Who We Are

Bay Area Children’s Theatre is the foremost theatre company for young audiences in California.

Our award-winning productions and educational programs have reached more than 700,000 kids and adults over the past 16 years.

We are imaginative thinkers who collaborate to bring shared experiences to children of all backgrounds, inspiring joy, empathy, and creative thinking.  You are our community!

Educational Values

Children thrive when they learn to think creatively and have access to experiences that unleash their imaginative power.

Five Pillars of Creative Thinking

Bay Area Children’s Theatre celebrates the power of imagination. We know that the next generation has the power to change the world, but we must give them the tools to dream big, work together, and envision a brighter future. For this reason, Bay Area Children’s Theatre anchors all of our programming in the process of learning Creative Thinking.

Imagination

Opens the mind to possibility and empathy.

Storytelling

Humans connect and learn through story.

Collaboration

The best ideas come when we know how to work together as a team.

Self-Expression

Learning to express yourself in words and art allows you to make a unique contribution to the world.

Critical Analysis & Feedback

Learning to express yourself in words and art allows you to make a unique contribution to the world.

Production History

Bay Area Children’s Theatre has produced over 50 shows, including:

Bay Area Children’s Theatre is deeply grateful to the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Artists Coalition in the Bay Area for creating the BIPOC Equity Action Plan that brings to light inequities in our field and provides guidance to achieve full equity and inclusion.

Bay Area Children’s Theatre dedicates itself to fight Racism and Oppression. We acknowledge and take responsibility for any actions that may have been insensitive or caused injury to BIPOC individuals. We are actively assessing all aspects of our organization in order to take corrective action.

Bay Area Children’s Theatre recognizes that our Berkeley theatre occupies land unjustly seized from the Chochenyo speaking Ohlone people and that our community reaps benefits from the use of this land. We promise to honor these ancestral grounds by sharing the history of its origins with our theatre staff and patrons, in commemoration of the resilience and strength of Indigenous People worldwide.

We recognize that discrimination and oppression are pervasive in our industry and are committed to dismantling it. This will require authenticity, hard work, diligence, self-reflection, adjustments and a long term commitment. We pledge to work towards achieving the highest standards of fairness and equity through the following:

We will tell stories that give voice and expression to BIPOC lives, experiences and history.

We will establish and maintain diverse artistic teams, creators and casts.

We will hire staff, leadership and recruit board of directors members that reflect the diversity of our community.

We will implement inclusive hiring and recruitment practices.

We will engage in active dialogue and commit to listening and responding quickly to the needs of our artists, our staff, and our community.

We will hold our company and selves accountable to on-going anti-racist training, learning and conversation.

We will review and revise our policies and procedures to align the organization's mission statement to these new goals through an anti-racist lens.

Over the next 12 months, we will work with the board, staff and community members to establish metrics and procedures to hold ourselves accountable.

We will communicate this progress through consistent updates with the board of directors, the staff, and you, our community.