An arts community in downtown San Francisco.

The Shelton Theater, founded in 1993 by Matt Shelton, is a part of the historic Shelton Studios founded in 1961. We host and produce live performances of musicals, narrative plays, improv, poetry, solo performances, play readings, musical events, film screenings, and fine art installations. In addition we offer acting and improvisation classes in San Francisco.  We provide artists with the creative respect they need and a venue within which to observe their works. There are two intimate venues of 74 and 70 seats. Thousands of performing artists have created works in these theaters and the Shelton Family has established 533 Sutter St. as a cultural hub.

Our Mission

To create stories from a diverse community of artists in order to illuminate the human condition; increasing empathy, imagination, and communication.

Who We Are

Matt Shelton-Actor/Director/Teacher/Producer  

Amanda Gerard-Shelton-Actor/Producer                  

Richard Ciccarone-Writer/Director/Producer

Margery Fairchild-Actor/Director/Writer/Teacher 

Madison Worthington-Actor/Director/Designer 

Steve Coleman-Designer

Janice Koprowski-Designer

Benita Ward-Jarrett-Choreographer

Julie Dimas-Lockfeld-Actor/Director/Teacher                          

Cedric Wentworth-Fine Artist

Kindrid Parker-Filmmaker

Timothy Trygg-Actor/Poet

Adam Stowers-Musicain


Our Alumni

In recognition of the prospective observer's desire to ascertain the professional quality of this institution and particularly to those who are new to the film and theatre communities and therefore unaware of the reputation of the Shelton Theater, we have produced the following list of former alumni/artists. We would like to state that it is our belief that many of the finest artists who have attended this institution do not appear on this list and many of their names might not be recognized. This list is by no means complete.

Alumni have won Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Tony Awards, Obie Awards and countless local awards.

Jean Shelton-Actor/Director/Teacher

Robert Elross-Actor/Director/Teacher

Wendell Phillips-Actor/Director/Teacher

Matt Shelton-Actor/Director

Scott Paulin-Actor/Director
Wendy Phillips-Actor
Keith Phillips-Actor/Director                                      

Christian Phillips-Actor/Director                                                    

Rob Epstein-Filmmaker
Lisa Fruchtman- Editor
Nancy Kelly-Filmmaker
Lourdes Portillio- Filmmaker
Jeremy Larner- Author
Richard Bratigan-Author
Pierre Delattre-Author

Danny Glover-Actor
Bruce Mackey-Actor

Bill Graham-Producer

Will Marchetti-Actor/Director
Bill English-Actor/Director
Luis Oropeza-Actor/Director
Catherine Castellanos-Actor/Director
Luis Saguar-Actor/Director
Howard Hesseman-Actor
J.E. Freeman-Actor

Anthony Cistaro-Actor
John Callahan-Actor
Laurie Walters-Actor
Maurice Bernard-Actor
Jeff Friedman-Filmmaker/Actor
Jim Wilson-Producer
Nancy Hayes-Casting Director
Peter Tripp-Director
Trevor Tuttle-Filmmaker
Terry Zwigoff-Filmmaker

Kenji Yamamoto-Editor

Mike McGee-Editor

Tommy Wiseau-Actor/Producer