Artistic and administrative fellows
Nicholas Kowerko · Bret C. Harte Directing Fellow
Nicholas is thrilled to be the Bret C. Harte directing fellow! He has been involved in over 25 productions as a director or assistant director in various venues across the country. He was a casting assistant at Boston Casting, where he worked on ABC Television’s Body of Proof with Dana Delaney, commercials for Dunkin’ Donuts, Gillette, and Verizon, as well as other independent feature films. He completed the directing internship at Great River Shakespeare Festival and the season-long directing assistantship at Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA), where he was also on faculty, teaching undergraduate courses in Movement and Strasberg Method Acting. He has also taught at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, the Media Performance Institute in Boston, the State University of New York at Fredonia, and Syracuse University. He was a new play development assistant at Syracuse Stage, and also an assistant director there. As a writer, he has written the scripts for devised pieces he directed, Inertia: The Banjo Opera, The One They Call the Wind, and was a co-adapter for the musical Christmas Is Here Again with Brad Carroll. Proud SDC Associate.
Alice Stites · Company Management Fellow
Alice has worked as the programming intern at New York Live Arts, development intern at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and artistic intern at Second Stage. She recently graduated with distinction in Drama from Kenyon College, where she directed and produced several shows as well as worked as the assistant to Wendy MacLeod, Kenyon’s playwright-in-residence. Alice is from Louisville, Kentucky.
Ariana Johnson · Development Fellow
Ariana is thrilled to be the 2017–18 development fellow. She served as the artistic director of the Stanford Asian American Theater Project for two seasons, an organization devoted to increasing diversity of peoples and stories in the performing arts. In addition to her work as a stage manager and lighting designer, recent directing highlights include Equivocation, Hairspray (associate director), and a reimagined, Asian inspired production of Into the Woods. Ariana graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Symbolic Systems with a concentration in Cognitive Science, and a minor in Theater and Performance Studies.
Ky’Lend Adams · Education Fellow
Ky’Lend is currently the education fellow for the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. He is a recent graduate from George Mason University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a concentration in Media Production and Criticism, and a minor in Theater. Ky’Lend has been privileged in working with Arena Stage in Washington, DC as a teaching artist for almost a decade. He is eager to be working at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre alongside individuals that are as passionate about the need for arts education as he is. In the future, Ky’Lend’s goal is to integrate arts education while making the arts accessible for all.
Kendall Markley · Graphic Design Fellow
Kendall recently graduated from Ohio University and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Her projects have included an interactive app for the Kennedy Museum of Art, promotional materials for the Child Conservation League, and conceptual development and design of Focus Bookbinding by Professor Emeritus Don Adleta. Her work focuses on craft and bringing analog elements into the digital realm. Looking forward, she hopes to cultivate a career in the arts.
James Dinneen · Peter F. Sloss Literary / Dramaturgy Fellow
James is grateful to be working at Berkeley Rep for the 2017–18 season. In addition to his fellowship, he is a playwright, director, actor, filmmaker, and sound designer. His plays include Allison After a Fire (2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe), MSR: A Sci-Fi Adventure 4 Millennial Souls, Halcyon, and Masturbating While Lonely, all of which were produced by the Colorado College Theatre Workshop. He graduated from Colorado College in May of 2017 with a major in History and Philosophy, a minor in Asian Studies, and a thesis project about monsters and the Anthropocene. He is from Denver, CO.
Arielle Rubin · Marketing / Digital Communications Fellow
Arielle is a native of Sebastopol, CA. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ithaca College in May 2017 with a BS in Theatre Arts Management. She has worked with Summer Repertory Theatre, Hangar Theatre, and Ithaca College Theatre Arts in various administrative and front of house positions. Long-term she is eager to create and foster relationships between the theatre and the public and aspires to make the arts accessible for all.
Kiara Montgomery · Costumes Fellow
Kiara is the 2017–18 Berkeley Rep costumes fellow. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising and Design at Alabama A&M University and a Master of Science degree in Consumer and Design Sciences, with a research focus in historic costume and trend analysis at Auburn University. After working in the fashion industry and several art department gigs for film, TV, and commercials, Kiara later revisited her alma mater to study theatre technology with concentrations in costume design and set design and has not looked back since. Some of her costume design credits include Miss Julie and Yellowman at Clark Atlanta University, short film Grandmother at Columbia University, and Village Plains Tribal Fusion’s MYTHOS; she also worked as a costume technician for Assassins and The Integration of Tuskegee High School at Telfair Peet Theatre. Kiara is very grateful and excited for her journey with Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s costume shop and eager to learn as much as she can throughout the process.
Domino Mannheim · Lighting / Electrics Fellow
Domino just graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Theatre Production Design and Technology, with an emphasis in Lighting Design and a minor in Business Administration. She has just finished working at Theatre Aspen for their 2017 summer season and is loving Berkeley so far. After her time here, she has signed a contract to join Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as their light technician for the following six months. With her spare time (lol) she loves to read, hike, drink piña coladas, and get caught in the rain.
Dawn Marie Kelley · Production Management Fellow
Dawn was born and raised in Baltimore City. She got her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Studies from Towson University. She has spent most of her time, since graduating, stage managing in and around the Maryland/DC/Virginia area. Some of those theatres include Single Carrot Theatre, Strand Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, Flying V Theater, and Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. She has also worked as a theatre technician with Adventure Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Olney Theatre, and Capital Fringe. During the 2016–17 season, she was the assistant production manager and box office manager for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Theatre Program.
Mara Ishihara Zinky · Properties Fellow
Mara is excited to be the properties fellow this season at Berkeley Rep. She is a recent graduate of the Scenic Design program at The Theatre School at DePaul University. At DePaul, she designed world premieres of Prospero’s Storm and Mrs. Phu’s Cleansing Juices (and also salads), and was the props master for The Misanthrope. She has also worked as a carpenter and stagehand in her home state of Massachusetts.
Chrissy Curl · Scenic Art Fellow
Chrissy designs and paints scenery and has worked for theatres around the Bay Area including Town Hall, FaultLine, Custom Made, Ray of Light, and Santa Cruz Shakespeare. She also has enjoyed making sets for young artists at Tomorrow Youth Repertory and Youth Musical Theater Company. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2016, Chrissy is ecstatic to be a fellow at Berkeley Rep.
William Ebeler · Scenic Construction Fellow
Will started working on theatre in high school, and has kind of been doing theatre to some extent since then. During Will’s first few years of college he was just doing it as a hobby, not really considering it seriously as a career; then about a year ago realized he was spending all his time in the theatre, to the detriment of his other classes, and decided to pursue it professionally. In the copious free time that he has between working on shows, Will loves going rock climbing.
Cecilia Pappalardo · Harry Weininger Sound Fellow
Cecilia is a sound designer and engineer who has worked largely at the university and storefront level in the greater Chicago area. Her sound design was a part of a number of productions, largely on the Northwestern University campus, ranging from James and the Giant Peach (Imagine U) to Circle Mirror Transformation (WAVE Productions). Having recently graduated from Northwestern with a degree in Theatre, Cecilia is thrilled to return to the Bay Area, where she was raised, to work and learn as the Harry Weininger sound fellow.
Tait Adams · Stage Management Fellow
Tait is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley with a double major in Theater and Anthropology. She is a native of Philadelphia and grew up backstage at the Philadelphia Folk Festival where she developed a love for live performance. Tait has lived in the Bay Area since 2008 and since then has taken any opportunity to work in production that has come her way, including three years as the stage manager for the Berkeley Rep Teen Council One-Acts in high school. She is very excited to return to Berkeley Rep as the stage management fellow.