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Johanna Pfaelzer
Artistic Director

Johanna is honored to serve as Berkeley Rep’s fourth artistic director. She recently spent 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. NYSAF is known for providing a rigorous and nurturing environment for writers, directors, and other artists to realize work that has gone on to production at the highest levels of the profession. Notable works that were developed under Johanna’s leadership include the 2016 Tony Award winners Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and The Humans by Stephen Karam, The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, Junk and The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music by Taylor Mac, Hadestown by Anaïs Mitchell, 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.

Susie Medak
Managing Director

Susie has served as Berkeley Rep’s managing director since 1990, leading the administration and operations of the Theatre. She has served as president of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and treasurer of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), organizations that represent the interests of nonprofit theatres across the nation. Susie chaired panels for the Massachusetts Arts Council and has also served on program panels for Arts Midwest, the Joyce Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Closer to home, Susie serves on the board of the Downtown Berkeley Association (DBA). She is the founding chair of the Berkeley Arts in Education Steering Committee for Berkeley Unified School District and the Berkeley Cultural Trust. Susie serves on the faculty of Yale School of Drama and is a member of the International Women’s Forum and the Mont Blanc Ladies’ Literary Guild and Trekking Society. She was awarded the 2012 Benjamin Ide Wheeler Medal by the Berkeley Community Fund and the 2017 Visionary Leadership Award by TCG. During her time in Berkeley, Susie has been instrumental in the construction of the Roda Theatre, the Nevo Education Center, the renovation of the Peet’s Theatre, and in the acquisition of the Harrison Street campus. She also worked with three consecutive mayors to help create Berkeley’s Downtown Arts District.

Theresa Von Klug
General Manager

Theresa brings to the Theatre 20 years of experience in the New York not-for-profit performing arts sector where she has planned and executed events for dance, theatre, music, television, and film. Most recently she was the interim general manager of the Public Theater and general manager/line producer for Theatre for a New Audience, where she opened its new state-of-the-art theatre in Brooklyn, and filmed a major motion picture of the inaugural production of Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, released June 2015. She has worked as a production manager at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and New York City Center, including the famous Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert, and as a field representative/lead negotiator for Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers. She is a graduate of Baruch College where she received her MS in Labor Relations and Human Resources Management and Arizona State University where she earned a BA in Theatre.


Director, The Ground Floor / Resident Dramaturg
Madeleine Oldham

Artistic Associate
Katie Craddock

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

Production and Company Management

Production Manager
Audrey Hoo

Associate Production Manager
Zoey Russo

Company Manager
Peter Orkiszewski

Stage Operations

Stage Supervisor
Julia Englehorn

Staff Stage Crew
James McGregor


Properties Supervisor
Jillian A. Green

Associate Properties Supervisor
Amelia Burke-Holt

Properties Artisan
Dara Ly

Scene Shop

Co-Technical Directors
Jim Smith
Matt Rohner

Jamaica Montgomery-Glenn

Head Carpenter
Read Tuddenham

Scene Shop Supervisor
Patrick Keene

Scenic Carpenter
Lisa Fong

Scenic Art

Charge Scenic Artist
Lisa Lázár

Scenic Artist
Lassen Hines


Costume Director
Maggi Yule

Star Rabinowitz

Wardrobe Supervisor
Barbara Blair

Interim Design Associate
Kiara Montgomery


Master Electrician
Frederick C. Geffken

Associate Master Electrician
Sarina Renteria

Production Electrician
Kenneth Coté

Assistant Production Electrician
Desiree Alcocer

Sound and Video

Sound and Video Supervisor
Lane Elms

Associate Sound and Video Supervisor
Chase Nichter

Sound Engineers
Angela Don
Michael Kelly


Finance Director
Jared Hammond

Associate Managing Director
Sunshine Deffner

Associate General Manager
Amanda Williams O’Steen

Executive Assistant
Kate Horton

Associate Finance Director
Katie Riemann

Bookkeeper and Payroll Administrator
Jennifer Light

CRM Project Manager
Destiny Askin

Web and Database Specialist
Christina Cone

Director of Human Resources and Diversity
Modesta Tamayo

Director of Patron Experience
Brian Davis


Director of Development
Lynn Eve Komaromi

Associate Director of Development
Daria Hepps

Director of Individual Giving
Laura Fichtenberg

Institutional Grants Manager
Kelsey Scott

Development Coordinator
Nicky Martinez

Marketing and Communications

Director of Marketing and Communications
Steve Tate

Associate Director of Marketing
Seth Macari

Director of Public Relations
Tim Etheridge

Communications and Digital Content Director
Karen McKevitt

Video and Multimedia Producer
Benjamin Michel

Graphic Design Associate
Jared Oates

Marketing Associate
Katherine Gunn

Front of House Director
Kelly Kelley

Subscription Manager
Laurie Barnes

Box Office Manager
Julie Gotsch

Box Office Agents
Oliver Kampman
Dom Refuerzo
Gianna Francesca Vescio


Facilities Director
Mark Morrisette

Facilities Manager
Adam Johnson

Building Engineers
Kevin Pan
Thomas Tran

Building Technician
Jesus Rodriguez

Facilities Assistants
Lemont Adams
Theresa Drumgoole
Sophie Li
Guy Nado

Berkeley Rep School of Theatre

Director of the School of Theatre
Anthony Jackson

Associate Director
MaryBeth Cavanaugh

Curriculum and Educational Programs Manager
Si Mon’ Emmett

Classes and Communications Administrator
Ashley Lim

Board of trustees

Emily Shanks | President
Jill Fugaro | Vice President
Bruce Golden | Vice President
Stewart Owen | Vice President
Sudha Pennathur | Vice President
Henning Mathew | Treasurer
Leonard X Rosenberg | Secretary
Anne Nemer Dhanda | Chair, Governance Committee
Kerry L. Francis | Chair, Audit Committee

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

Founding director

Michael W. Leibert
Producing Director, 1968–83

Board members

Edward D. Baker
Erica Brown
Susan Chamberlin
David Cox
Lauren Edgerton
Sandra Eggers
William T. Espey
Chuck Fanning
Steven Goldin
Scott Haber
Jonathan C. Logan
Sandra R. McCandless
Susie Medak
Juan Oldham
Johanna Pfaelzer
Chris Rupp
Sherry Smith
Roger A. Strauch
Jean Z. Strunsky
Gail Wagner
Brian Watt
Steven C. Wolan
Felicia Woytak

Sustaining advisors

Rena Bransten
Diana Cohen
Robin Edwards
William Falik
David Fleishhacker
Paul T. Friedman
David Hoffman
Richard F. Hoskins
Helen Meyer
Dugan Moore
Peter Pervere
Marjorie Randolph
Patricia Sakai
Jack Schafer
William Schaff
Richard M. Shapiro
Michael Steinberg
Michael S. Strunsky
Martin Zankel

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