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Sound Supervisor

Classification: Full-time
Work schedule: Monday–Friday (schedule will change during load-in or tech, which will include weekends)
Reports to: Production Manager
Department: Sound and Video
Salary and benefits: DOE, exempt, benefits eligible after 90 days

Tony-Award winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre (LORT B) seeks a sound supervisor to join our team.

Under the direction of the production manager, the sound supervisor serves as a key member of Berkeley Rep’s production department. The sound supervisor oversees the sound and video department and is responsible for executing sound projects from conception to completion. The supervisor will work in close collaboration with visiting designers and directors for each production and will collaborate with the other production departments to ensure that the company’s best work is being put forth. The sound supervisor oversees the following positions: video supervisor, production sound engineers, sound fellow, and overhire sound and video technicians. The sound supervisor will be based at the Addison Street campus of Berkeley Rep.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Oversee the day-to-day running of the sound and video department including but not limited to: prioritizing department tasks lists; organizing resources; leading department meetings; scheduling crews and Berkeley Rep equipment; collecting, submitting, and tracking payroll for all sound and video department employees; and attending weekly production and department head meetings.
  • Collaborate closely with visiting sound designers, music directors, and directors on each production to ensure the sound design is executed in accordance with the artistic goals of each project by implementing the vision of the sound designer.
  • Collaborate closely with production staff including but not limited to scene shop, paint shop, prop shop, costume shop, electrics, stage and production management in all areas of rehearsals, load-ins and outs, technical rehearsals, and performances. Coordinate logistics and plans across productions and venues.
  • Oversee all sound elements throughout the lifespan of a production from rehearsals, load-ins and outs, technical rehearsals, and performances.
  • When required, work closely with co-production partners to ensure success in transferring productions from Berkeley Rep to receiving companies.
  • Oversee the sound and video department staff and overhire technicians. Provide supervision, work direction, and training, keeping a focus on continuously developing overhire talent in this area.
  • Provide the day to day work direction and mentorship of the sound fellow.
  • Oversee the sound and video budgets for each production including but not limited to projecting, tracking, recording expenditures, and reconciling transactions with the production management and finance departments.
  • Specify, purchase, and rent equipment or consumables as needed.
  • When necessary, oversee a bid process, negotiate, and work closely with vendors and designers to provide sound equipment within allocated budget.
  • Cultivate excellent relationships with industry vendors and sound designers.
  • In conjunction with the video supervisor, work closely with the video team to execute the video design of productions.
  • Instill and nurture an inclusive, safe, efficient, and effective working environment in sound and video departments.
  • Maintain industry standards, electrical codes, weight and limitations of performance spaces.
  • Oversee the organization and maintenance of all shop workspaces and storage spaces to ensure all areas are kept clean and uncluttered. Ensure that sound and video shop is adequately supplied.
  • Oversee the maintenance of all Berkeley Rep sound and video equipment, keeping them in good working condition.
  • Keep track of life span and replacement timeline for all large Berkeley Rep sound and video equipment, alerting the production manager in a timely fashion when such equipment is failing.
  • Provide support and coordination for any Berkeley Rep projects and events that require audio or video, such as podcasts, special events, galas, photo calls, backstage tours, and publicity appearances as assigned.
  • Provide support and coordination for any rentals on Berkeley Rep campus as assigned.
  • Participate in any institutional campus projects that may require audio or video input.
  • Maintain all sound files and documentation, ensuring the records of all productions are archived and easily accessible.
  • Serve as sound designer or associate sound designer on events, presentations, and productions as assigned.
  • Any other duties as assigned.

Preferred candidate will possess the following qualifications

  • At least four years or more experience in theatrical sound at a comparable theatre or venue.
  • Demonstrated experience in leadership abilities and management for sound and video departments.
  • Experience in large developmental new musicals is desirable.
  • Proficiency with digital and analog audio equipment (maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting), current wireless technologies, and all industry standards and manufacturers.
  • Strong technical knowledge around audio circuits including the ability to solder and repair, electrical knowledge, and load capacities.
  • Extensive knowledge of Clear-Com products, analog and digital intercom systems.
  • Extensive technical knowledge in sound and video performance and creation software such as but not limited to: Qlab, Cuestation, Yamaha CL series consoles, Meyer Sound products, Watchout, Isadora, Protools, and Mainstage.
  • Knowledge in computer programs in both Windows and Mac operating systems such as Microsoft Office, Vectorworks, and AutoCAD programs.
  • Knowledge in MIDI equipment such as samplers, keyboards, electronic percussions, sound modules is desirable.
  • Knowledge of theatrical rigging. ETCP certification is desirable.

Preferred abilities

  • Be an effective and empathetic leader.
  • Successfully address and resolve contradictory interests or values of multiple parties.
  • Be an excellent collaborator in the process of creating new work and new productions.
  • Interact with a diverse group of constituents including visiting directors, designers, artists, administrative staff, technical crews, and students.
  • Have a good sense of humor and a positive attitude.
  • Organize and communicate information clearly, both verbally and in writing.
  • Work in a detail-oriented manner, and be resourceful and flexible.
  • Handle multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize effectively.
  • Mentor upcoming sound and video technicians.
  • Effectively and creatively problem-solve.
  • Carry out physically demanding activities. To reach above head, climb, lift, and maneuver 50 lbs frequently.
  • Work comfortably at heights such as on catwalks ladders and lifts.
  • Face demanding situations with tenacity, diplomacy, and sensitivity under pressure.
  • Stay on the forefront of new industry technology, consistently upgrading their own technical skills and knowledge base.
  • Work independently and as part of team.
  • Work irregular hours, evening hours, long hours, and weekend as required.

Berkeley Rep offers a diverse, congenial, casual environment conducive to professional growth.

Position available December 2018. Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and a résumé without delay. Berkeley Rep will contact candidates of interest. Please, no calls.

Email submissions only. Send only PDF files, no web links, to jobs@berkeleyrep.org with “Sound Supervisor” in the subject line. Only complete submissions will be considered.

Properties Artisan

Classification: Seasonal full-time (40+ weeks per season)
Work schedule: Monday–Friday (schedule will change during load-in or tech)
Reports to: Properties Supervisor
Department: Properties
Salary and benefits: Hourly, non-exempt, benefits eligible after 90 days

Tony-Award winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre (LORT B) seeks a properties artisan to join our team. The properties artisan is a seasonal staff position that serves under the direction of the properties supervisor. They will work closely with designers, technicians, and artisans and are responsible for the production of new stage props and the refurbishment of existing stage props for produced or presented productions of Berkeley Rep.

Dates for each season will be confirmed on an annual basis.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Construct, craft, obtain, rent, borrow, adapt, or maintain properties as assigned by the props supervisor using standard theatrical construction practices and in a timely, safe, and sensible manner.
  • Actively provide props support for rehearsals such as but not limited to: creating rehearsal hall props, responding to rehearsal notes in a timely fashion.
  • Deliver from shops to theatres all show properties completed and ready for technical rehearsals.
  • Facilitate any changes, repairs, or finishing touches to the properties.
  • Assist props supervisor and associate props supervisor in proper hand-off of theatrical props to run crew and stage management, including: providing all pertinent information, training of any special setup or maintenance required for a particular prop or effect, assisting in installation of stage props, setting up of props storage, organization of running instructions, maintaining or fixing props and replenishing perishable props as necessary during the run of a production.
  • Participate in strike of props for all productions, including returning of all borrowed items promptly following the close of each production and restocking all items.
  • Assist props supervisor and associate props supervisor in performing regular inspection and maintenance of shop tools and equipment, notifying both of any problems discovered.
  • Assist props supervisor and associate props supervisor in organizing, maintaining all shop workspaces and prop storage spaces to ensure all areas are kept clean and uncluttered. Ensure that the props shop is adequately supplied.
  • Participate in the maintenance of all Berkeley Rep props stock.
  • Provide props for other Berkeley Rep events such as photo calls, special events, backstage tours, galas, and publicity appearances as assigned.
  • Work collaboratively and closely with production staff including but not limited to scene shop, paint shop, electrics, audio, video, stage and production management in all areas of rehearsals, load-ins and outs, technical rehearsals, and performances.
  • Assist props supervisor in providing the day to day work direction and mentorship of the properties fellow.
  • Any other production related duties as assigned.

Preferred candidate will possess the following qualifications

  • Previous experience as a properties artisan or equivalent experience from a related creative field will be considered.
  • Knowledge in computer programs such as: Microsoft Office, Photoshop, CAD programs.
  • Strong technical knowledge and skilled experience in building, repairing, and maintaining various types of furniture and props for theatrical productions.
  • Strong technical knowledge and experience using shop tools and equipment related to carpentry, woodworking, fabrics, and crafts.
  • Must have the vision and dexterity to safely operate stationary and portable power tools, sewing machines, hand tools, and equipment.
  • The ideal candidate will possess a wide knowledge of different materials such as fabrics, plastics, metals, wood, and foam, and the willingness to experiment with materials and learn new techniques.
  • Metalworking, sculpture, and painting skills are highly desirable.
  • The ability to drive and currently have a valid driver’s license.

Preferred abilities

  • Be an excellent collaborator in the process of creating new work and new productions.
  • Interact with a diverse group of constituents including visiting directors, designers, artists, administrative staff, technical crews, and students.
  • Have a good sense of humor and a positive attitude.
  • Read, evaluate, and implement designs from CAD drawings and prints.
  • Organize and communicate information clearly, both verbally and in writing.
  • Work in a detail oriented manner, be resourceful and flexible.
  • Handle multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize effectively.
  • Effectively and creatively problem solve.
  • Carry out physically demanding activities. To reach above head, climb, lift, and maneuver 40 lbs frequently.
  • Work comfortably at heights such as on ladders and lifts.
  • Work comfortably in a shop environment. Some exposure to noise, vibrations, and dust.
  • Work safely in an environment containing potentially hazardous electrical equipment, fumes, and/or materials.
  • Ability to operate and drive a variety of trucks and forklifts is desirable.
  • Face demanding situations with tenacity, diplomacy, and sensitivity under pressure.
  • Work independently and as part of a team.
  • Work irregular hours, evening hours, long hours, and weekends as required.

Berkeley Rep offers a diverse, congenial, casual environment conducive to professional growth.

Position available immediately. Qualified candidates are invited to submit a portfolio (see below for detailed instructions), cover letter, and a résumé without delay. Berkeley Rep will contact candidates of interest. Please, no calls.

A portfolio of your work must be submitted in the application process. Portfolios shall include examples of craft work that you have created, such as but not limited to the areas of: furniture construction, carpentry, mold-making, sewing, upholstery, crafts, and work demonstrating experience in computer programs, such as Photoshop or CAD.

Email submissions only. Send only PDF files, no web links, to jobs@berkeleyrep.org with “Props Artisan” in the subject line. Only complete submissions will be considered.

Box Office Representative

Classification: Part-time, temporary
Work schedule: Afternoons/Evenings and weekends, varies (15–20 hours/week)
Reports to: Ticket Services Director
Department: Box Office
Salary range: $15 per hour

Berkeley Repertory Theatre, a Tony Award-winning theatre company in Berkeley, CA, seeks part-time box office representatives to provide customer service to patrons in two theatres, year-round, during a seven-play season plus special events and rentals. This position requires availability primarily during afternoons/evenings and weekends, with occasional company and department meetings. The right candidate will have hospitality, retail, customer service experience and an interest in theatre/performing arts. Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Essential duties and responsibilities

Patron services and ticketing

  • Provide excellent customer service in all patron interactions.
  • Answer incoming calls, assist walk-up patrons, answer mail, email, and fax communications.
  • Sell, exchange, and return tickets for all performances sold through the box office.
  • Process and package web ticket and gift certificate sales as needed.
  • Follow proper procedures in the handling of cash, check, and credit card transactions.
  • Maintain current knowledge of ticketing policies, restrictions, and availability.
  • Communicate and enforce policies and procedures for optimal patron experience.
  • Maintain current knowledge of subscription packages, options, and benefits.
  • Assist ticket services director and box office supervisor with processing staff, artist, reciprocal, and other complimentary ticket requests.
  • Assist patrons with subscription purchases, providing information and answers about package details, pricing, seating, and process.
  • Process subscription orders and renewals via mail, phone, email, fax, and in person.
  • Assist subscriptions manager and box office supervisor with preparing season subscription packages.
  • Maintain patron records: cleaning up entries, adding and subtracting names, addresses, phone numbers, and email.
  • Run end-of-day batch reports.

Administrative

  • Alphabetize and file ticket orders and prepare tickets for will call.
  • Package ticket orders and other promotional materials for mailing.
  • Assemble and mail season tickets and renewal packets as needed.
  • Assist with general office work, including inventory of box office supplies, replenishing brochures/postcards, filing, stuffing envelopes, stamping mail, and bringing mail to the post office or appropriate mail boxes.
  • Maintain and submit accurate personal work records including timesheets, schedule, and time off requests.
  • Keep desk/work space well organized and as clear as possible to present a professional work environment to walk-up patrons.

General

  • Maintain and enforce policies and procedures in support of patron experience best practices.
  • Work in cooperation with several departments including production, front of house, artistic, development, and marketing.
  • Provide support and assistance for marketing projects as needed.
  • Attend at least one dress rehearsal or preview performance for every production.
  • Attend training sessions as scheduled, and company meetings and other functions as possible.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Experience with Word, Excel, and Outlook required; knowledge of Tessitura ticketing software a plus.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Background in performing arts and/or non-profit organizations.
  • Commitment to the highest standards of customer service.
  • Ability to improvise and problem solve on the go.
  • Cash handling experience in food service or retail venue a plus, but not required.
  • Attention to detail, with an eye on aesthetics and a willingness to learn.
  • Ability to balance operating quickly and efficiently with periodic lulls.
  • A proven ability to work with a diverse range of staff and volunteers.
  • Evidence of positive disposition, maturity, drive, and enthusiasm.
  • Must have excellent verbal and telephone etiquette communication and interpersonal skills; English fluency required.
  • Appreciation of the performing arts, especially theatre, a plus.

Knowledge, skills, abilities

  • Able to lift up to 15 lbs, as needed.
  • Able to sit for 4–8 hours at a time.

Berkeley Rep offers a diverse, congenial, casual environment conducive to professional growth.

Position available immediately. Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and a résumé without delay. Berkeley Rep will contact candidates of interest. Please, no calls.

Email submissions only. Send only PDF files, no web links, to jobs@berkeleyrep.org with “Box Office Representative” in the subject line. Only complete submissions will be considered.

Facilities Assistant (Custodian)

Classification: Part-time, annual, non-exempt employee
Work schedule: 2–4 days/week, 8am–5pm or 4:30pm–1am
Reports to: Facilities Coordinator, Facilities Director
Department: Facilities
Salary range: $15 per hour

Berkeley Repertory Theatre, a Tony Award-winning theatre company in Berkeley, CA, seeks a highly motivated, detail-oriented individual for the position of part-time facilities assistant (custodian). This person performs general cleaning of our Downtown Berkeley facility. This person provides custodial care and support for four buildings and adjacent areas including offices, classrooms, auditoriums, concessions areas, storage rooms, courtyards, entryways, and walkways, and limited support in workshops. This person also provides limited event setup and break down support for occasional activities within these spaces.

Responsibilities include but aren’t limited to

  • General cleaning
    • Floor care: vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, carpet spotting.
    • Waste removal: sorting trash, recycling, and compost; transporting to proper disposal area.
    • Surface care: dusting, sanitizing, glass cleaning, metal polishing.
    • Restroom care: cleaning toilets, urinals, sinks, floors, and fixtures; restocking consumable materials.
  • Light maintenance
    • Communication and reporting of observed maintenance issues.
    • Replacing light bulbs.
    • Restocking supply room.
  • Event assistance
    • Setting up and breaking down tables and chairs.
  • Execute other duties as assigned.

Preferred candidate will possess the following qualifications

  • Understanding of general cleaning principles.
  • Must be able to work safely in an indoor/outdoor environment; exposure to dust, chemicals, hazardous materials, and blood borne pathogens, noise and equipment with moving parts.
  • Some experience cleaning in a commercial public assembly environment.

Knowledge, skills, abilities

  • Knowledge of the methods, materials, chemicals, and equipment used in custodial work and of the safety and sanitation practices and measures.
  • Ability to comprehend and communicate via written and spoken English.
  • Ability to use two-way radios and cell phones for communication.
  • Demonstrates good judgement and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions to ensure safety.
  • Ability to clearly relay information for maintenance, custodial, or health and safety repairs or concerns.
  • Ability to work independently with little instruction.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to stand, squat, kneel, bend, and stoop.
  • Attention to detail.

Berkeley Rep offers a diverse, congenial, casual environment conducive to professional growth.

Position available immediately. Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and a résumé without delay. Berkeley Rep will contact candidates of interest. Please, no calls.

Email submissions only. Send only PDF files, no web links, to jobs@berkeleyrep.org with “Custodian” in the subject line. Only complete submissions will be considered.

Scenic Carpenter

Classification: Non-exempt
Work schedule: Hourly per needs of production
Reports to: Shop Foreman
Department: Scene Shop

Berkeley Repertory Theatre, a Tony Award-winning theatre company in Berkeley, CA, seeks qualified individuals to serve as overhire scenic carpenters. This person should have a working knowledge of technical theatre and scenic construction including both wood and metal. Must be self-motivated, have excellent attention to detail, perform safe working practices, and execute tasks efficiently and accurately both individually and as part of a team. Experience with stage rigging, finish carpentry, and CNC fabrication is a plus. Position is hourly. Overtime may be required during strike and load-in periods. Schedule to be determined based on the needs of the production and qualified candidates will be hired on a per show basis.

Responsibilities include but aren’t limited to

  • Along with shop foreman and staff carpenters, building scenic elements.
  • Loading in, loading out, and installing scenic elements during load-in and strike.
  • Ensuring that all rules and regulations concerning scene shop safety and operation are adhered to at all times.
  • Adhering to proper safety in the scene shop work and storage areas.
  • Executing other duties as assigned.

Preferred candidate will possess the following qualifications

  • Experience working in technical theatre, film, entertainment, or corporate events.
  • Familiar with construction drawings.
  • Exhibit professional behavior at all times.

Knowledge, skills, abilities

  • Must be familiar with scenery construction including wood working and welding.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs repeatedly.
  • Comfortable working at height and in personnel lifts.

Berkeley Rep offers a diverse, congenial, casual environment conducive to professional growth.

Position available immediately. Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and a résumé without delay. Berkeley Rep will contact candidates of interest. Please, no calls.

Email submissions only. Send only PDF files, no web links, to jobs@berkeleyrep.org with “Overhire Carpenter” in the subject line. Only complete submissions will be considered.

House Manager

Classification: Part-time
Reports to: Front of House Director
Salary range: $15 per hour
Deadline: Open until filled

Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre seeks house manager. This position requires availability on evenings and weekends, with occasional weekdays as scheduled for rentals and special events. The right candidate will have hospitality experience and make customer satisfaction a high priority.

Responsibilities include

  • Train and supervise large, diverse group of volunteer ushers.
  • Manage nightly performances.
  • Work in cooperation with several departments including production, box office, artistic, development, and marketing.
  • With concessions supervisor: prepare deposits, balance banks and petty cash, schedule staff, plan and staff opening/closing night receptions.
  • Oversee lost and found for patrons and staff.
  • Maintain and enforce policies and procedures for audience development best practices.
  • Patron communications.

Qualifications

  • Experience with Word, Excel, and Outlook required; knowledge of Tessitura ticketing software and CAKE POS system a plus.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Background in performing arts and/or non-profit sector organizations.
  • Commitment to the highest standards of customer service.
  • Attention to nuance and detail, with an eye on aesthetics.
  • Ability to improvise and problem solve on the go.
  • Retail experience a plus but not required.

General/Other

  • CPR/First aid training.
  • Cash handling experience in food service or retail venue.

Please email a résumé and cover letter to jobs@berkeleyrep.org. Only complete applications will be considered.

Please, no phone calls, faxes, unscheduled visits, or regular mail submissions.

Concessionaire

Classification: Part-time
Work schedule: 5–20 hours/week
Reports to: Front of House Director
Department: Front of House
Salary range: $15 per hour

Berkeley Repertory Theatre, a Tony Award-winning theatre company in Berkeley, CA, seeks a highly motivated, detail-oriented individual for the position of concessionaire for Berkeley Rep’s Roda and Peet’s Theatres and the Berkeley Rep gift shop. This person should have experience in food, retail, and customer service.

Responsibilities include but aren’t limited to

  • Serving a range of beverages and snacks to patrons at lobby concessions counters.
  • Serving as the retail clerk in the Berkeley Rep gift shop.
  • Attending at least one performance of every production and training sessions, as scheduled.
  • Working in cooperation with other bartenders, concessionaires, house managers, custodial and production staff, artists, volunteer ushers, and supervisors.
  • Following all proper procedures in the handling of cash and credit card transactions per company policy.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Preferred candidate will possess the following qualifications

  • A proven commitment to delivering customer service at the very highest standard.
  • Attention to detail and a willingness to learn. Creativity a plus!
  • Ability to balance urgency with graciousness.
  • Ability to balance operating quickly and efficiently with periodic lulls.
  • A proven ability to work with a diverse range of part-time staff and volunteers.
  • Evidence of positive disposition, maturity, drive, and enthusiasm.
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills; English fluency required.
  • Experience with bar/restaurant POS systems, especially CAKE, a plus.
  • Appreciation of the performing arts, especially theatre, a plus. Reciprocal benefits for theatre goers.

Berkeley Rep offers a diverse, congenial, casual environment conducive to professional growth.

Position available immediately. Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and a résumé without delay. Berkeley Rep will contact candidates of interest. Please, no calls.

Email submissions only. Send only PDF files, no web links, to jobs@berkeleyrep.org with “Concessions” in the subject line. Only complete submissions will be considered.

Bartender

Classification: Part-time
Work schedule: 5–20 hours/week
Reports to: Front of House Director
Department: Front of House
Salary range: $15 per hour

Berkeley Repertory Theatre, a Tony Award-winning theatre company in Berkeley, CA, seeks a highly motivated, detail-oriented individual for the position of bartender for Berkeley Rep’s Michael’s Second Act bar and two other concessions areas. This person should have a bartending license and minimum 1-year bartending experience.

Responsibilities include but aren’t limited to

  • Serving a range of craft and classic cocktails, wine, and beer to patrons at lobby concessions counters and full-service bar, with an ability to balance urgency with graciousness.
  • Attending at least one performance of every production and training sessions, as scheduled.
  • Working in cooperation with other bartenders, concessionaires, house managers, custodial and production staff, artists, volunteer ushers, and supervisors.
  • Following all proper procedures in the handling of cash and credit card transactions per company policy.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Preferred candidate will possess the following qualifications

  • Bartender certification and 1-year minimum bartending experience. Knowledge of mixology classics and current trends.
  • A proven commitment to delivering customer service at the very highest standard.
  • Attention to detail and a willingness to learn. Creativity a plus!
  • Ability to balance operating quickly and efficiently with periodic lulls.
  • A proven ability to work with a diverse range of part-time staff and volunteers.
  • Evidence of positive disposition, maturity, drive, and enthusiasm.
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills; English fluency required.
  • Experience with bar/restaurant POS systems, especially CAKE, a plus.
  • Appreciation of the performing arts, especially theatre, a plus. Reciprocal benefits for theatre goers.

Berkeley Rep offers a diverse, congenial, casual environment conducive to professional growth.

Position available immediately. Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and a résumé without delay. Berkeley Rep will contact candidates of interest. Please, no calls.

Email submissions only. Send only PDF files, no web links, to jobs@berkeleyrep.org with “Bartender” in the subject line. Only complete submissions will be considered.

Casting director Amy Potozkin

Audition policy

Berkeley Rep is a LORT B Theatre and hires actors who are members of Actors’ Equity Association. Occasionally local non-union actors are hired in large cast shows in supporting roles or as extras. Our understudy casts are drawn from the local non-union acting pool. Actors are hired on a show-by-show basis during the season and auditions for individual shows are by invitation only. Berkeley Rep holds open auditions annually in the late spring. These auditions are announced on the AEA and Theatre Bay Area websites. Berkeley Rep also attends the Theatre Bay Area general auditions, which are usually held in January/February. For more information about TBA’s auditions, please call 415 430–1140 or visit their website. Out-of-town Equity actors who may be visiting the Bay Area can be seen on the third Monday of every month.

If you are a member of Actors’ Equity Association, plan to be in the Bay area, and would like to schedule an audition, please send your photo and résumé with a cover letter to:

Amy Potozkin
c/o Berkeley Repertory Theatre
999 Harrison Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

General auditions

Berkeley Rep held general auditions for local actors on April 16 and May 9, 2018. Please check back for information about next year’s general auditions.

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Script submission

Berkeley Rep accepts script submissions only from agents, writers, and theatre artists with whom we have an existing professional relationship. We are not able to accept any unsolicited scripts; the volume of material we consider each year prohibits this.

We encourage writers to apply for our Ground Floor Summer Residency Lab.

We also invite Bay Area artists who want a quiet, concentrated space to write to reserve a space in our East Bay Writers’ Room.

Thank you for your interest in Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Fellowships

Berkeley Repertory Theatre offers an 11.5-month fellowship program for serious-minded, highly motivated individuals who are ready to embark upon a professional theatre career. Fellows are directly exposed to the Theatre’s daily operations and given the opportunity to learn alongside an accomplished company of artists, administrators, guest directors, and designers.

While at Berkeley Rep, fellows are encouraged to fulfill as many career-building goals and objectives as possible, gaining both practical experience and professional contacts through the program. In addition to their specialized training, participants gain additional insight into the art and operations of a professional regional theatre through regularly scheduled seminars led by guest speakers and members of the Theatre’s senior staff. Additionally, all fellows serve as mentors for Berkeley Rep’s annual Teen One-Acts Festival.

Berkeley Rep seeks applicants who have already acquired basic training and experience in their field and are ready for the next step toward a career in professional theatre. Ideal candidates should be willing to engage in the creative process, eager to test the limits of their own ingenuity, and ready to join a professional, artistic community. Our goal is to help our fellows transition successfully from life as a college or university student into the world of theatre professionals.

The fellowship program requires an 11.5-month commitment. Fellows generally begin on July 15 and conclude on June 30. They are given a monthly allowance to help cover expenses, including transportation, and housing is available for all 15 fellows. For their participation in the fellowship program, fellows receive credit from San Jose State University.

Please note: If the fellowship involves driving, the applicant must have an acceptable driving record as approved by our insurance representatives. All fellowships are contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

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Artistic and administrative fellowships

Bret C. Harte Directing (Artistic Administration)

The Bret C. Harte Directing Fellowship is a chance to assist directors of our productions throughout the season and to observe the inner workings of an artistic department at a major regional theatre. This includes the opportunity to attend and organize auditions, observe rehearsals, evaluate scripts, participate in artistic staff meetings, and discuss season planning. In addition to working closely with both our artistic director and our director of casting, you will have the opportunity to mentor a young director for the Teen One-Acts Festival and may assist with tasks related to The Ground Floor, Berkeley Rep’s new play development lab. Ideal candidates will have experience and commitment to the art of directing. We are looking for someone who is self-motivated, organized, and personable, and who will thrive in a project-based learning environment.

Company Management

Berkeley Rep’s company management team serves as the primary point of contact between visiting theatre artists, Berkeley Rep staff, and the Berkeley community. Learn the basics of artist hospitality, including arranging artist travel to and from Berkeley as well as their accommodations while here. Develop skills in event planning by assisting with company-wide events and learn about general theatre management while assisting with contracts, the preparation and maintenance of budgets, and other administrative projects as required throughout the season. Prerequisite: A high degree of personal organization, strong interpersonal skills, discretion, facility with Excel, a valid driver’s license, and a willingness to roll with the punches.

Development (Fundraising)

A knowledge of fundraising is essential to anyone considering a future leadership role in arts administration. Directly supervised by the associate director of development, the development fellow is mentored throughout the season by the full development staff in all aspects of fundraising, including event management, grant writing, working with volunteers, soliciting individual, corporate, and foundation gifts, and cultivating and stewarding donor relationships. Capstone projects include independently executing an opening night event and leading a targeted fundraising campaign for the School of Theatre’s Teen Council program.

Education

This fellowship provides an opportunity for an individual to learn the inner workings of a multi-faceted theatre education program. The fellow will learn the full range of skills necessary for success in an arts education career through participating in mentored projects focusing on marketing, programming, advocacy, community engagement, and evaluation. Projects will be designed to grow in size and responsibility throughout the fellowship, depending on the fellow’s developing goals, interests, and skill level. While the fellow will have access to classes and interact with faculty members and students regularly, this is a fellowship focusing on the administration of arts education programs, not on developing teaching skills.

Graphic Design

Berkeley Rep’s design team works within the Theatre’s marketing department, producing hundreds of pieces each year. The graphic design fellow is mentored by the art director on the process of designing marketing materials such as print and web advertisements, magazines, direct mail packages, brochures, invitations, emails, signage, and more. The fellow will hone their design skills and learn how to take a multitude of projects from concept through production, gaining practical design experience in a fast-paced environment, learning marketing best practices, and participating in the workings of a high-energy team. By the end of the fellowship, the fellow will have created several high-quality portfolio pieces and be well-trained for a full-time job in design. Previous fellows have joined the staffs of Old Navy, Meyer Sound, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco Symphony, The Wexner Center, YMCA, various global marketing agencies, and more. Prerequisite: Experience in graphics and layout programs (Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator), an understanding of fundamental design principles, and a desire to use your design powers for good. Candidates must submit samples of work or a link to an online portfolio (no original artwork, please).

Peter F. Sloss Literary / Dramaturgy

This fellowship involves mentored training in writing for the show program, intensive reading and evaluating of play submissions, helping to plan and execute The Ground Floor Summer Residency Lab, supporting the rehearsal room, maintaining a script library, assisting young playwrights in the Teen One-Acts Festival, and other as-needed projects. The fellow will have opportunities to provide dramaturgical context, including writing and research. Applicant should be extremely organized, personable, and possess a strong background in writing, as well as knowledge of dramaturgy and theatre. Valid driver’s license required. Candidates must submit, in addition to their other application materials, two writing samples (at least one must be about a play).

Marketing / Digital Communications

Berkeley Rep’s marketing and communications department functions as a full-service agency with one client—Berkeley Rep. The marketing fellow will learn the process of identifying, cultivating, and retaining an annual audience of 200,000 subscribers and single ticket patrons, as well as supporting our development department, School of Theatre, and The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. Skills will be developed in strategic and tactical marketing subjects including but not limited to brand management, campaign planning, creative development, advertising (digital/print/outdoor), promotions, audience development, event planning, media relations, direct mail, email marketing, social media content creation, data analysis, and budget management. Opportunities exist for a motivated fellow to work as part of a team and independently, enabling them to pursue interests and develop skills for the future. Prerequisites: Enthusiasm for marketing, superior communication and organization skills, attention to detail, ability to manage multiple projects, and proficiency with Microsoft Office products. Box office and/or social media experience desirable. Previous marketing fellows have found employment with New York’s Signature Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, Court Theatre of Chicago, Memphis Council on the Arts, Berkeley Rep, and other exemplary arts organizations.

Production fellowships

Costumes

The costumes fellow trains closely with the costume director and staff in all of the workings of a professional costume shop. Through hands-on experience, the fellow learns from nationally recognized designers and artisans. Depending on the fellow’s interests and skills, he/she may explore areas like costume construction, wig making, costume painting, distressing, and shopping for a modern show. Ideal candidates have basic sewing skills and an interest in creating and/or designing theatrical costumes.

Lighting / Electrics

The fellow receives hands-on learning experience working with lighting designers for the mainstage season, and assists the master electrician using industry-standard software AutoCAD, VectorWorks, Spotlight, and Lightwright. In addition, the fellow is involved in all areas of electrics, including building practicals, hanging, focusing, and running of shows. Some opportunities may exist to design for the School of Theatre and rentals. Ideal candidates have a background and interest in both electrics and design.

Production Management

This fellowship offers training in production management at a professional theatre. Through mentorship by the production manager and associate production manager, the fellow will learn the process of contracting designers, scheduling tech rehearsals, creating and updating the production calendar, transporting artistic personnel, facilitating various rentals and special events for the Theatre, tracking expenses, and assisting other departments. The fellow keeps notes during production meetings, department meetings, and technical rehearsals, assists on facility rentals, and applies what they have learned as production manager for the Teen One-Acts Festival. Ideal candidates should display a broad knowledge of technical theatre, as well as organizational and computer skills. Must have valid driver’s license.

Properties

This fellowship provides hands-on training in properties construction, carpentry, crafts, soft goods, research/shopping, and administration. Applicants should have previous prop/prop-related experience, a strong work ethic, good communication skills, and valid driver’s license. A flexible, creative personality is essential. Applicants must submit a digital portfolio for review (no original artwork, please).

Scenic Art

The scenic art fellowship follows the time-honored tradition of learning-by-doing. The scenic art fellow will learn the skills and techniques to enable them to participate as a full member of the scenic art team. Applicants with painting experience outside the realm of theatre, as well as those hoping to pursue a career in scenic design, are encouraged to apply. Applicants must submit a digital portfolio, including a sample of figure drawing or portraiture (no original artwork, please). Prerequisite: Strong drawing and color mixing skills are required.

Scenic Construction

This fellowship is about the hands-on development of skills in scenic construction, working in a professional production shop. The fellow will learn to face challenges as builder, welder, theatrical rigger, scenic automator, and draftsperson. The fellow works with state of the art equipment to transform raw materials such as woods, metals, and plastics into complex scenic elements. The scenic construction aspects of the fellowship will take place in the scene shop facility, with scenic installations in our Roda Theatre fly house and fixed-grid Peet’s Theatre.

Harry Weininger Sound

The sound fellowship offers training in audio and video production at a professional level. Mentored by the sound supervisor and video supervisor, the fellow will learn about system design, signal flow, automated and non-automated systems, wireless microphones, recording, intercom systems, repairing equipment, rigging, video playback systems, projection equipment, cameras, troubleshooting, and how to collaborate well with colleagues. From challenging dramas to large scale musicals, the sound fellow will be exposed to many different styles of production. Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in engineering as well as design, experience setting up and programming shows, computer networking experience, PC and Mac familiarity, patience, and strong organizational skills.

Stage Management

The stage management fellowship provides a unique opportunity to learn all aspects of the work of Actors Equity Association (AEA) stage managers. Beginning with attendance at production meetings, the fellow takes part in the rehearsal process, technical rehearsals, and in many instances will stay with a production through the completion of the run. This demanding fellowship involves the fellow in every facet of the production. Computer and word processing skills are an asset.

How to apply

Applications are available in January for positions generally beginning the following July 15. Telephone and personal interviews are generally held in April and early May. Additional interviews will be held if openings occur during the season.

Please do not call to check on the status of your application. However, if your situation has changed and you have accepted employment elsewhere, we would appreciate an email to fellowship@berkeleyrep.org.

A complete application includes:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Résumé
  • Additional documents if required (see fellowship descriptions above)
  • Two letters of recommendation and one additional reference

Application form

We ask everyone to apply electronically using our online application form.

With the online form, you will be able to upload your application materials as one file. Your materials should be saved as ONE single PDF document and include your personal statement, résumé, and any additional documents (i.e. writing/portfolio samples, letters of recommendation). Save this document as LastName, FirstName (ex: Rep, Berkeley.pdf).

Personal statement

This statement should be 500 words or less and include the following: your career objectives and how you expect to achieve them, what you expect from a Berkeley Rep fellowship, your experience and/or education in theatre, the qualities you possess that recommend you as a candidate for a fellowship, and how you heard about Berkeley Rep’s fellowship. Your personal statement should reveal information about yourself that may not be represented in your résumé or recommendations.

Résumé

A résumé of education, theatre experience, training, and any related work.

Two letters of recommendation

  • It is preferred that any/all letters be enclosed with your application materials, though they may be submitted separately from the rest of your application.
  • Any recommendation letters not included in your materials should be submitted by yourself or your recommender by mail or emailed to fellowship@berkeleyrep.org and saved as ApplicantLastName, FirstName_Recommendation.
  • All letters of recommendation must be received by March 16.

Recommendation letters coming by mail may be sent to:
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Attn: Fellowship Coordinator
2025 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

Questions? Email fellowship@berkeleyrep.org.

Other important information

Academic credit

If your school would like to translate your fellowship experience into academic units, Berkeley Rep is happy to work with your school advisor. Please provide any paperwork with your application.

Living expenses

Berkeley Rep provides a small stipend to assist with daily expenses, including transportation. The stipend is $8,050 (total), disbursed equally over the 11.5 months of the fellowship.

Housing and transportation

Housing is available for all 15 fellows for the duration of the program. We are unable to accommodate partners or pets. Housing is within walking distance of the Theatre. Berkeley and the Bay Area have excellent public transportation—buses and trains. We recommend managing without a car since it is difficult to park in Berkeley. There are car-sharing consortiums for those who need occasional access to a car.

International applicants

Berkeley Rep is only able to accept applicants who have taken care of the necessary documents to work in the United States (i.e. visas, green cards, citizenship, etc.). The Theatre cannot sponsor or assist applicants in the visa application process. For more information, please contact the United States embassy in your country.

Equal opportunity

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Persons of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Contact information

Questions? Email us at fellowship@berkeleyrep.org. No phone calls, please. For more information on how to apply, please see “How to apply” above.

Frequently asked questions

Can I apply for more than one fellowship?

Applicants can apply to two positions (max) on the application form—one being your primary choice, the second being an alternative choice. Please only indicate an alternative choice if it is an area in which you are fully qualified and interested.

Do you offer fellowships in acting or directing?

We do not offer acting or directing fellowships; however, we do offer classes in both areas at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.

Do you offer summer fellowships?

Berkeley Rep’s season generally runs August–June, which does not allow us to offer summer fellowships. All fellowships are 11.5 months unless otherwise arranged.

The Ground Floor summer residency program offers short-term summer ambassadorships. Ambassadors work with artistic and administrative staff in supporting this exciting new play development program. More info.

Can I participate in the fellowship during my college winter break?

Our fellowships generally run July–June. Occasionally, additional interviews will be held if openings occur during the season. Please check “current availability” above.

Do you accept international applications?

Berkeley Rep is only able to accept applicants who have taken care of the necessary documents to work in the United States (i.e. visas, green cards, citizenship, etc.). The Theatre cannot sponsor or assist applicants in the visa application process. For more information, please contact the United States embassy in your country.

What kind of education do I need to have?

The fellowship at Berkeley Rep is aimed for applicants looking to make the jump from the academic world to the professional world of theatre. While a college degree is not required, we ask that applicants have some practical knowledge and experience in theatre. We do not accept high school students.

Can I hold a job during my fellowship?

For maximum learning opportunities, all Berkeley Rep fellowships are designed around the regular workings of the Theatre and often take up 40+ hours per week. The Berkeley Rep fellowship and stipend are designed to cover basic living expenses. While it is possible to hold a part-time job with some fellow positions, we strongly recommend against it. Applicants should secure independent funds for other expenses they may incur during their fellowship.

Should I include a portfolio with my application?

Please check the description of the fellowship for which you are applying for specific requirements.

Who should I have write my letters of recommendation?

Ideally, your recommendation letters should be written by people who know you and your work well. Employers, professors, supervisors, and mentors are usually the best. These should be people who have seen your past work and can speak of your potential for future work. These do not need to be theatre professionals since most skills can cross over career lines.

Artists and theatre professionals with whom past fellows have worked

Directors

Christopher Bayes · Jo Bonney · Lee Breuer · Mark Brokaw · Barbara Damashek · Kyle Donnelly · Robert Egan · Oskar Eustis · Leigh Fondakowski · David Galligan · Lillian Groag · Moisés Kaufman · Brian Kulick · Irene Lewis · Jonathan Moscone · Robert Moss · Timothy Near · Kent Nicholson · Sharon Ott · Lisa Peterson · Emma Rice · Mark Rucker · Domenique Serrand · Richard Seyd · Warner Shook · Molly Smith · Tony Taccone · Stephen Wadsworth · Les Waters · David Wheeler · Mark Wing-Davey · George C. Wolfe · Mary Zimmerman

Playwrights

Bill Cain · David Edgar · Will Eno · Eve Ensler · Steven Epp · Lillian Groag · Rinne Groff · Jordan Harrison · Danny Hoch · Naomi Iizuka · Lisa Kron · Tony Kushner · Dan LeFranc · Tarell McCraney · Charles Mee · Rita Moreno · Itamar Moses · Dael Orlandersmith · Stew / Heidi Rodewald · Sarah Ruhl · Lemony Snicket · Tony Taccone · Mary Zimmerman

Scenic designers

Christopher Acebo · Chris Barreca · Bill Bloodgood · Scott Bradley · Kate Edmunds · Erik Flatmo · Ralph Funicello · John Iacovelli · Christine Jones · David Korins · Sarah Lambert · Eugene Lee · Mimi Lien · Anna Louizos · Tom Lynch · Alexander V. Nichols · Dan Ostling · Neil Patel · Todd Rosenthal · Matt Saunders · James Schuette · Annie Smart · Kris Stone · Louisa Thompson · David Zinn

Costume designers

Sonya Berlovitz · Gabriel Berry · Deborah Dryden · Callie Floor · Jessica Ford · Anne Hould-Ward · Andrea Lauer · Meg Neville · Anna Oliver · Reggie Ray · Keiko Shirnosato · Annie Smart · Lydia Tanji · Shigeru Yaji · Anita Yavich · Christal Weatherly · David Zinn · Catherine Zuber

Lighting designers

Kevin Adams · Betsy Adams · Christopher Akerlind · Blake Burba · Russell Champa · Michael Chybowski · Marcus Dillard · Matt Frey · TJ Gerckens · Donald Holder · Jim Ingalls · York Kennedy · Peter Maradudin · Alexander V. Nichols · Stephen Strawbridge · Japhy Weidman · Robert Wierzel · Scott Zielinski

Composers, arrangers, and sound artists

Billy Joe Armstrong and Green Day · Todd Almond · Marc Bennet · Michael Bodeen · Robbin Broad · Cliff Caruthers · Larry Delinger · Paul Dresher · Obadiah Eaves · Peter Golub · Tom Kitt · James LeBrecht · Bray Poor · Andre Pluess · Jim Ragland · Jake Rodriguez · Brian Ronan · Darron West · Victor Zupac

Projection / video designers

Maya Ciarrocchi · Leah Gelpe · Darrel Maloney · Alexander V. Nichols · Jeff Sugg

2018–19 fellows

Artistic and administrative fellows

Emilia Lirman · Bret C. Harte Directing Fellow

Emilia LirmanEmilia “Emi” Lirman is an Argentine-American director. She graduated with a BA in Drama and Theatre Arts from Columbia University. Emi began her professional theatre career as a casting assistant for Jim Carnahan and has since held many casting and production assistant roles in New York. She has worked as an assistant and associate director in NYC, Miami, Boston, and Buenos Aires. Most recently Emi directed a new musical in development with the New Victory Theater and Musical Theatre Factory. In addition to her passion for directing, Emi is a playwright and comedian. She is a member of the Greenhouse Playwriting Co-Op and a member of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Academy Program.

Leah Mesh-Ferguson · Company Management Fellow

Leah Mesh-FergusonLeah is very grateful to be working at Berkeley Rep for the 2018–19 season! After serving as an ambassador for The Ground Floor’s Summer Residency Lab in 2017, Leah knew she had to return to Berkeley Rep. She is a recent graduate of McGill University with a BA in Drama & Theatre Studies and Cultural Studies. While in school, Leah served as the president of TVM: Student Television at McGill and the stage manager for the McGill Savoy Society. After 10 years of stage management, Leah is very excited to be diving into the administrative side of theatre. Leah is from Arlington, MA.

Nina Feliciano · Development Fellow

Nina FelicianoNina graduated summa cum laude from Santa Clara University with a BS in Sociology and a minor in Musical Theatre. She has been involved with Children’s Musical Theater San Jose for 10 years as a performer, dance instructor, and assistant choreographer. In addition to college productions, Nina has performed extensively in the South Bay at theatres such as Cabrillo Stage and City Lights Theater Company. She has completed both administrative and artistic internships at The Performing Arts Project in North Carolina. Nina has served as a program evaluator for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Teatro Visión, and the Runaways Lab Theatre.

Si Mon’ Emmett · Education Fellow

Si Mon’ EmmettSi Mon’ is a native of Dallas and an alumna of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She recently graduated with a BFA in the UTeach Theatre program at the University of Texas at Austin, now a certified Texas educator for theatre arts. She has worked with Dallas Children’s Theater (Dallas), Victory Gardens Theater (Chicago), and VORTEX Repertory Company and Teatro Vivo (Austin). Outside of her work in theatre education, you can find her spinning as a DJ with Chulita Vinyl Club.

Kirsten Pribula · Graphic Design Fellow

Kirsten PribulaKirsten is a native of Centerville, OH. Kirsten received her associate’s degree in Visual Communications from Sinclair Community College and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with cum laude honors in Graphic Design at Ohio University. Kirsten worked for Catapult Creative as an intern in Dayton, OH as well as freelanced for several nonprofit organizations. What makes Kirsten interesting is that she is Deaf! As a Deaf designer, Kirsten has a passion for visually communicating her ideas through the use of color, texture, and visual language to convey a message or a problem, no matter what type of medium that may be. Kirsten is excited for this new journey with Berkeley Repertory Theatre and she is looking forward to learning and growing as a graphic designer.

Madeleine Rostami · Peter F. Sloss Literary / Dramaturgy Fellow

Madeleine RostamiMadeleine recently graduated from Northwestern University, where she studied Theatre and Cognitive Science. An aspiring dramaturg and teaching artist, her favorite projects include dramaturgy for the world premiere of Laura Schellhardt’s Ever in the Glades, three years with Northwestern’s Agnes Nixon Playwriting Festival, and working with Seesaw Theatre, an organization that creates original work for individuals with disabilities. Madeleine is a past ambassador for The Ground Floor’s Summer Residency Lab and is thrilled to be back at Berkeley Rep to continue learning! Outside the theatre, she can be found on the hunt for the perfect slice of pie.

Brooke Vlasich · Marketing / Digital Communications Fellow

Brooke VlasichBrooke is a native of Cedar City, UT and has lived and worked in London, Denver, Chicago, San Diego, Ashland (Oregon), and Piura (Peru). She recently graduated from Southern Utah University with a MFA in Arts Administration. While studying at the university, she worked at the Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Southern Utah Museum of Art in marketing, communications, and gift shop management. She is looking forward to sharing her passion for the arts and culture, digital marketing, and love of learning with her colleagues at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Production fellows

Suzann Cornelison · Costumes Fellow

Suzann CornelisonSuzann is a passionate artist with a true, deep love for telling stories through theatre and design. She recently graduated from Stephens College, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatrical Costume Design. She has designed six collegiate productions, her favorite being A Gulag Mouse. Her last year at Stephens she served as the production stage manager for the Warehouse Theatre Company. This summer she had the pleasure to design and stitch for Festival 56. She is enthusiastic and honored to be working with Berkeley Rep and is looking forward to the challenges and growth ahead.

Rae Lynn Crocker · Lighting / Electrics Fellow

Rae Lynn CrockerRae is a lighting designer from Southern California and she is ecstatic to begin her journey with Berkeley Rep as the lighting and electrics fellow! She graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2017 with a BA in Drama and Honors in Design. Recently, Rae worked at Milwaukee Repertory Theater as the lighting and electrics resident and at The Old Globe as the lighting design intern. In her spare time, Rae enjoys reading, watching stand-up comedy, playing board games, and having movie marathons with her cat.

Jossue Gallardo · Production Management Fellow

Jossue GallardoJossue is a native from Covina, CA. He recently graduated from California State University East Bay with a BA in Theatre Arts focusing in an option of Technology and Design. Jossue is originally a stage manager, who has decided to expand his career options and delve into production management. His past stage managing shows include Cabaret at CSU East Bay, The Brother’s Size in San Francisco with Theatre Rhinoceros, and Cymbeline at CSU East Bay. He also won the national award at KCACTF 2017, Region 7, for his stage management of Cymbeline. Jossue was a prop crew runner in the apprenticeship program at Santa Fe Opera for their 2017 season. He is glad to be able to be part of the Berkeley Rep family as is ready to absorb all the knowledge they will offer.

Hayley Parker · Properties Fellow

Hayley ParkerHayley is a native of Boulder, CO. She received her first bachelor’s degree, in psychology, from the University of Colorado, and her second bachelor’s degree, in theatre arts, from the University of Northern Colorado, where she graduated summa cum laude. She has had the privilege of working as a props artisan for an array of organizations, including the Central City Opera, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Universal Creative. Her artistic skills include furniture making, fine carpentry, upholstery, painting, and fabrication. When not working on props, she enjoys writing and recording original music.

Serena Yau · Scenic Art Fellow

Serena YauSerena is a scenic painter and designer. She graduated from Smith College with a BA in Theatre with an emphasis in Design, and spent the past summer as the scenic charge at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Select scenic design and painting credits include: Smith College’s Men on Boats, Tiger Be Still, Steel Magnolias, and Panopera Production’s The Marriage of Figaro.

Heather Moosher · Scenic Construction Fellow

Heather MoosherHeather is so excited to be the scenic construction fellow for this season. She just graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a BA in Theatre Design and Production. She worked as the assistant technical director on the UMBC Campus, for the productions of Twelfth Night and Machinal, and worked as a scenic carpenter for various theatres in the D.C. area. In her free time, Heather loves to go rock climbing.

Courtney Jean · Harry Weininger Sound Fellow

Courtney JeanCourtney is a sound designer and engineer with experience mostly at a university level. She began her journey into theatre and sound at Ballenger Creek Middle School where she was assigned to be the sound mixer for their production of Beauty and the Beast. Through this show, she fell in love with theatre and sound mixing. Courtney continued to work as a sound engineer and designer at Tuscarora High School and through college at Kent State University. She is honored to learn and grow in her career as the Harry Weininger sound fellow for the 2018–19 season here at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Symone Paige Crews · Stage Management Fellow

Symone Paige CrewsSymone is a Howard University alumna with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts Administration. She is heavily interested in receiving diverse work experience. Her recent internships include Ms. Debbie Allen, Sundance, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. These experiences have afforded her the blessing to now be a fellow at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Symone is grateful to her family and friends for their undying love and support. All the way from Durham, NC, Symone is excited to continue building upon her passions.

Ushers in the Peet’s Theatre

Usher

It costs nothing but time to become a volunteer usher at Berkeley Rep. Ushering is a fun and easy way to get more involved with arts and culture in the Bay Area and to see Tony Award-winning theatre!

Berkeley Rep is proud to have a wonderful community of volunteers that work with us regularly each season. Our ushers come from all over the greater Bay Area and are a valued and important part of Berkeley Rep. In return for their services, ushers are seated just before the curtain rises to enjoy the performance. On rare occasions, a performance is sold out and no seats are available. In those cases, the Roda Theatre has a standing room section or a large plasma screen in the lobby; Peet’s Theatre ushers will be asked to watch from the lobby or Michael’s Second Act, our bar. Ushers may be seated after intermission if seats become available. Every effort is made to maintain a roster of 15 ushers per performance.

All of Berkeley Rep’s ushers are volunteers. They are trained and supervised by a house manager. Familiarity with, and access to, a computer and email is required.

Can’t find the answer to your question online?
Email the house manager at ushers@berkeleyrep.org for more information.

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Volunteer usher benefits

Complimentary theatre seating during performance (standing room, lobby, or bar in the extreme case of a sold out performance).

Discount at Berkeley Rep concessions on ushering dates.

Invitations to usher special events and presentations.

Volunteer usher posts

Berkeley Rep’s volunteer ushers are the most visible part of the front-of-house and are responsible for the welcoming, guidance, safety, and comfort of all patrons. You will be personally contributing to Berkeley Rep’s reputation for professionalism and quality by assuring that our patrons feel welcome. A positive attitude is essential, and a dress code is enforced (see “Dress code” below).

The house manager will provide a brief orientation before each performance, answer any questions, and assign usher posts for the event. He or she will be available to answer questions throughout the event. Don’t feel that you have to answer every question a patron asks, or solve every problem. Ushers are occasionally asked to stuff programs before the doors open to patrons. Familiarity with seating is essential for most positions. Individual training will be provided as needed. Matinee and evening series are available during the regular theatre season, with varying call times (12:30, 5:30, or 6:30pm) and early curtains on Wednesday and Sunday evenings. A call time is the time that you are expected to arrive at the Theatre to sign in, while curtain time marks the time the performance begins. Promptness is essential.

Ticket usher

  • Greet patrons at house doors and scan tickets; assist as directed during intermission and post-show.

Door usher

  • Greet patrons in the house, check tickets, deliver programs, and direct patrons to appropriate aisle and seat.

Assistive listening devices usher

  • Greet and orient patrons interested in checking out Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs). Some prior knowledge of—or interest in—accessibility for those with hearing loss preferred, but not required.

Other usher positions

  • Greet patrons in the Narsai David Courtyard, pass out programs, assist in the photo booth, and other positions depending on individual productions. Usher assignments are usually picked by the usher, but ushers must be able and willing to accept the position assigned by the house manager as needed.

New volunteer ushers

Berkeley Rep’s volunteer ushering program for the 2018–19 season is filled and closed to new ushers. Please check back in early to mid-June 2019 for usher orientation dates for the 2019–20 season.

Quick facts

  • The dress code is covered at orientation, but is not in force for the orientation.
  • You must attend an orientation before joining our internet email group.
  • All volunteer ushers must be 18 years of age or older.
  • All volunteer ushers should enjoy working with the public, as you will be the face of Berkeley Rep!
  • Usher requirements include, but are not limited to: being capable of standing unaided for up to three hours; carrying up to 10 pounds; being nimble up and down staircases.
  • Ushers must be able to serve all positions: seat ushering, scanning tickets, checking out assistive listening devices, and other duties as required by each production.
  • Ushers are not guaranteed a seat in the case of a sold out performance, but may be asked to watch on a lobby or bar screen.
  • New volunteers are required to accept a series assignment, which is five or seven dates for the season. Volunteers new to the usher pool are not allowed to begin as substitutes.
  • Returning ushers may move from series to substitute status or vice versa. Substitute ushers are required to usher at least three performances during the season.
  • Berkeley Rep reserves the right to accept or refuse any volunteer usher.

Frequently asked questions from new ushers

Q: Can I work as an usher before I attend a training session?

A: No. New volunteers will not be scheduled to usher without first receiving this training. The training orientation is mandatory for all ushers. All ushers (returning series and substitute ushers, and new ushers) must attend an orientation every summer in order to usher the season.

Q: Do you have a dress code?

A: Yes. Read our dress code requirements below.

Q: Is parking provided for ushers?

A: No. Berkeley Repertory Theatre is located in busy downtown Berkeley—there are parking facilities, metered parking, and one-hour zones in the area, but there are no special parking areas for our volunteers or staff. Bike parking isn’t available on Theatre grounds, but is available on the sidewalks. You should allow ample time to find parking before you arrive at the Theatre. If you arrive late to a training session, you will not be permitted to participate. If you arrive late to an ushering shift, you may not be permitted to usher and it will constitute a no-show. Two no-shows bar you from ushering at Berkeley Rep.

Q: Can I get my schedule at the orientation? Should I bring my datebook and calendar for scheduling?

A: No. You will be notified individually by email regarding your new schedule well in advance of the new season.

Q: Do I need to attend the orientation session in ushering attire?

A: No. Dress comfortably and any way you wish.

Q: What is the usher guidebook and what do I do with it?

A: The guidebook, which is updated each season, is an essential reference for you. In order to begin your work as an usher, you are required to read it thoroughly and sign a document indicating that you agree to the conditions set forth by the Theatre. When you sign up to be an usher, you are committing to an entire season; very often, details are forgotten after a couple of months. You will find it desirable to refer to the guidebook from time to time to refresh your memory. A season commitment is five to seven dates throughout the season.

Q: After the curtain goes up, is my job for the night finished?

A: No. All ushers have tasks before the show, at intermission, and after the show is over. If you need to leave early, you must get the house manager’s approval.

Dress code

The purpose of having a dress code is to ensure that our ushers are both professionally and distinctively dressed. It is important to be easily identifiable as representing the Theatre. The dress code is solid black dress slacks or a solid black dress skirt, and a black or white blouse or shirt with sleeves. Please keep accessories such as scarves and large jewelry to a minimum. On cold days, a professional plain black or white jacket or sweater may be worn. Ties are optional, and must be appropriate for work. All ushers are expected to wear plain black dress shoes. No sneakers, flip-flops, sandals, or open-toed shoes allowed! Shoes must cover and protect your toes. Wear shoes that you can stand in for four hours and do a lot of walking up and down aisles and stairs. All clothing must be clean and ironed. Mini-skirts, t-shirts, tank tops, and jeans are not appropriate usher attire, even if they are the right color. If you’re not in proper dress, you will not be permitted to usher—and will be noted as a no-show on your attendance record.

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Become a docent

If you enjoy public speaking and are intrigued by the opportunity to enrich the theatrical experience of your fellow playgoers, consider becoming part of Berkeley Rep’s docent program. Throughout the season, the docents give talks in the theatre before performances, lead post show discussions, and give presentations at a variety of community locations on each of the theatre’s seven productions.

Want more information? Email docent@berkeleyrep.org with your name and contact information.

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Volunteer

Volunteering at Berkeley Rep is a great way to get involved behind the scenes and provide vital support to the Theatre. Although the majority of our volunteers work on an on-call basis, we have a limited number of volunteer positions for people who are able to commit to a regular, weekly schedule.

Volunteering at Berkeley Rep is a great way to contribute your skills and experiences to the Theatre, to gain insight into the inner workings of our organization, meet creative people, and develop new skills.

If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please call 510 647–2900 or email info@berkeleyrep.org. If there is a good match between your interests and the Theatre’s needs, we will schedule an interview.

 

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2025 Addison St, Berkeley CA 94704

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2015 Addison St, Berkeley CA 94704

Box office
510 647–2949
customerservice@berkeleyrep.org
2025 Addison St, Berkeley CA 94704
Open Tuesday–Sunday, noon–7pm

Administrative offices
510 647–2900
info@berkeleyrep.org
999 Harrison St, Berkeley CA 94710
Open Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm
Direct all mail to our administrative offices.

School of Theatre
510 647–2972
school@berkeleyrep.org
2071 Addison St, Berkeley CA 94704
Please direct mail to 2025 Addison St.

Press
510 647–2917
press@berkeleyrep.org
2025 Addison St, Berkeley CA 94704
Visit our online press room.

Program advertising
For local advertising inquiries, please contact Pamela Webster.
510 590–7091
pwebster@berkeleyrep.org
Our programs are published by Encore Arts Programs.

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