Marin Shakespeare Company is excited to announce Open Access, a new initiative that opens our 514 Fourth Street, San Rafael Center for Performing Arts, Education, and Social Justice to artists to develop work, connect with others, or just provide a space to focus, free of charge. 

Beginning October 30, 2023, the doors will be open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Artists of all disciplines are invited to use various spaces including the lobby, theater, classroom, library, and dressing rooms on a first come, first served basis. 

Please note that the scope of the work permitted will be limited to non-monetized creative development. Though artists may use the space to further develop work they may be hired for by another company, activities that require others to pay are not permitted.

For example, an artist could use the space to develop a new play with their cast, choreograph and rehearse a new dance piece, or record a voiceover or video audition. However, they could not use the space to hold a ticketed performance, sell their artwork, or teach a paid workshop. Marin Shakespeare Company offers rentals of the venue for these types of events for which a specific date/time is required.

Open Access hopes to play an important role in supporting and nurturing the Bay Area’s artistic communities, by providing a free and accessible space for artists to create, collaborate, and share their work.

514 Fourth St., San Rafael, CA

Mondays – Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

No appointment is necessary. Space is first come, first served. Space availability may change daily with deference to the needs of Marin Shakespeare Company including programming, rentals, or maintenance.