Celebrate with Berkeley Rep!

Enrich your Berkeley Rep experience at special events throughout the season! As a supporter of the Theatre, you receive invitations to a number of events, based on your level of giving. Join us for exclusive opening night dinners, festive happy hours, intriguing behind-the-scenes tours of Berkeley Rep, and much more!

Events tend to fill up quickly, so please make sure to reply as soon as you receive your invitation!

We hope to see you at our 2014–15 season events!

  • Friday, May 15, 2015 · 6pm
    Opening Night Dinner for One Man, Two Guvnors
  • Saturday, May 30, 2015
    Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Berkeley Rep’s Harrison Street campus

Event dates subject to change

OVATION: Une Soirée Magnifique raised $675,000!

On April 18, the ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco underwent a stunning transformation, thanks to Berkeley Rep’s dedicated staff and supporters. On this magical evening, guests at Berkeley Rep’s annual gala found themselves transported to Carnaval in Paris. They enjoyed exquisite French-themed cuisine, wines, décor, and entertainment, while celebrating and supporting Berkeley Rep’s mission and art.

The event was filled with delightful surprises from the very start. Guests were greeted at the cocktail reception by circus performers—contortionists, accordion players, mimes, and more—before entering the ballroom for the glamorous evening ahead, with entertainment by Sweet Can Productions and choreography by Heath Hunter. Broadway actor Kevin Spirtas served as the event’s emcee, infusing the night with vivaciousness from start to finish.

Attendees showed their incredible generosity and belief in the Theatre’s work all night long. The live and silent auctions were led by the spectacular auctioneer DawnMarie Kotsonis, a Berkeley Rep favorite who took part in OVATION for the third year in a row. DawnMarie also brought the evening to a wonderful close when she asked guests to raise their paddles in support of Berkeley Rep. The event concluded with a total of $675,000 raised, all of which will help us continue to bring our adventurous artistic programming and accessible education programs to our Bay Area audience.

Check out the magic of the evening’s events through our photos on Shutterfly and video created by The Laugh Box!

We extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our guests and supporters who helped us make OVATION the event of the season! Merci beaucoup!

See photos from Berkeley Rep’s 2015 OVATION gala

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Berkeley Rep would like to thank the 2015 committee and sponsors

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Limelight sponsors

Bruce Golden & Michelle Mercer
Stewart & Rachelle Owen


Spotlight sponsors

Edward D. Baker
Martha Ehmann Conte
Forest Creatures Entertainment
The Strauch Kulhanjian Family
Meyer Sound
Osterweis Capital Management

Footlight sponsors

Bank of America
Rena Bransten
Donahue Fitzgerald LLP
Thalia Dorwick
Robin & Rich Edwards
David & Vicki Fleishhacker
Jill & Steve Fugaro

Scott & Sherry Haber
Hoem & Associates
Latham & Watkins LLP
Leonard X & Arlene B. Rosenberg
     and Mayer Brown LLP
Gail & Arne Wagner
Wells Fargo

In-kind sponsors

Autumn Press
C.G. Di Arie Vineyard and Winery
Coco Libre
Dashe Cellars
Dolphin Graphics
Domaine Carneros by Taittinger
Drake’s Brewing Company
Farm League Design & Management Group
     and East Bay Spice Company

Hafner Vineyard
Match Vineyards
Miette Pâtisserie and Confiserie
Peet’s Coffee & Tea
Quady Winery

Gala committee

Daniel David
Thalia Dorwick
Rich Edwards
Robin Edwards
David Fleishhacker

Kerry Francis
Elisheva Gur-Arieh
Brenda Leff
Pam Nichter
Deborah Taylor

Opening night dinners and performances

For contributors of $1,500 and above (Artistic Director’s Circle members)

Artistic Director’s Circle members are invited to celebrate the opening of each show at an exclusive pre-show dinner, in the company of Berkeley Rep artistic staff and special guests from the production, followed by the opening performance.

Can’t attend opening night? Artistic Director’s Circle members may exchange or purchase VIP “house seats” located in the front center section for other performances during the season. Call 510 647–2901 for reservations. Seats are subject to availability.

We hope to see you at opening nights this season!

  • Friday, September 12, 2014
    An Audience with Meow Meow
  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Party People
  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins
  • Friday, January 23, 2015
    X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story)
  • Friday, March 20, 2015
  • Friday, April 17, 2015
    Head of Passes
  • Friday, May 15, 2015
    One Man, Two Guvnors

Event dates subject to change

Unscripted Happy Hours

For contributors of $150 and above

Unscripted connects our donors with members of our artistic and production staff over happy hour. In the past, we’ve featured staff from Costumes, the Scene Shop, Casting, and The Ground Floor (Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work). Enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine on us as you learn about their creative contributions to current Berkeley Rep productions.

We hope to see you at Unscripted Happy Hours this season!

  • Thursday, February 5, 2015 · 6pm
    Happy Hour with Company Management

Event dates subject to change

Behind-the-Scenes tours

For contributors of $75 and above

Our exclusive behind-the-scenes tours alternate between backstage tours of our downtown theatres (Roda Theatre and Thrust Stage), and our Harrison campus in west Berkeley.

These tours provide an opportunity for you to catch a glimpse of the rehearsal hall and costume, props, and scene shops at our Harrison Street campus and explore the pit, control booths, and catwalks in our theatres!

We hope to see you at Behind-the-Scenes tours this season!

To celebrate the launch of the Create Campaign, we will hold special tours of our Harrison campus and Thrust Stage.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

  • Harrison Street campus tour
  • Tours depart throughout the morning

Event dates subject to change

Page to Stage reserved seating

For contributors of $75 and above

Page to Stage is a special discussion forum that is open to the public, with premium seating reserved for our donors at the $75 level and above. Eminent theatre artists currently collaborating with Berkeley Rep are interviewed. In the past, we have featured Tony Kushner (The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures), Mary Zimmerman (The White Snake), and Emma Rice (The Wild Bride).

We hope to see you at Page to Stage discussions this season!

  • Monday, October 6, 2014
    Party People
    A discussion with UNIVERSES, moderated by Berkeley Rep’s Madeleine Oldham, in the Roda Theatre
  • Monday, March 16, 2015
    A discussion with actor Steven Epp and director Dominique Serrand, moderated by theatre critic Robert Hurwitt

Event dates subject to change