This theatre has served the Los Altos community since 1995. The productions are entertaining and of high-quality,…More including musicals, comedies and dramas. Subscriptions are available to provide discounted ticket prices and reserved seats.
With an emphasis on the community for which it serves, the mission of the Bus Barn Stage Company is "to engage the community and the artists in a shared experience of intimate, professional-quality theatre."
The Bus Barn began in June 1995, following the closure of the Los Altos Conservatory Theater in 1995, and received its seed money from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation and the Los Altos Community Foundation.
Building on a groundswell of community support, and with seed money from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and…More the Los Altos Community Foundation, the Los Altos Stage Company (formerly the Bus Barn Stage Company) was founded in June 1995 following the closure of the Los Altos Conservatory Theatre. Los Altos Stage Company was incorporated in August 1995 and received its 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status later that year.
The Los Altos Stage Company is a quintessential neighborhood playhouse celebrating the full canon of American theater. It strives to bring together a diversity of theater practitioners, enthusiasts, and supporters to create, explore and celebrate musicals, comedies, dramas that together weave a rich tapestry of American culture and experience. Each season, the Los Altos Stage seeks to balance work that entertains, engages, provokes and inspires its audience. Leveraging the special nature of its intimate 99-seat theater, it believes in building deep connections between artist and audience, in offering high production values, and in creating an audience experience that is warm, welcoming, and personal.
The Los Altos Stage plays an essential role our community by creating and presenting live theater in Los Altos, serving as a cultural hub for local residents, and inspiring a passion for the performing arts in current and future generations. By fostering a deep commitment and connection to the performing arts locally, it seeks to advance a more vibrant cultural community throughout our region. Since its inception, the Los Altos Stage has produced more than 100 productions that included hundreds of artists and volunteers with various levels of theatrical experience.
The Los Altos Community Foundation was formed in 1991 to the promote community-building of Los Altos and Los…More Altos Hills.
Since then, it has been a strong force behind many of the city's institutions, including the Bus Barn Theater, Los Altos History Museum, Leadership Education and Advancement Program and the Community Scholars program for Mountain View Los Altos students who are the first in the family to attend college.
As a community foundation, it makes grants that broadly strengthen the community and it provides fund management for others. It operates four grant programs and supports its own programs, for students development, teaching philanthropy and providing mediation. Mindful of the changing demographics, it has the Aging in Place committee, which researches and disseminates information on services that may allow Los Altans to stay in their homes longer.
It has also played a leading role in convening and facilitating discussions of community-wide interest, such as the closing of Bullis School and issues of mutual interest between Mountain View and Los Altos.
It owns and operates out of the Richard Neutra House, where the 28-member board of directors meet on the third Wednesday of the month, at 181 Hillview Avenue, as well as the Los Altos Community House.
The hub of Los Altos recreation is found on this six-acre site, where a whirl of classes takes place, including art,…More dance, music and cooking.
The administrative offices of the Los Altos Recreation Department are housed here, along with the Los Altos Senior Center, Gilbert Smith House, Bus Barn Theater and the Los Altos History Museum. The site also hosts a social hall, meeting space and conference room. The private, non-profit preschool, Children's Corner, can also be found here, as can the League of Women Voters.
The outdoor athletic facilities include a Little League baseball diamond, bocce ball court and a soccer field. Small children will enjoy the train-themed "Whistlestop" playground. These facilities and athletic fields are available for rent for weddings, sporting events or celebrations.
As part of the larger civic center, the Hillview center is adjacent to Los Altos City Hall, the main library, Los Altos Youth Center and the Police Department. One can easily navigate between buildings via walkways and connected parking lots. There is ample free parking in the lot on Hillview Avene, as well as on the street.