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13 -14 35th Season

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Stephen Hillard and 3snaps Productions will be joining Northside to form an amazing Production orienated outreach element to the services Northside already offers.  Its a win win for both parties.

3snaps Productions is an after school, tuition based program that educates the students while in the process of rehearsing and preparing for multiple public performances. 

Originally founded in 1992 in Detroit as Change of Venue Productions. They produced over 15 productions a year, reaching 1,500 participants per year. The program and company are founded upon the ideas that theatre is a valuable education vehicle that helps build confidence, teaches problem solving and promotes team building skills. 3snaps Productions is a continuation of this idea. An idea that fits well into Northside's Artistic philosophy.  

If you would like more information on how to get this program into your elementary school please contact Stephen Hillard at 408 982-3820 or email or visit the website at We look forward to a long relationship with Stephen. 


Once again the San Jose Rotary Club has moved forward to assist Northside in the remolding of our theatre space. The assistance comes in the form of a $2,000 grant for new computer for the tech booth.

 From all of us at Northside Thank you once again San Jose Rotary.


as of October, 2010


Northside is now a small Equity theatre. Northside has signed with Actors Equity under their MBAT (Modified Bay Area Theatre) Level II contract. The biggest news is that now Equity members can perform on the Northside stage. We signed for three contracts this season. Great news for everyone!  And another professional step up for Northside. Everybody wins!

So, if you are an Equity actor you should mail your headshot and resume to us. Northside Theatre Company, 848 East William Street, San Jose, CA 95116 ATTN:Casting

Actors' Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.  Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans.  AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence.


Each year Northside applies to the City of the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs for a grant for our season of productions. The amount each organization receives is based upon budget earned income and the interview score that an impartial group of volunteers awards each group.

The higher the interview score the more money one receives. Only a few organizations ever receive full funding. Well....this year Northside scored second out of 75 applicants and will be receiving full funding for the amount we could receive. No grant can exceed certain limitations and all is based upon your budgets earned income. 

Way to go Northside administration for putting together a great grant that got us $12,000.00. And once again thank you City of San Jose for its continued support of the Arts in the greater San Jose area. (for 2013-2014)


On Friday, May 7th, 2010 at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose Artistic Director, Richard Orlando received an award from the Arts Council of Silicon Valley. The award was given to various artist in the Bay Area for Arts Leadership. Richard, JR (his wife), and Associate Managing Director, Meredith King attended the luncheon, the salmon was delicious. Thank You Arts Council  for the recognition of Northside's fearless leader and all the other wonderful arts groups and individuals in the Bay Area.  

Events like this show just what a force the arts are in our community, over 900 attended. 


This is the time of year to make yourself heard! Our Artistic Director,  Richard Orlando is currently working on chosing our next exciting season of plays and your views are important. So, if there is a play that you feel strongly about and would like to see Northside produce this play email the title and author to We never know how long Richard's process takes. Sometimes the selections only take a few weeks other seasons it has taken until September. For all of us the sooner the better because then we can spread the word on season 35!


The Target Stores Foundation has once again funded one of Northside's outreach projects. Our free ticket program is a project where Northside gives free tickets to schools and non-profit service organizations to enhance the cultural lives of our communities families.  If you are one of these organizations just call 408 288 7820 for further information on suitable family productions. Once again thank you TARGET!

 It's A Play.......

On January 31st, 2009 at 8 PM  Northside, 6 actors and an audience of 50 people sat together for the first time on the planet and listened  to  the new play by Nathan Sanders, Divine Fruit/Kundalini RisingFor all involved the event was an overwhelming success in all areas. So, a special thanks goes out to all who attended, our wonderful group of actors and of course to Nathan Sanders, the author, for making another evening at Northside Theatre an exceptional theatre experience. It was a great way to kick off a new play. All who attended contributed to this new works development and longevity. 

Awards for Northside

Each year the WAVE magazine gives the smaller theatre companies awards for outstanding achievement.  And each year Northside has received at least one award. This year for the season of 08-09 we received the award for outstanding comedy for LUV, our closing play of last season.  In 2007-08  Northside placed in three different categories and had several actors mentioned in the "watch for these" categories. We received awards for the following: Best Comedy and Best Costumes for PICASSO, and Best new work for THE SUGAR WITCH, by Nathan Sanders.  We knew we had a really good season last year but it is nice to be recognized for your work publicly.  The awards go to Northside but they really should go to the many, many people that make up Northside.  The authors, the directors, the designers, the administrators, the tech crews, the board, and of course the actors and our congrats to us all for the old...and raise your glass to the new!  

Click the link below if you would like to see the complete listings and article about the Wave's Awards.


Northside Creates Film

Northside Theatre Company  has changed its theatre into a small film studio and with a wonderful creative production team has devoted the summer to the creation of  a small movie short written by Nathan Sanders entitled..... SWEET JESUS. The piece is about Inez Fullbright. She has baked a pecan pie that has made front page news. And the story of how the pie came to be is a tale that everyone should hear. It is a  one-act play of Nathan's that we will make into a 29 minute movie short. And if we are successful this movie will then be submitted to various film festivals throughout the U.S. and we will put it up on the web. This is a new experience for all of us but so far the work has been a joy, and I am certain it will be successful. Watch this site for a preview! 


JeannieRae Orlando and Paul Ulloa as Inez Fullbright & Mr. Purvis in Nathan Sander's, SWEET JESUS

photos by Deb Mosk

Sugar Witch Published

Last season Northside premiered THE SUGAR WITCH in its October 2007 slot. With our excellent team of designers, actors and crews we hailed to great reviews.  Playwright Nathan Sanders played a major role in our production attending many rehearsals and giving our production team insights as to characters, plot and interpretation. As a result, the play was published by Samuel French, Inc. and now the entire world will be able to produce The Sugar Witch, a play that our audiences were the first to view. More from Nathan Sanders

Hopefully we will be able to produce more of Nathan's plays in the future.


1979 -2014

Olinder Theatre, 848 East William Street, San Jose CA 95116

(408) 288-7820