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Our Mission

Theatre Bay Area was founded in 1976 to serve the vital artistic community of the Bay Area, and is today the largest regional theatre service organization in North America, serving as a model for other service organizations around the country. Our 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; and more than 100 organizational members, from libraries and universities to theatre industry professional services.

Our Staff



Rotimi Agbabiaka
Features Curator


Dale Albright
Deputy Director
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415-430-1140 ext. *14


Kimberley Cohan
Programs Manager

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415-430-1140 ext. *17


Brad Erickson
Executive Director
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415-430-1140 ext. *11


  Shannon R. Davis
Membership and Events Associate
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415-430-1140 ext. *10
  Mary Ann Grossman
Development Director
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415-430-1140 ext. *21

  J Jha
Engagement Manager
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415-430-1140 ext. *12

 

Sunshine Lampitoc Smith
Communications Manager
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415-430-1140 ext. *15


Nicky Martinez
Programs and Grants Coordinator
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415-430-1140 ext. *16

  Kat Meler
Bookkeeper
  Toni Press-Coffman
Grantwriter

Jericha Senyak
Senior Bookkeeper
  Gir
Staff Morale Officer
 

Wilma
Staff Morale Officer

 
TIX Bay Area Booth Supervisor: Katarina Nunes
TIX Bay Area Booth Sales Associates: Michelle Arce and Alexia Staniotes

Our Board of Directors

Debbie Chinn, President; Executive Director, Opera Parallèle
Andy Chan Donald, Vice President; Associate Artistic Director, American Conservatory Theater
Janice E. Sager, Treasurer; Nonprofit Financial and Business Management Consultant
Julia Stephen PeppardSecretary; Director, Client Relations, West Coast Industries

Dale Albright, Deputy Director, Theatre Bay Area
Gina Baleria, Founder & Principal at Baleria Creative; Clinical Professor, Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts at CSU San Francisco
Brad Erickson, Executive Director, Theatre Bay Area
Margo Hall, Actor/director/educator, UC Berkeley, ChabotCollege
Jennifer King, Educator and stage director, Napa Valley College; Shakespeare Napa Valley
John Maull
, Product Marketing Lead, Square
S. Shafer Mazow, Managing Director at Z Space
Richard Merrill
, Associate Partner of Strategic Advisory Services, Elire
Alan Olejniczak, Playwright and Librettist
Joseph Perla
Anne W. Smith, Arts Management Consultant and Educator