Sunny Side Theatre Co

Sunny Side Theatre Co is the first Black & Filipino women-led theatre company in Sacramento, California. As a nonprofit charity, it creates evocative stage and technical opportunities while accommodating, contributing to, and elevating the inclusion of thespians from all backgrounds, abilities, and identities. 

In 2019, Founder & CEO Johánna Crystal was moved by the need for genuine portrayals of color and nurturing disability practices in the Sacramento theatre community. With her team, Sarah & Maggie, Crystal strives to bridge the representation gap by creating authentic programming through the original plays she writes and directs.

As Sunny continues to grow, Crystal also adapts licensed work and develops artist showcases as well. She purposefully recruits diverse cast and crew members and partners with local cultural organizations.

Sunny has previously received support from Sacramento Office of Arts + Culture, California Arts Council, CRC Theatre Department, Shuttered Venue Operators, California Endowment, APIs RISE Fund, Black Artist Foundry and Artist Relief.

Giving Activity


Sunny Side Theatre Co is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theatre company dedicated to Black, API, and multicultural representation and mental health awareness through the production of performing arts projects in the Sacramento community. We aim to connect disenfranchised theatrical artists of color while producing collaborative art that is both humanizing and accessible to patrons of varying socioeconomic statuses.


As a new, small 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, our organization needs financial support for our general operations. This includes unrestricted funds to directly fund our theatrical stage productions, rent, licensing fees, staff stipends and ASL interpreters. Sunny currently relies on grants, donations, and personal contributions from the founder and board members. We are also always looking for volunteers! Crew members are vital to supporting our shows and we consider those interested with any level of technical experience.

Equity Statement

Sunny is rooted in the artistic equity of Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, multiracial and all fellow communities of color. Our organization executes racially equitable programming well, because not only are we hands-on artists from these communities, our mission and model are rooted in and guided by our goals of expressive economic change. For our full Equity Statement, please visit

Organization Data


Organization name

Sunny Side Theatre Co

Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Operating Budget


Organization Need

Volunteers, Funding: Program, Funding: Unrestricted

Demographics Served

Black/African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, LGBTQIA+

BIPOC Leadership

Both the Executive Director & Board Chair

Local Counties Served


Equity Statement

Equity Statement


PO BOX 582276

Service areas

Sacramento County, CA, US

Elk Grove, CA, US

Sacramento, CA, US

West Sacramento, CA, US


916 426 8515

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