Our Future Setting the Stage for Good

Marin Shakespeare Company is one of the most innovative theatre companies in the Bay Area.

ONSTAGE, we offer award-winning summer performances since 1990.
EDUCATION programs serve thousands of young people each year.
Ground-breaking SOCIAL JUSTICE programs use Shakespeare for transformation in 11 California state prisons.

For years, Marin Shakespeare Company has been bursting at the seams. Besides holding us back creatively, the spatial and technical constraints of our existing theatre and offices limit our ability to fulfill our ambitious educational and social justice agenda. We have forged exciting plans to renovate the 50-year old Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, and also modernize our newly acquired space in downtown San Rafael as a new, year-round home for our programs and administrative offices.

Preliminary Design – Forest Meadows

The preliminary design for Forest Meadows will improve accessibility, acoustics, and audience comfort, and will add backstage dressing rooms for actors, making Forest Meadows an even more welcoming venue for artists and audiences.

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Architect’s rendering of the future lobby of our new home

At our new year-round home at 514 Fourth Street, we envision a home base for Shakespeare for Social Justice programs and training, arts education programs for all ages, and a variety of theatrical performances, creating a community gathering place for discovery and exploration through theatre.

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Architect’s rendering of the 165-seat theatre

Three pivotal developments have converged to create an exciting opportunity for growth:

  • We secured a 25-year lease with Dominican University, alowing us to renovate the Forest Meadows Amphitheatre.
  • An inspired theatre patron gifted us with a two-million dollar lead gift for capital improvements.
  • An ideal space for our permanent home came up for sale – the former Heller’s for Children’s building at 514 Fourth Street in San Rafael, just five blocks from Forest Meadows.

We can now envision a dual-site future with year-round opportunities for performances, classes, training, office space, community gatherings, and more groundbreaking work using Shakespeare as a tool for social change.


Think Thrice: One Artful Gift, Three Worthy Causes

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.