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Bay Area Children's Theatre

About

We introduce children to the joy of live theatre as audience members at our main stage productions in Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco and San Ramon. Seeing stories onstage inspires children to explore their own creativity, encourages them to think analytically, fosters empathy, and broadens their understanding of the world.

Our productions have a special secret for enriching the experience of our young audiences: we bring great children’s books to life onstage! Most of our work—from dramas to musicals—is inspired by the magic of wonderful children’s authors like Annie Barrows (Ivy + Bean, the Musical), Roald Dahl (James and the Giant Peach), Kate DiCamillo (The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane), and Dr. Seuss (The Cat in the Hat).

We want our work to be meaningful and accessible to children and families of all backgrounds.

New work: We are known for creating new plays that introduce young audiences to heroes and heroines in imaginary worlds and different cultures—plays like our award-winning musical adaptation of Grace Lin’s Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. Developing new work enables us to respond to the varied interests of the communities we serve and to enrich the canon of plays written for young audiences.

Access: To introduce disadvantaged children to live theatre, we offer weekday matinees for school groups in Berkeley and San Francisco with reduced price tickets and scholarship aid. We also offer a school tour in partnership with Alameda County Safe Routes that takes our original musical, Rock the Block, to low-income Alameda County schools with a message of bike and walking safety.

Parents tell us that the children in their life play inventive games inspired by our shows for weeks after the performance. That’s the kind of creative impact theatre has!

Programs

Nina Meehan
Executive Artistic Director