Marsh Programs

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The Marsh reduces the distance between people who want to create, to try something new, and their actually being able to do it. —Charlie Varon (Director in Residence)

What I love to see is this spark of energy in a performer and I want to say here…here are tools. Let’s make something. We just don’t know what might happen and that’s fine. —Stephanie Weisman (Artistic Director and Founder)

The Marsh has nourished an inclusive community where both artists and audiences can branch out into new territory and explore new depths in perspective since its founding 27 years ago. At each stage of development, audiences serve as an integral part of the creative process, witnessing the magic of the artist at work. And those of us who experience the unfolding of an exceptional new piece will never forget it.

Become a part of the magic at each stage of the creative process, from youth theater performances to solo performance classes to mainstage extended runs at The Marsh.


All it takes is one idea, one character, one personal event to spark that desire to tell a story. Bay Area theater luminaries like Charlie Varon, David Ford, Ann Randolph, and Dave Dennison offer classes at The Marsh to help with everything from the development of the story, to fine-tuning the final script. Take a class with some of the most gifted directors of solo performance in the country, or come watch the progress the upcoming artists in each of these classes have made throughout the course.

Monday Night Marsh

mnm-sign-fwInitiated in 1989, Monday Night Marsh is the seed that started the breeding ground for new performance. This program spotlights the ongoing works-in progress of emerging solo performers of all levels and ages. We feature a variety of actors, storytellers, musicians, contortionists, and playwrights. Become a part of this special program, or come support the four different performers each Monday night in San Francisco. Wonderful things can happen.

Program Director: Alexa Almira –

Tell It On Tuesday

Tell It On Tuesday celebrates the expression of individual voices by promoting the art of storytelling and solo performance, coming together as a community to share works crafted by theater artists ad storytellers. We provide an East Bay home to the solo performer. Join us at The Berkeley TheaterStage on the last Tuesday of every month.

Program Directors: Bridget Frederick & Rebecca Fisher –


MarshRisings present One-Night-Only, full-length performances of rising talent at The Marsh in San Francisco. This program supports an artist’s development into a possible MainStage run. Becoming a part of the audience is incredibly important through the development of a piece, so come on down to The Marsh San Francisco and immerse yourself in the creative magic of each individual performance.

Program Director: David Hirata –

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Taking it to the next level. These fully-realized productions generally premier for a couple of months, giving our artists the time to refine their shows and build an audience. All four stages in both our venues in San Francisco and Berkeley are used to showcase the truly spectacular and honest voices of our community. For a list of current shows, visit our homepage.

Marsh Youth Theater

unnamedBecause the creative minds of youth are so precious. Marsh Youth Theater (MYT) provides high quality theater arts education to all San Francisco youth interested in pursuing creative growth in all areas of performance, including drama, dance, aerial movement, music, stagecraft, and performance. Located in the Mission District, MYT sustains a strong outreach program by partnering with local public and private schools as well as community organizations. Open to all young performers year-round without audition, MYT offers a new schedule of fun, skill-building classes, performance ensembles, and summer intensives. MYT original productions like our most recent Kids Called Crazy are directed by outstanding professional teaching artists. Check out our fresh season of Spring classes now!

Program Director: Wayne Harris –

Berkeley Cabaret

Our most recent addition to The Marsh, The Berkeley Cabaret is located in our Berkeley Arts Center on 2120 Allston Way. Our swingin’ performance space equipped with a full bar and Cabaret-styled seating is the hotspot for stand-up entertainment. Whether you’re looking for a spot to enjoy Jazz on Wednesdays with Randy Craig and Friends, a spot to witness the magic of up and coming talent on Tell It On Tuesday on the last Tuesday of every month, or looking to dance the night away at Bachata Night, the Berkeley Cabaret is for you. Sit back with a drink and watch the beauty of our diverse community light up your night.

Berkeley Manager: Isaias Españ

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Looking for a fabulous space for your next conference, meeting, party, or workshop? Our beautiful Arts Center is the perfect venue to rent, located in the heart of donwtown Berkeley just a block away from the UC Berkeley Campus and BART Station. Our venue includes a theater, cabaret, mezzanine, breakout meeting rooms, and a rooftop terrace with wrap-around views of the San Francisco Bay and Berkeley Hills.

Fill out our online inquiry under “Event Rentals” or contact us for more information – or call 415.641.0235