Theatre Bay Area has proudly served the San Francisco Bay Area theatre community for nearly 50 years.
When you join Theatre Bay Area, you become part of a community of theatremakers – a vibrant community of performers, directors, designers, administrators, and performing arts organizations who make up the unique diversity of our Bay Area theatre scene.
Our Company Members include the full spectrum of theatre companies across 11 counties, including LORT theatres, nonprofits of all sizes, cultural centers, intimate venues, community theatres, and small and independent artist collectives. Together, we are an alliance of theatremakers that promotes, strengthens, and advocates for the theatre industry in our region.
For each of Theatre Bay Area's grants, we convene a panel of community members to review the applications and make all granting decisions. The experience is a great learning opportunity for grant writers and other arts workers to gain insight into the grantmaking process, and panelists are compensated for their time.
Want to learn more? Check out our panelist guidelines.
Opportunities for Company Members
Artistic Director Meetings
Twice a month, TBA convenes a meeting of Artistic Directors from TBA member companies to discuss issues, share resources, and explore ideas in a confidential space. All ADs of TBA member companies are welcome to join us! The meetings are on Zoom, the first and third Mondays of every month, 3-4pm. Interested in attending? Have questions? Contact Melissa Hillman at Melissa@TheatreBayArea.org
Managing Director Meetings
Once a month, TBA convenes a meeting of Managing Directors from TBA member companies to discuss issues, share resources, and explore ideas in a confidential space. All MDs of TBA member companies are welcome to join us! The meetings are on Zoom, the first Wednesday of every month, 4-5pm. Interested in attending? Have questions? Contact Ann Marie Lonsdale at AnnMarie@TheatreBayArea.org
Theatre Services Committee (TSC)
The Theatre Services Committee is an advisory board made up of representatives from TBA member companies. The TSC is engaged in the development of TBA programs and events by giving feedback, advice, and ideas to TBA leadership in monthly meetings. The TSC also serves as ambassadors for TBA, helping to spread the word about TBA programs and events, and participating as panelists, webinar hosts, and more as their schedules allow.
The TSC aims to represent the full diversity of Bay Area theatre in race, gender, dis/ability, geographic region, company size, and company mission.
The TSC meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 10:30am-12:30pm. Every meeting is on Zoom, making it accessible to people from every county in our service area. All TSC members have the opportunity to contribute agenda items for each meeting.
We’re actively looking for new members! Here’s all you need to join:
- You represent a TBA member company
- You like getting advance notification of grant deadlines, event dates, and new programs
- You want to express your opinion, air your ideas, and advocate for issues important to you and your company
- You’re available from 10:30am-12:30pm on the third Wednesday of each month
Interested in joining? Have questions? Contact Melissa Hillman at Melissa@TheatreBayArea.org
Are you an individual member interested in restarting the Individual Services Committee? Contact Melissa!
Board of Directors
TBA is recruiting people to serve on our Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is TBA’s oversight body, guiding and advising TBA in its strategic planning, budgeting, policymaking, and major decisions. Board Members raise funds for TBA, promote TBA’s programs and events, volunteer support in their areas of expertise, and provide guidance to the Executive Director. We are seeking Board Members who are representative of our diverse Bay Area community, particularly trans and nonbinary people, disabled people, and BIPOC.
You don’t need to be a theatre professional to serve! In fact, we are actively looking for people with expertise in member service orgs, nonprofit law, grantmaking/philanthropy, and fundraising. If you have expertise in one of those areas, love theatre, and want to support TBA’s mission, we’d love to connect with you!
Interested? Contact Executive Director Sean Fenton at Sean@TheatreBayArea.org