Boxcar Theatre was founded in January of 2005 with its mission focused on creating original work devised in an ensemble setting. The companies' first production, 21/One: Twenty-One Shows in One Hour played to sold-out houses at the San Francisco Fringe Festival. The play was voted "Best of the Fringe" and Boxcar Theatre awarded "Best New Company." Boxcar quickly followed up its success with its first three-play season. During their nomadic period, the company became known for its unusual performance locations: a beach, bus, office building, furniture store, living rooms, and museums across the Bay Area.
In 2007, the company took over a 49-seat black box theatre on Natoma, renaming it the Boxcar Playhouse. In July of 2010, with funding from the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the company opened the Boxcar Theatre Studios, which has two performance venues and an artist gallery. Despite its grounded roots in SoMA and the Tenderloin, the company continues to produce site-specific performances.
The original mission of Boxcar has evolved dramatically since it's founding. Once dedicated to new work and devised material, the company shifted focus in December of 2009 in becoming a "Directors Theatre". A strong emphasis was also placed on assisting the development of other emerging theatre companies through programming and by offering affordable rehearsal and performance space.
Today, Boxcar continues to evolve as it serves its mission and community. Still under the artistic direction Nick A. Olivero, audiences have come to enjoy the immersive experiences created whether they are original theatrical events, epic repertory series', or a larger than life musical.