About Us

Smart, truthful, intimate theatre in San Francisco, CA

Bread & Butter Theatre stages contemporary drama and Shakespeare in San Francisco, developing a company grounded in Michael Chekhov acting technique. Bread & Butter envisions physically exciting, visually stunning, lyrically moving performances of new work, modern classics, and Shakespeare.

Bruce Avery, Artistic Director

Bruce Avery is a Bay Area actor, director, and Theatre Arts professor at San Francisco State University. His PhD is from UC Santa Cruz, where he also worked as Dramaturge for Shakespeare Santa Cruz. His recent directing credits include Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Much Ado About Nothing, and Venus in Fur at SFSU, along with As You Like It, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Bread & Butter Theatre. Recent acting credits include Red and The North Pool (Bread & Butter Theatre), the Bay Area premiere of Sam Shepard’s Particle of Dread (Anton’s Well) and Dennis Shepard in The Laramie Project (SFSU). His favorite Shakespeare roles include Gravedigger and Polonius in Hamlet, Old Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, and Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


Lana Palmer, Managing Director

Lana Palmer is a Canadian-born, San Francisco-based director, writer, actor and sound designer. Her directing credits include Red and The North Pool (Bread & Butter Theatre), The How & The Why (Dragon Theatre), and Middletown (Actors Ensemble of Berkeley), and short works and staged readings with the SF Olympians Festival, Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco, and Town Hall Theatre.

Her recent sound design credits include the regional premiere of Schoolgirls, Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Kansas City Rep), the world premiere of The Daughters (SF Playhouse), Bull in a China Shop (Aurora Theatre), and The Humans (San Jose Stage), as well as sound and original music for Cinderella: A Fairy Tale (Town Hall Theatre).

She holds a BFA in Film Production and BA in Film Studies from the University of Regina, and a Graduate Certificate in Audio Post-Production from Fanshawe College. She is an alumna of the UCLA Professional Programs in Screenwriting and Television Writing, the RIFF Talent Lab, and the Canada Games National Artist Program. Lana is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, and the Dramatists Guild. www.lanapalmer.com