Best Theater Classes in the Bay Area

These Theater Classes were voted the Bay Area’s 2018 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Children’s Musical Theatre San Jose. Just finishing up its 50th anniversary 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: Starting Arts. 525 Parrott St., San Jose. 408-492-9022.

Bronze: Playful People Productions. Historic Hoover Theatre, 1635 Park Ave., San Jose. 408-878-5362.

SF and Marin

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

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

Bronze: Kid Stock. 1539 Funston Ave., San Francisco. 415-753-3737.


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. 1000 S. Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo. 650-992-7433.

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

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.

Gold: Castro Valley Dramatic Arts Academy. Offers year-round programs for students ages 8-21 in dramatic theater, film and television. Multiple locations. 510-449-8714.

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

Bronze: Poison Apple Productions. 847 Arnold Drive, Martinez. 925-957-0773.

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