Best Theater Classes in the Bay Area

These Theater Classes were voted the Bay Area’s 2020 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Peninsula Youth Theater. Provides theatrical learning experiences that develop leadership, emphasize responsibility and foster teamwork in a supportive, respectful environment. 2500 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. 650-988-8798.

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

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


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

Bronze: Broadway Babies and Kids. 1101 Laurel St., San Carlos. 650-218-6831.

San Francisco/Marin

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

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

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

East Bay

Gold: Poison Apple Productions. Offers classes and productions for young thespians ages 2-17, with performances at its own playhouse at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts. 847 Arnold Drive, Martinez. 925-957-0773.

Silver: The Ballet School Performing Arts. 1131 Locust St., Walnut Creek. 925-934-2133.

Bronze: Bay Area Children’s Theatre. 6114 La Salle Ave., #431, Oakland. 510-296-4433.