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Theatre Histories: The 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa (David Templeton - Theatrebayarea.org)

6th Street Playhouse:



         a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

The Mission:



6th Street Playhouse is a performing arts theater that engages, entertains and inspires a diverse community.  We do this by consistently producing plays, musicals, and educational programs that are of the highest quality and reach the broadest possible constituency.

The Vision



6th Street Playhouse will be the central hub of a regional arts scene.  It will be known throughout the region for its high level of artistry, its professionalism, its inclusive educational opportunities and the bravery of its approach to work both new and old.

The History



In 2004, a new partnership reunited the Santa Rosa Players and Actors Theatre under one board of directors. Together they renovated the 107-year-old Del Monte cannery into the 6th Street Playhouse.  It opened to sellout crowds in February 2005 with the production of Mame.

The 6th Street Playhouse has received the City of Santa Rosa Award for Cultural Enrichment and the Sonoma County Historical Society Award for Preservation of a Historical Building. 

The Companies



Santa Rosa Players (SRP) is Sonoma County's oldest community theater company.  Twenty-three theater-loving community members, who had been performing yearly in Memorial Hospital's fund raising event "The Hi-Fever Folllies", were eager to bring live theater to the community on a more regular basis. They formed the Santa Rosa Players, and were granted status as a non-profit corporation in 1972.  The Santa Rosa Players performed in various arenas including the El Rancho Motel's Tropicana Room, the Famingo Hotel, and the Sonoma County Fairgrounds Arts and Crafts Building.  In 1977, the Santa Rosa Players moved into the Lincoln Arts Center at Seventh and Davis Streets after converting the gymnasium/auditorium into Santa Rosa's first theater complex.  They occupied and managed the 250 seat theater in the Lincoln Arts Center until the Kid Street Learning Center took possession of the building in 2001.   Santa Rosa Players moved to the Merlo Theatre at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. 

 

Actors Theatre (AT) was founded in 1984 by local actors, most of them from the Santa Rosa Players who wanted to take a risk by producing edgy, contemporary dramas.  Actors Theatre opened its first production, Nuts, in a storefront at the Brickyard Shopping Center in Santa Rosa.  Encouraged by the astonishing critical and popular success of Nuts, the group incorporated as Actors Theatre of Sonoma County, a non-profit organization, in August, 1984.   In 1996, Actors Theatre moved to the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.