Dragon History

1998 - 2005

Meredith Hagedorn began Dragon Productions Theater Company to give creatives in the Bay Area a place to incubate their work and reach new potentials. Before settling into a permanent home, Dragon produced 9 shows around the Bay Area. Read more here.

2006 - 2012

Dragon settled into a 42-seat black box theatre in downtown Palo Alto, February of 2006. During this time dragon produced Dragon Lite and Dragon After Hours.

2013 - 2014

Dragon moved to downtown Redwood City, California and began Dragon’s 2nd Stage. Read more about the early years in Redwood City here.

"Meredith created and fostered the essence of the Dragon; a community of theatrical artists and experiences for all."
Alika & Max
Previous Co-Artistic Directors

2015 - 2016

Dragon has always been a place where early career theatre artists could realize their passion projects, with the support and guidance of the Dragon staff; and where audiences could experience ambitious, unusual and thought provoking plays. 

2016 - 2019

Bora “Max” Koknar and Alika U. Spencer-Koknar joined the Dragon Family in 2016 and 2017, respectively, as staff members. and in 2019 officially took the helm as Co-Artistic Directors. They further expanded Dragon programs cementing Dragon as a vibrant community hub. Read more about our change in leadership.

2019 - 2021

Dragon closed its physical theater in Downtown Redwood City, Ca and begins Dragon’s 3rd Act all across the Bay Area with Justine Bechler taking on the role of CEO in 2021. Dragon continued offering youth classes in Redwood City and San Jose throughout the pandemic and moved their headquarters to San Jose so they could continue to provide quality theatre programming to the Bay Area. Read More about our new beginnings here.

Check out what we're doing right now!

Summer Programs

Registration is now open for Dragon Youth Theatre Summer Programs.

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Design, produce, and perform a play this summer in Dragon’s 3 week Theatre Conservatory or work on a performance selection in our Boot Camp! We have programs for youth creatives entering 1st through 5th and 6th through 12th grades! Learn more about Summer Programs.

Dragon Eggs
Dragon Eggs

Dragon Eggs is a monthly opportunity for playwrights from across the globe to have their short plays performed and receive feedback from theatre professionals and lovers. This development process centers around under-represented voices and intersectional stories. Each month, join us for three short plays by playwrights from the Bay Area and beyond!

Learn More Here

Writer's Cafe
Drop-In Virtual
Writers Cafe

Do you miss being able to write in cafes, surrounded by the aroma of coffee and the companionable tapping of fingers on keys? Join playwright Bridgette Dutta Portman on Zoom on Saturday mornings and simply WRITE!

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