Kelrik Productions originated in Portage, Indiana, as a small neighborhood theater group founded by brother and sister team Erik and Kelley. They continued their love of theater and productions after moving to San Luis Obispo in 1988. Together, they have produced various plays and musicals, mainly children’s fairy tales. Kelley’s life changed direction; her new stage is a San Diego Courtroom where she "performs" as a Public Defender supporting people in another way. You will often see her on opening nights supporting her brother's dream. Erik has persevered in his endeavor to provide children’s theater (and an occasional adult show) and is elated and grateful to see such continued local interest throughout the years. Kelrik has struggled to remain intact and solvent at times, but Erik’s love for theater and working with others, his parents' and sister's belief in him and support, and the support of businesses of the San Luis Obispo Community have kept it alive.

Kelrik is dedicated to providing quality live theater to the communities surrounding San Luis Obispo. Each year, the company will present new works, as well as previously produced plays, that uphold the high standards and artistic vision of Kelrik Productions. Our goal is to challenge, motivate, enlighten, and captivate our audiences; to introduce young people to, and foster their appreciation of, live theater; to stimulate thought; to evoke change, both personally and within society . . . and above all, to entertain. As a company, we aim to promote the growth of actors and audience members through our dedication to the art of theater, the medium in which performers and audience connect.

Under the artistic direction of co-founder Erik Austin, Kelrik Productions was voted "Best Children's Theater" in Los Angeles by LA Parents Magazine in 2000. Since relocating to the Central Coast in 2004, Kelrik has built a strong local following while maintaining its particular commitment to fostering an appreciation of live theater in younger audiences. Our twin goals are to showcase the talents of an amazing group of gifted local actors and to expand opportunities for local audiences to experience high-quality, live theater.


Kelrik Productions is a 501(c)(3) corporation. Tax ID#03-0595081.
Kelrik Productions, 1490 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. Phone: (805) 543-PLAY. Fax: (805) 546- 8616. All donations are tax deductible.

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