The Best Theatre Companies in the San Francisco Bay Area

Published: September 27, 2014

The San Francisco Bay Area is a hidden gem of a theatre hub, with over 300 companies and thousands of working theatre artists. Here are some theatre companies that never disappoint if you're looking for a great night out of live theatrical entertainment.  

  1. Berkeley Repertory Theatre

    Berkeley Rep is the cream of the crop of Bay Area Theatre: expensive, but always top-notch across the board. 

  2. Shotgun Players

    Shotgun Players always has something fun, wonderfully dark and or deliciously mysterious going on. This is a company that is always pushing boundaries. 

  3. San Francisco Playhouse

    Right next to Union Square, this theatre company often has the freshest hits from Broadway with the best local talent. 

  4. Aurora Theatre Company

    This theatre is intimate and in the round, so you really get that up-close experience. 

  5. Crowded Fire Theatre Company

    This is a great theatre company to check out for something less common, a bit smaller, but still with excellent scripts and acting talent. 

  6. Center REPertory Company

    It's out in the 'burbs, but this company produces high-quality theatre of a more mainstream fare. 

  7. TheatreWorks

    In the South Bay, this company has a delightful mix of musicals and plays with high-caliber talent.

  8. California Shakespeare Theatre

    For a more classical night of theatre under the stars, visit Cal Shakes! Bring your wine and cheese!

  9. Marin Theatre Company

    In beautiful and affluent Mill Valley, this company has a mix of mostly current and classic plays, with a mission to produce all of August Wilson's work. 

  10. Central Works

    Without a budget for set or design, they pool all their resources into providing brand spanking new scripts with the best local actors. With plays in the beautiful and historic Julia Morgan Center, you'll never want to leave. 

For the best combination of consistency, cost and artistic excellence, check out Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley.