The Bayside Performing Arts Center

It is the policy of the San Mateo-Foster City School District that the theatre at Bayside be used primarily for educational purposes. Educational purposes include serving as a performance venue for music, dance, drama, and other arts programs in the District’s schools; serving as an auditorium for assemblies, professional development, lectures, and ceremonial events, such as graduations; and serving as a facility to support the teaching of the arts and audience behavior skills. It is the District’s intent that the theatre will also support other District-wide purposes.

Community use of the theatre on an occasional basis will be provided when not needed for school and District purposes.

It is the goal of the Board of Trustees that the theater be self-supporting. A fee schedule is to be established that includes operational, administrative, and depreciation costs.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop and publish annually fees for usage, scheduling procedures, and operational policies. The Superintendent or designee is responsible for all theatre operations.

BPAC Theater Information

Audience Capacity

Wheelchair and handicap access is available in the last center row of the theater.


Loading Door

The 8’x8’ loading door is located on the west side of the theatre.

Grand Drape

The grand drape is made of peacock green velour, rigged to guillotine or bi-part. The grand drape does not Austrian.

Stage Dimensions

Lighting and Sound

Non-performing arts use will be provided with only basic lighting and sound. For performing arts use the Center includes a state of the art lighting and sound system operated by the Center’s staff with a permanent lighting plot that is controlled by an ETC Express 48/96  The ETC Express 48/96 has the following features:

Lighting Channels

The Center’s sound system features:

Lighting and Sound Rules