Theatre Bay Area is delighted to announce Rachel Fink as the organization’s new managing director. Ms. Fink, who currently serves as the director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s School of Theatre, will assume her position as managing director at Theatre Bay Area on Monday, February 1, 2016.
|Theatre Bay Area's new managing director, Rachel Fink.
Theatre Bay Area executive director Brad Erickson says, “I couldn’t be happier or more excited to welcome Rachel as the managing director of Theatre Bay Area. She has been a tremendous asset to our organization in the past, having served on our Board of Directors and as a member of the Theatre Services Committee. Her commitment to leadership in theatre in the Bay Area—and internationally—has proven to be invaluable over many years. I am thrilled that she is joining our organization in this, our 40th anniversary year—a time when we’re taking great strides in executing our new strategic plan. I am honored to be able to work alongside someone so smart, so talented, and so dedicated to and well connected with the field—both here in the Bay Area and across the country.”
Ms. Fink has led educational programming at Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s School of Theatre since its inception 15 years ago. Today, the School of Theatre’s programs serve over 23,000 students (ages five to adult) annually in nine counties throughout Northern California. In addition to residencies in over 100 schools, programs fostered by Ms. Fink include tuition-based arts training; a nationally recognized engagement initiative, the Teen Council; “claimyourARTS,” a teen-driven arts advocacy campaign; a highly competitive fellowship training program; and ongoing staff development and audience engagement programs.
A strong advocate of arts leadership development and cultural policy, Ms. Fink was chosen to be the first U.S. delegate for the British Council’s Cultural Leadership International Programme and selected for the inaugural class of the American Express/Aspen Institute Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders. She has served on the board of Theatre Bay Area, chaired Theatre Bay Area’s Theatre Services Committee and planned numerous professional development convenings for emerging arts leaders. She has spoken on conference panels for Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and Theatre Bay Area and served on grant review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and TCG. She was also recognized for her regional work as a “Faces of Theatre Bay Area” honoree in 2013. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Ms. Fink was the managing director of the Yale Cabaret and has worked at theatres across the United States including Yale Repertory Theatre, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Long Wharf Theatre and the Cleveland Play House. Ms. Fink has taught at Berkeley Rep, Case Western Reserve University and the Cain Park School of the Arts. Ms. Fink received her BA in theatre arts from Case Western Reserve University and her MFA in theatre management from Yale School of Drama.
Since its founding, over 250,000 people have participated in the School of Theatre’s arts programming, which has averaged a 10% growth in income annually. During this time, Ms. Fink created Teen Council, a groundbreaking peer-led teen theatre leadership and advocacy group that has been replicated by 14 theatres around the nation, earning recognition from the White House’s Young Americans, Americans for the Arts and Theatre Bay Area. She has also produced 118 original plays created by youth and teen students; and mentored 225 young professionals through the School’s Fellowship program, many of whom are now working as theatre artists throughout the Bay Area.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Theatre Bay Area, an organization whose values so closely mirror my own,” says Ms. Fink, “I look forward to working with Brad and the dedicated staff as we continue to support and strengthen our vibrant, diverse theatre ecosystem here in the Bay Area.”