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Associate Managing Director
Position: A two-year fellowship to train a next generation of managing directors
Classification: Full-time, exempt; benefits eligible after 90 days
Reports to: Managing Director
Posting date: September 2020
Position summary and essential duties and responsibilities
Berkeley Repertory Theatre seeks a highly motivated individual for the position of associate managing director (AMD), a senior management position, reporting to the managing director. The AMD will work on a wide range of projects, including partnering with the director of The Ground Floor to make up the leadership team for The Ground Floor, as well as management responsibility for new program initiatives. Qualified applicants will have strong written and oral communication, financial, marketing, and computer skills, along with a strong interest in arts leadership and administration.
The AMD will have managerial responsibility for The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. Work on this entails budget development, marketing, hiring, scheduling, and overall administrative oversight for the Theatre’s year-round play development activity (e.g., workshops, commissions, and the annual Summer Residency Lab). A new manager will have the opportunity, in partnership with the program director, to recommend and implement policies for the expansion and development of The Ground Floor and development of a strategic program for Berkeley Rep’s new play initiatives.
The AMD will work closely with the managing director in a comprehensive capital campaign and in representing Berkeley Rep to various civic activities, business, and cultural organizations. The AMD will also work with the general manager in preparing and negotiating artist contracts and co-production agreements and developing season budgets.
Other activities may include conducting research and creating reports for internal use, providing mentorship and guidance to administrative staff, assisting board committees, and special projects as needed.
Previous associate managing directors
- Sarah Williams, Managing Director, California Shakespeare Theater
- Karena Fiorenza Ingersoll, General Manager, Steppenwolf Theatre
- Meghan Pressman, Managing Director, Center Theatre Group
- Alisha Tonsic, Executive Director, Network of Ensemble Theaters
Competitive candidates will have a committed and demonstrated interest in arts administration and leadership with at least four years of professional experience managing multiple budgets and projects. Candidates must be skilled writers with marketing savvy, strong written and verbal communication skills, be self-motivated, have strong follow-through, and outstanding interpersonal skills. They must also have experience working with Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel. PowerPoint is a plus. The ideal person for this position thrives in a collaborative, sometimes chaotic environment, is a self-starter who is able to work both independently and collaboratively, and has a deep commitment to the development of new artistic work.
Other qualifications include
- Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of academic and professional experience.
- Minimum of four years of experience in theatre administration or management.
- Exceptional project management skills and experience.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Demonstrated skill in working collaboratively with colleagues across an organization.
- Ability to problem-solve and negotiate with diplomacy and tact.
- Sound judgment and decision-making skills.
- Desire to serve as an ardent and loyal advocate of Berkeley Rep.
Berkeley Rep is an equal opportunity employer. Berkeley Rep offers a diverse, congenial, casual environment conducive to professional growth.
Position available immediately and will remain open until filled. Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and a résumé. Berkeley Rep will contact candidates of interest. Please, no calls.
Email submissions only. Send only PDF attachments, no web links, to email@example.com with “Associate Managing Director” in the subject line. Only complete submissions will be considered.
Graphic Design Associate
Classification: Full-time, exempt; benefits eligible after 90 days
Department: Marketing & Communications
Reports to: Director of Marketing and Communications
Work schedule: 40 hours per week, Monday–Friday with occasional evenings and weekends
Posting date: October 2020
The Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre seeks a full-time graphic design associate well versed in both digital and print to join our marketing team. Reporting to the director of marketing and communications, this role executes and maintains the visual brand identity across both Berkeley Rep and our School of Theatre as established under the creative direction of Pentagram’s Paula Scher.
Essential duties and responsibilities
- Under the supervision of the director of marketing and communications, work with Pentagram’s appointed creative director and Paula Scher in executing the institutional visual branding identity while ensuring graphic continuity for the Theatre’s seasonal productions including eight to ten plays per year, our emerging artist program The Ground Floor, fundraising endeavors, and School and educational needs. This includes (but is not limited to):
- Website graphics, front of house materials, lobby displays, digital and print advertising, direct mail postcards, show posters, brochures, programs, large and small outdoor displays, apparel and merchandise, invitations, fundraising materials, email graphics, web banners, and more.
- Provide input on visual elements of video projects.
- Collaborate and develop daily social media imagery.
- Ensure data and files are organized, stored, and backed up appropriately.
- Track and traffic graphics with third-party vendors including printers and advertisers.
- Learn and adhere to various union guidelines when handling photo and video assets.
- Work on-site at Berkeley Rep’s offices in northwest Berkeley (once it reopens).
- Perform other duties, as assigned.
Qualifications and skills
- Experience level: Open to exploring graphic artists just entering the field through mid-career professionals looking to hone their skills within an arts and cultural institution.
- Advanced user in Adobe Creative Cloud Suite on a Mac OS (with particular focus on InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom, Acrobat).
- Knowledge of HTML and backend CMS platforms a plus.
- Comfort using Microsoft Office Suite and Keynote.
- Knowledge of project management applications.
- Attention to detail within a fast-paced environment.
- A personable and collaborative spirit.
- Ability to manage and prioritize a high volume of projects simultaneously.
- Interest in the performing arts (theatre experience not specifically required).
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, résumé, and a link to your portfolio. Berkeley Rep will contact candidates of interest. Please, no calls.
Email submissions only. Send applications to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Graphic Design Associate” in the subject line. Only complete submissions will be considered.
Work for Berkeley Rep
Berkeley Repertory Theatre has established itself as one of the country’s top-ranking professional resident theatre companies, known for consistently high-quality productions.
Berkeley Repertory Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. Persons from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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. 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, 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 email@example.com.
Berkeley Rep held general auditions for local actors on May 6, 2019. Please check back for information about next year’s general auditions.
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.
We also invite Bay Area artists who want a quiet, concentrated space to write to reserve a space in our East Bay Writers’ Room.
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.
Artistic and administrative fellowships
Bret C. Harte Directing (Artistic Administration)
This fellowship provides a chance to assist the directors of our productions throughout the season and to observe the inner workings of an artistic department at a major regional theatre. This includes the opportunity to attend and organize auditions, observe rehearsals, evaluate scripts, participate in artistic staff meetings, and discuss season planning. In addition to working closely with both our Artistic Director and our Director of Casting, you will have the opportunity to mentor a young director for the Teen One-Acts Festival and may assist with projects related to The Ground Floor, Berkeley Rep’s new play development lab. Ideal candidates will have experience and commitment to the art of directing, will be self-motivated, organized, and personable, and will thrive in a project-based learning environment.
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.
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.
This fellowship provides an opportunity for an individual to learn 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, 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.
Theatre experience is not required to be considered for this position. This fellowship is part of Berkeley Rep’s graphic design team, which works within the Theatre’s marketing department, producing hundreds of pieces each year. The design fellow is mentored by the Art Director on the process of designing marketing materials such as print and web advertisements, magazines, direct mail packages, brochures, invitations, emails, signage, and more. The fellow will hone their design skills and learn how to take a multitude of projects from concept 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, The Wexner Center, YMCA, various global marketing agencies, and more. Ideal candidates have experience in graphics and layout programs (Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator), an understanding of fundamental design principles, and a desire to use your design powers for good. Candidates must submit samples of work or a link to an online portfolio (no original artwork, please).
Marketing / Digital Communications
This fellowship focuses on how Berkeley Rep’s marketing and communications department functions as a full-service agency with one client—Berkeley Rep—through 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 disciplines including but not limited to brand management, campaign planning, creative development, advertising (digital/print/outdoor), promotions, audience development, event planning, media relations, direct mail, email marketing, social media content creation, data analysis, and budget management. Opportunities exist for a motivated fellow to work as part of a team and independently, enabling them to pursue interests and develop skills for the future. Box office and/or social media experience desirable. Previous marketing fellows have found employment with New York’s Signature Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, Court Theatre of Chicago, Memphis Council on the Arts, Berkeley Rep, and other exemplary arts organizations. Ideal candidate will have an enthusiasm for marketing, superior communication and organization skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple projects.
Peter F. Sloss Literary / Dramaturgy
This fellowship involves mentored training in writing for the show program, intensive reading and evaluating 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. Ideal candidates will be extremely organized, personable, and possess a strong background in writing, as well as knowledge of dramaturgy and theatre. Candidates must submit, in addition to their other application materials, two writing samples (at least one must be about a play).
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 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. Opportunities may exist to design for the School of Theatre and rentals. Ideal candidates have a background and interest in both electrics and design.
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 self-driven individual, a creative problem-solver who has broad knowledge of technical theatre and excellent communication skills, thrives in a team atmosphere, and is articulate and imaginative.
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, and good communication skills. Ideal candidates are flexible and have a creative personality. Applicants must submit a digital portfolio for review (no original artwork, please).
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.
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, 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
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, experience setting up and programming shows, computer networking experience, PC and Mac familiarity, patience, and strong organizational skills.
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.
How to apply
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has necessitated the closure of our theatres, shops, and offices, we have postponed the application and interview process for 2021 season fellowships. Please check back for updates.
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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.
- Greet patrons at house doors and scan tickets; assist as directed during intermission and post-show.
- 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 volunteer ushering program for the 2019–20 season is filled and closed to new ushers. Please check back for usher orientation dates for the 2021 season.
- The dress code is covered at orientation, but is not in force for the orientation.
- You must attend an orientation before joining our internet email group.
- All volunteer ushers must be 18 years of age or older.
- All volunteer ushers should enjoy working with the public, as you will be the face of Berkeley Rep!
- Usher requirements include, but are not limited to: being capable of standing unaided for up to three hours; carrying up to 10 pounds; being nimble up and down staircases.
- Ushers must be able to serve all positions: seat ushering, scanning tickets, checking out assistive listening devices, and other duties as required by each production.
- Ushers are not guaranteed a seat in the case of a sold out performance, but may be asked to watch on a lobby or bar screen.
- New volunteers are required to accept a series assignment, which is five or seven dates for the season. Volunteers new to the usher pool are not allowed to begin as substitutes.
- Returning ushers may move from series to substitute status or vice versa. Substitute ushers are required to usher at least three performances during the season.
- 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.
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.
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.
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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 email@example.com. If there is a good match between your interests and the Theatre’s needs, we will schedule an interview.