Founded in 1980, the San José Repertory Theatre Company became known during its early years
as the fastest growing professional theatre company in the U.S.
Its mission was to produce classics as well as new and innovative theatrical works
mirroring the inclusive diversity of San José.
As a top-notch repertory theatre company, the Rep needed a permanent home. In 1997,
the company collaborated with the San José Redevelopment Agency to construct the Hammer
Theatre. The theatre is named after former mayor Susan Hammer and her husband, Phil
San José Repertory Company disbanded, and the Hammer Theatre was shuttered in June
A partnership between San José State University and the city of San José enabled the
Hammer Theatre to reopen in March 2016 as a modern performance venue. The Hammer now
showcases live theatre, music, dance, and film expressive of the city’s diversity
and Silicon Valley’s innovations.