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.
Theatre Bay Area is committed to embodying and advancing the values of: community, inclusion, service, impact, and organizational sustainability. To live out our values, TBA is committed to advancing the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) both within our own organization and in the larger field.
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.
Interested in working at TBA? Check our current openings!
Our Board of Directors
Debbie Chinn, President; Executive Director, Opera Parallèle
Andy Chan Donald,
Vice President; Associate Artistic Director, American Conservatory Theater
S. Shafer Mazow, Treasurer; Managing Director at Z Space
Richard Merrill, Secretary; Associate Partner of Strategic Advisory Services, Elire
Dale Albright, Deputy Director, Theatre Bay Area
Gina Baleria, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication & Media Studies, Sonoma State University; Host, News in Context Podcast
Brad Erickson, Executive Director, Theatre Bay Area
Armando Fox, Musician, computer science professor, theater maker and arts advocate and technologist
Actor/director/educator, UC Berkeley, ChabotCollege
Kevin Kosik, Executive Director, Book Club of California
John Maull, Product Marketing Lead, Square
Janice E. Sager, Nonprofit Financial and Business Management Consultant
Anne W. Smith, Arts Management Consultant and Educator
Todd Stein, VP of Digital Marketing, PeytonDigital
Anne Younan, General Manager, City Lights Theater Company of San Jose
Interested in joining our board? Contact development officer Shannon Davis.