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 remaining 2015–16 season events!

  • Friday, May 27, 2016 · 6pm
    Opening Night Dinner for For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday

Event dates subject to change


On Saturday, April 2, nearly 350 of the Bay Area’s top arts supporters gathered at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco to celebrate Berkeley Rep at the Theatre’s annual fundraising event. Berkeley Rep’s SPEAKEASY AT THE RITZ exemplified all the glitz, glam, and Gatsby-era grandiosity of the roaring ‘20s, and the magnificent attire of our valued supporters was equaled only by the pleasure of their company.

A gathering of prominent community members, creative and corporate professionals, and philanthropic leaders, SPEAKEASY brought together theatre lovers from throughout the Bay Area. We were thrilled to see supporters of the arts get “all dolled up” and join us for the night in support of Berkeley Rep’s creative and community efforts.

Stopping to pose in front of Ira and Leonore Gershwin’s Rolls Royce, guests flooded into the Ritz’s ballroom with paparazzi at their heels. Featuring a dress made out of wine glasses (graciously filled by Domaine Carneros, Folie à Deux, and C.G. Di Arie), swing dancers, and a few flappers for good measure, the event roared as exuberantly as the decade it celebrated.

DawnMarie Kotsonis, a.k.a. The Gavel Girl, got the bidding going fiercely—hot tickets were a New York trip to see Hamilton and An American in Paris, as well as a trip on The World, the largest private residential ship on earth. The night ended as guests raised their paddles in support of Berkeley Rep’s arts education programs. All told, over $750,000 was raised to support those programs and the work on our stages.

We want to thank this year’s attendees for their unfailing support, incredible generosity, and dedication to the dramatic—you are the cat’s pajamas!

See photos from Berkeley Rep’s 2016 SPEAKEASY gala

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Berkeley Rep would like to thank the 2016 committee and sponsors

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Platinum sponsors


Bruce Golden & Michelle Mercer
Stewart & Rachelle Owen
The Strauch Kulhanjian Family


Gold sponsors

Martha Ehmann Conte
David & Vicki Fleishhacker
Leonard Merrill Kurz
     and Forest Creatures Entertainment
Jean & Michael Strunsky
Felicia Woytak & Steve Rasmussen

Silver sponsors

Bank of America
Carrie Avery & Jon Tigar
Robin & Rich Edwards
Kerry Francis & John Jimerson
Paul Friedman & Diane Manley
Jill & Steve Fugaro
Karen Galatz & Jon Wellinghoff
Scott & Sherry Haber
David Hoffman & Joan Sarnat
Lynn & Sean Hogan
Susan Karp & Paul Haahr

Latham & Watkins LLP
Sandra & Ross McCandless
Meyer Sound
Peet’s Coffee
Toni Rembe & Arthur Rock
Leonard X & Arlene B. Rosenberg
     and Mayer Brown LLP
Audrey & Bob Sockolov
Gail & Arne Wagner
Wells Fargo

In-kind sponsors

Autumn Press
Bare Snacks
C.G. Di Arie Vineyard & Winery
Domaine Carneros by Taittinger
Drake’s Brewing Company
Folie à Deux Winery
Hafner Vineyard
Match Vineyards

Narsai & Venus David
New York Distilling Company
Ocho Candy
Peet’s Coffee
Quady Winery
St. George Spirits
Whole Foods Market

Event committee

Richard Edwards
Robin Edwards
David Fleishhacker
Jill Fugaro
Scott Haber
Lynn Hogan
Sandra McCandless

Patricia Melvin
Rachelle Owen
Stewart Owen
Audrey Sockolov
Jean Z. Strunsky
Deborah Taylor
Gail Wagner

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.

Special thanks to our opening night event sponsors: Autumn Press, C.G. Di Arie Vineyard & Winery, Folie à Deux Winery, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Hugh Groman Catering, and Revival Bar + Kitchen.

We hope to see you at opening nights this season!

  • Friday, September 11, 2015
    Amélie, A New Musical
  • Thursday, October 22, 2015
    The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance
  • Friday, November 13, 2015
  • Friday, February 12, 2016
  • Friday, February 26, 2016
  • Friday, April 29, 2016
    Treasure Island
  • Friday, May 27, 2016
    For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday

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.

Special thanks to our Unscripted Happy Hours event sponsors: C.G. Di Arie Vineyard & Winery, Folie à Deux Winery, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Aurora Catering, Pathos, and Donkey & Goat Winery.

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

  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016 · 6pm
    Happy Hour at the Scene Shop with Production Manager Peter Dean
    Come take a look at our Scene Shop and learn about what it takes to build a set for our shows. Plus, get an exclusive sneak peek at the set and designs for Macbeth!

Please check back for additional Happy Hour dates.

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!

Special thanks to our Behind-the-Scenes tours event sponsors: Aurora Catering, Café Clem, PIQ, and Sweet Adeline Bakeshop.

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

To keep you updated on the renovation phase of our Create Campaign, we will hold special hard hat tours of the mid-construction Thrust Stage. These tours will outline our need for the renovation and rejuvenation, including expanded audience amenities, a greater focus on sustainability and efficiency, and Meyer Sound’s Constellation system.

Hard hat tours of Berkeley Rep’s Thrust Stage

  • Sunday, October 11, 2015
  • Saturday, November 21, 2015

Please check back for additional Behind-the-Scenes tour dates.

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!

  • November 19, 2015
    Resident Dramaturg Madeleine Oldham interviews Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar
    Please note: This Page to Stage takes place in the Goldman Theater at the David Brower Center, located at 2150 Allston Way (near Oxford Street).
  • April 25, 2016
    Treasure Island
    Resident Dramaturg Madeleine Oldham interviews director Mary Zimmerman

Please check back for additional Page to Stage dates.

Event dates subject to change