Boxcar Theatre is a Directors Theatre supporting the concepts and vision of the director. Whether original, adapted, or pre-published, Boxcar productions are bold and ambitious with a flair for the visual and fantastical.

Founded in 2005, Boxcar has produced over 60 shows. Notable productions include: Hedwig and the Angry InchLittle Shop of HorrorsClueWhere the Sidewalk Ends, and two repertory festivals – One featuring 3 Tennessee Williams plays (Cat on a Hot Tin RoofThe Glass Menagerie, and A Streetcar Named Desire), the other consisting of 4 Sam Shepard plays (True WestA Lie of the MindA Fool for Love, and Buried Child). Boxcar’s acclaimed immersive production The Speakeasy featured over 1600 pages of scripted content, 35 actors and ran for 3 years.

Known for their unconventional staging, and founded as a site specific theatre, Boxcar has performed on Baker Beach, a moving bus, an abandoned office, a furniture store, parks, actual living rooms, and even museums across the Bay Area (most notably the Fisherman’s Wharf Wax Museum). 

Under the artistic leadership of Nick A. Olivero, Boxcar continues to present and produce at The Palace Theater in San Francisco’s historic North Beach district.


Boxcar Theatre is a recognized 501(c)3. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our non-profit organization. 

As we continue to recover from the shut down we are in need of your support! Our staff remains limited and we rely on volunteers. We need assistance with back rent and other financial liabilities arisen as a result of the pandemic.

We appreciate all your help!



We at Boxcar Theatre believe Black Lives Matter.

We mourn the loss of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and the countless other unnecessary deaths of Black people.

We reject racism and violence of any kind and are committed to being an anti-racist organization.

We acknowledge that it is one thing to reject racism and another to actively work toward dismantling it. The leadership of Boxcar Theatre is committed to confronting racism in our organization, community, and within ourselves. 

We recognize that we must change and strive to be a company better committed to equity, diversity and inclusion.

We take responsibility for our past actions and future efforts and we promise to work towards positive change.