Arts Groups

California Shakespeare Theater

Founded in 1974, the Theater began as an artistic collective and has evolved into a fully professional theater known for its innovative productions of classic theater. Such prestigious actors as Annette Bening, John Vickery, Douglas Sills, Julian Lopez-Morillas, and Lura Dolas have appeared on the stages of Cal Shakes, primarily the plays of William Shakespeare. In 1991, the Theater built its current performance venue, the 545-seat Bruns Memorial Amphitheater in the hills between Berkeley and Orinda.

Using one of the most stunning outdoor theatrical venues in the United States, Cal Shakes continues to provide everyone, regardless of age, circumstance, or background, to discover the relevance of Shakespeare and the classics in their lives.