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, October 24, 2014 · 6pm
    Opening Night Dinner for Party People
  • Sunday, October 26, 2014 · 10am and 10:30am
    Backstage Tour of Berkeley Rep’s Thrust Stage
  • Saturday, November 1, 2014 · 10am and 10:30am
    Backstage Tour of Berkeley Rep’s Thrust Stage
  • Sunday, November 9, 2014 · 10am, 10:30am, and 2pm
    Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Berkeley Rep’s Harrison Street campus
  • Saturday, November 15, 2014 · 10am and 10:30am
    Backstage Tour of Berkeley Rep’s Thrust Stage
  • Saturday, November 22, 2014 · 10am, 10:30am, and 2pm
    Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Berkeley Rep’s Harrison Street campus
  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014 · 6pm
    Opening Night Dinner for Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins
  • Friday, January 23, 2015 · 6pm
    Opening Night Dinner for X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story)

Event dates subject to change

Sparkling OVATION raises over $640,000

The Four Seasons San Francisco was abuzz on April 19 as hundreds of Berkeley Rep supporters found themselves donning boas for the camera, dining on course after gourmet course prepared by Executive Chef Mark Richardson, and bidding on exciting auction lots to benefit the Theatre at the 2014 OVATION Gala.

The night was kicked off with a surprise flash mob dance led by choreographer Heath Hunter that even had Managing Director Susie Medak dancing onstage! The entertainment continued as the spunky and vivacious DawnMarie Kotsonis led the live auction for the second year in a row. And, as the night came to a close, guests were entertained with a surprise sneak peek at Berkeley Rep’s opening show for the 2014–15 season—a performance by cabaret sensation Meow Meow. A few guests were even coaxed into the action onstage!

The generosity of the attendees hit a high note when DawnMarie asked guests to raise their paddles to make a gift in support of Berkeley Rep, and the event concluded with $644,000 raised. All funds from the gala will benefit Berkeley Rep’s artistic and educational programs, which strive to make theatre more accessible through classes and outreach for thousands of Bay Area youth, a diverse array of productions each season, and countless supplemental workshops and events, many of which are made free to the public.

Thank you to all who made this year’s OVATION Gala such a success—and so much fun!

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Berkeley Rep would like to thank the 2014 committee and sponsors

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Limelight sponsors

Bruce Golden & Michelle Mercer

FossilFour Seasons HotelThe Roda Group

Spotlight sponsors

Dallas Summer Musicals & FireMused Productions, LLC
Forest Creatures Entertainment
Jill & Steve Fugaro
Meyer Sound
Osterweis Capital Management
Stewart & Rachelle Owen
Jean & Michael Strunsky

Footlight sponsors

Bank of America
Bregante + Company, LLP
Thalia Dorwick
Robin & Rich Edwards
Paul T. Friedman & Diane Manley
Scott & Sherry Haber
Latham & Watkins LLP
Don & Dale Marshall
Marjorie Randolph
Gail & Arne Wagner
Wells Fargo
Felicia Woytak & Steve Rasmussen

In-kind sponsors

Autumn Press
Blind Tiger Cocktail Co. & East Bay Spice Company
Dolphin Graphics
Domaine Carneros by Taittinger
EO Products
Epi Center MedSpa
Greenbar Craft Distillery
Grocery Outlet, San Leandro
Hafner Vineyard
Macallan Scotch & Black Grouse Scotch
Match Vineyards
Miette Pâtisserie and Confiserie
Naked Juice Coconut Water
Pat Paulsen Vineyards
Peet’s Coffee & Tea
Quady Winery
St. George Spirits
Tres Agaves Products, LLC

Gala committee

Jill Fugaro, Co-Chair
Jean Strunsky, Co-Chair
Daniel David
Narsai David
Thalia Dorwick
Rich Edwards
Robin Edwards
Scott Haber
Diane Manley
Pamela Nichter
Deborah Taylor
Felicia Woytak

* Sponsor list as of April 9, 2014

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!

  • Spring 2015
    Happy Hour with Company Management
  • Summer 2015
    Happy Hour with The Ground Floor

Event dates to be announced

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 in October and November 2014. Learn more and sign up now.

Harrison Street campus tours

  • Sunday, October 12, 2014
  • Saturday, October 18, 2014
  • Sunday, November 9, 2014
  • Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thrust Stage tours

  • Sunday, October 26, 2014
  • Saturday, November 1, 2014
  • Saturday, November 15, 2014

In addition to the tours in the fall, we’ll also hold two behind-the-scenes tours in the spring.

  • Saturday, March 14, 2015
    Behind-the-Scenes Tour at Harrison
  • Saturday, May 30, 2015
    Backstage Tour at Addison

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

Please check back for additional 2014–15 season dates.

Event dates subject to change