Mission: Gritty City Repertory Youth Theatre provides Oakland youth with access to performing arts programs that nurture, stimulate & transform. We create unique spaces where young adults feel inspired to risk and explore, developing leadership, confidence, and empathy for their human family through the production of powerful theatre.
COMING UP IN MAY:
AFTER JULIET by Sharman MacDonald
GCR HONORED WITH HUGE SPREADS IN THEATRE BAY AREA MAGAZINE AND THE EAST BAY EXPRESS!
CAUGHT UP GETS RAVE REVIEWS!
The Bay Area theatre community is loving GCR's latest show.
Actor Aldo Billingslea says:
"Important piece of theatre executed with passion, commitment and precision! It provokes thought and action!
Actor Margo Hall says:
"The Gritty City Youth put it down last night! Took me back to the early Campo Santo days! Raw and inspiring!"
Playwright Tracy Bee says:
"Engrossing, affecting, fresh, and witty commentary on their struggles and history told through sketches and monologues. Beautifully choreographed and acted with preternatural poise. I was reminded of just how necessary art is. I'd definitely go see it again...it was dazzling."
GCR IS THE BIG WINNER!
Thank you Bell Investment Advisors for your confidentce in GCR!
We are thrilled to win the
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GCR TO PERFORM CAUGHT UP AT UN-SCRIPTED THEATER IN SAN FRANCISCO!
GCR will perform our upcoming show, CAUGHT UP, in a beautiful 50 seat black box in the theatre district of San Francisco. We will have a two week run with shows at 7:00 pm and one 1:00 matinee on Saturday the 18th. Un-Scripted is down the hall from the old SF Playhouse theatre at 533 Sutter Street. Right off Powell Street, the theater is easy to access from bart or multiple parking garages. We are excited that GCR has the opportunity to perform in the city before we move into our permanent Oakland home at The Flight Deck this spring.
2013 BENEFIT GALA
A GREAT SUCCESS!
Watch the scene teasers from
CAUGHT UP on film!
Thanks to all who supported Gritty City by celebrating with us on Saturday, October 12th at American Steel Studios in West Oakland. We ate, we drank, we mingled, and we gave away fabulous raffle prizes. Attendees loved our two-scene teaser from this season's opener, Caught Up, an original devised work.
GCR MEETS OUR GOAL AND COMPLETES OUR INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN!
Huge thanks to the generous members of the GCR community who donated to our very first indiegogo campaign! We deeply value all the funders who make our dreams a reality!
We were thrilled to raise the $10,000.00 that gets us into our new home at the Flight Deck.
We are so grateful to all our supporters.
GCR IS MOVING!
GCR has just been accepted as a resident theatre company at
The Flight Deck, a brand new theatre complex currently under construction in the heart of downtown Oakland! This amazing complex will boast a beautiful lobby, a 99-seat blackbox theatre with raked seating, a large rehearsal space, an office, and storage for all our props, costumes, and set pieces! We are thrilled and honored to be included in this ambitious project.
GCR's FIRST SEASON A WILD SUCCESS!
Packed audiences for The Tempest!
Anon(ymous) a huge hit!
Check out our gallery to see production shots.
Read what our fans are saying about the shows:
"I left on such a high, feeling so inspired and amazed at what I had just experienced. I have not stopped talking about it to anyone within earshot. That is what theatre is meant to be!"
"I have had two experiences in my life of a Shakespearean performance which has left me enchanted, delighted, and so thoroughly entertained that I will never forget those productions. Well, your "Tempest" was one of them! It was truly magnificent!!!"
"What an impressive group of actors, better than some professional companies I've seen."
"I loved the circus theme...I've never seen so much humor in The Tempest."
"They were professional and adult throughout, and that really made it for me. I wasn't watching teenagers, I was watching a professional theatre group."
"I could see how comfortable and close everyone was, and loved the community they obviously share, with so little ego or "star" mentality."