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Berkeley Repertory Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. Persons from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Classification: Full-time, exempt; benefits eligible after 90 days
Department: Artistic
Reports to: Artistic Director
Work schedule: Monday–Friday with some evenings and weekends
Compensation: $100,000–$125,000, DOE
Posting date: August 2021

 

Position summary

The Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre seeks a highly motivated, deeply collaborative individual for the new position of associate artistic director, a senior level position, reporting to the artistic director.

 

Essential duties and responsibilities

The associate artistic director will work on a wide range of projects, including having primary artistic responsibility for a new program initiative currently called In Dialogue, which will be developed and executed in collaboration with the associate managing director and other staff. In Dialogue is intended to create long-lasting, non-transactional relationships with and in support of community partners who are addressing the critical issues of our time. The associate artistic director will also work in collaboration with the artistic director, associate managing director, and the director of The Ground Floor to support all activities of The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.

 

The associate artistic director will have a significant voice in season planning and work closely with the artistic director on play selection, selection of directors, designers, and other members of creative teams, including casting. The associate artistic director will collaborate with the artistic director and other members of the artistic team in all producing activities.

 

The associate artistic director will have directing opportunities within The Ground Floor, as well as on the mainstage as requested, and participate in the Theatre’s year-round play development activity (e.g., workshops, commissions, and the annual Summer Residency Lab).

 

Qualified applicants will have significant experience as a theatre director, and an interest in arts leadership. The associate artistic director should have a deep interest in new-play development, be passionate about the relationship of a theatre to its community, care deeply about fostering collaboration between artists, between artist and audience, and amongst colleagues. The associate artistic director should be a self-starter able to work independently and collaboratively, with a deep commitment to the creation of new artistic work.

 

Other activities may include providing mentorship and guidance to artistic staff, engagement with trustees and board committees, collaboration with marketing and development departments for long-term strategy and content-creation as it relates to the public-facing representation of Berkeley Rep, and special projects as needed.

 

Qualifications and skills

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in professional theatre as a director and/or artistic administrator.
  • Significant directing experience in professional theatres/organizations of various sizes.
  • Significant experience in the development of new work.
  • Interest in and commitment to equity, diversity, access, and inclusion work and the representation of diverse voices onstage and in all areas of the company.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated skill in working collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Ability to problem-solve and negotiate with diplomacy.
  • Existing relationships with a wide range of artists, including those who may be new to Berkeley Rep, plus ability to identify and nurture new artistic relationships for the organization.
  • Appetite for immersion in all aspects and structures of a large-scale regional theatre.
  • Ability to serve as a representative of Berkeley Rep in the community and to the field.

 

Application procedure

Berkeley Rep is an equal opportunity employer and offers a full range of employee benefits including 85% employer-paid health and dental insurance, optional vision, FSA, and 403(b) plans, professional development support, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays.

 

Position available immediately. Email submissions only. Please submit a cover letter and résumé to jobs@berkeleyrep.org with “Associate Artistic Director” in the subject line. Persons from diverse backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

 

Berkeley Rep will contact candidates of interest. Please, no calls or faxes. Only complete submissions will be considered.

 

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Classification: Part-time, non-exempt; ineligible for benefits
Department: Front of House
Reports to: Front of House Director
Work schedule: 20–30 hours per week, evenings and weekends, with occasional weekdays as scheduled for rentals and special events
Compensation: $19 per hour
Posting date: August 2021

 

Position summary

The Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre seeks patron experience representatives. Patron experience representatives act as the first point of contact between our patrons and the Theatre. They are tasked with directing patron traffic, answering inquiries, coordinating with other departments, and more. As members of our front of house team, our patron experience representatives respect and value people of every nation, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and culture; providing a radically inclusive and welcoming experience for our communities and audiences. This opportunity is best suited for candidates with a strong commitment to customer service and experience in theatre house management, special events management, catering, bartending, or hotel hospitality services.

 

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Serve as a house manager, usher, or concessionaire as needed.
  • Collaborate with several departments, including production, box office, artistic, development, and marketing.
  • Coordinate opening and closing night receptions.
  • Prepare deposits, balance banks and pretty cash as required.
  • Manage lost and found for patrons, artists, and staff.
  • Maintain and enforce policies and procedures for audience development.
  • Communicate with patrons and artists in a welcoming and professional manner.
  • Execute other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications and skills

  • Two years of experience with bar/restaurant POS systems; experience with CAKE a plus.
  • Excellent active listening and verbal communication; English fluency is required.
  • Ability to lift 10–20 lbs.
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting a diverse community of patrons, artists, and staff.
  • Ability to balance operating quickly and efficiently with periodic lulls.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to problem solve, adapt, and respond to changing work situations and environments.

 

Application procedure

Berkeley Rep is an equal opportunity employer and offers a diverse, congenial, casual environment conducive to professional growth.

 

Position available immediately. Email submissions only. Please submit a cover letter and résumé to jobs@berkeleyrep.org with “Patron Experience Representative” in the subject line. Persons from diverse backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

 

Berkeley Rep will contact candidates of interest. Please, no calls or faxes. Only complete submissions will be considered.

 

Apply

Classification: Full-time, exempt; benefits eligible after 90 days
Department: Development
Reports to: Director of Individual Giving
Work schedule: Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm, some evenings and weekends required
Compensation: $62,400
Posting date: August 2021

 

Position summary

The Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre seeks a full-time special events manager. This position manages all aspects of donor cultivation and fundraising events for the Theatre, including opening night festivities, donor receptions, backstage tours, and virtual events. This position manages the in-kind sponsorship program in collaboration with the associate director of development. As the special events manager, you will serve as an integral player in the cultivation and stewardship of the Theatre’s donors, ensuring that Berkeley Rep is a place of welcome for a diverse and inclusive community.

 

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Develop annual donor event strategy and calendar, in collaboration with director of development and director of individual giving.
  • Lead most development events, including planning and on-site execution.
  • Manage event logistics, including invitation creation, registration, attendee RSVP tracking, food and décor management, event entertainment, and post-event evaluations.
  • Record and coordinate event ticket sales, attendance, and seating in Theatre’s database, Tessitura.
  • Develop and oversee event budgets and timelines.
  • Coordinate the development and promotion of all event collateral materials and event webpages, working with in-house graphic designers.
  • Supervise and train volunteers and development staff assisting with events.
  • Provide speech notes for various speakers.
  • Manage storage and track inventory of events décor, supplies, and wine.
  • Work closely with director of development and event production consultant on Berkeley Rep’s annual gala.
  • Effectively steward relationships with key stakeholders—trustees, donors, sponsors, and vendors.
  • Manage the fulfillment of sponsor benefits, including invitations to behind-the-scenes experiences.
  • Provide exceptional and professional customer service to donors and trustees.
  • Solicit and negotiate in-kind sponsorships, managing relationships with sponsors and ensuring fulfillment of benefits and recognition.

 

Qualifications and skills

  • Minimum of two years professional experience in event management.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to lift and move up to 40 lbs.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office; experience working with Tessitura or other CRM databases a plus.
  • Demonstrated success in securing cash and in-kind sponsorships.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple simultaneous events and projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Possess acute attention to detail and exceptional organizational skills.
  • Think creatively in the formulation of events which reflect the quality and diversity of Berkeley Rep.
  • Effective oral and written communication.
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain trusted relationships with Berkeley Rep’s trustees, sponsors, vendors, and donors.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues within and outside the development department.
  • Regularly problem-solve and negotiate with diplomacy and tact.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to confidential information, sound judgment, and decision-making.
  • Identify creative event sponsorship opportunities.

 

Application procedure

Berkeley Rep is an equal opportunity employer and offers a full range of employee benefits including 85% employer-paid health and dental insurance, optional vision, FSA, and 403(b) plans, professional development support, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays.

 

Position available immediately. Email submissions only. Please submit a cover letter and résumé to jobs@berkeleyrep.org with “Special Events Manager” in the subject line. Persons from diverse backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

 

Berkeley Rep will contact candidates of interest. Please, no calls or faxes. Only complete submissions will be considered.

 

Apply

Classification: Full-time, exempt; benefits eligible after 90 days
Department: Administration
Reports to: General Manager
Work schedule: 40 hours per week, Monday–Friday with evenings and weekends as needed
Compensation: $62,400, DOE
Posting date: June 2021

 

Position summary

The Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre seeks a creative, welcoming, detail-oriented, and collaborative individual for the position of company manager. This role coordinates with the general manager and production team to plan for and meet the needs of visiting artists at the theatre while serving as the liaison for Berkeley Rep to guest artists and other outside constituents. The company manager also works as part of a team to determine and maintain show budgets, takes the lead in planning and executing company events, and is key in establishing a positive environment for both artists and staff.

 

Essential duties and responsibilities

Contracts

  • Negotiate, draft, and execute AEA contracts, and contracts for local swings and understudies.
  • Process and track AEA, swing, and understudy HR paperwork, timesheets, and payroll.

 

Travel, housing, and hospitality

  • Arrange all artist travel, housing (including fellows), and local ground transportation as needed.
  • Create, update, and distribute itineraries and orientation information to all artists and fellows in a timely fashion.
  • Schedule cleaning and maintenance personnel as necessary for all apartments.
  • Maintain all budgets and records for travel and housing including but not limited to rent, utilities, telephone, maintenance, and parking.

 

Operations

  • Coordinate and collaborate with general manager and production manager to plan and execute projects.
  • Manage arrangements for in-house company social events and gatherings.
  • Maintain Berkeley Rep’s network of medical professionals.
  • Advise Berkeley Rep during the construction phase of building a 40-unit complex for visiting artists. Once built, the company manager will help to develop and implement best practices for day-to-day operations.

 

Other

  • Work between two different campuses and multiple spaces, often in a single day. On call as needed.
  • Support and contribute to organization-wide EDI goals and commitments.
  • Mentor and supervise a full-time company management fellow.
  • Positively represent the organization and provide a welcoming and professional experience for external and internal constituencies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications and skills

  • 2–3 years of experience in a regional theatre setting, with considerable preference given to prior experience as LORT company manager working within the LORT/AEA agreement.
  • Valid California driver’s license.
  • Computer literacy, with experience in Microsoft Office Suite, SharePoint, and Outlook.
  • A strong commitment to hospitality and artist service. Qualified candidates will genuinely enjoy working with artists.
  • Exceptional conflict resolution and relationship building skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across multiple departments, and with outside constituents to fulfill project needs.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Extremely detail-oriented and organized. Qualified candidates will thrive in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.

 

Application procedure

Berkeley Rep is an equal opportunity employer and offers a full range of employee benefits including 85% employer-paid health and dental insurance, optional vision, FSA, and 403(b) plans, professional development support, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays.

 

Position available immediately. Email submissions only. Please submit a cover letter and résumé to jobs@berkeleyrep.org with “Company Manager” in the subject line. Persons from diverse backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

 

Berkeley Rep will contact candidates of interest. Please, no calls or faxes. Only complete submissions will be considered.

 

Apply

Classification: Part-time, non-exempt
Department: Box Office
Reports to: Box Office Manager
Work schedule: Temporarily remote until summer/fall 2021. Tuesday–Saturday, typical shifts fall between 11:30am–5:30pm. 15–25 hours per week to start, possible transition to full-time with benefits by summer. As of summer/fall 2021, we will resume in person work with shifts varying between Tuesday–Sunday, afternoon/evenings between 11:30am–8:15pm.
Salary: $19 per hour
Posting date: March 2021

 

Position summary

The Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre seeks experienced box office agents to provide customer service to patrons in two theatres, year-round, during a seven-play season. Box office agents will provide support for special events and rentals. Ideal candidates have hospitality, retail, or customer service experience, and demonstrate an interest in performing arts or not-for-profit work.

 

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Provide excellent customer service in all patron interactions.
  • Answer incoming calls, assist walk-up patrons, and answer mail and email.
  • Sell, exchange, and return tickets for all performances sold through the box office, comps, subscriptions, and single tickets.
    Alphabetize and distribute will call tickets to patrons attending the day’s performances.
  • Follow proper procedures in the handling of cash, check, and credit card transactions.
  • Maintain daily batch reports and accurate patron records in Tessitura.
  • Stay up to date with ticketing policies, subscription packages, benefits, restrictions, and availability.
  • Package ticket orders, gift certificates, and related promotional materials for mailing.
  • Assist with general office work, including inventory of box office supplies, preparing mail, and replenishing brochures and postcards.
  • Attend at least one dress rehearsal or preview performance for every production.
  • Attend training sessions, company meetings, and other functions as scheduled.
  • Provide cross-departmental support and perform other duties, as assigned.

 

Qualifications and skills

  • Must have excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills; fluency in English is required.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with sensitivity.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience with Word, Excel, and Outlook; knowledge of Tessitura or other ticketing software a plus.
  • Ability to work on multiple simultaneous projects and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to improvise and problem solve on the go.
  • Attention to detail and a willingness to learn.
  • Ability to work quickly and remain calm under pressure.

 

Abilities and equipment

  • Must have reliable internet to work from home through summer/fall 2021.
  • Able to sit, sustain verbal phone communications, and look at a computer screen for 4–8 hours at a time.

 

Application procedure

Berkeley Rep is an equal opportunity employer. Berkeley Rep offers a diverse, congenial, casual environment conducive to professional growth. Persons from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

 

Position available immediately. Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and a résumé. Please include your availability Tuesday through Sunday. Berkeley Rep will contact candidates of interest. Please, no calls.

 

Email submissions only. Send only PDF or Word attachments, no web links, to jobs@berkeleyrep.org with “Box Office Agent” in the subject line. Only complete submissions will be considered.

 

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Fellowships

For the 2021–22 season, Berkeley Repertory Theatre offers a 7-month fellowship program (January–July, 2022) for serious-minded, highly motivated individuals who have already acquired basic training and experience in their field and who are ready to embark upon a professional theatre career. Fellows are directly exposed to the Theatre’s daily operations and given the opportunity to learn alongside an accomplished company of artists, administrators, guest directors, and designers. While at Berkeley Rep, fellows are encouraged to fulfill as many career-building goals and objectives as possible, gaining both practical experience and professional contacts through the program. Selected fellows receive housing and a $1000 per month stipend for participation in the program. Parking is not provided.

Costumes

This fellowship trains closely with the costume director and staff in all of the workings of a professional costume shop. Through hands-on experience, the fellow learns from nationally recognized designers and artisans. Depending on the fellow’s interests and skills, they may explore areas like costume construction, wig making, costume painting, distressing, and shopping for a modern show. Ideal candidates have basic sewing skills and an interest in creating and/or designing theatrical costumes.

 

Lighting/Electrics

This fellowship receives hands-on learning experience working with lighting designers from all over the country for the mainstage season. In addition, the fellow assists the master electrician in all areas of electrics, which includes using industry-standard software such as VectorWorks, Spotlight, and Lightwright, building practicals, hanging, focusing, and running of shows. Opportunities may exist to assist/design/mentor for the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Ideal candidates have an interest in both electrics and design.

 

Production Management

This fellowship is immersed in all areas of the production management process at a professional regional theatre, through mentorship by the production manager and associate production manager. This includes learning about leadership and management principles, creating and negotiating contracts, budgeting, expense tracking, creating and updating schedules, note taking, and assisting on facility rentals and events. This fellowship track culminates in serving as the production manager for the Teen One-Acts Festival. The ideal candidate is a creative problem-solver who has broad knowledge of technical theatre, excellent communication skills and thrives in a team atmosphere.

 

Properties

This fellowship provides hands-on training in properties construction, carpentry, crafts, soft goods, welding, painting, research/shopping, and administration. Applicants should have a strong work ethic, problem solving, and good communication skills. Ideal candidates are flexible and have a creative personality. Applicants must submit a digital portfolio for review.

 

Scenic Art

This fellowship follows the time-honored tradition of learning-by-doing. The scenic art fellow will learn the skills and techniques to enable them to participate as a full member of the scenic art team. Applicants with painting experience outside the realm of theatre, as well as those hoping to pursue a career in scenic design, are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates will have strong drawing and color-mixing skills. Applicants must submit a digital portfolio, including a sample of figure drawing or portraiture.

 

Scenic Construction

This fellowship is focused on the hands-on development of skills in scenic construction and working in a professional production shop. The fellow will learn to face challenges as a builder, welder, theatrical rigger, automation technician, and draftsperson. The fellow works with state-of-the-art equipment to transform raw materials such as woods, metals, and plastics into complex scenic elements. The scenic construction aspects of the fellowship will take place in the scene shop facility, with scenic installations in our Roda Theatre fly house and fixed-grid Peet’s Theatre.

 

Harry Weininger Sound

This fellowship offers training in audio and video production at a professional level. Mentored by the sound supervisor and video supervisor, the fellow will learn about system design, signal flow, automated and non-automated systems, wireless microphones, recording, intercom systems, repairing equipment, rigging, video playback systems, projection equipment, cameras, troubleshooting, and how to collaborate well with colleagues. From challenging dramas to large-scale musicals, the sound fellow will be exposed to many different styles of production. Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in engineering as well as design.

 

Stage Management

This fellowship provides a unique opportunity to learn all aspects of the work of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) stage managers. Beginning with attendance at production meetings, the fellow takes part in the rehearsal process, technical rehearsals, and in many instances will stay with a production through the completion of the run. This demanding fellowship involves the fellow in every facet of the production.

Bret C. Harte and Peter F. Sloss Artistic

This fellowship involves mentored training in all aspects of artistic department work including season planning and producing, casting, dramaturgy, and rehearsal room support. The fellow will be deeply immersed in the artistic staff of a major regional theatre, working closely with the artistic director, director of The Ground Floor/resident dramaturg, and artistic associate. Opportunities are provided for assistant directing, reading and evaluating play submissions, attending and organizing auditions, helping to plan and execute The Ground Floor Summer Residency Lab, writing for the show program and other contextual work, mentoring young artists for the Teen One-Acts Festival, as well as new projects that regularly arise. Ideal candidates will be organized, motivated, and personable, with an interest in artistic leadership, directing, writing, and/or dramaturgy. Candidates must submit, in addition to their other application materials, two writing samples (at least one must be about a play).

 

Company Management

This fellowship focuses on the basics of artist hospitality, including arranging artist travel to and from Berkeley as well as their accommodations while here. Berkeley Rep’s company management team serves as the primary point of contact between visiting theatre artists, Berkeley Rep’s staff, and the Berkeley community. The fellow will develop skills in event planning by assisting with company-wide events and learn about general theatre management while assisting with contracts, the preparation and maintenance of budgets, and other administrative projects as required throughout the season. Ideal candidates will have a high degree of personal organization, strong interpersonal skills, discretion, facility with Excel, and a willingness to roll with the punches.

 

Development (Fundraising)

This fellowship focuses on in-depth knowledge of fundraising, which is essential to anyone considering a future leadership role in arts administration. The fellow is directly supervised by the associate director of development throughout the season and mentored by the full development staff in all aspects of fundraising, including event management; grant-writing; working with volunteers; soliciting individual, corporate, and foundation gifts; and cultivating and stewarding donor relationships. Capstone projects include independently executing an opening night event and leading a targeted fundraising campaign for the School of Theatre’s Teen Council program.

 

Education

This fellowship provides an opportunity for an individual to learn the inner workings of a multifaceted theatre education program. The fellow will learn the full range of skills necessary for success in an arts education career through participating in mentored projects focusing on programming, training, community engagement, advocacy, marketing, and evaluation. Projects will be designed to grow in size and responsibility throughout the fellowship, depending on the fellow’s developing goals, interests, and skill level. Ideal candidates will have a primary interest in the programming and administration side of arts education programs and some experience teaching or working with young people.

 

Marketing/Digital Communications

This fellowship focuses on Berkeley Rep’s marketing and communications department in identifying, cultivating, and retaining an annual audience of 200,000 subscribers and single ticket patrons, as well as supporting our development department, School of Theatre, and The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. Skills will be developed in strategic and tactical marketing disciplines including but not limited to brand management, campaign planning, creative development, advertising (digital/print/outdoor), promotions, audience development, media relations, direct mail, email marketing, social media content creation, data analysis, and budget management. Opportunities exist for a motivated fellow to work as part of a team and to pursue projects based on their specific/individual interests. Social media and data analytics experience desirable. Previous marketing fellows have found employment with New York’s Signature Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, Court Theatre of Chicago, Memphis Council on the Arts, Berkeley Rep, and other exemplary arts organizations. Ideal candidate will have an enthusiasm for marketing, superior communication and organization skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple projects.

 

Video/Multimedia Production

This fellowship is part of Berkeley Rep’s marketing and communications department. The video production fellow will gain invaluable skills in producing content from pre-production, post-production, and delivery. The content will be centered around promoting the Theatre’s shows and special events. Many shoots are conducted in a documentary style with interviews and dynamic b-roll. The fellow will be mentored by the video/multimedia producer who will guide them on the process of creating a treatment, shot list, filming, and editing. They will gain additional technical skills in camera operation, lighting setups, and in editing software such as Adobe Premiere. This fellowship will prepare the fellow for a career in professional video production. Candidates must have some prior video production experience and submit samples of previous work.

We are no longer accepting applications for 2021–22 season fellowships. The application deadline was August 8, 2021.

Fellowship program sponsor

American Express

Auditions

Berkeley Rep is a LORT B Theatre and hires actors who are members of Actors’ Equity Association. Occasionally local non-union actors are also hired. Actors are hired on a show-by-show basis during the season and auditions for individual shows are by invitation only. Berkeley Rep holds open auditions annually, typically in the late spring. These auditions are announced on the AEA and Theatre Bay Area websites. Berkeley Rep also attends the Theatre Bay Area general auditions, which are usually held in January/February. For more information about TBA’s auditions, please call 415 430–1140 or visit their website.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not able to schedule in-person auditions at this time. If you are a member of Actors’ Equity Association and have a question about auditioning for Berkeley Rep, please send an email with your headshot and résumé to casting@berkeleyrep.org.

 

Script submissions

Berkeley Rep accepts script submissions only from agents, writers, and theatre artists with whom we have an existing professional relationship. We are not able to accept any unsolicited scripts; the volume of material we consider each year prohibits this.

We encourage writers to apply for our Ground Floor Summer Residency Lab.

 

Ushers

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we don’t yet have information on the usher program for the 2021–22 season. Please check back later.

Photo by Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre

(l to r) Rodney Gardiner, Steven Epp, Alex Moggridge, Lisa Tejero, and Benjamin T. Ismail in Metamorphoses

Based on the myths of Ovid | Written and directed by Mary Zimmerman | From the translation by David R. Slavitt | Scenic design by Daniel Ostling | Costume design by Mara Blumenfeld | Lighting design by T.J. Gerckens | Sound design by Andre Pluess | Original music by Willy Schwarz

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