18 Nov Newsletter – November 2012


Artistic Director’s Corner

Michael StormAs you have already heard, or rather read, our lease agreement with the City of Berkeley for the Live Oak Theatre is moving forward. We have city council meetings to attend on November 27th and December 11th when the community at large will be able to comment on, and learn more about, the agreement. We have had several meetings with Actors Ensemble of Berkeley and they have assured us that they are in support of our lease agreement with the City of Berkeley. Actors Ensemble currently produces their productions in the Live Oak Theatre and we have made it clear to them that TheatreFirst and the City of Berkeley are working to ensure that the Live Oak Theatre schedule will accommodate both companies.

We will also be bringing many companies into the fold that have not been able to rent the Live Oak Theatre in the past. Symmetry Theatre Company, committed to providing Equity actresses with more substantial roles, will be joining us as will Just Theatre of Berkeley. Just Theatre is a new works company that has been producing exceptional work and drawing some of the finest Bay Area talent to its productions. Virago Theatre Company, perhaps the most well-travelled of the nomadic companies, will finally have a committed space for at least part of their season and we are also talking to Axis Dance about teaching classes at Live Oak Theatre. These fine groups, along with the schools and community organizations that have been renting Live Oak Theatre for years, will help make Live Oak Theatre one of the hottest places to see live entertainment in the Bay Area and will strengthen Live Oak Theatre’s role in the Berkeley arts community.

For those of you that don’t know the Live Oak Theatre is going to need a lot of work to become a state of the art facility. We will need to upgrade both the lighting system and sound system upon entering the space. There will also be a major clean-up project followed by painting and aesthetic renovations. These projects, of course, require funds. If you can donate we are extremely grateful that you have realized what a profound effect our presence in the Live Oak Theatre will have on the Berkeley and East Bay communities and as always we would like to remind you that your donation is tax deductible.

We will also be running a Kickstarter campaign in aid of our building renovation fund and we will need everyone’s help circulating that to all of our friends, family and co-workers. The key to every Kickstarter campaign is to not think about who to send the link for the video to, but rather just to send it out. The video will be informative and entertaining to someone even if they cannot become a donor and they may forward it on to someone who will make a donation. Keep an eye out for that campaign beginning around the first of the year.

Thank you so much for your continued support of TheatreFirst!

Live Oak Theatre Lease Agreement Moves Forward

We are pleased to announce that we have signed the agreement with the City of Berkeley to become the new Managing Company of the Live Oak Theatre in Berkeley. We are very excited that things seem to be progressing nicely and we are in regular meetings with Actors Ensemble of Berkeley to ensure a smooth transition.

TheatreFirst General Auditions

We are very close to announcing our next round of general auditions coming up in the spring. If you are interested please submit your headshot and resume or contact our Artistic Director, Michael Storm at mstorm@theatrefirst.com.

We Need a Refrigerator

TheatreFirst is in need of a refrigerator for concessions at the Live Oak Theatre. We would prefer a restaurant style fridge with the clear glass facing, but beggars can’t be choosers, right? If you know of anyone with a full sized refrigerator of any kind that they might be willing to part with, please let us know.

We Received Our First Auto Donation With CARS!!!

Thank you to Kevin Karrick and Cal Safety, Inc. for their wonderful donation to TheatreFirst via our CARS Program. “It was so easy! TheatreFirst made the call and they came and picked it up. Easy Peasy”, said Mr. Karrick.

Way to go Kevin. You rock!

Please Make a Donation Today

We are nearing the end of the year and it is a good time to remind you all that your donation to TheatreFirst is tax deductible. Headed into a new space which will need a lot of work, we need your help now more than ever.

Send a Check to PO Box 28302, Oakland, CA 94604

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Where are They Now…?

Michael Barrett Austin (Grapes of Wrath) will be appearing in SF Playhouse’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, directed by Jon Tracy (Grapes). This will be the first show at SF Playhouse’s new larger home: 450 Post Street, the former Lorraine Hansberry Theatre.

Ukamaka Izuchi (Anton in Show Business) has begun the first year of classes at the University of Southern California’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Acting.

Lisa Anne Porter (Asst. Director Rosencrantz…) is directing It’s A Wonderful Life at Town Hall Theatre running in December.

Nancy Carlin (Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter) is directing Honk! for Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Opens this Saturday, November 17 and runs through December 9. http://www.shakespearesantacruz.org/season/season.php#holiday

Warren David Keith (The Drawer Boy) is performing in a solo show at the Berkeley Marsh, Acid Test: The Many Incarnations of Ram Dass has been extended through January.

Claire Slattery (Hanging Georgia) is appearing in BOOM written by Bay Area playwright, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. It is a 3-person play about survival and the influences of fate versus randomness at the end of the world. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/258757

Emily Morrison (The Grapes of Wrath) is directing a world premiere musical called Tales of Olympus about the Greek gods for Bay Area Children’s Theatre. Opens in December and runs for 3 weeks. http://www.bactheatre.org/shows/Olympus.html

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