The mission of B Street Theatre is to promote education and literacy, social interaction, and cultural enrichment by engaging children and adults in the highest quality theatre arts and playwriting. B Street Theatre is a not for profit 501(c)(3).
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Since bursting into the Sacramento scene, B Street Theatre continues to keep critics raving and audiences coming back for contemporary productions ranging from popular classics to first time debuts. Our two-theatre playhouse on Capitol Avenue in Midtown is home to our Mainstage and Family Series, each created to house quality, intimate theatre for audiences year-round. Recognized as one of Northern California’s top professional theatres, we’ve produced more than 100 new plays, 60 of which are world, national, West Coast, or regional premieres.
Since 1991, B Street Theatre is where audiences turn to see the most popular and talked about plays of our day . Whether it’s prodding the mind, tugging at the heart or just tickling the funny bone, B Street always strives to connect deeply with audiences of all tastes, temperaments and sensibilities.
The B Street Theatre’s Family Series is Northern California’s only fully professional, resident theatre for children. This beloved and highly acclaimed series, brings the joy of live theatre to children through exciting, original plays and lively adaptations of classic novels, stories and tales. Since its premiere season in 2003, the Family Series has presented over 50 professional plays for approximately 300,000
children and families in the Sacramento region.
For 30 years, the mission of the B Street has been to provide entertainment to children while encouraging in them a love for the theatre and a specific appreciation for the art of playwriting. The school tour reaches approximately 200,000 children in 12 counties in Northern California. Our School Tour offers opportunities to children to submit plays for our annual playwriting contest. A handful of plays are then selected to be performed by professional actors in two of our tours.
Workshops & Residencies
B Street’s Teaching Artists go to schools and other organizations leading playwriting workshops, after-school theatre programs, story telling and skills-building workshops for children and adults. Most of our playwriting workshops are core to B Street’s mission statement, which is to promote education and literacy, social interaction and cultural enrichment.
The B Street Theatre Acting Internship is an intensive 10-month program that immerses young actors in every aspect of professional theatre. Interns are recent college graduates seeking their first post-college, professional theatre experience. The Intern Company experience provides four to eight talented young people with their first real “break” in the world of professional performing arts. In exchange for training and professional performing experience, interns provide the company with much needed assistance in the areas of administration as well as back and front of house operations.
The B Street Conservatory provides classes in technique and scene study to adult actors discovering
their unique talents. During the Summer months, the program focuses on young people ages 8 – 17 with one-week and two-week camp sessions. Instructors are B Street regulars who hold MFA’s from American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco or other top training programs in the U.S. and have regional and national acting credits.
More about B Street Theatre
Here’s a look at B Street Theatre, its Mainstage, B3 Series and Family Series shows, and its educational and community outreach programs to youth throughout the region:
For more than 25 years, B Street Theatre has been delighting audiences of all ages. Founded by actor Timothy Busfield in 1986 as Theatre for Children, Inc., the company’s first focus was a touring theatre company for children. The B Street Theatre School Tour (formerly known as Fantasy Theatre) was and continues to be extremely popular in the community— performing 12 times per week, 38 weeks a year. The School Tour has received critical acclaim by the media, educators and most importantly, the estimated 3.6 million California children (currently about 200,000 per year) who’ve attend performances. For many children, The B Street Theatre School Tour is their only exposure to the live theatre.
In 1991, in an effort to broaden the success of B Street Theatre School Tour, Timothy Busfield and his brother Buck Busfield created B Street Theatre. Most of the plays produced each year are world, national, West Coast or regional premieres. B Street Theatre has enjoyed stunning success since its inception, most notably growing its season subscription from 385 in 1996 to over 7,000 in the 2005-2006 season. B Street Theatre performs to approximately 70,000 adults annually.
In 2002, the company embarked on a third endeavor to allow families to experience live, professional theatre together. The B Street Theatre Family Series produces a four-show season of professional theatre presenting plays for school field trips during the week and the general public on weekends.
In 2016, the company broke ground on Capitol Avenue to build The Sofia, Home of B Street! Read the article HERE
In 2018, B Street moves into their brand new, state-of-the-art-complex: The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for Performing Arts
Learn more about The Sofia, Home of B Street
Our Board of Directors
Producing Artistic Director
Founder and Board Member Emeritus
Dr. Lehman Black
Gregg D. Josephson
The Hon. Lloyd Levine(retired)
In keeping with our dedication to supporting new plays, B Street Theatre is proud to be a Core Member of the National New Play Network (NNPN), which describes itself as “an alliance of professional theaters that collaborate in innovative ways to develop, produce, and extend the life of new plays.”
B Street joined the NNPN as Associate Members in 2015 and quickly became Core Members by 2016. We went on to host the 2018 National Showcase of New Plays, and our 2019 New Comedies Festival had the honor of receiving NNPN Collaboration Funds. B Street has also produced three plays for NNPN’s flagship Rolling World Premieres program: Bars and Measures, Not Medea, and Halftime with Don.
Our Associate Artistic Director, Lyndsay Burch, serves as the Secretary of the NNPN Board and we look forward to future collaboration with this vital organization!
B Street Theatre has been named Best Live Theatre (14 consecutive years) by The Sacramento News & Review and Best Performing Arts Organization 13 times by Sacramento Magazine.