Berkeley Rep’s Resilience Campaign

Berkeley Rep’s Resilience Campaign Messages of support from our artists

Our story depends on you

Like many arts organizations, Berkeley Rep is feeling the significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. With over 100 performances canceled and reduced capacity for classes offered through our School of Theatre, we are relying on donations from our community more than ever to ensure we’ll be ready to bring unforgettable live theatre to our audiences as soon as it is safe to do so.

We hope that as a valued member of this community you believe in the restorative role that art can play in moments of crisis and know that when we are able to gather together again we will be looking to the art on our stages to help us envision a new path forward.

If you have the means to make a gift of any size, know that it will go a long way towards helping the Theatre weather the challenges of the months to come.

Your donation today is an investment in our future and will ensure that we will be ready to welcome you through our doors when this crisis is over.

What your gift supports NOW

  • Health care coverage for our reduced staff and furloughed workforce.
  • Offset production costs from canceled productions and loss of ticket revenue.
  • Support for the months of planning needed to prepare for next season.
  • Virtual play reading groups, artist conversations, and classes that connect audiences to theatre from afar.
  • Taking the annual Teen One-Acts Festival online and continuing to inspire the next generation of theatre artists and audiences.

See messages of support from our artists.

Thank you for your support of Berkeley Rep. Together, we’ll bring transformative theatre, artists, and audiences back to our theatres.

From our artists

Tony Taccone

Berkeley Rep’s former Artistic Director Tony Taccone discusses why we will need Berkeley Rep more than ever after this crisis.

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal

Actors, filmmakers, rappers, and hometown stars Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal recall the progressive theatre they saw through Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre that helped inspire their careers.

Christian Thompson

Christian Thompson (Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations) shares his love of Berkeley Rep and reminds us of theatre’s unique ability to tell urgent, vital stories.

John Gallagher, Jr.

Tony Award-winning actor John Gallagher, Jr. (American Idiot) shares his thoughts on the power of theatre to bring us together.

Julia Cho

Playwright Julia Cho (Aubergine, Office Hour) shares a delicious memory about the love our stage management and operations team puts into every show.

Emma Rice

Former Artistic Director of Kneehigh Theatre and current Artistic Director of Wise Children Emma Rice shares a fond memory of a special “drinks trolley” prepared by the production team at Berkeley Rep for our artists in rehearsals.

Mary Zimmerman

Iconic playwright and director Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses) is one of many artists who has made a home at Berkeley Rep.

Benjamin Velez

Composer and lyricist Benjamin Velez (Kiss My Aztec!) talks about seeing his first professional production have its world premiere on our Roda Stage.

Sharon Lockwood

Treasured Bay Area actor Sharon Lockwood talks to us about making her artistic home at Berkeley Rep.

Clint Ramos

Set and costume designer Clint Ramos shares memories of working on the world premiere of Kiss My Aztec! at Berkeley Rep.

James Carpenter

Bay Area legend of the stage Jim Carpenter shares his best words about building his career at Berkeley Rep and beyond.

Culture Clash

Richard Montoya, Ricardo Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza of Culture Clash tell you why Berkeley Rep needs your support.

Todd Almond

Todd Almond (Girlfriend) is one of many artists we’ve been thrilled to have at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor Summer Residency Lab, an annual incubation space for new work.

Sarah Ruhl

A message of resilience and solidarity from beloved playwright Sarah Ruhl (Becky Nurse of Salem, Eurydice) and her dog Minerva.

Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler (A.K.A. Lemony Snicket) makes the case for why we need theatre like Berkeley Rep.

Pamela Reed

Actor Pamela Reed (Becky Nurse of Salem) tells us about her wonderful experience at Berkeley Rep.

Joy Carlin

Joy Carlin shares her memories of the Theatre’s history going back to its early days on College Ave.

Kiss My Aztec!—The Social Distancing Song

A helpful song from the cast and creators of the John Leguizamo musical Kiss My Aztec!

 

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