organizations to grassroots community groups; some 3,000 individuals, including actors, directors, designers, playwrights, technicians and theatre patrons; and more than 100 organizational members, from libraries and universities to theatre industry professional services.
Theatre Bay Area's most prominent programs include TIX Bay Area ("online or in line" ticketing services), Theatre Bay Area magazine (the central source for information on the Bay Area's theatre community, reaching 10,000 readers), our Web site containing one of the most comprehensive theatre listings available, numerous re-granting programs for emerging theatre companies and local theatre artists, and advocacy for the theatre and dance community on the local, state and national level.
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