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"the unique power of intimate & immediate storytelling"

About Us

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 Lynn Nottage, Arthur Miller, 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.

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Why We Exist

We believe our best resource is our artists, and that the world can change for the better when artists dream big, take risks, and push themselves to the limits of their imagination….and then take another step.

We exist to push artists to be better artists. We exist to encourage creativity.

We invest in artists.

We support both established and emerging artists by asking them to mentor each other. We ask them, what have you never done? What do you want to try?


Let’s do it!

  • 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.

  • 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 aim to not just be a professional theater company, but to be a resident company of San Rafael.

    We are navigating our new socially-distanced reality keeping in mind the healthy and safety of all our community members—which include people at high risk from COVID, who may not be able to gather with us in person for a long time. We are developing Hybrid Performance models that will allow us to reach audiences wherever they can safely engage. We also are deepening our anti-racism work internally and externally to better support the spiritual and emotional well-being of our Black and Indigenous community members. And through it all, from at least 6 feet away, we continue to support playwrights and create compelling new work for, by and with our community.