At one time, the historic Golden Sheaf Bakery put out loaves of bread. Now, with the blessing of CA's Berkeley Repertory Theatre, who owns the building, and funds from developer Avi Nevo, the San Francisco company will turn the space into the Nevo Education Center. The $1 million's worth of renovations on the 95 year old bakery begin September 2000.
Laurie Lathem and Rachel Fink head up the Nevo Education Center's staff, who will further develop the Rep's programs, including forums, seminars, TEAM (Theatre Educates And Motivates students matinees), college partnership programs and the school touring program.
The company will also establish a theatre school for students of all ages in the Center. Daytime, after-school, evening, weekend and summer classes will be offered, as well as special programs to teach educators about the theatre.
Construction is expected to finish in summer 2001. When completed, the space will feature three classrooms, offices for the educational staff, and a resource center for students and teachers. Nevo's company, Aldar Investment, will also be housed in the building.
Designed by Clinton Day in 1905, the Golden Sheaf Bakery was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The building is known for its red brick and molded terra-cotta facade. -- By Christine Ehren