AlterTheater's ensemble of artists includes the best established, and the most promising emerging, artists in the Bay Area. From legends like Will Marchetti and Frances Lee McCain, to Princess Grace apprentice Matt Jones, our actors appear on stages all over the Bay Area. You've seen our actors at A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, TheatreWorks...but at AlterTheater, they're just inches away from you!

Like our artists, our plays include works by the best playwrights of today--including Pulitzer Prize winners Arthur Miller, Lynn Nottage, Nilo Cruz--and the best emerging playwrights, new voices for tomorrow's theater. Experimental and established, veterans and apprentices, AlterTheater supports local artists and presents voices from the wide range of American theater.

"the unique power of intimate & immediate storytelling""

Our Mission

Committed to the creative growth of theater artists and to a community that is inclusive, diverse, equitable and just, Alternative Theater Ensemble seeks to make theater more accessible to the non-theatergoing public by producing compelling work in places where people are, and to reconnect all theatergoers with the unique power of intimate, immediate storytelling.

Founded on the principles of ensemble collaboration and artistic risk, AlterTheater Ensemble is also committed to new works and local artists.

Our Vision

AlterTheater Ensemble is committed to being a creative problem-solver for challenges in our community, and finding ways for theater to address the needs of our citizens. We wish to not just be a professional theater company, but to be a resident company of San Rafael.


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