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Johanna Pfaelzer
Artistic Director

Johanna joined Berkeley Rep in the 2019/20 season as its fourth artistic director. Prior to her arrival at Berkeley Rep, she served for 12 years as the artistic director of New York Stage and Film (NYSAF), a New York City-based organization dedicated to the development of new works for theatre, film, and television. Notable works that were developed under Johanna’s leadership at NYSAF include the Tony Award-winning Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, The Humans by Stephen Karam, Hadestown by Anaïs Mitchell, The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, Junk and The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music by Taylor Mac, The Homecoming Queen by Ngozi Anyanwu, The Great Leap by Lauren Yee, John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer- and Tony Award–winning Doubt, The Fortress of Solitude by Michael Friedman and Itamar Moses, The Jacksonian by Beth Henley, and Green Day’s American Idiot. In addition, Johanna is proud to have developed the work of many notable writers, both established and early-career, including Jocelyn Bioh, Zach Helm, Halley Feiffer, Billy Porter, Lucy Thurber, Duncan Sheik, V (formerly Eve Ensler), Steven Sater, Jaclyn Backhaus, Patricia Wettig, and Marcus Gardley. She was formerly a producing director of Zena Group, and served for five years as the associate artistic director of American Conservatory Theater. Johanna is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Actors Theatre of Louisville Apprentice Program, and has taught in the MFA Theatre Program at Columbia University School of the Arts. She lives in Berkeley with her husband, Russell Champa, and their son, Jasper.

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Tom Parrish
Managing Director

Tom has served as a theatre leader and arts administrator for over 20 years, with experience in organizations ranging from multi-venue performing arts centers to major, Tony Award-winning theatre companies. Prior to Berkeley Rep, he served as Executive Director of Trinity Repertory Company, Geva Theatre Center, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre and as Associate Managing Director/General Manager of San Diego Repertory Theatre. As a producer, he has produced over 140 productions, including over 30 world premieres, 11 of which were world premiere commissions. Recognized as a thought and industry leader, he has served as Treasurer of the League of Resident Theatres, on the Board of Directors of Theatre Forward, and as a consultant to theatre producers and arts organizations around the country, most recently as Interim Chief Operating Officer of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. His work has been recognized with a NAACP Theatre Award for Best Producer; “Forty Under 40” recognition in Providence, Rochester, the Merrimack Valley, and San Diego; the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award from the National Eagle Scout Association; and the Best Practice Award for Leadership from the Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence at the Rhode Island Foundation. He received his MBA/MA, Arts Administration from Southern Methodist University; BA in Theater Arts and Economics from Case Western Reserve University; attended the Commercial Theater Institute, National Theater Institute, and Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management; and is certified in Leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Northwestern University.

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Associate Artistic Director
David Mendizábal

Associate Casting Director & Artistic Associate
Karina Fox

Artists Under Commission
Todd Almond
Christina Anderson
Rafael Casal
Daveed Diggs
Dipika Guha
Richard Montoya
Nico Muhly
Lisa Peterson
Sarah Ruhl
Tori Sampson
Jack Thorne
Joe Waechter

General Management and Company Management

General Manager
Sara Danielsen

Company Manager
Peter Orkiszewski

Production Management

Director of Production
Audrey Hoo

Associate Production Manager
Kali Grau

Stage Operations

Stage Supervisor
Julia Englehorn

Associate Stage Supervisor
Gabriel Holman

Head Stage Technician
James McGregor


Properties Supervisor
Jillian A. Green

Associate Properties Supervisor
Amelia Burke-Holt

Properties Artisan
Lisa Mei Ling Fong

Scene Shop

Co-Technical Directors
Jim Smith
Matt Rohner

Head Carpenter
Read Tuddenham

Scene Shop Supervisor
Patrick Keene

Grant Vocks

Scenic Carpenters
Faye Joseph
August Lewallen

Scenic Art

Charge Scenic Artist
Lisa Lázár


Costume Director
Maggi Yule

Star Rabinowitz

Wardrobe Supervisor
Barbara Blair

Resident Design Associate
Kiara Montgomery


Lighting Supervisor
Frederick C. Geffken

Associate Lighting Supervisor
Sarina Renteria

Senior Production Electrician
Kenneth Coté

Production Electrician
Desiree Alcocer

Sound and Video

Sound and Video Supervisor
Lane Elms

Associate Sound and Video Supervisor
Chase Nichter

Senior Sound Engineer
Angela Don

Sound Engineer
Akari Izumi

2022/23 Berkeley Rep Fellowships

Bret C. Harte Artistic Fellow
Katie Stevenson

Company Management Fellow
Emily Zhou

Costumes Fellow
Violet Clemons

Development Fellow
Megan Coatney

Education Fellow
Elizabeth Woolford

Harry Weininger Sound Fellow
Ariana Cardoza

Lighting Fellow
Tiffany Hernandez Alberto

Marketing Fellow
Caroline Mae Woodson

Multimedia Content Fellow
Muriel Steinke

Peter F. Sloss Artistic Fellow
Maria Arreola

Production Management Fellow
Flo Gill

Properties Fellow
Kristina Fosmire

Scenic Art Fellow
Kenzie Bradley

Scenic Construction Fellow
Seraphim Blount

Stage Management Fellow
Calvin Friedman


Finance Director
Jared Hammond

Associate Managing Director
Sunshine Deffner

Executive Assistant
Kate Horton

Associate Finance Director
Katie Riemann

Alanna McFall

Payroll Administrator
Jennifer Light

Director of Human Resources and Diversity
Modesta Tamayo


Director of Development
Ari Lipsky

Associate Director of Development
Laura Fichtenberg

Philanthropy Officer
Andrew Maguire

Individual Giving Manager
Marcela Chacón

Special Events Manager
Elaina Guyett

Institutional Grants Manager
Kelsey Scott

Interim Institutional Gifts Manager
Cassie Newman

Marketing and Communications

Director of Marketing and Communications
Voleine Amilcar

Marketing Consultant
Colleen Flanigan

Public Relations Consultant
Kevin Kopjak

Communications and Digital Content Director
Karen McKevitt

Senior Graphic Designer
DC Scarpelli

Video and Multimedia Content Creator
Calvin Ngu

Marketing Associate
Beatriz Hernandez


Director of Operations
Amanda Williams O’Steen

CRM Project Manager
Destiny Askin

Web and Database Specialist
Christina Cone

Facilities Director
Mark Morrisette

Facilities Manager
Adam Johnson

Building Engineers
Kevin Pan | Thomas Tran

Building Technician
Jesus Rodriguez

Facilities Assistants
Darrel De La Rosa | Theresa Drumgoole | Wendi Lau | Sophie Li

Patron Services

Front of House Director
Kelly Kelley

Patron Services Supervisors
Maddi Gjovik | Nina Gorham

Patron Experience Representatives
Emma Allen-Landwehr | Jessica Bates | Alicia Battle | Megan Bedig | Victoria Broach | Phoenyx Butts | Matthew Canter | Rachel Cole | Steven Cole | Julian Dion | Fillomena Franchina | Jasmine Guillot | Matthew Hayden | Latasha Hayes | Amir Heibl | Armando Herrera | Joelle Joyner-Wong | Caitlyn Lee | Jennifer Light | Leigh Nelson | Maura Oliverira | Angela Phung | Tuesday Ray | Anna Riggin | Alana Scott | Debra Selman | Sloane Sim | Isaiah Valencia | Anna Vorobyeva

Subscription Manager
Laurie Barnes

Box Office Supervisor
Gianna Francesca Vescio

Box Office Agents
pan ellington | Mikee Loria | Alanna McFall | Cassidy Milano | Dom Refuerzo | Christy Spence

Berkeley Rep School of Theatre

Director of the School of Theatre
Anthony Jackson

Associate Director
Dylan Russell

Director of Classes and Summer Programs
MaryBeth Cavanaugh

Curriculum and Educational Programs Manager
Si Mon’ Emmett

Classes and Communications Administrator
Ashley Lim

Board of trustees

Emily Shanks | President
Chuck Fanning | Vice President
Bruce Golden | Vice President
Sudha Pennathur | Vice President
William T. Espey | Treasurer
Scott Haber | Secretary

Anne Nemer Dhanda | Chair, Governance Committee
Steven C. Wolan | Chair, Audit Committee

Board members

Edward D. Baker
Susan Chamberlin
David Cox
Christopher Doane
Sandra Eggers
Kerry L. Francis
Steven Goldin
Jonathan C. Logan
Melanie Maier
Henning Mathew
Juan Oldham
Tom Parrish
Johanna Pfaelzer
Allan Smith
Sherry Smith
Gail Wagner
Brian Watt

Founding director

Michael W. Leibert
Producing Director, 1968–83

Sustaining advisors

Rena Bransten
Diana Cohen
Robin Edwards
William Falik
David Fleishhacker
Paul T. Friedman
Jill Fugaro
Karen Galatz
David Hoffman
Richard F. Hoskins
Dugan Lamoise
Sandra R. McCandless
Helen Meyer
Peter Pervere
Marjorie Randolph
Leonard X Rosenberg
Patricia Sakai
Jack Schafer
William Schaff
Richard M. Shapiro
Michael Steinberg
Roger A. Strauch
Jean Z. Strunsky
Michael S. Strunsky
Felicia Woytak
Martin Zankel

Past presidents

Helen C. Barber
A. George Battle
Carole B. Berg
Robert W. Burt
Shih-Tso Chen
Narsai M. David
Thalia Dorwick, PhD
Nicholas M. Graves
Richard F. Hoskins
Jean Knox
Robert M. Oliver
Stewart Owen
Marjorie Randolph
Harlan M. Richter
Richard A. Rubin
Edwin C. Shiver
Roger A. Strauch
Gail Wagner
Martin Zankel

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