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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Theater


TheatreWorks is one of America’s outstanding professional theatres. Our work celebrates the human spirit through innovative productions, new works, and education programs inspired by and engaging our diverse Silicon Valley community.

TheatreWorks is an artistic community of excellence and integrity, committed to dramatic and musical theatre of outstanding professional quality. Embracing the creation of new works, the reinvigoration of the classics, and the arts education of new generations, our work exemplifies our region’s values of inclusion and innovation while providing a sense of place and community. The San Francisco Bay Area is the prototype of an evolving America of ever-increasing diversity. As we explore this changing world, our art must enhance the American theatre with new vision, revealing both who we are and what we might become.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 120,000

Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley


TheatreWorks presents an 8-play season. Our repertoire contains a mix of reinvigorated classics, contemporary hits, and exceptional new works, including 53 world premieres and 133 regional premieres. Every production and program at TheatreWorks embodies our core values of artistic excellence, diversity, innovation, involvement, collaboration, and celebration of the human spirit.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

We just attended the opening for Clementine and the Lower 9. We liked it very much. The set is one of the best we've seen. The actress who plays Clementine is excellent. It's a good, poignant story about real life. The intertwining of the blues (live music on stage) is especially moving. TheatreWorks always has great productions. You don't have to go to SF to see good theater. It's right near home in Palo Alto and Mt. View.

Previous Stories


Rating: 5

TheatreWorks is a professional equity theater company in Silicon Valley. The work done there, musicals as well as dramas, is comparable to anything you would see in NYC. Their reputation is known throughout the country, especially in NYC. The productions are always top notch.

Board Member

Rating: 5

TheatreWorks has served and entertained the Silicon Valleyv and Bay Area community for 40 years, all under the charismatic leadership of the same Artistic Director. Forged with a family spirit, staff, volunteers, Board and actors extend themselves to their many audiences way beyond any nightly performance. The dedication and commitment to the whole community shines through in all they do, from developing New Works, training school students, bringing theater to the underserved and performing plays at the highest levels.The commitment of Board Emeritus members to continue supporting the company even 30 years after they've completed their Board terms is a testament to the connection TW makes with people. No one loves all the plays but everyone loves TheatreWorks.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This professional theatre company, with a history of 40 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, has a terrific season of 8 mainstage plays, plus a very active New Works program. Every mainstage production is beautifully produced, with professional talent and wonderful sets and costumes. The New Works Festival includes staged readings of 4-6 plays and musicals. The audience watches, and then has a chance to send comments and criticism to the playwrights directly, to help them improve the piece. It's an engaging and entertaining process. Often plays from the New Works Festival end up on the mainstage in future seasons. The current Tony-award-winning hit, "Memphis", was developed at TheatreWorks in this very sequence.



Rating: 4

Season after season, TW offers a well-balanced program of plays and musicals, nurturing an enthusiastic subscriber base. It's very active in the development of new works with its annual festival and workshop. It is also very fiscally responsible.