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Why We Exist

Since 1996 Impact Theatre has spoken to a new generation of theatregoers and longtime enthusiasts alike who want to see something fresh and fearless on stage. Our audience ranges from students to professionals to seniors, all of whom share a taste for exciting, unpretentious theatre that doesn’t conform to traditional assumptions of what constitutes high culture.

Impact ensures the continued strength of American theatre by

  • featuring new plays by emerging playwrights
  • producing vital, contemporary spins on classic drama
  • engaging new audiences
  • fostering the development of Bay Area theatremakers

Impact shows compel, provoke, and inspire, at prices everyone can afford.

How we do that voodoo we do so well

Impact Theatre's members are a talented and resourceful company of actors, playwrights, directors, and designers who have been involved in Bay Area theatre for many years. Impact is where we get to use the full range of our creativity. None of us receives a salary, though we do offer a tiny stipend to our hardworking actors and crew on each show.

Impact is deeply grateful to our fabulous donors. Our donors help us keep ticket prices low so that we can continue to offer great theatre at far less than it costs to pay your PG&E bill, fly to Cancun for Spring Break, bail yourself out of a Cancun prison in time for finals, or see a movie at Opera Plaza. All support (money, time, or materials) is welcome, and some are tax deductible.

If you only have your name and address to give, we'd be happy to add you to our mailing list, which will increase the fun part of your mail by a pretty good percentage. You'll get our postcards for each show as well as other mailings, and if you give us your email address, you will also occasionally receive fabulous offers for free or seriously discounted tickets.

Impact is a proud member of Theatre Bay Area

The local theatre community is fortunate to have a great organization at its center: Theatre Bay Area (where the TBA acronym is a badge of honor, not a substitute for "we have no idea when we're going to know this information"). TBA features a lot of indispensable resources for theatre artists and audience members alike: comprehensive listings, audition notices, and half-price tickets, to name just a few things. If you're involved in theatre here, you should be a member. If you're looking for great theatre to see, TBA's site should be your first stop. Well, after you've checked the Impact site.

Accessibility and La Val's Subterranean

Unfortunately, La Val's Subterranean is not accessible for people in wheelchairs or for whom a flight of stairs is prohibitive. We would love to be in an accessible venue that is closer to BART and other public transit. If you would like to help us reach that goal, please consider making a tax-deductible donation.