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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

  Mary Ann Grossman
Development Director
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415-430-1140 ext. *21

  J Jha
Marketing Manager, Advertising and Audience Development
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415-430-1140 ext. *12


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

Nicky Martinez
Programs and Grants Coordinator
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415-430-1140 ext. *10

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Membership and Events Associate - View job description
  Kat Meler
  Toni Press-Coffman

Jericha Senyak
Senior Bookkeeper
Staff Morale Officer

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
Michelle Mills Honchariw, Vice President; Marketing Operations and Strategy, Levi Strauss Americas
Janice E. Sager, Treasurer; Nonprofit Financial and Business Management Consultant
Andy Chan Donald, Secretary; Associate Artistic Director, American Conservatory Theater

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
Michael Bourque, Human Resources Management Consultant
Brad Erickson, Executive Director, Theatre Bay Area
Lisa Mallette, Executive Artistic Director, City Lights Theater Company
John Maull, Product Marketing Lead, Square
Richard Merrill, Associate Partner of Strategic Advisory Services, Elire
Alan Olejniczak, Playwright and Librettist
Julia Stephen Peppard, Director, Client Relations, West Coast Industries
Joseph Perla, Engineer, Lyft
Anne W. Smith, Arts Management Consultant and Educator