Founded in 2000 by Shane Ray, Ray of Light Theatre has quickly developed a reputation for fresh interpretations of the classics and bold new musicals that push boundaries. Show highlights include CARRIE the Musical (West Coast premiere, 2013), Into the Woods (2013), Sweeney Todd (2012), Assassins (2011), Jerry Springer the Opera (West Coast premiere, 2010), The Rocky Horror Show (2008) and Bat Boy (2005, 2006). In addition to full productions, Ray of Light presents exciting new cabaret talent in its Cabaret Spotlight Series.
Ray of Light’s mission is to entertain, educate and enrich our community. We provide diverse audiences with an opportunity to see live theatre by presenting affordable, high-quality productions that reflect the rich culture of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ray of Light Theatre produces both contemporary musicals and fresh takes on classic musical theatre. We are committed to producing theater that reflects and informs our community. With this, we pursue three artistic goals:
- The creation and performance of dynamic and engaging musical theatre experiences which excite, challenge and transform our audiences. We draw new audiences to theatre with work is both accessible and adventurous. Our aesthetic was forged by combining contemporary theatre production elements with a commitment to maintaining the integrity and vision of the original work. This fusion of old and new gives ROLT its unique appeal, and an audience base that spans generations.
- The facilitation of workshops and musical theatre training that empowers and inspires artists of all ages. Ray of Light Theatre’s education and training programs cater to young people, emerging artists, professional performers and directors. We strive to provide authentic and practical experiences to allow artists to grow and develop their talent.
- The production of quality theatrical experiences within realistic means. We believe there is a great artistic value in producing within our resources of time, people, materials and finances. The assignment of physical ingredients for each production is based on how the connection with its audience is best accomplished.
Ray of Light Theatre is a volunteer-run, registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Make a tax-deductible donation and invest in the future of live musical theater in San Francisco! No amount is too small (or too big!).