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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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Program Director Note: Getting Clarity

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

By Dale Albright

 TBA program director Dale Albright.

Time. It’s the one thing that I hear, over and over again, that artists wish they knew how to deal with better. It is the nature of our lives as artists that we, arguably more than many outside of our world, need to be masters of juggling numerous commitments in order to do and support our work. Other obligations to work, family, laundry, dishes, pets, health, sanity and many other factors too numerous to mention are all plates being tossed in the air hoping not to be the one to drop crashing to the ground.

As I write this, I am feeling that pain—I am in tech week for a show I am directing at the Douglas Morrison Theatre in Hayward (Lanford Wilson’s Book of Days, starting May 19). As my plates spin and I juggle many of the things listed above, I can’t help but observe my own struggles and those of the artists around me. My first interchange at every tech has been with our lighting designer and with our technical director, who compare notes on whose two-year-old woke them up first that morning. One of our actors, a single mom commuting from San Francisco to the show in Hayward, often gets to bring her (wonderful!) daughter to rehearsal. Another actor is losing hours daily, constantly fighting what sounds like one of the worst commutes I have ever heard of: from work in the North Bay to rehearsal in Hayward, then back home to SF. Three other actors, who commute from the South Bay, are also launching their own theatre project (not to mention other theatre- and non-theatre-related jobs) at the same time that they are getting this show off the ground. The list goes on and on.

People often ask me how I manage to juggle my work at Theatre Bay Area with outside artistic projects, but I look at these examples (and many others I hear), and know how lucky I am. Not only do I have a full-time job, but it’s incredibly supportive to boot. This job allows me take vacation during tech week—although, of course, I am writing this note in the middle of said “vacation.” I have a sympathetic partner at home. The theatre at which I’m currently working is a two-minute drive from my house.

But you know what else has been incredibly helpful to me? The kind of thinking taught in Theatre Bay Area’s ATLAS career development program, which I have administered for a number of years. For example: when I take on an outside artistic project, I know why I am doing it—the part it plays in what I want to accomplish in terms of my larger life and work goals. I know which things in my life come first. I limit the number of projects I do each year. I know to plan ahead as best I can to see when I need to take time off—and when I need a dog-sitter to help out. I have examined my own work (and distraction) patterns to have a better idea of how to formulate my day for maximum effectiveness. And I don’t beat myself up for taking some time to make sure my DVR doesn’t explode or to just take a nap. And it works.

If this kind of clarity sounds good to you, check out our career guide, ATLAS: Charting an Artist’s Career Map—especially the chapter on time management! The ATLAS manual is also available as part of the enhanced student membership, available now through June 30, perfect for the theatre majors and grads in your life.

Plates will still spin and—such is life—some will undoubtedly drop…hopefully no more than once in a while. We’re only human. But we do what needs to be done. The show (and life) must go on!


Dale Albright is program director for Theatre Bay Area, as well as an actor and freelance director. 

Tags:  ATLAS Program  program director's note  rehearsal  time management  training  workshop 

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Career Workshops Offering Drop-in Slots

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Hello, theatre-makers!

Have you ever wanted to know how to manage your time more effectively? How to set personalized, achievable career goals? How to balance your work with the rest of your life? Of course you have! Many, if not most, artists face these challenges.

As part of its commitment to equip Bay Area theatre-makers for success, TBA is offering workshops addressing these exact topics this month. Normally, these 90-minute skill-building sessions are available only to participants in the ATLAS career training program, but TBA is making a limited number of seats available to the public on a drop-in basis.

Read below to see what you’ll learn in each, and register today!


Workshop: Time Management

Instructor: Morrie Warshawski
Saturday, Feb. 20 (9:30-11:00 a.m.)

Ah, time. We all wish we had more of it—and artists, as a rule, consistently express frustration about how to utilize it best. This 90-minute workshop will help you identify what motivates you, accept what’s out of your control, and find out what the heck a circadian rhythm is—and why it might just be the breakthrough you need. This key career-boosting session, part of the 2016 round of our ATLAS for Actors career training program, is available to artists of any discipline on a drop-in registration basis.


About the instructor: Morrie Warshawski has worked in the nonprofit arts and culture sector for more than 30 years, bringing a commitment to the core values of creativity, thoughtful¬ness, transparency and tolerance. He has served as the executive director of three nonprofit arts organizations, including the Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco. Since 1986, he has been a consultant specializing in strategic planning with nonprofit organizations, individual artists, state arts agencies and a local arts council, as well as community cultural planning with cities and counties. He served for six years as a consultant and regional coordinator for the National Endowment for the Arts’ Advancement Program, which provided 15 months of planning support for arts organizations. 

As a writer, Morrie has created A State Arts Agency Toolkit for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and Lessons Learned, a website on planning for the NEA. He is the author of two books on fundraising: The Fundraising Houseparty: How to Party with a Purpose and Raise Money for Your Cause and Shaking the Money Tree: The Art of Getting Grants and Donations for Film and Video. Morrie is also the originator and moderator of the Strategic Planning for Nonprofits Group on LinkedIn (with over 50,000 members worldwide). 

Workshop location: Theatre Bay Area offices, 1119 Market St., 2nd Floor, SF
Cost: Theatre Bay Area members: $40; nonmembers: $65
Register today!

Workshop: Personalized Goal Setting

Instructor: Velina Brown
Saturday, Feb. 20 (11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.) 

In this 90-minute session, Bay Area theatre luminary and Business of Show Business columnist Velina Brown will help you articulate what is important to you in your life and career, turn these important values into a framework for developing your own personalized goals and, finally, identify the steps that you can take to get there. Participate in this “dream big” workshop and emerge with the beginnings of steps to move to another level. This crucial career-transforming session, part of the 2016 round of our ATLAS for Actors career training program, is available to artists of any discipline on a drop-in registration basis.

About the instructor: Velina Brown is a singer, director, award-winning actor and career columnist for Theatre Bay Area. With a passion for challenging herself and her audience with socially relevant theatre, Velina is committed to fostering new works on stage and screen, and to supporting those vibrant voices shaping theatre and film, and that will change the world. Velina has appeared with many local theatres, such as American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Shotgun Players, Magic Theatre, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Eureka Theatre, TheatreWorks, The Willows and Thick Description as well as national companies Denver Center Theatre Company, Oregon Cabaret Theatre and many others. Velina is also a longtime member of the Tony and OBIE Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe, where she has been a principal actor in over a decade and a half’s worth of world-premiere musical comedies and dramas, touring throughout the United States and internationally. Velina is a two-time winner of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle award as Outstanding Supporting Actress. Velina has credits in film, television, radio commercials and industrial films and has also voiced several computer games. 

Velina also graduated Magna Cum Laude from San Francisco State University, and has a Master’s Degree in counseling. Combining that training with her skill and experience as a working actor has developed her career and life coaching service, The Business of Show Biz. She also has a monthly column of the same name with Theatre Bay Area, where she shares her talent and advice with both novice and experienced actors as they strive to share their passions, becoming the brave, challenging artists they want to be.

Workshop location: Theatre Bay Area offices, 1119 Market St., 2nd Floor, SF
Cost: Theatre Bay Area members: $40; nonmembers: $65
Register today!

Workshop: Navigating Your Life as an Artist

Instructor: Valerie Weak
Monday, Feb. 29 (6:30-8 p.m.)

Individual artists usually wear many hats: stage actor, director, teaching artist, voice-over artist…the list goes on and on. How can artists establish a framework for themselves that allows them to search for work, negotiate agreements, complete the work effectively and balance their own individual needs? What kind of work should artists be looking for? What’s a job, as opposed to a career, as opposed to a calling? And what tools might you need for each?

About the instructor: Valerie Weak is an actor and theatre educator with a 15-year history in the San Francisco Bay Area with performing and teaching credits at theatres throughout the region, including San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Center REP, Word for Word and California Shakespeare Theater. Valerie also works on-camera and in voiceover, appearing in commercials, industrials and independent films. She stars in the irreverent indie comedy, The Snake, which was presented at SXSW by Patton Oswalt and can be streamed on Netflix. Valerie also uses her acting skills to train California police officers and medical students at UCSF and Stanford in communication and rapport building. 

Workshop location: Theatre Bay Area offices, 1119 Market St., 2nd Floor, SF
Cost: Theatre Bay Area members: $40; nonmembers: $65
Register today!


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