above: The Alafi Auditorium during the 2014 production of David Mamet's American Buffalo. Photo by David Allen.
Aurora Theatre Company is an exciting and invaluable addition to the burgeoning Downtown Berkeley Arts District. For over ten years, Aurora Theatre Company has proven itself as a prominent producer of theatre in the Bay Area.
Without sacrificing any of the intimacy or high standards of acting and directing that made Aurora Theatre Company what it is today, our theatre provides better amenities, more comfortable seats and a modern style to our loyal patrons who have kept coming back for years.
Aurora Theatre Company's mainstage, the 150-seat Alafi Auditorium, is a great place to experience live theatre. The audience sits on three sides of a deep-thrust stage with no person sitting further than 15 feet away from the performance.
Backstage, actors have access to comfortable dressing rooms and a green room. Designers have a workshop and greatly increased flexibility in set, sound and light design (for example: the old theatre had 12 lighting instruments - now our mainstage theatre can have up to 90!), staff has new administrative offices, and everyone enjoys a larger and friendlier lobby and restroom facilities. Aurora Theatre Company is wheelchair accessible, and assisted-listening devices are available for the hearing-impaired. And our new black box theatre in the Dashow Wing, Harry's UpStage, provides an even more intimate setting with seating for 50.
Located in the heart of the Downtown Arts District, the Theatre is very accessible. Aurora Theatre Company is located at 2081 Addison Street, between Berkeley Repertory Theatre and The Jazz School. The Berkeley BART station is only a few steps from our front door, and nearby parking. We are also within easy walking distance of Berkeley's best restaurants.