Best Theater Classes in the Bay Area

These Theater Classes were voted the Bay Area’s 2017 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

East Bay

Gold: Bay Area Children’s Theatre. “Think Playfully!” is the motto of this theater group which introduces children of all backgrounds to live professional theater and offers musical theater training to kids around the Bay Area. Multiple locations. 510-296-4433.

Silver: Star Struck Theatre Youth Performing Arts. 42307 Osgood Road, Unit L,
Fremont. 510-659-1319.

Bronze: Berkeley Playhouse. 2640 College Ave., Berkeley. 510-845-8542.


Gold: San Carlos Children’s Theater. Offers after-school drama classes, musical theater camps, specialized workshops and full-scale productions for ages 5 to 18. Multiple locations in San Carlos. 650-594-2730.

Silver: Pied Piper Players. Multiple locations.

Bronze: Hillbarn Theatre. 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City. 650-349-6411.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Children’s Musical Theatre San Jose. Just finishing up its 49th season, CMT casts everyone who auditions and seeks to train and educate youth through theater. 1401 Parkmoor Ave., #100, San Jose. 408-288-5437.

Silver: Willow Glen Children's Theatre. Multiple locations. 408-448-6400.

Bronze: Starting Arts. 525 Parrott St., San Jose. 408-492-9022.

San Francisco/Marin

Gold: Bay Area Children’s Theatre.  This nonprofit serves more than 90,000 children and adults throughout the Bay Area with mainstage performances in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland and San Ramon. 2162 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. 510-296-4433.

Silver: Musical Theatre Works. 58 W. Portal Ave., San Francisco. 415-689-4413.

Bronze: Linda Bulgo’s Musical Productions. 236 W. Portal, #134, San Francisco. 415-632-1667.


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