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Marketing Manager

Status: Full-time
Reports to: Director of Marketing and Communications
Salary range: DOQ

Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre seeks a full-time marketing manager to work alongside the director of marketing and communications in administering the activities of a full-service department responsible for an annual audience of 200,000. Specifically, the marketing manager:

  • Aids in development and administration of the Theatre’s subscription and single ticket sales campaigns activities, with particular focus on tactical implementation, sales tracking, and audience development;
  • Coordinates department-wide integration of staff and service providers across marketing, box office, PR, communications, patron services, design professionals, and outside vendors;
  • Works with department director to monitor all department activities and projects, with particular responsibility for new projects and partnerships.

The marketing manager plays a critical role in a broad range of detail-oriented, deadline-driven activities that sustain and expand Berkeley Rep’s audience. This is a great opportunity for an ambitious and energetic person wanting to apply their passion for the arts to the field of marketing.

Responsibilities include but aren’t limited to

  • Drive single-show campaigns
    • Advertising: coordinate and administer the Theatre’s advertising plan; maintain the written document, conduct research, solicit price quotes, make media buys, track expenses.
    • Audience Development: support audience development manager in departmental effort to identify, cultivate, solicit, steward, and sustain diverse audiences via advertising, co-promotions, special events, outreach, and other means, including development of new, highly targeted programs.
    • Database: work closely with the full Tessitura software suite (including the RMA and T-Stats) to maximize revenue and generate key sales, financial, and statistical analyses.
  • Administer a $4+ million subscription campaign in conjunction with department head
    • Manage and coordinate all renewal and acquisition mailings between January and November; work with colleagues to coordinate ancillary in-house email and telemarketing.
    • Manage advertising, research, list generation, and other related activities.
  • Serve as day-to-day liaison with the box office/ticket services staff
    • With ticket services director, administer Tessitura, TNEW, and web changes for revenue management and dynamic pricing.
    • Serve as primary contact for and improve communication between marketing and box office staff.
  • Manage and coordinate a range of departmental activities
    • Research: drive the Theatre’s growing interest in and continued commitment to audience research, including extensive use of T-Stats, TRG Data Center, and Tessitura, as well as relevant outside sources.
    • Budget tracking: maintain up-to-date budget reporting by tracking expenses in ledger and Tessitura.
    • Social Media: collaborate with the communications and digital content director to develop social media strategy and content.
    • Oversee the marketing fellow along with the department director.
  • Execute other duties, as assigned.

Preferred candidate will possess

  • A degree in marketing/communications, or 1–3 years of equivalent experience.
  • Evidence of maturity, drive, and enthusiasm.
  • Preference for a deadline-driven, detail-oriented, multi-task environment.
  • Superlative communication skills, especially in writing.
  • Strong analytical abilities (including math and statistics), intellectual curiosity, and unwavering attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in digital media best practices (social, SEO, display, etc.).
  • Experience with MS Word products (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, others).
  • Love of theatre!

Experience with Tessitura ticketing highly desirable; knowledge of RMA and/or T-Stats a plus.

Berkeley Rep offers full benefits including vacation, sick days, and healthcare. Berkeley Rep offers a diverse, congenial, casual environment conducive to professional growth.

Position available immediately. Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and a résumé without delay. Berkeley Rep will contact candidates of interest. Please, no calls.

Email submissions only. Send only PDF files, no web links, to jobs@berkeleyrep.org with “Marketing Manager”in the subject line. Only complete submissions will be considered.

Maintenance Repair Technician

Reports to: Facilities Director
Work schedule: Wednesday–Sunday, 9am–6pm

Responsibilities include

  • General maintenance including painting, light electrical repair, plumbing repair, carpet/flooring care, doors and locks, windows, custodial work, HVAC units, light auto maintenance, landscaping, and responding to maintenance requests as directed for the interior and exterior of buildings.
  • Preventative maintenance including diagnosing problems and repairs, and ensuring that work orders are responded to professionally and promptly.
  • Inspecting buildings and grounds for safety and cleanliness, and working with outside contractors as needed.
  • Providing excellent customer service.

Preferred candidate

  • Has a minimum of 3–5 years experience in a facilities maintenance role.
  • Has the ability to participate in an on-call emergency rotation, responding in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • Is proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel) and AutoCAD.
  • Is a self-motivated, customer service-oriented individual with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Is someone who takes great pride in the quality of their work and is passionate about providing exemplary customer service!

Minimum qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • English language proficiency (read, speak, and write).
  • Ability to pass a full background check.
  • Must be able to walk, run, kneel, squat, regularly lift 20–30 lbs., and occasionally lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Position requires good balance, ability to climb ladders, and work on high platforms, roofs, and lifts.

Download job application

Please direct your electronic submission to jobs@berkeleyrep.org or your mail submission to:

Facilities Director
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
999 Harrison Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

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 jobs@berkeleyrep.org 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.

Qualifications

  • 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 aesthetics.
  • Ability to improvise and problem solve on the go.
  • Retail experience a plus but not required.

General/Other

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

Please email a résumé and cover letter to jobs@berkeleyrep.org. 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 $12.53 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.

Qualifications

  • 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 jobs@berkeleyrep.org. 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 jobs@berkeleyrep.org. 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 outreach@berkeleyrep.org 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 jobs@berkeleyrep.org 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 held 2017–18 season EPA auditions for Equity actors on April 24, 2017.

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 2018 Summer Residency Lab.

  • Monday, October 9, 2017 · 7–8:30pm

Please check back for additional discussion dates.

Thank you for your interest in Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Fellowships

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.

Education

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

Costumes

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.

Properties

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 fellowship@berkeleyrep.org.

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.

Résumé

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 fellowship@berkeleyrep.org 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 fellowship@berkeleyrep.org.

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 fellowship@berkeleyrep.org. 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

Directors

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

Playwrights

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

2017–18 fellows

Artistic and administrative fellows

Nicholas Kowerko · Bret C. Harte Directing Fellow

Nicholas KowerkoNicholas is thrilled to be the Bret C. Harte directing fellow! He has been involved in over 25 productions as a director or assistant director in various venues across the country. He was a casting assistant at Boston Casting, where he worked on ABC Television’s Body of Proof with Dana Delaney, commercials for Dunkin’ Donuts, Gillette, and Verizon, as well as other independent feature films. He completed the directing internship at Great River Shakespeare Festival and the season-long directing assistantship at Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA), where he was also on faculty, teaching undergraduate courses in Movement and Strasberg Method Acting. He has also taught at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, the Media Performance Institute in Boston, the State University of New York at Fredonia, and Syracuse University. He was a new play development assistant at Syracuse Stage, and also an assistant director there. As a writer, he has written the scripts for devised pieces he directed, Inertia: The Banjo Opera, The One They Call the Wind, and was a co-adapter for the musical Christmas Is Here Again with Brad Carroll. Proud SDC Associate.

Alice Stites · Company Management Fellow

Alice StitesAlice has worked as the programming intern at New York Live Arts, development intern at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and artistic intern at Second Stage. She recently graduated with distinction in Drama from Kenyon College, where she directed and produced several shows as well as worked as the assistant to Wendy MacLeod, Kenyon’s playwright-in-residence. Alice is from Louisville, Kentucky.

Ariana Johnson · Development Fellow

Ariana JohnsonAriana is thrilled to be the 2017–18 development fellow. She served as the artistic director of the Stanford Asian American Theater Project for two seasons, an organization devoted to increasing diversity of peoples and stories in the performing arts. In addition to her work as a stage manager and lighting designer, recent directing highlights include Equivocation, Hairspray (associate director), and a reimagined, Asian inspired production of Into the Woods. Ariana graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Symbolic Systems with a concentration in Cognitive Science, and a minor in Theater and Performance Studies.

Ky’Lend Adams · Education Fellow

Ky’Lend AdamsKy’Lend is currently the education fellow for the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. He is a recent graduate from George Mason University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a concentration in Media Production and Criticism, and a minor in Theater. Ky’Lend has been privileged in working with Arena Stage in Washington, DC as a teaching artist for almost a decade. He is eager to be working at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre alongside individuals that are as passionate about the need for arts education as he is. In the future, Ky’Lend’s goal is to integrate arts education while making the arts accessible for all.

Kendall Markley · Graphic Design Fellow

Kendall MarkleyKendall recently graduated from Ohio University and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Her projects have included an interactive app for the Kennedy Museum of Art, promotional materials for the Child Conservation League, and conceptual development and design of Focus Bookbinding by Professor Emeritus Don Adleta. Her work focuses on craft and bringing analog elements into the digital realm. Looking forward, she hopes to cultivate a career in the arts.

James Dinneen · Peter F. Sloss Literary / Dramaturgy Fellow

James DinneenJames is grateful to be working at Berkeley Rep for the 2017–18 season. In addition to his fellowship, he is a playwright, director, actor, filmmaker, and sound designer. His plays include Allison After a Fire (2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe), MSR: A Sci-Fi Adventure 4 Millennial Souls, Halcyon, and Masturbating While Lonely, all of which were produced by the Colorado College Theatre Workshop. He graduated from Colorado College in May of 2017 with a major in History and Philosophy, a minor in Asian Studies, and a thesis project about monsters and the Anthropocene. He is from Denver, CO.

Arielle Rubin · Marketing / Digital Communications Fellow

Arielle RubinArielle is a native of Sebastopol, CA. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ithaca College in May 2017 with a BS in Theatre Arts Management. She has worked with Summer Repertory Theatre, Hangar Theatre, and Ithaca College Theatre Arts in various administrative and front of house positions. Long-term she is eager to create and foster relationships between the theatre and the public and aspires to make the arts accessible for all.

Production fellows

Kiara Montgomery · Costumes Fellow

Kiara MontgomeryKiara is the 2017–18 Berkeley Rep costumes fellow. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising and Design at Alabama A&M University and a Master of Science degree in Consumer and Design Sciences, with a research focus in historic costume and trend analysis at Auburn University. After working in the fashion industry and several art department gigs for film, TV, and commercials, Kiara later revisited her alma mater to study theatre technology with concentrations in costume design and set design and has not looked back since. Some of her costume design credits include Miss Julie and Yellowman at Clark Atlanta University, short film Grandmother at Columbia University, and Village Plains Tribal Fusion’s MYTHOS; she also worked as a costume technician for Assassins and The Integration of Tuskegee High School at Telfair Peet Theatre. Kiara is very grateful and excited for her journey with Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s costume shop and eager to learn as much as she can throughout the process.

Domino Mannheim · Lighting / Electrics Fellow

Domino MannheimDomino just graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Theatre Production Design and Technology, with an emphasis in Lighting Design and a minor in Business Administration. She has just finished working at Theatre Aspen for their 2017 summer season and is loving Berkeley so far. After her time here, she has signed a contract to join Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as their light technician for the following six months. With her spare time (lol) she loves to read, hike, drink piña coladas, and get caught in the rain.

Dawn Marie Kelley · Production Management Fellow

Dawn Marie KelleyDawn was born and raised in Baltimore City. She got her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Studies from Towson University. She has spent most of her time, since graduating, stage managing in and around the Maryland/DC/Virginia area. Some of those theatres include Single Carrot Theatre, Strand Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, Flying V Theater, and Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. She has also worked as a theatre technician with Adventure Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Olney Theatre, and Capital Fringe. During the 2016–17 season, she was the assistant production manager and box office manager for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Theatre Program.

Mara Ishihara Zinky · Properties Fellow

Mara Ishihara ZinkyMara is excited to be the properties fellow this season at Berkeley Rep. She is a recent graduate of the Scenic Design program at The Theatre School at DePaul University. At DePaul, she designed world premieres of Prospero’s Storm and Mrs. Phu’s Cleansing Juices (and also salads), and was the props master for The Misanthrope. She has also worked as a carpenter and stagehand in her home state of Massachusetts.

Chrissy Curl · Scenic Art Fellow

Chrissy CurlChrissy designs and paints scenery and has worked for theatres around the Bay Area including Town Hall, FaultLine, Custom Made, Ray of Light, and Santa Cruz Shakespeare. She also has enjoyed making sets for young artists at Tomorrow Youth Repertory and Youth Musical Theater Company. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2016, Chrissy is ecstatic to be a fellow at Berkeley Rep.

William Ebeler · Scenic Construction Fellow

William EbelerWill started working on theatre in high school, and has kind of been doing theatre to some extent since then. During Will’s first few years of college he was just doing it as a hobby, not really considering it seriously as a career; then about a year ago realized he was spending all his time in the theatre, to the detriment of his other classes, and decided to pursue it professionally. In the copious free time that he has between working on shows, Will loves going rock climbing.

Cecilia Pappalardo · Harry Weininger Sound Fellow

Cecilia PappalardoCecilia is a sound designer and engineer who has worked largely at the university and storefront level in the greater Chicago area. Her sound design was a part of a number of productions, largely on the Northwestern University campus, ranging from James and the Giant Peach (Imagine U) to Circle Mirror Transformation (WAVE Productions). Having recently graduated from Northwestern with a degree in Theatre, Cecilia is thrilled to return to the Bay Area, where she was raised, to work and learn as the Harry Weininger sound fellow.

Tait Adams · Stage Management Fellow

Tait AdamsTait is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley with a double major in Theater and Anthropology. She is a native of Philadelphia and grew up backstage at the Philadelphia Folk Festival where she developed a love for live performance. Tait has lived in the Bay Area since 2008 and since then has taken any opportunity to work in production that has come her way, including three years as the stage manager for the Berkeley Rep Teen Council One-Acts in high school. She is very excited to return to Berkeley Rep as the stage management fellow.

Ushers in the Peet’s Theatre

Usher

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.

Can’t find the answer to your question online?
Email the house manager at ushers@berkeleyrep.org for more information.

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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 volunteer ushering program for the 2017–18 season is filled and closed to new ushers. Please check back in early to mid-June 2018 for usher orientation dates for the 2018–19 season.

Quick facts

  • 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/being on one’s feet for up to two hours; walking up and down staircases; carrying up to 10 pounds.
  • 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.

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 docent@berkeleyrep.org with your name and contact information.

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Volunteer

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 info@berkeleyrep.org. If there is a good match between your interests and the Theatre’s needs, we will schedule an interview.