The Buriel Clay Theatre is named after Buriel Clay, a prominent African American playwright and poet from San Francisco. Clay was one of the first African Americans to establish a cultural center in the City of San Francisco in the 1960s. Due to his unceasing efforts, he was able to pull together an impressive proposal and conceptualize what we now have today, a dynamic cultural complex. He was co-founder and the first official Director of the Western Addition Cultural Center, which for years was housed in our present location.

With more than 200 seats, the theatre hosts must-see theatrical dramas, dance productions, musical concerts, film and video screenings, seminars and workshops. Prominent productions include the African-American Shakespeare Company's production of “Othello” as part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest.

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Permitted Uses Performance, Screening, Meeting
Disciplines Dance, Music, Theatre, Film
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For information on renting space, please contact us at 415/922 2049 or email us at For application for the Burial Clay rental, go to

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Seating Capacity 200
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This space was last updated on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 9:14AM