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.

The show must go on...line!

For their 20th anniversary season, the SFArtsED Players present Once Upon a Musical for two virtual performances only: March 18 at Fort Mason Flix drive-in and March 20 streaming at home. Ticket info here. In this time of pandemic, students worked with the creative team and learned new ways to work as artists, with one another, and on Zoom. Emily Keeler, SFArtsED’s artistic director and founder of the company says, “The Players unquestionably missed the old ways of making theater in-person, the precious contact with friends and mentors. But, the work has kept them in a creative conversation and close to the thing they all love – performing.”

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.”