Johanna Pfaelzer Takes the Reins as Artistic Director of Berkeley Rep

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Dianne Wiest in the Yale Repertory Theatre production of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days, directed by James Bundy. Happy Days comes to Berkeley Rep in May 2020 as part of new artistic director Johanna Pfaelzer's inaugural season. (Joan Marcus)

Berkeley Repertory Theatre has a new artistic director, Johanna Pfaelzer. Her inaugural season at Berkeley Rep opens this month and will include the shows "White Noise," "School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play" and "Happy Days." Pfaelzer previously helped develop Broadway hits "Hamilton" and Green Day's  "American Idiot" as artistic director of the nonprofit New York Stage and Film. Pfaelzer joins us to discuss her vision for Berkeley Rep and how she plans to draw in the next generation of theatergoers.


Johanna Pfaelzer, artistic director, Berkeley Repertory Theatre