Berkeley Rep Announces 2010-2011 Fellows

by Stage Directions
BERKELEY, CA—Berkeley Repertory Theatre  has named 15 college graduates to its fellowship program from the upcoming year. The cohort includes members from across America, and five Northern-California natives. Fellows will collaborate on eight shows with renowned artists such as Lemony Snicket and Sarah Ruhl. The new Berkeley Rep fellows are: Daniela Becerra, Amy Bobeda, Samantha Budd, Lindsay Cramond, Wendi Gross, Champagne Hughes, Margot Leonard, Candice Renee McDowell, Jamaica Montgomery-Glenn, Krys Ritchie, Rachel Steinberg, Kate Vangeloff, Amanda Warner, Allison Whorton and Jennifer Wills.

“These talented young people are the future of American theatre,” said Susan Medak, Berkeley Rep’s managing director. “Our fellows go on to work as artists, artisans, and administrators at theatres across the country. We look forward to teaching them—and learning from them—over the next year, as our united efforts create another year of unforgettable shows at Berkeley Rep.”

Fellowships at Berkeley Rep combine hands-on practical experience with educational seminars that provide insight into the operation and inner workings of a professional theatre. The program offers training in more than a dozen different disciplines. Fellows make an 11-month commitment to the Theatre, generally starting in August and concluding their residencies in June. Many of Berkeley Rep’s staff members are former fellows, and a full two-thirds of past fellows continue to work professionally in the industry.

The Fellows will be placed in the following departments:

Daniela Becerra, a native of San Dimas and graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, will be mentored by Master Electrician Fred Geffken and the electrics crew.

Amy Bobeda, a native of Santa Cruz and graduate of UC Santa Cruz, will be mentored by Costume Director Maggi Yule.

Samantha Budd, an Ohio native and graduate of Ohio University, will be mentored by Art Director Cheshire Isaacs.

Lindsay Cramond, a Virginia native and graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, will be mentored by Technical Director Jim Smith in the scene shop.

Wendi Gross, a native of Baltimore and graduate of Rollins College, will be mentored by Director of Development Lynn Eve Komaromi.

Champagne Hughes, a native of Hayward and graduate of San Jose State University, will be mentored by Company Manager Megan Wygant.

Margot Leonard, a Massachusetts native and graduate of Smith College, will be mentored by Scenic Artist Lisa Lázár.

Candice Renee McDowell, a native of Vallejo and graduate of Regent University, will be mentored by Rachel Fink, director of the School of Theatre.

Jamaica Montgomery-Glenn, a native of Santa Cruz and graduate of UC Berkeley, will be mentored by Properties Manager Ashley Dawn.

Krys Ritchie, a native of Tucson and graduate of the University of Arizona, will be mentored by Production Manager Tom Pearl.

Rachel Steinberg, a native of Ontario, holds a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto and will serve as the Peter Sloss Literary and Dramaturgy Fellow under Literary Manager Madeleine Oldham.

Kate Vangeloff, a native of Indianapolis and graduate of Emory University, will be mentored by Director of Marketing and Communications Robert Sweibel.

Amanda Warner, a native of Sacramento and graduate of UCLA, will be mentored by Production Stage Manager Michael Suenkel.

Allison Whorton, a native of Los Angeles and graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, will be mentored by Rachel Fink, director of the School of Theatre.

Jennifer Wills, an Illinois native and graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, will serve as the Bret C. Harte Directing Fellow under Artistic Director Tony Taccone.

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