The Latest from Berkeley Playhouse. . .
Our Statement of Solidarity:
Berkeley Playhouse stands in solidarity with the Black community, and we denounce the centuries of oppression, trauma, pain, and death caused by structural racism.
Berkeley Playhouse commits to the serious examination of our organizational procedures and praxis, and will work to become an actively anti-racist organization.
We will strengthen our ongoing efforts to creating an organization - staff, board, educators, technicians, patrons, and artists - that reflects our strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
We will use our platform and the privilege it affords us to showcase the talents, skills, and stories of racially and ethnically diverse voices which continue to be underrepresented in theater arts.
We will champion more equitable access to all theater productions and educational programming.
It is our responsibility to create art that actively engages with the diverse communities of the Bay Area that will impact people for years to come.
We encourage ourselves and our community to work towards broader education, support and action for racial justice.
Our Current Status During Covid-19:
Please read on for an important update about Berkeley Playhouse and COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Dear Berkeley Playhouse community,
Our theater is closed but we are still working hard to keep our organization alive and our community connected. All our classes and youth rehearsals have moved online and remote. Our staff is staying connected through Zoom meetings and managing all the new remote technology. We are saddened to announce the cancellation of In the Heights, but our community's safety and heathy must take priority. We are heartbroken to be unable to provide a physical place of community gathering and performing arts for the Bay Area at this time.
As a non-profit organization, this is a HUGE hit to our finances, and are humbly calling on wonderful supporters like yourselves to lend a hand and help us recover from this.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
The quickest and most efficient way is to make a contribution to what we are calling our “Recuperation Fund."
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation via:
- Venmo - find us @Berkeleyplayhouse
- Online at Berkeleyplayhouse.org
- Mailed check made out to Berkeley Playhouse
In the short term, your donation goes toward helping us recoup losses and ensure our artists and staff are paid for their work on Memphis. In the long term, your donations will provide security for us to continue producing beloved musicals and allowing our Conservatory programs to thrive.
WHAT WE CAN PROVIDE:
In the meantime, we will be creating and sharing lots of great new content in our weekly email newsletters and on social media in the coming weeks with the hope that it will help brighten these gloomy days. We will continue to send updates on our programming when necessary to keep you informed of our current status.
As one of many incredible Bay Area theaters, we are working together to raise each other up and support one another during these times. Our artists are coming together and finding ways to provide music, singing, dancing, and more from their homes and share that love with all of you until they can be on stage again.
On behalf of artists everywhere and all of us at Berkeley Playhouse, continue to stay safe and healthy—and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Kimberly Dooley, Executive Artistic Director
Mary Lins, Managing Director
If you have questions or concerns about your tickets to our mainstage productions, please contact the Box Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 845-8542 ext. 351.