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Theatre Rhinoceros

Theatre Rhinoceros


San Francisco


Theatre Rhinoceros, the world’s longest-running, continuously producing professional LGBTQ+ theatre, was founded in San Francisco in August 1977 by the late Allan B. Estes, Jr. Early in its 46-year history, The Rhino was the first theatre company in the U.S. to deal with the AIDS epidemic by presenting ‘The AIDS Show: Artists Involved with Death and Survival,’ co-authored by 20 Bay Area artists. After Estes’ untimely death from AIDS, Theatre Rhinoceros was headed by Kristine Gannon, Charles Solomon , Kenneth R. Dixon, Adele Prandin, Doug Holsclaw, and John Fisher (2002 - present).

Theatre Rhinoceros is a bold and inclusive community of artists and arts supporters who develop and produce theatre that enlightens, challenges, and brings joy to our diverse global community. We strive to be a global leader in LGBTQ+ storytelling that encourages and empowers artists and patrons to fight for a more just, equitable, and welcoming world where all may feel safe, seen, and heard.

From its inception, The Rhino has been dedicated to telling the stories of the queer community and creating a welcoming home for artists who are queer or allied to the queer world. Our track record is one of bold, innovative, exciting productions that emphasize the historical underpinning of LGBTQ+ identities and communities. We are committed to giving a platform to and amplifying the voices of historically marginalized, emerging artists and reflecting the immense diversity of our communities onstage, offstage, and in our audiences.

Theatre Rhinoceros develops and produces works of theatre that enlighten, enrich, and explore both the ordinary and extraordinary aspects of our queer community.

Additional Info

Accepting script submissions? : Yes

How to submit scripts : If you would like to connect with us first, you are more than welcome to attend a season performance - email Crystal at, and we'd be delighted to comp you and meet you after the show!

Once we've gotten to know you, agents can submit client manuscripts to Self-representing playwrights, please email 10 pages of your script to, and please also include 1) a short artist statement regarding your particular interest in Theatre Rhinoceros, 2) a letter of recommendation by a professional theatre colleague/instructor/collaborator, and 3) a 100-word bio.

We look forward to connecting with you!

Holding general auditions? : Limited

How to audition : Audition opportunities will be posted on social media (Instagram and Facebook, @theatrerhinoceros), as well as on our website,

How to rent space : Please contact Crystal at with inquiries.

We are able to hire from the following unions: : AEA (Actors' Equity Association)

Cities company performs in : San Francisco

Genre(s) : Cabaret, Comedy, Concert, Devised work/ensemble work, Drag, Drama theatre, Immersive/interactive theatre, Musical theatre, Virtual/multimedia, News plays/development work, Solo performance, Readings/workshops, Shakespeare/classical theatre, Storytelling/Lit, Variety show, Other

Year founded : 1977

Venue Capacity : 50-99

Box office email :

Press inquiries contact information : Contact: John Fisher, Executive Artistic Director

Venue address : 4229 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Office address : N/A

Wheelchair accessible? : Yes

Audio descriptions available? : No

Sensory-friendly showings available? : Limited

ASL interpretation available? : Limited

Assisted listening devices available? : No

Gender-inclusive restrooms available? : Yes

Other accessibility options : Virtual/hybrid showings

Where to find more accessibility information : Please email Crystal at

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