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04/03/17: OVATION Gala Raises $775,000…

Berkeley Rep’s OVATION Gala Raises $775,000

Funds will benefit artistic and community programming

On Saturday night, April 1, over 350 of the Bay Area’s finest arts supporters gathered at the Fairmont San Francisco to honor Berkeley Rep, the Tony Award-winning theatre company known for its innovative and challenging works. OVATION: Berkeley Rep Celebrates Monsoon Wedding raised $775,000 to support the Theatre’s artistic and creative efforts, including education programming and the Theatre’s attempts to promote active citizenry.

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01/31/17: Tony Taccone to Step Down as Artistic Director in 2019…

Tony Taccone to Step Down as Artistic Director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2019

Departure will conclude 22 years in this role, 33 at Berkeley Rep

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced that long-time Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone will depart the company at the end of its 50th anniversary season, 2018–19. When Taccone leaves he will have been on staff at the company for 33 years, 22 of which he will have served as artistic director.

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07/25/16: Berkeley Rep Welcomes 15 Fellows…

Berkeley Rep Welcomes 15 Fellows for the 2016–17 Season

Nonprofit’s prestigious program trains the next generation of theatre leaders

Today Berkeley Repertory Theatre announced that 15 young professionals have been awarded fellowships for the 2016–17 season. Graduates of esteemed universities across the country compete for positions in this program—a year-long deep dive into the operations of the award-winning theatre. Spanning many artistic and administrative disciplines, fellowships provide opportunities for industry hopefuls to hone their talent and launch professional careers in the arts. In addition, fellows participate in career development seminars, build professional contacts, and even serve as mentors themselves for Berkeley Rep’s annual Teen One-Acts Festival.

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07/21/16: Berkeley Rep Names Lisa Peterson…

Berkeley Rep Names Lisa Peterson as Associate Director

Theatre welcomes accomplished director to her new role

Berkeley Rep’s Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone today announced the appointment of Lisa Peterson as associate director starting with the 2016–17 season. Peterson directs the season opener, It Can’t Happen Here, a world premiere adaptation of the Sinclair Lewis novel, penned by Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen, and other works. Peterson will also participate in The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work, where her experience with the development of new plays will be of great value to the company.

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07/14/16: Berkeley Rep Rents Its Theatres and Facilities…

Berkeley Rep Rents Its Theatres and Facilities to Local Arts and Nonprofit Groups

Downtown performance spaces made accessible to organizations for community-focused events

Today Berkeley Repertory Theatre announced that during its 2016–17 season, it will make up to 320 hours available for public rental of its facilities. Rentals are a key way that Berkeley Rep engages with the community, with priority given to Berkeley-based arts organizations and other not-for-profit agencies. These rental hours are provided as part of the agreement governing the Theatre’s relationship with the City of Berkeley. During the theatre season that begins September 1, 2016 and runs through August 31, 2017, the following spaces will be available for rental on the specified dates:

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04/25/16: New Director for School of Theatre…

Berkeley Rep Announces New Director for Its School of Theatre

Education professional Rachel Hull to head the School of Theatre programming

Berkeley Rep announced today that it has named Rachel Hull as the new director for its School of Theatre. Hull previously spent 11 seasons as the director of education and community enrichment for the Dallas Theater Center where she managed all of the education and community programs, including the Project Discovery, winner of the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, given by First Lady Michelle Obama. At Berkeley Rep, Hull will oversee all of the School of Theatre’s programs, including the Teen Council and Berkeley Rep’s professional fellowship, docent, and staff development programs.

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04/04/16: SPEAKEASY AT THE RITZ Raises $750,000…

Berkeley Rep’s SPEAKEASY AT THE RITZ Raises $750,000

Funds Will Benefit Artistic and Educational Programming

On Saturday night, April 2, nearly 350 of the Bay Area’s finest arts supporters gathered at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco to celebrate Berkeley Rep, the Tony Award-winning theatre company known for its innovative and challenging works. SPEAKEASY AT THE RITZ raised over $750,000 to support the Theatre’s artistic and creative efforts, including education and outreach programming.

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12/08/15: Berkeley Rep to Open Renovated Theatre…

Berkeley Rep to Open Renovated Theatre in January 2016
Newly Named Peet’s Theatre Honors Major Partnership with Peet’s Coffee

Renovations feature first North American installation of Meyer Sound’s Constellation Acoustic System for live, unamplified theatre usage

Free grand opening celebration on Saturday, January 9, 2016

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the reopening in January 2016 of its signature theatre space in downtown Berkeley, following nine months of renovation. The Thrust Stage, which opened in 1980 as Berkeley Rep’s first permanent home, will be renamed the Peet’s Theatre in recognition of a new major partnership with Peet’s Coffee.

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10/07/15: Berkeley Rep Announces New Board Leadership…

Berkeley Rep Announces New Board Leadership to Guide Theatre

Former advertising executive Stewart Owen appointed board president for 2015–16 season

Today Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces its 2015–16 board of trustees, a team of exemplary leaders and arts enthusiasts from the Bay Area’s leading organizations and companies who will steer the Theatre through the coming year. Stewart Owen, retired co-founder of award-winning advertising agency mcgarrybowen, was voted in as board president, and the board elected two new members at its first meeting of the season this week.

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07/31/15: Berkeley Rep Awards Fellowships…

Berkeley Rep Awards Fellowships to 15 Young Administrators and Artisans

Nonprofit’s prestigious program trains next generation of theatre professionals

Today Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces that 15 young professionals—including seven California natives—have been awarded fellowships for the 2015–16 season. Each year, the brightest and best young minds from across the country are selected through a rigorous application process to take part in Berkeley Rep’s Fellowship program. This prestigious training program provides hands-on practical experience with educational seminars that offer insight into the operation and inner workings of an award-winning theatre.

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05/13/15: Berkeley Rep Announces New Hires…

Berkeley Repertory Theatre Announces New Hires

Theatre taps four dynamic women to fill key positions across the organization

This month Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly welcomes four exceptional new hires: General Manager Theresa Von Klug; Director of Marketing, Communications, and Patron Engagement Polly Winograd Ikonen; Associate Managing Director Sarah Williams; and Artistic Associate Sarah Rose Leonard. Together they bring to the award-winning Theatre a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience working in the arts and not-for-profit performing arts sectors.

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04/24/15: OVATION Gala Raises $675,000…

Berkeley Rep’s Annual OVATION Gala Raises $675,000

Une Soirée Magnifique yields strong support for Theatre’s artistic and educational programming

Berkeley Rep is proud to announce that its annual OVATION Gala raised $675,000 for the Theatre’s new play development, arts education, and community engagement programs. Held at the glitzy Ritz-Carlton hotel in San Francisco, the event swept guests up in a masquerade fête filled with theatrical spectacle and surprise entertainment. The Gala was one of the most successful in Berkeley Rep’s history, welcoming 330 attendees.

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11/06/14: “A Conversation with Bobby Seale”…

Berkeley Rep Presents “A Conversation with Bobby Seale”—A One-Night-Only Engagement with Black Panther Co-Founder—Monday, November 17 at 7pm

Moderated by Davey D, host of KPFA’s Hard Knock Radio

Event is free and open to the public

As the revolution continues on stage with added performances of Party People, an energetic and vibrant musical about the legacies of the Black Panthers and Young Lords, Berkeley Rep presents “A Conversation with Bobby Seale,” a one-night-only engagement with the co-founder and former chairman of the Black Panther Party in the Roda Theatre on Monday, November 17, 2014. Seale, who co-founded the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in 1966 along with Huey P. Newton, will offer a rare insider perspective on the history and politics of the Black Panther Party, as well as his current work concerning social justice and human rights issues. The evening will also include a moderated discussion with Davey D, a nationally recognized journalist and host of KPFA’s Hard Knock Radio, and conclude with a book signing of Seale’s Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton. “A Conversation with Bobby Seale” is presented in association with the Museum of African Diaspora and Oakland Museum of California and is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

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09/30/14: Berkeley Celebrates Tony Taccone Day…

City of Berkeley Celebrates Tony Taccone Day on September 30, 2014

Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone to be honored by Mayor Tom Bates

Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces that the City of Berkeley has proclaimed Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Tony Taccone Day. This day will honor Berkeley Rep’s Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone as a pioneer in contemporary American theatre. Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates will host a ceremony to present Taccone an official proclamation between 7pm and 7:30pm in the City Council Chambers at 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The ceremony will be broadcast on local radio through KPFB Radio 89.3 and on television through Cable B-TV, Channel 33.

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09/04/14: Berkeley Rep Awards Fellowships…

Berkeley Rep Awards Fellowships to 15 Young Administrators and Artisans

Nonprofit’s prestigious program trains next generation of theatre professionals

Today Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces that 15 young professionals—including four California natives—have been awarded fellowships for the 2014–15 season. Each year, the brightest and best young minds from across the country are selected through a rigorous application process to take part in Berkeley Rep’s Fellowship program. This prestigious training program provides hands-on practical experience with educational seminars that offer insight into the operation and inner workings of an award-winning theatre.

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07/31/14: Berkeley Rep Launches the Create Campaign…

Berkeley Rep Launches the Create Campaign to Invest in Theatre for the Next Generation

Award-winning Theatre embarks on journey to raise funds to support development of new work and signature Thrust Stage

Berkeley Repertory Theatre has grown from a modest beginning in a storefront on College Avenue to one of the premier theatres in the country. The 46-year-old Theatre with an international reputation has served more than 4 million people, amassed numerous awards including the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, presented nearly 400 productions, transferred 29 shows to New York, and premiered over 67 new plays. This year alone Berkeley Rep successfully served 23,000 young people through its School of Theatre, making a huge impact on the community. Now, the Theatre turns the page on a new chapter with the launch of the Create Campaign, a $50 million comprehensive campaign to strengthen the relationship between artists, audiences, and the community, and to transform Berkeley Rep into one of the foremost centers for new play development in the country. At the core of the three-year campaign are two major initiatives: the $14 million expansion of the Theatre’s Harrison Street campus into a center for artistic innovation, and a $6 million renovation of the Thrust Stage, Berkeley Rep’s signature performance space. The campaign will also bolster the Theatre’s annual fund and capital reserve fund, and will invest in its staff. With the Create Campaign, Berkeley Rep is poised to re-invest in its commitment to make transformative, bold, and ambitious theatre for generations to come.

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07/15/14: Berkeley Rep Rents Its Theatres and Facilities…

Berkeley Rep Rents Its Theatres and Facilities to Local Arts and Nonprofit Groups

Downtown performance spaces made accessible to organizations for community-focused events

Today Berkeley Repertory Theatre announced that during its 2014–15 season, it will make up to 320 hours available for public rental of its facilities. Rentals are a key way that Berkeley Rep engages with the community, with priority given to Berkeley-based arts organizations and other not-for-profit agencies. These rental hours are provided as part of the agreement governing the Theatre’s relationship with the City of Berkeley. During the theatre season that begins September 1, 2014 and runs through August 31, 2015, the following spaces will be available for rental on the specified dates:

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04/21/14: Art Enthusiasts Raise $644,000…

Bay Area’s Art Enthusiasts Raise $644,000 at Berkeley Rep’s OVATION Gala

Guests thrilled by special appearance from cabaret diva Meow Meow and a surprise flash mob performance

On Saturday, April 19, a host of distinguished guests descended on San Francisco’s elegant Four Seasons hotel for OVATION, Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s annual gala. Under the leadership of gala co-chairs Jill Fugaro and Jean Strunsky, the theatrical extravaganza raised $644,000 in support of the award-winning non-profit’s creation of exciting new plays and its commitment to education and outreach programs for the local community.

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12/23/13: Record-Breaking Subscribership…

Berkeley Rep Announces Record-Breaking Subscribership

Nonprofit closes out 2013 with more subscribers and students, plus federal grant

Having successfully opened its first three shows of the season to wildly enthusiastic crowds and great acclaim, Berkeley Repertory Theatre will conclude 2013 with a number of successes. The Theatre is proud to announce that it reached an all-time record-breaking subscription enrollment for its 2013–14 season, making it a stellar year of growth for the organization. Other accomplishments include a surge in student enrollment at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre and a $75,000 grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

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10/15/13: Berkeley Rep Announces New Board…

Berkeley Rep Announces New Board Leadership to Guide Theatre

Former McGraw-Hill executive Thalia Dorwick appointed board president for 2013–14 season

Today Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces its 2013–14 board of trustees, a team of exemplary leaders and art advocates from the Bay Area’s leading organizations and companies who will steer the Theatre through its 46th season. At its annual board of trustees meeting, the board elected author and retired McGraw-Hill executive Thalia Dorwick as its president, welcomed new and returning members, and reaffirmed its commitment to Berkeley Rep’s mission to produce and present ambitious and innovative theatre.

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09/12/13: Open-Captioned Performances…

Berkeley Rep Announces Open-Captioned Performances

New service provides greater access for deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences

As Berkeley Repertory Theatre prepares to open a new season of exhilarating plays, the Theatre today announces that it will partner with Theatre Development Fund (TDF), a New York-based nonprofit organization, to offer open-captioned performances during its 2013–14 season. This state-of-the-art technology will allow Berkeley Rep to open its doors to a broader community by making performances accessible to patrons with hearing loss. Open captioning will be available for one performance of every show. For Nina Raine’s off-Broadway sensation Tribes—about a young deaf man finding his place in a cacophonous family and a bewildering world—Berkeley Rep will offer three open-captioned performances.

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08/06/13: Berkeley Rep Awards Fellowships…

Berkeley Rep Awards Fellowships to 16 Young Administrators and Artisans

Nonprofit’s prestigious program trains next generation of theatre professionals

Today Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces that 16 young professionals—including seven California natives—have been awarded fellowships for the 2013–14 season. Each year, the brightest and best young minds from across the country are selected through a rigorous application process to take part in Berkeley Rep’s Fellowship program. This prestigious training program provides hands-on practical experience with educational seminars that offers insight into the operation and inner workings of an award-winning theatre.

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08/01/13: Berkeley Rep Appoints Liesl Tommy…

Berkeley Rep Appoints Liesl Tommy as Associate Director

Nonprofit theatre welcomes internationally renowned director

Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director Tony Taccone today announces the appointment of Liesl Tommy as the nonprofit’s associate director. Tommy, who most recently directed Berkeley Rep’s critically acclaimed production of Ruined, joins the Theatre’s artistic team effective September 1. Tommy will fulfill various artistic duties including directing for Berkeley Rep’s main stage; developing new work through The Ground Floor, the Center for the Creation and Development of New Work; and supporting ongoing artistic pursuits in the spirit of cultivating and producing innovative and adventurous work for the Theatre.

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07/12/13: Berkeley Rep Rents its Theatres and Facilities…

Berkeley Rep Rents its Theatres and Facilities to Local Arts and Nonprofit Groups

Downtown performance spaces made accessible to organizations for community-focused events

Today Berkeley Repertory Theatre announced that during its 2013–14 season, it will make up to 320 hours available for public rental of its facilities. Rentals are a key way that Berkeley Rep engages with the community, with priority given to Berkeley-based arts organizations and other not-for-profit agencies. These rental hours are provided as part of the agreement governing the Theatre’s relationship with the City of Berkeley. During the theatre season that begins September 20, 2013 and runs through August 31, 2014, the following spaces will be available for rental on the specified dates:

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06/11/13: Announces New Director of Public Relations…

Berkeley Repertory Theatre Announces New Director of Public Relations

Local PR professional Voleine Amilcar to head media relations for renowned nonprofit

The Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announces that it has named Voleine Amilcar as its new director of public relations. Amilcar brings more than eight years of public relations and communications experience to the local nonprofit. In her new post, Amilcar will publicize all Berkeley Rep activities including its acclaimed seven-play subscription season, a range of special events, the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, The Ground Floor new play development program, and other institutional efforts.

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04/25/13: Bay Area’s Finest Raise $656,000…

Bay Area’s Finest Raise $656,000 at Berkeley Rep’s OVATION Gala

Local favorite Danny Scheie roasts and toasts at theatrical fête at the Four Seasons SF

On Saturday night, 400 of the Bay Area’s finest arts supporters gathered at the Four Seasons San Francisco to celebrate Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the neighborhood playhouse with the international reputation. The effervescent Danny Scheie, a Berkeley Rep stage veteran and one of the Bay Area’s most beloved actors, hosted a spectacular evening for theatre fans, foodies, and philanthropists in honor of the Tony Award-winning theatre. OVATION raised $656,000 to support the nonprofit’s myriad artistic and creative efforts, including education and outreach programs for the local community.

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Tony Taccone · Michael Leibert Artistic Director

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 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 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 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.

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Leadership

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Tony Taccone holds the Michael Leibert Artistic Directorship at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Tony Taccone holds the Michael Leibert Artistic Directorship at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Michael W. Leibert, the founder of Berkeley Repertory Theatre, was producing director from 1968 until 1983.

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Michael W. Leibert, the founder of Berkeley Repertory Theatre, was producing director from 1968 until 1983.

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Susan Medak has served as managing director of the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre since 1990.

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Susan Medak has served as managing director of the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre since 1990.

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Madeleine Oldham is the resident dramaturg for the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the director of Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor.

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Artists under commission

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Todd Almond is one of the artists under commission at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Jackie Sibblies Drury is one of the artists under commission at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Lisa Peterson is one of the artists under commission at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Tori Sampson is one of the artists under commission at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Christina Anderson is one of the artists under commission at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Dave Malloy is one of the artists under commission at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Sarah Ruhl is one of the artists under commission at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Joe Waechter is one of the artists under commission at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Our buildings—exterior

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A panoramic photo of the Narsai David Courtyard at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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The exterior of the Roda Theatre at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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An exterior view of the three-building theatre complex at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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At its vibrant new campus in West Berkeley, Berkeley Repertory Theatre has created a center for innovation and an R&D facility for artists.

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The exterior of the Peet’s Theatre at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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The Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre was founded in a storefront on College Avenue in 1968.

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Our buildings—interior

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The interior of the Roda Theatre at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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The audience applauds the beginning of a show in Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre.

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The interior of the Peet’s Theatre at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Theatre lovers enjoy intermission in the Helen C. Barber Lobby of Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre.

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Peet’s Theatre grand opening

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Peet’s Theatre ceremonial ribbon cutting on January 7, 2016 with Susan Medak, Berkeley Rep’s managing director; Tony Taccone, Berkeley Rep’s Michael Leibert Artistic Director; David Burwick, president & CEO of Peet’s Coffee; Stewart Owen, president of Berkeley Rep’s board of trustees; and Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates.

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Tony Taccone, Berkeley Rep’s Michael Leibert Artistic Director, and Susan Medak, Berkeley Rep’s managing director, at the grand opening of Peet’s Theatre, January 7, 2016.

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David Burwick, president & CEO of Peet’s Coffee, with Susan Medak, Berkeley Rep’s managing director, at the grand opening of Peet’s Theatre, January 7, 2016.

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(l to r) John Meyer, CEO of Meyer Sound; Susan Medak, Berkeley Rep’s managing director; Helen Meyer, executive vice president of Meyer Sound; and Tony Taccone, Berkeley Rep’s Michael Leibert Artistic Director at the grand opening of Peet’s Theatre, January 7, 2016.

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(l to r) Helen Meyer, executive vice president of Meyer Sound, with Susan Medak, Berkeley Rep’s managing director, on stage in the new Peet’s Theatre, January 7, 2016.

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Peet’s Theatre ceremonial ribbon cutting on January 7, 2016 with Susan Medak, Berkeley Rep’s managing director; Tony Taccone, Berkeley Rep’s Michael Leibert Artistic Director; David Burwick, president & CEO of Peet’s Coffee; Stewart Owen, president of Berkeley Rep’s board of trustees; and Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates.

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Berkeley Rep dedicates Peet’s Theatre, January 7, 2016.

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(font row) Helen Meyer, executive vice president of Meyer Sound; Susan Medak, Berkeley Rep’s managing director; Tony Taccone, Berkeley Rep’s Michael Leibert Artistic Director; (back row) John Meyer, CEO of Meyer Sound; Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates; and Stewart Owen, president of Berkeley Rep’s board of trustees, at the grand opening of Peet’s Theatre, January 7, 2016.

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(l to r) Helen Meyer, executive vice president of Meyer Sound, with Susan Medak, Berkeley Rep’s managing director, on stage in the new Peet’s Theatre, January 7, 2016.

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Behind-the-scenes

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Scenery for the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre is built by local artisans in an enormous scene shop at its vibrant new campus in West Berkeley.

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Chief tailor Kathy Kellner Griffith has worked in the costume shop at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre for 30 years.

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Sound supervisor James Ballen works a state-of-the-art digital mixing board during a show at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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An invited audience fills the main rehearsal hall at Berkeley Rep’s vibrant new campus in West Berkeley to meet artists from the Theatre’s inaugural summer lab.

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Every year, the literary department at Berkeley Rep reads hundreds of scripts searching for adventurous work to present on its Tony Award-winning stage.

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Scenic Artist Lisa Lázár works in the spacious, sunlit paint shop at Berkeley Rep’s vibrant new campus in West Berkeley.

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The costume warehouse at Berkeley Rep’s new campus in West Berkeley holds clothes from every imaginable era.

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This spacious workshop for building stage props is one of the benefits of Berkeley Rep’s vibrant new campus in West Berkeley.

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Actor Steven Epp gets ready for a show at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Dramaturg Madeleine Oldham (left) sits in on a script reading in one of the smaller rehearsal rooms at Berkeley Rep’s vibrant new campus in West Berkeley.

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Special events

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Before every Tuesday and Thursday performance at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, audience members can enjoy a free, 30-minute docent presentation about the artists, the script, and its cultural and historical milieu.

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Corporations, congregations, charities, sororities, and many other groups hold private events at Berkeley Rep that combine delicious receptions with Tony Award-winning theatre.

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Berkeley Rep OVATION gala press photo

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A mehndi artist applies henna on the hand of Trustee Gail Wagner at OVATION: Berkeley Rep Celebrates Monsoon Wedding.

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Berkeley Rep OVATION gala press photo

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Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone and Morgan Forsey at OVATION: Berkeley Rep Celebrates Monsoon Wedding.

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Berkeley Rep OVATION gala press photo

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OVATION Committee Members Audrey Sockolov and Jill Fugaro at OVATION: Berkeley Rep Celebrates Monsoon Wedding.

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Berkeley Rep OVATION gala press photo

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OVATION Committee Member Ashvini Bhave and friends enjoy the live auction at OVATION: Berkeley Rep Celebrates Monsoon Wedding.

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Berkeley Rep OVATION gala press photo

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Namit Das and members of the cast of Monsoon Wedding perform at Berkeley Rep’s OVATION.

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Berkeley Rep opening night press photo

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Theatre lovers enjoy the festivities on opening night at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Berkeley Rep receptions press photo

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Corporations, congregations, charities, sororities, and many other groups hold private events at Berkeley Rep that combine delicious receptions with Tony Award-winning theatre.

Photo by Cheshire Isaacs

Berkeley Rep OVATION gala press photo

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Mira Nair with guests of the Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India at OVATION: Berkeley Rep Celebrates Monsoon Wedding.

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Berkeley Rep OVATION gala press photo

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Managing Director Susan Medak with Yogen and Peggy Dalal at OVATION: Berkeley Rep Celebrates Monsoon Wedding.

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Berkeley Rep OVATION gala press photo

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OVATION Committee Members Deborah Taylor and Jean Strunsky with John Steinbach and Mike Strunsky at OVATION: Berkeley Rep Celebrates Monsoon Wedding.

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Berkeley Rep OVATION gala press photo

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Gavel girl DawnMarie Kotsonis captures a winning bid at OVATION: Berkeley Rep Celebrates Monsoon Wedding.

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Berkeley Rep OVATION gala press photo

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The Sa Dance Company brings OVATION: Berkeley Rep Celebrates Monsoon Wedding to a close.

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