Cutting Ball Theater

For General Operating Support

  • Amount
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
  • Term
    36 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Organization
Cutting Ball Theater is an avant-garde theater that produces re-envisioned classics and new works that are experimental in theme or form. Each year, it reaches approximately 3,000 people through a three-play season, and up to 10 workshops and readings. Cutting Ball Theater, located in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood since 2008, is also home to an education program that offers neighborhood youth access to performances, on-site theater classes, and paid internships.
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141 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102-2802, United States
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for general operating support  
The Cutting Ball Theater, located at the EXIT Theatre (a Hewlett Foundation grantee), is devoted to the professional staging of experimental new works and re-visioned classics, reaching an annual audience of 4,000 people. Building on several recent box office successes, praise from both critics and audiences, and the hiring of its first general manager, the company is well positioned to advance its artistic reputation and infrastructure. With renewed support, the Cutting Ball Theater would continue to offer seasons with three productions and a new experimental play festival; diversify its revenues; and, through its participation in a comprehensive research study, investigate program ideas inspired by findings about how audiences are personally transformed by arts and cultural experiences.
for general operating support  
The Cutting Ball Theater is one of the Bay Area’s only theater companies devoted to the professional staging of experimental works and as the numerous accolades from its first ten years attest, it is the best. Nesting thorny works by Gertrude Stein, or new works by up and coming locals like Eugenia Chan and Marcus Gardley, in a season that also includes avant-garde classics by Sartre and Beckett and inventive interpretations of Shakespeare too, the company has consistently filled houses and grown an audience for challenging art. Now in residence at one of fellow Hewlett grantee Exit Theater’s stages in down town San Francisco the company has recently brought on full time administrative staff and with first time general operating support will be able to support the increased overhead it has invested in to continue its five-show seasons and expand the audiences for exceptional daring work.

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