- The mission of EXIT Theatre is to develop theater artists by providing
opportunities to perform. Our focus is on providing open access opportunities
for all theater artists so they can develop and experiment. We do this
by commissioning, developing and producing new plays; providing production
support and low cost theater rentals to small companies; hosting theaters
and playwrights-in-residence; and by producing the San Francisco Fringe
Festival, the largest grass roots theater festival in the Bay Area.
- We operate five storefront theaters, with a total of 300 seats,
in the Tenderloin district of downtown San Francisco. Our theaters range
in size from 35 seats to 80 seats and annually host 100 independent theater
- EXIT Theatre was founded on Eddy Street in San Francisco's Tenderloin
neighborhood in 1983 when a group of method actors and retired vaudvillians
came together under artistic director Christina Augello to perform a new
play in the lobby of a residential hotel and passed the hat for funding.
The local alternative press has named EXIT Theatre "Best Local Venue",
"Best (3,000 miles) Off-Broadway Theater", "Best Off-Beat
Theatre" and the artistic director has been named "Best Producer"
and "Working Woman of the Year."
San Francisco Fringe Festival
- Each September, for twelve days begining the Wednesday after Labor
Day, EXIT Theatre produces the San Francisco Fringe Festival.
- The SF Fringe is open to all performers, is inexpensive, and 100%
of the ticket revenue goes to the performers. The Fringe attracts a large
supportive audience and provides production support and marketing benefiting
the performers. The Fringe is open access and does not curate, providing
uncensured opportunities of artists.
- The San Francisco Fringe Festival began in 1992 when a collective
of small local theater groups presented one weekend of performances by
thirteen companies before an audience of 450 people. Since then the Fringe
Festival has been presented each year and has grown to over 200 performances
and an annual audience of 6,000 people. The Fringe Festival is a
major resource for independent theater groups and has provided opportunities
for over 500 different theater companies to perform.
- Applications to perform in SF Fringe Festival are available on the
fringe website www.sffringe.org each December and performers are selected
at a public lottery.
The EXIT Theatreplex
We operate four theaters year round: EXIT Theatre, EXIT Stage Left,
EXIT on Taylor, the EXIT Studio and the EXIT Cafe. All are available to
independent theater companies interested in performing on our stages. For
more information on the venues click.
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156 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Christina Augello, artistic director