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Welcome the New TBA Interns!

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Recently, Theatre Bay Area welcomed Rachel Fink as its managing director. Luckily for us, Rachel came to TBA with a terrific amount of experience managing the internship/fellowship program at Berkeley Repertory Theatre—which has already resulted in a richer, more rigorous internship program here at TBA.

This summer’s crop of interns reflects that rigor; committed and talented, they are truly rising to the daily challenges of working in the arts. Please join us in welcoming these up-and-coming arts leaders: management intern Massimo Cardarelli, communications intern Tyler Jeffreys, programs intern Julian Larach and marketing intern Roneet Rahamim!

Massimo Cardarelli, management intern

Where are you from originally?
I grew up in Novato, California in the North Bay.

How do you identify as a theatre-maker?
I focus my theatre-making efforts on acting.

What are your current career goals?
My current career goal is to find something that I believe ultimately has a positive effect in people's lives. In my own experience theatre is not only beneficial, but vital to maintaining a healthy psychological state. So through some aspect of theatre, whether it be on stage, producing or the business side, I hope to give people a place to learn about themselves and inspire them to make that positive change. 

Tyler Jeffreys, communications intern

Where are you from originally?
All over the U.S, equal time in Hawaii, Detroit and Seattle

How do you identify as a theatre-maker?
Actor and advocate.

What are your current career goals? 
To earn my Actors’ Equity card and a bachelor’s degree in musical theatre from Cal State East Bay.

Julian Larach, programs intern

Where are you from originally?
I am a native of San Francisco! Whoo!

How do you identify as a theatre-maker?
I am an actor as well as the communications director of a theatre group at Northwestern University. 

What are your current career goals? 
Finishing school and then pursuing a career in acting!

Roneet Rahamim, marketing intern

Where are you from originally?
Bay Area native.

How do you identify as a theatre-maker?

What are your current career goals?
Transitioning into a new career that can support my acting career and living in the Bay Area. Hoping to leave the starving artist behind and join the financially stable artistic-being world.


Look forward to seeing more of these fabulous four interns over the summer—and when you see them at events, say hello! 

Theatre Bay Area members: Creative. Committed. Community. 



Tags:  arts education  internship  leadership  marketing  programs  time management 

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Theatre Bay Area Names Rachel Fink as New Managing Director

Posted By TBA Staff, Monday, January 11, 2016

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.”

Tags:  arts education  Rachel Fink 

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Spring Sale for New Members: A Great Graduation Gift - just $50!

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, April 21, 2015



You read that right: for a limited time, individual Theatre Bay Area membership can be had for just $50 (new and lapsed members only). If you know someone who should be a member but hasn’t taken the step to join, now is a great time to nudge them towards our website. Use the promo code: 2015SpringSale.

A Theatre Bay Area membership makes a great graduation gift for students in your life! TBA membership includes lots of perks for them to enjoy: 

Free and discount tickets to shows around the Bay Area
Audition and job postings
Eligibility for General Auditions
Opportunity to adjudicate for the TBA Awards - meaning more free tickets to shows!

Act now - offer ends June 30!

Tags:  arts education  Membership  TBA Awards  TBA general auditions 

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Resource Expo at TBA Annual Conference

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Updated: Monday, March 9, 2015


The TBA Annual Conference is right around the corner, and it's going to be great! United under the theme (and the increasingly clear imperative to) "Be the Change" are panels and roundtables on topics for every role in theatre—onstage or offstage—a Playwright's Cabaret of new short works, and now—a Resource Expo!


Photo: "Clock - Success" by Flazingo Photos ( on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons license.   

The Resource Expo is going to be a space packed with people and organizations who help theatre-makers boost their careers. Does this describe you? Sign up for a table in the Resource Expo!

Space is now available for anyone who provides career-related services to theatre artists, including:

• audition coaches 

• career advisors

• headshot photographers

• voice and movement teachers

• website designers well as representatives of actor training programs, circus arts programs, graduate programs, internship programs, improv groups, and organizations offering playwright opportunities!

New! TBA has relocated our conference food depot inside the Resource Expo to ensure friendly mingling. Full and half resource tables are available here in our online store



Contact conference contact Kimberley Cohan

Tags:  #tbacon15  Acting  Actor Training Guide  arts education  Auditions  casting director 

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Grill Your Future Mayor about the Arts in Oakland!

Posted By TBA Staff, Saturday, September 27, 2014
Updated: Friday, September 26, 2014

Photo: "Audience at Humanities Theatre" by Mohammad Jangda on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons license. 



What, if anything, do the various candidates for mayor of Oakland intend to do for the arts? Ask them!


Several mayoral candidates will be put in the hot seat at the Oakland Mayoral Candidate Forum on Community & Cultural Development on October 9, answering questions put to them by you - the voters. Come out and grill your candidates on the issues of public funding for the arts, arts education, and arts as a major component for economic growth in Oakland. Make your voice heard!

Confirmed participants include Jean Quan, Jason Anderson, Rebecca Kaplan, Courtney Ruby, Saied Karamooz, Libby Schaaf, Patrick McCullough, Dan Siegel, Bryan Parker and Charles Williams.

When: Thursday, October 9, 6-8 p.m. 
Where: Pro Arts, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

Please RSVP to attend. We'd love to see you there!
See the Facebook event for more information


Organizing Partners: Pro Arts, East Bay Housing Organizations, League of Women's Voters and Youth Uprising. 

Community Partners: Oakland Art Murmur, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Oakland East Bay Symphony and Satellite Affordable Housing Associates.

There will be an open community planning meeting on the arts in preparation for the forum: Thursday, October 2, 6 p.m. at Pro Arts.


The world belongs to those who show up. Show up for art. 


Tags:  advocacy  arts education  Community Events  elected officials  Oakland 

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