Best Theater Classes in the Bay Area



These Theater Classes were voted the Bay Area’s 2019 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Playful People Productions. A positive, inclusive family theater company. Historic Hoover Theatre, 1635 Park Ave., San Jose. 408-878-5362. playfulpeople.net.

Silver: Children’s Musical Theatre San Jose. 1401 Parkmoor Ave., #100, San Jose. 408-288-5437. cmtsj.org.

Bronze: Willow Glen Children’s Theatre. Willow Glen Community Center, 2175 Lincoln Ave., San Jose. 408-448-6400. wgct.org.

SF and Marin

Gold: Bay Area Children’s Theatre. Training children in the theater arts through performances in San Francisco, Oakland and the South Bay. Camps and classes throughout the Bay Area including San Francisco. 510-296-4433. bactheatre.org.

Silver: The Rabbit Hole Children's Theater. 800 Diamond St., San Francisco. 415-525-4085. therabbitholesf.com.

Bronze: Young Actors Theatre Camp. Santa Cruz Mountains and workshops in San Francisco. 855-462-9282. campyatc.com.

Peninsula

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. sancarloschildrenstheater.com.

Silver: Hillbarn Theatre. 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City. 650-349-6411. hillbarntheatre.org.

Bronze: Pied Piper Players. 1000 S. Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo. 650-992-7433. piedpiperplayers.org.

East Bay

Gold: Poison Apple Productions. This educational children’s theater program offers performance theater classes and camps. It has productions at its playhouse in Martinez as well as the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. 847 Arnold Drive, Martinez. 925-957-0773. poisonappleproductions.org.

Silver: Bay Area Children’s Theatre. Multiple locations. 510-296-4433. bactheatre.org.

Bronze: StarStruck Theatre Youth Performing Arts. Studio is located at 42307 Osgood Road, Unit L, Fremont. 510-659-1319. starstrucktheatre.org.

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