Aurora Theatre Company’s new Community Partners program connects each of our productions to a partner organization, grounding Aurora into the life, work, and culture of our community. Aurora’s artists learn from our partners about the cultural and historical context of the stories we tell, and in return, we offer access to Aurora’s process, spaces, audience, and resources. By sharing resources between Aurora Theatre Company and our partner organizations, we build lasting relationships that further our mission and yours while strengthening our community in Berkeley, the East Bay, and the Bay Area. 

Previous partnerships include Berkeley High School, Mills College Theater Department, Bay Area Women’s Theatre Festival, and California College of the Arts. We are always looking for more!

Learn more about becoming a Community Partner!


2023-2024 season community partners


Cafe Ohlone

 For Manahatta, Aurora is thrilled to partner with mak-'amham/Cafe Ohlone, whose latest iteration, ‘oṭṭoytak, is located outside the Hearst Museum at UC Berkeley.

Cafe Ohlone, the only Ohlone restaurant in the world, opened with two goals: to provide a physical space for their Ohlone people to be represented in the culinary world with a curated space that represents their living culture; and to educate the public, over Ohlone cuisine, in a dignified, honest manner about the original and continuous inhabitants of this land. Learn more at




California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes)

 For Born With Teeth, Aurora is thrilled to partner with CalShakes. In this present moment of crisis for the American theatre, supporting local artistic organizations and the communities they serve is vital. CalShakes and Aurora both believe strongly in working together to continue innovating, adapting, and evolving our practices to ensure not only the survival, but the growth and abundance of theater for years to come, and are excited to invite you along for this first step in such a partnership.

Under the leadership of Executive Director Clive Worsley, California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) enters its 49th season as a nationally recognized leader in drawing on the power of authentic, inclusive storytelling to create more vibrant communities. Serving more than 43,000 people annually, Cal Shakes invites people from all walks of life to make deeply felt connections with our shared humanity through its work onstage, in schools, and with people in non-traditional settings throughout the Bay Area who have little or no access to performing arts. For more information, visit