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Institutional Giving Manager

Department: Development
Reports to: Associate Director of Development
Work schedule: Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm, with some evenings and weekends required
Classification: Regular full-time exempt position, with benefits
Compensation: Please submit salary requirements

Position summary

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is looking for a motivated and experienced full-time Institutional Giving Manager to join the staff at one of the nation’s leading nonprofit regional theatres.

Under the guidance of the Associate Director of Development, the Institutional Giving Manager is responsible for the overall management of the grants program as part of the Development team. Work includes research, coordinating strategy, writing and submission of all grant proposals to foundation, corporate, and government funders for annual operating support, and special project needs. Responsible for oversight and reporting, program descriptions, as well as management of benefits and recognition for institutional funders. The Institutional Giving Manager maintains an active grant calendar, database of funders and prospects, and an updated set of supporting materials. Working as a member of the Development team, the Institutional Giving Manager will focus on maintaining and expanding Berkeley Rep’s success with private, public, and government support, as well as building individual relationships with donors.

The Institutional Giving Manager position will provide a committed and talented individual the chance to work closely with Berkeley Rep’s strong and dedicated staff in a vibrant and important Bay Area arts organization.

Essential position responsibilities

  • In conjunction with Director of Development and Associate Director of Development, design and implement strategy for foundation and government income components of Annual Fund campaign and special projects. Collaborate with program staff to write Annual Fund and special project institutional grant proposals and reports, as well as develop grant budgets and program descriptions.
  • In conjunction with Associate Director of Development, research and write grants and reports for corporate foundation prospects. Participate in cultivation and stewardship activities with Berkeley Rep’s Corporate Council and other corporate funders.
  • Cultivation and solicitation strategy will include prospect research, oversight of grants calendar, dissemination of prospect lists to board members, contact with board and development chairs as needed to issue theatre invitations, make phone calls, plan meetings, and other cultivation/strategy activities.
  • Maintain database of corporate, government, and foundation donors and prospects for solicitation and cultivation. Maintain spreadsheet of boilerplate information about the Theatre and annual mailing log of letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports.
  • Attend development events to maintain relationships with current funders and cultivate prospects (opening night dinners, discussion series, season preview, private corporate events, etc.).
  • Develop and administer benefits and recognition for foundation and government donors including sponsorship packages, printed recognition, tickets, etc. Ensure institutional donors are recognized appropriately and invited to all relevant development events. Set up site visits by representatives of funders as needed.
  • Responsible for oversight and reporting of institutional grants in accordance with grant award guidelines. Track current institutional giving for monthly contributed income report. Reconcile institutional contributions with Controller on a regular basis. Review program book institutional donor lists, acknowledgements to ensure accuracy.
  • Maintain development collateral packages for grant proposals and Development Department including press clippings, feature articles, budgets, audited financial statements, arts education program info, IRS letters, institutional benefits list, etc. Assist Controller in updating the annual California Cultural Data Project Profile.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position qualifications

Education and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of academic and professional experience.
  • Minimum three years grantwriting experience.
  • Experience working at an arts organization preferred.

Ability to

  • Work independently and manage multiple grant and reporting deadlines simultaneously.
  • Articulate in writing the artistic and community outreach programs of an arts institution.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues within and outside the department, particularly artistic, School of Theatre, and financial staff, to effectively and accurately articulate new programs and develop project budgets.
  • Develop relationships with Theatre’s trustees, foundation officers, and the giving community.
  • Cultivate new institutional funders and help steward current funders through donor events, invitations to experience funded programs, and opportunities to meet with program staff and artists.

Required skills

  • Excellent writing and research skills.
  • Strong verbal communication skills.
  • Extremely detail oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, experience with databases, Tessitura a plus.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative on projects.
  • Flexible, adaptable, entrepreneurial, team player, with a can-do attitude.
  • Must be comfortable working in a busy and diverse office environment and display strong interpersonal skills.
  • Background in arts, arts education, arts advocacy, youth development, and cultural activism a plus.

Application procedure

Please send your résumé with a cover letter outlining your experience, salary requirements, and why you are interested in working for Berkeley Repertory Theatre, as well as a successful proposal you have written to:

Daria Hepps
Associate Director of Development
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
999 Harrison Street
Berkeley, CA 94710


Position is open until filled. Please, no calls or follow-up emails.

The Ground Floor Catering and Production Assistant

Department: The Ground Floor
Reports to: Associate Managing Director
Work schedule: Monday–Sunday, with evenings and weekends as required by schedule
     One day off per week (specific day determined by schedule)
     Starting date: May 31, 2017
     Ending date: July 21, 2017
Classification: Non-exempt
Compensation: $13 per hour
Application deadline: April 24, 2017

Position summary

To provide administrative and production support to The Ground Floor (TGF) staff in executing the activities of the Summer Residency Lab. The Ground Floor Summer Residency Lab is a program that thrives on enthusiasm, flexibility, and a willingness to solve problems creatively. Ours is a fast-paced, fun, and truly collaborative environment in which staff and volunteers work to support a fruitful development process for approximately 18 different new plays over the course of four weeks. A successful candidate appreciates camaraderie and teamwork, but also has the ability to take initiative and work independently. Primary responsibilities include overseeing victuals (i.e. all aspects related to kitchen, catering, food, and beverages) for staff and artists; assisting the production manager in crafting schedules; and providing production/technical support to individual projects’ development processes. This is a seasonal, non-exempt position, and is subject to the policies outlined in the Berkeley Repertory Theatre company handbook.

Essential position responsibilities

  • Staff liaison to catering company; coordinates head counts, daily menus, and food delivery; tracks dietary restrictions for all Summer Lab participants.
  • Trains volunteers and staff in proper kitchen and dinner procedures, including stocking the kitchen and preparing the coffee bar.
  • Executes food and hospitality set-up (including shopping for food, loading/unloading food items, and setting up food and drink stations) for Summer Lab meet-and-greets, panels, coffee breaks, social events, and other events as necessary.
  • Supports and helps design intern orientation week content with TGF team.
  • Assists Production Coordinator (PC) in crafting rehearsal schedules; maintains and updates the master calendar daily.
  • Assists PC in facilitating all technical and production needs, including setting up and breaking down tables and chairs, pulling props, furniture, and costume pieces from storage; coordinating and executing any video or audio recording.
  • Orders, tracks, and stocks pertinent office supplies within budget. Submits pertinent receipts and reimbursement requests to business office.

Other responsibilities

  • Helps to create a welcome and vibrant environment for all company members.
  • Shares on-call duties for after-hours arrivals/departures and emergencies with TGF team.
  • Some driving of company vehicles, as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned pertaining directly to the administration and execution of The Ground Floor Summer Residency Lab.

Position qualifications

Knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Highly organized with great attention to detail.
  • Some experience with Microsoft Word and Excel is preferred.
  • Must have a valid drivers’ license and the ability to operate all fleet vehicles.

Physical requirements

  • Must be able to perform physical activities such as, but not limited to, sitting at a computer for multiple hours at a time, lifting up to 40 pounds, bending, standing, and/or walking.

Application procedure

Please send cover letter and résumé to with “TGF Catering and Production Assistant” in the subject line.

Properties Assistant

Reports to: Properties Supervisor
Work schedule: Monday–Friday, with evenings and weekends as required by production schedule
Classification: Exempt

Position summary

To provide skilled workmanship and assist properties supervisor in producing stage properties, set dressing, and furniture elements for all Berkeley Repertory Theatre productions. To maintain prop stock. To work toward interdepartmental cooperation and ensure communication between departments to define needs and/or resources for production work and department overlaps. This is a year-long, salaried position, and is subject to the policies outlined in the Berkeley Repertory Theatre company handbook.

Essential position responsibilities

Prop production

  • Develop clear understanding of the production design and aesthetic to ensure proper finish of all pieces. Interpret drawings and research provided by scenic designers and determine best methods in construction. Perform research not provided by the designer that may be needed to execute the props for a production.
  • Plan projects and work independently and/or with the team, managing personal workload to meet deadlines.
  • Create working drawings for built props to be approved by the prop supervisor.
  • Perform the construction, purchasing, borrowing, or adapting from stock properties and materials for each production. Assist in supervising these duties as performed by others in prop shop.
  • Provide and build rehearsal props as necessary.
  • Set up prop storage and install stage props. Organize running instructions, and inform stage management, run crew, and cast what each prop is and its use. Provide training in any special set-up/maintenance needed for a particular prop or effect.
  • Attend and participate in production meetings, technical and dress rehearsals, previews, and accompanying notes sessions, and ensure execution of those notes.
  • Facilitate any changes, repairs, or finishing touches to the properties, including the maintenance and replenishing of perishable props as necessary throughout the run of the production.
  • Participate in strike of props for all productions. Return all borrowed items promptly following the close of each production and restock all items.

Prop shop administration

  • Act as shop floor supervisor for the fellow, overhire labor, and staff. Provide orientation in and enforce all appropriate procedures and policies, including all safety protocols. Apprise the prop supervisor of pertinent information.
  • Perform regular inspection and maintenance of tools and machinery, ensuring shop is clean, uncluttered, and adequately supplied. Notify the prop supervisor of any problems discovered.
  • Work with the prop supervisor to improve prop shop physical plant and inventory.
  • Maintain prop stock in good order. Maintain prop section of on-site warehouse and storage/work areas. Handle rentals and borrowing of props. Assure that borrowed and rented items are cared for and returned in a timely manner. Assist in maintaining prop database and photo inventories.
  • Provide props for photo calls and publicity appearances when necessary.
  • Participate in end of season reviews, assessing goals and progress.

Other responsibilities

  • Attend all staff meetings.
  • Provide technical support for fund raising activities as required.
  • Other duties as determined by the prop supervisor.

Position qualifications


  • Must have BA in Theatre or comparable professional experience with training in technical theatre production including prop construction; and have a working knowledge of all aspects of the theatre—production as well as performance.
  • Understanding of basic scenery design and period styles.
  • Comprehension in the safe operation of stationary and portable power tools, hand tools, and equipment.
  • Portfolio must include furniture construction; and experience in computer programs (Photoshop, Illustrator), carpentry, mold making, sewing, upholstery, shopping (store and online), crafts, sculpture, and painting preferred.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • High organizational and communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of all construction methods, including casting/molding, food fabrication, sewing, dye and crafts skills, paint and finish work, sculpture, and prop carpentry. Knowledge of small electronics is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of all materials, techniques, and working documents—including drawings/elevations and cut lists.
  • Understanding of the safe and healthful use and disposal of chemicals and other potentially hazardous materials.
  • Excellent communication skills—written, oral, and visual; computer skills necessary.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to operate all fleet vehicles.

Physical requirements

  • Must be able to perform physical activities such as, but not limited to, lifting, bending, standing, climbing, and/or walking. Must possess sufficient strength and stamina to lift and carry up to 40 pounds.
  • Must be able to safely operate stationary and portable power tools, sewing machines, hand tools, and equipment.
  • May have to work at heights, around moving machinery, and with exposure to noise, vibration, and/or dust.
  • Willingness to work at various sites and in all weather conditions, while using appropriate safety procedures.

Application procedure

Please send cover letter, résumé, and portfolio to with “Props Assistant” in the subject line.

The Props Assistant and Props Artisan positions are being considered independently. If you’d like to be considered for both positions, please apply to both.

Properties Artisan

Reports to: Properties Supervisor
Work schedule: Monday–Friday, with evenings and weekends as required by production schedule
Classification: Seasonal contract, non-exempt hourly

Position summary

The props artisan provides skilled workmanship in producing stage properties, set dressing, and furniture elements involved in the running, preparation, and maintenance required for all Berkeley Repertory Theatre productions. This is a non-exempt, hourly position contracted each season; and is subject to the policies outlined in the Berkeley Repertory Theatre company handbook.

This position is integrally related to the performance calendar and is, therefore, subject to seasonal variations in schedule, including required evening and weekend work, overtime, and leave between seasons. The number of weeks and start and finish dates are set with each season’s contract. This is an at-will contract.

Essential position responsibilities

  • Research, acquire, construct, paint, and finish all properties as assigned, including hand props, furniture, furnishings, and set decorations for all productions.
  • Repair, upholster, and refinish properties borrowed, purchased, or constructed for productions.
  • Under supervision of the properties supervisor and properties assistant, assist in full production cycle: build, load-in, set dress, and strike all productions.
  • Participate in warehouse truck and van trips to transport props and furniture to and from the theatre.
  • Under supervision of the properties supervisor and properties assistant, maintain equipment and supplies, stock items as necessary, and assist in the day-to-day maintenance of the prop shop, prop storage, and equipment.
  • Assist in maintaining open communication within the prop shop and with other production departments.
  • Related duties as deemed necessary by the properties supervisor or properties assistant.

Position qualifications


  • Four years’ experience working in a professional theatre.
  • Understanding of basic scenery design and period styles.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the safe operation of stationary and portable power tools, hand tools, and equipment.
  • Properties construction and artisan experience, including: furniture carpentry, upholstery, sewing, casting and molding, and scenic/prop painting. Strong preference for sculpting experience. Experience with small motors and electronics a plus.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Ability to plan projects and work independently and/or with the team, managing personal workload to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to routinely lift and carry 30–50 pounds.
  • Ability to work at heights, around moving machinery, and with exposure to noise, vibration, and/or dust.
  • Understanding of the safe and healthful use and disposal of chemical and other potentially hazardous materials.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Photoshop.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and researching skills.
  • Capacity for creative problem-solving in individual and group settings.
  • Willingness to work at various sites and in all weather conditions, while using appropriate safety procedures.

Application procedure

Please send cover letter, résumé, and portfolio to with “Props Artisan” in the subject line.

The Props Assistant and Props Artisan positions are being considered independently. If you’d like to be considered for both positions, please apply to both.

Overhire Carpenter

Status: Non-exempt employee
Reports to: Shop Foreman

Berkeley Repertory Theatre seeks qualified individuals to fill overhire Scenic Carpenter positions in the shop and during load-ins for productions in the 2016–17 season. Ideal candidates will have a working knowledge of technical theatre and scenic construction including both wood and metal. Must be self-motivated, have excellent attention to detail, perform safe working practices, and execute tasks efficiently and accurately both individually and as part of a team. Experience with stage rigging, finish carpentry, and CNC fabrication is a plus. Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

Position is paid hourly. Overtime may be required during strike and load-in periods. Schedule to be determined based on the needs of the production.

Please send cover letter, résumé, and references to with “Overhire Carpenter” in the subject line.

House Manager

Status: Part-time
Reports to: Front of House Director
Salary range: $14 per hour
Deadline: Open until filled

Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre seeks house manager. This position requires availability on evenings and weekends, with occasional weekdays as scheduled for rentals and special events. The right candidate will have hospitality experience and make customer satisfaction a high priority.

Responsibilities include

  • Train and supervise large, diverse group of volunteer ushers.
  • Manage nightly performances.
  • Work in cooperation with several departments including Production, Box Office, Artistic, Development, and Marketing.
  • With Concessions Supervisor: prepare deposits, balance banks and petty cash, schedule staff, plan and staff opening/closing night receptions.
  • Oversee lost and found for patrons and staff.
  • Maintain and enforce policies and procedures for audience development best practices.
  • Patron communications.


  • Experience with Word, Excel, and Outlook required; knowledge of Tessitura ticketing software and Revel POS system a plus.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Background in performing arts and/or non-profit sector organizations.
  • Commitment to the highest standards of customer service.
  • Attention to nuance and detail, with an eye on esthetics.
  • Ability to improvise and problem solve on the go.
  • Retail experience a plus but not required.


  • CPR/First aid training.
  • Cash handling experience in food service or retail venue.

Please email a résumé and cover letter to Only complete applications will be considered.

Please, no phone calls, faxes, unscheduled visits, or regular mail submissions.

Part-time Concessionaire

Status: Part-time (5–15 hours/week)
Reports to: Concessions Manager or supervisor on duty
Salary range: DOQ; starts at $12 per hour
Deadline: Open until filled

The Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre seeks part-time concessionaires for service to patrons in three theatres, year-round during seven-play season, plus special events and rentals. Candidate must be over 21 years of age. This position requires availability primarily during evenings and weekends. The ideal candidate will have hospitality or food service experience, a positive and flexible attitude, and a deep commitment to customer satisfaction. Appreciation for the performing arts a plus.

Responsibilities include

  • Serving and selling a range food and beverages to patrons at lobby concessions counters and full-service bar, with an ability to balance urgency with graciousness.
  • Attending at least one performance of every production and training sessions, as scheduled.
  • Working in cooperation with other concessionaires, house managers, custodial and production staff, artists, volunteer ushers, and supervisors.
  • Following all proper procedures in the handling of cash and credit card transactions.


  • Prior experience in food service, retail, and/or hospitality roles.
  • A proven commitment to delivering customer service at the very highest standard.
  • Bartending experience and/or knowledge of wines and beers a plus.
  • Cash handling experience in food service or retail venue.
  • Attention to detail and a willingness to learn.
  • Ability to balance operating quickly and efficiently with periodic lulls.
  • A proven ability to work with a diverse range of part-time staff and volunteers.
  • Evidence of positive disposition, maturity, drive, and enthusiasm.
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills; English fluency required.
  • Experience with tablet-based POS systems, especially Revel, a plus.
  • Appreciation of the performing arts, especially theatre, a plus.

Physical requirements

  • Able to lift 20–30 lbs, as needed.
  • Able to stand for 2–3 hours at a time.

Please email a résumé and cover letter to Only complete applications will be considered.

Please, no phone calls, faxes, unscheduled visits, or regular mail submissions.

Part-Time Box Office Representative

Berkeley Repertory Theatre seeks a part-time box office representative for approximately 15–20 hours per week. Preference will be given to applicants with weekend availability.

The ideal candidate will be friendly, energetic, articulate, and approachable. He or she must possess the ability to problem solve in a fast-paced environment and a strong ability to work as part of a team and build relationships.

Compensation is competitive with similar positions within the nonprofit performing arts industry. Benefits include free tickets to Berkeley Rep productions and walk-in privileges at other Bay Area theatres.

Send cover letter, résumé, and three references to Position is open until filled. No phone calls, please.

Immediate opportunities for Teaching Artists

Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s School of Theatre is currently accepting résumés for teachers and teaching artists to work in our educational programs. Résumés are reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants will be contacted as opportunities become available. Please send teaching résumé to and indicate the grade(s) with which you prefer to work.

Part-Time Custodian

The position

Clean and maintain large theatre space(s) and supporting rooms/areas. Care for assigned buildings and building areas. Knowledge of methods, materials, maintenance, and equipment used in janitorial work is required.

Typical tasks

  • Clean, sweep, and mop floors.
  • Dust and polish furniture, woodwork, and metal work.
  • Vacuum and shampoo carpets.
  • Wash walls and in/out windows.
  • Maintain restrooms in a clean and sanitary condition and replenish supplies.
  • Empty waste receptacles, dispose of trash.
  • Move/arrange furniture, chairs, and office equipment.
  • Respond immediately to any call for emergency clean up.
  • Unlock/lock buildings; doors and/or rooms, as needed.
  • Observe and report safety/security conditions to management.

Ability to

  • Perform routine janitorial duties.
  • Learn the approved methods of cleaning and caring for Berkeley Rep buildings.
  • Learn to handle equipment and supplies needed for job function.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Lift and move heavy items.
  • Get along well with others and have customer service skills.

Download job application

Please direct your electronic submission to or your mail submission to:

Part-Time Custodian Search
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
999 Harrison Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

Casting director Amy Potozkin

Audition policy

Berkeley Rep is a LORT B Theatre and hires actors who are members of Actors’ Equity Association. Occasionally local non-union actors are hired in large cast shows in supporting roles or as extras. Our understudy casts are drawn from the local non-union acting pool. 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 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. Out-of-town Equity actors who may be visiting the Bay Area can be seen on the third Monday of every month.

If you are a member of Actors’ Equity Association, plan to be in the Bay area, and would like to schedule an audition, please send your photo and résumé with a cover letter to:

Amy Potozkin
c/o Berkeley Repertory Theatre
999 Harrison Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

AEA general auditions

Berkeley Rep will hold 2017–18 season EPA auditions for Equity actors on Monday, April 24, 2017 from 9:30am–1pm and 2–5:30pm. Auditions will be held at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre (2071 Addison Street).

Click here to schedule an audition (AEA actors only)

Please prepare a short monologue OR a short song OR a one-minute monologue and 16 bars of a song. Audition may not exceed three minutes. Accompanist will be provided. Bring headshot and résumé stapled together, and your AEA card. Priority will be given to Bay Area actors. Equity actors outside the Bay Area will be wait-listed. Equity Membership Candidates will be seen if there are cancellations or if time allows.

Contact Chika Ike at with any questions or to be wait-listed.

Non-Equity general auditions

Please check back for information on general auditions for Non-AEA actors.

script submission

Script submission

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.

Q&A for local artists

Join Director of The Ground Floor Madeleine Oldham to discuss the application process for the 2017 Summer Residency Lab.

  • Monday, October 3, 2016 · 7–8:30pm

Please check back for additional discussion dates.

Thank you for your interest in Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Berkeley Repertory Theatre offers an 11.5-month fellowship program for serious-minded, highly motivated individuals 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. In addition to their specialized training, participants gain additional insight into the art and operations of a professional regional theatre through regularly-scheduled seminars led by guest speakers and members of the Theatre’s senior staff. Additionally, all fellows serve as mentors for Berkeley Rep’s annual Teen One-Acts Festival.

Berkeley Rep seeks applicants who have already acquired basic training and experience in their field and are ready for the next step toward a career in professional theatre. Ideal candidates should be willing to engage in the creative process, eager to test the limits of their own ingenuity, and ready to join a professional, artistic community. Our goal is to help our fellows transition successfully from life as a college or university student into the world of theatre professionals.

The fellowship program requires an 11.5-month commitment. Fellows generally begin on July 15 and conclude on June 30. They are given a monthly allowance to help cover expenses, including transportation, and housing is available for all 15 fellows. For their participation in the fellowship program, fellows receive credit from San Jose State University.

Please note: If the fellowship involves driving, the applicant must have an acceptable driving record as approved by our insurance representatives. All fellowships are contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

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Artistic and Administrative fellowships

Bret C. Harte Directing (Artistic Administration)

The Bret C. Harte Directing Fellowship is a chance to observe the inner workings of an artistic department at a major regional theatre. You will assist directors of our productions while observing the collaborative process from original concept through design and production. This includes the opportunity to read scripts, support workshops, attend and organize auditions, observe rehearsals, attend artistic staff meetings, discuss season planning, and organize events such as Page to Stage. In addition to working closely with the casting director, you will have the opportunity to mentor a young director as part of the School of Theatre’s Teen One-Acts Festival, and will be involved in The Ground Floor, which is Berkeley Rep’s new-play development lab. Ideal candidates will have experience and commitment to the art of directing. We are looking for someone who is self-motivated with the ability to synthesize information, and thrive in a project-based learning environment.

Company Management

Berkeley Rep’s company management team serves as the primary point of contact between visiting theatre artists, Berkeley Rep staff, and the Berkeley community. This is an ideal fellowship for an enthusiastic candidate seeking to learn about the operations of multiple departments. The fellow will learn the basics of artist hospitality, including arranging artist travel to and from Berkeley as well as their accommodation while in residence. The fellow will also 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. Prerequisites: A high degree of personal organization, strong interpersonal skills, discretion, facility with Excel, a valid drivers’ license, and a willingness to roll with the punches.

Development (Fundraising)

Essential to anyone wishing to pursue a career as a non-profit theatre administrator is a knowledge of fundraising. The development fellowship focuses on the implementation of a fundraising plan for the theatre and the process of cultivating and stewarding individual and institutional donor relationships. Under the guidance of the Theatre’s special events director, the fellow will learn all aspects of planning and executing donor stewardship and fundraising events, culminating in the opportunity to execute events independently. The fellow will also gain a broad perspective on all other aspects of the development department, including fundraising from corporations, foundations, and individuals. The fellow will lead a targeted fundraising campaign for the School of Theatre’s Teen Council program.


This fellowship provides an opportunity for an individual to explore the inner workings of a multi-faceted 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, teaching, advocacy, community engagement, 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. While the fellow will have access to classes and interact with faculty members and students regularly, this fellowship focuses more on the administration of arts education programs than developing teaching skills.

Graphic Design

Berkeley Rep’s design team works within the Theatre’s marketing department, producing hundreds of pieces each year. The graphic design fellow is mentored by the art director on the process of designing marketing materials such as print and web advertisements, magazines, direct mail, brochures, interactive lobby displays, signage, and more. The fellow will hone his/her design skills and learn how to take a multitude of projects from conception through production, gaining practical design experience in a fast-paced environment, learning marketing best practices, and participating in the workings of a high-energy team. By the end of the fellowship, the fellow will have created several high-quality portfolio pieces and be well-trained for a full-time job in design. Previous fellows have joined the staffs of Old Navy, Meyer Sound, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco Symphony, Fenton Communications, YMCA, and Berkeley Rep, among others. Prerequisite: Experience in graphics and layout programs (Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator), and an understanding of fundamental design principles. Candidates must submit samples of work or a link to an online portfolio (no original artwork, please).

Peter F. Sloss Literary / Dramaturgy

This fellowship involves mentored training in writing for the show program, intensive reading and critiquing of play submissions, helping to plan and execute The Ground Floor Summer Residency Lab, supporting the rehearsal room, maintaining a script library, assisting young playwrights in the Teen One-Acts Festival, and other as-needed projects. The fellow will have opportunities to provide dramaturgical context, including writing and research. Applicant should be extremely organized, personable, and possess a strong background in writing, as well as knowledge of dramaturgy and theatre. Valid driver’s license required. Candidates must submit, in addition to their other application materials, two samples of critical writing (at least one must be about a play).

Marketing / Digital Communications

Berkeley Rep’s marketing and communications department functions as a full-service agency with one client—Berkeley Rep. The marketing fellow will learn the process of 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 subjects including but not limited to brand management, campaign planning, creative development, advertising (digital, print, outdoor), promotions, community outreach, event planning, media relations, direct mail, social media and viral marketing, data analysis, and budget management. Opportunities exist for a motivated fellow to work as part of a team and independently, enabling her/him to pursue interests and develop skills for the future. Prerequisites: enthusiasm for marketing, superior communication and organization skills, attention to detail, ability to manage multiple projects, and proficiency with Microsoft Office products. Box office and/or social media experience desirable. Previous marketing fellows have found employment with New York’s Signature Theatre Company and Playwrights Horizons, Court Theatre of Chicago, Memphis Council on the Arts, Berkeley Rep, and other exemplary arts organizations.

Production fellowships


The costumes fellow 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, he/she may explore areas such as 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

The fellow receives hands-on learning experience working with the lighting designers for the mainstage season, and assists the Master Electrician using industry-standard software AutoCAD, VectorWorks, Spotlight, and Lightwright. In addition, the fellow is involved in all areas of electrics, including building practicals, hanging, focusing, and running of shows. Some opportunities may exist to design for the School of Theatre and rental groups. Ideal candidates have a background and interest in both electrics and design.

Production Management

The production management fellowship offers training at a professional theatre through mentorship by the Production Manager and Associate Production Manager. The fellow will gain experience with: processing designer contracts; facilitating communication among production, artistic, and administrative departments; scheduling tech rehearsals; creating and updating the production calendar; note taking during meetings; assisting with rentals and special events for the Theatre; tracking expenses; and assisting different departments when needed. The fellow also has a chance to apply what they have learned by being the production manager for the Teen One-Acts Festival, through the School of Theatre. Ideal candidates should display a broad knowledge of technical theatre, as well as organizational and computer skills. Prerequisite: Candidates must have a valid driver’s license.


This fellowship provides hands-on training in properties construction, carpentry, crafts, soft goods, research/shopping, and administration. Applicants should have previous prop/prop-related experience, a strong work ethic, good communication skills, and valid driver’s license. A flexible, creative personality is essential. Applicants must submit a digital portfolio for review (no original artwork, please).

Scenic Art

The scenic art 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. Applicants must submit a digital portfolio, including a sample of figure drawing or portraiture (no original artwork, please). Prerequisite: Strong drawing and color mixing skills are required.

Scenic Construction

This fellowship is about the hands-on development of skills in scenic construction, working in a professional production shop. The fellow will learn to face challenges as builder, welder, theatrical rigger, scenic automator, 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

The sound 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, experience setting up and programming shows, computer networking experience, PC and Mac familiarity, patience, and strong organizational skills.

Stage Management

The stage management fellowship provides a unique opportunity to learn all aspects of the duties 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. Computer and word processing skills are an asset.

How to apply

Applications are available in January for positions generally beginning the following July 15. Telephone and personal interviews are generally held in April and early May. Additional interviews will be held if openings occur during the season.

Please do not call to check on the status of your application. However, if your situation has changed and you have accepted employment elsewhere, we would appreciate an email to

A complete application includes:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Résumé
  • Additional documents if required (see fellowship descriptions above)
  • Two letters of recommendation and one additional reference

Please make sure you have read this page for all instructions and requirements before beginning your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application form

We ask everyone to apply electronically.

With the online form, you will be able to upload your application materials as one file. Your materials should be saved as ONE single PDF document and include your personal statement, résumé, and any additional documents (i.e. writing/portfolio samples, letters of recommendation). Save this document as LastName, FirstName (ex: Rep, Berkeley.pdf).

Personal statement

This statement should be 500 words or less and include the following: your career objectives and how you expect to achieve them, what you expect from a Berkeley Rep fellowship, your experience and/or education in theatre, the qualities you possess that recommend you as a candidate for a fellowship, and how you heard about Berkeley Rep’s fellowship. Your personal statement should reveal information about yourself that may not be represented in your résumé or recommendations.


A résumé of education, theatre experience, training, and any related work.

Two letters of recommendation

  • It is preferred that any/all letters be enclosed with your application materials, though they may be submitted separately from the rest of your application.
  • Any recommendation letters not included in your materials should be submitted by yourself or your recommender by mail or emailed to and saved as ApplicantLastName, FirstName_Recommendation.
  • All letters of recommendation must be received by March 10.

Recommendation letters coming by mail may be sent to:
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Attn: Fellowship Coordinator
2025 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

Questions? Email

Other important information

Academic credit

If your school would like to translate your fellowship experience into academic units, Berkeley Rep is happy to work with your school advisor. Please provide any paperwork with your application.

Living expenses

Berkeley Rep provides a small stipend to assist with daily expenses, including transportation. The stipend is $8,050 (total), disbursed equally over the 11.5 months of the fellowship.

Housing and transportation

Housing is available for all 15 fellows for the duration of the program. We are unable to accommodate partners or pets. Housing is within walking distance of the Theatre. Berkeley and the Bay Area have excellent public transportation—buses and trains. We recommend managing without a car since it is difficult to park in Berkeley. There are car-sharing consortiums for those who need occasional access to a car.

International applicants

Berkeley Rep is only able to accept applicants who have taken care of the necessary documents to work in the United States (i.e. visas, green cards, citizenship, etc.). The Theatre cannot sponsor or assist applicants in the visa application process. For more information, please contact the United States embassy in your country.

Equal opportunity

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Persons of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Contact information

Questions? Email us at No phone calls, please. For more information on how to apply, please see “How to apply” above.

Frequently asked questions

Can I apply for more than one fellowship?

Applicants can apply to two positions (max) on the application form—one being your primary choice, the second being an alternative choice. Please only indicate an alternative choice if it is an area in which you are fully qualified and interested.

Do you offer fellowships in acting or directing?

We do not offer acting or directing fellowships; however, we do offer classes in both areas at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.

Do you offer summer fellowships?

Berkeley Rep’s season generally runs August–June, which does not allow us to offer summer fellowships. All fellowships are 11.5 months unless otherwise arranged.

The Ground Floor summer residency program offers short-term summer ambassadorships. Ambassadors work with artistic and administrative staff in supporting this exciting new play development program. More info.

Can I participate in the fellowship during my college winter break?

Our fellowships generally run July–June. Occasionally, additional interviews will be held if openings occur during the season. Please check “Current availability” above.

Do you accept international applications?

Berkeley Rep is only able to accept applicants who have taken care of the necessary documents to work in the United States (i.e. visas, green cards, citizenship, etc.). The Theatre cannot sponsor or assist applicants in the visa application process. For more information, please contact the United States embassy in your country.

What kind of education do I need to have?

The fellowship at Berkeley Rep is aimed for applicants looking to make the jump from the academic world to the professional world of theatre. While a college degree is not required, we ask that applicants have some practical knowledge and experience in theatre. We do not accept high school students.

Can I hold a job during my fellowship?

For maximum learning opportunities, all Berkeley Rep fellowships are designed around the regular workings of the Theatre and often take up 40+ hours per week. The Berkeley Rep fellowship and stipend are designed to cover basic living expenses. While it is possible to hold a part-time job with some fellow positions, we strongly recommend against it. Applicants should secure independent funds for other expenses they may incur during their fellowship.

Should I include a portfolio with my application?

Please check the description of the fellowship for which you are applying for specific requirements.

Who should I have write my letters of recommendation?

Ideally, your recommendation letters should be written by people who know you and your work well. Employers, professors, supervisors, and mentors are usually the best. These should be people who have seen your past work and can speak of your potential for future work. These do not need to be theatre professionals since most skills can cross over career lines.

Artists and theatre professionals with whom past fellows have worked


Christopher Bayes · Jo Bonney · Lee Breuer · Mark Brokaw · Barbara Damashek · Kyle Donnelly · Robert Egan · Oskar Eustis · Leigh Fondakowski · David Galligan · Lillian Groag · Moisés Kaufman · Brian Kulick · Irene Lewis · Jonathan Moscone · Robert Moss · Timothy Near · Kent Nicholson · Sharon Ott · Lisa Peterson · Emma Rice · Mark Rucker · Domenique Serrand · Richard Seyd · Warner Shook · Molly Smith · Tony Taccone · Stephen Wadsworth · Les Waters · David Wheeler · Mark Wing-Davey · George C. Wolfe · Mary Zimmerman


Bill Cain · David Edgar · Will Eno · Eve Ensler · Steven Epp · Lillian Groag · Rinne Groff · Jordan Harrison · Danny Hoch · Naomi Iizuka · Lisa Kron · Tony Kushner · Dan LeFranc · Tarell McCraney · Charles Mee · Rita Moreno · Itamar Moses · Dael Orlandersmith · Stew / Heidi Rodewald · Sarah Ruhl · Lemony Snicket · Tony Taccone · Mary Zimmerman

Scenic designers

Christopher Acebo · Chris Barreca · Bill Bloodgood · Scott Bradley · Kate Edmunds · Erik Flatmo · Ralph Funicello · John Iacovelli · Christine Jones · David Korins · Sarah Lambert · Eugene Lee · Mimi Lien · Anna Louizos · Tom Lynch · Alexander V. Nichols · Dan Ostling · Neil Patel · Todd Rosenthal · Matt Saunders · James Schuette · Annie Smart · Kris Stone · Louisa Thompson · David Zinn

Costume designers

Sonya Berlovitz · Gabriel Berry · Deborah Dryden · Callie Floor · Jessica Ford · Anne Hould-Ward · Andrea Lauer · Meg Neville · Anna Oliver · Reggie Ray · Keiko Shirnosato · Annie Smart · Lydia Tanji · Shigeru Yaji · Anita Yavich · Christal Weatherly · David Zinn · Catherine Zuber

Lighting designers

Kevin Adams · Betsy Adams · Christopher Akerlind · Blake Burba · Russell Champa · Michael Chybowski · Marcus Dillard · Matt Frey · TJ Gerckens · Donald Holder · Jim Ingalls · York Kennedy · Peter Maradudin · Alexander V. Nichols · Stephen Strawbridge · Japhy Weidman · Robert Wierzel · Scott Zielinski

Composers, arrangers, and sound artists

Billy Joe Armstrong and Green Day · Todd Almond · Marc Bennet · Michael Bodeen · Robbin Broad · Cliff Caruthers · Larry Delinger · Paul Dresher · Obadiah Eaves · Peter Golub · Tom Kitt · James LeBrecht · Bray Poor · Andre Pluess · Jim Ragland · Jake Rodriguez · Brian Ronan · Darron West · Victor Zupac

Projection / video designers

Maya Ciarrocchi · Leah Gelpe · Darrel Maloney · Alexander V. Nichols · Jeff Sugg

Where are they now?

A fellowship at Berkeley Rep can open doors to work at theatres all over the country. Here’s what some of our recent former fellows are up to after completing their fellowships:

  • Art Director at Berkeley Rep
  • Education Director at Berkeley Playhouse
  • Assistant to the Publisher at Heydey Books
  • Production Manager at Market Road Films
  • Artistic Director at Crowded Fire Theater
  • Director of New Work Development at Kansas City Rep
  • Freelance Equity Stage Manager
  • Company Manager at Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts
  • Overhire Scenic Artist and Set Designer
  • Assistant Director of Marketing at Court Theatre
  • Box Office Manager at Beach Blanket Babylon
  • Freelance Lighting Designer
  • Audience Development Manager at Berkeley Rep
  • Senior Graphic Designer at Meyer Sound
  • MFA student in technical design and production at Yale University
  • Conservatory Associate at American Conservatory Theater
  • Director of Marketing at Playwrights Horizons
  • Venue Support Manager at Goldstar Events
Ushers in the Peet’s Theatre


It costs nothing but time to become a volunteer usher at Berkeley Rep. Ushering is a fun and easy way to get more involved with arts and culture in the Bay Area and to see Tony Award-winning theatre!

Berkeley Rep is proud to have a wonderful community of volunteers that work with us regularly each season. Our ushers come from all over the greater Bay Area and are a valued and important part of Berkeley Rep. In return for their services, ushers are seated just before the curtain rises to enjoy the performance. On rare occasions, a performance is sold out and no seats are available. In those cases, the Roda Theatre has a standing room section or a large plasma screen in the lobby; Peet’s Theatre ushers will be asked to watch from the lobby or Michael’s Second Act, our bar. Ushers may be seated after intermission if seats become available. Every effort is made to maintain a roster of 15 ushers per performance.

All of Berkeley Rep’s ushers are volunteers. They are trained and supervised by a house manager. Familiarity with, and access to, a computer and email is required.

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Volunteer usher benefits

Complimentary theatre seating during performance (standing room, lobby, or bar in the extreme case of a sold out performance).

Discount at Berkeley Rep concessions on ushering dates.

Invitations to usher special events and presentations.

Volunteer usher posts

Berkeley Rep’s volunteer ushers are the most visible part of the front-of-house and are responsible for the welcoming, guidance, safety, and comfort of all patrons. You will be personally contributing to Berkeley Rep’s reputation for professionalism and quality by assuring that our patrons feel welcome. A positive attitude is essential, and a dress code is enforced (see “Dress code” below).

The house manager will provide a brief orientation before each performance, answer any questions, and assign usher posts for the event. He or she will be available to answer questions throughout the event. Don’t feel that you have to answer every question a patron asks, or solve every problem. Ushers are occasionally asked to stuff programs before the doors open to patrons. Familiarity with seating is essential for most positions. Individual training will be provided as needed. Matinee and evening series are available during the regular theatre season, with varying call times (12:30, 5:30, or 6:30pm) and early curtains on Wednesday and Sunday evenings. A call time is the time that you are expected to arrive at the Theatre to sign in, while curtain time marks the time the performance begins. Promptness is essential.

Ticket usher

  • Greet patrons at house doors and scan tickets; assist as directed during intermission and post-show.

Door usher

  • Greet patrons in the house, check tickets, deliver programs, and direct patrons to appropriate aisle and seat.

Assistive listening devices usher

  • Greet and orient patrons interested in checking out Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs). Some prior knowledge of—or interest in—accessibility for those with hearing loss preferred, but not required.

Other usher positions

  • Greet patrons in the Narsai David Courtyard, pass out programs, assist in the photo booth, and other positions depending on individual productions. Usher assignments are usually picked by the usher, but ushers must be able and willing to accept the position assigned by the house manager as needed.

New volunteer ushers

Berkeley Rep’s very popular volunteer ushering program for the 2016–17 season is filled and closed to new people at this time. Please check back in mid-June 2017 for possible usher orientation dates for the 2017–18 season. Should we need to expand our pool of ushers, orientation dates will be scheduled for August 2017.

Volunteers should enjoy working with the public and be customer service-oriented. As you will be the face of Berkeley Rep, you’ll be representing the theatre to our paying patrons. Ushers have a dress code, a call time, and are expected to volunteer during pre-show, intermission, and post-show. Some, but not all, requirements include the ability to remain on one’s feet for up to three hours, carry up to 15 pounds, and be nimble up and down staircases. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Ushers are not guaranteed a seat in the case of a sold out performance.

Berkeley Rep reserves the right to accept or refuse any volunteer usher.

Frequently asked questions from new ushers

Q: Can I work as an usher before I attend a training session?

A: NO! NEW VOLUNTEERS WILL NOT BE SCHEDULED TO USHER WITHOUT FIRST RECEIVING THIS TRAINING. The training orientation is mandatory for all ushers. All ushers (returning series and substitute ushers, and new ushers) must attend an orientation every summer in order to usher the season.

Q: Do you have a dress code?

A: Yes. Read our dress code requirements below.

Q: Is parking provided for ushers?

A: No. Berkeley Repertory Theatre is located in busy downtown Berkeley—there are parking facilities, metered parking, and one-hour zones in the area, but there are no special parking areas for our volunteers or staff. Bike parking isn’t available on Theatre grounds, but is available on the sidewalks. You should allow ample time to find parking before you arrive at the Theatre. If you arrive late to a training session, you will not be permitted to participate. If you arrive late to an ushering shift, you may not be permitted to usher and it will constitute a no-show. Two no-shows bar you from ushering at Berkeley Rep.

Q: Can I get my schedule at the orientation? Should I bring my datebook and calendar for scheduling?

A: No. You will be notified individually by email regarding your new schedule well in advance of the new season.

Q: Do I need to attend the orientation session in ushering attire?

A: No. Dress comfortably and any way you wish.

Q: What is the usher guidebook and what do I do with it?

A: The guidebook, which is updated each season, is an essential reference for you. In order to begin your work as an usher, you are required to read it thoroughly and sign a document indicating that you agree to the conditions set forth by the Theatre. When you sign up to be an usher, you are committing to an entire season; very often, details are forgotten after a couple of months. You will find it desirable to refer to the guidebook from time to time to refresh your memory. A season commitment is five to seven dates throughout the season.

Q: After the curtain goes up, is my job for the night finished?

A: No. All ushers have tasks before the show, at intermission, and after the show is over. If you need to leave early, you must get the house manager’s approval.

Dress code

The purpose of having a dress code is to ensure that our ushers are both professionally and distinctively dressed. It is important to be easily identifiable as representing the Theatre. The dress code is solid black dress slacks or a solid black dress skirt, and a black or white blouse or shirt with sleeves. Please keep accessories such as scarves and large jewelry to a minimum. On cold days, a professional plain black or white jacket or sweater may be worn. Ties are optional, and must be appropriate for work. All ushers are expected to wear plain black dress shoes. No sneakers, flip-flops, sandals, or open-toed shoes allowed! Shoes must cover and protect your toes. Wear shoes that you can stand in for four hours and do a lot of walking up and down aisles and stairs. All clothing must be clean and ironed. Mini-skirts, t-shirts, tank tops, and jeans are not appropriate usher attire, even if they are the right color. If you’re not in proper dress, you will not be permitted to usher—and will be noted as a no-show on your attendance record.

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Become a docent

If you enjoy public speaking and are intrigued by the opportunity to enrich the theatrical experience of your fellow playgoers, consider becoming part of Berkeley Rep’s docent program. Throughout the season, the docents give talks in the theatre before performances, lead post show discussions, and give presentations at a variety of community locations on each of the theatre’s seven productions.

Want more information? Email with your name and contact information.

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Volunteering at Berkeley Rep is a great way to get involved behind the scenes and provide vital support to the Theatre. Although the majority of our volunteers work on an on-call basis, we have a limited number of volunteer positions for people who are able to commit to a regular, weekly schedule.

Volunteering at Berkeley Rep is a great way to contribute your skills and experiences to the Theatre, to gain insight into the inner workings of our organization, meet creative people, and develop new skills.

If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please call 510 647–2900 or email If there is a good match between your interests and the Theatre’s needs, we will schedule an interview.