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

“A major institution: a reliable purveyor of daring, form-breaking art; a draw for artists around the world; and an incubator of the next generation of playwrights, actors and leaders.”

– San Francisco Chronicle


Organization
Founded in 1968, Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Berkeley Rep) creates ambitious theater that entertains and challenges its audiences, provokes civic engagement, and inspires people to experience the world in new and surprising ways. Known for its ambition, relevance, excellence, and adventurous audience, Berkeley Rep has provided a welcoming home for emerging and established artists for more than 50 years. Over 5.5 million people have experienced nearly 500 shows at Berkeley Rep, which have gone on to win six Tony Awards, seven Obie Awards, nine Drama Desk Awards, one Grammy Award, one Pulitzer Prize, and many other honors. Berkeley Rep received the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 1997.

Berkeley Rep’s work includes the commission and development of new works, many of which go on to notable productions across the country and around the world. These new plays and musicals sit within the season alongside imaginative reinventions of classic plays and other projects that span theatrical forms and styles of storytelling. The artists engaged range from those at the earliest stages of their professional careers to some of the most lauded in the world. They are selected to ensure that the stories on Berkeley Rep’s stages include the perspectives and practices of the broadest possible range of theatrical storytellers. The work is supported by extraordinary artisans in each of Berkeley Rep’s technical departments and is informed by the organization’s values, its deep relationship to the Berkeley community and the Bay Area, and its ambition to engage in a field-wide conversation about the role that theater plays in culture.

The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work (The Ground Floor) was launched in 2012 to formalize, enhance, and expand the processes by which Berkeley Rep makes theater. The Ground Floor includes a year-long series of commissions, workshops, and a concentrated Summer Residency Lab. Artists currently under commission include Todd Almond, Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs, Dipika Guha, Richard Montoya, Nico Muhly, Lisa Peterson, Sarah Ruhl, Tori Sampson, Jack Thorne, and Joe Waechter. Each individual project receives customized support.

The Berkeley Rep School of Theatre (School) engages and educates 20,000 people each year and helps build the audiences of tomorrow with its nationally recognized teen programs. Since its inception, the School has served more than 300,000 people and collaborated with hundreds of professional teaching artists. Education programs include Youth and Teen Summer Programs, Adult Classes, Teen Council, Young Writers of Color Collective, and Student Matinees, along with a wide range of free and low-cost theater-based workshops in Bay Area schools. The School also offers a range of tuition-based programs for adults.

Berkeley Rep offers an 11-month fellowship program that provides emerging professionals 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. Fellows receive housing and a $1,000-per-month stipend for participation in the program.

Berkeley Rep owns and operates several facilities, including the 400-seat Peet’s Theatre and the 600-seat Roda Theatre. The spacious campus is located in Downtown Berkeley and consists of two theater buildings, an adjoining courtyard and bar, education center, rehearsal space, and meeting rooms. A 45-unit housing complex for artists and fellows is under construction to further expand the campus. Nearby in West Berkeley, a 62,000-square-foot administrative and pre-production facility features scenery, props, and costume shops, alongside large light-filled rehearsal halls and administrative offices.

Berkeley Rep has asserted that its commitment to antiracism requires a commitment to changing policies, practices, and procedures, thereby creating a set of tools that make it easier for individuals to de-activate their bias. In June 2020, the board of trustees began working with a justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion professional and established a Board Antiracism Task Force. The Task Force centered “We See You, White American Theater” and “The “Living Document of BIPOC Experiences in Bay Area Theater” in its discussions of antiracism and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. The board has made a commitment to the work of antiracism and charged Berkeley Rep to take action to address systemic racism within the organization. The staff has created a staff-led education committee to facilitate weekly antiracism discussions and trainings. In 2021, the position of Director of Human Resources and Diversity was created to help align institutional policies to antiracism commitments.

This work on anti-racism is one of six strategic initiatives that Berkeley Rep has created as part of a five-year plan, envisioning that the theater moves from survival to ambitious and bold experimentation through the creation of new structures and practices across the entire organization. Another initiative relates to artistic implementation. In seeking to make Berkeley Rep a leader in production creation and artist development, it will support emerging and early-career artists, explore new partnerships, invest in new platforms and modes of storytelling, and take collaborative approaches to virtual programming. Focusing on audiences is also an initiative, with the aim to expand, diversify, and engage a larger and broader demographic of attendees, fostering those relationships and using technology to overcome barriers to make Berkeley Rep’s work more accessible.

Another initiative addresses the School, with the intention of using technology to reach school-age children throughout the region, exploring new opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to engage in creative experiences, and shifting from live to virtual classes. In Dialogue is a new programmatic initiative inspired by and in dialogue with community partners, where Berkeley Rep uses its theatrical skills to participate in collaborative engagement to serve the needs of the community. The final initiative relates to infrastructure, aiming to reduce Berkeley Rep’s institutional carbon footprint, raising funds to sustain stability and growth, and exploring new uses for the campuses.

Berkeley Rep is governed by a 31-member board of trustees, led by President Emily Shanks. Johanna Pfaelzer has served as Artistic Director since 2019. For fiscal year ending August 31, 2019, Berkeley Rep reported revenue of $20.8 million, with approximately $8 million from contributions and grants and $12.7 million from program services. Total expenses were $22.9 million. Due to the COVID-19 shutdowns, the fiscal year ending August 31, 2021 had total revenues of $10.7 million. Berkeley Rep’s current investment portfolio stands at approximately $8 million.


Community
Situated on the unceded ancestral lands of the Ohlone people in Northern California, Berkeley is on the east shore of San Francisco Bay, with the cities of Oakland and Emeryville bordering to the south. Its location in the East Bay provides easy access to the global hub of San Francisco and Silicon Valley, with Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, and Napa Valley within driving distance. The nine-county San Francisco Bay Area is home to approximately 7.8 million residents. According to the 2020 census, Berkeley had a population of 124,321 people.

Berkeley is a cultural icon for progressive thinking and action. It is home to the University of California, Berkeley. The oldest campus in the University of California system, UC Berkeley welcomes more than 10,000 new undergraduate students each fall to bustling campus, just minutes away from Berkeley Rep. Also located in Berkeley is the Math Sciences Research Institute, which is the world’s leading collaborative mathematics research organization; the Graduate Theological Union, one of the largest religious studies institutions in the world; and the Centre of Investigative Journalism and Reveal, its nationally broadcast public radio show and investigative reporting podcast. Notable Berkeley residents include legendary actress Rita Moreno and ‘The Three Michaels of Berkeley,’ distinguished authors Michael Pollan, Michael Chabon, and Michael Lewis.

Berkeley Rep is a leader among the city’s more than 100 arts and culture organizations, which include the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Aurora Theatre Company, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Berkeley Art Center, and La Peña Cultural Center. Cal Performances brings international stars to the UC Berkeley campus year-round, and Pixar Animation Studios is located in neighboring Emeryville. Berkeley is also renowned for its restaurants, farmers markets, and craft breweries, including the acclaimed restaurant Chez Panisse, which was founded by chef Alice Waters and is known as one of the originators of California cuisine and the farm-to-table movement. Other nationally prominent businesses include Peet’s Coffee’s original store, the music club 924 Gilman, and the historic Claremont Resort Hotel (now the Claremont Club & Spa).

With its Northern California weather, Berkeley has a Mediterranean climate of warm summers and cool winters. Its network of 140 public paths, hiking and biking trails, public gardens, and regional parks all provide countless opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities throughout the year. Visitors to the UC Botanical Garden can admire more than 12,000 plants, while Tilden Regional Park has 2,000 acres to explore. Children can enjoy a visit to Adventure Playground, one of National Geographic’s Top 10 playgrounds.

Sources: visitberkeley.com; census.gov; cityofberkeley.info; berkeleyrep.org

Position Summary
Reporting to the board of trustees as a co-leader with the Artistic Director, the Managing Director will jointly lead Berkeley Rep’s strategic direction. With responsibility for overseeing the organization’s administrative and business functions, the Managing Director will support the Artistic Director’s vision of developing, producing, and presenting theatrical work that expands and diversifies audiences and sets new standards of artistic innovation and production excellence. They will share responsibility with the Artistic Director for production and artist agreements and attract and retain production staff and human and financial resources to create and support Berkeley’s Rep’s mission.

Respecting Berkeley Rep’s past and current identity, the Managing Director will also envision its role as a courageous change-maker within the field and propel it into the future. The Managing Director will create concrete policies in the areas of justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism in order to build positive and authentic relationships with all staff, artists, audiences, donors, and community members. They will work collaboratively with all parts of the organization to ensure all departments are fully integrated and aligned with Berkeley Rep’s mission, vision, and values, while maintaining and cultivating deep relationships with community partners, locally, nationally, and internationally. This individual will also be accountable to the board, including the development of and abiding by an accepted annual budget. They will work with the board to ensure the theater has the ability, credibility, and resources to oversee and support Berkeley Rep’s mission.

Roles and Responsibilities
Strategic Vision and Financial Oversight

  • Partner with the Artistic Director to lead the organization’s strategic vision, collaborating effectively to ensure that all artistic and financial decisions are mission-aligned.
  • Serve as a committed and visionary leader, guiding Berkeley Rep into the future through the creation of pathways for new programs, partnerships, and revenue opportunities.
  • Lead conversations with staff and board members to inspire organizational growth across all business areas, communicating openly and consistently in full transparency.
  • Demonstrate solid fiscal acumen, including overseeing organizational budgets, controlling expenditures, creating forecasting models and scenario plans, and developing financial analysis.
  • Provide leadership to the Finance Committee, alongside the Finance Director, in overseeing the budget, making recommendations, and reporting key financial issues relating to general operations and Berkeley Rep’s real estate portfolio to the board.
  • Dedicate financial resources to organization-wide efforts on justice, equity, diversity, and anti-racism work.


Community Engagement, Fundraising, and Earned Revenue Enhancement

  • Act as a visible spokesperson throughout Berkeley and the Greater Bay Area, developing relationships and engaging with a wide variety of constituents, including business owners, schools and colleges, elected city officials, and the media, enhancing the organization’s brand and reputation.
  • Maintain and grow partnerships and alliances with mission-compatible arts and cultural organizations locally, nationally, and globally to expand programs and access, retain relevance, and build community.
  • Support ongoing relationships and manage contractual negotiations with a wide range of partners, including artists, unions, guilds, producing partners, and the League of Resident Theaters.
  • Actively seek out new and renewed sources of contributed income, with a particular focus on identifying and establishing relationships with key individual donors, while motivating and inspiring board members in their fundraising responsibilities to leverage their skills and networks.
  • Cultivate and deepen relationships with foundations in order to grow contributed revenue.
  • Oversee marketing and communication strategies to expand and diversify audiences, subscribers, and donors.
  • Re-envision and lead new and innovative approaches to earned revenue models, including the growth and use of digital content offerings, and develop partnerships with Silicon Valley technology companies.


Administrative and Organizational Leadership

  • Supervise and mentor all administrative staff and fellows, providing opportunities for professional development and growth to support employee engagement, satisfaction, and a high level of performance.
  • Foster a positive company culture where all staff, fellows, and artists feel safe, valued, and respected and where a healthy work-life balance is actively encouraged.
  • Center anti-racism work across all aspects of the organization, implementing concrete equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives, and creating new spaces for conversation that welcomes underheard voices.
  • Oversee the hire of key staff positions, including a General Manager, and reassess the organizational structure, supporting more diversity in leadership positions.
  • Integrate the School more closely with the rest of the organization, ensuring that all departments work together cohesively and effectively.
  • Oversee the opening and use of the new housing complex and establish processes for sustained and effective facilities management.
  • Grow and diversify the board of trustees to include people from different ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds, while managing board relations through regular and effective communication and ensuring that board members are best engaged according to their skills and interests.

 

Traits and Characteristics
The Managing Director will be an inspiring, forward-thinking, and strategic visionary who leads with a balanced sense of pragmatism and risk-taking. Embracing a public-facing role, they will enjoy working collaboratively with people from all backgrounds throughout the organization as well as with community partners locally and nationally. With a flexible and entrepreneurial approach to problem-solving, this individual will be an ongoing learner, receptive to new ideas and adaptable to change. A fearless champion of justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism work, the Managing Director will be emotionally intelligent and approachable, with advanced cultural competencies. They will have the ability to resolve conflict, handle difficult situations, and make tough decisions with compassion and grace.

Other key competencies include:

  • Leadership and Diplomacy – The ability to organize and influence people to believe in a vision while creating a sense of purpose and direction and to effectively and tactfully handle difficult or sensitive issues.
  • Time and Priority Management – The capacity to prioritize and complete tasks in order to deliver desired outcomes within allotted time frames.
  • Personal Accountability and Interpersonal Skills – The dexterity to be answerable for personal actions while effectively communicating, building rapport, and relating well to all kinds of people.
  • Resiliency and Flexibility – The acumen to quickly recover from adversity while readily modifying, responding, and adapting to change with minimal resistance.

 

Qualifications
Berkeley Rep does not require specific educational credentials or a specific number of years of experience. Qualified candidates should demonstrate a successful track record of leadership and managerial experience within complex and dynamic organizations, as well as skills in financial management, fundraising, and relationship building. Candidates need not come from within the performing arts sector, although a passion for theater and knowledge of the field are expected. Demonstrated experience in creating and managing anti-racism policies is critical. Exceptional communication skills are required.

Compensation and Benefits
Berkeley Rep provides a competitive compensation package with a salary range between $300,000 and $350,000 and benefits that include paid vacation, sick leave, personal days, and holidays; health, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurance; and a 403b retirement plan. A relocation bonus will be offered to the placed candidate if they are not local.

Applications and Inquiries
To submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred), please click here or visit artsconsulting.com/employment. For questions or general inquiries about this job opportunity, please contact:


Geoff Chang, Vice President
Arts Consulting Group
501 West Broadway, Suite A-582
San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: (888) 234.4236 Ext. 218
Email: Berkeley_Rep@ArtsConsulting.com

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.

 

Apply

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: Part-time, non-exempt
Department: Box Office
Reports to: Box Office Manager
Work schedule: Box office shifts are in person at our downtown Berkeley campus from 11:30am–7:15pm or 8:15pm, Tuesday–Sunday with occasional 11:30am–4:30pm shifts. We’re looking for applicants who can work 3–4 full shifts/week including Sat/Sun.
Salary: $19 per hour
Posting date: November 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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Classification: Seasonal full-time, exempt; benefits eligible after 90 days
Department: Stage Operations
Reports to: Stage Supervisor
Work schedule: Tuesday–Sunday. Typically, a 6-day performance schedule per production. Work schedule shifts during off show periods, load in, and tech periods.
Compensation: $62,400
Posting date: October 2021

 

Position summary

The Tony-Award winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre (LORT B) seeks an associate stage supervisor to join our team. Under the direction of the stage supervisor, the associate stage supervisor is responsible for assisting in all stage operation activities that will lead to a successful, safe, and smooth running of the technical rehearsals and shows. Duties may include, but are not limited to, leading as run crew supervisor on assigned productions, executing scene shifts, and working with stage management to coordinate backstage scenery and props crew tracks.

 

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Under the direction of the stage supervisor, they will help to oversee the smooth running of tech, preview and performances at Berkeley Rep, including:
    • Act as lead run crew supervisor on productions.
    • Develop a thorough understanding from the scene and props shops and how each production’s scenery and props are operated and used safely.
    • With stage management team, determine each stage crew member’s assignments, map out backstage scenery and prop storage, and confirm scene shift choreography.
    • Participate as an active run crew member doing scene shifts, sometimes in costumes if required.
    • Ensure the safe operation of the fly rail and other motion-controlled devices, such as motors and lifts.
    • Train covers in their tracks.
    • Schedule crew and assisting in time sheets submissions for stage crew in coordination with the stage supervisor for performances, rehearsals, maintenance calls, and trainings.
    • Setup backstage areas appropriately for tech and each production, including setting up quick change areas, running lights, props, backstage carpeting, and covering venue seats.
    • Create and maintain a preshow, post show, and maintenance checklist for each production.
    • Maintain and repair scenery and props for each show. Communicate with scene shop and prop shop should the repairs be too extensive.
    • Assist in any facilitation of programming adjacent to performances; including backstage tours, talk backs, education, and fundraising events.
  • In collaboration with the stage supervisor, ensure that all safety processes, policies, and practices are upheld in all areas of the stages.
  • Work closely with the stage supervisor, facilities, and other Addison campus production heads to maintain the theatre spaces, equipment, and supplies for the backstage areas.
  • With the stage supervisor, develop a weekly work schedule for maintenance and/or future production preparatory needs.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with other departments such as the scene shop, prop shop, paint shop, stage management, and facilities to ensure workflow and lay out space around the backstage and booths areas.
  • Create and maintain an inclusive, safe, efficient, and effective working environment.
  • Act as a mentor for over hire run crew and fellows assigned to running tracks, including the stage management fellow.

 

Qualifications and skills

  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Broad understanding and working knowledge of production departments (scenery, props, paints, sound, lighting, costumes, and stage management).
  • Backstage crew experience in a medium to large theatre or live event venue.
  • Knowledge of theatrical rigging. Prior experience with running a rail in a fly house.
  • Knowledge of tools, hardware, and theatrical fabrication techniques.
  • Effective oral and written communication.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize effectively.
  • Knowledge of creative connors automation system and spike mark program is preferred.
  • Driver’s license is preferred.

 

Application procedure

Berkeley Rep is an equal opportunity employer and offers a diverse, congenial, casual environment conducive to professional growth. Position available immediately. Berkeley Rep 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, résumé, and three professional references to jobs@berkeleyrep.org with “Associate Stage Supervisor” 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: Seasonal full-time, non-exempt; benefits eligible after 90 days
Department: Scene Shop
Reports to: Technical Directors
Work schedule: Monday – Friday, 40 hours per week. Some weekends and overtime during load in periods.
Compensation: $25.50 per hour
Posting date: February 2022

 

Position summary

The Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre seeks scenic carpenters to serve as key members of the Berkeley Rep scene shop. Scenic carpenters work on scenic construction projects which include fabrication with materials such as lumber, metal, plastics, fabric, foam. The scenic carpenters must work closely and collegially with other production departments as well as visiting designers and artistic staff.

 

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Interpret technical CAD drafts from the technical director’s office and, following the drafts, fabricate and construct accurate scenic elements for projects as assigned by the head carpenter. Requires both wood working skills and metal working artisan skills creating scenery items such as flats, platforms, doors, molding, stairs, and other elements.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with other departments such as the prop shop, paints shop, stage management, and facilities to ensure a collaborative environment between the shops.
  • Under the direction of the head carpenter, research and develop special projects such as stage automation and rigging.
  • Participate in, and uphold, all shop safety processes, policies and practices in all areas of the scene shop. Analyze and mitigate risks by conducting risk assessments for projects in the scene shop and in load in/out to achieve a workable and safe production.
  • Report any repairs and maintenance needs on any shop tools, equipment, or low inventory stock to the scene shop supervisor.
  • Participate in all load-in and load-out activities at Berkeley Rep’s theatre spaces: the Roda Theatre, a proscenium counterweight fly house and the Peet’s Theatre, a ¾ thrust stage with fixed grid, as well as any non-traditional performance spaces.
  • Oversee small groups of over hire technicians on special projects when assigned.
  • Attend production meetings, technical rehearsals, and notes sessions if requested by the technical direction team.
  • Instill and nurture an inclusive, safe, efficient, and effective working environment in the scene shop. The scenic carpenters serve as mentors for over hire carpenters and the scene shop fellow.
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications and skills

  • Ability to read and interpret theatrical drafts and create accurate material cut lists from drafts.
  • Ability to calculate compound cuts.
  • Ability to wear PPE for multiple hours a day and move objects up to 40 pounds.
  • Experience using and operating wood working tools including building and setting up jigs.
  • Experience using and operating metal working tools including prepping metal, cutting, bending, drilling, and MIG welding.
  • Familiarity with CNC machines and fabrication techniques including drilling, cutting, carving, and milling.
  • Knowledge of basic theatrical stagecraft including rigging, running the rail in a fly house, and handling soft goods.
  • Ability to drive larger box trucks and forklifts.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively as a team and individually on solo projects.
  • Ability to problem solve and help create solutions for scenic construction, automation, and rigging projects.

 

Application procedure

Berkeley Rep is an equal opportunity employer and offers a diverse, congenial, casual environment conducive to professional growth. Berkeley Rep 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, résumé, and three professional references to jobs@berkeleyrep.org with “Scenic Carpenter” 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: Seasonal full-time, non-exempt; benefits eligible after 90 days
Department: Scene Shop
Reports to: Technical Directors
Work schedule: Monday – Friday, 40 hours per week. Some weekends and overtime during load in periods.
Compensation: $26.50 per hour
Posting date: February 2022

 

Position summary

The Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre seeks a draftsperson to serve as a key member of Berkeley Rep’s scene shop. The draftsperson works closely with the technical direction team to engineer and create construction drawings and is expected to work closely with other production departments, as well as visiting designers and artistic staff.

 

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • With direction from the technical direction team and from designer drafts and models, engineer and draft construction drawings for shows.
  • Prepare ground plans and sections of designer drawings, rigging, technical drawings, and other drawings pertinent to the scenery, stages, or other performance locations in their appropriate formats as requested per department.
  • Communicate technical information to shop staff members and other departments so the productions can be built and installed in an accurate, timely, safe, and cost-efficient manner.
  • Assist the technical direction team in maintaining clear communication with designers as well as other departments on interdepartmental projects.
  • With technical direction team, analyze and mitigate risks by conducting risk assessments for projects in the scene shop to achieve a workable and safe production.
  • Assist in scheduling, project tracking, budget tracking, purchasing, and planning for productions and shop operations, as assigned.
  • Instill and nurture an inclusive, safe, efficient, and effective working environment in the scene shop.
  • Maintain and comply with safety standards in all shop areas.
  • Answer questions and clarify drawings as necessary.
  • Attend production meetings, technical rehearsals, and notes sessions as requested.
  • Lead research and development of special projects as assigned.
  • Participate in and/or lead small crews in daily shop operations, scenery fabrication, and installation as assigned by the technical directors.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications and skills

  • At least 3 years of experience in a scene shop or fabrication shop at a theatre or venue.
  • Strong computer drafting skills and experience with Autodesk AutoCAD. Knowledge of Vectorworks and 3D drafting programs is a plus.
  • Ability to create and manipulate scenic construction and engineering drawings for the purpose of communicating information for fabrication and installation.
  • Ability to organize and communicate information clearly verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to interact with a diverse group of constituents including visiting directors, designers, artists, administrative staff, and technical crews.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Significant experience in scenic construction and scenery installation including, but not limited to, scenic carpentry and metal working.
  • Knowledge of scenery automation and mechanics.
  • Knowledge of theatrical rigging. ETCP rigging certification is a plus.
  • Knowledge of CNC fabrication and machining is a plus.
  • Knowledge in theatrical engineering such as calculation of structural loads is a plus.

 

Application procedure

Berkeley Rep is an equal opportunity employer and offers a diverse, congenial, casual environment conducive to professional growth. Berkeley Rep 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, résumé, and three professional references to jobs@berkeleyrep.org with “Draftsperson” 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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Fellowships

For the 2022/23 season, Berkeley Repertory Theatre offers a fellowship program from September 2022–July 2023 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 (one piece should be about a play and the other should demonstrate your ability to communicate an idea(s)).

 

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

Berkeley Rep’s marketing department is a creative hub that has the unique position to interact with every department within the organization. This includes artistic, creatives, and talent as we generate content that speaks to the heart of a production with the aim to drive audiences and ticket sales. Our marketing fellow will build skills in branding, social, digital advertising, multimedia content creation, email communications, website management, and learn to work collaboratively with a team of graphic artists, videographers, industry leading partners, and commercial producers. Whether you are looking to build a career in live entertainment or beyond, the tools acquired at Berkeley Rep will equip and position you to effectively connect a complex product to its target audience in fun and creative ways.

 

Multimedia Content

Berkeley Rep’s growing art department, under the umbrella of marketing, is at the forefront of graphic design, videography, and photography, with the aim to communicate our stage work in varying multimedia formats to drive audiences and ticket sales. The multimedia content fellow will have the opportunity to assist in graphic work, leveraging our new branding system created by renowned designer Paula Scher. You’ll work closely with artistic, creatives, and talent to produce long and short form video and photo content to be shared across digital platforms for paid promotional, social, web, and institutional use. You’ll be part of the team innovating new approaches to full digital show capture while building technical skills in camera operation, lighting setups, and editing software. The experience acquired at Berkeley Rep will equip and position you to expertly produce and capture content that can be applied to any industry. Familiarity and experience with Adobe products (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, AfterEffects), MacOS, and camera equipment needed. Candidates must have some prior video production experience and submit samples of previous work.

Applications are now closed for the 2022/23 season.

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

We are looking for volunteer ushers to join our ranks. Volunteer ushers assist our Front of House staff to deliver an exceptional patron experience welcoming our diverse community of patrons. When you volunteer, you will get a seat to see the play you are volunteering for. You will need to be able to navigate Google Groups and use our volunteer scheduling program, Volgistics.

Please email BRTVushers@berkeleyrep.org if you are interested in volunteering. Patron Services Director Kelly Kelley will set up a 15 minute Zoom with you to answer questions and talk next steps.

Photo by Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Samantha Barks with the cast of Amélie, A New Musical

Book by Craig Lucas | Music by Daniel Messé | Lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Daniel Messé | Directed by Pam MacKinnon | Scenic and costume design by David Zinn | Lighting design by Jane Cox | Sound design by Kai Harada | Projection design by Peter Nigrini | Vocal arrangements by Kimberly Grigsby and Daniel Messé | Orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin | Musical direction by Kimberly Grigsby | Musical staging and choreography by Sam Pinkleton

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