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Proud to be the only "live" theatrical stage in the entire South bay community, we operate year round, producing 6 regular shows and numerous short run productions and FREE educational events.

Our theatre is recognized as a significant cultural arts contributor to the community, and consistently impresses its audiences, critics, and judges with continuing high-quality productions. Throughout its history, OnStage has received more than its share of County-wide technical, acting, direction, and production awards. OnStage Playhouse  has been performing in  Chula Vista, California since 1986, opening the doors to our current location in 1999.



To present high quality theatrical productions in a broad range of styles, while serving as a community cultural resource and providing opportunities for education, personal growth, and achievement in an atmosphere of mutual respect, support, and enjoyment



OnStage Playhouse seeks to provide a vital performing arts organization in an up-to-date, intimate setting, recognized throughout the region for its commitment to cultural activities, exceptional theatrical arts and education.


  • Present innovative and entertaining theatre experiences which are recognized artistically and popularly.

  • Engage and welcome audiences from all the diverse segments of our community with multi-faceted programming.

  • Provide entertainment in unique and intimate setting, that foster an appreciation for the arts.

  • Inspire and help children include theatre as an active part of their lives.

  • Provide opportunities for those who create the theatrical experience to express their art, entertain an audience, and receive the appreciation their efforts deserve.

  • Foster an enthusiastic, respected and hardworking corps of individuals who serve as staff, volunteers and Board members.

  • Encourage collaborations with various organizations that are innovative, effective and mutually beneficial.

  • Become a thriving organization that is fiscally sound, and has endowed reserves to support its programming.


  • Prioritize the use of local artists.

  • Create a collaborative environment in which artists can do their best work.

  • Foster a positive company culture, a commitment to excellence, and the continued development of our staff.

  • Extend our art outside of our walls.

  • Work toward equity, diversity, and inclusion across all aspects of our organization. 

  • Highlight voices that have been historically misrepresented and under-resourced by the theatre field.

  • Engage our audience in an ongoing dialogue of ideas.

  • Encourage lifelong learning and participation in theatre.

  • Ensure that our work is accessible to patrons of all ages, cultural backgrounds, economic groups, and physical ability.

  • Provide exceptional service and hospitality to our patrons.

  • Recognize that financial health and stability are essential to fulfilling our mission.

We are a theatre proudly serving
our community.

We operate year round, producing six or more superior plays per year at our intimate theatre seating 60 playgoers, located near Third and F in Chula Vista's Third Avenue Village.


We value our role in contributing to the South Bay and San Diego County community, and we work hard year round to provide our audiences, critics, and judges with continuing high-quality productions, as well as volunteer and internship opportunities.

We are passionate about our community as well as our commitment to diversity from our volunteers, to our employees, to our casting - we believe that what's OnStage should reflect the world around us and encourage diverse representation.  Our goal is to often relate our plays to issues in the community, and we host "Community Conversation" events where we invite the public and community representatives to discuss these issues at the theater.


Throughout our history, OnStage has received more than its share of county-wide technical, acting, direction, and production awards.

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