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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 14 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 now renovated the 50+-year old Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, and will soon create a Center for Peforming Arts, Education, and Social Justice at 514 Fourth Street in downtown San Rafael as a new, year-round home for our programs and administrative offices.
The renovations at Forest Meadows improve accessibility, acoustics, and audience comfort, and added backstage dressing rooms for actors, making Forest Meadows an even more welcoming venue for artists and audiences.
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.
Three pivotal developments converged to create an exciting opportunity for growth:
- We secured a 25-year lease with Dominican University, allowing 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 and Theatre as tools for social change.
Take a virtual tour of the new space HERE
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