Accessible Performances in the Bay Area This December

We’ve rounded up a few of the accessible performances happening in the San Francisco Bay Area in December 2022. These performances include ASL interpretation, open captioning, audio description, and sensory friendly. Check out the event calendar for more information.

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A Christmas Carol

American Conservatory Theater

Open Captioned: December 10 at 2 p.m.

Sensory Friendly: December 16 at 8 p.m.

Little Shop of Horrors

TheatreWorks

Audio Described: December 17 at 8 p.m.; December 23 at 8 p.m.; December 24 at 2 p.m.

Open Captioned: December at 2 and 7 p.m.; December 21 at 2 p.m.

ASL Interpreted: December 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Accessible Performances in Seattle This December

We’ve rounded up a few of the accessible performances happening in Seattle in December 2022. These performances include ASL interpretation, open captioning, audio description, and sensory friendly. Check out the event calendar for more information.

Paddington Saves Christmas

Seattle Children’s Theatre

ASL Interpreted: December 10 at 1 p.m.

Sensory Friendly: December 11 at 11 a.m.

Audio Described: December 17 at 1 p.m.

Cinderella

Village Theatre

ASL Interpreted: December 3 at 1 p.m.

Open Captioned: December 17 at 1 p.m.


Mr. Dickens and His Carol

Seattle Rep

Audio Described: December 3 at 2 p.m.

Open Captioned: December 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Sensory Friendly: December 10 at 2 p.m.

ASL Interpreted: December 17 at 2 p.m.

On a stage, two actors stand together talking. One is dressed all in white as the ghost of Christmas Past and the other in a dressing gown as Scrooge.

A Christmas Carol

ACT Theatre

Audio Described: December 10 at 2 p.m.

ASL Interpreted: December 17 at 2 p.m.

Here’s the First Look at Wise Children’s “Wuthering Heights” at Berkeley Rep

Check out the production photos of the West Coast premiere of Wuthering Heights now playing at Berkeley Repertory Theatre through January 1, 2023.

“Acclaimed director Emma Rice (The Wild BrideTristan & YseultRomantics Anonymous) and her new company Wise Children make a triumphant return to Berkeley Rep with her latest wildly imaginative theatrical experience. Rescued from the Liverpool docks as a child, Heathcliff is adopted by the Earnshaws and taken to live at Wuthering Heights. He finds a kindred spirit in Catherine Earnshaw and a fierce love ignites. When forced apart, a brutal chain of events is unleashed. Emma Rice reimagines Emily Brontë’s gothic masterpiece with live music, dance, passion, hope, and a dash of impish irreverence, creating an intoxicating revenge tragedy for today.”

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Sam Archer as Mr. Lockwood and Leah Brotherhead as Catherine in the West Coast premiere of Wise Children’s “Wuthering Heights” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. PHOTO BY KEVIN BERNE
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Liam Tamne as Heathcliff, Jordan Laviniere as the Leader of the Yorkshire Moors; Stephanie Elstob and Ricardo Castro as The Moors in the West Coast premiere of Wise Children’s “Wuthering Heights” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. PHOTO BY KEVIN BERNE
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Leah Brotherhead as Catherine, Jordan Laviniere as the Leader of the Yorkshire Moors, Katy Ellis as Isabella Linton, Sam Archer as Edgar Linton in the West Coast premiere of Wise Children’s “Wuthering Heights” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. PHOTO BY KEVIN BERNE
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Leah Brotherhead as Catherine surrounded by The Moors in the West Coast premiere of Wise Children’s “Wuthering Heights” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. PHOTO BY KEVIN BERNE
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Leah Brotherhead as Catherine, Liam Tamne as Heathcliff, Jordan Laviniere as the Leader of the Yorkshire Moors in the West Coast premiere of Wise Children’s “Wuthering Heights” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. PHOTO BY KEVIN BERNE

Accessible Performances in San Francisco This Winter

We’ve rounded up a few of the accessible performances happening in the San Francisco Bay Area this November and December 2022. These performances include ASL interpretation, open captioning, audio description, and sensory friendly. Check out the event calendar for more information.

La Traviata

San Francisco Opera

Supertitles at every performance: November 11–December 3

Orpheus and Eurydice

San Francisco Opera

Supertitles at every performance: November 15–December 1

Ken Ruta and James Carpenter in the 2018 production of 'A Christmas Carol' at A.C.T.

A Christmas Carol

American Conservatory Theater

Open Captioned: December 10 at 2 p.m.

Sensory Friendly: December 18 at 6 p.m.

Little Shop of Horrors

TheatreWorks

ASL Interpretation: December 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Audio Description: December 17 at 8 p.m., December 23 at 8 p.m., December 24 at 2 p.m.

Open Captioned: December 18 at 2 & 7 p.m., December 21 at 2 p.m.

Accessible Performances in Seattle This November

We’ve rounded up a few of the accessible performances happening in Seattle in November 2022. These performances include ASL interpretation, open captioning, audio description, and sensory friendly. Check out the event calendar for more information.

Macbeth

Seattle Shakespeare Company

Audio Described: November 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Brown Out Performances (a fully POC acting company and POC majority artistic team):  November 12 at 2 p.m. and November 13 at 7:30 p.m.

ASL Interpreted: November 19 at 2 p.m.

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Little Shop of Horrors

Village Theatre

ASL Interpretation: November 5 at 1 p.m.

Captioned: November 19 at 1 p.m.

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Jagged Little Pill

Broadway at The Paramount

ASL Interpretation: November 13 at 1 p.m.

Open Captioned: November 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Audio Description: November 13 at 1 p.m.

Cal Shakes Hosts In-Person and Virtual Listening Circles as Part of the Organization’s Evolution

California Shakespeare Theater invites their patrons and members of the community to attend one of three different events where they can discuss all things Cal Shakes.

The new executive director of Cal Shakes, Clive Worsley, is reaching out to the community in the hopes of creating a conversation surrounding the future of the theatre. “Through our recent survey we felt an unprecedented outpouring of support, read a lot of questions and some genuine concerns about the transition,” Worsley shared in an email invitation. “I know it all comes from a place of love and concern about your Cal Shakes. So, I feel it’s important to continue this conversation with you, in person.”   

These events come during a transitional period for the arts organization. In addition to a new executive director, the position itself is brand new. This change was prompted by the departure of Managing Director Sarah Williams. “It is with deep respect and admiration for this venerable organization that I take my leave after three years shepherding it through some of its greatest challenges and opportunities,” said Williams. “I’m honored to have had the opportunity to partner with the visionary Eric Ting, to have worked alongside a dedicated Board of Directors, and to have been a small part of Cal Shakes long and storied history.”

There will be an in-person listening circle on November 5 at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will also be two digital listening circles. The first is on November 12 at 10 a.m and the second is on November 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Performing Arts Equitable Payroll Fund Has Been Created

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB1116 on September 29, creating the Performing Arts Equitable Payroll Fund. This fund would help performing arts organizations pay staff and artists by reimbursing them for payroll costs. This fund would assist arts organizations in compensating their workers in a way that they deserve, helping to keep more artists in the Bay Area and California.

“The creative arts industry was amongst the hardest hit by the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic,” the governor said in a signing statement. “I am proud of the economic and cultural contributions that our arts workers provide to California, and support industry-led efforts to improve their ability to succeed and continue to enhance our communities. Without community arts organizations, many of our small and disadvantaged communities may not have access to the arts.”

The fund still needs financial backing. Advocates are hopeful that funding will be established by next summer.

Best Events in the Bay Area This October

We’ve rounded up the best of opera, theatre, dance, and music for October 2022 in the San Francisco Bay Area. For all events check out our full calendar.

Eugene Onegin

NOW THROUGH OCTOBER 14

San Francisco Opera

Best Events in Seattle in October 2022

Here’s the best of theatre, music, dance and more that’s coming to the Seattle area in October. Be sure to check out the full list of events on our calendar.

Choir Boy

SEPTEMBER 11–OCTOBER 25

ACT Theatre

Little Shop of Horrors

SEPTEMBER 14–OCTOBER 23

Village Theatre

Macbeth

OCTOBER 25–NOVEMBER 20

Seattle Shakespeare Company

A.C.T.’s Geary Theater Has a New Name

The American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) has renamed their historic Geary Theater to Toni Rembe Theater. The change comes after the San Francisco organization received a $35 million donation from an anonymous donor in honor of Toni Rembe.

This donation is the largest single gift that A.C.T. has ever received. To celebrate this unprecedented contribution, American Conservatory Theater has decided to dedicate the former Geary Theater to Toni Rembe, a San Francisco Bay Area arts philanthropist. Rembe currently serves on the Board of Trustees of American Conservatory Theater and is a past President and Chair. Rembe has also served on many other boards for social justice and the arts. She is president of the van Lӧben Sels/Rembe Rock Foundation, a private foundation specializing in the promotion of social justice through legal services and advocacy

“We are deeply grateful to the generous donor for this extraordinary gift,” said Executive Director Jennifer Bielstein. “The funds provided are transformational for the future of American Conservatory Theater and the impact of our programming throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Toni is a role model, and we are honored to recognize her in such a deserving and significant way. The Toni Rembe Theater will forever serve as a reminder of Toni’s decades-long contributions to the arts community.”

The $35 million donation will help protect A.C.T. for future generations. This money is especially critical during a time when supporters and audience members are still slowly returning to the theater after ongoing times of uncertainty and hardship. The gift will also be used for improvements to A.C.T.’s theater venues and an increase in accessibility to performances and programming.

Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon added, “Toni Rembe has been central to the health and well-being of the Bay Area theater scene. Her wide-ranging artistic taste and appreciation of artists and the special act of audiences coming together for a story make her a true theater lover. Her generosity and commitment to Bay Area culture and artmaking is unparalleled. Toni’s involvement with A.C.T. has been historic and long-reaching. She has served as a member of A.C.T.’s Board of Trustees for over 20 years, including stints as Board President and Chair. She was also on the search committee that brought me to A.C.T. I am profoundly grateful for her stewardship and love of theater in her chosen city of San Francisco.”


You can view American Conservatory Theater’s current season on our website.