Founded in 1965 by William Ball, A.C.T. opened its first season in San Francisco at the Geary Theater in 1967. In the 1970s, A.C.T. solidified its national and international reputation, winning a Tony Award for outstanding theater performance and training in 1979. During the past four decades, more than 300 mainstage productions have been performed to a combined audience of over 7 million people.
Born in a storefront on College Avenue, Berkeley Rep has moved to the forefront of American theater by telling unforgettable stories. Founded in 1968 by Michael Leibert, BRT quickly earned respect far and wide for presenting the finest plays, performed by the finest actors. In 1980, with the support of the local community, Berkeley Rep built the 400-seat Thrust Stage where its reputation has grown steadily since.
Broadway San Jose is a member of the Nederlander Organization, one of the country's largest and most experienced operators of live theater. Opening in September 2009 and located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Broadway San Jose presents some of the most exciting shows touring the United States.
Founded in 1974, the Theater began as an artistic collective and has evolved into a fully professional theater known for its innovative productions of classic theater. Such prestigious actors as Annette Bening, John Vickery, Douglas Sills, Julian Lopez-Morillas, and Lura Dolas have appeared on the stages of Cal Shakes, primarily the plays of William Shakespeare. In 1991, the Theater built its current performance venue, the 545-seat Bruns Memorial Amphitheater in the hills between Berkeley and Orinda.
Located on Sonoma State Universitys picturesque campus in the heart of Californias Sonoma wine region, the Green Music Center will present the highest in artistic excellence in the coming 2012-2013 season, offering an array of the worlds most distinguished performers from classical music, opera, jazz and world music - many of whom will perform for the first time ever in Sonoma County.
As America's oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic firsts since its founding in 1933, performing the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first 20th century American production of Coppelia. A lively, vital ensemble, San Francisco Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies in the country.
The second largest opera company in North America, San Francisco Opera was founded by Gaetano Merola and incorporated in 1923. The company's first performance took place on September 26, 1923 in San Francisco's Civic Auditorium. They have come a long way since then.
Originally presented over two weeks, San Francisco Opera's season contains around 75 performances of ten operas throughout the year. San Francisco Opera celebrated the 75th anniversary of its performing home, the glorious War Memorial Opera House, in 2007.
SFJAZZ is one of the world’s leading presenters of jazz and related forms of music, with over 100 performances each year. A non-profit organization founded in 1983, SFJAZZ is only one of two major year-round organizations in the country dedicated to cultivating jazz as a living art for with a rich past. All told, one million people have attended SFJAZZ concerts and over 10,000 musicians have graced SFJAZZ stages.
The next stage for SFJAZZ is a world-class performance hall. SFJAZZ Center is to open in January 2013 in downtown San Francisco.
Stanford Live curates experiences that engage artists’ and audiences’ imagination, creativity and sense of adventure. Founded in 1969 at the prestigious Stanford University, Stanford Live produces and presents music, theatre, dance, spoken word, and multi-media events. Placing a special focus on innovation and risk-taking, Stanford Live is an incubator and destination spot for new innovative and thought-provoking works in a myriad of artistic endeavors.