Forest Meadows is the heart and soul of Marin Shakespeare, the place where we learn and discover the power and inspiration of Shakespeare, which inspires all we do in our community and beyond. Our dream is to create a permanent theatrical infrastructure for the beloved 50-year old Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, improving audience comfort and access, while preserving the theatre’s rustic charm.
Designs for the Forest Meadows Amphitheatre renovation were created by architect Kurt Schindler of ELS Architects. The City of San Rafael has issued a building permit. Contractors Oliver and Company began construction in March of 2020 with an anticipated completion date in time for our 2021 summer season.
Key improvements include:
• New and Improved Acoustics
• New Entry Building
• Improved Accessibility
• Permanent Infrastructure
• Actor Enhancements
What You’ll Experience:
Audience will enter the renovated Amphitheatre through a new entry building built into the existing curved wooden wall. Outside the wall, patrons will be able to purchase tickets.
Inside the wall, the entry building will open onto a Patio where patrons may purchase drinks, snacks, and Shakespeare gifts. You won’t need to leave the Amphitheatre at intermission to get a cup of coffee!
Improved acoustics will allow you to hear Shakespeare’s glorious words much more easily. We’ll also be able to improve the picnic area with better lighting and amenities for you to enjoy your al fresco dining.
Accessibility will be easier with paved walkways, handrails, and lighting.
There will be underground cabling for theatrical lighting, permanent infrastructure our theatre technicians will welcome, and eliminating trip hazards for audience members.
Backstage, there will be actual dressing rooms for our actors, a storage shed for supplies, and a privacy wall screening the backstage area from audience walking from the Conlan Recreation Center parking lot to the Amphitheatre entrance.
• Dust elimination in the seating area
• Safety railing down both aisles
• Additional storage areas
We are planning to keep the historic redwood benches, and are committed to maintaining the Amphitheatre’s rustic charm and protecting the riparian environment.
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To find out more, or sign up for updates about these projects and our progress, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Lesley Currier at 415-499-4485.