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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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TBA Welcomes New Interns

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, November 3, 2015

We recently welcomed a fabulous cohort of interns into the Theatre Bay Area family—actors Natalie Brice, Connery Morano and Kirsten Peacock—and we want you to know all about them! Read on about these audacious, awesome up-and-comers:

Actor Natalie Brice. 
Photo: Bridget Homer  

Natalie Brice

Tell us a bit about your background in theatre?

I started acting in Pleasanton when I was around eight years old. I started off on the stage in fun children’s theatre shows at the Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company. I enjoyed it so much that I continued performing and decided to major in theatre at SFSU. I have been in The Laramie Project, Our Town, The Skriker, James and the Giant Peach, and Cinderella, among other plays. SFSU stages a lot of brand-new plays as a part of its Fringe theatre festival, and I enjoy partaking in those to support the new playwrights. I’m currently rehearsing for one, premiering in the middle of December, called Forever Chasing Smart. When I’m not in school, I teach acting and singing at the Young Actors’ Theatre Camp, an amazing and fun overnight theatre intensive program where I was once a student.

What are your theatre goals?

I want to find a well-rounded approach to theatre. I would love to continue acting, but recently, I’ve enjoyed discovering all the different parts of working in theatre that aren’t acting. I’d like to partake in casting at some point, for the art of it as well as experiencing a casting director’s relationship with actors.

Why did you choose TBA for your professional internship?

Initially, I heard that TBA offered its interns the opportunity to observe the General Auditions, which immediately caught my interest. I then started learning about all of the useful administrative experience I would get from being an insider at this respectable organization. I have been here for a few weeks, working on planning the annual awards ceremony, and I’ve been learning so much about current theatre events across the Bay Area. It’s been very useful for gaining knowledge about what’s happening in the community.

What has been your favorite theatre triumph (or disaster) thus far?

I studied abroad to England last year, and struggled to get cast in anything for a while, probably due to the difference in my accent and slight cultural differences having to do with sense of humor, particularly in auditions. I finally found a theatre student at my University who was directing her own new play; she cast me in it, and it ended up being performed at the town’s environmental festival. A lot of people in the Norwich community were happy to come and see it. It was an extremely gratifying part of my journey!


Actor Connery Morano.
Photo: Paul Mauer

Connery Morano

Tell us a bit about your background in theatre?

I began studying intensive black-box ensemble-style performance in high school. I then decided to pursue a theatre degree from San Francisco State University, including studying Viewpoints with Mark Jackson. The most rewarding aspect of my work thus far has been collaborating with my directors in student productions.

What are your theatre goals?

To pursue and achieve dynamic and engaging roles in the professional Bay Area theatre scene.

 Why did you choose TBA for your professional internship?

I chose TBA out of admiration for the resources they provide to theatre artists, as well as interest in learning more about the theatre community. 

What has been your favorite theatre triumph (or disaster) thus far?

My favorite triumph has been the fulfilling work I’ve done studying the Meisner Technique with Barbara Damashek, and the growth it has helped me to achieve as a performer.


Actor Kirsten Peacock. 
Photo: Benjamin Drews  
Kirsten Peacock

Tell us a bit about your background in theatre?

I’ve been performing since I was a wee bairn. I graced the stage in a fantastic, red sparkly tutu in preschool and never looked back. I grew up in Norway, then went to the University of Kent in England to study drama for my undergraduate degree. I did a year abroad at UC Berkeley and fell in love with the Bay Area. I returned to the UK to complete my undergraduate masters in theatre directing. Since then I have been jumping between the UK, Norway and here—acting, choreographing, creating and directing. I’ve worked in a lot of styles from classical to musical to devised theatre.

What are your theatre goals?

I would like a daytime job in theatre—working in arts administration or education—and then to found my own immersive/interactive, site-specific theatre company (ideally with a tight-knit ensemble of multi-talented players who take on different roles for each performance). I would love to have a barn or a shelter of sorts out in nature that we can use as a base for rehearsals, and then take the shows on international tours. Dream big.

Why did you choose TBA for your professional internship?

I returned to the Bay Area to gain as much experience as possible in theatre. First thing I did before moving back in 2014 was sign up for TBA, and it has been the most valuable resource for me while searching for acting and directing work. Now that I am focusing on broadening my skills in the arts, I started searching for opportunities in arts administration. TBA is a flagship of a theatre organization; why wouldn’t I aim for an internship with a company that can give me the most dynamic experience, train me across a variety of fields and expose me to almost all of the theatre happening in the Bay Area?

What has been your favorite theatre triumph (or disaster) thus far?

Oh, I am the worst at choosing favorites. I have been fretting about this answer for five minutes. And I reckon it’s a tad too inappropriate to mention disastrous, accidental, indecent exposure on a family-friendly website.


Well, that's a wrap! Please say hello to these fantastic folks when you see them out and about. 

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Grow Your Theatre Career: Intern with TBA!

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, September 15, 2015

By Laura Brueckner 

We here at TBA love our interns. Not only do they help us with projects large and small and lend their energy and smarts to our brainstorming sessions, they bring a fresh perspective to the office that reminds us on a daily basis why we do the work we do. Our most recent intern (and budding playwright) Megan McCarthy was kind enough to do a brief interview with us about her time in the eye of the hurricane that is TBA. Read and enjoy!

TBA internship alumna Megan McCarthy ponders the bright future that now lies ahead.
Photo: Alan Kline


So, Megan, can you tell us a little about your experience in theatre before interning at TBA?

I have been doing theatre since I was in middle school. My breakout role was Orphan Boy Number Two in Presidio Middle School’s production of A Christmas Carol. Since then, most of the productions I have been involved with were school-related. I studied theatre at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts High School and currently am a theatre major at Boston University. My last role was Puppy in Meg Morishnik’s The Tall Girls at BU.

Why did you choose TBA for an internship?

The first time I heard about TBA was in high school, when my theatre class volunteered at the TBA General Auditions. At the event, I remember thinking how wonderful it was that there is a place where theatre-makers and aspiring theatre-makers can come together to find each other and collaborate. Because most of my theatre experience has been related to school, I was not very familiar with the Bay Area’s theatre scene. After joining TBA as a member in September, I got an email about internship opportunities, which was thrilling because it seemed like a great way to not only get to know the local theatre scene from experts, but also work for an organization that I revere.

What is something unexpected that you learned by interning at TBA?

I expected to learn a lot about the local theatre scene—but, unexpectedly, I learned how amazingly accessible it is. Last summer, my Internet search skills were basic (to say the least). When I tried to find theatre without using TBA’s website or services, I found it difficult to find tickets that I could afford. Over the course of this internship, my Internet abilities have blossomed, but more importantly, I learned how to find incredible theatre all over the Bay Area that I could afford. The Bay Area is a rich, diverse fount of passionate artists; getting to see them firsthand has confirmed my desire to move back to San Francisco after I graduate.

Has your time at TBA helped you focus your artistic goals?

I think actually I've become less focused after this internship, but not in a unproductive way—rather, in a horizon-broadening way. I spent most of my life keeping myself in an “I am an actor” box because I felt like the only way to be successful is to focus on one thing and do all I can for that one thing. What I have been learning is that I am good at—and passionate about—a lot of things. Being multifaceted will aid me in my ability to make art, not hinder me. TBA hasn't helped me focus, but it has shown me that being a theatre-maker means a lot more than the one job title I had planned for myself.  

What about career goals? Has your time at TBA helped you further develop or define them?

I hope to move back to San Francisco after college, and had been anxious about my ability to find work. With all of the services that TBA offers, like General Auditions and ATLAS workshops, I am 100 times more confident in my ability to find work as an actor in the Bay Area and live a sustainable life. 

What is one thing you wish more people knew about TBA?

TBA does so much with a very small staff. I knew about all of the services and events that TBA offers, but I had no idea that they did so much with so few people. It is truly incredible to me how much responsibility each staff member takes on in service of TBA, as well as being productive artists outside of the office. Everyone at TBA does everything with so much regard for helping the artistic community and using every resource to do so.  I think that’s my favorite thing about working for this non-profit: that every decision is made with people in mind. I spent a fair amount of time looking at data and statistics for TBA and a beautiful thing to me was, where other corporations or companies measure success by how much money is made, all of the statistics I worked with revolved around how many people used or benefited from services. TBA to me is group of passionate people working really hard to help other passionate people.

Okay, give us one funny TBA story. 

The office is fairly small—which means you can hear every phone call anyone makes. Even though everyone in the office has performance experience, many of us are still anxious and uncomfortable leaving messages over the phone. To deal with this anxiety, everyone has a “phone voice’ that they drop into during phone calls. In general, people who are anxious on the phone may stutter more than usual, or say “um” excessively—but here, “anxious phone voice” translates into an eloquent, formal radio voice that is either an octave higher or lower than the person's normal speaking voice. Whether someone was recording the phone tree or leaving messages, I always paused my music to listen to the variations of the “post-Henry Higgins Eliza Doolittle” vocal pattern that everyone seemed to acquire when they were on the phone.

What are your next steps in your theatre-making path, now that your TBA internship is all wrapped up?

I have two more years at BU, including a semester at LAMDA [London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art], so the upcoming future is about gaining all the experience and knowledge that college has to offer, but I have recently gotten into playwriting, too. Hopefully while I’m acting in plays and staying up far too late finishing essays, I can also start crafting plays of my own. The dream is to make theatre that inspires and changes the world—and after this summer, it’s seeming more and more attainable.

Theatre Bay Area offers its interns exposure to Bay Area's professional theatre scene, a free TBA membership for the duration of their internship, a travel stipend, college credit, access to free show tickets and an interning experience tailored to their interests. For more information, visit our “Get Involved” page (scroll down to “Intern with Us”) or email Sal Mattos, our members and events associate. 


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Arts Administration Intern Anna Hecht

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Updated: Monday, August 25, 2014
Young journalist Anna Hecht has just completed her internship at Theatre Bay Area. (Congrats, Anna!) As part of his internship, Heren Patel, TBA's other go-getter intern, wrote this piece about his colleague: 

By Heren Patel

Anna Hecht, a junior-year journalism student at San Francisco State University, is the arts administration intern at Theatre Bay Area. She started her internship around the end of June, and has been enjoying it ever since. During the beginning of her summer, Anna was looking around for internships that fit her interests in journalism; only one of them included theatre. So, she contacted and got hired by Lily Janiak, TBA's listings editor.

Look out, theatre world: marketing intern Heren Patel and
arts administration intern Anna Hecht. Photo: Heren Patel

Before deciding to pursue journalism, Anna—who also works part-time as a nanny—wanted to teach English to children, and possibly become a writer of children’s books. But all that changed when she took a SF State class in journalism. The class inspired her; she knew that this was something she wanted to do for the rest of her life. 

At Theatre Bay Area, Anna plans to broaden her knowledge about theatre. Her interest in theatre came from her love for musicals, and from her very first beat with San Francisco State University’s student newspaper. Recalling her first musical experiences, she loved watching her cousin’s high-school productions of Seussical and The Music Man. Currently working on listings with Lily Janiak, and on news pieces with digital content manager Laura Brueckner and editor-in-chief Sam Hurwitt, Anna has learned a lot about different genres in theatre. And in return, she makes sure that everything she works on is clear, concise and up-to-date for theatre artists' reading pleasure. 


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