For nearly 50 years we have been building upon Cal Shakes' original impulse:


And it’s people like you that allow us to do that. There are few things you may not know about us that we’d like to share as we approach the year’s end.

Did you know Cal Shakes is not just a May through October theater company? We operate year-round, providing vital theater-based programs in schools and with community partners that cast a light on the power of story as an essential tool for understanding the human condition.

Did you know...

…programming exposes more Oakland youth to theater than the entire Oakland Unified School District? This season we served over 5,000+ students at our student discovery matinee series, in-classroom residencies, and summer conservatory program.

…engagement programs and initiatives connect with young adults and elders?  These include story circles, civic dialogues, and other initiatives that amplify voices of community members who are not on the stage.

… is training a cohort of teaching artists to lead theater-based curriculum inside prisons?  In partnership with artist-facilitator Tatiana Chaterji, Healing Through Our Stories, is preparing facilitators who have a lived connection to criminalization for intentional, compassionate, and healing work in carceral settings.

…a cohort of Bay Area theater makers learning about the principles of transformative justice as a response to the #MeToo movement? 

…for the future? It’s pretty exciting, ranging from a wonderful four-play season to more expansive, transformative community partnerships and programs. We can’t wait to share more!

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only fund 40% of our annual operating budget? As a regional, non-profit, professional theater, we greatly rely on the generosity of people like you who appreciate what we do and want to see more of it in the future.

Work like this is less visible to the public, but essentially linked to our values and mission. We hope you’ll make a year-end gift to support this work.

You now know.

Cal Shakes is much more than a theater company, but an integral part of the community and social fabric of our Bay Area.

It is in this spirit that we approach you in this season of giving. Please honor us with a charitable donation to Cal Shakes.

We’re delighted to let you know that all new or increased giving this holiday season will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000, by a generous anonymous donor.

We know we can count on you, and for that, we are so grateful! Thank you for choosing to make your gift today, for helping make Cal Shakes a theater for all, for ensuring that the show goes on!

P.S.: It is easy to support Cal Shakes through a Donor-Advised-Fund! If you hold funds through Fidelity Charitable, Charles Schwab Charitable, or BY Mellon, you can support Cal Shakes with one easy click!

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