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. Nine 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 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 19 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 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 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 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. 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 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
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

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
Bernard Boudreaux
David Cox
Amar Doshi
Robin Edwards
Lisa Finer
Paul T. Friedman
Karen M. Galatz
Bruce Golden
Scott Haber
David Hoffman
Susan Karp
Jonathan C. Logan
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
Thalia Dorwick, PhD
William T. Espey
William Falik
John Field
David Fleishhacker
Nicholas M. Graves
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

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Artistic

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

Associate Artist
Liesl Tommy

TCG Artist-in-Residence
Reggie D. White

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

Production

Production Manager
Peter Dean

Associate Production Manager
Amanda Williams O'Steen

Company Manager
Jean-Paul Gressieux

Production Driver
Johnny Van Chang

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

Properties Supervisor
Jillian A. Green

Associate Properties Supervisor
Gretta Grazier

Properties Artisan
Viqui Peralta

Scene Shop

Technical Director
Jim Smith

Assistant Technical Director
Matt Rohner

Shop Foreman
Sam McKnight

Master Carpenter
Jamaica Montgomery-Glenn

Carpenters
Patrick Keene
Read Tuddenham

Scenic Art

Charge Scenic Artist
Lisa Lázár

Costumes

Costume Director
Maggi Yule

Associate Costume Director / Hair & Makeup Supervisor
Amy Bobeda

Draper
Alex Zeek

Tailor
Kathy Kellner Griffith

First Hand
Janet Conery

Wardrobe Supervisor
Barbara Blair

Electrics

Master Electrician
Frederick C. Geffken

Production Electricians
Christine Cochrane
Kenneth Coté

Sound & Video

Sound Supervisor
James Ballen

Sound Engineers
Angela Don
Annemarie Scerra

Video Supervisor
Alex Marshall

2016–17 Berkeley Rep Fellowships

Bret C. Harte Directing Fellow
Chika Ike

Company Management Fellow
Morgan Steele

Costumes Fellow
Kennedy Warner

Development / Fundraising Fellow
Julia Starr

Education Fellow
Michael Curry

Graphic Design Fellow
Cynthia Peñaloza

Harry Weininger Sound Fellow
Mariah Brougher

Lighting / Electrics Fellow
Josh Hemmo

Marketing / Digital Communications Fellow
Lauren Goldfarb

Peter F. Sloss Literary / Dramaturgy Fellow
Ankita Raturi

Production Management Fellow
Zoey Russo

Properties Fellow
Noah Kramer

Scenic Art Fellow
Yoshi Asai

Scenic Construction Fellow
Lauren Williams

Stage Management Fellow
Laura Baucom

Administration

Controller
Suzanne Pettigrew

Associate General Manager / Human Resources Manager
David F. Lorenc

Associate Managing Director / Manager, The Ground Floor
Sarah Williams

Executive Assistant
Andrew Susskind

Bookkeeper
Kristine Taylor

Human Resources Administrator
Rhonda Scott

Associate Controller
Eric Ipsen

Director of Technology
Gustav Davila

Systems Assistant
Debra Wong

Development

Director of Development
Lynn Eve Komaromi

Associate Director of Development
Daria Hepps

Director of Individual Giving
Laura Fichtenberg

Director of Special Events
Julie Cervetto

Individual Giving Manager
Joanna Taber

Institutional Giving Manager
Cindy Cesca Yoshiyama

Special Events Coordinator
Lauren Shorofsky

Development Database Coordinator
Jane Voytek

Development Associate
Kelsey Scott

Executive Assistant
Jennie Goldfarb

Box Office

Interim Director of Box Office Operations
Richard Rubio

Subscription Manager
Laurie Barnes

Box Office Supervisor
Julie Gotsch

Box Office Agents
Carmen Darling
Faith Darling
Jordan Don
Katherine Gunn
Eliza Oakley
Anna Slotterback

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 & Digital Content Director
Karen McKevitt

Audience Development Manager
Samanta Cubias

Webmaster
Christina Cone

Video & Multimedia Producer
Joel Dockendorf

Program Advertising
Pamela Webster

Front of House Director
Kelly Kelley

Senior House Manager
Debra Selman

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

Concessionaires
Jessica Bates · Samantha Burse · Steven Coambs · Alisha Ehrlich · Nina Gorham · Daron Jennings · Sarah Mosby · Benjamin Ortiz · Sandy Valois

Operations

Facilities Director
Mark Morrisette

Facilities Coordinator
Andrew Susskind

Building Engineer
Thomas Tran

Maintenance Technician
Johnny Van Chang

Facilities Assistants
Theresa Drumgoolie
Sophie Li
Alex Maciel
Carlos Mendoza
Jesus Rodriguez
Diego Ruiz
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

Registrar
Katie Riemann

Community Programs Administrator
Modesta Tamayo

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It Can’t Happen Here overhire

Costume shop

Nelly Flores · Allison Mortimer · Andrea Phillips · Anna Slotterback · Christina Weiland

Deck crew

Gabriel Holman · Bradley Hopper · Thomas Weaver

Electricians

Gabriel Holman · Bradley Hopper · Kevin August Landesman · William Poulin · Minerva Ramirez · Sarina Renteria · Matt Reynolds · Corey Schaeffer · Andrea Schwartz · Kourtney Snow · Caitlin Steinmann · Molly Stewart-Cohn · Thomas Weaver · Lauren Wright

Fight director

Danielle O’Dea

Props

Amelia Burke-Holt · Dara Ly · Zoe Gopnik-McManus · Samantha Visbal · Rebecca Willis

Scene shop

Ross Copeland · Jennifer Costley · Noah Lange · Carl Martin · Baz Wenger

Scenic artists

Lassen Hines · Anna McGahey · Maya Linke

Stage carpenter

Kourtney Snow

Wardrobe

Andrea Phillips · Christina Weiland

John Leguizamo: Latin History for Morons overhire

Electricians

Harrison Burke · Gabriel Holman · Bradley Hopper · Kevin August Landesman · William Poulin · Minerva Ramirez · Sarina Renteria · Matt Reynolds · Corey Schaeffer · Kourtney Snow · Caitlin Steinmann · Molly Stewart-Cohn · Thomas Weaver · Lauren Wright

Props

Rebecca Willis

Scene shop

Ross Copeland · Noah Lange · Carl Martin

Stage carpenter

Kourtney Snow