Welcome Center at the Bruns

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The Welcome Center, located on the plaza at the Bruns, is here to make your visit to the theater as enjoyable as possible.

Ask what's happening with Cal Shakes, who's giving the Grove Talk, or just say hi.

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As part of Cal Shakes’ mission—striving for everyone, regardless of age, circumstance, or background, to discover the relevance of Shakespeare and the classics in their lives—the Bruns Amphitheater is fully accessible to patrons with mobility restrictions.

Wheelchair-accessible seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis; please purchase these in advance through our Box Office at 510.548.9666 or via our online ticketing system at calshakes.org. We can also book seats, adjacent to yours, for up to three companions. Performances do sell out, so we recommend reserving early.


Cal Shakes provides free, wheelchair lift-equipped shuttle service between the Orinda BART station and the Theater beginning 2 hours prior to and at the conclusion of each performance. The shuttle runs approximately every 20 minutes; the final shuttle leaves the Orinda BART station approximately 20 minutes before curtain. Orinda BART pickup is in the BART parking lot to the right of the station exit; after the show, catch the shuttle on the Sue & George Bruns Plaza, across from the bench.

We recommend that patrons requiring special assistance arrive no later than a half-hour before curtain. Handicapped-accessible parking is available in our parking lot. Once you arrive in the parking lot or at the shuttle stop adjacent to our handicapped-accessible parking spaces, call the phone number on the sign; a staffer will answer and advise you as to whether you should wait for the shuttle or for our golf cart, and of your approximate wait time. Sorry, no parking at the top of the hill.

For those of you unable to access a golf cart or bus from the parking area, there is a level area leading to the plaza where you may have a companion drop you off in a personal vehicle. There is a paved picnic area in the plaza and a ramp leading up to seating, allowing for ease of movement (no need to hike or push a chair up the hill and through the groves!)

There are accessible restrooms located in the Sharon Simpson Center, in the middle of our Theater grounds. Our lobby, café, and bar have flat, paved surfaces; the grounds also have an accessible path running from the lobby to the top of the amphitheater, to reach seats in the Terrace section.

We welcome gender diversity here: please use the restroom that best fits your gender identity or expression. To access a gender neutral restroom at the Bruns you can find our house staff for assistance.

Assistive-listening devices are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the blanket kiosk near the entrance to the amphitheater at no charge. Patrons will be asked to leave a form of ID at the kiosk in order to borrow a device for a performance.

Cal Shakes is proud to provide open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing on the following dates during our 2017 season:

As You Like It: May 31

The Glass Menagerie: July 12

black odyssey: August 16

Measure for Measure: September 27

Open captioning utilizes an unobtrusive screen at the front of the theater to display dialogue spoken during a performance. No special equipment is required by patrons; one can simply glance at the screen to read the text while watching the action on stage.

If you’d like to attend open-captioned performances, please contact our Box Office at 510.548.9666 or boxoffice@calshakes.org and ask to purchase seats in the open-captioned seating section, or purchase tickets online.


While pets are not allowed on the grounds or in the Amphitheater, we are happy to allow service animals at the Theater. Please notify the Box Office when booking your tickets if you require room for your service animal.