Theatre for Our Community
Ross Valley Players produce diverse, professionally-oriented, high quality live theatre that evokes, entertains, and enlivens the human spirit. We invite the participation of an evolving and expanding community. We provide an open, collaborative environment in which to learn and develop theatre crafts. We honor and sustain our legacy as a flourishing cultural resource, and pursue the excitement and promise of the future through the transformative power of storytelling.
Ross Valley Players were founded by Beth Lloyd and a small group of women in 1930 as a way to escape the hardships of the Depression. After first performing in various indoor and outdoor venues, including the Mount Tamalpais Ampitheater, the Kittle estate offered the group a large red barn in 1939. The land on which the barn stands is now part of the Marin Art and Garden Center. Originally owned by James Ross, for whom the town of Ross is named, the land was settled by Ross’ daughter and her husband George Warn.
Originally built in 1864 and fallen into disuse, the barn was far from performance ready. Jumping at the chance for a permanent home, the Players cleaned out hay lofts, removed farming equipment, constructed a stage, bathrooms, a seating area, and added lighting. Their first performance in their new home was a staged reading of Life With Father in 1940.
Ross Valley Players offers a main stage season with six plays, plus a bi-annual Ross Alternative Works (RAW) program for a total of 34 weeks of live theatre annually. Our actors, design staff, directors, production managers, and volunteers come from all over the Bay Area and we welcome newcomers with open arms. We are proud of our many awards and nominations. Among others, our productions have been nominated by Dean Goodman, the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle (BATCC), and most recently the Theatre Bay Area (TBA) Awards.
Ross Valley Players is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Your tax-deductible donations are gratefully accepted. All members are acknowledged by category in the program for each show. Join the Ross Valley Players and help us keep live theatre alive and thriving in Marin.