Universal Access Onstage and Off
A new home for a pioneering performing arts theater manifests the spirit of openness, inclusivity and community.
After 10 years in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood, CounterPulse feared the clock was running out on its affordable lease. Fortunately, the Community Arts Stabilization Trust, an organization dedicated to keeping nonprofit arts groups in the city, approached CounterPulse to form a partnership. Through this alliance, CounterPulse leased to purchase a onetime vaudeville theater. Although rundown, the building provided a secure home in the theater district, close to downtown transit, and a chance to create a theater tailored to its renowned program of experimental performing arts.