Frequently asked questions

  • What are the top ten things I should know about the B Street Theatre?

    1. Founded in 1986.
    2. The only professional children’s theatre in Northern California.
    3. We are a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Our tax ID is 95-4047805, under our founding name, Theatre for Children, Inc.
    4. 16 plays produced per year (7 B Street Mainstage, 4 Family Series, 4 B3 Series, 1 Special Engagement).
    5. More than 900 performances per year (over 330 B Street, 330 Family Series performances, 200 B3 Series, 50 Special Engagement).
    6. More than 10,000 Subscribers (7,311 B Street Mainstage and 2,174 Family Series, 551 B3….OK, OK….we actually have 10,036 subscribers if you want to be exact! This means 68% of available B Street seats are filled with subscribers; 71% for Family
      Series).
    7. Total attendance per year is over 110,000 (75,000 B Street, 25,000 Family Series and 11,000 B3).
    8. We serve 200,000 kids PER YEAR in 12 counties through our long-standing outreach program, The B Street Theatre School Tour. In 2013 we served students in 23 counties throughout California.
    9. B Street Theatre is the second largest performing arts organization in Sacramento. This year’s budget is $2.2 million.
    10. All B Street actors are working professionals. The company casts from a small pool of local professionals as well as from professional, union actors residing in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Each year, the Theatre spends over $900,000
      on professional talent.
  • What is the future for B Street Theatre?

    The organization will survive in today’s competitive entertainment environment by consistently producing top-quality work and maintaining a healthy balance sheet. B Street Theatre will also educate our community, especially youth, who are the artists, technicians and leaders of the future, about the power of collaboration and the importance of creativity.
  • What is B Street Theatre’s financial position?

    The innovation and originality of our productions are backed by sound management. Operating in the black since 1997, our annual revenues now exceed $2.7 million—more than 75% from earned revenues with the remainder from philanthropic contributions and in-kind gifts.
  • Tell me more about the management of the theatre?

    Our nonprofit B Street organization is governed by a community Board of Directors. Producing Artistic Director Buck Busfield continues his 22 years of leadership with hands-on artistic management and extraordinary vision. Our founding director Timothy Busfield is now working as a producer and director in Los Angeles.
  • Why the new theatre?

    For more than 25 years it has been our dream to build a performing arts center that raises the quality of our facility to the quality of our productions. With a long history of steady growth, we are now poised for expansion with a new building to house our theatres, our educational programs and our staff. True to the B Street legacy, though, this isn’t going to be just any theatre. Our project represents a new, exciting and innovative public-private partnership model – with Sutter Medical Center providing the land and the City of Sacramento providing a community reinvestment grant for project development costs.
  • Will you still be called B Street Theatre if you are no longer on B Street?

    Yes. Our roots began at B Street and our patrons know us by that name and brand.
  • What is the design of the new theatre?

    It’s a 40,000 square-foot performing arts complex, to house two theatres with a total of 615 seats, lobby bistro/cafe and theatre company space owned by B Street Theatre. This mixed-use project in a contemporary architectural style is consistent with B Street’s philosophy of orginality, creativity and community-building.
  • Where will the theatre be located?

    The new theatre will be located on the corner of 27th and Capitol in Midtown Sacramento.
  • How did you get the land?

    The land was generously donated by Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. Sutter is dedicated to creating a healthy Sacramento in more ways than just providing medical services. Sutter and B Street both feel that exposure and access to the arts is an important part of a healthy mind, body, and community.
  • Will the B Street Theatre stage productions for the children who are patients at the new Sutter Women & Children’s Center?

    Yes, the theatre already has a working relationship with Sutter Medical Center Sacramento to bring the theatre to children who are hospitalized. This relationship will continue once the new Women’s & Children’s Center is built.