Making Theatre Accessible to Everyone

It’s not enough to create exceptional theatre; we’re also committed to making a difference in our community. Cuts to arts education and the high cost of tickets often mean that only a select few are able to share theatre – an experience that we believe is transformative and absolutely essential. We want to change that.

For over 20 years, we have been donating tickets to students, senior groups, and folks who benefit from the services of local food banks, foster care centers, and other community service organizations. At our most recent annual fundraiser Sassafras, we raised nearly $25,000 to support this effort — enough to give away 1200 tickets to our current season.

Here are a few of the organizations we have worked with through our Make a Difference Campaign:

A Better Way
Berkeley Food and Housing Project
Berkeley Youth Alternatives
Bonita House
Cal State Easy Bay Theatre Arts
The David Brower Center
Laney College Theatre Arts
Maybeck High School
Richmond Youth Media
San Francisco State University Theatre Arts
UC Berkeley Theatre Arts
Up Next Bay Area
Women's Daytime Drop-in Center

“On behalf of the students who were wowed by Sunday's performance of God’s Plot, I want to thank you. THEY LOVED IT.” — Paul S., Richmond Youth Media

“It's wonderful to see young people experiencing live performance, maybe for the first time - to see them connect to something that happens in real time right in front of them. As frequent theatergoers, we sometimes take for granted just how powerful it can be to witness people up there on the stage, just a few feet away from you, acting out a story. Helping to generate the power of that experience - that is why we give to the Make a Difference Campaign.” —
Joe M., Board Member

“We wanted to thank you so much for the tickets and the accommodations tonight! Our group loved the show and we can't wait to hear about your next season. Thanks a million times.” —
Alona B., Up Next Bay Area

“Last night the Ashby Stage was packed with students who loved the play. Phaedra's kiss completely took the community college students around me by surprise. I imagine it was like being back in Greece when the original came out – the unvarnished reaction.” —
Paul H., patron

This bold initiative cannot succeed without your help! Please donate to our Make a Difference Campaign so we can continue to work with groups in our community that have limited or no experience with the intrinsic value of live theatre.

Do you know a teacher? A social worker? A community organizer? Are you involved with any local schools, camps, or community centers that could benefit from a free night of theatre? We welcome your suggestions! Please contact with your ideas or inquiries.

Click here to donate to our Make a Difference Campaign

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