Testimonials

Stern Grove Festival has hired a number of interns from The UC Theatre’s Concert Career Pathways to work as summer production assistants. The program has been a terrific resource for us as the interns come prepared and eager to work in this industry. They have been great additions to our Festival team.

Judy Tsang, Director of Programming, Stern Grove Festival

For young people who want to be involved in the music industry, the Concert Career Pathways (CCP) program is an incredible gateway. Giving young people real hands-on experience is not only the best way for them to learn, but also gives them a realistic perspective on what it is like to work in the industry. The support they receive and the knowledge they gain helps them in every aspect of their lives, but especially in self-esteem and confidence. What is equally important is the transition to jobs in the industry after the program is concluded. Many of the cohort would be labelled as at-risk youth; helping these kids get to work when they graduate CCCP changes the trajectory of their lives. Another important aspect is the intentional diversity of the cohort – the music industry is still dominated by white males – CCP is helping change that from the bottom up.

– Kate Knox, Co-Director, Holden High School, Orinda, CA

The UC Theatre is one of the leaders in valuing youth leadership in meaningful ways…I commend them for building [the education program] into the fabric of their organization…this is unique in the field.

– Dan Reilly, Director of Innovation, RYSE Youth Center, Richmond, CA

I have served as a member of The UC Theatre’s Education advisory committee. In this time I have been able to see firsthand the growth and commitment to the program that the UC Theatre has as well as the rest of the community members serving on the committee. Recently a participant in the program was hired as a staff member at our theatre. The UC Theatre is striving to create an inclusive learning environment that prepares the next generation of employees in the music industry for success.

– Anthony Jackson, Program Manager, Training and Community Programs Berkeley Rep School of Theatre