Our New Year-Round Home 514 Fourth Street

Our New Year-Round Home

Marin Shakespeare Company is now the proud owner of 514 Fourth Street in downtown San Rafael.  The city has approved a conditional use permit. Many will remember 514 Fourth Street as the Heller’s for Children Store, established in 1963 and have fond memories of shopping for cribs, strollers, and baby supplies at this beloved family business. Now, the building becomes a new place for the community to share imagination, creativity, stories, discovery, learning and excitement.

Our Dream:

Marin Shakespeare’s new home will serve generations of audience, actors, and students.  It will be a place to tell important stories, like those dramatized by our Returned Citizens Theatre Troupe of formerly incarcerated ators. It will be a training ground for teaching artists. It will provide a venue for the artists of the future to bare their hearts and express their ideas in ways we can’t even imagine. It will be a place where promising works and troupes can incubate and blossom. It will be alive with young people learning and having fun in our growing program of Shakespeare summer camps and year-round classes. It will be Marin’s newest element of a growing “cultural corridor” on Fourth Street.

Architect’s rendering of the lobby of our new home


Our new downtown home will have practical value for others as well. Already  the Downtown Streets Team, AlterTheatre and Ross Valley Players are putting the space to use. It will be available for rentals, events, and meetings. Upstairs, we are organizing 28 years of costumes and props in the large storage area, accessed by a service elevator.  Soon this wonderful inventory will be available for rental by individuals, schools and other theatres.

With the support of generous individuals and organizations to complete our vision, our community will receive additional classrooms, meeting spaces and a modern indoor theatre that will complement our outdoor performance space at Forest Meadows.

We’re delighted to offer tours of the new home of Marin Shakespeare.

Click here for more information about plans for renovations of the Forest Meadows Amphitheatre.

To find out more, or sign up for updates about these projects and our progress, please email management@marinshakespeare.org or phone Lesley Currier at 415-499-4485.