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About Berkeley Rep

Berkeley Repertory Theatre has grown from a storefront stage to an international leader in innovative theatre. Known for its ambition, relevance, and excellence, as well as its adventurous audience, the nonprofit has provided a welcoming home for emerging and established artists since 1968. Over 5.5 million people have enjoyed nearly 500 shows at Berkeley Rep, which have gone on to win five Tony Awards, seven Obie Awards, nine Drama Desk Awards, one Grammy Award, and many other honors. Berkeley Rep received the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 1997. Its School of Theatre engages and educates some 20,000 people a year and helps build the audiences of tomorrow with its nationally recognized teen programs. Berkeley Rep’s bustling facilities—which also include the 400-seat Peet’s Theatre, the 600-seat Roda Theatre, and a spacious campus in West Berkeley—are helping revitalize a renowned city. Be a Rep.

Mission statement

Berkeley Rep creates ambitious theatre that entertains and challenges its audiences, provokes civic engagement, and inspires people to experience the world in new and surprising ways.

Values statement

Excellence

We believe in striving for excellence in all that we do; attracting the best artists and teachers, maintaining the highest production values, and providing education and enrichment opportunities to our community.

Relevance

We believe that the best way to entertain and challenge our audience is by developing new work and producing an eclectic repertoire of contemporary work and classics.

Diversity

We believe that theatre can advance a more diverse and inclusive future, and we endeavor to reflect that future in our arts, its creators, and our community.

Risk

We believe that producing compelling theatre requires taking risks and pushing boundaries for ourselves and our audiences.

Stewardship

We believe that creating meaningful art requires financial and institutional stability and we embrace that responsibility as stewards of the resources entrusted to us.

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Tony Taccone · Artistic Director

Tony TacconeAfter more than 30 years at Berkeley Rep, Tony Taccone is celebrating his final season with the company. During Tony’s tenure as artistic director of Berkeley Rep, the Tony Award-winning nonprofit has earned a reputation as an international leader in innovative theatre. In these years, Berkeley Rep has presented more than 70 world, American, and West Coast premieres and sent 24 shows to New York, two to London, and one to Hong Kong. Tony has staged more than 40 plays in Berkeley, including new work from Julia Cho, John Leguizamo, Daniel Handler, Culture Clash, Rinde Eckert, David Edgar, Danny Hoch, Geoff Hoyle, and Itamar Moses. He directed the shows that transferred to London, Continental Divide and Tiny Kushner, and three that landed on Broadway: Bridge & Tunnel, Wishful Drinking, and Latin History for Morons. Prior to working at Berkeley Rep, Tony served as artistic director of Eureka Theatre, which produced the American premieres of plays by Dario Fo, Caryl Churchill, and David Edgar before focusing on a new generation of American writers. While at the Eureka, Tony commissioned Tony Kushner’s legendary Angels in America and co-directed its world premiere. He has collaborated with Kushner on eight plays at Berkeley Rep, including The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. Tony’s regional credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, Center Theatre Group, the Eureka Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, the Huntington Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theater, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. As a playwright, he debuted Ghost Light, Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup, Game On, written with Dan Hoyle, and It Can’t Happen Here, written with Bennett S. Cohen. In 2012, Tony received the Margo Jones Award for “demonstrating a significant impact, understanding, and affirmation of playwriting, with a commitment to the living theatre.” Most recently, Tony directed the revival of Angels in America at Berkeley Rep, and this season he will direct the world premiere musical, Kiss My Aztec! written with John Leguizamo.

Susan Medak · Managing Director

Susan MedakSusan Medak has served as Berkeley Rep’s managing director since 1990, leading the administration and operations of the Theatre. She has served as president of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and treasurer of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), organizations that represent the interests of nonprofit theatres across the nation. Susan chaired panels for the Massachusetts Arts Council and has also served on program panels for Arts Midwest, the Joyce Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Closer to home, Susan serves on the board of the Downtown Berkeley Association (DBA). She is the founding chair of the Berkeley Arts in Education Steering Committee for Berkeley Unified School District and the Berkeley Cultural Trust. Susan serves on the faculty of Yale School of Drama and is a member of the International Women’s Forum and the Mont Blanc Ladies’ Literary Guild and Trekking Society. She was awarded the 2012 Benjamin Ide Wheeler Medal by the Berkeley Community Fund and the 2017 Visionary Leadership Award by TCG. During her time in Berkeley, Susan has been instrumental in the construction of the Roda Theatre, the Nevo Education Center, the renovation of the Peet’s Theatre, and in the acquisition of the Harrison Street campus. She also worked with three consecutive mayors to help create Berkeley’s Downtown Arts District.

Theresa Von Klug · General Manager

Theresa Von KlugTheresa Von Klug brings to the Theatre 20 years of experience in the New York not-for-profit performing arts sector where she has planned and executed events for dance, theatre, music, television, and film. Most recently she was the interim general manager of the Public Theater and general manager/line producer for Theatre for a New Audience, where she opened its new state-of-the-art theatre in Brooklyn, and filmed a major motion picture of the inaugural production of Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, released June 2015. She has worked as a production manager at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and New York City Center, including the famous Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert, and as a field representative/lead negotiator for Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers. She is a graduate of Baruch College where she received her MS in Labor Relations and Human Resources Management and Arizona State University where she earned a BA in Theatre.

Johanna Pfaelzer

Introducing our next artistic director: Johanna Pfaelzer

Starting with the 2019–20 season

Currently the artistic director at New York Stage and Film (NYSAF), Johanna Pfaelzer is a highly respected organization leader who has led NYSAF for the last decade to its current status as a highly successful and complex organization that is having a major impact by providing a rigorous and nurturing environment for writers, directors, and other artists to realize work that has gone on to production at the highest levels of the profession. Notable works that were developed under Johanna’s leadership with NYSAF include the 2016 Tony Award winners Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda and The Humans by Stephen Karam, The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, Junk and The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music by Taylor Mac, Hadestown by Anaïs Mitchell, The Homecoming Queen by Ngozi Anyanwu, The Great Leap by Lauren Yee, John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer- and Tony- Award-winning Doubt, The Fortress of Solitude by Michael Friedman and Itamar Moses, The Jacksonian by Beth Henley, and Green Day’s American Idiot.

Meet Berkeley Rep’s next artistic director!

Johanna Pfaelzer, who will join Berkeley Rep in September 2019, has a special message for the community.

Board of trustees

Stewart Owen · President
Carrie Avery · Vice President
Scott Haber · Vice President
Richard M. Shapiro · Treasurer
Leonard X Rosenberg · Secretary
Michelle Branch · Chair, Trustees Committee
Kerry L. Francis · Chair, Audit Committee

Past presidents

Helen C. Barber
A. George Battle
Carole B. Berg
Robert W. Burt
Shih-Tso Chen
Narsai M. David
Thalia Dorwick, PhD
Nicholas M. Graves
Richard F. Hoskins
Jean Knox
Robert M. Oliver
Marjorie Randolph
Harlan M. Richter
Richard A. Rubin
Edwin C. Shiver
Roger A. Strauch
Martin Zankel

Founding director

Michael W. Leibert
Producing Director, 1968–83

Board members

Berit Ashla
Edward D. Baker
Marc D. Blakeman
David Cox
Amar Doshi
Robin Edwards
Lisa Finer
Jill Fugaro
Karen M. Galatz
Bruce Golden
Steven Goldin
David Hoffman
Michael Kossman
Jonathan C. Logan
Jane Marvin
Henning J. Mathew
Sandra R. McCandless
Susan Medak
Pamela Nichter
Sudha Pennathur
Laura Severino
Tony Taccone
Kelli Tomlinson
Gail Wagner
Steven C. Wolan
Felicia Woytak

Sustaining advisors

Rena Bransten
Diana Cohen
Thalia Dorwick, PhD
William T. Espey
William Falik
David Fleishhacker
Paul T. Friedman
Nicholas M. Graves
Richard F. Hoskins
Dale Rogers Marshall
Helen Meyer
Dugan Moore
Peter Pervere
Marjorie Randolph
Patricia Sakai
Jack Schafer
William Schaff
Michael Steinberg
Roger A. Strauch
Jean Z. Strunsky
Michael S. Strunsky
Martin Zankel

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Artistic

Director of Casting / Artistic Associate
Amy Potozkin

Director, The Ground Floor / Resident Dramaturg
Madeleine Oldham

Literary Manager
Sarah Rose Leonard

Artistic Associate
Katie Craddock

Associate Director
Lisa Peterson

Artists Under Commission
Todd Almond
Christina Anderson
Jackie Sibblies Drury
Lisa Peterson
Sarah Ruhl
Tori Sampson
Joe Waechter

Production

Production Manager
Audrey Hoo

Assistant Production Manager
Zoey Russo

Company Manager
Jean-Paul Gressieux

Stage Management

Production Stage Manager
Michael Suenkel

Stage Managers
Chris Armond
Bradley Hopper
Amanda Mason
Megan McClintock
Lisa McGinn
Betsy Norton
Leslie M. Radin
Chris Waters

Production Assistants
Tait Adams
James McGregor
Sofie Miller

Stage Operations

Stage Supervisor
Julia Englehorn

Properties

Properties Supervisor
Jillian A. Green

Associate Properties Supervisor
Amelia Burke-Holt

Scene Shop

Technical Director
Jim Smith

Associate Technical Director
Matt Rohner

Shop Foreman
Sam McKnight

Master Carpenter
Jamaica Montgomery-Glenn

Carpenters
Patrick Keene
Read Tuddenham

Scenic Art

Charge Scenic Artist
Lisa Lázár

Costumes

Costume Director
Maggi Yule

Associate Costume Director / Hair and Makeup Supervisor
Amy Bobeda

Tailor
Kathy Kellner Griffith

Draper
Star Rabinowitz

First Hand
Janet Conery

Wardrobe Supervisor
Barbara Blair

Electrics

Master Electrician
Frederick C. Geffken

Production Electricians
Christine Cochrane
Kenneth Coté

Sound and Video

Sound Supervisor
James Ballen

Sound Engineers
Angela Don
Annemarie Scerra

Video Supervisor
Will McCandless

2018–19 Berkeley Rep Fellowships

Bret C. Harte Directing Fellow
Emilia Lirman

Company Management Fellow
Leah Mesh-Ferguson

Costumes Fellow
Suzann Cornelison

Development Fellow
Nina Feliciano

Education Fellow
Si Mon' Emmett

Graphic Design Fellow
Kirsten Pribula

Harry Weininger Sound Fellow
Courtney Jean

Lighting / Electrics Fellow
Rae Lynn Crocker

Marketing / Digital Communications Fellow
Brooke Vlasich

Peter F. Sloss Literary / Dramaturgy Fellow
Madeleine Rostami

Production Management Fellow
Jossue Gallardo

Properties Fellow
Hayley Parker

Scenic Art Fellow
Serena Yau

Scenic Construction Fellow
Heather Moosher

Stage Management Fellow
Symone Paige Crews

Administration

Controller
Suzanne Pettigrew

Associate Managing Director / Manager, The Ground Floor
Sarah Williams

Associate General Manager
Amanda Williams O'Steen

Executive Assistant
Kate Horton

Bookkeeper
Kristine Taylor

Associate Controller
Eric Ipsen

Payroll Administrator
Katie Riemann

Tessitura User Interaction Administrator
Destiny Askin

Information Technology Manager
Dianne Brenner

Development

Director of Development
Lynn Eve Komaromi

Associate Director of Development
Daria Hepps

Director of Individual Giving
Laura Fichtenberg

Stewardship Officer
Woof Kurtzman

Institutional Giving Manager
Julie McCormick

Individual Giving Manager
Kelsey Scott

Special Events Manager
Lauren Shorofsky

Development Database Coordinator
Jane Voytek

Development Coordinator
Julia Starr

Development Associate
Maddie Gaw

Marketing & Communications

Director of Marketing and Communications
Peter Yonka

Director of Public Relations
Tim Etheridge

Art Director
Nora Merecicky

Communications & Digital Content Director
Karen McKevitt

Audience Development Manager
Samanta Cubias

Webmaster
Christina Cone

Video & Multimedia Producer
Benjamin Michel

Program Advertising
Pamela Webster

Front of House Director
Kelly Kelley

Front of House Manager
Debra Selman

House Managers
Elizabeth Anne Bertolino
Elle Black
Aleta George
Kimberly Harvey-Scott
Tuesday Ray
Debra Selman
Derek Stern

Lead Concessionaires
Molly Conway
Angelica Foster
Nina Gorham
Kimberly Harvey-Scott
Krista Posell
Emily Weiss

Concessionaires
April Ancheta · Chloe Auletta-Young · Jessica Bates · Nicole Bruno · Philippe Dela Cruz · Will Flanagan · Lorenz Angelo Gonzales · Katie Holmes · Johnny Lloyd · Nichelle Pete · Nicholas Stillman · Win Wallace

Subscription Manager
Laurie Barnes

Box Office Supervisor
Julie Gotsch

Box Office Agents
Gabrielle Boyd
Jordan Don
Katherine Gunn
Ariana Johnson
Oliver Kampman
Jaden Pratt

Operations

Facilities Director
Mark Morrisette

Facilities Manager
Ashley Mills

Building Engineer
Thomas Tran

Building Repair Technician
Kevin Pan

Facilities Assistants
Lemont Adams
Theresa Drumgoole
Sophie Li
Guy Nado
Jesus Rodriguez
LeRoy Thomas

Berkeley Rep School of Theatre

Director of the School of Theatre
Rachel Hull

Associate Director
MaryBeth Cavanaugh

Program Manager, Training and Community Programs
Anthony Jackson

Education Communications and Partnerships Manager
Marcela Chacón

Data and Tessitura Analyst
Katie Riemann

Community Programs Administrator
Modesta Tamayo

Education and Youth Programs Associate
Maya Herbsman

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Costume shop

Nelly Flores · Kelly Koehn · Anna Slotterback · Patricia Wheeler

Electrics

Kirsten Cunningham · Spencer Dixon · Zach Fischer · Bradley Hopper · Miranda Caleigh Ketchum · David Lynch · Brittany Mellerson · Francesca Muscolo-Arlt · Melissa Ramirez · Minerva Ramirez · Sarina Renteria · Corey Schaeffer · Kourtney Snow · Ericka Sokolower-Shain · Caitlin Steinmann · Molly Stewart-Cohn · Joshua van Eyken

Props

Noah Kramer · Dara Ly · Mara Ishihara Zinky

Scene shop

Jennifer Costley · Carl Martin · Sean Miller · Andrew Rosen · Baz Wenger

Scenic artists

Chrissy Curl · Lassen Hines · Katie Holmes

Stage carpenter

Kourtney Snow

Wardrobe

Kennedy Warner

 

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