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.

Liesl Tommy · Associate Director

Liesl TommyAfter having directed the acclaimed production of Ruined in 2011, Liesl Tommy joined the artistic team at Berkeley Rep in 2013 and this season is developing and directing Party People by UNIVERSES. She is an award-winning director who is known for bold productions of both new plays and the classics. Her world premieres include The White Man—A Complex Declaration of Love by Joan Rang with DanskDansk Theatre in Denmark, Peggy Picket Sees the Face of God by Roland Schimmelpfennig at the Luminato Festival/Canadian Stage Toronto, Eclipsed by Danai Gurira at Yale Repertory Theatre and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, The Good Negro by Tracey Scott Wilson at the Public Theater and Dallas Theater Center, A History of Light by Eisa Davis at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, and Bus and Family Ties at the Play Company for the Romania Kiss Me! Festival. Liesl has also worked with California Shakespeare Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, Center Stage in Baltimore, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, and Huntington Theatre Company, among others. She serves as the program associate at Sundance Institute Theatre Program, focusing on its activities in East Africa, and is an artist trustee with the Sundance Institute’s board of trustees. Liesl was awarded the inaugural Susan Stroman Directing Award from the Vineyard Theatre, the NEA/TCG Directors Grant, and the New York Theatre Workshop Casting/Directing Fellowship. She is a native of Cape Town, South Africa.

Karen Racanelli · General Manager

Karen RacanelliKaren Racanelli joined Berkeley Rep in 1993 as education director. Under her supervision, Berkeley Rep’s programs for education provided live theatre for more than 20,000 students annually. In 1995, she became general manager, and since then has overseen the day-to-day operations of the Theatre. She has represented the League of Resident Theatres during negotiations with both Actors’ Equity Association and the Union of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Prior to her tenure at Berkeley Rep, Karen worked for Theatre Bay Area as director of theatre services and as an independent producer at several Bay Area theatre companies. She has served on the boards of Climate Theater, Overtone Theatre Company, Park Day School, and the Julia Morgan Center. Karen is married to arts attorney MJ Bogatin.

Board of trustees

Thalia Dorwick, PhD · President
Jill Fugaro · Vice President
Stewart Owen · Vice President
Emily Shanks · Treasurer
Leonard X Rosenberg · Secretary
Roger A. Strauch · Chair, Trustees Committee
William T. Espey · Chair, Audit Committee
Marjorie Randolph · 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
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
Becky Bleich
Martha Ehmann Conte
David Cox
Robin Edwards
William Falik
Lisa Finer
David Fleishhacker
Kerry L. Francis
Paul T. Friedman
Bruce Golden
Nicholas M. Graves
David Hoffman
Sandra R. McCandless
Susan Medak
Helen Meyer
Pamela Nichter
Jack Schafer
Richard M. Shapiro
Jean Z. Strunsky
Tony Taccone
Gail Wagner
Felicia Woytak

Sustaining advisors

Carole B. Berg
Rena Bransten
Diana J. Cohen
William T. Espey
John Field
Scott Haber
Richard F. Hoskins
Carole Krumland
Dale Rogers Marshall
Dugan Moore
Mary Ann Peoples
Peter Pervere
Pat Rougeau
Patricia Sakai
Michael Steinberg
Michael Strunsky
Martin Zankel

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Artistic

Artistic Associate & Casting Director
Amy Potozkin

Artistic Associate
Mina Morita

Director, The Ground Floor / Resident Dramaturg
Madeleine Oldham

Literary Associate
Julie McCormick

Artists Under Commission
David Adjmi
Christina Anderson
Glen Berger
Julia Cho
Jackie Sibblies Drury
Rinne Groff
Dave Malloy
KJ Sanchez

Production

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
Leslie M. Radin
Karen Szpaller
Kimberly Mark Webb

Production Assistants
Sofie Miller
Amanda Warner

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

Associate Technical Director
Colin Babcock

Shop Foreman
Sam McKnight

Master Carpenter
E.T. Hazzard

Carpenter
Jamaica Montgomery-Glenn

Scenic Art

Charge Scenic Artist
Lisa Lázár

Costumes

Costume Director
Maggi Yule

Draper
Kitty Muntzel

Tailor
Kathy Kellner Griffith

First Hand
Janet Conery

Wardrobe Supervisor
Barbara Blair

Associate Costume Director / Hair & Makeup Supervisor
Amy Bobeda

Electrics

Master Electrician
Frederick C. Geffken

Production Electricians
Christine Cochrane
Kenneth Coté

Sound

Sound Supervisor
James Ballen

Sound Engineer
Angela Don

2014–15 Berkeley Rep Fellowships

Bret C. Harte Director Fellow
Adam L. Sussman

Company / Theatre Management Fellow
Faith Nelson

Costume Fellow
Andrea Phillips

Development Fellow
Haley Bierman

Education Fellow
Rachel Eisner

Graphic Design Fellow
Sarah Jacczak

Harry Weininger Sound Fellow
Annemarie Scerra

Lighting / Electrics Fellow
Sarina Renteria

Marketing & Communications Fellow
Billy McEntee

Peter F. Sloss Literary / Dramaturgy Fellow
Lexi Diamond

Production Management Fellow
Margaret Clement

Properties Fellow
Amelia Burke-Holt

Scenic Art Fellow
Anna McGahey

Scenic Construction Fellow
Will Gering

Stage Management Fellow
Brad Hopper

Administration

Controller
Suzanne Pettigrew

Director of Technology
Gustav Davila

Associate Managing Director / Manager, The Ground Floor
Karena Fiorenza Ingersoll

Executive Assistant
Andrew Susskind

Bookkeeper
Kristine Taylor

Associate General Manager / Human Resources Manager
David F. Lorenc

Payroll Administrator
Valerie St. Louis

Human Resources Consultant
Laurel Leichter

Systems & Applications Director
Diana Amezquita

Systems Assistant
Debra Wong

Development

Director of Development
Lynn Eve Komaromi

Associate Director of Development
Daria Hepps

Director of Individual Giving
Laura Fichtenberg

Campaign Manager
Libbie Hodas

Institutional Grants Manager
Bethany Herron

Special Events Manager
Lily Yang

Individual Giving Associate
Joanna Taber

Development Database Coordinator
Jane Voytek

Donor Relations Associate
Kelsey Hogan

Development Associate
Beryl E. Baker

Box Office

Ticket Services Director
Destiny Askin

Subscription Manager & Associate Sales Manager
Laurie Barnes

Box Office Supervisor
Terry Goulette

Box Office Agents
Amos Cass
Christina Cone
Samanta Cubias
Julie Gotsch
Eliza Oakley
Amanda Warner
Crystal Whybark

Marketing & Communications

Director of Marketing & Communications
Robert Sweibel

Director of Public Relations
Voleine Amilcar

Art Director
Nora Merecicky

Video & Multimedia Producer
Pauline Luppert

Communications Manager
Karen McKevitt

Audience Development Manager
Sarah Nowicki

Marketing Manager
Peter Yonka

Webmaster
Christina Cone

Program Advertising
Ellen Felker

Patron Services

Patron Services Manager
Katrena Jackson

House Manager
Debra Selman

Assistant House Managers
Natalie Bulkley · Aleta George · Tuesday Ray · Ayanna Makalani · Anthony Miller · Sarah Mosby

Concessions Supervisor
Hugh Dunaway

Concessionaires
Jessica Bates · Samantha Burse · Steve Coambs · Emerald Geter · Charmenaca Keelen · Devon Labelle · Kelvyn Mitchell · Benjamin Ortiz · Jenny Ortiz · Alonso Suarez

Operations

Facilities Director
Mark Morrisette

Facilities Manager
Lauren Shorofsky

Building Engineer
Thomas Tran

Maintenance Technician
Johnny Van Chang

Facilities Assistants
Sonny Hudson
Sophie Li
Carlos Mendoza
Jesus Rodriguez
LeRoy Thomas

Berkeley Rep School of Theatre

Director of the School of Theatre
Rachel L. Fink

Associate Director
MaryBeth Cavanaugh

Jan & Howard Oringer Outreach Coordinator
Dave Maier

Community Programs Manager
Benjamin Hanna

School Administrator
Kashara Robinson

Registrar
Katie Riemann

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Electrics

Stephanie Buchner · Melina Cohen-Bramwell · Jack Horwitch · Kelly Kunaniec · Alex Marshall · William Poulin · Andrea J. Schwartz · Molly Stewart-Cohn · Thomas Weaver · Lauren Wright

Follow spot operator

Thomas Weaver

Prop artisans

Ashley Nguyen · Rebecca Willis

Video programmer

Alex Marshall

Scene shop

Ross Copeland · Patrick Keene · Read Tuddenham

Sound engineer

Xochitl Loza

Stage carpenter

Kourtney McCrary

Wig / wardrobe

Leandra Watson

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Electrics

Stephanie Buchner · Melina Cohen-Bramwell · Jack Horwitch · Kelly Kunaniec · Alex Marshall · William Poulin · Molly Stewart-Cohn · Lauren Wright

Follow spot operators

Melina Cohen-Bramwell · William Poulin

Deck crew

Gabriel Holman

Prop artisans

Ashley Nguyen · Rebecca Willis

Scenic artists

Zoe Gopnik-McManus · Torrey Hyman · Christopher Jee · Anya Kazimierski · Mary McDonald · Karen McNulty · May Wilson

Scene shop

Ross Copeland · Patrick Keene · Read Tuddenham · Baz Wenger

Sound engineer

Sarah Jacquez

Wardrobe

Alexandra Gray · Andrea Phillips

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Costume shop

Nelly Flores · Marcy Frank · Alexandra Gray · Cass Malloy · Christina Weiland

Electrics

Stephanie Buchner · Melina Cohen-Bramwell · Jeff Dolan · Jack Horwitch · Kelly Kunaniec · Alex Marshall · Kourtney McCrary · Will Poulin · Andrea Schwartz · Molly Stewart-Cohn · Thomas Weaver · Audrey Wright · Lauren Wright

Follow spot operator

Jack Horwitch

Deck crew

Thomas Weaver

Prop artisans

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Scenic artists

Mia Baxter · Zoe Gopnik-McManus · Tuana Hunt · Torrey Hyman · Chris Jee · Anya Kazimierski · Patrick Keene · Mary McDonald · Read Tuddenham · Baz Wenger · May Wilson

Scene shop

Ross Copeland · Patrick Keene · Alex Marshall · Read Tuddenham · Baz Wenger

Sound engineers

Brendan Aanes · Xochitl Loza

Stage carpenter

Kourtney McCrary

Wardrobe

Alex Zeek