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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Special Events

Dates for Civic Dialogues and other special events will be announced at a later time. Check back here for more!

First Look

First Look event are FREE on the Saturday before each show's first preview, at the Bruns Amphitheater! Join Artistic Director Eric Ting for a conversation with the directors on the concepts for the production and the process of directing the play, followed by an opportunity to watch part of a technical rehearsal. Grounds open at 6:30pm; our Café will be open with a limited menu (soups, salads, sweets and beverages). RSVP for First Look here or email boxoffice@calshakes.org to let us know you're coming!


Everyone is welcome at our Common Table, located on the Plaza. Come prepared to share something with others before the show: a dish, a story, or your enthusiasm for theater.


Experience the excitement of the opening night performance and then mingle with the cast and creative team at a complimentary post-show party.


45 minutes prior to each performance, our resident Grove Talk speakers discuss the play (text, history, critical theory) and production (directorial point of view, design, character interpretation). Talks are approximately 20 minutes long.

Listen to previous Grove Talks online.


Stay after the show for a discussion in the plaza. Check the calendar for select dates.


Cal Shakes’ Civic Dialogue Series seeks to explore the intersections between theater and issues affecting our community and will explore 3 topics related to our productions and organizational practices.

For recaps of previous Civic Dialogues please see our blog posts:
The Construction of Gender: Actualizing Women's Empowerment

Breaking the Binary: Building a Trans*/Gender Non-Conforming/Non-Binary Inclusive Theatre


This post-show discussion series provides an opportunity to discuss the plays with production cast members. The Meet the Artists series immediately follows select 4pm Sunday matinees and is free and open to the public.


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.


Performances followed by a conversation with the dramaturg exploring the world of the play. InSight takes place in the Bruns Amphitheater immediately following 4pm Sunday matinee per show and is free and open to the public.


Join us for an in-depth look at how you can bring William Shakespeare to life in your classroom! Learn more about Educator Night here.