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Director, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre

The Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre seeks a full-time director for the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, a senior level position responsible for creative and administrative leadership of education and outreach programs serving over 23,000 students each year.

The Director oversees all School of Theatre programs, including tuition-based classes, the Teen Council, and the Berkeley Rep professional fellowship, docent, and staff development programs. Qualified applicants will have strong leadership skills and a commitment to theatre education, ideally with prior experience running a program. Experience managing budgets and a staff is advantageous, as is a second language. Reporting jointly to the Managing and Artistic Directors, the new Director will have the opportunity to reimagine significant portions of the Theatre’s community-centered programs.

Berkeley Rep offers full benefits including vacation, sick days, health, dental, and a 403(b) retirement plan. Berkeley Rep further offers a diverse, casual environment conducive to professional growth. Position available ASAP. Berkeley Rep will contact candidates of interest. Please, no calls. Persons of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Berkeley Rep is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please send your resume and cover letter, including compensation requirements, via Word or PDF file (no web links, please) to jobs@berkeleyrep.org.

Front of House Director

Status: Full-time
Reports to: Director of Marketing, Communications, and Patron Engagement
Salary range: DOQ
Deadline: Available now

The Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre seeks a full-time Front of House Director for seven-show season plus special events to supervise the planning, staff, and operations for house management, concessions, and other hospitality and retail activities. In consultation with the Director of Marketing, Communications, and Patron Engagement, this position will develop and implement effective procedures, systems, and strategies to ensure professional and efficient front of house (FOH) and retail operations that support delivery of consistently unique and superior patron services and maximize revenue opportunities. This position requires availability on evenings and weekends as needed to support performances, special events, and rentals.

Responsibilities include

FOH

  • Hire, train, supervise, schedule, and motivate FOH staff (senior house manager, concessions manager, P/T assistant house managers, substitute house managers).
  • Develop and refine processes to optimize a diverse, high-quality volunteer usher program, including recruitment, training, communications, scheduling, and systems to support these activities.
  • Coordinate with stage management and facilities in developing and executing emergency preparedness plans, training, and drills.
  • Serve as primary liaison between Theatre and its 180,000 annually served patrons; diplomatically resolve patron issues.

Concessions business

  • Manage one full-service bar and concessions counters in two theatres to provide enhanced hospitality experience to patrons and maximize revenue to the organization.
  • Oversee concessions manager in the selection and sourcing of a product mix that enhances patron experience and maximizes revenue, including tracking and analyzing sales on a regular basis, and projecting and managing annual expense budget and revenue goals.
  • Coordinate with Development department for identification, assessment, and implementation of in-kind donor opportunities in the hospitality category (food and beverage vendors, restaurants, caterers, etc.).
  • Observe and supervise concessions staff in action on regular basis, and develop and refine system of best practices.
  • In coordination with IT department, oversee usage and operation of POS system.
  • In coordination with facilities department, obtain and maintain all necessary state and city licenses for conducting business; ensure that all concessions partners are fully licensed and that all staff is properly trained and certified.

Other retail

  • Develop, implement, and oversee business and operational plan for maximizing revenue through sale of Berkeley Rep-licensed merchandise (including but not limited to on-site and/or online sales).
  • Develop, implement, and oversee business and operational plan for maximizing revenue and community exposure through use of street-front space in the Peet’s Theatre formerly occupied by box office.

General responsibilities

  • In coordination with business office and facilities departments, establish policy, procedures, and operations for best practices for money handling, financial management, and security; responsible for consistent compliance with and execution of these policies, procedures, and operations by FOH and Concessions staff.
  • Project and manage FOH budget.
    • Manage payroll for all FOH and Concessions staff.
    • Reconcile concessions and other retail income weekly.
    • Consistently and regularly track and analyze concessions and other retail income and expenses against annual goals.
    • Process vendor invoices.
  • Attend departmental and other internal meetings, as required to facilitate communications and coordination of FOH activities with other areas of Berkeley Rep management.
  • Provide oversight, logistical coordination, and support to events related to group sales and other hospitality events, as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualified candidates will demonstrate

  • A proven commitment to customer service at the very highest standard.
  • Experience with sales management (including financial analysis and projections) and operations, especially in food service and retail venues.
  • Project management skills for large- and small-scale initiatives.
  • Enthusiasm for developing, achieving, and then exceeding goals.
  • Capacity to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, detail-oriented environment that requires responsiveness and attention to detail.
  • Evidence of maturity, drive, and enthusiasm.
  • Experience with MS Word, Excel, and Outlook. Revel POS system a plus.
  • Appreciation of the performing arts, especially a love of theatre; professional experience in the arts a plus.
  • Flexibility with scheduling that can accommodate daytime office hours, as well as evening and weekend hours.

Please email a resume and cover letter with compensation requirements to jobs@berkeleyrep.org. Only complete applications will be considered.

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

Institutional Giving Manager

Department: Development
Reports to: Associate Director of Development
Work schedule: Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm, some evenings and weekends required
Classification: Regular full-time exempt position, with benefits
Compensation: Please submit salary requirements

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is looking for a motivated and experienced full-time Institutional Giving Manager to join the staff at one of the nation’s leading nonprofit regional theatres.

Under the guidance of the Associate Director of Development, the Institutional Giving Manager is responsible for the overall management of the grants program as part of the Development team. Work includes research, coordinating strategy, writing and submission of all grant proposals to foundation, corporate, and government funders for annual operating support, and special project needs. Responsible for oversight and reporting, program descriptions, as well as management of benefits and recognition for institutional funders. The Institutional Giving Manager maintains an active grant calendar, database of funders and prospects, and an updated set of supporting materials. Working as a member of the Development team, the Institutional Giving Manager will focus on maintaining and expanding Berkeley Rep’s success with private, public, and government support, as well as building individual relationships with donors.

The Institutional Giving Manager position will provide a committed and talented individual the chance to work closely with Berkeley Rep’s strong and dedicated staff in a vibrant and important Bay Area arts organization.

Essential position responsibilities

  • In conjunction with Director of Development and Associate Director of Development, design and implement strategy for foundation and government income components of Annual Fund campaign and special projects. Collaborate with program staff to write Annual Fund and special project institutional grant proposals and reports, as well as develop grant budgets and program descriptions.
  • In conjunction with Associate Director of Development, research and write grants and reports for corporate foundation prospects. Participate in cultivation and stewardship activities with Berkeley Rep’s Corporate Council and other corporate funders.
  • Cultivation and solicitation strategy will include prospect research, oversight of grants calendar, dissemination of prospect lists to board members, contact with board and development chairs as needed to issue theatre invitations, make phone calls, plan meetings, and other cultivation/strategy activities.
  • Maintain database of corporate, government, and foundation donors and prospects for solicitation and cultivation. Maintain spreadsheet of boilerplate information about the Theatre and annual mailing log of letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports.
  • Attend development events to maintain relationships with current funders and cultivate prospects (opening night dinners, discussion series, season preview, private corporate events, etc.)
  • Develop and administer benefits and recognition for foundation and government donors including sponsorship packages, printed recognition, tickets, etc. Ensure institutional donors are recognized appropriately and invited to all relevant development events. Set up site visits by representatives of funders as needed.
  • Responsible for oversight and reporting of institutional grants in accordance with grant award guidelines. Track current institutional giving for monthly contributed income report. Reconcile institutional contributions with Controller on a regular basis. Review program book institutional donor lists, acknowledgements to ensure accuracy.
  • Maintain development collateral packages for grant proposals and Development Department including press clippings, feature articles, budgets, audited financial statements, arts education program info, IRS letters, institutional benefits list, etc. Assist Controller in updating the annual California Cultural Data Project Profile.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position qualifications

Education and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of academic and professional experience.
  • Minimum three years grantwriting experience.
  • Experience working at an arts organization preferred.

Ability to

  • Work independently and manage multiple grant and reporting deadlines simultaneously.
  • Articulate in writing the artistic and community outreach programs of an arts institution.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues within and outside the department, particularly artistic, School of Theatre, and financial staff, to effectively and accurately articulate new programs and develop project budgets.
  • Develop relationships with Theatre’s trustees, foundation officers, and the giving community.
  • Cultivate new institutional funders and help steward current funders through donor events, invitations to experience funded programs, and opportunities to meet with program staff and artists.

Required skills

  • Excellent writing and research skills.
  • Strong verbal communication skills.
  • Extremely detail oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, experience with databases, Tessitura a plus.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative on projects.
  • Flexible, adaptable, entrepreneurial, team player, with a can-do attitude.
  • Must be comfortable working in a busy and diverse office environment and display strong interpersonal skills.
  • Background in arts, arts education, arts advocacy, youth development, and cultural activism a plus.

Application procedure

Send your resume with a cover letter outlining your experience, salary requirements, and why you are interested in working for Berkeley Repertory Theatre, as well as a successful proposal you have written to:

Daria Hepps
Associate Director of Development
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
999 Harrison Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

Email: jobs@berkeleyrep.org

Position is open until filled. Please, no calls or follow-up emails.

Assistant Technical Director

Berkeley Repertory Theatre seeks an Assistant Technical Director. This position supports the Technical Director in the planning, engineering, drafting, budgeting, and scheduling of built scenery.

Primary duties include drafting scenic construction document drawings and communicating build techniques to the shop foreman and staff, as well as interfacing with other production departments and scenic designers.

The ATD will assist in managing scene shop accounting, generating build calendars, and will help maintain inventory and tools for multiple performance and build spaces.

Qualified candidates must have proficiency in: AutoCAD drafting, CNC file writing, and Microsoft Office 13. We require a strong background in scenic fabrication using steel and wood, theatrical rigging practices, and shop safety, as well as knowledge of electronics, pneumatics, and hydraulics.

Our shop uses the Creative Conners automation system and a ShopBot CNC machine.

Position is full-time with benefits.

Please send cover letter, resume, and references to jobs@berkeleyrep.org with “ATD” in the subject line.

Part-Time Box Office Representative

Berkeley Repertory Theatre seeks a part-time box office representative for approximately 15–20 hours per week. Preference will be given to applicants with weekend availability.

The ideal candidate will be friendly, energetic, articulate, and approachable. He or she must possess the ability to problem solve in a fast-paced environment and a strong ability to work as part of a team and build relationships.

Compensation is competitive with similar positions within the nonprofit performing arts industry. Benefits include free tickets to Berkeley Rep productions and walk-in privileges at other Bay Area theatres.

Send cover letter, resume, and three references to salesagent@berkeleyrep.org. Position is open until filled. No phone calls, please.

Part-Time Custodian

The position

Clean and maintain large theatre space(s) and supporting rooms/areas. Care for assigned buildings and building areas. Knowledge of methods, materials, maintenance, and equipment used in janitorial work is required.

Typical tasks

  • Clean, sweep, and mop floors.
  • Dust and polish furniture, woodwork, and metal work.
  • Vacuum and shampoo carpets.
  • Wash walls and in/out windows.
  • Maintain restrooms in a clean and sanitary condition and replenish supplies.
  • Empty waste receptacles, dispose of trash.
  • Move/arrange furniture, chairs, and office equipment.
  • Respond immediately to any call for emergency clean up.
  • Unlock/lock buildings; doors and/or rooms, as needed.
  • Observe and report safety/security conditions to management.

Ability to

  • Perform routine janitorial duties.
  • Learn the approved methods of cleaning and caring for Berkeley Rep buildings.
  • Learn to handle equipment and supplies needed for job function.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Lift and move heavy items.
  • Get along well with others and have customer service skills.

Download job application

Please direct your electronic submission to jobs@berkeleyrep.org or your mail submission to:

Part-Time Custodian Search
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
999 Harrison Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

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 resume 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 6 and 14, 2015. Please check back for information about next year’s general auditions.

Reminder: we also attend the Theatre Bay Area auditions, usually held in late January/early February.

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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.

Playwriting salon

For local playwrights, we offer bi-annual playwriting salons where writers can get to know us a little bit, learn about new play development at Berkeley Rep, and ask questions.

  • Monday, October 5, 2015 · 7:30–10:30pm
  • April 2016 · Please check back for additional details

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. Topics will include in-depth explorations of how Berkeley Rep operates as an institution, relevant issues affecting theatres both locally and nationally, and post-fellowship career planning. 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 most successful participants demonstrate initiative, perseverance, and a drive to get the most out of their short but valuable time in Berkeley.

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 observe the inner workings of an artistic department at a major regional theatre. You will assist directors of our productions while observing the collaborative process from original concept through design and production. This includes the opportunity to read scripts, support workshops, observe rehearsals, attend artistic staff meetings, discuss season planning, and organize events such as Page to Stage. In addition to working closely with the casting director, you will have the opportunity to mentor a young director as part of the School of Theatre’s Teen One-Acts Festival, and will be involved in The Ground Floor, which is 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 with the ability to synthesize information, and 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. This is an ideal fellowship for an enthusiastic candidate seeking to learn about the operations of multiple departments. The fellow will learn the basics of artist hospitality, including arranging artist travel to and from Berkeley as well as their accommodation while in residence. The fellow will also 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. Prerequisites: A high degree of personal organization, strong interpersonal skills, discretion, facility with Excel, a valid drivers’ license, and a willingness to roll with the punches.

Development / Fundraising

Essential to anyone wishing to pursue a career as a non-profit theatre administrator is a knowledge of fundraising. The development fellowship focuses on the implementation of a fundraising plan for the theatre and the process of cultivating and stewarding individual and institutional donor relationships. Under the guidance of the Theatre’s special events manager, the fellow will learn all aspects of planning and executing donor stewardship and fundraising events, culminating in the opportunity to execute events independently. The fellow will also gain a broad perspective on all other aspects of the development department, including fundraising from corporations, foundations, and individuals.

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 art department serves as the graphic arm of the Theatre’s marketing department, and produces 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 ads, magazines, direct mail, brochures, interactive lobby displays, signage, and more. The fellow will hone his/her design skills and learn how to take a multitude of projects from conception 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, Fenton Communications, YMCA, and Berkeley Rep, among others. Prerequisite: Experience in graphics and layout programs (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator), and an understanding of fundamental design principles. 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 critiquing of play submissions, maintaining a script library, assisting the teen playwriting and docent programs, and other as-needed projects. The fellow will have opportunities to provide dramaturgical support, 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 samples of critical writing (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, community outreach, event planning, media relations, direct mail, social media and viral marketing, data analysis, and budget management. Opportunities exist for a motivated fellow to work as part of a team and independently, enabling her/him 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 and 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 such as 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 the 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 rental groups. Ideal candidates have a background and interest in both electrics and design.

Production Management

The production management 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. Prerequisite: Candidates must have a 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
  • Resume
  • Additional documents if required (see fellowship descriptions above)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Please make sure you have read this page for all instructions and requirements before beginning your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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, resume, and any additional documents (i.e. writing/portfolio samples, letters of recommendation). Save this document as LastName, FirstName (ex: Rep, Berkeley.pdf).

Please do not begin the form until you are fully ready to complete and submit your application. We recommend preparing your materials for upload beforehand, as you will not be able to save the form and return later.

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 resume or recommendations.

Resume

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

Three 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 1 for Bret C. Harte Directing and Peter F. Sloss Literary / Dramaturgy positions or March 15 for all others.

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

Where are they now?

A fellowship at Berkeley Rep can open doors to work at theatres all over the country. Here’s what some of our recent former fellows are up to after completing their fellowships:

  • Art Director at Berkeley Rep
  • Education Director at Berkeley Playhouse
  • Assistant to the Publisher at Heydey Books
  • Production Manager at Market Road Films
  • Artistic Director at Crowded Fire Theater
  • Director of New Work Development at Kansas City Rep
  • Freelance Equity Stage Manager
  • Company Manager at Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts
  • Overhire Scenic Artist and Set Designer
  • Assistant Director of Marketing at Court Theatre
  • Box Office Manager at Beach Blanket Babylon
  • Freelance Lighting Designer
  • Audience Development Manager at Berkeley Rep
  • Senior Graphic Designer at Meyer Sound
  • MFA student in technical design and production at Yale University
  • Conservatory Associate at American Conservatory Theater
  • Director of Marketing at Playwrights Horizons
  • Venue Support Manager at Goldstar Events
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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 for free!

Berkeley Rep is proud to have a wonderful community of volunteers that works 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’s staff. 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 and Peet’s Theatre ushers will be asked to watch the first act from the lobby or green room. They may be seated in the Peet’s Theatre after intermission as 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 when pre-show ushering shift is complete (standing room, lobby, or green room in the extreme case of a sold out performance)

20% discount at Berkeley Rep Theatre Store

50% discount at Berkeley Rep concessions bar

Invitations to special events, parties, orientations, and presentations

Volunteer usher posts

Berkeley Rep’s volunteer ushers are the most visible part of the front-of-house staff 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 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 the front door, tear tickets, and direct patrons to appropriate entry door.

Door usher

  • Greet patrons at the house doors, 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.

Theatre store usher

  • Sell merchandise to patrons. Assist with restocking the store and keeping displays filled and attractive. Previous retail experience preferred but not required.

New volunteer ushers

Are you a new volunteer interested in becoming an usher for the 2015–16 Season at Berkeley Rep? Contact the house manager at ushers@berkeleyrep.org (please put “NEW USHER” in the subject line). All aspiring volunteer ushers must attend an usher training session before they can be scheduled as an usher. Your questions about Berkeley Rep’s usher program will be answered at that time. The volunteer usher guidebook includes a link to the Yahoo group. Please return your signed usher agreement letter at orientation; that’s how we’ll take attendance.

Almost all communication between the house managers, volunteer coordinator, and other ushers is handled via email. Access to a computer and email are essential if you are a newcomer to our program.

Frequently asked questions from new ushers

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

A: NO! NEW USHERS WILL NOT BE SCHEDULED TO WORK WITHOUT FIRST RECEIVING THIS TRAINING. The training is mandatory for all ushers.

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. You should allow ample time to find parking before you arrive at the Theatre. If you arrive late to the training session, you will not be permitted to participate and will have to attend a later training session. If you arrive late to a scheduled ushering shift, you may not be permitted to work and it will constitute a no-show. Two no-shows bar you from ushering at Berkeley Rep for a season.

Q: Can I get my schedule at the training session? 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: This 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 this guidebook from time to time to refresh your memory.

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

A: No. All ushers have jobs 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 usher staff is 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 solid 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 boots 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 the aisles. All clothing must be clean and ironed. Mini-skirts, t-shirts, and jeans are not appropriate work 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 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.