Bretteney Beverly Joins Taproot Theatre as New Associate Artistic Director

Taproot Theatre Company has announced that Bretteney Beverly will fill the role of associate artistic director. Beverly previously worked with Shawnee Theatre in Indiana where she was first the associate artistic director and later the producing artistic director.

Beverly hails from Texas. She received B.A. degrees in Music and Psychology from Tougaloo College in 2012 and her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Acting from Regent University in 2016. After graduating she worked as an actor and director in Atlanta.

“I look forward to continuing to tell stories of hope from all walks of life and propel Taproot and its mission and values forward in this exciting new season for change and growth. Additionally, I look forward to getting to know Seattle,” Beverly said. “Our city’s support helps keep our doors open and allows us to continue to serve our patrons and beyond by producing quality theatre and educational programs.”

Beverly previously appeared in Taproot’s production of Crowns in 2018.

Calling All Advocates of the Arts

On November 8, Inspire Washington and partners will host All in for Advocacy, a virtual advocate rally. During this meeting you will learn about the cultural agenda for the 2023 Legislative Session.

Ever feel like you want to be more involved with the arts and culture community of Washington, but unsure of where to start? You can do so much more than attending an art show or donating to an organization—you can be an advocate!

Don’t worry, Inspire Washington will help you through it. Through this meeting you will be provided with talking points, one sheets, and other resources needed to champion your arts and culture community. With these resources, you will feel confident speaking with your lawmakers and legislature about what is needed in 2023.

This session will be held by Inspire Washington, ArtsWA, Humanities Washinton, ArtsEDWA, and others.


All in for Advocacy will be held virtually on November 8 at 12 p.m. you can register now online.

TheatreWorks’ Live, In-Person Celebration of New Works is Back

A Message From TheatreWorks:

Join TheatreWorks’ at the stunning Montalvo Arts Center for their 19th New Works Festival. It’s in the DNA at TheatreWorks to gather their friends and family and build community around the creation of new plays for the American theatre. Plays that celebrate the human condition—stories that build understanding, that entertain, that take us to new surroundings, new emotions, and new heights.

Shows

The Motion

How do we value a meaningful life? What does it mean to be human? This fiercely intelligent play takes audiences on a visceral exploration and collective examination of these questions when four eminent scholars gather before a live audience in what appears to be a straight-forward debate about animal rights. But as their arguments turn progressively more personal, the debate itself takes a series of shocking and unexpected turns sending them on an epic, kaleidoscopic journey into the heart of what we truly believe.

Hart Island

Over one million bodies are buried on Hart Island in New York City’s East River. The poor, the unclaimed, and the unknown are laid to rest in rudimentary pine boxes and unmarked graves. In this inspiring and hauntingly beautiful new musical, an immigrant woman looking for her child discovers the unexpected compassion of a disillusioned inmate on the burial crew. These two people on the edge of society change each other’s lives forever as they begin to grieve and learn to appreciate each other’s humanity.

Words We Believe

Orange County, California. Today. When 17-year-old Fitri goes missing, her best friend Ayan goes looking for the truth of how and why she disappeared. She confronts Elaine, an older white woman who just might be the mother of the boy Fitri ran away with…the boy who might have sent threatening voicemails to her mosque. When Elaine’s friend Sally inserts herself into the situation, what started as an interrogation of facts becomes an interrogation of friendship. Between what everyone believes, will they be able to piece together the truth?

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Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Robinson Family Fund for the Arts Announce Recipients of the 2022 Charles Dean Award

A Message From Berkeley Repertory Theatre:

Berkeley Repertory Theatre and The Robinson Family Fund for the Arts has announced that Bay Area actors Cathleen Riddley and Brian Rivera are recipients of the 2022 Charles Dean Award. Established in 2014, this annual award is presented to local actors who have dedicated their career to Bay Area theatre. The award comes with a $10,000 cash prize for each actor endowed by The Robinson Family Fund for the Arts and administered by Berkeley Rep. Usually presented at the annual Theatre Bay Area Awards ceremony, this year Cathleen and Brian will receive their awards at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor 10th Anniversary Party being held on Sunday, October 30. The Ground Floor is Berkeley Rep’s nationally recognized research and development laboratory for theatre.

This year’s recipients were selected by an esteemed panel of industry leaders, including Berkeley Rep’s Artistic Director Johanna Pfaelzer, American Conservatory Theater’s Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon, and Magic Theatre’s Artistic Director Sean San José.

“We are so grateful to The Robinson Family Fund for the Arts for their vision in supporting and celebrating the extraordinary actors who are making a life in theatre here in the Bay Area,” said Berkeley Rep’s Artistic Director Johanna Pfaelzer. “And I’m appreciative that my friends and colleagues Pam MacKinnon and Sean San José partnered with me on the selection of this year’s recipients. We are so proud to be able to celebrate Cathleen and Brian and acknowledge their deep contributions to this artistic community.”

The Charles Dean Award is the brainchild of the late Leigh and Ivy Robinson, avid Bay Area theatregoers and longtime Berkeley Rep supporters, who approached Berkeley Rep in 2014 with the idea of recognizing actors who have chosen to dedicate their professional lives working in the Bay Area. The awards were named after accomplished Bay Area actor Charles Dean, whose work the Robinsons much admired.

Past recipients of the Charles Dean Award include Charles Dean, Margo Hall, James Carpenter, Sharon Lockwood, and Stacy Ross.

Win a Chance to Fly Away with Kenmore Air

Need a getaway? We have just the escape. 

Now through November 15, when you register on the official Encore+ hub, you’ll have the chance to win Kenmore Air tickets!


With access to arts news, features, and interviews, all shared directly to your inbox in our weekly newsletters, registered users on the official Encore+ hub stay up to date with what’s going on in the arts communities of the Greater Seattle Area and the Bay Area.

Simply register as a user for a chance to win a pair of tickets for one of these iconic Kenmore Air flights:

Scenic Seattle Seaplane Tour: The Seattle Scenic Seaplane Tour is a uniquely Northwest way to see this world-class city. You get to enjoy the unique thrill of flying off the water and soaring over one of the most beautiful regions in the world.

San Juan Islands Round Trip: Kayak tours, world-class whale watching, biking, hiking, and cozy lodgings, the San Juan Islands have it all. Stay for a long weekend and refresh yourself in an environment that feels worlds away from the hustle of the city.

Eligibility: The Kenmore Air contest is open only to those who register on the official Encore+ hub during the contest period. Must be 18+ as of the date of entry and a legal resident of the United States. Void where prohibited by law. The contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited. Only Kenmore air travel is included. Contest winner is responsible for all other travel and lodging costs.

Contest Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on October 18, 2022 and ending November 15, 2022. 

How to Enter: Interested individuals may enter the contest by registering on the official Encore+ hub (https://www.encoreplus.app/account/register). Use one-click Google, Facebook, or LinkedIn login option, or register with your email address and full name.  

Voucher Expiration: Vouchers must be used before December 31, 2022.

Virtual Advocate Rally on November 8

A Message from Inspire Washington:

We are now less than three months from the state’s legislative session. This will be a challenging year for cultural advocacy due to decreased tax revenues, shrinking federal support, and a potential economic recession. We know that science, heritage, and arts organizations are still struggling to recover from the pandemic and many are facing a financial cliff due to decreased audiences. We also know that your programs are vital to economic recovery, addressing the mental health crisis, and bringing connection and vibrancy back to community life. We have big goals for this legislative session and to succeed, we will need EVERY person in EVERY district to make their voice heard. 

We are excited to share an important date with you.  Join us for a Virtual Advocate Rally on Tuesday, Nov 8th at 12pm. At this time, we will share all of the cultural requests the Legislature will consider next year. 

We are also excited to share two funding opportunities for Washington cultural businesses from ArtsWA and ArtsFund! Scroll down to learn more about about these programs and how to apply.

We have worked tirelessly to represent your cultural programs and secure financial support but there’s still so much left to do. Inspire Washington must remain visionary, ambitious, collaborative, and aggressive for the cultural sector.  Please consider investing in our advocacy objectives by joining as an invested cultural partner. We exist because of the growing list of partners that pledge dues every year.  Like you, it’s been a hard year for us so we ask you to seriously consider joining our circle.  Click here to learn more

State Arts Council Awards First-of-its-Kind Contract to Support Small Nonprofit Arts Organizations Across California

A Message From California Arts Council:

The California Arts Council announced that it has awarded a one-year, $500,000 contract to an arts organization that will provide payroll and paymaster services at low cost to small nonprofit arts organizations (SNPAOs), which contribute cultural and economic opportunities in communities throughout the state.

Californians for the Arts will provide paymaster and payroll services so that small nonprofits can access administrative services without the fees that many paymaster companies charge, which can drive the employment premium for California nonprofits as high as 30 percent.

“Small nonprofit arts organizations enrich communities across California in countless ways and this new service will further assist them and their talented staff to continue their invaluable work,” said Lilia Gonzáles-Chávez of Fresno, chair of the California Arts Council. “I want to thank Governor Gavin Newsom and Senator Susan Rubio for advancing this important support for the arts in California.”

Julie Baker, executive director of Californians for the Arts, said she is looking forward to helping SNPAOs utilize payroll and paymaster services because these small nonprofit arts organizations need new tools to create and preserve opportunities for performers and people in the performing arts sector, particularly workers in marginalized communities.

The mission of SNPAOs is to make theater accessible through low ticket prices and free services, but most of these organizations cannot cover the costs of production and administration through tickets sales alone and must, on average, raise funds to cover 40 to 60 percent of the costs of each production. Each SNPAO creates an average of 64 jobs annually for a cumulative average of 121,436 jobs created by the sector each year.

“It’s a win-win solution,” said Chair Gonzáles-Chávez. “SNPAOs present stories that resonate with and reflect the community, the artists, and the social context of the times. But because of historic undercapitalization of community-based arts and the effects of prolonged shutdowns due to COVID-13, SNPAOs have had to reduce the number of people they hire and the number of programs they offer. Providing them administrative relief will help immensely.”

Clive Worsley To Serve In Newly Created Position of Executive Director at Cal Shakes

A Message From California Shakespeare Theater:

California Shakespeare Theater’s (Cal Shakes) Board of Directors announced that Managing Director Sarah Williams will depart the Bay Area non-profit theater organization following three years at the helm. Veteran arts leader, actor, and advocate Clive Worsley has been named to the newly created position of Executive Director. As part of a comprehensive reimagination of the organization, Worsley will take up the newly created Executive Director role, which will oversee and direct the strategic vision of the organization. Worsley will begin his tenure on October 4, 2022. Williams will depart Cal Shakes on October 19, 2022.

“It is with deep respect and admiration for this venerable organization that I take my leave after three years shepherding it through some of its greatest challenges and opportunities,” said Williams. “I’m honored to have had the opportunity to partner with the visionary Eric Ting, to have worked alongside a dedicated Board of Directors, and to have been a small part of Cal Shakes long and storied history. I have the utmost gratitude for the Cal Shakes staff and artists—who have been the greatest teachers and who deserve immense credit for all they do to uphold and advance our organizational values. I look forward to watching Cal Shakes’ continued evolution and to supporting Clive’s extraordinary leadership.”

“We are excited to continue the transformative growth started by Sarah by reuniting with former Cal Shakes Director of Artistic Learning Clive Worsley,” said Cal Shakes Board Co-President Tracey Walthall. “Sarah piloted Cal Shakes through an unprecedented time of pandemic and challenge for theater. When many other organizations were not able to weather the adversity of the last three years, Sarah kept Cal Shakes producing, evolving, and excelling while still being true to its core values. She is an exceptional leader and will be greatly missed. To successfully continue the trajectory of growth that Sarah has started, we needed to hire someone with experience of Bay Area theater, awareness of the state of non-profit theater, and a deep institutional knowledge of our organization.”

“Our board knew we were dealing with change taking place on many levels at once: In the theater, in the performing arts, in the community, and on the land,” adds Betsy Streeter, Cal Shakes Board Secretary and leader of the transition team. “We knew that no matter what happened, we wanted our work to reflect and extend the purpose and values that Cal Shakes has long embraced. Clive embodies these principles personally, in the community, and in his past work at Cal Shakes leading Artistic Learning, which makes him the ideal choice to come in and have an immediate impact.” 

“I’m delighted and honored to be back at Cal Shakes, and to help shape the next phase of this vital community resource,” said Worsley. “As we steward Cal Shakes into the future, I’m grateful to the Board, leadership team, and staff who have worked tirelessly to support and advance the mission of the organization.”

A recognized leader in the field, Sarah Williams leaves an indelible mark on Cal Shakes. As Managing Director, Williams spearheaded a number of initiatives and programs that have strengthened fiscal sustainability and viability of the institution. Highlights include facilitating a strategic planning process with the Board of Directors and staff; securing nearly $2 million in Federal and State Covid relief grants and loans; streamlined financial operations, including implementation of new financial systems; and endeavored to approach leadership of the organization from a place of centering and aligning equity values throughout the organization’s policies, procedures, budget, and programs. Alongside former Artistic Director Eric Ting, Williams helped implement the Shared Light Initiative which include opening the Bruns Memorial Amphitheater to Bay Area culture organizations, launching the Artist Circle, and building a framework for thoughtful partnerships. Most recently, Williams successfully led Cal Shakes through the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clive Worsley has been a leader in Bay Area performing arts non-profits as an artist, educator, and administrator for over 30 years. His long and celebrated history at Cal Shakes began in 2002 as a principal Teaching Artist. Clive collaborated with classroom teachers to create the first integrated arts residency programs, taught and directed students of all ages in the Summer Shakespeare Conservatories, and launched the popular Student Matinee Program. From 2013–2021, Clive served as Director of Artistic Learning and expanded the reach of arts education to communities around the San Francisco Bay Area. A member of Cal Shakes’ Transformative Justice Initiative led by the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective, Clive has been deeply involved in the evolution of the local performing arts ecosystem and its journey towards equity.

Clive served as Artistic Director of Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette from 2008–2013, where he cultivated greater integration of the Main Stage and Educational Programs, including a shadow cast program for teen actors. Under his direction, Town Hall built new community partnerships, recovered from a devastating flood, achieved financial solvency, and received numerous Shellie Awards. He most recently served as the Executive Director of the Junior Center of Art and Science in Oakland, a 60+ year organization providing arts and science educational engagements to at promise youth throughout the greater East Bay.

As an award-winning actor, Clive has appeared on many Bay Area stages including Cal Shakes, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, TheatreWorks, Marin Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, Center Rep, Shotgun Players, and many others.

Performing Arts Equitable Payroll Fund Has Been Created

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB1116 on September 29, creating the Performing Arts Equitable Payroll Fund. This fund would help performing arts organizations pay staff and artists by reimbursing them for payroll costs. This fund would assist arts organizations in compensating their workers in a way that they deserve, helping to keep more artists in the Bay Area and California.

“The creative arts industry was amongst the hardest hit by the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic,” the governor said in a signing statement. “I am proud of the economic and cultural contributions that our arts workers provide to California, and support industry-led efforts to improve their ability to succeed and continue to enhance our communities. Without community arts organizations, many of our small and disadvantaged communities may not have access to the arts.”

The fund still needs financial backing. Advocates are hopeful that funding will be established by next summer.

Best Events in the Bay Area This October

We’ve rounded up the best of opera, theatre, dance, and music for October 2022 in the San Francisco Bay Area. For all events check out our full calendar.

Eugene Onegin

NOW THROUGH OCTOBER 14

San Francisco Opera