Magic Theatre has a large group of dedicated volunteers that work with us each season which we value as an important part of our theatre family. There are ushering opportunities available for every show of our current and upcoming productions!
Ushers are required to arrive at the theatre one hour before curtain and must be dressed in all black. Duties may include:
• stuffing programs
• tearing tickets
• assisting patrons to their seats
• assisting with operating concessions or merchandise counters
• light clean-up of the theatre after the performance
In return, ushers are able to see the show free of charge in some of the best seats in the house. They also get 50% off at Magic Theatre Concessions Lounge. The schedule can be arranged at your convenience!
To become part of our volunteer usher team and to schedule a time to work with us please contact the Magic Theatre Box Office.
Please Note: In order to usher with us you must confirm a shift on a specific date. Magic Theatre does not have a lot of room for storage of personal belongings during your ushering shift, so please come with as few personal belongings as possible (large bags, backpacks, laptops, suitcases, and grocery bags are all difficult to accommodate). Small purses are acceptable.
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Lend your support as we look back at Magic's history of visionary playwrights and breathtaking new work and prepare to spring forward to a bright future. In these challenging times we need the new voices and stories Magic brings us more than ever.
Bring your favorite cocktail and join us with raffles, and performances, and the celebration of arts visionaries and 2020 Sam Shepard Honorees: former Grants for the Arts leader of 38 years, Kary Schulman, and a sendoff to our fearless Artistic Director of twelve years, Loretta Greco.
Guest appearances from Ed Harris and Amy Madigan, Taylor Mac, Mfonsio Udofia, Lloyd Suh, and many more!
We are so excited to share our event with Magic family from coast to coast, so make sure to tune in right at 6:00PM PST/ 9:00pm EST to not miss a second of the fun!
5:30pm PST | Happy Half-Hour cocktail
(Reception with raffles and prizes. Registration Required.)
6:00pm PST | Event Begins
7:00pm PST | Event Ends
General Admission FREE
Come celebrate and ensure support for the future of Magic artists!
Register today for free and receive a link to our Magic Happy Half Hour on August 6th at 5:30pm PST
Join Magic Playwrights and Artists, Ricardo Pérez González, Yetta Gottesman, Liz Duffy Adams, Ashlin Halfnight, Sarah Nina Hayon, and Magic mixologist Corky LaVallee for a conversation as they and live cocktail demonstration! All drink recipes will be included in the link once registered, so you too can join the fun!
Reception also includes announcing the winner of the Wine Cellar Raffle, who will receive up to $1,200 in fine wines (*local Bay Area residents only). While second place winners will have a featured cocktail named after them! This signature cocktail will then be served at the Magic bar for the entirety of the upcoming season. All are welcome to enter!
From its ambitious beginnings in 1967, Magic Theatre has developed a reputation as a cultural hot spot in the San Francisco Bay Area. Committed to supporting avant-garde playwrights and cultivating their bold new plays, Magic similarly empowers students from elementary to collegiate levels in the Tenderloin and Oakland to uplift their voices as the next generation of theatre leaders through our Making Magic: Arts and Community program.
Magic Theatre has worked with hundreds of artists who have gone on to achieve great heights and incredible success: Lloyd Suh accepted the 2019 Herb Alpert Award, Joshua Harmon won the 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award for his play Admissions, and Taylor Mac was honored with the MacArthur Genius Award and nominated for seven Tony Awards for Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus.
In order to continue supporting talented artists and passionate students this year, support our Springing Forward Celebration - on THURSDAY August 6th at 6:00pm PST, online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The evening is a spectacular sendoff to our fearless Artistic Director of twelve years, Loretta Greco!
Alan Stewart• Sarah Nina Hayon • Ciera Eis • Leigh Wolf • Stephanie Holmes • Kathryn Kersey
• Larry Goldfarb • Katrina Wong • Karen Donovan • John Marx
Missy Kirchner • Ed Harris • Judy Sheldon • Karen Rose • Peggy Knickerbocker • Joshua Harmon
• Jessica Hagedorn • Nilo Cruz • Emily Mann • Sean San Jose • Richard Montoya • Taylor Mac
• John Kolvenbach • Carl Lumbly • Octavio Solis
Expand your giving by purchasing a virtual "table" for August 6th.
Includes a shout out during the event, recognition as a Playwright's Angel, and, for Bay Area residents, bottles of champagne delivered to your home!
Donate $100 to be entered for a chance to win our Grand Prize of over $1,200 worth of fine wines.(Bay Area Residents Only)
Other prizes include a Magic Cocktail named and created for you at our virtual Happy Half Hour (All Welcome)
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For 38 years, Kary Schulman was the Director of Grants for the Arts, the municipal funding agency for San Francisco’s arts community. Granting over $300 million dollars to hundreds of arts organizations and cultural projects ranging from ethnic neighborhood celebrations to the San Francisco Opera, Symphony and Ballet, Grants for the Arts was widely regarded as one of the most generous and progressive city arts funders in the United States during her tenure.
Ms. Schulman has served on numerous panels and advisory committees for agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, the Non-Profit Management Program of the University of San Francisco, Golden Gate University, the National Council on Foundations, and the Seattle Art Commission. Among her awards and honors are the City of San Francisco’s Managerial Excellence Award, the SPUR Public Managerial Efficiency Award, the Silver Cable Car Award from San Francisco Travel, and the Business Arts Council Trustees Award.
Loretta Greco will be departing after her twelfth season as Magic Theatre’s Artistic Director, where she has proudly developed and premiered Taylor Mac’s Hir; Luis Alfaro’s Oedipus El Rey, Bruja, and This Golden State: Part 1: Delano; Polly Pen and Victor Lodato’s Arlington; Linda McLean’s Every Five Minutes; Sharr White’s Annapurna; Lloyd Suh’s American Hwangap and Jesus In India; Anna Zeigler’s Another Way Home; and Octavio Solis’s Se Llama Cristina; and shepherded the American premieres of Penelope Skinner’s Fred’s Diner, Linda McLean’s Any Given Day, and Mark O’Rowe’s Terminus, among many others.
Ms. Greco’s directing credits at Magic include Theresa Rebeck’s Mauritius, Luis Alfaro’s Oedipus el Rey, Liz Duffy Adams’ Or,, Sharr White’s The Other Place, Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters, the critically acclaimed revival of Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love, Han Ong’s Grandeur, Barbara Hammond’s The Eva Trilogy, and Jessica Hagedorn’s The Gangster of Love. Ms. Greco’s New York directing premieres include: Tracey Scott Wilson’s The Story (Kesselring), Ruben Santiago Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues (Obie), and Nilo Cruz’s Two Sisters and a Piano (Kesselring) at NYSF/Public Theater; Katherine Walat’s Victoria Martin Math Team Queen, Karen Hartman’s Gum, Toni Press Coffman’s Touch, and Rinne Groff’s Inky at Women’s Project; Emily Mann’s Meshugah at Naked Angels; Laura Cahill’s Mercy at The Vineyard Theatre; and Nilo Cruz’s A Park in Our House at New York Theatre Workshop.
Greco has developed work with dozens of writers at Sundance, The O’Neill, South Coast Repertory, The Mark Taper Forum, New Harmony, New York Stage and Film, The Cherry Lane, New Dramatists, and The Public. Prior to her Magic post, she served as Producing Artistic Director of New York’s Women’s Project, where she produced the work of Lisa D’Amour, Katie Pearl, Dierdre Murray, Diane Paulus, Karen Hartman, Lynn Nottage, Tanya Barfield, and Rinne Groff. As the Associate Director/Resident Producer at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, Ms. Greco conceived and launched their Second Stage-On-Stage Festival of New Work where she commissioned and produced the work of Doug Wright, Jane Anderson, Nilo Cruz, Adrienne Kennedy and Joyce Carol Oates, among others. Ms. Greco received her MFA from Catholic University, her BA from Loyola University, New Orleans, and is recipient of two Drama League Fellowships, a Sundance Fellowship, the Princess Grace Award, and the 2018 SDCF Zelda Fichandler Award.