Best Theater Classes in the Bay Area

These Theater Classes were voted the Bay Area’s 2021 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

San Francisco & Marin

Gold: Marin Shakespeare Company. Offers theater classes for children and teens, camps, a teen touring company, internships and Shakespeare classes at schools. Forest Meadow Amphitheater, 890 Belle Ave., San Rafael. 415-499-4488.

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

Bronze: New Conservatory Theatre Center. 25 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. 415-861-8972.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Willow Glen Children’s Theatre. Their approach gives children the tools to increase self-confidence and make friends in a safe and supportive environment. In addition to acting skills, children develop their presentation, speaking, listening and reading skills. 2175 Lincoln Ave., San Jose. 408-448-6400.

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

Bronze: Peninsula Youth Theatre. 2500 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. 650-988-8798.

Bronze: Playful People Productions. 500 W. Hamilton Ave., #110549, Campbell. 408-878-5362.

East Bay

Gold: Bay Area Children’s Theatre. Its academy offers a theater skill-building curriculum for children from kindergarten through high school. 6114 La Salle Ave., #431, Oakland. 510-296-4433.

Silver: Kids ‘N Dance ‘N Theater Arts. 3840 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. 510-531-4400; 3369 Mt. Diablo, Lafayette. 925-284-7388.

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: Coastal Repertory Theater. 1167 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 650-204-5046.

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