Greetings from the Hammer Theatre!


At the Hammer Theatre Center, we strive to do many things, including enabling San José State University’s best work in the areas of music, dance, theatre, and other high-profile events. We also work with many local producers of music, theatre, musical theatre, and dance to give them a high-quality and affordable venue in which to realize their dreams,  ambitions, and showcase their local talent.

We do all of this as part of our commitment to the University and the City of San Jose and we look forward to pursuing these endeavors for many years to come.

The Hammer Theatre also has a program,
Hammer Presents, in which we bring in artists and performing companies from both near and afar; the finest local, national, and internationally recognized presentations in dance, music, theatre, and beyond that are all unique and different from what our local partners do. It is this endeavor which leads me to ask for your support – to our ongoing Programming Fund – a fund earmarked to help bridge the gap in presenting that occurs as ticket sales do not adequately bridge that gap between artist fees and productions expenses. This support also enables our important corresponding educational initiatives that serve both SJSU and local K-12 students.

Will you consider helping us? We have a convenient
Donate Here button below to assist you, or you can call me directly to discuss how we can make your generosity a reality.

I truly hope I will see you at any one of the superb programs happening at the Hammer Theatre Center in the near future.


Christopher Burrill


Hammer Programming Fund
Donor Recognition

Much appreciation and gratitude for the support of generous donors to the Hammer Programming Fund!

Leading Founding Member: $500+

Chery & Stephen Caplan
Randy Earle
Margaret & Richard James
Janet Muscio & William McCraw
Jared Lilly & Jonathan Schuppert

Founding Member: $100+

Jason Aleksander
Ramona Arellano-Snyder & Michael Snyder
Martha C. Beattie
Win-Shin Chiang
Matt Hammer
Lisa Hettler-Smith & Gordon Smith
Wanda B. Hendrix
Margaret Mannion
Carol & Richard Muller
Emily & Thomas O’Connell
Eleanor E. Smith
Marie T. Tuite
Charlene & Gerald Uenaka
Laurel Weeks & Gordon Cremer

Contributor: $0-99

Diana P. Dunn
Nancy & Allan Hikoyeda
Labadie Productions
Jason Molenda