- Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Berkeley Repertory Theatre is a
regional theatercompany located in Berkeley, California. Founded in 1968 as the East Bay’s first resident professional theatre. Michael Leibert was the founding artistic director, who was then succeeded by Sharon Ott in 1984. The company runs seven productions each season from its two stages in Downtown Berkeley. The company won the Regional Theatre Tony Awardin 1997. The theater added the 600-seat prosceniumRoda Theatre next door to its existing 400-seat asymmetrical thrust stagein 2001, as well as opening its Berkeley Rep School of Theatre the same year. Its current artistic director is Tony Tacconewho has been the artistic director since 1997. Managing Director Susan Medakis the current president of the League of Resident Theatres.
Productions are a mix of classic modern plays such as
Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts" and Terrence McNally's "Master Class", the latter featuring Rita Morenoas opera diva Maria Callas, significant recent plays with many West Coast premieres such as Moisés Kaufman's " The Laramie Project" and Tony Kushner's " Homebody/Kabul" and even world premieres such as Kushner's "Hydriotaphia" and Charles Mee's "Fetes De La Nuit".
In the past decade alone, Berkeley Rep has premiered new works by
Culture Clash, David Edgar, Francesca Faridany, Leigh Fondakowski, Lillian Groag, Jordan Harrison, Geoff Hoyle, Naomi Iizuka, Charles Mee, and Stew. The Theatre has recently created a string of successes that transferred from Berkeley to Manhattan: Artistic Director Tony Taccone staged Sarah Jones’ Tony Award-winning " Bridge & Tunnel" on Broadway in 2006, and helmed Tony Kushner and Maurice Sendak’s " Brundibar" in 2007. That summer, Sarah Ruhl’s " Eurydice" and Stew’s " Passing Strange" both enjoyed extended off-Broadway runs. "Passing Strange" opened on Broadway in March 2008.
In 2001, the Theatre opened Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, which offers training in various theatrical disciplines for all ages and abilities. [cite web | author= | title=School of Theatre: Classes | url=http://www.berkeleyrep.org/school/classes_index.asp | publisher=Berkeley Repertory Theatre | date=2008 | accessdate=2008-05-30] Located next door to Berkeley Rep’s two stages, the School of Theatre also provides a home base for the company’s outreach education programs with local teachers and classes. [cite web | author= | title=School of Theatre: Classroom Visits | url=http://www.berkeleyrep.org/school/educator_classvisits.asp | publisher=Berkeley Repertory Theatre | date=2008 | accessdate=2008-05-30] The Berkeley Rep School of Theatre also has a Teen Council made for bay area high school students interested in theatre. The Berkeley Rep Teen Council is most noted for its annual Target Teen One Acts Festival, completely written, directed, produced, and acted by students. [cite web | author= | title=School of Theatre: Teen Council! | url=http://www.berkeleyrep.org/school/teencouncil_index.asp | publisher=Berkeley Repertory Theatre | date=2008 | accessdate=2008-05-30]
American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco
Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley, California
San Jose Repertory Theatre
TheatreWorks (Silicon Valley), Palo Alto, California
* [http://www.berkeleyrep.org/ Berkeley Repertory Theatre official website]
* [http://www.theatrebayarea.org/ Theatre Bay Area website]
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