We did it!
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. We have now created 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. Contractors Oliver and Company completed construction in December of 2020.
Key improvements include:
• New and Improved Acoustics
• New Entry and Concessions Buildings
• Improved Accessibility including ramps and handrails
• Permanent Theatrical Infrastructure, including storage areas
• Actor Enhancements, including Dressing Rooms Backstage!
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. Accessibility is easier with paved walkways, handrails, and lighting.
Inside the wall, the entry building will open onto the Picnic Area 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.
There is underground conduit for cabling for theatrical lighting and sound systems, permanent infrastructure our theatre technicians will welcome, and eliminating trip hazards for audience members. There are also new storage areas for theatre-making supplies.
Backstage, there are three new 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.
We have fixed the historic redwood benches, and are committed to maintaining the Amphitheatre’s rustic charm and protecting the riparian environment.
To find out more, please email Lesley Currier at email@example.com or phone Lesley at 415-499-4485.