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BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE
The Cal Shakes Campaign

A vision for theater. A vision for our home.
A vision for our community.

For 35 years, the great generosity and loyalty of Cal Shakes’ donors has sustained our vision, supporting us as we’ve removed barriers and made the classics relevant for everyone, regardless of age, circumstance, or background. Today, we ask you to support this visionary campaign. 

Cal Shakes is pleased to name its new facility for Bay Area philanthropist, longtime member of the Cal Shakes Board of Directors, and Building for the Future co-chair Sharon Simpson; The Sharon Simpson Center opened to the public on June 3, 2010.  





Project Details

Your contributions to Building for the Future allowed Cal Shakes to:

  • Finish paying for the construction of the 7,850-square-foot Sharon Simpson Center, including::

    • 31 restrooms for patrons
    • Energy-efficient dressing rooms, wardrobe, and green room for actors
    • A modern café and theater store
    • Offices for volunteers, house staff, and management

  • Finish building a working capital reserve fund to ensure financial stability.

Green Elements

Great theater, exquisite natural environment; without both, it wouldn’t be Cal Shakes. We’ve partnered with LMS Architects to honor the stunning landscape of our home by incorporating as many ecologically responsible and green elements as possible.

  • A “living roof” atop the Sharon Simpson Center will provide insulation, habitat for plants and animals, and a visual link between the building and the hills behind.
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures will reduce water consumption.
  • Nontoxic materials with a high recycled content will be incorporated into construction.
  • Porous paving in the new plaza will reduce storm runoff to a nearby creek.
  • Buildings will be oriented to take maximum advantage of solar energy and prevailing winds.
  • The project has been designed to LEED certification standards


Architects

Our architects for the project are San Francisco-based Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMS), who are renowned for creating buildings that are sensitive to place and sustainable in the dual sense of being enduring as well as ecologically responsible. 

LMS’s projects include the Thoreau Center for Sustainability in the Presidio, the Nueva School in Hillsborough and the education center at SFMOMA. These diverse creations share a common ethos, as Marsha Maytum, lead architect for the Building for the Future project, says: “We take a consistent approach that is centered on specific responses to the physical and geographic space and the community that a project serves.” 

Maytum characterizes LMS’s design for the Bruns as having “two overarching design goals: to preserve what’s incredible about the place while simultaneously transforming the way people experience it.” 

Cal Shakes Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone is enthusiastic about LMS’s ability to understand and act on our needs and goals. “In order for Cal Shakes to be a cultural leader,” he says, “we need a literal and spiritual home where everyone in our communities can engage and participate. LMS gets that. They understand the value of designing in a way that will make our theater accessible, clear, and dynamic, without sacrificing the attributes that make it unique.”


Campaign Leadership

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE

JIM ROETHE, Campaign Co-Chair
SHARON SIMPSON, Campaign Co-Chair
ELLEN DALE, Major Gifts Chair
EDWARD F. DEL BECCARO
SUSIE FALK
DAVID GOLDSMITH
ANNE GRODIN
JONATHAN MOSCONE
JOHN SEARS

HONORARY COMMITTEE

CARL ANDURI, VICE MAYOR OF LAFAYETTE 
DAVID & NINA BOND
GEORGE & SUE BRUNS
LORNE BUCHMAN & ROCHELLE SHAPELL
WAYNE & JO ALICE CANTERBURY
JOHN & LONNA COLEMAN
JOFFA & ELLEN DALE
JAN DEMING & JEFF GOODBY
MARK DESAULNIER, STATE SENATOR 7TH DISTRICT
BOB EPSTEIN & AMY ROTH
CAROL FEDERIGHI, LAFAYETTE CITY COUNCIL
STEVE GLAZER, ORINDA CITY COUNCIL
JEFF & JANIE GREEN
JOYCE HAWKINS
BEA & DICK HEGGIE
DON & LINDA JENKINS
BILL & JOEY JUDGE
THOMAS T. MCCORMICK, MAYOR OF ORINDA
LESA MCINTOSH
JOHN & HELEN MEYER
TAPAN & ASTRID MUNROE
NORM & JANET PEASE
PETER READ
BARBARA & JERRY SCHAUFFLER
SUE SEVERSON, ORINDA CITY COUNCIL
BARCLAY SIMPSON
ELLEN O. TAUSCHER, U.S. UNDERSECRETARY OF STATE
GAYLE B. UILKEMA, SUPERVISOR, CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
CAROL UPSHAW
FRANCESCA VIETOR & MARK HERTSGAARD
PAUL & JODI WARNER
AMY WORTH, ORINDA CITY COUNCIL
MIDGE & PETER ZISCHKE





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