The Western Stage

Dustin Lance Black – Academy Award Winning Screenwriter, Director – The Impact of the Performing Arts

Pat Horsley – The Power of The Western Stage Productions

Philip Tufts – Student – Western Stage Pit Musician – Studio Cameo

Somewhere Over the Rainbow – featuring Savannah Allen – Highlights of Western Stage Past Performances

Founded in 1974, The Western Stage (TWS) has evolved over the last four decades into one of the most respected community-based theaters on California’s Central Coast. TWS is committed to enriching the culture of its community by bringing together professional artists, theatre students, and community members to produce a dynamic season of plays that enhances the lives of both the artist and audience; developing new works that speak to the history and culture of the Salinas Valley; and providing educational opportunities to allow students of all skill levels to explore and develop their unique talents.  

The Western Stage (TWS) is a professionally managed, community-based theatre company and educational program that nurtures and develops a passion for the creative process and a desire for high-level artistic experiences. Led by its educational mission and believing that strong Arts experiences are important for building innovative, creative, and resilient communities, TWS offers a robust variety of programs designed for personal growth and skill development and that address the need for a safe space where students and theatre enthusiasts engage in Theatre production while working side-by-side with Theatre Professionals.  

Through its annual production season, TWS endeavors to provide strong pathways and development for artists throughout the continuum of a career in Theatre and its related Performing Arts:

  • For Early-career artists we provide strong hands-on experiences mentored by resident staff and seasonal guest artists.
  • For Mid-career professionals we provide seasonal opportunities that they may not have been offered yet. 
  • For Late-career professionals we provide an avenue to nurture the next generation of artists while continuing to practice your art and craft.

Today and every day, we join our community of artists in standing against bigotry and racism through the work we do and the manner in which we do it. We dedicate ourselves to anti-racist practices in our work, and we recommit ourselves to uplift BIPOC voices because we believe we can do better – we will be better.