Professional fellowships

Introduction

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.

Fellowships offered

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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

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has necessitated the closure of our theatres, shops, and offices, we have postponed the application and interview process for 2021 season fellowships. Please check back for updates.

Questions? Email fellowship@berkeleyrep.org.

 

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