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Bay Area Educational Theater Company

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Theater

Mission: Performing Arts Education

Target demographics: Foster self-esteem, individuality, and teamwork

Direct beneficiaries per year: Students, young adults, and families

Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Peninsula

Programs: Musical theater mainstage productions, summer camps, school-based programs

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Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

ScottUrman

Board Member

Rating: 5

We've been involved with Bay Area eTc for the past 5 years and it just keeps getting more and more fun. It's a great chance to be involved with your kids and perform on stage!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been involved with Bay Area eTc for 5 years now. My oldest son (10 years old) has done 10 plays and my youngest son (7 years old) has done 4. It's a great family environment and is run by dedicated volunteers who truly have a love for theater.
My boys have built their confidence to do public speaking, singing, and dancing in front of a large audience. These skills will last them a lifetime.
I would highly recommend Bay Area eTc to anyone interested in teaching their children about the joys of theater.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Bay Area ETC for the last 5 years. First as a parent volunteer starting to get more involved with the build and painting of the sets and learned I really love to paint. Then backstage I learned to crew and moved to ASM on stage right. Next was sound board...and here I am now still learning with every show. Not only does ETC help develop the cast but help develop the family members as well. Best part Is I get to do all this with my daughter! Thank you Bay Area eTc!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter started with Bayarea ETC in Summer Camp when she was in 1st grade, she loved it so much, she convinced me she wanted to do Mainstage productions when she was in 4th grade and now she is in her 7th Mainstage production this Fall and still doing summer. My daughter loves the stage and has been able to develop her voice and dance, grow emotionally in her character development for her roles with ETC. The staff have helped her become a very confident and independent person while making her understand the importance of working together to develop an amazing show. ETC believes everyone is important from an ensemble role to a lead role, everyone can be on stage and everyone should have fun! The most rewarding part of being involved with ETC are the friendships both she and I have made with the amazing Board members, staff, cast members and their families. I have watched her grow from a child to becoming a mentor to others with this wonderful program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering as a costumer for eTc for some time. I've been so impressed with the working environment where alumni families, parents, grandparents, and siblings come to work together to build the magic of theater. I've been touched, lately, by the commitment of young people to helping their peers and siblings by giving of their time and talents. It makes me proud to be a part of this organization!

ScottUrman

Board Member

Rating: 5

We've been involved with Bay Area eTc for the past 5 years and it just keeps getting more and more fun. It's a great chance to be involved with your kids and perform on stage!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our daughter has been with Bay Area eTc for many many years (she's on her 10th show now), and our younger daughter is now in her third show. We love the people who volunteer and work there, and always have a great time. Especially being on stage crew. :) Summer camps are great too!

Michelle289

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization truly cares about the kids and gives them a phenomenal experience in performing arts. And not just that, my kids are growing and learning in so many ways. They are committed and focused for weeks and weeks and enjoy the fruition of everyone's contribution at each performance. It's awe inspiring to see their motivation and confidence and having fun too!

The costumes and sets are also amazing.

Christopher Y.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great org with an unbelievably committed staff. Kids are the number one priority and they do a great job with theater/music education.

The fact that they put on shows with great costumes, sets and production value is just a bonus.

Board Member

Rating: 5

We found Bay Area eTc four years ago when looking for an activity for our 8 year old daughter. Little did we know that while our daughter was falling in love with theater, the rest of our family (including my mother-in-law) would be, too! Having never been involved in theater, we had no idea what goes into putting on a mainstage show. Yes, there's the acting, dancing and singing parts. But there's also the costume making (my favorite), set building, painting (my mother-in-law's choice), publicity, photography (my husband is the official eTc photographer), the list goes on and on. There's much to do to put on a successful show - and everyone jumps on board creating this amazing sense of community. It's an incredible experience for the whole family. And eTc's shows are amazing, you should see one if you haven't already!

Board Member

Rating: 5

What a great experience for the whole family. Theater is so great for growing minds, and e.T.c welcomes kids as well as adults in all aspects of the production experience. My daughter and I learned so much on stage and off.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been involved with Bay Area eTc for over 6 years now. My daughter started with the summer camps, and quickly decided she wanted to joining the main stage shows, too. She has grown in confidence and poise, and it's given her a great outlet for her quirky personality. I love how the kids really view the other cast members as part of their family and learn how to work together. I've been very impressed with the staff and creative talent, and we've all learned a lot while volunteering as well, and have made many friends in the group. It's a great family activity!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great theater company for the whole family! Our girls love acting, singing and dancing, while our son is a techy guy and we love to build sets and make costumes! Thank you for a great experience!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful experience for the whole family! We finished our first main stage show last fall, and immediately signed up for the spring show! Our two children love being on stage and also hanging out with their friends during practices. Beautiful choreography, great costuming, a wonderful chance to meet people in the community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing staff, amazing talent. 5 star all the way!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter just started and is having a great experience! What a welcoming organization to help children gain confidence and have lots of fun!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family has done shows with e.T.c. for years. Aside from being a great learning experience for our daughter, it is a community that has been a big part of her life. Fun and a bonding experience for the entire family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter voiced interest in acting / theater 2 years ago. Since then, she has been in 3 productions and currently enrolled in her 4th eTC production. She LOVES eTc. The staff / volunteers are amazing and have a gift working with children. Our daughter loves the teamwork, spirit, roles and the positive encouragement. My husband and I are very thankful for the organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My children have loved Bay Area ETC. They are a fantastic family theater company.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This company has been a wonderful experience for our whole family. We have shared so many laughs, met wonderful other families with like interests, and then best part is that it was all together as a family. I would highly recommend this theater company to anyone who would like to grow there confidence, wanting to be a part of a community, or who wants to have fun with a community show on top of connecting with your family in new and challenging ways.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non-profit theatre company really emphasizes learning about all aspects of theatre in a nurturing environment. Kids are coached through auditions (and don't worry - everyone gets a part), learn about acting/singing/dancing and the whole family can participate in set making, costumes, etc. The company is very well-run, with great communication, professionals volunteering their time and lots of help to learn the ropes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter is a fixture with Bay Area e.T.c. We think the world of this organization. The staff is very professional, enthusiastic, fun, and the feeling they create is one of a giant family. As a parent of a participant, I volunteer regularly with a variety of tasks. Every member of the family has learned something about set-building, marketing, costume-making, lighting, load-in, strike, and oh- yes, TEAMWORK. This small, family-like non-profit is highly professional, dedicated, focused, and strongly committed to their goal. It is a pleasure to be part of their amazing energy and effort and to participate in the mission of providing outstanding theater experiences to the actors and high-quality shows to the public.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with this company for years and they have been wonderful. The program is unique in that it focuses on the educational side of theater while keeping things light and fun. I've seen shy children come into their own and go from chorus to lead within a year or two.

It's a great program and I recommend it to any family interested in theater.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have two daughters involved with Bay area eTc. Our older daughter started in the summer camp program and knew theater was her passion right off. eTc has helped foster her love of theater, and she grows with every new experience that is offered, its been amazing to watch. Our younger daughter was painfully shy and her eTc experience has helped her grow into a more confident young person, ready to speak in front of her class or even school, I never thought we would get there, but eTc helped her get there. Can't say enough good things about our experiences with eTc the organization has become a second family for us.