We've built everything from small, one-page information sites to large, database-driven web applications. Our sites are typically (but not always) built in PHP or Java with a MySQL back-end. We can work with an existing designer to translate print designs to web, or we can take over maintenance of existing sites. Check out our portfolio of sites to get an idea of our style and then drop us a line!
As the story goes, Shakespeare only ever wrote one stage direction (that job was usually the domain of stage managers), which is in The Winter's Tale: "Exit, pursued by bear." Pursued by Bear has its roots in the theatre community (as you may notice from our portfolio), so it seemed fitting to name the company with a theatrical allusion.
Center REP occupies a unique position as the resident theatre company of the Dean Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. They wanted a site that they could host and maintain locally, but would reflect the colorful and electric design their new Artistic Director wanted.
Theatre Bay Area is the premiere service organization for the entire San Francisco theatre community. The site is built in Java on a MySQL database, with dozens of custom-built applications that reliably serve thousands of visitors a day.
Aurora Theatre Company is an award-winning intimate theatre in Downtown Berkeley. They were looking for a site that would be flexible and easy to update, so much of the site is populated from a back-end database administered by the staff. The design is warm and bold, with the theatre name prominent to assert a strong identity, and production photos on every page to show a flavor of what the theatre does.
The National New Play Network is an affiliation of theatres nationwide that specialize in new play development. They were looking for a site that would both advertise their services to playwrights and theatres, as well as serve as an online gathering place for their membership.
Print meets web: Your Daily Staple is a poster, flier and card distributor for the San Francisco Bay Area. They wanted a site that would quickly convey the array of services that they offer, as well as their distribution areas and price breakdown. They also wanted to provide referral services to their printer-partners, PS Print and Copy World.
Central Works takes a workman-like approach to their art: they create most of their plays from the ground up, working with the playwright and an ensemble. They wanted a rugged aesthetic that would not come off as clumsy, so we went with a combination of rusted and stamped metal images for an industrial look, but combined it with clean lines and cool colors to keep it slick.
An up-and-coming new theatre, Custom Made wanted a site that would look sharp and professional, but was simple enough for them to maintain on their own with a minimum of coding know-how. We created page templates with clearly-marked sections of code for content, gave them some training, and they were off!
Of primary importance to this Investor-Relations firm was a site that would be fun and interesting, and not another cookie-cutter business site with pictures of people looking at laptops. We riffed off the high-speed look of their logo to create a web identity that was colorful and gave the impression of the client as an energetic trailblazer.
Quinn Associates provides marketing, grant-writing and classes to a wide variety of performing organizations. They wanted their site to serve as both an advertisement of their services and a resource for their clients, so we built an online members-only area for value-added content, and a custom-built database app for them to manage their membership and course offerings. Finally, the site is built in conjunction with Macromedia Contribute, so they can update it themselves.
Although a relatively young company, The SF Playhouse has quickly gained a name for itself in the theatre scene, with a list of awards a mile long. They were working with an old, hard-to-maintain, rollover-based site that was proving too rigid to accommodate their rapid growth. We built them a standards-based site that is easily extensible, putting the information their audience wanted right up front.
CSOMA came to us with a website hosting and content management system (CMS) already in place, they just wanted a front-end redesign. They wanted a clean, simple design that would put the content up front and would work within the parameters of their CMS.
Pursued by Bear is happy to work with the systems and people you already have in place to get the site you want. Whether you want something brand-new from the ground up or something built in conjunction with a designer or infrastructure that you already have in place, we'll make it work.
The Magic Theatre is the premiere company in the Bay Area for new plays. They wanted a fresh, bold design that would reflect their programming as well as their printed materials, while keeping enough flexibility to cover the wide range of productions and special events the company produces. They've also been early-adopters of online video, producing trailers and excerpts of their plays for the website.
Southern Rep is a widely-respected theatre in New Orleans that focuses on exciting new work. Because of the wide variety of work that they put on, their site is frequently re-customized to fit the needs of whatever they're doing next.