“Transcendence” is the name of our theatre company because that is the feeling we hope you have when you see one of our shows. We define it as excelling, surpassing, or going beyond the usual limits. It’s a feeling that lies beyond the limits of ordinary experience. It is to rise above and go beyond.
When the sun sets, the stars alight, and the show begins,
you’ll see why we call it the
Best Night Ever.
Transcendence Theatre Company is California Wine Country’s premiere live entertainment experience, ten years and counting. With three original outdoor musical revues every summer, an indoor Holiday show every winter, and more, our mission is to create extraordinary evenings featuring the best talents from Broadway and beyond.
It begins with a picnic dinner with wine surrounded by the lush scenery of Jack London State Historic Park. It culminates with an electrifying, fully-staged evening of song and dance, set within the majestic ruins of a former winery, all against a moon-lit, star-dotted night sky.
Every season brings new shows. Every show hits new heights. Every person who joins us feels that singular sensation only possible from when music and movement lift us up beyond the everyday.
To experience Transcendence is to experience the extraordinary.
Transcendence Theatre Company’s mission is to create extraordinary experiences that inspire all to live life to the fullest.
We champion the unique, life-affirming power of live musical performance to help individuals and the community make the most of every moment and change their lives for the better. We aim to achieve this through our focus on performing arts, arts education, and community engagement. We bring this mission to life by producing world-class entertainment across Sonoma Valley. By doing this, we wish to create a future that inspires generations of audiences from around the globe and makes a profound difference in the world.
Featured performers have appeared in Broadway productions including Hamilton, Mamma Mia!, Les Misérables, Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera, Beautiful, Jersey Boys, 42nd Street, Mary Poppins and Wicked.
Transcendence’s arts education and community engagement programs share the joy of theatre with youth, communities in need, and seek to make theatre more available to all in the Bay Area.
Life is Art
We commit to creating extraordinary experiences onstage and off.
We commit to inspiring our community and beyond.
We commit to cultivating a culture of belonging, without a sense of otherness as we practice Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility & Unity.
We commit to wise use of all resources entrusted to us.
Our commitment to Belonging
We commit to creating a culture of belonging without a sense of otherness as we practice diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility and unity.
We stand for Transcendence as an opportunity to unite our diverse communities and seek creative ways to make Transcendence more available to all.
Transcendence collaborates with a diverse community of artists to create extraordinary experiences that inspire all to live life to the fullest.
Our Transcendence For All Program welcomes and builds a diverse audience where every person feels valued and appreciated.
Over the past decade, Transcendence has been honored to receive over 60 awards including:
Theatre Company of the Decade- Broadway World
USA Today’s #2 Concert Venue not to be missed in the US
Champion for Children- 4Cs Sonoma County
Best Theatre Company- Press Democrat
Best Production of A Musical (A Chorus Line)- Broadway World
Arts Educator of the Decade- Broadway World
Best Live Show- Sonoma Valley Sun
Best Performing Dance Company- Northbay Bohemian
Transcendence’s 10th Anniversary Season!
Transcendence is awarded a 10th Anniversary Certificate of Recognition from Senator Bill Dodd for enriching the arts and culture of Sonoma Valley for the past decade.
Transcendence is named “Theatre Company of the Decade” by Broadway World San Francisco
Awarded 14 Broadway World Awards.
Produced the “Best Night Ever Online” which was viewed by 110,000 people worldwide.
Produced Inaugural Musical “A Chorus Line”
Performed for Google at San Francisco City Hall
Inaugural performance with the Santa Rosa Symphony at the Green Center’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
Partnered with La Luz Center to provide free tickets to 100’s of families in our Latinx Community.
After the devastating 2017 wildfires, Transcendence sings at the “Sonoma County Day of Remembrance” and around the community to help recovery efforts
Produced a “Call of the Wild” Season to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Jack London’s death.
Produced first Holiday Show at the Wells Fargo Center in Santa Rosa
Megan Hilty headlines the Transcendence Artist Series
Named Broadway World San Francisco’s “Best Special Theatre Event”
Transcendence launches it’s outreach program “Transcendence Connects”
Transcendence partners with the Sonoma Valley Rotary to create a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club
Sutton Foster headlines the Transcendence Artist Series
Transcendence Theatre Company produces it’s Inaugural Season at Jack London State Historic Park
Transcendence Leadership relocates to Sonoma to continue building the big dream.
Stephan Stubbins & Brad Surosky
Artistic Director: Amy Miller
California State Parks announced the closure of 75 state parks and were seeking innovative ways to keep them open.
This obstacle led Transcendence’s founders to Jack London State Historic Park where they discovered the ruins of an old winery that had the potential to be an extraordinary open-air theatre.
With $83 and knowing no one in wine country, 900 people attended Transcendence’s Broadway Under the Stars concert to help save Jack London State Historic park.
Transcendence Artists embarked on a two and a half month cross country RV research trip called “Project Knowledge”. Along the way, they had enlightening conversations with leading voices in American Theatre and chose Sonoma, California as their home. The artists continued their search to find land for a theatre throughout the year.
Learn more about Project Knowledge.
The Transcendence Artist Project takes place at the Gertrude Pearlman Theatre in Punta Banda, Mexico.
Transcendence Artists immersed themselves in the community by producing concerts, the musical “Working”, & community outreach programs with local orphanages.
Community Testimonials from the community whose generosity and love made Transcendence Theatre Company a reality.
Transcendence Theatre Company becomes a 501c3 non-profit organization
After a series of serendipitous events, the amazing community members of Punta Banda, Mexico gave Amy & Brad The Gertrude Pearlman Theatre for free for four months to start the company.
Preparation began for a Transcendence Artist Project scheduled for Spring 2009.
Jack London State Historic Park
Jack London State Historic Park is the perfect backdrop for our award-winning productions. Jack London, the great American writer of The Call of the Wild and White Fang, penned many of his celebrated works from the cottage that overlooks our stage. Our partnership with California State Parks and Jack London Park Partners means our productions help provide the funds that keep the park open — giving the public ongoing access to the beauty and history of this truly special place.
A portion of every ticket goes to the park. Over the past decade, Transcendence has raised over $600,000 for Jack London State Historic Park.
The purpose of Jack London State Historic Park is to make available to the people for their enjoyment the historical and natural features that exemplify Jack London’s lifestyle, his contribution to American literature, his efforts to develop and demonstrate new agriculture techniques, and his affection for the natural environment. It is the goal of Department of Parks and Recreation at Jack London State Historic Park to preserve, restore, and interpret those historic and natural resources that reflect Jack London’s life.
The Transcendence Theatre Company acknowledges the original inhabitants and storytellers of this land–the Graton Rancheria and Coast Miwok people. We commit to honoring and celebrating their past, present, and future contributions.