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Theatre Bay Area at SF Pride 2016

Posted By TBA Staff, Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

By Tyler Jeffreys, communications intern

On June 26, a sunny Sunday afternoon, Pride was in the air throughout most of the downtown San Francisco area. The San Francisco Pride Festival began 46 years ago to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of New York, one of the first gatherings against the oppression of the LGBT community. People from all walks of life came to Pride to celebrate this year’s theme of racial and economic equality: drag queens, heterosexual couples and even older women in their Sunday clothes—who held up signs that read “Church ladies for Gay rights” to show their support.

Photo: Tyler Jeffreys

Theatre Bay Area staffers arrived at our booth on a bustling Larkin Street with free candy and our very own go-go dancer, and a haul of theatre news and zeal. We asked Pride attendees passing by if they liked live theatre; some responded by admitting they do not go as often as they would like. A number of visitors from different parts of the Bay even believed there was a limited amount of live theatre where they lived. One fellow from San Jose expressed concern that there was no theatre near him; after showing him some listings of productions taking place in San Jose next month, he excitedly thanked us and departed clutching show postcards.

Photo: Tyler Jeffreys

We met movie buffs, bookworms, and story lovers in general who did not realize how easy it is to attend live theatre in the Bay Area. Most visitors showed great interest in the upcoming show posters and asked questions about TBA’s Audience Membership program, which gives members a new way to access discount theatre tickets. TBA membership and events associate Laura Ng said, “We launched a new Audience Membership to bring more people to theatre, so it was great to hear folks of different tribes excited to realize they can support the community in these alternative ways.”

TBA staffers Kim Cohan and James Nelson chat up a Pride attendee about the wonders of Bay Area theatre.
Photo: Tyler Jeffreys

TBA staffers were able to answer membership questions in person, which solidified and reconnected relationships with members. Several bright-eyed actors who were not yet TBA members eagerly introduced themselves to us; they were especially thrilled about our members-only general and regional auditions held three times a year. TBA’s listings editor Kim Cohan had the chance to talk to a wonderful number of local theatre technicians and said, “They [the technicians] were super excited to find out about job listings and the fact that they can directly reach companies through our theatre company directory.” Family and friends of theatre-makers were more than happy to nab information for those who could not attend Pride. James Nelson, our membership and programs coordinator, said, “It was exciting to see some old friends of TBA and have them be reminded that we are still here helping the community.”

Enthusiastic crowds filled the streets for the 2016 Pride Festival. Photo: Tyler Jeffreys

As the Pride Festival came to a close, the contagious spirit and enthusiasm lingered in the crowd. Those of us staffing the TBA booth were happy to have directed some of that energy toward Bay Area theatre. Hope you had a happy Pride, and see you all next year!


Tags:  Membership  pdn  sf pride 

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TBA Wants You!

Posted By TBA Staff, Thursday, May 7, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, May 6, 2015


What’s it like to work in a fast-paced office full of other theatre professionals who share your passion for the Bay Area theatre community? Find out! (Spoiler alert: There's lots of candy.)

Theatre Bay Area is hiring a membership and events associate to help our members (mostly member companies) get the most out of their TBA memberships!

Read on for the juicy details...


Job Description
Membership and Events Associate

The membership associate assists the program director in all aspects of support for our membership services and events. The position is hourly, initially approximately 26 hours/week (part-time) and effective July 1, 2015 goes to 35 hours/week (full-time).

1. Assist in membership support duties (concentration on company memberships)
     • Answer phones and provide customer service to members
     • Maintain databases (membership)
     • Provide clerical assistance (filing, data entry, mailings, etc.)
     • Email/send membership packets/invoices to members as needed 
2. Primary coordinator of logistics for all Theatre Bay Area events.
Events include, but are not limited to:
     • General and Regional Auditions
     • Annual Conference
     • Workshops as scheduled
3. Event logistics duties include but are not limited to:
     • Assist in organizing pre-event logistics (pre-planning, venue, vendors, registration,        marketing, etc.)
     • Attend events as necessary for day-of event logistics
4. Assist in the generation and distribution of information about and marketing materials for Theatre Bay Area services as appropriate, including but not limited to:
     • Events
     • Membership
     • Granting Programs
5. Be the primary presence at Theatre Bay Area front desk: answer questions, handle cash/credit card transactions, manage mail/e-mail correspondence, assist with postcard distribution, etc. 
6. Be the primary contact for Theatre Bay Area office vendors (office supplies, phone, IT, etc.)
7. Various duties as needed

Excellent oral and written communication skills
Basic knowledge of clerical procedures and standard office practices
Working knowledge of computer software (Microsoft Office suite)
Ability to interact with a variety of people in a courteous and professional manner
Graphic design knowledge helpful (Adobe suite)
Some knowledge of theatre and/or theatre administration helpful 

Starting wage is $14/hr with paid vacation and sick time; full health benefits (benefits effective October 1, 2015)

To apply:
Submit cover letter and resume by May 12, 2015 via email to OR by mail to: Theatre Bay Area, ATTN: Membership and Events Associate, 1119 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103


Tags:  job opening  Membership 

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Rejoin and Reconnect with the TBA Spring Membership Sale!

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Updated: Monday, May 4, 2015


Do you remember your first theatre experience?  Of course you do. That amazement, that sudden desire to be part of all the magic, that irreplaceable thrill. Dive back into the community of theatre makers today with an individual TBA membership!

Rejoin today, and get a special Spring Sale price of $50 for a full year!

How? Visit our membership page and use this discount code: 2015SpringSale

“I hadn’t realized how much I missed TBA! Renewing my membership reconnected me with the all the unique vitality of the Bay Area theatre community. It’s good to be back in the loop again. TBA is the pulse of local theatre, and the new website makes it even easier to find out what’s going on." —TBA member Valerie Wagenfeld, rejoined April 23, 2015


Your year-long individual membership includes:

• A weekly e-newsletter, “The Insider,” packed with theatre news, free tickets, and info on upcoming events!
• Discounts of up to 50% off TBA gatherings like the Annual Conference, where the Bay Area theatre community meets up to share ideas and excitement!
• Eligibility to see shows as a TBA Awards adjudicator—for free!


If you've missed that "plugged in" feeling, click on over here and rejoin TBA for only $50 with this promo code: 2015SpringSale. (Offer good for new or lapsed TBA individual members only.)

Act now - offer ends June 30!

Tags:  Annual Conference  Community Events  Membership  Sale 

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Spring Sale for New Members: A Great Graduation Gift - just $50!

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, April 21, 2015



You read that right: for a limited time, individual Theatre Bay Area membership can be had for just $50 (new and lapsed members only). If you know someone who should be a member but hasn’t taken the step to join, now is a great time to nudge them towards our website. Use the promo code: 2015SpringSale.

A Theatre Bay Area membership makes a great graduation gift for students in your life! TBA membership includes lots of perks for them to enjoy: 

Free and discount tickets to shows around the Bay Area
Audition and job postings
Eligibility for General Auditions
Opportunity to adjudicate for the TBA Awards - meaning more free tickets to shows!

Act now - offer ends June 30!

Tags:  arts education  Membership  TBA Awards  TBA general auditions 

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Theatre-Makers, Speak Out!

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, February 17, 2015



Hello, Bay Area theatre-makers!



We want to learn more about your engagement in the theatre community. Please take 10-15 minutes to complete the survey linked below.

Five lucky survey participants will receive a $75 VISA gift card, but HURRY - Survey ends at 10 a.m. Monday, February 16! 


Thanks—we look forward to hearing what you have to say!

Tags:  Membership 

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2015 Annual Conference - Save the Date!

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Updated: Thursday, December 18, 2014




It's official! The 2015 TBA Annual Conference will land on April 13, taking over downtown Berkeley for yet another exciting day of networking, socializing, sharing ideas, information, and best practices.


Save the date, and we'll see you there!

Tags:  #tbacon15  Annual Conference  Membership 

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TBA Holiday Open House Dec. 8!

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"Happy New Year! Colorful Bubbly for you!" by Evan Leeson on Flickr. Used under creative Commons license.



Feeling the holiday spirit? We sure are! In fact, the holidays start early at TBA this year – December 8, to be precise – and we'd like to invite all of our beloved members to come on down to 1119 Market and celebrate with us! 

Come see where the magic is made, chat up your TBA friends, and nosh and sip your way to a holiday glow.  

Special for actors: To spread the holiday cheer, we'd like to invite you to drop off your General Auditions/ATLAS applications in person! Mailed applications have a cutoff time of 5 p.m. for acceptance, but if you walk your application in you've got till 7 p.m.! And then relax and enjoy some wine and good company.

What: TBA Holiday Open House

Where: TBA Headquarters, 1119 Market Street, 2nd Floor

When: Monday, Dec. 8, from 5-7 p.m.

Who: TBA staff & amazing TBA members like you!


Tags:  Community Events  Membership  Winter Holidays 

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Featured Member: George Maguire

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bay Area veteran George Maguire is our latest featured member. George has enjoyed an illustrious career across the country, having first joined Actor's Equity fifty years ago. He has been lighting up stages and screens since then, and has also spent many years training future generations of artists. Recently, George has been among the most active adjudicators in the TBA Awards. Needless to say, we're fans.


 TBA Featured Member George Maguire.

Tell us a little about your theatre work.
I have been a proud member of AEA for 50 years. I got my card in 1964 at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera working with Phil Silvers, Ginger Rogers, Vivian Blaine, Georgio Tozzi and others in musicals such as Tovarich, Top Banana, Mr. President and South Pacific. I was there for the next five seasons and returned in 1979 as assistant director. I began an MFA at both the University of Denver and subsequently NYU, and as always happens, I got a job and never quite finished the degree. In 1975, I started to explore the non-musical theatre world and opened up to Shakespeare festivals and numerous regional theatres like Actors Theater of Louisville. I made my Broadway debut in an ill-fated revival of Canterbury Tales. I moved to California to be a faculty member, actor, and director at PCPA Theaterfest and moved to San Francisco in 1986. In 1988, I got a part-time job at Solano Community College, cofounded the Actor Training Program and became full-time for 18 subsequent years (leaving two years ago). I've had the joy of appearing in leading and supporting roles in over 35 films and TV pilots including Fight Club, Pursuit of Happiness, James Franco's Yosemite, and most recently The Right Side of Wrong with James Remar and Lea Thompson. 

What do you like about the theatre scene here in the Bay?
The Bay Area scene is like an extended family of artists: loving, creative, supportive and positive. We thoroughly enjoy going to one another's productions and really give one another a huge and encouraging sense of "Go there!" when we see expansion in work and character-creativity. 

Do you have a resource or piece of advice you'd like to share?
Always live in the positive! Be ready and open to change in both yourself and the world around you. I tell my students that the two most important things an actor owns are your reputation and a box of thank-you cards!

You've also been active adjudicator in the TBA Awards. How has that experience been for you?
Being an adjudicator has opened up a wide range of new experiences, especially with theatres I had not previously visited. The vast panoply of artists and visions in the Bay Area is never to be underestimated. 

Anything coming up soon that you're excited about?
I'm off to live in Europe for three months starting in mid-December!


Theatre Bay Area members: Creative. Committed. Community.


Tags:  Acting  Featured Member  Membership 

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TBA Booth at the Castro Street Fair

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Photo: "that great rainbow flag" by torbakhopper HE DEAD on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons license.  


Theatre Bay Area will be rocking our very own booth at the Castro Street Fair on October 5! Visit us at our wee home away from home, near Castro and 18th Street, to learn about TBA membership, the TBA Awards, the many amazing shows playing all over the Bay Area, and more! You can come say hello to Brad, Dale, James and Michelle from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Love and rainbows, 

Theatre Bay Area

Tags:  Community Events  Membership  TBA Awards 

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