Welcome to the Dragon’s Nest
Much like a teaching hospital, for years Dragon has been a kind of teaching theater where emerging artists or artists new to the Bay Area have been able to hone their craft, make connections, and rely on the support of the professionals at Dragon. We are looking to codify this mentality with the Dragon’s Nest. The Dragon’s Nest seeks to maintain a healthy creative ecosystem in the Bay Area by supporting the development of new works and by developing the skills of emerging artists. To this effect, our current Monday Night, Late Night, and Circus Arts series are now all contained within the umbrella of the Dragon’s Nest as all three series’ are developmental opportunities for local artists. As part of a company re-branding effort in progress, the ongoing 2nd Stages Series will be renamed the Dragon’s Nest Producer Residency Program to better acknowledge Dragon’s commitment to the development of local artists of varying disciplines. Fully half of Dragon’s Theatre Season remains produced and created by Dragon’s Nest Incubator producers learning the craft of theatrical production. Dragon intends to open its wings to include more than just theatre artists to make the Dragon a home for everyone.
Dragon’s Nest Producer Residency
The Dragon’s Nest Producer Residency program is the 2nd Stages program rebranded. As a Dragon’s Nest Resident Producer, artists apply to produce a passion project and if chosen, the Dragon Productions Theatre Company staff provides mentoring, support, and seed funding to these individuals who otherwise might not be given professional producing opportunities for their dream projects. Get more information about the proposal process. (Coming in the spring)
Dragon Designer/Artist Residency
A new program, Dragon is choosing designers from several theatrical fields to become the Resident Designers for their department. They will be mentoring and overseeing designers in their field to help develop emerging designers and technicians to provide real-world work and experience to help build skills and resumes.
Since 2017 Anna Yanushkevich, the fringe festival award winning producer and aerialist has brought her sold out and stunning performances to the Dragon. Anna and her fellow teachers at Redwood City’s Inspiration Studios create and perform in all the shows. Some shows are open to their students to showcase their classwork, sometimes the teachers are the performers, and sometimes they have open auditions for other Bay Area Circus artists. Regardless of who’s performing, these shows are incredibly beautiful and include aerial hoop (called the lyra), aerial silks, dance, song, contortion, and whatever else these talented artists bring to the show. In 2020 we have added a Circus Subscription so you can be sure to never miss a show! Get information on upcoming Circus performances. Season subscriptions now on sale if you’re interested in three or more shows in the series!
This encompasses some of our recurring monthly programs – the Dragon’s Den, Games & Dragons, and Enter the Dragon – as well as some newly developing festivals like the Singular Stories Solo Show Festival and the Redwood City One Act Festival. It’s a big basket of events to represent the diverse local community.
Created in the summer of 2017 the Dragon Late Night Series, now called the Dragon’s Den, was created so that one night a month the Dragon Theatre will be open late on select Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights to showcase some up and coming local talents. These shows are typically stand up comedy and musical performances but are open to artists of all kinds. Admission for these shows is $15 in advance or $20 at the door and shows are generally aged 21+.
Since 2018 Dragon opens its doors one Saturday a month for an afternoon of board games, card games, and comradery! Bring a game to share or come play a new game. We’ve got snacks and friendship and great conversation and it’s pay what you can in cash (or Venmo) at the event. See the upcoming schedule.
Formerly called Enter the Dragon, this partnership with Arch Films, Hip Hop Congress, and Community Street Jams, Live at the Dragon is a community open stage night on select Sunday nights to highlight the talent of all kinds of Bay Area artists. Hip hop, MCs, dance cyphers, and more celebrate the urban arts. But sometimes also romantic musical comedy duets, Miss Redwood City on roller skates, and an actress playing a saw appear in the rotation. See the upcoming dates and sign up for a slot!
Since 2016 Dragon Productions Theatre Company has hosted the Monday Night Play Space Series. We’re now calling it Mondays at Dragon to be more inclusive of the other artists the program hosts. One Monday a month Dragon opens its doors to local artists to use the space for anything, including staged readings of new plays, local film screenings, poetry slams, stand up comedy, improv demos, books readings, magic shows, and anything else that the Bay Area artistic community comes up with! It’s a great way to see something new and different right here on the Peninsula. More information for artists and audiences.