Thanks to our 2013 Bay One Acts Festival 13 Producing Partner Theater Companies…
All Terrain Theater is dedicated to producing original work by Bay Area playwrights and to supporting the development of local theater artists. All Terrain Theater was founded in 2010 by Tracy Held Potter and specializes in presenting theater in non-traditional spaces, including a baby store, residences, laundromats, a record store, and traditional theaters. We are committed to representing women as artists as well as characters in our stories and we strive to create an environment that embraces a wide variety of audiences by telling as many of their stories as possible. We’re excited to join the BOA community this year.
The Custom Made Theater Co., now entering its 15th season of production in San Francisco, is committed to producing plays that awaken our social conscience, focusing on the strength of the ensemble and creating an intimate theatrical experience. Our eclectic line-up of shows (and some might say artists) highlights the diversity of our community. While our productions have always had strong political and social commentary, we also love low-humor, high-humor, emotional drama and intimate looks at life and art. Custom Made is the managing company of the Gough Street Playhouse, a small thrust theatre (audience on 3-sides) that doesn’t have a bad seat. Audiences may often find themselves inches from the performers, and never more than a few feet away. We believe in the bond between artist and audience, and our intimate stage brings us together to experience stories, music and drama as a communal experience.
Do it Live! Productions wants to see a San Francisco that likes its theater like it likes its food: irreverent, cross-disciplinary, and ranging from the refined to the insane and the unheard of. Founded in 2011 by William Hand, Shay Wisniewski, and Kenny Toll in the rich soil of San Francisco State’s own theater community, Do It Live! has since grown its roots into the San Francisco theater scene at large. Committed to creating subversive theater, Do It Live! gives a fresh taste for the old, a startling taste for the new, and always something that challenges our audiences.
FaultLine Theater is a brand new company created in 2012 by a handful of Berkeley grads and their passionate friends. Our mission is to create theater for a new demographic, opening our doors to the young and the skeptical. We are committed to producing challenging work by new and unheard voices. We believe in Green Hiring. This means that all of our talent is locally grown and harvested, creating a greener theater while strengthening the roots of our community. We believe that theatre is not a luxury, it is a necessity and belongs in the hands of the risk-takers, the passionate, and the innovative. We are FaultLine, and we are taking theater back. Join us.
New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC) strives to champion innovative, high quality productions and educational theatre experiences for youth, artists, and the queer and allied communities to affect personal and societal growth, enlightenment, and change. For more than three decades, NCTC has entertained audiences and created community under the direction of Founding Artistic Director Ed Decker. Through its renowned Pride Season of LGBTQIA productions, the YouthAware Educational Theatre program, NCTC’s Conservatory theater classes for youth and adults, and a welcoming environment for new and emerging local artists, New Conservatory Theatre Center is a is a vital part of San Francisco’s artistic, educational and cultural landscape. We are thrilled to connect with so many local theater companies and artists with BOA 2013.
PianoFight was formed by Rob Ready, Dan Williams and Kevin Fink in 2007 and has successfully managed venues (Off-Market Theater Complex); created the largest audience-judged playwriting competition in the country (ShortLived); instigated a fully-scripted, choose-your-own-adventure play series (FORKING!); recklessly invited audiences to Throw Rotten Veggies at the Actors Nights; formed two critically acclaimed sketch comedy groups (Mission CTRL and ForePlays); toured the coast of California (Endless Weekend Tour I & II); created a surf rock band (Das Haus Band) and a soul band (PianoFight Music Department); launched a film department that retains corporate and artistic clients; and built a three-man producing team into a 46-member company of artists while staying true to its mission of producing New Work by New Artists ™. We’ve also consumed vast seas of beer. PianoFight is proud to announce that it’s in the final stages of construction of a new theater complex with a restaurant and bar at the former site of the San Francisco landmark restaurant Original Joes, 144 Taylor Street; it is set to open sometime this year.
Playwrights Foundation was founded in 1976 and is now recognized as one of the top six new play development centers in the country, and the only one of its scope on the West Coast, serving writers at all levels of career placement and artistic maturity. Through our programs we actively nurture and support exceptional contemporary playwrights at every stage of a play’s development and help them forge connections to producers. Our mandate is to offer a full range of programs that provide multiple points of entry for a diverse range of playwrights–at a low cost or free of charge–so they can readily access our services; take advantage of our expertise, resources, and connections across the nation; and learn from their artistic peers. For over three decades we have discovered and supported over 300 writers who have gone on to infuse the American theater with vitality, innovation and relevance.
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival was founded 31 years ago with the belief that everyone – everyone! – deserves access to the performing arts. Though probably best known for Free Shakespeare in the Park (which it offers each summer in public spaces across the Bay Area), SF Shakes is strongly committed to making the arts a part of every resident’s life – from bringing together artists and at-risk youth, to building community-inspired performances in under-served California geographies, to creating and presenting new works via its Civic Arts Stage Company program. SF Shakes is honored to partner with BOA to introduce more art and artists into our community.
San Francisco Theater Pub was founded by Stuart Bousel, Victor Carrion, Bennett Fisher and Brian Markley in the fall of 2009, the SF Theater Pub operated out of the Cafe Royale from January 2010 through July 2013, playing on traditional theater “dark nights” like Mondays and Tuesdays, producing a different show each month, every month, for over three and a half years. Productions ranged from staged readings of classic Greek plays to fully produced Shakespeare productions, festivals of new works by local writers and annual musical theater concerts. Beyond the bar, The San Francisco Theater Pub acts as a co-producer with other organizations such as the Bay One Acts Festival, where they produced Canary Yellow in 2011 and Brainkill in 2012, and the Exit Theatre, where they produce a monthly event, Saturday Write Fever, that brings local writers and actors together to create spontaneous theater. The Pub also maintains an online presence that seeks to represent the voices, thoughts and concerns of the indie theater community of San Francisco, and organizes events that encourage inter-company collaboration and fraternization
Sponge Theater is one of the Bay Area’s newest theater companies that showcases plays with a strong emphasis on language, sound, and the music of the text. Sponge Theater seeks to probe and unlock the myriad of shapes and forms language can take, both through classic plays and new works.
Tides Theatre is on a mission to challenge, inspire, and heal our community by creating visceral theater experiences that are bold and truthful. StoryWorks, our ground-breaking collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting creating theatrical pieces based on recent investigative reports, was the cover story of the San Francisco Chronicle Datebook this past June. Next season will include new works in our ongoing collaboration with CIR. Located in the heart of the Union Square Theater District, Tides Theatre is committed to fostering a spirit of collaboration within both the artistic and greater Bay Area communities, through workshop productions, staged readings, live and ambient music events, and a curated film series (launching August 2013) in addition to a 3 production main stage season: The Little Foxes (January-February 2013), Sweet Bird of Youth (July-August 2013) and Gruesome Playground Injuries (October-November 2013).
The Visible Theater produces theater, short film, and new media works that explore the boundaries of realism. Highlights include Green Bamboo Hermitage (Best of the Fringe), EBX-2087 (2nd prize, East Bay Express), and Jaybird Street, an improvised serial narrative on Twitter. We are proud to be the exclusive Bay Area host for London-based solo artist David Mills (The Bigger Picture, David Mills Is Smart Casual) and sponsor of the Kunqu Initiative, promoting classical Chinese theater in English.
Wily West Productions formed in 2008 to provide a locally run, locally cast, locally produced outlet for new plays by Bay Area playwrights. The production team members have a combined background totaling several dozen productions of various sizes and budgets from New York to Salt Lake City and San Francisco. Wily West is now in its fourth full season and has produced critically acclaimed and award-winning productions. We value not only quality production elements, but strive for a creative and fun production environment. Wily West Productions seeks to celebrate the collective imagination and encourage the exchange of ideas by presenting innovative and thought-provoking plays in the city of San Francisco. We nurture local professional theatre artists and we contribute to the American theatre by commissioning, developing and presenting world premiere plays.