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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 May 6, 2019. Please check back for information about next year’s general auditions.

script submission

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)

This fellowship provides a chance to assist the 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 projects related to The Ground Floor, Berkeley Rep’s new play development lab. Ideal candidates will have experience and commitment to the art of directing, will be self-motivated, organized, and personable, and will thrive in a project-based learning environment.

Company Management

This fellowship focuses on the basics of artist hospitality, including arranging artist travel to and from Berkeley as well as their accommodations while here. Berkeley Rep’s company management team serves as the primary point of contact between visiting theatre artists, Berkeley Rep’s staff, and the Berkeley community. The fellow will 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. Ideal candidates will have a high degree of personal organization, strong interpersonal skills, discretion, facility with Excel, and a willingness to roll with the punches.

Development (Fundraising)

This fellowship focuses on in-depth knowledge of fundraising, which is essential to anyone considering a future leadership role in arts administration. The fellow is directly supervised by the Associate Director of Development throughout the season and mentored 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 programming, training, community engagement, advocacy, marketing, 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. Ideal candidates will have a primary interest in the programming and administration side of arts education programs and some experience teaching or working with young people.

Graphic Design

Theatre experience is not required to be considered for this position. This fellowship is part of Berkeley Rep’s graphic design team, which works within the Theatre’s marketing department, producing hundreds of pieces each year. The 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. Ideal candidates have 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).

Marketing / Digital Communications

This fellowship focuses on how Berkeley Rep’s marketing and communications department functions as a full-service agency with one client—Berkeley Rep—through 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 disciplines 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. 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. Ideal candidate will have an enthusiasm for marketing, superior communication and organization skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple projects.

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. Ideal candidates will be extremely organized, personable, and possess a strong background in writing, as well as knowledge of dramaturgy and theatre. Candidates must submit, in addition to their other application materials, two writing samples (at least one must be about a play).

Production fellowships

Costumes

This fellowship 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, they 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

This fellowship 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. 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 is immersed in all areas of the production management process at a professional regional theatre, through mentorship by the Production Manager and Associate Production Manager. This includes learning about leadership and management principles, creating and negotiating contracts, budgeting, expense tracking, creating and updating schedules, note taking, and assisting on facility rentals and events. This fellowship track culminates in serving as the production manager for the Teen One-Acts Festival. The ideal candidate is a self-driven individual, a creative problem-solver who has broad knowledge of technical theatre and excellent communication skills, thrives in a team atmosphere, and is articulate and imaginative.

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, and good communication skills. Ideal candidates are flexible and have a creative personality. Applicants must submit a digital portfolio for review (no original artwork, please).

Scenic Art

This 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. Ideal candidates will have strong drawing and color-mixing skills. Applicants must submit a digital portfolio, including a sample of figure drawing or portraiture.

Scenic Construction

This fellowship is focused on the hands-on development of skills in scenic construction and working in a professional production shop. The fellow will learn to face challenges as a 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

This 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

This 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.

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)

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.

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.

Recommendation letters coming by mail may be sent to:
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Attn: School of Theatre Associate Director
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 · Pam MacKinnon · Des McAnuff · 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 · Marcus Gardley · Lillian Groag · Rinne Groff · Jordan Harrison · Danny Hoch · Naomi Iizuka · Lisa Kron · Tony Kushner · Dan LeFranc · John Leguizamo · 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 · Robert Brill · Kate Edmunds · Erik Flatmo · Ralph Funicello · Rachel Hauck · John Iacovelli · Christine Jones · Takeshi Kata · David Korins · Sarah Lambert · Eugene Lee · Mimi Lien · Anna Louizos · Tom Lynch · Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams · Allen Moyer · Alexander V. Nichols · Dan Ostling · Neil Patel · Todd Rosenthal · Matt Saunders · James Schuette · Annie Smart · Kris Stone · Louisa Thompson · David Zinn

Costume designers

Dede Ayite · Sonya Berlovitz · Gabriel Berry · Montana Levi Blanco · Deborah Dryden · Callie Floor · Jessica Ford · Anne Hould-Ward · Toni-Leslie James · Andrea Lauer · Meg Neville · Anna Oliver · Reggie Ray · Keiko Shirnosato · Annie Smart · Lydia Tanji · Paul Tazewell · Christal Weatherly · Shigeru Yaji · Anita Yavich · David Zinn · Catherine Zuber

Lighting designers

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

Composers, arrangers, and sound artists

Todd Almond · Billy Joe Armstrong and Green Day · Mark Bennett · Michael Bodeen · Robbin Broad · Cliff Caruthers · Larry Delinger · Paul Dresher · Obadiah Eaves · Peter Golub · Jason Howland · Rob Kaplowitz · Steve Canyon Kennedy · Tom Kitt · James LeBrecht · Scott Lehrer · Jessica Paz · Andre Pluess · Bray Poor · Jim Ragland · Jake Rodriguez · Brian Ronan · Darron West · Jon Weston · Victor Zupac

Projection / video designers

Maya Ciarrocchi · Leah Gelpe · Wendall K. Harrington · Darrel Maloney · Alexander V. Nichols · Peter Nigrini · Jeff Sugg

2019–20 fellows

Artistic and administrative fellows

Nailah Harper-Malveaux · Bret C. Harte Directing Fellow

Nailah Harper-MalveauxNailah is an emerging director with a passion for centering complex intersectional identities and challenging systems of injustice and complacency. She has worked with Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, Creative Artists Agency, American Conservatory Theater (ACT), Crowded Fire Theater (CFT), and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Nailah recently produced and directed a Crowded Fire Matchbox Project, SUBVERiTas: SUBVERTING whiteness as TRUTH/ UNEARTHING the BLACK play, which was comprised of two short staged readings and a devised piece exploring the complexities of code-switching, mask-wearing, and story-selling in the American Theatre. She was the 2017–18 community producing fellow at ACT and recently started working at Berkeley Rep, directing in the School of Theatre Summer Intensive and the YWoCC readings at The Ground Floor. She received her BA in American Studies and Theater Studies from Yale University.

Reagan O’Malley · Company Management Fellow

Reagan O’MalleyOriginally from Fresno, CA, Reagan graduated in 2018 from the University of California, Davis with a BA in Theatre and Dance. She has been involved in theatre in various roles over the years, including acting, stage managing, and technical work. After serving as the electrics apprentice at Steppenwolf Theatre (Chicago, IL) for the 2018–19 season, Reagan is thrilled to be back on the West Coast and working at Berkeley Rep. She is excited to transition into the world of arts administration and continue learning about how to best support the theatre and its artists.

Samuel Levit · Development Fellow

Samuel LevitSamuel is thrilled to work at Berkeley Rep! He’s a playwright and dramaturg coming off of a 9-month apprenticeship with Magic Theatre in San Francisco. From Santa Cruz, California, Samuel’s parents met and went to school a block away from Berkeley Rep, and he’s been a regular audience member since he was about 14. He received his Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from Bennington College, Vermont, where he developed his passion for theatre. In his writing and academic practice, Samuel is specifically interested in queer theatre, surrealism, camp, horror, and traditional and contemporary Japanese theatre.

Zandra Starks · Education Fellow

Zandra StarksZandra’s work as a teaching artist and director centers ensemble, joy, and liberation within the lives of Black and Brown youth. A recent graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, Zandra served as the assistant director of Free Street Theater’s devising youth ensemble and mentored students in the Goodman Theatre’s Cindy Bandle Young Critics program. Outside of theatre, Zandra wrote and directed a short-film called Auggie+Bird, and played the principle role in ECT! Pictures’ short-film No Nuts.

Haly Roy · Graphic Design Fellow

Haly RoyHaly is a graphic designer native to Gahanna, Ohio. She graduated magna cum laude from Ohio University with a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Marketing. She has little prior experience working in a theatre, but she is passionate about producing creative content for another artistic outlet and this fellowship is a unique opportunity. She’s looking forward to learning more about this foreign art field, gaining a new appreciation for theatre on and off the stage, and being given the chance to experiment and grow as a graphic designer this 2019–20 season at Berkeley Rep.

Katherine Gunn · Marketing / Digital Communications Fellow

Katherine GunnKatherine was born in San Francisco, grew up in North Carolina, graduated from Rice University in Texas, and is now happy to be back in the Bay Area. She has previously produced for Baker Shakespeare Theatre, done script reading for several organizations across the US, and worked as the literary associate at Playwrights Foundation. Before her fellowship, she worked in the box office at Berkeley Rep, as well as being an ambassador at The Ground Floor. She is very excited to be continuing on in this new role!

Charlie Dubach-Reinhold · Peter F. Sloss Literary / Dramaturgy Fellow

Charlie Dubach-ReinholdCharlie recently graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Theater and Performance Studies and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. A multi-disciplinary theatre artist, some of their favorite projects include directing Gaieties 2018 and dramaturging Gaieties 2019 with Ram’s Head Theatrical Society, stage managing The Seagull, painting marble for Guards at the Taj, and wearing a moustache in Cabaret. Charlie also curated original one-acts festivals (starting with the Berkeley Rep Teen One-Acts Festival in 2015!) as a member of various student theatre artistic boards. When they are not reading plays, you can find Charlie leading teens up mountains in Yosemite.

Production fellows

Anthony Fiore · Costumes Fellow

Anthony FioreAnthony is a costumer from the D.C. Metro Area and is excited to be joining the Berkeley Rep team as the costumes fellow. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2019 with a BFA in Costume Design and a minor in History. He has previously worked at Interlochen Center for the Arts and was the 2017 costume apprentice at Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute, where he designed costumes for the company’s production of Shear Madness. While in school, he worked local hire wardrobe for several national tours, including Jersey Boys and Les Misérables during their time in Richmond, VA. Outside of theatre, he can often be found wearing period costume, dancing, or doing volunteer and advocacy work with local LGBT+ organizations.

Hannah Solomon · Lighting / Electrics Fellow

Hannah SolomonHannah is a recent graduate of Boston University where she received her degree in Lighting Design and Production. She is ecstatic to begin her fellowship at Berkeley Rep. Over the summers she’s spent her time at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, New York Stage and Film, and the Huntington Theatre Company. Hannah could talk about movies and TV for hours and is always ready for adventure, whether it is in board game or city excursion form. She was born and raised in Austin, Texas and is the token youngest sibling of six kids.

Kali Grau · Production Management Fellow

Kali GrauKali graduated from Sam Houston State University last spring and has since spent the year in Greensboro, North Carolina working with Triad Stage as the stage and production management apprentice. Outside of theatre, she enjoys experimental baking at obscure hours of the morning, bothering cats, and pineapple candles. She also enjoys living her best hermit life on the weekends.

Del Hanson · Properties Fellow

Del HansonDel was raised in San Diego by two theatre technicians, but spent the past four years in Massachusetts earning a Bachelor of Arts in Props Design and Fabrication from Hampshire College. While at Hampshire, Del was the props monitor on the Hampshire College Theatre Board, a props master on various shows, and a teaching assistant for a class in which students designed, built, and ran an escape room. Del has worked as a stage management intern at The Old Globe, a design intern for fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, and a props intern at Weston Playhouse. Del is so grateful to spend the next year at Berkeley Rep making props and collaborating with other theatre makers on the amazing season ahead.

Samantha (Sam) Welsing · Scenic Art Fellow

Samantha WelsingSam is from Detroit, Michigan. They graduated with a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from Wayne State University in May 2019. This summer Sam studied theatre design abroad at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Moscow, Russia. In the past they have worked as a scenic and props intern at Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre. In their time at university Sam worked as a scenic designer/painter and props master on a multitude of productions.

Kathryn Bosch · Scenic Construction Fellow

Kathryn BoschKathryn, a Jackson, CA native, earned her degree in New York City at Pace University for Communication and Art Studies. This choice lead to her working at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and taking on production roles in the theatre world at places such as Astoria Performing Arts Center, The Bushwick Starr, The Playwriting Collective, The Movement Theatre Company, Classical Theatre of Harlem, and Rooftop Productions to name a few. Over the last year, she made a name for herself in West Florida at companies like Beasley Media Group, Magic in the Sky, and Cognizant Technology Solutions. Currently happy to be back in her home state, she is looking forward to making the most of her time and seeing what she will make of her future, in and out of the theatre.

Jamie Tippett · Harry Weininger Sound Fellow

Jamie TippettJamie is a sound designer and engineer originally from Nyack, NY. He recently graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Theater and Performance Studies and a BS in Sound Engineering (Individually Designed Major). They have previously worked at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Magic Theatre, American Repertory Theater, and Hangar Theatre in addition to numerous shows while at Stanford. He is excited and honored to be at Berkeley Rep this year!

Elizabeth Kamla · Stage Management Fellow

Elizabeth KamlaElizabeth grew up in Sugar Land, Texas. She graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Stage and Production Management and a minor in Photography. While living in Boston, in addition to college productions, she assistant stage managed both Mala and Kiss with ArtsEmerson, and she was a stage management intern for two shows at Boston Ballet. She has also interned and worked at Houston Ballet as a production assistant, where she had the chance to stage manage their Summer Intensive and HBII Graduation performances. Most recently she was the stage manager for a devised theatre piece directed by Rinde Eckert. She is excited to learn and grow during this fellowship!

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 2019–20 season is filled and closed to new ushers. Please check back in early to mid-June 2020 for usher orientation dates for the 2020–21 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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