About ATFC

ABOUT US

Our Vision

A Theater For Children was founded in 2016 to serve the residents of Sonoma County. Our goal is to become a role model, demonstrating how to provide children with life-changing opportunities to develop character and confidence, promoting cooperation among multiple generations, and building community through the theater arts.

Our Programs

A Theater For Children provides quality affordable live entertainment to the community as well as after school theater programs, available at no cost to participants.  Participation in the magic of theater, whether behind the scenes or in front of an audience,  sparks imagination and ingenuity and helps to build community and character.

Our pilot after-school theater program at Kid Street Learning Center began in September 2016.  We expanded our program to the Boys & Girls Club of Central Sonoma County in 2017 and 2018. In the summer of 2019, we offered our first summer drama camp for children who have faced life altering challenges.

Each year we produce at least two main stage productions, in addition to performances by children in after school programs.  Our main stage shows include well-loved  interpretations of classic children’s literature, folklore, or mythology. So far we have produced:

McQuadle: A Dragon's Tale in March 2017

Cinderella, Cinderella, Nov 2017
Dorothy & The Wizard of Oz, March 2018

Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS, Nov 2018

Alex & the Magic Staff, March 2019

Disney's Lion King KIDS, Nov 2019

Each year, we provide complimentary tickets to non-profits who serve vulnerable children to bring  between 150-200 of them to see our productions. 

A Theater For Children is a Fiscally Sponsored Project of Inquiring Systems, Inc. (ISI). ISI is a California Nonprofit 501 (c) (3) Corporation Founded in 1978.  Their fiscal sponsorship provides us with administrative and legal support, which frees us up to focus on  running our innovative programs. 

Our Participants

People of all ages, ethnicities, and gender orientations are encouraged to participate in our programs. We strive to empower individuals to express themselves and to discover, develop, and share their talents and skills. We promote respect and friendship among children, teens, and adults as they work together in the many aspects of our program. New volunteers are always welcome!

Our Board and Staff

Our Board of Directors brings a vast amount of theatrical experience as well as professional expertise in finance, sales, entrepreneurial management and marketing.   We strive to exemplify excellent leadership and adopt best practices. We promote an organizational culture of kindness, encouragement, and cooperation and strive to be inclusive, positive, and flexible. And, we have fun!

STAFF

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JIM PLAISTED

BRIDGET PALMER

JANET NUSBAUM

BEVERLY ESPERON

 COMMUNITY RELATIONS

MK HICKS

JOHN ICE

SPONSORS

TIMBER CREATIONS

CASTLE CONCRETE PUMPING 

SUNRISE HORSE RESCUE

VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

SONOMA VOITURE NO. 338 OF THE 40 & 8

US AMERICAN LEGION

COUNTY OF SONOMA

SIGNARAMA

PARTNERS

KIDS STREET LEARNING CENTER

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF CENTRAL SONOMA COUNTY

CITY OF SANTA ROSA

SANTA ROSA CHILDREN'S THEATER

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JIM PLAISTED

PRESIDENT

BRIDGET PALMER

EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR

JIM has been involved with community theater for over 20 years, and  served on the board of another community youth theater program for many of them.

BRIDGET has been leading after-school performance classes, school-based drama education,  and drama camps for ages 4-14 in Sonoma County for over 20  years. She has a special love for comedy improv and has also taught 8th grade drama for 4 years.

JANET NUSBAUM

VICE PRESIDENT/ SECRETARY

JANET joins the board after retiring from 16 years as a Senior Account Manager with the Gap.  "I am excited to support the mission of making theater accessible to children throughout Sonoma County."

TEL  707-483-5800

MAILING ADDRESS
5000 Harville Rd., Suite A

Santa Rosa, CA 95409

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