The other night before a performance of Tony Kushner’s Tiny Kushner, Assistant House Manager Octavia Driscoll was making her usual speech about turning cell phones off, pointing out exits, etc. When she got to the part where she thanked audience members for spending their time and money in support of the work at Berkeley Rep she was, according to Stage Manager Kimberly Mark Webb’s nightly report, “interrupted by cries of `You’re welcome!’ and sustained applause.”
In this season of gratitude, that kind of response points out one of the things we’re most grateful for at Berkeley Rep: an engaged, supportive audience that is willing and able to join us for an incredible artistic ride.
There’s so much to be grateful for at the Theatre this fall. Here’s just a sampling…
Other members of the Berkeley Rep community wanted to add their thanks as well.
From Scenic Artist Lisa A. Lázár
I’m thankful that I work with a team of talented, committed, energetic, intelligent, experienced, and levelheaded theatre artists. We work hard, consider each others’ needs, and make sure that all the drama stays on stage. I’m also thankful that I work for a theatre that’s fearless in terms of their artistic programming. And I’m thankful for our adventurous audiences.
From General Manager Karen Racanelli
I’m thankful to work everyday with such a smart, talented, enthusiastic group of colleagues!
From Company Manager Megan Wygant
I'm thankful for my fabulous fellow, Euphrates — she's doing a kick-@$$ job covering for me this week, so that I can get some much-needed vacation/renewal time post-American Idiot and pre-Aurélia. I'm also thankful for actors. They're loving and kind and oh so funny...and the friendships you make with them make the rest of the job totally worth it. Finally, I'm grateful that I really did make it through American Idiot. (There were times when I wasn't sure!) My first show as company manager was a trial by fire, but I feel pretty confident about my abilities to handle the rest of the season (knock on wood). That said, I'm also grateful that the next-largest show for the rest of the season is only half as big.
From Production Assistant Megan McClintock
I am thankful for subscribers and patrons who embrace the diversity of the work we do and appreciate shows on many scales — be it American Idiot or Tiny Kushner or everything in between!
From Sound Supervisor Heather Bradley
I am sooooooooooooo thankful for my colleagues! I could not have done this (American Idiot strike) without their help. The scene shop hauled tons of speakers up and down, the electrics crew pitched in and helped us pull enormous amounts of cable, Julia from backstage crew donated her skills to us for a whole day of strike and Amanda, and Tom and Kat from production management also played on our team on and off. Props and scenic artists volunteered to help us, too! It was truly amazing!
From Director of Development Lynn Eve Komaromi
The development office is, of course, thankful to our patrons who make gifts to the Annual Fund knowing that our ticket prices only cover a fraction of the costs of making theatre, and thanks for supporting our arts education programs as well!
From Casting Director and Artistic Associate Amy Potozkin
I’m thankful to get to work with people who are the best in their field — some of whom I’ve been working with here at Berkeley Rep for 20 years.
From Bookkeeper Kristin Cato
I’m thankful that I work for a theatre that continues to take artistic risks even in a dull economy. I’m thankful to work with such a creative, intelligent staff.
From Executive Assistant Andrew Susskind
I’m thankful for the wonderful neighbors we have, including 24 Hour Fitness, Alko Office Supply, Artistic Framing, Aurora Theatre Company, Freight & Salvage, Half-Price Books, Jazzschool, and the University of California, Berkeley.
Now we'd love to hear what you're grateful for.
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