About THE STAGE

San Jose Stage Company’s mission is to produce professional live theatre in a unique environment, thereby intensifying the medium in connection to artisan, playwright and audience. San Jose Stage Company is dedicated to the development and presentation of new works, with a concentration on American literature, and world classics that illuminate the human condition and speak to the hopes and fears of all mankind. San Jose Stage Company’s focus is directed to premiering vibrant art and artisans while engaging its audiences in the creative process and serving its community by strengthening the common spirit through the understanding of our fellow man.


Now in its 29th Season, San Jose Stage Company, recognized as The Bay Area’s Premiere Off-Broadway Theatre, presents award-winning, innovative and contemporary programming, showcasing the region’s best new and established artists in a unique off-Broadway style venue. The Stage produces, at a minimum, a 5-play subscription series, inclusive of 120+ performances and 10 scheduled talkbacks. The Stage, the South Bay’s only professional mid-sized theatre organization, was the first group in San Jose to secure and manage its own theatre facility, opening its 200-seat three-quarter thrust venue in 1990. The Stage serves over 25,000 patrons annually.


Over the past 28 Seasons, San Jose Stage Company, garnering critical acclaim, has successfully produced 138 riveting dramas, new musicals and entertaining comedies, presenting 44 new works, including 11 world premieres. The Stage was voted Silicon Valley’s Most Excellent Performing Arts Group in 2004 and 2008 (Silicon Valley Concierge Association) and was honored for the fourth consecutive year for its commitment to excellence by the Wave Magazine and Artsopolis-sponsored Silicon Valley Small Theatre Awards. I AM MY OWN WIFE received the Standout Drama Production Award, ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE received the Standout Technical Design (Sound) Award and ALTAR BOYZ received the Standout Musical Production Award.


San Jose Stage Company was recognized, for the past three seasons, with Silicon Valley Small Theatre Standout Awards for its productions of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (Costumes), GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (Dramatic Production), BLADE TO THE HEAT (Technical Design), INHERIT THE WIND (Classic Production), TRUE WEST (Contemporary Adult Production), URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL (Costumes) and GREATER TUNA (Costume/Technical Design for lights and sound). The Stage’s World Premiere of TENDERS IN THE FOG was awarded 6 prestigious Dean Goodman Choice Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Theatre” (original writing, ensemble performance and lighting design in addition to a Small Theatre Award for Standout Technical Design (Sound/Lights).


San Jose Stage Company operates under the Bay Area Theatre (BAT) Contract, a collective bargaining agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Manager in the United States. The Stage is a member of Theatre Bay Area (TBA) and a founding partner of TBA’s Community Box Office Network (CBON) and the Costume Co-op (TBACC). The Stage is a constituent of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and a member of Americans for the Arts, as well as a founding member of the San Jose Arts Alliance.


San Jose Stage Company is funded, in part, by a grant from Arts Council Silicon Valley, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara and the California Arts Council, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose and the many individuals, businesses, corporations and foundations whose contributions make great theatre possible.

History and Accomplishments