Meet the SFArtsED Players

Bringing Broadway’s best to San Francisco.

What happens when a hand-picked group of young performers, ages 9-14, collaborates with seasoned and passionate stage directors, choreographers, and vocal coaches….happily rehearsing nine-plus hours per week after school and on Saturdays?

The results of that discipline and dedication are fully realized productions of such classics as Oklahoma, Bells are Ringing, On the Town, Fiorello, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, to name a few, and revues dedicated to such luminaries as Harold Arlen and Irving Berlin. Legendary for their polish and professionalism, Players’ shows are performed at the Gateway Theatre over three weekends starting in February.

Inside the Magic that Makes Musicals Great

As part of the San Francisco Arts Education Project’s 50th anniversary season, the SFArtsED Players proudly present the world premiere of an original musical revue: Building Broadway. This celebration of the American institution marks the Players’ 18th season, with Erin Gentry making her debut as director. Emily Keeler, SFArtsED Artistic Director, says, “Our young performers will share with audiences the masterful techniques that the classical Broadway show has employed for any years to work its magic on audiences.”

The audition process.

Becoming a member of the Players begins at our Broadway Bound Summer Camps, where students who demonstrate extraordinary enthusiasm, talent, and dedication are invited by our artistic staff to join the company. The Players are open to both public- and private school students—some ten percent of whom go on to audition successfully into the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts High School.

So you want to be a producer? Here’s how!

Some of our generous donors have a particular passion for the performing arts, and seek to support the extraordinary work of our student musical theater performers. Contributions help to defray the considerable costs of mounting a production, including the artistic staff, theater rental, rehearsal space, set and costume design, musicians, performer scholarships, and much more.

We call this wonderful group of humans our Producers Circle, and we invite you to become a member today. Please note: donors of $500 or more will receive two free tickets to the upcoming production!

Through the great generosity of Sharonjean and Richard Leeds, your donations can have twice the impact! The Leeds have pledged to match gifts of $1,968 or more (in homage to the year SFArtsED was founded) with a gift to the SFArtsED Performing Arts Endowment in the amount of $1,968. As the Leeds like to say, “One gift is for the present. The other is for the future.”