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 2015–16 season events!

  • Friday, September 11, 2015 · 6pm
    Opening Night Dinner for Amélie, A New Musical
  • Sunday, October 11, 2015 · 10am & 11am
    Hard hat tour of Berkeley Rep’s Thrust Stage
  • Thursday, October 22, 2015 · 6pm
    Opening Night Dinner for The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance
  • Friday, November 13, 2015 · 6pm
    Opening Night Dinner for Disgraced
  • Thursday, November 19, 2015 · 7pm
    Page to Stage for Disgraced
  • Saturday, November 21, 2015 · 10am & 11am
    Hard hat tour of Berkeley Rep’s Thrust Stage
  • Monday, December 14, 2015 · 6pm
    Happy Hour with the cast of The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance

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.

Special thanks to our opening night event sponsors: Autumn Press, C.G. Di Arie Vineyard & 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, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Aurora Catering, Pathos, and Donkey & Goat Winery.

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

  • Monday, December 14, 2015 · 6pm
    Happy Hour with the cast of The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance

Please check back for additional 2015–16 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 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. Once the Thrust Stage has reopened in late winter 2016, we will hold tours of our Harrison Street campus, and detail the plans to come as our Campaign heads into its final phase. Learn more and sign up now.

  • Sunday, October 11, 2015
  • Saturday, November 21, 2015
  • Tours at 10am and 11am

Please check back for additional 2015–16 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).

Please check back for additional 2015–16 season dates.

Event dates subject to change