Berkeley Repertory Theatre has appointed Johanna Pfaelzer as its new artistic director.
The major regional performing arts organization announced the hire on Monday, following a year-long search which attracted 160 candidates.
The news comes more than one and a half years since Tony Taccone, the company’s previous artistic leader, announced his retirement in January 2017.
Over 33 years in the role, Taccone grew Berkeley Rep’s national reputation as a launching pad for Broadway shows like the Green Day musical, American Idiot, and the Carrie Fisher vehicle, Wishful Drinking.
Pfaelzer will join Berkeley Rep in 2019 from her current position as the artistic director of New York Stage and Film, a performing arts incubator in New York. In that role, Pfaelzer helped to develop the blockbuster musical Hamilton during its early stages, as well as acclaimed Broadway plays like The Humans.
"I'm excited to bring a lot of the artistic relationships that I've developed over the last two decades to Berkeley Rep," Pfaelzer said in a phone interview. "That includes specific writers, directors, actors and composers, as well as a set of relationships both with commercial producers and with other not-for-profit theaters."