The UC Theatre’s Education Program teaches young people the technical, creative, and business aspects of concert and event promotion through hands-on workshops, work-based learning, career pathways and employment opportunities for young people. These programs are offered through partnerships with established community organizations working with young people ages 17 to 25 from underserved communities.
Our Concert Career Pathways Program seeks to address the following challenges:
- Barriers to employment for disconnected youth
- Lack of diversity within the concert promotion industry
- Barriers to safe learning spaces
This unique program is an integral part of The UC Theatre and is an outgrowth of Founder and President, David M. Mayeri’s own experience as a 16-year-old Berkeley High School intern, working Bill Graham Presents (BGP) shows at the Berkeley Community Theater. He left 35 years later as Chief Operating Officer of BGP.
The 2023-24 application period begins on March 1st, 2023. If you are interested in applying for the next cohort, stay tuned!
The UC Theatre thanks our individual donors, foundations and corporate supporters who help make our education program possible:
Amazon ~ Bayer Development Agreement Funding ~ City of Berkeley ~ Kimball Foundation ~ Quest Foundation ~ Spotify ~ Taube Philanthropies ~ Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture
Concert Career Pathways – A nine month program for young people ages 17-25 that combines hands-on workshops and paid internships.
Youth Advisory Board (YAB) – Comprised of 10 young people ages 17-25, our YABs provide the young person’s perspective for the program design, implementation evaluation, and outreach of The UC Theatre’s education program.
SPEAK YOUR TRUTH Concert Series offers Advanced Event Management Training for Youth Advisory Board members and Concert Career Pathways interns and graduates.
Event Business & Leadership Training offers further training in technical, business and leadership to graduates of our education programs
BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS – Groups from local schools and youth organizations will get an insider’s view of The UC Theatre prior to experience a live music performance.
EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE – has provided support and guidance to ensure that the program is accessible to all young people in the Bay Area. It is made up of educational and youth development leaders from Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Berkeley Unified School District, Berkeley Youth Alternatives, Berkeley YMCA-PG&E Teen Center, Center for Independent Living, RYSE Youth Center and Youth UpRising.
For inquiries about the education programs at The UC Theatre, please email [email protected]