Who we are

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About Berkeley Rep

Berkeley Repertory Theatre has grown from a storefront stage to a national leader in innovative theatre. Known for its core values of imagination and excellence, as well as its educated and adventurous audience, the nonprofit has provided a welcoming home for emerging and established artists since 1968. With two stages, a school, and a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, Berkeley Rep is proud to premiere exhilarating new plays. Ten shows seen at Berkeley Rep have ended up on Broadway. More than 12 arrived off Broadway, two moved to London, two turned into films, and others have toured the nation. Come see tomorrow’s plays today at Berkeley Rep.

Our mission

Berkeley Repertory Theatre seeks to set a national standard for ambitious programming, engagement with its audiences, and leadership within the community in which it resides. We endeavor to create a diverse body of work that expresses a rigorous, embracing aesthetic and reflects the highest artistic standards, and seek to maintain an environment in which talented artists can do their best work. We strive to engage our audiences in an ongoing dialogue of ideas, and encourage lifelong learning as a core community value. Through productions, outreach, and education, Berkeley Rep aspires to use theatre as a means to challenge, thrill, and galvanize what is best in the human spirit.

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Tony Taccone · Michael Leibert Artistic Director

Tony TacconeTony Taccone is celebrating his 20th anniversary season. During Tony’s tenure as artistic director of Berkeley Rep, the Tony Award-winning nonprofit has earned a reputation as an international leader in innovative theatre. In those 20 years, Berkeley Rep has presented more than 70 world, American, and West Coast premieres and sent 23 shows to New York, two to London, and one to Hong Kong. Tony has staged more than 40 plays in Berkeley, including new work from Julia Cho, John Leguizamo, Culture Clash, Rinde Eckert, David Edgar, Danny Hoch, Geoff Hoyle, Itamar Moses, and Lemony Snicket. He directed the shows that transferred to London, Continental Divide and Tiny Kushner, and two that landed on Broadway as well: Bridge & Tunnel and Wishful Drinking. Prior to working at Berkeley Rep, Tony served as artistic director of Eureka Theatre, which produced the American premieres of plays by Dario Fo, Caryl Churchill, and David Edgar before focusing on a new generation of American writers. While at the Eureka, Tony commissioned Tony Kushner’s legendary Angels in America and co-directed its world premiere. He has collaborated with Kushner on eight plays at Berkeley Rep, including The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. Tony’s regional credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, Center Theatre Group, the Eureka Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, the Huntington Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Public Theater, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. As a playwright, he debuted Ghost Light, Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup, Game On, written with Dan Hoyle, and It Can’t Happen Here, written with Bennett S. Cohen. In 2012, Tony received the Margo Jones Award for “demonstrating a significant impact, understanding, and affirmation of playwriting, with a commitment to the living theatre.”

Susan Medak · Managing Director

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

Theresa Von Klug · General Manager

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

Board of trustees

Stewart Owen · President
Carrie Avery · Vice President
Richard M. Shapiro · Vice President
Roger A. Strauch · Vice President
Jean Z. Strunsky · Vice President
Felicia Woytak · Treasurer
Leonard X Rosenberg · Secretary
Jill Fugaro · Chair, Trustees Committee
Kerry L. Francis · Chair, Audit Committee

Past presidents

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

Founding director

Michael W. Leibert
Producing Director, 1968–83

Board members

Edward D. Baker
Michelle Branch
David Cox
Amar Doshi
Robin Edwards
Lisa Finer
Karen M. Galatz
Bruce Golden
Steven Goldin
Scott Haber
David Hoffman
Jonathan C. Logan
Jane Marvin
Sandra R. McCandless
Susan Medak
Pamela Nichter
Sudha Pennathur
Laura Severino
Emily Shanks
Tony Taccone
Kelli Tomlinson
Gail Wagner

Sustaining advisors

Rena Bransten
Martha Conte
Thalia Dorwick, PhD
William T. Espey
William Falik
David Fleishhacker
Paul T. Friedman
Nicholas M. Graves
Richard F. Hoskins
Carole Krumland
Dale Rogers Marshall
Julie McCray
Helen Meyer
Dugan Moore
Peter Pervere
Marjorie Randolph
Patricia Sakai
Jack Schafer
William Schaff
Michael Steinberg
Michael S. Strunsky
Martin Zankel

Berkeley Rep staff photo


Director of Casting / Artistic Associate
Amy Potozkin

Director, The Ground Floor / Resident Dramaturg
Madeleine Oldham

Literary Manager
Sarah Rose Leonard

Artistic Associate
Katie Craddock

Associate Director
Lisa Peterson

Artist in Residence
Stephen Spinella

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


Production Manager
Peter Dean

Interim Assistant Production Manager
Zoey Russo

Company Manager
Jean-Paul Gressieux

Stage Management

Production Stage Manager
Michael Suenkel

Stage Managers
Julie Haber
Molly Meg Legal
Leslie M. Radin
Kathy Rose
Karen Szpaller
Chris Waters
Kimberly Mark Webb

Production Assistants
Bradley Hopper
Hana Kadoyama
Amanda Mason
James McGregor
Sofie Miller
Betsy Norton

Stage Operations

Stage Supervisor
Julia Englehorn


Properties Supervisor
Jillian A. Green

Assistant Properties Supervisor
Amelia Burke-Holt

Properties Artisan
Samantha Visbal

Scene Shop

Technical Director
Jim Smith

Associate Technical Director
Matt Rohner

Shop Foreman
Sam McKnight

Master Carpenter
Jamaica Montgomery-Glenn

Patrick Keene
Read Tuddenham

Scenic Art

Charge Scenic Artist
Lisa Lázár


Costume Director
Maggi Yule

Associate Costume Director / Hair and Makeup Supervisor
Amy Bobeda

Kathy Kellner Griffith

First Hand
Janet Conery

Wardrobe Supervisor
Barbara Blair


Master Electrician
Frederick C. Geffken

Production Electricians
Christine Cochrane
Kenneth Coté

Sound and Video

Sound Supervisor
James Ballen

Sound Engineers
Angela Don
Annemarie Scerra

2017–18 Berkeley Rep Fellowships

Bret C. Harte Directing Fellow
Nicholas Kowerko

Company Management Fellow
Alice Stites

Costumes Fellow
Kiara Montgomery

Development Fellow
Ariana Johnson

Education Fellow
Ky’Lend Adams

Graphic Design Fellow
Kendall Markley

Harry Weininger Sound Fellow
Cecilia Pappalardo

Lighting / Electrics Fellow
Domino Mannheim

Marketing / Digital Communications Fellow
Arielle Rubin

Peter F. Sloss Literary / Dramaturgy Fellow
James Dinneen

Production Management Fellow
Hayley Rowland

Properties Fellow
Mara Ishihara Zinky

Scenic Art Fellow
Chrissy Curl

Scenic Construction Fellow
William Ebeler

Stage Management Fellow
Tait Adams


Suzanne Pettigrew

Associate Managing Director / Manager, The Ground Floor
Sarah Williams

Associate General Manager
Amanda Williams O'Steen

Executive Assistant
Kate Horton

Kristine Taylor

Associate Controller
Eric Ipsen

Payroll Administrator
Katie Riemann

Tessitura User Interaction Administrator
Destiny Askin

Information Technology Manager
Dianne Brenner

Management Fellow
Jaime Totti


Director of Development
Lynn Eve Komaromi

Associate Director of Development
Daria Hepps

Director of Individual Giving
Laura Fichtenberg

Stewardship Officer
Woof Kurtzman

Institutional Giving Manager
Julie McCormick

Individual Giving Coordinator
Kelsey Scott

Special Events Coordinator
Lauren Shorofsky

Development Database Coordinator
Jane Voytek

Development Associates
Maddie Gaw
Julia Starr

Marketing & Communications

Director of Marketing and Communications
Peter Yonka

Director of Public Relations
Tim Etheridge

Art Director
Nora Merecicky

Communications & Digital Content Director
Karen McKevitt

Audience Development Manager
Samanta Cubias

Christina Cone

Program Advertising
Pamela Webster

Front of House Director
Kelly Kelley

Front of House Manager
Debra Selman

House Managers
Steven Coambs · Aleta George · Kimberly Harvey-Scott · Tuesday Ray · Debra Selman

Lead Concessionaires
Steven Coambs
Molly Conway
Nina Gorham
David Rogers
Emily Weiss

Chloe Auletta-Young · Jessica Bates · Daniel DellaRipa · Casey Fay · Lorenz Angelo Gonzales · Katie Holmes · Serene LaBue-Deshais · Luci Liss · Johnny Lloyd · May Rasheed · Michelle Sellers · Win Wallace

Ticket Services Director
Geo Haynes

Subscription Manager
Laurie Barnes

Box Office Supervisor
Julie Gotsch

Box Office Agents
Marianne Almero
Gabrielle Boyd
Carmen Darling
Jordan Don
Katherine Gunn
Lian Ladia
Jaden Pratt


Facilities Director
Mark Morrisette

Facilities Coordinator
Andrew Susskind

Building Engineer
Thomas Tran

Building Repair Technician
Kevin Pan

Production Driver
Laurence Tasse

Facilities Assistants
Theresa Drumgoolie
Sophie Li
Alex Maciel
Carlos Mendoza
Guy Nado
Jesus Rodriguez
LeRoy Thomas

Berkeley Rep School of Theatre

Director of the School of Theatre
Rachel Hull

Associate Director
MaryBeth Cavanaugh

Program Manager, Training and Community Programs
Anthony Jackson

Education Communications and Partnerships Manager
Marcela Chacon

Data and Tessitura Analyst
Katie Riemann

Community Programs Administrator
Modesta Tamayo

Education and Youth Programs Associate
Ava Lindenmaier

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Office Hour overhire

Deck crew

Bradley Hopper · Matt Reynolds


Spencer Dixon · Zach Fischer · Cicily Clare Gruber · Gabriel Holman · Bradley Hopper · David Lynch · Melissa Ramirez · Minerva Ramirez · Sarina Renteria · Corey Schaeffer · Nathanael C. Schiffbauer · Andrea J. Schwartz · Kourtney Snow · Ericka Sokolower-Shain · Joshua van Eyken · Lauren Wright


Noah Kramer · Dara Ly

Scene shop

James Chandler · Jennifer Costley · Will Gering · Chance Grable · ET Hazzard · Carl Martin · Sean Miller

Scenic artists

Lassen Hines · Katie Holmes · Christopher Jee · Anya Kazimierski

Sound engineer

Xochitl Loza

Stage carpenter

Kourtney Snow

Watch on the Rhine overhire

Deck crew

Bradley Hopper · Kourtney Snow


Renae Davison · Spencer Dixon · Zach Fischer · Cicily Clare Gruber · Chris Hartzell · David Lynch · Melissa Ramirez · Minerva Ramirez · Sarina Renteria · Corey Schaeffer · Nathanael C. Schiffbauer · Andrea J. Schwartz · Ericka Sokolower-Shain · Caitlin Steinmann · Thomas Weaver


Lisa Fong · Noah Kramer · Dara Ly · Baz Wenger

Scene shop

Jennifer Costley · Erica Engel · Will Gering · Chance Grable · Carl Martin · Sean Miller

Scenic artist

Lassen Hines

Stage carpenter

Kourtney Snow


Claire Griffith · Kennedy Warner

Imaginary Comforts overhire

Deck crew cover

Ross Copeland

Deck crew

Matt Reynolds · Zoey Russo


Zoe Gopnik-McManus · Noah Kramer · Dara Ly · David Nolan · Rebecca Willis

Scene shop

Jennifer Costley · Erica Engel · Will Gering · Chance Grable · Carl Martin · Sean Miller · Baz Wenger

Scenic artist

Lassen Hines

Stage carpenter

Gabriel Holman

Ain’t Too Proud overhire

Audio mix engineer

Ron Sinko

Costume shop

Nelly Flores · Milena Geary · Alea Gonzales · Allison Mortimer · Andrea Phillips · Anna Slotterback

Deck crew

Bradley Hopper · James McGregor · Kourtney Snow · Thomas Weaver


Spencer Dixon · Zach Fischer · Cicily Clare Gruber · David Hines · Bradley Hopper · Miranda Caleigh Ketchum · Melissa Ramirez · Minerva Ramirez · Sarina Renteria · Matt Reynolds · Zoey Russo · Corey Schaeffer · Nathanael C. Schiffbauer · Andrea J. Schwartz · Ericka Sokolower-Shain · Caitlin Steinmann · Molly Stewart-Cohn · Joshua van Eyken · Lauren Wright

Followspot operators

Cicily Clare Gruber · Sarina Renteria · Caitlin Steinmann

Keyboard programmers

Randy Cohen · Tim Crook

Lightboard programmer

Alex Fogel

Production assistant

Hana Kadoyama

Projections—d3 programmer

Matt Houstle


Mia Baxter · Lucy Briggs · Zoe Gopnik-McManus · Anya Kazimierski · Noah Kramer · Dara Ly · Sofie Miller · David Nolan · Zoey Russo · Rebecca Willis

Scene shop

Daniel Brickman · James Chandler · Ross Copeland · Jennifer Costley · Shannon Eizenga · Erica Engel · Brian Garber · Will Gering · Chris Hammer · Jesse Howell · Carl Martin · Sean Miller · Shannon Perry · Matt Reynolds · Baz Wenger

Scenery programmer/operator

Chad Rowe

Scenic artists

Kristen Augustyn · Jessica Bertine · Kate Fitt · Burke Gardner · Lassen Hines · Katie Holmes · Christopher Jee · Anna McGahey · Mona Personius · Zoe Rosenfeld · Danthi Tran

Sound technicians

Jermaine Battle · Adam Blomberg · Ella Cooley · ET Hazzard · Anton Hedman · Bradley Hopper · Michael Kelly · David Lynch

Video crew

Jermaine Battle · Cicily Clare Gruber · Sarina Renteria · David Rogers · Zoey Russo · Molly Stewart-Cohn · Lauren Wright

Video technician

Lauren Wright

Vocal consultant

Jessica Berman


Alea Gonzales · Claire Griffith · Andrea Phillips · Anna Slotterback · Kennedy Warner

Understudy to Shelly Berger

Jordan Winer