Hammer Theatre – Partnerships, Mission, and Vision

  • Hammer Theatre: A distinctive, high-quality performance venue in the heart of downtown San José
  • Partnership & Mission: Owned by the city of San José and operated by San José State University, the Hammer will serve the city’s diverse communities plus the university through artistically and educationally excellent programming expressive of the unique characteristics and cultures of Silicon Valley.
  • Vision: The Hammer Theatre is a new performing arts paradigm that serves as a nexus between the broad, innovative, cultural, and educational needs of San José’s diverse community, San José State University and Silicon Valley by offering several performing arts series with local and global talent within an eclectic, state-of-the-art venue.

Programming Goal and Series Brand

  • Programming: The Hammer Theatre offers innovative programming that reflects Silicon Valley’s culture of creativity, diversity, and technology so audiences can experience a broad range of live music, theatre, dance, innovative multimedia performances, National Theatre Live screenings or National Geographic Live lectures.
  • Hammer Series Brands: The theatre has seven distinct series brands that offer a broad range of performing arts events, live theatre films and educational lectures.

Community Interest + Educational Events

  • Hammer Community Events: Performances that appeal to the San José community such as Asian Youth Orchestra, ElevenPlay, and San José Nutcracker
  • Hammer Educational Events: Events for the community that can educate such as National Geographic Live

Academic Events

  • Hammer + SJSU Partnership: In its partnership with SJSU, the Hammer Theatre also offers workshops, master classes, and other special events that provide an educational component for its students
  • Workshops & Masterclasses–Grammy-award winning Cuarteto Latinoamericano performs at the Hammer Theatre plus offers a Masterclass for SJSU music students.
  • Other Special Events–Sundance Film Institute, National Geographic Live

Hammer Theatre Series Brands

  • SJSU @ Hammer Logo Premiere San José State University music, theatre, dance, and guest speaker events
  • Light Action Logo Live theatre and off-Broadway theatrical productions
  • Music w/o Borders Logo Music from all around the world, including jazz, blues, reggae, country, and world music
  • Art Tech Logo Performances that connect arts, technology, and/or multi-media
  • Hammer Speaks Logo National Geographic Live, Sundance Film Institute, and other educational lectures
  • Also @ Hammer Logo Corporate, cultural, or other events that are "also at the Hammer”
  • Holidays @ Hammer Logo Music, dance, and theatrical events related to the holiday season

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