A message from Sarita Ocón, Theater Artist

I was so honored when Cal Shakes asked me to share my story.

You may remember me from this past season as Dulcinea in Quixote Nuevo. And you may remember my heartfelt appeal at the end of the show, inviting you and other audience members to participate in the Pay It Forward Campaign. Night after night, I was so moved by your generosity and that of the whole
Cal Shakes Familia.

I was also truly blown away when Cal Shakes decided to dedicate several nights’ fundraising revenue to another organization supporting work against a humanitarian crisis. We were all deeply affected by the crisis unfolding along the Southern border as immigrant children were being separated from their parents. So when Cal Shakes audiences came together to raise more than $7,000 for RAICES (an organization working with these families), my corazón (heart) burst with joy and gratitude.

To witness my Cal Shakes community come together in such a tremendous way was a moment I will never forget. Cal Shakes does more than tell epic stories to audiences from all walks of life—Cal Shakes builds community and, by making art that matters more to more people, inspires audiences and theater makers to become active change agents in the world.

This is something that inspires me to want to give back to Cal Shakes. I hope it will also inspire you to support Cal Shakes with your donation today.

Love and light,

Sarita Ocón
Theater Artist


Help us make Cal Shakes a home to all

Hello friends,

This past season, thousands of people like you gathered together to share unforgettable stories, told by the finest artists the Bay Area has to offer, against the most beautiful backdrop imaginable. For those brief hours, we made a home—together—at Cal Shakes.

From left: Hugo Carbajal and Emilio Delgado in Quixote Nuevo; Cleavant Derricks, J.D. Mollison, Michael Curry, Ruthie Price, and Santoya Fields in black odyssey; Student Matinee; Catherine Luedtke, Stacy Ross, and Danny Scheie in The War of the Roses. Student Matinee photo by Jay Yamada, others by Kevin Berne.


Donations from our supporters are what makes this possible. Contributing to a home for extraordinary artists and artistry creates the work you want to see on our stage. Sustaining this work also requires additional resources that aren’t funded by ticket sales alone. You can help make Cal Shakes a home for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Your gift helps us produce epic stories and helps us attract and support the most exciting artists working in American theater today. Your gift helps us serve thousands of school children at the Bruns, at our Summer Conservatory, and in their own classrooms. And your gift helps us welcome thousands of audience members each year to the place I am so grateful to call home.

As you prepare to share your own home with family and friends, please include Cal Shakes in your year-end giving plans and make a donation today.

With gratitude,

Eric Ting
Artistic Director