Welcome Center at the Bruns

Questions, enthusiasm, or feedback? We're here for you.

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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Arrive Early  

The Bruns, July 2015

Grounds open two hours early for picnicking, enjoying our stunning groves, taking in a Grove Talk, or interacting with our Triangle Lab experiments and exhibits (see below).

What to Wear  

Cal Shakes is a casual, outdoor venue. Wear flat or low-heeled shoes that are good for walking; dress in layers and bring a blanket (or you can rent one) for nighttime performances; dress lightly, bring sunscreen, and consider a brimmed hat and sunglasses for matinees.

Food and Drink  

You’re welcome to bring your own food and drink to enjoy before the show, and you can bring it into the Amphitheater, as well. Classic Catering’s on-site café—located in the Sharon Simpson Center—offers delicious and affordable gourmet meals, beer, wine, Peet's Coffee & Tea, hot cocoa, and desserts. Click here for more information on dining and picnicking at the Bruns.

Getting Here  

We've got ample free parking and a free shuttle from Orinda BART. Click here for directions and other details.


There is no permanent seating at the Bruns Amphitheater. Plastic chairs are preplaced in most sections. If you are seated in our Terrace section, the seats are low-to-the-ground beach chairs. Patrons sitting in the Terrace only may also choose to bring their own chair; if you choose to bring your own, it must be a low-backed beach chair (no camp chairs), with a seat no more than six inches off the ground and a backrest no taller than shoulder height (so the people behind you can see!).


Restrooms, including handicapped accessible facilities, are located in the Sharon Simpson Center; additional restrooms are located in the Upper Grove. 


Please use our recycling bins to discard your glass bottles, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and containers, and paper. Please do your part to keep the Bruns green.


We are making every effort to reduce the yellowjacket population on our grounds. However, as the theater is surrounded by acres of wooded watershed, little critters will continue to be a part of the experience. Keep food covered, whenever possible, and promptly dispose of your trash and recyclables. We've found that scented dryer sheets work as a deterrent; cucumber slices are said to be a natural deterrent, as well. If you do get stung, please contact House Management at once for assistance.

The Bruns Amphitheater  

Siesta Valley (the home of the Bruns Amphitheater) is one of the original land-holdings of the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD). In agreeing to lease to the Theater, EBMUD seeks to serve the public with a community facility while preserving the watershed with minimal disruption to the pastoral surroundings. This land may be open to the public for performances and private events, but remains restricted private property at all other times. Click here for more information about our home in the hills.



Parking at the Bruns is free and ample, but please be aware there are areas where parking is not allowed. Those areas are clearly marked. We have had a few break-ins in and around our parking lot during performances. Please make sure to either take your valuables with you, or leave them at home. Cal Shakes is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Late Arrivals  

Performances begin on time. Latecomers will be seated at an appropriate interval at the discretion of the house manager. 

Electronic Devices

No videotaping, photography, or audio-recording of performances is allowed. Please turn off cell phones and other devices before entering Amphitheater. The use of any type of camera, video or audio recorder is strictly prohibited in the amphitheater. Such devices may be confiscated at the House Manager's discretion. Since we ask all patrons to silence cell phones during performance, you may leave the House Office phone number 510.548.3422 x143 as your contact number during a performance. 


Smoking is prohibited in the Amphitheater at all times, except on stage as part of the productions. Smoking (including Vaping/Electronic Cigarettes) is restricted to our designated smoking area, located where the entrance path meets the central plaza, across from the café.

E-cigarettes and vaping fall under California's comprehensive smoke-free laws and are now banned in all the same places as traditional cigarettes..


Children under four are not permitted in the Amphitheater as a courtesy to our patrons and artists. To determine suitability of a play for your child over four, please call the box office at 510.548.9666. 

Pets & Service Animals  

Pets are not allowed on grounds or in Amphitheater, but 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.

Good Neighbor Behavior

Perfumes or scented lotions may cause discomfort to other patrons and may attract yellowjackets. We ask that you keep use of such products to a minimum. Likewise, be mindful of noise—please unwrap all picnic items before the performance begins or at intermission.

Observe All Signage  

Please heed all directional and other informational signs on the grounds. They are posted for your safety. 

Rain Policy

Our performances are rarely cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. Please arrive at the theater for the scheduled performance time and dress accordingly. Patrons who choose not to attend a performance that goes on despite weather conditions will not be eligible for ticket refunds or credit. See “Performance Cancellation” below for more information.

Performance Cancellation

Performances canceled prior to intermission (or within the first hour of performance if there is no intermission) because of inclement weather, or otherwise, entitle ticket holders to a voucher for same value tickets to another performance of the same show pending availability. Performances that are canceled after intermission (or more than an hour into the show if there is no intermission) are considered a full performance and no credit will be given.

Cancellation vouchers must be redeemed within 7 days of the canceled performance in order to reschedule. Please call the Box Office at 510.548.9666 between the hours of 10am – 6pm Monday through Friday, and 10am – 2pm on Saturday.


Ticketing Policies  

Information on ticket exchanges and replacements, performance cancellations, our rain policy, and more can be found here.


The Bruns Amphitheater is fully accessible to patrons with mobility restrictions. Click here for details on accessible seating, our wheelchair-equipped shuttle, assistive-listening devices, open captioning, and more.

Contact Us  

Call the Cal Shakes box office at 510.548.9666 or email boxoffice@calshakes.org. Berkeley and Orinda box office hours and more info can be found here.