My First Week at Cal Shakes

On my first day as Cal Shakes’ new publications manager, I biked to the Berkeley office and parked in the workshop next to a wall of stage props.  One box on the wall was labeled “BODY PARTS/BONES.”

When I mentioned this bemusement to our Managing Director, Susie Falk, she laughed; after years of working at Cal Shakes, she’d grown immune to funny details like this.

Folder, Notebook, Folder, Wine

Folder, folder, folder, wine, folder…

I noticed a lot of Cal Shakes was like this—little theatrical oddities that clash with the normal idea of what a Serious Office Environment should be. For instance, there are a lot more wine bottles sitting around than in most workplaces, much of it left over from our successful gala last week.  It becomes part of the office background of folders and memos, as you can see.

The wall art is more interesting than the average office, too–lots of great old play posters and advertisements. This poster in the hall motivates me and reminds me what we’re working for:


-Keith Spencer

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