About Us

The Santa Clara Players will celebrate their 60th anniversary this year, making it the oldest theatre group in the immediate area. The Players are devoted to wholesome entertainment, whether it be drama, comedy, mystery, or farce. They strive to present high quality  live theatre for the enjoyment of the residents of Santa Clara and the surrounding areas. The group provides the opportunity for anyone, regardless of experience level, to work in a fun and enriching environment. A non-profit community theater group, the Players are devoted to providing an affordable, quality theatrical experience.

The Santa Clara Players was founded in 1961 under the auspices of the Santa Clara Parks and Recreation Department, and premiered its first season in 1962. Roberta Jones and Paul Thiltgen headed a team of dedicated individuals who helped establish and nurture a fledgling company. Their first production was My Three Angels directed by Ben Johnson and performed in “The Ship” at Santa Clara University.
In the beginning there was no specific space for the performances so they were done in school cafeterias, “The Ship” and later The Lifeboat” on the University of Santa Clara campus. They were basically a traveling show. In 1968, The Santa Clara Players left the umbrella of the Parks and Recreation Department and incorporated as a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors. They also acquired a permanent location at the Hall Pavilion which is a 71 seat theater behind the Triton Museum at Don Ave. and Warburton Ave.

How you can help:
Most of our funding comes directly from our subscribers so you can help by becoming a regular subscriber. You can also donate time and money.  You can become part of our shows by performing, helping to build sets, serving refreshments, and above all, attend our performances.

Santa Clara Players Performance History