San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company
Artistic Director/Co-founder: Rodney Earl Jackson, Jr.
SFBATCO, a Black, Latine, & Asian led non-profit organization, produces compelling theater that builds community, fosters cross-cultural dialogue, promotes social justice and authentically reflects the experiences of communities of color and LGBTQ people. Our theatrical productions address social justice issues from an intersectional perspective and present affirmative non-stereotypical representations of individuals and communities who are feared or ostracized for their gender, race, religion, sexual preference, socio-economic or immigration status.
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Marcelo and I had very few mentors or theatre directors who looked like us. The majority of the people who make decisions in the arts are white. We knew that we needed to carve out our own space, and to promote more diversity in every facet of the industry. We saw that as the only way to create the work that we wanted to create.
“I, Too, Sing America”
The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company (SFBATCO) creates great art, supports communities, and tells stories using a multiplicity of minds, bodies, and voices.
In 2022, the company will reprise its signature production, I, Too, Sing America, which references Langston Hughes’s famed poem “I, Too.” The production is a joyous and reflective celebration of the human experience that uniquely interprets poetry by Black and Brown artists from the 19th century to the present in a musical format.
The company is seeking to raise $150,000 to underwrite this production, which was last presented during a two-week sold-out run in San Francisco in 2019 and begins its next run in early 2022.