SAN FRANCISCO: Theatre Bay Area (TBA) has announced that Rachel Fink will assume the position as the nonprofit’s new managing director on Feb. 1.
“Her commitment to leadership in theatre in the Bay Area—and internationally—has proven to be invaluable over many years,” said executive director Brad Erickson in a statement. “I am thrilled that she is joining our organization in this, our 40th anniversary year—a time when we’re taking great strides in executing our new strategic plan. I am honored to be able to work alongside someone so smart, so talented, and so dedicated to and well-connected with the field—both here in the Bay Area and across the country.”
Fink is currently the director of Berkeley Repertory’s School of Theatre, where she has led the educational programming for the past 15 years. Under her leadership, more than 250,000 people have participated in the arts programming at the school. She produced 118 original plays by students, mentored young professionals through the school’s fellowship program, and founded Teen Council, which has since been replicated by 14 theatres across the nation. Fink has served on the board of Theatre Bay Area and chaired the organization’s Theatre Services Committee. Prior to working in the Bay Area, she served as the managing director of the Yale Cabaret and worked at theatres including Yale Repertory Theatre, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Long Wharf Theatre, and the Cleveland Play House. She has taught at Berkeley Rep, Case Western Reserve University, and the Cain Park School of the Arts. Fink received a bachelor’s in theatre arts from Case Western Reserve University, and her MFA in theatre management from the Yale School of Drama.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Theatre Bay Area, an organization whose values so closely mirrors my own,” said Fink in a statement. “I look forward to working with Brad and the dedicated staff as we continue to support and strengthen our vibrant, diverse theatre ecosystem here in the Bay Area.”