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October 28, 2012

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October 28, 2012

I was actually drawn into participating at Berkeley Rep initially through my childrens' involvemet in their inspiring school of theater. I had been a season ticket holder for a few years and had always enjoyed their wide range of fantastic plays but getting to watch my kids thrive and experiment clarified for me how many ways aside from the actual performances Berkeley Rep was enhancing the community, as well as reinforcing how much fabulous experimentation was occurring onstage, within Berkeley Rep's choices for each season. This past Summer, I got to witness tidbits of truly inspiring new works in progress through their new Ground Floor program. I'm always excited to see what's next!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 12, 2010

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February 12, 2010

I have subscribed for over 20 years. I am a donor and have named BRT in my estate plan. I am a trustee. All of my involvement grew out of my long, favorable experience as an audience member. BRT puts on challenging works that address the issues of our time and give me much to think about. They do not play to the lowest common denominator, but to the highest part of the audience's intelligence. BRT supports new artists through its commissioning program.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

numerous thought-provoking stage performances. Most recently, Athol Fugard's play "Coming Home" dealt with the problems of AIDs, racism and illiteracy in South Africa.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

hard working, intelligent, dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Commission many new plays and support many emerging playwrights.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 12, 2010

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February 12, 2010

I have been going to performances at Berkeley Rep for over 20 years. Uniformly, I have been impressed with the Rep's venturesome approach. They are not afraid to take risks. This year, for examply, their production of American Idiot was mesmerizing. A rock opera/play/happening which compared well to Tommy. Superb.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in instilling in me a whole new, non-traditional way of experiencing theatre.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

buy its own practice rooms, thus increasing the quality of its performances.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 11, 2010

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February 11, 2010

Berkeley Rep has become a magnet for the most interesting playwrights, directors and theater artists from around the country. And the audiences are smart and appreciate the fact that BRT takes artistic risks, challenges what you're thinking about and always entertains. We used to think it was the best thing going in the arts in the East Bay, but folks from across the country have heard about it and are talking about it. Berkeley Rep is a Very Big Deal, and a theater to watch.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing what happens on stage and in the community. Audiences love what they see, keep coming back, and bring their families and friends. Have also seen incredible growth and maturing of BRT as an institution during the many years I've been on the Board.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the great work I've seen on stage - and what goes on behind it. BRT has incredibly talented staff - both management and artistic leadership and staff at all levels. They're the reason for the theater's success.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

Berkeley Rep has brought exciting, excellent theatre to the Bay Area for over 40 years, creating a wonderful sense of community! Subscribers benefit from top quality productions of a wide range of theatre experiences which add up to much more than the sum of its parts. It's a "happening" place.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It's a place for stimulating ideas and interesting people

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

The experience before, during and after the performance is fun and entertaining. I know I can count on this well run theatre to put on a great perfromance and make it a great night out.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic, smart and truely care about the success of the theatre.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

Berkeley Rep provides intelligent, engaging, fearless theatre. Willing to take risks. Beautifully well-managed. It has become the heart-beat of the regional theatre scene. Strike that: it is a national powerhouse.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

bringing work to a wider audience. Of 7 shows in the Berkeley Rep 2009-2010 season, 4 of them are world premieres.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have it think out of the box in terms of donors.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Expanding the embrace of theatre. Seeing 10 year olds and 90 year olds at American Idiot.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Awesome! The dedication, the commitment are inspiring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand the in-school teaching program.

Ways to make it better...

They could provide a spa experience (OK, just kidding). Can't think of anything at this point in time...

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Trying to survive the financial constraints of the next year or two.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I've been to a lot of theatre. Berkeley Rep is ALWAYS reaching forward. Doesn't go for the easy solution.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

Berkeley Rep is the artistic focal point of the East Bay. It is courageous in its play suggestion and challenges its audiences to engage. I have been attending Berkeley Rep performances for almost 40 years and I never tire of the productions. The theater continues to be a wellspring of creativity and professionalism.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Absolutely first rate. The staff of the Berkeley Rep could not be more professional while at the same time being extremely friendly and solicitous.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is a highlight of the Bay Area arts scene. The work is consistently excellent...thought provoking and inspiring every time. This season has been outstanding, with the recent staging of "Coming Home" and the premiere of "American Idiot."

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Season after season of great theater.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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