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SPARC Formerly Livermore Shakespeare Festival, we have been lighting a SPARC in the Tri-Valley for 20 years

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We've partnered with Livermore Pride to do a FREE reading of Amy G. Dalia's new book "Like It or Not"!!This contemporary...
09/26/2022

We've partnered with Livermore Pride to do a FREE reading of Amy G. Dalia's new book "Like It or Not"!!

This contemporary LGBTQ+ Young Adult retelling of Shakespeare’s "As You Like It", is one you don't want to miss. There will be wine, a Q&A and book signing, and you can add a cheese board from The_Cheese_Parlor for $15 at check out.

Join us on October 7th at 6:00 PM at the SPARC Studio downtown for a night of books, wine, and cheese!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pridefest-2022-books-wine-cheese-a-sparc-reading-tickets-415706558507

Happy Birthday to Hester Wagner! Hester has been so helpful to SPARC Theater over the years. She has volunteered for man...
09/21/2022

Happy Birthday to Hester Wagner! Hester has been so helpful to SPARC Theater over the years. She has volunteered for many events, helped us with readings, and connected us with her non-profit Futures Explored. We hope your birthday is as wonderful as you!!!

Friday's downtown development celebration was a success. It was great meeting new people and seeing some familiar faces ...
09/21/2022

Friday's downtown development celebration was a success. It was great meeting new people and seeing some familiar faces over delicious bagels and treats from Wingen Bakery.
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In no particular order:
Livermore Mayor Bob Woerner
Livermore Community Development Director Paul Spence
Livermore Innovation & Economic Director Brandon Cardwell
Livermore Planning Commissioner Evan Branning
Eden Housing Board Member Cheryl O’Connor
Eden Housing Senior Project Developer Matt Graves
Eden Housing Senior Vice President of Development Andrea Osgood
Quest Science Center CEO Monya Lane
SPARC Theater Founding Artistic Director Lisa Tromovitch
SPARC Theater Chair Bryan Balazs
SPARC Theater Treasurer Bob Koelle
SPARC Theater Secretary Ellen Goold
SPARC Theater Board Member Laura Batti
SPARC Theater Board Member Larry Lagin
SPARC Theater Board Member Beth Trutner
SPARC Theater Donors Grant Huberty
SPARC Theater Donors Jean Shuler
SPARC Theater Donors Lori Souza

A shout out to Smuin Ballet - at the Mountain View Center for the Arts now through tomorrow, Sunday: mesmerizing contemp...
09/18/2022
Dance Series 1 | Smuin Ballet

A shout out to Smuin Ballet - at the Mountain View Center for the Arts now through tomorrow, Sunday: mesmerizing contemporary ballet - true athletes - uplifting and joyous! I greatly enjoyed today's matinee. They're in Mountain view tomorrow, Sunday, then move to Fort Mason and then to Walnut Creek. What an inspiration!

Dance Series 1 is a mixed repertoire program, including a pandemic-delayed world premiere, The Turntable created by Cuban choreographer Osnel Delgado, ...

Get excited for Some Have Greatness!!! It's not too late to sign up for our after-school program. For more information c...
09/17/2022

Get excited for Some Have Greatness!!! It's not too late to sign up for our after-school program. For more information click the link in our bio.

So Wise So Young is back in session!!!
09/16/2022

So Wise So Young is back in session!!!

Teaching Artist promoted to SPARC Theater Program Manager. Congrats Audrey Brooks!!!
09/15/2022

Teaching Artist promoted to SPARC Theater Program Manager. Congrats Audrey Brooks!!!

Chair Bryan Balazs & A.D. Lisa Tromovitch picked up a cashier’s check this week. Wonder what it’s for …
09/10/2022

Chair Bryan Balazs & A.D. Lisa Tromovitch picked up a cashier’s check this week. Wonder what it’s for …

Look at the new downtown development signage at Stockmen's Park! SPARC's Black Box Theater design is featured. If you ar...
08/27/2022

Look at the new downtown development signage at Stockmen's Park! SPARC's Black Box Theater design is featured. If you are around Stockmen's Park, check it out along with all the other exciting things coming to downtown Livermore.

After-school theater classes are back this fall! Classes available for grades 3rd - 8th. For more information, or to reg...
08/27/2022

After-school theater classes are back this fall! Classes available for grades 3rd - 8th. For more information, or to register a young actor, click the link in our bio.

After-school theater classes are back this fall! Classes available for grades 3rd - 8th. For more information, or to reg...
08/26/2022

After-school theater classes are back this fall! Classes available for grades 3rd - 8th. For more information, or to register a young actor, click the link in our bio.

Shakespeare in the Vineyard has THREE performances left of its summer season! Come see one of Shakespeare’s funniest pla...
08/04/2022

Shakespeare in the Vineyard has THREE performances left of its summer season! Come see one of Shakespeare’s funniest plays for a laugh out loud time in TriValley Wine country! Purchase tickets with the link in the bio! Don’t miss out on the last comedy of the season.

Amanda Kang ( ) is another college apprentice working for SPARC this summer!  Here’s what she has to say about her exper...
07/27/2022

Amanda Kang ( ) is another college apprentice working for SPARC this summer!

Here’s what she has to say about her experience with us so far:

“Working at SPARC has been an amazing opportunity to gain experience with classical text and to collaborate with other artists. Coming into this summer, I was definitely intimidated by Shakespearan language, but through working with my castmates and director I have been able to navigate through the show and now have a method for approaching this text in the future. As an actor, I am really grateful to have had an experience that challenged me to grow in a new way. Furthermore, connecting with all of the working artists and with the larger Bay Area community has been really special. As someone who grew up in the Bay, it is so exciting to find my footing as a performer and to share my art form with the rest of the community”.

Come see Amanda as Dromio of El Paso in The Comedy of Errors! Performances run until August 7th! Purchase tickets with the link in the bio!

Happy Birthday to our Educational Director, Lindsey Schmeltzer! ( )🥳🥳 We hope your day is filled with lots of love and l...
07/26/2022

Happy Birthday to our Educational Director, Lindsey Schmeltzer! ( )🥳🥳 We hope your day is filled with lots of love and laughter!

Ryan Torres ( ) is involved in two of our comedy shows this Summer Season. Torres plays Francois in our musical r***e; L...
07/25/2022

Ryan Torres ( ) is involved in two of our comedy shows this Summer Season. Torres plays Francois in our musical r***e; Life is a Cabernet, and Antipholus of Senora in the Shakespearean comedy; The Comedy of Errors.
Here is what he has to say about his with us experience so far:

“I'm having a great time working with SPARC this summer. The company is highly respectful of the artists they hire and goes far to make sure everyone feels heard, comfortable, and safe. The work we've done on Life is a Cabernet is so fun and the cast is so talented. I'm even more proud of the work we've done on The Comedy of Errors -- specifically the crafting of Antipholus of Sonora (Syracuse) Domenique Lozano and I have done. I would say it's my best work to date and SPARC provided the environment where I could do my best work. The show's purpose is to make people laugh but really there's a lot of heart behind it and the cast has been amazing to craft with”.

Come see Ryan in the LAST Life is a Cabernet performance Sunday 7/31 or in The Comedy of Errors, which runs until 8/7. Purchase tickets with the link in the bio!

Abigail is one of our College Apprentices this summer at SPARC! She came all the way from Alabama to be a part of our su...
07/22/2022

Abigail is one of our College Apprentices this summer at SPARC! She came all the way from Alabama to be a part of our summer season.

Here’s what she has to say about her experience so far:

“I feel like this summer at SPARC, I have been able to take all the work I’ve done within my technique and skill as an artist at my university, and practically apply it to a “real world job”. Not only have I learned so much about myself and my process as an actor within a show, but I have learned about so many other areas of production. I have worked as an understudy dresser, an office assistant, a foley artist, just to name a few. Since working with SPARC, I’ve discovered new passions within the thing I already loved— theatre. It’s been an incredible summer of learning what life as a professional theatre artist is going to look like.”

Come see Abigail perform in two of our shows! Life is a Cabernet’s last performance is July 31st and The Comedy of Errors will run until August 7th! Purchase tickets with the link in the bio!

Try to guess what’s going on! And see if you’re right by purchasing a ticket and seeing The Comedy of Errors for yoursel...
07/20/2022

Try to guess what’s going on! And see if you’re right by purchasing a ticket and seeing The Comedy of Errors for yourself! This cast has so many memorable scenes and you will laugh incredibly hard. The show runs until August 7th so don’t miss it! Buy tickets with the link in the bio!

Can’t get better than this! Running lights for The Comedy of Errors dress rehearsal last night and we could not get over...
07/14/2022

Can’t get better than this! Running lights for The Comedy of Errors dress rehearsal last night and we could not get over that view! A perfect sneak peek into what a performance night at will look like for our audience. Our final comedy of the summer opens July 15 for Preview and Family night! Opening Night is set for July 16th! Buy tickets now because you won’t want to miss it!

The Comedy of Errors is underway! We can’t call this Shakespeare in the Vineyard without a Shakespearean Comedy. Directo...
07/13/2022

The Comedy of Errors is underway! We can’t call this Shakespeare in the Vineyard without a Shakespearean Comedy. Director Dominique Lozano is going over cues with the cast for Opening Night on July 16th. Preview and Family Night is July 15th. Buy your tickets now with the link in the bio!

Check out that crowd!! The 39 Steps are closing this weekend so don’t miss out! There’s still tonight and tomorrow (7/10...
07/09/2022

Check out that crowd!! The 39 Steps are closing this weekend so don’t miss out! There’s still tonight and tomorrow (7/10) to snag your seat! Purchase tickets with the link in the bio!

It’s Friday Eve! And there’s no better way to kick off the upcoming weekend than with Life is a Cabernet. Bingo, Wine an...
07/07/2022

It’s Friday Eve! And there’s no better way to kick off the upcoming weekend than with Life is a Cabernet. Bingo, Wine and Pirates galore! Bring your own picnic and enjoy the fun of musical theater at Darcie Kent Vineyards! Life is a Cabernet will be running until July 31st! So get tickets now with the link in the bio!

Don’t forget! The 39 Steps will sadly be closing after this weekend :’( If you haven’t seen it already get your tickets!...
07/06/2022

Don’t forget! The 39 Steps will sadly be closing after this weekend :’( If you haven’t seen it already get your tickets! If you have seen it, see it again! You don’t want to miss this hilarious whodunit! Purchase tickets with the link in the bio!

Ahoy Mateys!! 🏴‍☠️ Are ye ready for a jolly good time?Life is a Cabernet got a major costume upgrade! Check out the befo...
06/22/2022

Ahoy Mateys!! 🏴‍☠️ Are ye ready for a jolly good time?
Life is a Cabernet got a major costume upgrade! Check out the before and afters for this hilarious pirate themed musical r***e! Opening Night for this show is Sunday June 26th! PurchaseTickets with the link in bio!

Rehearsal alert!🚨 But on stage! Look at how far we have come! We are so close to opening so don’t miss out on seeing thi...
06/21/2022

Rehearsal alert!🚨 But on stage! Look at how far we have come! We are so close to opening so don’t miss out on seeing this hilarious cast in The 39 Steps! Previews start June 23rd, Opening night is June 25th! Get your tickets now!!

Started at the bottom now we’re here 😤! The stage has been set! And we are just about ready to open! June 23rd is the fi...
06/19/2022

Started at the bottom now we’re here 😤! The stage has been set! And we are just about ready to open! June 23rd is the first showing of previews and June 25th is opening night for The 39 Steps!! Snag a ticket with the link in our bio and see the stage in all its glory!!

Started from the bottom, now we’re here! 😤 Look at that build process of our beautiful outdoor stage!! See it in action ...
06/18/2022

Started from the bottom, now we’re here! 😤 Look at that build process of our beautiful outdoor stage!! See it in action starting June 23rd! Opening Night for The Comedy of Errors is June 25th! Purchase tickets with the link in the bio!

Happy Birthday to one of our directors  !! 🥳🥳 Some fun facts about him include: 1. Cassidy has been in 5 Different Produ...
06/13/2022

Happy Birthday to one of our directors !! 🥳🥳
Some fun facts about him include:
1. Cassidy has been in 5 Different Productions of the 39 Steps, but has never "seen" the show!
2. 6 years ago, he followed the likely path that Hannay takes from Edinburgh into the Scottish countryside, stopping at notable 39 Steps locations along the way.
3. He co-hosts a Comedy and Spirituality podcast called All the Answers, and they recently published their 100th Episode!

Cassidy is currently directing The 39 Steps for our Shakespeare in the Vineyard! Opening Night is June 25th!!

15 Days out!! Previews start June 23 and Opening Night Benefit is June 25th!! Buy your tickets for a night of wine and c...
06/08/2022

15 Days out!! Previews start June 23 and Opening Night Benefit is June 25th!! Buy your tickets for a night of wine and comedy as we open the Summer Season with !! Purchase tickets with the link in the bio!

Did you miss our reading of Winter's Passage? Check out the free YouTube link in our bio. Available to watch until May13...
04/30/2022

Did you miss our reading of Winter's Passage? Check out the free YouTube link in our bio. Available to watch until May13th.

That Feeling When...Don't be a toad. Come to our FREE reading of Winter's Passage tonight. Reserve your spot. Link in bi...
04/25/2022

That Feeling When...Don't be a toad. Come to our FREE reading of Winter's Passage tonight. Reserve your spot. Link in bio!

That Feeling When...See the truth behind one of Shakespeare's magical moments at our FREE reading of Winter's Passage th...
04/24/2022

That Feeling When...See the truth behind one of Shakespeare's magical moments at our FREE reading of Winter's Passage this Monday. Reserve your ticket. Link in bio.

That Feeling When...Come see these powerful women work some magic at our FREE reading of Winter's Passage this Monday! R...
04/23/2022

That Feeling When...Come see these powerful women work some magic at our FREE reading of Winter's Passage this Monday! Reserve your spot. Link in bio.

That Feeling When...See what happens when Paulina takes matters into her own hands at our FREE reading of Winter's Passa...
04/22/2022

That Feeling When...See what happens when Paulina takes matters into her own hands at our FREE reading of Winter's Passage. Monday, April 25th. Reserve your spot today. Link in bio.

That Feeling When...The Oracle says you should join us for our FREE reading of Winter's Passage on Monday, April 25th. R...
04/22/2022

That Feeling When...The Oracle says you should join us for our FREE reading of Winter's Passage on Monday, April 25th. Reserve your spot today. Link in bio.

The Bay Area Women's Theatre Festival invites you to join us on April 25th at 7:00PM for the imaginative journey that is...
04/01/2022

The Bay Area Women's Theatre Festival invites you to join us on April 25th at 7:00PM for the imaginative journey that is Winter’s Passage! Associate Artist Jennifer Le Blanc directs a reading of her new play exploring the mysterious 16 missing years in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.

Free and open to the public, this reading will be hosted at SPARC Studio (2172 Railroad Ave.) 🎭 For more info & tickets, visit link in bio.

The Bay Area Women's Theatre Festival invites you to join us on April 25th at 7:00PM for the imaginative journey that is...
04/01/2022

The Bay Area Women's Theatre Festival invites you to join us on April 25th at 7:00PM for the imaginative journey that is Winter’s Passage. Associate Artist Jennifer Le Blanc directs a reading of her new play exploring the mysterious 16 missing years in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.

Free and open to the public, this reading will be hosted at SPARC Studio (2172 Railroad Ave.) Visit https://sparctheater.org/bawtf/ for tickets and more information.

Getting ready for SoWiseSoYoung-GoLindsey!
02/25/2022

Getting ready for SoWiseSoYoung-GoLindsey!

We're hiring! Full-time, Part-time, Teaching Artist, Actors, & More. Check out the link in our bio for more details on h...
02/15/2022

We're hiring! Full-time, Part-time, Teaching Artist, Actors, & More. Check out the link in our bio for more details on how to apply.

Spots are still available for our after-school theater program. Grades 3rd-5th and 6th-8th. For more information click t...
01/25/2022

Spots are still available for our after-school theater program. Grades 3rd-5th and 6th-8th. For more information click the link in our bio.

Our after-school theater classes are back! New theater classes for grades 3rd-5th and 6th-8th. For more info visit: www....
01/15/2022

Our after-school theater classes are back! New theater classes for grades 3rd-5th and 6th-8th. For more info visit: www.sparctheater.org/somehavegreatness/ or click the link in our bio.

Yesterday, SPARC received commendation from Livermore City Council for the All American City Award - Cultural Entertainm...
12/16/2021

Yesterday, SPARC received commendation from Livermore City Council for the All American City Award - Cultural Entertainment Showcase Winner!
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Thank you to everyone who donated on .You are a huge part of what allows us to fulfill our mission and we are forever gr...
12/01/2021

Thank you to everyone who donated on .You are a huge part of what allows us to fulfill our mission and we are forever grateful to each and everyone one of you. Thank you, SPARC
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Your support continues to launch new and exciting educational programs for youth in Livermore and beyond. These programs...
12/01/2021

Your support continues to launch new and exciting educational programs for youth in Livermore and beyond. These programs teach literacy, empathy, Shakespeare, and so much more to students of all ages. To donate click the link in our bio or visit http://sparctheater.org/donate/
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Our actors have been adrift during the pandemic. Your support brings them back to the stage. SPARC Theater is dedicated ...
11/30/2021

Our actors have been adrift during the pandemic. Your support brings them back to the stage. SPARC Theater is dedicated to bringing diversity and inclusivity to our stages and we are committed to hiring actors, playwrights, and directors that fit that mission. If theater holds “the mirror up to nature”, then what and who we put on stage should reflect the diverse community we serve. To donate click the link in our bio or visit http://sparctheater.org/donate/
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Your support today launches the building of a new stage specifically designed for our new venue at Darcie Kent Vineyards...
11/30/2021

Your support today launches the building of a new stage specifically designed for our new venue at Darcie Kent Vineyards. This stage harkens back to Shakespeare’s day and has all the bells and whistles (including the “inner above” and “inner below” for all your Shakespeare nerds!) to produce any of Shakespeare’s works. The design is also easily adaptable to more modern works that SPARC theater plans to produce. To donate click the link in our bio or visit http://sparctheater.org/donate/

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Today we are relaunching as SPARC theater. You may have noticed our name change! SPARC, Shakespeare & Performing Arts Re...
11/30/2021

Today we are relaunching as SPARC theater. You may have noticed our name change! SPARC, Shakespeare & Performing Arts Regional Company, opens us up to greater possibilities. While our Shakespeare in the Vineyard festival will remain central to our programming, we produce more than just Shakespeare. We serve a broader community than Livermore. We are bigger than a single summer festival. We are SPARC. To donate click the link in our bio or visit http://sparctheater.org/donate/

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Today is . A day of generosity. Today we are launching into a new era. Won’t you consider helping us make waves of chang...
11/30/2021

Today is . A day of generosity. Today we are launching into a new era. Won’t you consider helping us make waves of change? Every little bit helps. Your donations support our summer festival, actors, playwrights, directors, education programs, and so much more! To donate click the link in our bio or visit http://sparctheater.org/donate/
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“But hark, a sail!” -Othello. Tomorrow is . A day to unleash generosity. So do your little bit of good wherever you are,...
11/29/2021

“But hark, a sail!” -Othello. Tomorrow is . A day to unleash generosity. So do your little bit of good wherever you are, it’s those little bits put together that overwhelm the world! Check-in tomorrow to see us , and show your support by donating. Link in bio or visit http://sparctheater.org/donate/
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Marisela Trevino Orta is slated to write an original play about the climate change crisis for SPARC Theater's [email protected] reading festival. For more information, visit bit.ly/3fzOt7j.
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Five children’s charities received almost $200,000 from the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Foundation last month. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3fzOt7j.
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Did you know that Livermore Shakespeare Festival is offering two new after school theater programs for kids this fall? See the information below shared from our friends at Livermore Shakes or visit https://livermoreshakes.org/somehavegreatness/
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SPARC Theater, sponsored by the Livermore Shakespeare Festival, will present “Life is a Cabernet” at the Darcie Kent Vineyards, from Aug. 19-22. For the full story, visit https://bit.ly/3fzOt7j.
Livermore Shakespeare Festival Darcie Kent Vineyards
August 12-15th & 19-22nd, The Livermore Shakespeare Festival Presents : Life is a Cabernet at the Darcie Kent Vineyards !

Tickets : http://ow.ly/oWBz30rPT8S
Inauguration first performance at Livermore’s brand new “stockman park” stage. Congratulations to Brinda Dhanya Harshini Kavitha Poorvi Punal Sriharsh*ta Tvisha Yoga - all braving 106degree heat. Many thanks to Livermore Shakespeare Festival for including us in the special event.
Livermore is a 2021 All-America City Award winner! Thank you, Livermore 👏

Also, Livermore Shakespeare Festival won in the Cultural Entertainment Showcase!

Outstanding work all around and by all of the finalists.

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
Livermore Area Recreation and Park District - LARPD
Livermore is a 2021 All-America City Award winner! Thank you, Livermore 👏

Also, Livermore Shakespeare Festival won in the Cultural Entertainment Showcase!

Outstanding work all around and by all of the finalists.

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
Livermore Area Recreation and Park District - LARPD
Las Positas College
As an finalist, Livermore is in the running for a Cultural Arts Showcase Award. We submitted 3 videos for consideration. Watch the videos and vote for your favorite (use code LIVERMORE to enter the site): https://www.nationalcivicleague.org/2021-all-america-city-awards/cultural-entertainment-showcase/

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Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
Livermore Area Recreation and Park District - LARPD
Hello Livermore! We Need Your VOTE!!!

The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, City of Livermore City Hall, Livermore Area Recreation and Park District - LARPD, and Las Positas College submitted a joint application to be named an All-America City for 2021. Livermore has been selected as a top 20 finalist!

We are also in the running for a Cultural Arts Showcase Award and to win We Need Your Help! Three videos were submitted for consideration for the award including the Livermore Shakespeare Festival, Element 116 (LVJUSD's collective jazz band), and Livermore's Poet Laureate. Please use this link watch the videos https://www.nationalcivicleague.org/2021-all-america-city-awards/cultural-entertainment-showcase/ and VOTE for your favorite so one of our local programs will win the showcase. Use code LIVERMORE to log in to watch.

Use this form to VOTE for your favorite video. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeqFx9M9ch4KoFODBNaIzyVbMxTPEy8KW8WKJRdRRNSeCEj4Q/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0 You can only vote one time per email address.

We encourage you to share this post on your social media to help spread the word! Let's win the All-America City Cultural Arts Showcase for 2021!!!
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Thank you Livermore Shakespeare Festival for a great evening with Lisa Wolpe and The Alchemy of Gender. Great Stuff (that dreams are made on)!👏👏👏
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