Our Mission The Phoenix Arts Association Theatre believes in the power of theatre to enrich our lives and our community. We are dedicated to producing theatre that strives for artistic excellence; is affordable and accessible; provides a nurturing environment for new voices to be heard where the plays, artists and audiences reflect the vitality and diversity of our community. We present as many San Francisco and World premiere works as possible by Contemporary Playwrights and occasional classics. We encourage and nurture new work by Bay Area Theatre Artists & Writers. Above all, we are committed to creating theatre that ennobles the strength and beauty of the human spirit.
History The Phoenix Arts Association Theatre now approaching its 30th season was founded in 1985 and enjoyed nearly 14 years of vital theatre performing in our South of Market venue until 1988 when we relocated to 653.655 Geary Street. For two and a half years we thrived there; creating a second stage and joined forces with our newly founded West Coast Playwrights Alliance until (due to city retrofit ordinances) we moved to our present home in the historic Native Sons Building in March 2002 where our Theatre and Theatre Annex continue to flourish in its history. The Phoenix has housed hundreds of productions, staged readings, and acting and dramatic workshops presented by our own company, as well as those of visiting companies and theatre artists. We have received numerous awards by the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Dean Goodman Dramalogue Awards, Backstage West as well as critical acclaim from other local and foreign press. We have performed both at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Avignon, France Off Festival and served as a venue for the San Francisco Fringe Festival. A member of the Theatre Bay Area since our inception, the Phoenix has been known as a venue nurturing the production of new work in an ongoing effort dedicated to keeping live theatre alive.
Artistic Director Linda Ayres-Frederick A native of Washington D.C., Linda Ayres-Frederick, has been a theatre professional for the past 35 years. She has served as founder and Executive Artistic Producing Director of both the Phoenix Arts Association Theatre since its inception in 1985 and of the West Coast Playwrights’ Alliance (WCPA) since 1999. During her long stage career as an Actress, Director, Producer, and Playwright, she has received considerable acclaim and numerous awards in the Bay, as well as Internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Off Festival in Avignon, France. Throughout her career, Ms. Ayres-Frederick has vehemently supported new play development. In addition to her direction credits at the Phoenix, she has also written and directed extensively for the last decade for the New Writers/New Works Series as part of the Will Dunne Playwriting Workshop. As a member of Actors Equity Association, Ms. Ayres-Frederick writes weekly reviews for the SF Bay Times. She is also a member playwright of both the Artists Development Lab and the SF Playwrights.
Technical Director Ty Mckenzie Years ago Linda opened her theatre to a green theatre tech and allowed her to play, learn and grow. Ty in addition to continuing her wonderful relationship working with Linda is now a proud theatre owner herself.