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Theatre Bay Area's Annual Spring Benefit
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An evening honoring 

Carey Perloff, Artistic Director, American Conservatory Theater
Tony Taccone, Artistic Director, Berkeley Repertory Theatre

In conversation with Eric Ting, Artistic Director, California Shakespeare Theater

On June 19, some 200 Bay Area theatre artists, community leaders, and patrons will gather at San Francisco’s unique Z Space to celebrate and raise vital funds to support the BOLD work of the region’s theatre community, the BRAVE efforts to advance social justice through the medium, and the BRIGHT beacon of creativity and inclusivity of the region’s theatremakers.

Honorary Benefit Committee:

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown
Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director,
The Public Theater 

Bill Irwin
City of San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim
Tony Kushner
Congresswoman Barbara Lee
San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo
Armistead Maupin

Rita Moreno
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi,
House Democratic Leader
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

Congresswoman Jackie Speier
State Senator Scott Wiener



The Celebration

The evening’s festivities included a vibrant VIP reception, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres, as well as both a live and silent auction, and two select performances previewing theatre productions coming to stages this summer. Theatre Bay Area executive director Brad Erickson and managing director Rachel Fink offered welcome remarks leading to the highlight of the evening: a conversation between leaders of three of the region’s most prominent theatres.



The Conversation

The highlight of the evening featured special guests Carey Perloff and Tony Taccone—in a first-time appearance together on stage—being interviewed by Eric Ting, artistic director of California Shakespeare Theater. The trio discussed the role of the arts in a new political landscape and the unique position of Bay Area theatre in building community and championing social change.

Click here for benefit honoree biographies.


The Cause

The evening’s proceeds went to support Theatre Bay Area’s programs to strengthen and advance the theatre community of the region. Theatre Bay Area’s services are aimed at both individual artists and theatre companies alike with a comprehensive array of programs including advocacy work at the local, state, and federal levels, career building for theatremakers, organizational development, theatre journalism, grants for artists and small companies, and the renowned TBA Awards program. Theatre Bay Area’s members include some 2,000 individual artists and 300 theatre and dance companies throughout the region. Standout programs include:

  • $1.7M in funding, awarded to 660 artists and small organizations over the past 18 years, through the CA$H (Creative Assistance for the Small company and Hungry artist) grant  program.
  • Opportunities each year for nearly 500+ actors to audition for 100 theatre companies through TBA’s General and Regional Auditions.
  • An Annual Conference held each spring attracting 400 theatre artists and leaders all across the region for a day of learning and information-sharing with renowned speakers and thought leaders from around the nation.
  • Career development assistance for over 370 actors, directors, playwrights through the ATLAS (Advanced Training Leading Artists to Success) program.
  • The TBA Awards honoring artistic achievement of artists hailing from 90+ professionally-oriented theatres all around the Bay Area.  

Special Thanks

Theatre Bay Area would like to thank...

Bold. Brave. Bright. Benefactor Sponsors

Craig Moody
Kathy King
Jill Matichak

Institutional Funders & Sponsors

California Arts Council
City Sightseeing San Francisco
The Fleishhacker Foundation
The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
Kenneth Rainin Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
RHE Charitable Foundation
San Francisco Grants for the Arts
The Shubert Foundation
The Zellerbach Family Foundation 


Theatre Bay Area is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations to TBA are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. TBA’s tax ID number is 94-2476071.


Photo credits (from top to bottom): 

Bold. Brave. Bright. Benefit, Theatre Bay Area's 2017 Fundraiser. Photos: Cynthia Penaloza
A Summer Night's Dream, Theatre Bay Area's 2015 Fundraiser. Photo: Jim Norrena
A Summer Night's Dream, Theatre Bay Area's 2015 Fundraiser. Photo: Jim Norrena
Eric Ting. Photo: Kevin Berne
Carey Perloff. Photo: Courtesy of American Conservatory Theater
Tony Taccone. Photo: Kevin Berne