Elev.: 495 ft
Land Area: 12.6 sq. miles
Orinda is a small city located just over the East Bay hills from Oakland, and provides a wonderfully-wooded ambiance where many Bay Area Executives call home. It is just west of Lafayette and Walnut Creek. Orinda is distinguished for its school district as it is one of the highest ranked in California.
The city is known for its Shakespeare Theater, held annually June through October. Many Bay Area celebrities live in Orinda as the community offers not only its own shopping, fine restaurants and amenities, but it is ”just over the hill” from San Francisco and Oakland.
Orinda has its own station on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) line, speeding access to all the interesting points in the Bay Area.
City of Orinda
The City of Orinda is committed to providing excellent service to the community with a focus on public safety, sound land use planning, infrastructure improvements, and responsible fiscal management of City funds.
The City, incorporated in 1985, offers the following functions to better serve the citizens of Orinda: Police, Public Works and Engineering, Parks and Recreation, Planning, and Administrative Services. The governing board, the City Council, is comprised of five elected officials each serving four-year terms. The City Council, each year prior to adopting an operating budget, establishes Major Goals and Objectives during their public Strategic Planning Workshops. The Major Goals and Objectives set the blueprint for the City’s priorities during that year.
Orinda Theatre Square
Play, Shop, Dine, Relax at Orinda Theatre Square!
Cal Shakes / Bruns Memorial Amphitheater
The internationally known California Shakespeare Theater, (a.k.a. “Cal Shakes”), performs from June to October at the Bruns Memorial Amphitheater. The Theater’s conservatory operates throughout the year, featuring programs for children, teenagers, young actors, teachers and adults.
Founded in 1974, Cal Shakes is an award-winning, nationally recognized regional theater now under the leadership of Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone and Managing Director Susie Falk. Through seasonal productions at an outdoor amphitheater, and in year-round school and community-based programs, Cal Shakes expands access to the arts and builds diverse ownership of our region’s cultural vitality by fostering participatory approaches to the artistic process and arts education.
Over the last decade, Main Stage productions-both new works and responses to Shakespeare and the classics-have earned a national reputation for their exhilarating artistry and boldness of imagination. They engage artists of the highest caliber from around the country to make the past present, re-imagining the classics with a thrilling potency that provides a diversity of perspectives and aesthetics to an audience of more than 45,000 people annually.
Launched in 2003, the New Works/New Communities program brings disparate communities together to engage directly in the creation of new works of theater inspired by classic literature. Through this inclusive artistic process-one that extends community relationships beyond the life of each play-they hope to nourish a cultural ecosystem that authentically reflects the extraordinary diversity of Northern California.
Established in 2001, the Artistic Learning program is our primary vehicle for increasing access to arts education through in-depth opportunities that engage a broad cross-section of nearly 5,000 Bay Area youth annually. Through in-school residencies, Student Discovery Matinees, Summer Shakespeare Conservatories, and other endeavors, our program builds students’ artistic, literacy, and social skills while cultivating their creative minds and voices.