The Department of Theater at Howard W. Blake stages approximately 17 performances a year ranging from large scale musicals and plays to short experimental performances to readings of new works to costume fashion shows. The Department of Theater also hosts the District 5 Junior Thespian Festival every year in November, welcoming over 500 middle school theater artists to our home away from home.

With the addition of over 100 other fine arts events, our performance venues (and technical theater students) are busy year round. We play host to thousands of audience members a year making our facilities popular among other performance groups in the bay area.

The Don Thompson Theater

The Don Thompson Theater (House)

A proscenium stage with a seating capacity of 580 (376 in the orchestra and 204 in the balcony), the Don Thompson Theater is the home to large scale productions of both plays and musicals. With 35 linesets, 400 lighting circuits, a hydraulic orchestra pit, and state of the art equipment, the Don Thompson is a beautiful performance space offering a professional experience to artist and audience alike.

To see the Don Thompson seating chart, click here.

Black Box Theater

The Black Box Theater (The Tempest performance)
The Black Box Theater (The Tempest performance)


A more alternative production space, this 50′ by 50′ multi-form theater can seat up to 2oo and is home to the Theater Department’s smaller productions as well as numerous intimate concerts and performances. From classical plays to classical guitar concerts, the Black Box Theater is one of the most intimate and exciting performance spaces in the area.