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The mission of TheatreFIRST, Oakland’s Resident Professional Theatre Company, is to bring to downtown Oakland culturally diverse material that excites, nurtures and cultivates dialogue within the community. We execute this mission by presenting provocative work with the finest professional theatre artists in the San Francisco Bay Area. By hiring local talent we solidify our role as an Oakland arts organization and a productive member of the downtown business community. Our outreach programs extend into several Oakland high schools affecting the lives of numerous inner city youth and helping develop the theatre-goers of the future.

The company, founded in 1993 as a collective of actors, strives to create a nurturing environment and a respect for the performers and designers who work on our productions. We remain focused on promoting a close, immediate connection between audience and performer, with the emphasis on the narrative and outstanding acting. This intimacy with the material and performer draws the audience in on an emotional level, ignites their imagination and strengthens the bond between TheatreFIRST and our community.

With our focus on artistic excellence, community outreach, and the hiring of local talent, TheatreFIRST remains at the forefront of Oakland’s cultural renaissance.

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