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16-17 38th Season

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Northside Theatre Company is sad to announce that Richard T Orlando, Northside’s Founder and Managing Artistic Director for 37 years, passed away the morning of Saturday, May 14th. His wife of 40 years, JR Orlando, was at his side.

Richard is survived by his loving wife, sisters Kathy Glaze and Cherilyn Barringer, and brother Robert Orlando. His contribution to the San Jose theatre community cannot be measured. He was our friend, our mentor and our teacher, and he left the world more beautiful than he found it. We are devastated by his loss.


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.


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 our budgets earned income. 

Way to go Northside administration for putting together a great grant that got us $15,000.00. And once again thank you City of San Jose for its continued support of the Arts in the greater San Jose area. (for 2014-2015)


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 artists attended. 


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!  

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

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.



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

(408) 288-7820