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. marinshakespeare.org.
Silver: The Rabbit Hole Children’s Theater. 800 Diamond St., San Francisco. 415-525-4085. therabbitholetheater.com.
Bronze: New Conservatory Theatre Center. 25 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. 415-861-8972. nctcsf.org.
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. wgct.org.
Silver: Children’s Musical Theater San Jose. 1401 Parkmoor Ave., #100, San Jose. 408-288-5437. cmtsj.org.
Bronze: Peninsula Youth Theatre. 2500 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. 650-988-8798. pytnet.org.
Bronze: Playful People Productions. 500 W. Hamilton Ave., #110549, Campbell. 408-878-5362. playfulpeople.org.
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. bactheatre.org.
Silver: Kids ‘N Dance ‘N Theater Arts. 3840 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. 510-531-4400; 3369 Mt. Diablo, Lafayette. 925-284-7388. kidsndance.com.
Bronze: Berkeley Playhouse. 2640 College Ave., Berkeley. 510-845-8542. tickets.berkeleyplayhouse.org.
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: Coastal Repertory Theater. 1167 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 650-204-5046. coastalrep.com.
Bronze: Hillbarn Theatre. 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City. 650-349-6411. hillbarntheatre.org.