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TBA Online: News & Features: January 2018


Thursday, January 4, 2018  
Posted by: TBA Staff
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January 4, 2018

Contact: Sunshine Lampitoc Smith



(San Francisco, CA) - Theatre Bay Area today announced that Managing Director Rachel L. Fink will leave the organization in February to take on a new role as the executive director of Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago.

With an over 10-year relationship with TBA as a committee chair, board member, and most recently as managing director, the organization is saddened by her departure but wishes her well on this new adventure.

Theatre Bay Area Executive Director Brad Erickson says, “TBA and the Bay Area theatre community has benefitted immensely from Rachel’s leadership - first at the School of Theatre at Berkeley Rep and then as the managing director of Theatre Bay Area. Under her tenure, TBA has updated and continues to evaluate how we can better serve the changing needs of the arts community, both regionally and nationally. We launched the Cultural Leadership program, providing free and low-cost training in critical areas of non-profit arts management, and produced our most successful awards celebration to date. Chicago’s gain is our loss, but Rachel has left her mark on the next wave of Bay Area theatre makers. It was an honor to have her as a partner.”   

During the search process, TBA Programs Director Dale Albright will step into the role of Interim Managing Director.

As managing director, Ms. Fink was responsible for Theatre Bay Area’s business life including finance, revenue generation, operations, human resources, marketing, and communications. Prior to her time at TBA, she spent 16 years at Berkeley Repertory Theatre where she founded and grew the School of Theatre into a nationally-recognized learning hub which incubated programs exploring global citizenry, active advocacy, professional development, arts skill-building, leadership training, and community engagement – all using the lens of theatre.

A strong advocate of arts leadership development and cultural policy, Ms. Fink was recently one of four steering committee members of the inaugural Berkshire Leadership Summit, a national convening of arts leaders designed to address the lack of gender parity in executive level theatre positions. Ms. Fink was recognized for her regional work as a 2013 “Face of Theatre Bay Area.”

Before moving to the Bay Area, Ms. Fink was the managing director of the Yale Cabaret and had worked at theatres across the United States including the 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 B.A. in Theatre Arts from Case Western Reserve University and her M.F.A. in Theater Management from the Yale School of Drama.


Theatre Bay Area is one of the largest regional performing arts service organizations in North America. Our members—some 300 theatre companies and 2,000 individual artists—produce thousands of performances and engage more than a million arts patrons each year. The Bay Area houses the third largest community of Actors’ Equity (union) actors and boasts more theatre companies per capita than any other metropolitan area in the U.S.

Theatre Bay Area is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to unite, strengthen, promote and advance the theatre community in the San Francisco Bay Area, working on behalf of our conviction that the performing arts are an essential public good, critical to a healthy and truly democratic society, and invaluable as a source of personal enrichment and growth. Visit for more information.

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