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. In the last seven years, the company has helped send seven shows to Broadway. Eleven 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 TacconeDuring Tony Taccone'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 18 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 35 plays in Berkeley, including new work from Culture Clash, Rinde Eckert, David Edgar, Danny Hoch, Geoff Hoyle, Quincy Long, 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 last season’s 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, and Game On, written with Dan Hoyle. 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, organizations that represent the interests of nonprofit theatres across the nation. Susan chaired two 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 chairs 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. She was awarded the 2012 Benjamin Ide Wheeler Medal by the Berkeley Community Fund. Susan serves on the faculty of Yale School of Drama and is a proud member of the Mont Blanc Ladies’ Literary Guild and Trekking Society. She lives in Berkeley with her husband.

Theresa Von Klug · General Manager

Theresa Von KlugTheresa Von Klug, formerly interim general manager of the Public Theater, has been tapped to succeed Karen Racanelli, Berkeley Rep’s general manager of 21 years. 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 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, set for release June 2015. Von Klug 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
Roger A. Strauch · Vice President
Jean Z. Strunsky · Vice President
Emily Shanks · Treasurer
Leonard X Rosenberg · Secretary
Jill Fugaro · Chair, Trustees Committee
Kerry L. Francis · Chair, Audit Committee
Thalia Dorwick, PhD · Immediate Past President

Past presidents

Helen C. Barber
A. George Battle
Carole B. Berg
Robert W. Burt
Shih-Tso Chen
Narsai M. David
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
Warren Widener
Martin Zankel

Founding director

Michael W. Leibert
Producing Director, 1968–1983

Board members

Carrie Avery
Edward D. Baker
Martha Ehmann Conte
David Cox
Robin Edwards
Lisa Finer
David Fleishhacker
Paul T. Friedman
Karen Galatz
Bruce Golden
David Hoffman
Jane Marvin
Sandra R. McCandless
Susan Medak
Pamela Nichter
Richard M. Shapiro
Tony Taccone
Gail Wagner
Felicia Woytak

Sustaining advisors

Carole B. Berg
Rena Bransten
Diana J. Cohen
William T. Espey
William Falik
John Field
Nicholas M. Graves
Scott Haber
Richard F. Hoskins
Carole Krumland
Dale Rogers Marshall
Helen Meyer
Dugan Moore
Mary Ann Peoples
Peter Pervere
Marjorie Randolph
Pat Rougeau
Patricia Sakai
Jack Schafer
William Schaff
Michael Steinberg
Michael 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

Ground Floor Visiting Artistic Associate
SK Kerastas

TCG Artist-in-Residence
Reggie D. White

Artists Under Commission
David Adjmi
Todd Almond
Christina Anderson
Glen Berger
Julia Cho
Jackie Sibblies Drury
Rinne Groff
Dave Malloy
Lisa Peterson
Joe Waechter


Production Manager
Peter Dean

Associate Production Manager
Amanda Williams O'Steen

Company Manager
Jean-Paul Gressieux

Stage Management

Production Stage Manager
Michael Suenkel

Stage Managers
Julie Haber
Leslie M. Radin
Karen Szpaller
Kimberly Mark Webb

Production Assistants
Amanda Mason
Sofie Miller
Betsy Norton

Stage Operations

Stage Supervisor
Julia Englehorn


Properties Supervisor
Jillian A. Green

Associate Properties Supervisor
Gretta Grazier

Properties Artisan
Viqui Peralta

Scene Shop

Technical Director
Jim Smith

Shop Foreman
Sam McKnight

Patrick Keene
Jamaica Montgomery-Glenn

Scenic Art

Charge Scenic Artist
Lisa Lázár


Costume Director
Maggi Yule

Associate Costume Director / Hair & Makeup Supervisor
Amy Bobeda

Alex Zeek

Kathy Kellner Griffith

First Hand
Janet Conery

Wardrobe Supervisor
Barbara Blair


Master Electrician
Frederick C. Geffken

Production Electricians
Christine Cochrane
Kenneth Coté

Sound & Video

Sound Supervisor
James Ballen

Sound Engineer
Angela Don

Video Supervisor
Alex Marshall

2015–16 Berkeley Rep Fellowships

Bret C. Harte Director Fellow
Molly Houlahan

Company / Theatre Management Fellow
Emilie Pass

Costume Fellow
Anna Slotterback

Development Fellow
Loren Hiser

Education Fellow
Jamisyn Yuen-Shore

Graphic Design Fellow
Itzel Ortuño

Harry Weininger Sound Fellow
Samuel Fisher

Lighting / Electrics Fellow
Harrison Pearse Burke

Marketing & Communications Fellow
Lorenz Angelo Gonzales

Peter F. Sloss Literary / Dramaturgy Fellow
Katie Craddock

Production Management Fellow
Katherine DeVolt

Properties Fellow
Samantha Visbal

Scenic Art Fellow
Melanie Treuhaft

Scenic Construction Fellow
Shannon Perry

Stage Management Fellow
James McGregor


Suzanne Pettigrew

Associate General Manager / Human Resources Manager
David F. Lorenc

Director of Technology
Gustav Davila

Associate Managing Director / Manager, The Ground Floor
Sarah Williams

Executive Assistant
Andrew Susskind

Kristine Taylor

Payroll Administrator
Rhonda Scott

Systems & Applications Director
Diana Amezquita

Systems Assistant
Debra Wong


Director of Development
Lynn Eve Komaromi

Associate Director of Development
Daria Hepps

Director of Individual Giving
Laura Fichtenberg

Director of Special Events
Julie Cervetto

Institutional Grants Manager
Bethany Herron

Special Events Manager
Kelsey Hogan

Individual Giving Manager
Joanna Taber

Development Database Coordinator
Jane Voytek

Development Operations Associate
Beryl E. Baker

Executive Assistant
Emma Nicholls

Box Office

Ticket Services Director
Destiny Askin

Subscription Manager
Laurie Barnes

Box Office Manager
Richard Rubio

Ticket Services Supervisor
Samanta Cubias

Box Office Agents
Sophia Brady
Nathan Brown
Christina Cone
Laurel Dickman
Julie Gotsch
Amanda Mason
Eliza Oakley

Marketing & Communications

Director of Marketing, Communications, and Patron Engagement
Polly Winograd Ikonen

Director of Public Relations
Tim Etheridge

Marketing Director
Peter Yonka

Art Director
Nora Merecicky

Communications Manager
Karen McKevitt

Audience Development Manager
Sarah Nowicki

Christina Cone

Video & Multimedia Producer
Christina Kolozsvary

Program Advertising
Ellen Felker

Patron Services

Interim Senior House Manager
Debra Selman

Assistant House Managers
Jessica Charles · Steve Coambs · Aleta George · Mary Cait Hogan · Ayanna Makalani · Anthony Miller · Sarah Mosby · Tuesday Ray

Interim Concessions Manager
Hugh Dunaway

Jessica Bates · Samantha Burse · Steve Coambs · Alisha Ehrlich · Kelvyn Mitchell · Sarah Mosby · Benjamin Ortiz · Jenny Ortiz · Sandy Valois


Facilities Director
Mark Morrisette

Facilities Manager
Lauren Shorofsky

Building Engineer
Thomas Tran

Maintenance Technician
Johnny Van Chang

Facilities Assistants
Sophie Li
Carlos Mendoza
James Posey
Jesus Rodriguez
LeRoy Thomas

Berkeley Rep School of Theatre

Director of the School of Theatre
Rachel L. Fink

Associate Director
MaryBeth Cavanaugh

Community Programs Manager
Benjamin Hanna

Communications & Community Partnerships Manager
Kashara Robinson

Katie Riemann

Community Programs Administrator
Modesta Tamayo

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Deck crew

Gabriel Holman


Anya Kazimierski · Noah Kramer · Rebecca Willis

Scene shop

Roger Chapman · Will Gering · Noah Lange · Carl Martin · Colin Suemnicht · Read Tuddenham


Andrea Phillips

The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance overhire

Scene shop

Ross Copeland · Patrick Keene · Read Tuddenham

Scenic artist

Lassen Hines

Sound engineers

Xochitl Loza · Annemarie Scerra

Stage carpenter

Kourtney Snow


Eva Herndon

Amélie, A New Musical overhire

Costume shop

Whitney Bulmer · Eva Herndon · Tim Malko · Allison Mortimer · Andrea Phillips · Kathy Pritt Price · Erin Reilly · Christina Weiland · Patricia Wheeler


Kelly Koehn

Deck crew

Gabriel Holman · Bradley Hopper · Matt Reynolds · Thomas Weaver


Kelly Kunaniec · Kevin Landsman · William Poulin · Minerva Ramirez · Sarina Renteria · Matt Reynolds · Andrea J. Schwartz · Caitlin Steinmann · Molly Stewart-Cohn · Berta Pibernat Trias · Seth Tuthall · Thomas Weaver · Lauren Wright

Followspot operators

William Poulin · Caitlin Steinmann

Keyboard programmer

Kevin Roland

Music associate

Wiley DeWeese

Production assistants (NYC)

Trey Johnson · Laura Nelson · Alice Pollitt

Production edit associate

C. Andrew Bauer

Projection system associate

David Bengali


Amelia Burke-Holt · Zoe Gopnik-McManus · Anya Kazimierski · Noah Kramer · Jay Lasnik · Karen McNulty · Ashley Nguyen · Rebecca Willis

Puppet design and construction

Amanda Villalobos

Scene shop

Ross Copeland · Jen Costley · Will Gering · ET Hazzard · Spencer Iascone · Matthew Johns · Patrick Keene · Noah Lange · Joe Mizzi · Geno Monteiro · Jeff Palmer · Read Tuddenham · Baz Wenger

Scenic artists

Ana Maria Aburto · Gina Braden · Peet Cocke · Molly Endries · Lassen Hines · Emma Lehman · Adair MacCormack · Bethany Mann · Mary McDonald · Anna McGahey · Mona Personius · Elisa Quiñonez

Sound engineers

Dan Axe · Adam Blomberg · Xochitl Loza · Annemarie Scerra · Yonathan Yemini

Sound mixer

Craig Freeman

Studio teachers

Lua Hadar · Jamie Keller

Video crew

Andrew Engle · Sarina Renteria · Micah Stieglitz · Audrey Wright · Lauren Wright


Eva Herndon · Andrea Phillips · Christina Weiland

Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education overhire


Melina Cohen-Bramwell · Kelly Kunaniec · William Poulin · Andrea J. Schwartz · Caitlin Steinmann · Molly Stewart-Cohn · Thomas Weaver · Lauren Wright

Followspot operator

Caitlin Steinmann

Production assistant

Bradley Hopper

Project manager

Sarah McArthur

Prop artisan

Zoe Gopnik-McManus

Scene shop

Ross Copeland · Patrick Keene · Noah Lange · Geno Monteiro · Read Tuddenham · Baz Wenger

Scenic artists

Lassen Hines · Anna McGahey

Sound engineer

Annemarie Scerra

Stage carpenter

Kourtney Snow

Toolkit researcher and writer

Philippa Kelly

Vocal coach

Lisa Anne Porter