Berkeley Repertory Theatre has grown from a storefront stage to a national leader in innovative theatre. Known for its core values of imagination and excellence, as well as its educated and adventurous audience, the nonprofit has provided a welcoming home for emerging and established artists since 1968. With two stages, a school and a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, Berkeley Rep is proud to premiere exhilarating new plays. In the last seven years, the company has helped send seven shows to Broadway. Eleven arrived off Broadway, two moved to London, two turned into films and others have toured the nation. Come see tomorrow’s plays today at Berkeley Rep.
Berkeley Repertory Theatre seeks to set a national standard for ambitious programming, engagement with its audiences and leadership within the community in which it resides. We endeavor to create a diverse body of work that expresses a rigorous, embracing aesthetic and reflects the highest artistic standards, and seek to maintain an environment in which talented artists can do their best work. We strive to engage our audiences in an ongoing dialogue of ideas, and encourage lifelong learning as a core community value. Through productions, outreach and education, Berkeley Rep aspires to use theatre as a means to challenge, thrill and galvanize what is best in the human spirit.
Tony Taccone, Artistic Director
Tony Taccone is artistic director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre, which has presented over 60 world, American and West Coast premieres in his 15 years and sent 18 shows to New York, two to London and one to Hong Kong. Taccone has staged more than 35 plays in Berkeley – including new work from Culture Clash, Rinde Eckert, David Edgar, Danny Hoch, Geoff Hoyle, Quincy Long, Itamar Moses and Lemony Snicket – and brought two shows to Broadway: Bridge & Tunnel and Wishful Drinking. He commissioned Tony Kushner’s Angels in America and co-directed its world premiere. As a playwright, he recently debuted Ghost Light and Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup.
Susan Medak, Managing Director
Susan Medak 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 as treasurer of Theatre Communications Group, two organizations that represent the interests of nonprofit theatres across the nation. Medak chaired two 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, Medak chairs the Downtown Berkeley Business Improvement District and serves as president of the Downtown Berkeley Association. She is the founding chair of the Berkeley Arts in Education Steering Committee for Berkeley Unified School District and the Berkeley Cultural Trust. Medak serves on the faculty of Yale School of Drama and is a proud member of the Mont Blanc Ladies’ Literary Guild and Trekking Society. She lives in Berkeley with her husband and son.