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About the School

Berkeley Rep aspires to use theatre as a means to challenge, thrill, and galvanize what is best in the human spirit. The School of Theatre supports this mission through meaningful connections between audiences and our mainstage work, creative entry points for new audiences, providing tools for artists and students to harness their imaginative power, and immersive training for future theatre makers.

Having first opened its doors in 2001, the School of Theatre offers programming as eclectic as the productions onstage at Berkeley Rep, reaching some 20,000 people in the Bay Area each year. Driven by an expanding community of inspired, curious, and creative theatre lovers, the School’s programming provides opportunities for engagement on a variety of levels.

Since its inception, the School has:

  • Served over 289,000 people
  • Collaborated with 525 professional teaching artists
  • Led workshops in 3,440 classrooms in nine counties in the Bay Area
  • Produced 120 original plays created by youth and teen students
  • Mentored 240 young professionals through our Fellowship program.

Staff and faculty

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Berkeley Rep School of Theatre faculty and staff are highly trained professional theatre artists who work regularly in their respective areas of expertise.


Rachel Hull

Rachel Hull is the director of Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, where she oversees a team of talented artists and arts educators working within the greater Bay Area. Previously, she was the director of education at Dallas Theater Center, where she oversaw all education and community programs including Project Discovery, winner of the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, given by First Lady Michelle Obama. As a contributor within the Dallas Arts District during her tenure at DTC, Rachel lead collaborations with a variety of arts and cultural organizations, including the Dallas Museum of Art, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Big Thought, Dallas’ Latino Cultural Center, South Dallas Cultural Center, Dallas Children’s Theater, Southern Methodist University, Dallas ISD, and other surrounding districts. Rachel received her MA in Educational Theatre from New York University, BA in Theatre & Dance from the University of Texas at Austin, and she is committed to furthering the field as past chair of the Professional Theatre Network of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. And during her time in Dallas, Rachel was a City of Learning consultant for Big Thought, a founding member of the Informal Educators of Dallas County, a Theatre Educators of North Texas advisor, and a previous steering committee member of Theatre Forward’s education task force. Outside of DTC Rachel has taught at Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Austin, Educational Theatre Association, and Dallas ISD professional development, and presented at the University of Houston’s Center for Arts Leadership and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Rachel was also named one of the 100 Creatives in the Dallas Observer’s 2014–15 feature of cultural entrepreneurs.

MaryBeth Cavanaugh

MaryBeth is the associate director of Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. REGIONAL (Choreographer): California Shakespeare Theater for fifteen seasons, where she is an associate artist; Oregon Shakespeare Festival, for five seasons as choreographer and actor; Berkeley Repertory Theatre; The New Victory Theater; Yale Repertory Theatre; Cincinnati Playhouse; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; La Mama E.T.C.; Aurora Theatre Company; Shakespeare Santa Cruz; Lincoln Center Director’s Lab; San Francisco Shakespeare Festival; TheatreWorks; Shakespeare at Stinson; Mills College Rep; Summerfest Dance. DIRECTING: Twelfth Night, North Bay Shakespeare Company; Measure for Measure and The Red Wheelbarrow, Shakespeare at Stinson; Peter and the Wolf, Napa Valley Repertory Theatre. Ms. Cavanaugh currently teaches in the MFA program in the Department of Theatre and Dance at U.C. Davis and has taught in the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance studies at U.C. Berkeley, California Shakespeare Theater and at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. She received her MFA in Dance Composition from Mills College.

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Anthony Jackson · Program Manager, Training and Community Programs
Marcela Chacon · Education Communications and Partnerships Manager
Katie Riemann · Data and Tessitura Analyst
Modesta Tamayo · Community Programs Administrator
Ava Lindenmaier · Education and Youth Programs Associate
Ky’Lend Adams · Education Fellow


Sarah Agnew

is an actress and theatre maker based out of Minneapolis. She has taught workshops around the country and is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota in the Theatre Arts & Dance Department. She was a ten year company member of the nationally renowned Theatre de la Jeune Lune. She has studied at Ecole Philippe Gaulier, worked with Swiss clown Pierre Byland, and collaborated with Chris Bayes on clown and commedia at Yale Repertory Theatre. She has also appeared at Berkeley Rep in Roe (also Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Arena Stage), as well as in Theatre de la Jeune Lune’s Don Juan Giovanni, The Green Bird, and The Miser. Regional credits include Richard III and Dead Man’s Cell Phone (OSF), Hamlet (New Victory Theater), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Theatre Company), The Servant of Two Masters (Yale Repertory Theatre), Sarah Ruhl’s Three Sisters and Behind the Eye (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), The Syringa Tree (Jungle Theater), and Time Stands Still, The 39 Steps, Dollhouse, Major Barbara, Home Place, The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde, and As You Like It (the Guthrie Theater), and The Miser and Amerika (American Repertory Theatre). Film/TV credits include Lady Dynamite, Detective Fiction, and Older Than America. Sarah is a 2012 McKnight Theater Fellow and received the Cincinnati Acclaim Award and Princess Grace Honorarium.

Bobby August, Jr.

is an actor, improviser, and teacher. He earned an MFA in Acting from the University of California, Davis. Some of his favorite past performances include portraying Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Howie in Rabbit Hole, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, and The Player in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Bobby also devises physical theatre pieces with long-time collaborator Iu-Hui Chua. They created and performed Crawl and Ligilo at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, Bobby is the owner and director of the award-winning Made Up Theatre (MUT) in Fremont, California. His theatre specializes in presenting completely improvised plays. He has performed with MUT at improv festivals throughout the country—most recently winning Best Improv Group at the Sacramento Comedy Festival. His improv education includes training at the world-famous Second City and Annoyance Theatre in Chicago.

Erica Blue

has a BA in dance/theatre and child development from Sarah Lawrence College. She has taught and performed around the U.S. from La MaMa in New York to the Cleveland Performance Art Festival and won Best of the Fringe in San Francisco and Seattle. Now a mother of two boys, she has redoubled her enthusiasm for teaching young people how to explore their imaginations.

Ron Campbell

In a career that has spanned three decades and four continents, Ron Campbell has performed everywhere from the streets of Paris, Rome, and Florence to the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Fuji Dome in Japan. A recipient of the Fox Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement, the “King of the Clowns” in Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza, and award-winning one-man show practitioner (R. Buckminster Fuller, The Thousandth Night, Shylock, The Dybbuk, The Boneman of Benares, Beckett’s Eh Joe among others), Ron has trained with such luminaries as Philippe Gaulier, David Shiner, Min Tanaka, and Georges Bigot, and has taught physical theatre, clowning, and mask in Japan, Europe, and North America. An associate artist at California Shakespeare Theater, Ron has played everything from Richard the Third to Sherlock Holmes to Don Quixote, for which he received both the Bay Area Critic’s Award and Theatre Bay Area’s Outstanding Principal Performance Award. Ron is the founder and CEO of Soar Feat Unlimited.

Nancy Carlin

is a director, actor, writer, dialect coach, and acting teacher. A former company member of American Conservatory Theater and associate artist with California Shakespeare Theater, Nancy has performed and directed extensively in regional theatres, including ACT, Berkeley Rep, Aurora Theatre Company, Shotgun Players, African-American Shakespeare Company, A Traveling Jewish Theatre, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Nancy is the co-author of a new musical, Max Understood. A theatre arts lecturer with UC Santa Cruz and San Jose State, she holds a BA in comparative literature from Brown University and an MFA in acting from ACT. Nancy is a member of SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and the Dramatists Guild.

Rebecca Castelli

holds a BA in voice and theatre and an MFA in acting. Previously from Seattle, she won a Seattle Times Footlight Award for her role of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and also had the honor of acting with Tony award-winning actress Judy Kaye in Gypsy at 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company. She was a company member of the Marin-based Porchlight Theatre Company for five years and had leads in many of their mainstage productions, including Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. Locally, Rebecca has also acted with Shotgun Players and Cinnabar Theater Company. She dialect coaches for various Bay Area theatres, including Shotgun Players, Theatre Rhinoceros, Town Hall Theatre Company, Mendocino Theatre Company, Virago Theatre Company, and Ross Valley Players. She is a founding member of The Incidentalists, a long-form improvisational group based in Oakland.

Jiwon Chung

is a professional actor, director, and a key theorist of Theatre of the Oppressed. He is the Artistic Director of Kairos Theater Ensemble, adjunct professor of Theater and Social Justice at Starr King School at the Graduate Theological Union, and past President of the national organization for Theatre of the Oppressed. Author of numerous books, articles, and performances, he is considered a pioneer in the integration of somatics, Theatre of the Oppressed, and socially engaged art. The focus of his work is in the application of theatre as a tool for social and political change, using Theatre of the Oppressed to challenge, resist, and transform systemic oppression and structural violence and to redress large-scale historical atrocity and injustice. His approach to performance and social change is informed by his background as veteran, martial artist, and three decades of vipassana meditation.

Sally Clawson

is a SAG-AFTRA/AEA actor in voice over, film, and theatre. She has been voicing commercials, industrials, and video games for over 15 years. A partial list of her clients include Clorox, Yoplait, Old Navy, Target, Apple, Google, Wells Fargo, EA Games, Telltale Games, and Lucas Arts. She is currently in her sixth year of teaching at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, has taught at Cal Shakes Conservatory, and is currently on the faculty of Voice One. Sally has an MFA in Performance from Mills College.

Michael Curry

is a local actor/writer. He recently played Malachai in Cal Shakes’ production of black odyssey. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Michael graduated from Morehouse College in 2016 with a BA in Drama. He recently completed a year-long education fellowship with Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Laura Derry

was a scripted actor terrified of improv, but after her first class, it was so much fun that she hasn’t stopped doing it. She has a BA in Theatre Arts from UCSC and trained at ACT, Berkley Rep, and BATS Improv. Laura performs improv all over the Bay Area, was on TLC’s reality show Four Weddings, and recently starred in the short film Displacement, which received an award at the Monaco International Film Festival. Laura is a guest artist who teaches in the K–12 school system, applying improv and getting students ready for performances. She works with beginning adult improvisers, more advanced classes geared towards performances involving short form or long form, and local businesses doing leadership and communication trainings with applied improv. Laura is a walking testament to the power of improv—she was once very shy, highly self-critical of her creativity, and terrified of improv. Now she is a professional improviser and teacher who creates a safe, fun space to laugh with a wonderful group of people.

Deborah Eubanks

is in her 14th year teaching at the School of Theatre and is currently coaching and teaching Vocal Mastery with Peter Novak of The Strictly Speaking Group, at Facebook headquarters at Oculus. She also serves on the faculty at the Academy of Art University and on the URTA audition panel and teaches acting technique for Art Experience High School students at SF Academy. She has served on the faculty at the University of San Francisco, was Director in Residence at Sonoma State University, Head of Curriculum Design of the Theater Arts program at St. Vincent’s High School, and has taught at American Conservatory Theater and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Deborah completed her training at Harold Pinter Studios in the U.K. She has directed at Libra Theatre Company under Stephen Hawking, as well as teaching and performing at Covent Garden Arts Center Cambridge and Age Exchange Theatre in London. Deborah was voted SF Divafest Playwright for Crystal Daze. She is a vocal coach to Oculus, Facebook, and an inspirational speaker at Old Navy.

Suzi Garner

is a shadow puppeteer, writer, and visual artist. Living in Southeast Asia for 15 years, she studied traditional forms of puppetry, art, and music throughout the region. Since moving to the Bay Area she has performed with ShadowLight Productions in San Francisco and teaches at a wide variety of schools and art programs.

Christine Germain

is a movement explorer, dancer, and choreographer. She takes pleasure in discovering new ways to move. She is intrigued by how people move by themselves in relationship to others and space. After traveling and studying various dances around the world, Christine earned her BFA in dance from Concordia University (Montréal, Canada) in 2007. The Feldenkrais Method® helped her to recover from a serious injury and a car accident, which allowed her to get back to dance and even circus. This convinced her to become an instructor and practitioner of the Method. She recently graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts with specialization in choreography at UC Davis, where she teaches dance and Awareness Through Movement.

Nancy Gold

is a multifaceted performing artist, director, teacher, and author of Finding Your Funny Bone! The Actor’s Guide to Physical Comedy and Characters. Her teaching experience includes Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, ACT Young Conservatory, California Shakespeare Theatre, Marin Theatre, UCLA, and public and private schools throughout the country. Directing credits include A Servant of Two Masters, Pipping Longstocking, Madeline and the Gypsies, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and original adaptations based on literature. She studied with Jacques LeCoq and Ctibor Turba, and has a BFA from the University of Illinois and a Master’s equivalency degree. Nancy performs comedy and vaudeville with her partner, Lol Levy.

Gary Graves

is a company co-director of Central Works Theater Ensemble in Berkeley. Now in its 12th season, Central Works is dedicated to the development of new works for the theatre. He has written and directed numerous productions with Central Works, UC Berkeley, Hardback Theater, and American Theater Arts in Los Angeles. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from Southern Illinois University and a PhD in directing from UC Berkeley.

Marvin Greene

is a professional actor and has performed with major regional theatres such as ACT, Aurora Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Westport Country Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, and San Jose Rep. Marvin served as an instructor at ACT for over a decade and also teaches at the Academy of Art College and Voice One in San Francisco. Marvin has taught at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre since 2003.

Susan-Jane Harrison

trained as an actor at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and received an MFA in Dramatic Art from UC Davis. As an actor, Susan-Jane has performed throughout the UK. Locally, she has worked with Berkeley Rep, American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre, Woman’s Will, Center Rep, California Shakespeare Theater, and A Traveling Jewish Theatre, among others. She was the recipient of a First Bite Award from Radio 4 where her first play, Alaska, was subsequently produced. A second radio play, The Quetzal, has been aired on the PBS Satellite Network. Her first stage play, Today I Live, has been workshopped through RADA in London and premiered in 2016 with a subsequent play, Hunting Love, produced in the Bay Area. Susan-Jane has taught Laban Movement, Voice into Text, and acting in numerous acting programs throughout the Bay Area including The Actor’s Centre, Columbina’s Workshop, UC Davis, Jeffrey Bihr Studio, and Woman’s Will. She is a teaching artist with California Shakespeare Theater.

Melissa Hillman

is the Artistic Director of Impact Theatre in Berkeley, which specializes in new plays by emerging playwrights and reimagined classics. She holds a PhD in Dramatic Art from UC Berkeley and has taught theatre at Cal, at CSU East Bay, De Anza, and the Berkeley Digital Film Institute in addition to the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. She’s a contributor to Theatre Bay Area Magazine and blogs as Bitter Gertrude at

Gendell Hing-Hernández

has been a teacher for Berkeley Rep, San Jose Rep, Word for Word, TheatreWorks, SF Shakes, and Cal Shakes. He has been seen in such productions as: Food Stories with Word For Word, Around the World in 80 Days with San Jose Rep, House On Mango Street with Teatro Vision, Show Up with New Pickle Circus, The Gate of Heaven with the Old Globe, The Possum Play with Shotgun Players, and Much Ado About Nothing with Shakespeare at Stinson. Gendell has been a company member of Theater of Yugen and The Red Ladder Theatre Company and is also a veteran collaborator of Felonious One Love Hip Hop, with whom he acted in and directed Beatbox: A Raparetta for the Bay Area and New York Hip-Hop theatre festivals.

William Thomas Hodgson

is an artist, an activist, and an educator. He has appeared locally at Berkeley Rep, Cal Shakes, TheatreWorks, Shotgun Players, and Berkeley Playhouse. He has led training for all ages in acting, movement, public speaking, imaginative play, and more at Berkeley Playhouse, UCSD, ACT, PCPA, and recently Park Day School. Acting credits include An Octoroon (Mixed Blood), Ragtime (PCPA), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla), El Henry (San Diego Rep), and I Am My Own Wife (Ubuntu). He trained at PCPA, Santa Fe University, and UCSD. William is the Co-Artistic Director of Ubuntu Theater Project in Oakland, CA. Peace.

Andrew Hurteau

has been acting and teaching since graduating from American Conservatory Theater. He has performed with Berkeley Rep, ACT, the Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre Company, and throughout the Bay Area. In addition to the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Andrew has taught at ACT, Academy of Art University, and the Nueva School.

Hien Huynh

is a movement artist, performer, choreographer, and dancer. Hien began as a self-taught free form mover with exposure to break dance, contemporary, and hip hop. He holds a BA in Dramatic Arts: Dance and Theater and also a BA in Communication. Hien has performed professionally in the works of Kim Epifano, Robert Moses’ Kin, Raissa Simpson, Kinetech Arts, Angela Dice Nguyen, John Jasperse, Bob McGrath, and Qudus Onikeku. He is also a member of Axis Connect 2016 in Los Angeles. Hien is a 2017 solo artist recipient of the Bay Area CA$H Grant. Using movement as a medium to communicate the unspoken, he hopes to closer link the human to human-heart to heart connection.

Anthony Jackson

is a professional actor, filmmaker, theatre administrator, and teaching artist. At Berkeley Rep he serves as the Program Manager, Training and Community Programs. Previously he was at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. There, he taught in all of the Community Engagement department’s programming while also serving as the Training Programs Manager and previously as the Partnership Manager. He has taught for several summers at the State Theatre of Georgia’s Springer Theatre Academy, Camp Arena Stage, and has also taught numerous workshops for students around the country as a member of the National Players. Anthony has traveled to India and Croatia as a guest artist with the U.S. Department of State, devising original plays with Arena Stage’s Voices of Now program. As an actor he has toured the U.S. and has performed with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Olney Theatre, Arena Stage, and other regional theatres. Anthony has acted in several short films as well as training videos for branches of the United States Military. He has also directed and produced training videos for hotels and beverage companies.

Kasey Klemm

is a professional improviser with 20+ years of experience. He is the former artistic director of BATS Improv, San Francisco’s longest running and most-acclaimed improvised theatre company, and cites Keith Johnstone as one of his biggest influences. Kasey’s easy going nature and passion for improvisation helps create a playful space for students of all levels to explore their inherent creativity and take risks in a positive and supportive environment.

Krista Knight

is a playwright whose work, including Salamander Leviathan, Clementine and the Cyber Ducks, Phantom Band, Un-Hinged: A Silent Opera, and Anaerobic Respiration, has been produced at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, Ars Nova, Alley Theatre, Ontological Hysteric Incubator, Hangar Theatre, Dixon Place, WordBRIDGE, The Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco, and the NYC Fringe Festival, among others. Krista received her BA from Brown University, her MA in Performance Studies from NYU, and her MFA in Playwriting from UC San Diego. She is a Page 73 Playwriting Fellow, MacDowell Fellow, and Shank Playwriting Fellow at the Vineyard Theatre and teaches playwriting at St. Mary’s College.

Julian López-Morillas

is well known in the Bay Area as a professional actor and director specializing in Shakespeare. He holds the rare distinction of having appeared in professional productions of all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays and has directed some 20 of them. He had a long association with California Shakespeare Theater and served as its Associate Artistic Director for several years. Julian has taught Shakespeare as literature at Mills College and classical acting technique at UC Berkeley, San Jose State, Foothill College, Solano College, and Dominican.

Susan Lynskey

is a Helen Hayes-nominated actor who performs regularly at Washington, DC-area theatres, as well as increasingly on the West Coast—as a Berkeley Rep actor with Imaginary Comforts this season and with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s nationally-acclaimed world premiere, Roe. She earned her BA (Honours) from McGill University, her MFA from the University of Iowa, and her Certificate from the National Theatre School of Canada. Susan is an Associate Professor and the Artistic Adviser to Co-Curricular Theatre in Georgetown University’s Department of Performing Arts—and serves nationally on multiple task forces for Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and Georgetown University that advocate for inclusion of all abilities, diversity, and social justice. She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and SAG-AFTRA. Susan believes in the power of story, its ability to explain and sustain us, to comfort, and to transform lives. Susan is delighted to serve this Fall 2017 semester at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.

Dave Maier

is the resident fight director at San Francisco Opera, California Shakespeare Theater, and a company member with Shotgun Players. He has won several awards for Fight Direction and has choreographed violence for several Berkeley Rep productions, including Pericles, Prince of Tyre and Troublemaker, or the Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright. His work has been seen at ACT, La Jolla Playhouse, San Jose Rep, Magic Theatre, and Aurora Theatre Company, among others. He is a Full Instructor of Theatrical Combat with Dueling Arts.

JanLee Marshall

is an actor, director, clown, and teaching artist. She received her BA in Theatre from Ohio Wesleyan University and her MFA in Dramatic Art from University of California, Davis. Some of her favorite roles include Bananas in The House of Blue Leaves, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Annette and Veronica in God of Carnage, and B in Three Tall Women. JanLee’s work as a teaching artist includes all levels of acting and clowning at a variety of schools and theatres, including Florida Studio Theatre, California Theatre, Key Players North Carolina, Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Touring Program in Washington DC, Meher Schools, UC Davis, and B8 Theatre Company. JanLee is a graduate of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and although rarely seen “in face” these days, she brings her love of clowning and comedy to life throughout her theatrical endeavors. JanLee currently serves as the Artistic Director for B8 Theatre Company in Concord, CA.

Edward Morgan

has directed at various regional theatres including Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage Company, Next Act Theatre, Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Merrimack Rep, the Kennedy Center, Clarence Brown Theatre, Round House Theatre, the Studio, and Milwaukee Rep where he was associate artistic director for six years and directed nearly 30 plays. He and his works have been honored with Helen Hayes Awards and nominations, and he was a Drama League of New York Directors Project Fellow. He has written adaptations and plays that have been produced at regional theatres, universities, and filmed for Public TV including Way Downriver: William Faulkner’s “Old Man,” which was recently produced at North Coast Rep; A Rising Wind co-written with John Kishline; A Christmas Carol co-written with Joe Hanreddy; Sounding River; Appalachian Voices; An Irish Reunion; and The Last Ride of the Bold Calhouns. Edward has worked as a teacher and guest artist at numerous graduate and undergraduate programs and frequently conducts master classes. Internationally, he toured India as an actor and director through the U.S. State Department and has directed and taught in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. He is a member of SD&C and AEA, a casting partner for Cirque du Soleil, and is on the roster of Fulbright Specialists.

Christopher Morrison

is an award-winning writer/director/actor who has worked on over 100 theatrical productions and films. His shorts have appeared in festivals throughout the United States and Europe. He has been commissioned for feature scripts, multiple short scripts, pilots, and a full-length play that premiered in Melbourne, Australia. His theatrical directing has been seen on both coasts and in Chicago. He has worked with and trained top Hollywood talents such as Emily Deschanel, Dan Folger, and Diane Ladd. His directing has been called “a brave move towards a different style of theatre,” and Cirque du Soleil called him “a huge asset to the creative process.” He is currently writing a book on middle class artists in America, which will see print in 2015.

Jonathan Moscone

serves as Chief of Civic Engagement for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, envisioning and implementing strategies to fulfill YBCA’s role as a citizen institution in the city’s neighborhoods, schools, and throughout the civic realm. Prior to YBCA, Jonathan served for 16 years as Artistic Director of California Shakespeare Theater, where he directed nearly 20 productions. He has directed at theatres across the country including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre in Houston, American Conservatory Theater, Magic Theatre, Campo Santo, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and Huntington Theatre in Boston. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama with an MFA in Directing, he received the inaugural Zelda Fichandler Award by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation in 2009, for “exceptional contribution to the national arts landscape through regional theatre work.” His teaching credits include: Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, ACT’s MFA Program, and the Yale School of Drama. He has served on the national board of Theatre Communications Group in New York City and currently serves on the boards of the San Francisco Film Commission, Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project, and the Homeless Prenatal Program.

Jack Nicolaus

is an actor, director, clown, educator, and arts advocate with 10 years of experience in the professional theatre world. He has worked with organizations such as the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, American Repertory Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 59E59, Peoples Improv Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Department of Defense. He is the artistic director emeritus of Everybody Nose: NYC, a clown ensemble in New York. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Acting and Directing from UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television and a Master’s in Education from Harvard University.

Joe Orrach

is an actor, singer, dancer, and story-teller who has worked in theatres worldwide, in television, and on screen. Joe’s performing career started as a boxer. He was Welterweight Champion of the US Air Force before turning to dance. He started his dance career as a tap dancer on the streets of NYC where Gregory Hines discovered him and gave him his first inside job. On stage, Joe has performed with Joan Baez, Bob Hope, the Smothers Brothers, Michael Davis, Liliane Montevecchi, Bill Irwin, David Shiner, Melissa Manchester, and the Cookie Monster, among others. He has tap danced with such greats as Gregory Hines, Jimmy Slyde, and Savion Glover, and old masters including the Nicholas Brothers, Honi Coles, Charles “Cookie” Cook, Chuck Green, and Lon Cheney. He has been directed by Woody Allen (Everyone Says I Love You), James Mangold (Copland), Tim Boxell (Valley of the Heart’s Delight), Stefan Haves (Punch Drunk), and David Shiner (Nacht Mund). CNN International profiled Joe on People in the Arts. Joe received his MFA from University of Southern California’s School of Dramatic Arts in Acting. In March 2016 Joe choreographed and was a guest artist in Terence Blanchard’s opera Champion for the SF Jazz Center. Joe reprised this featured role in 2017 at the Kennedy Center. When not on the stage, Joe can be found in the classroom, community center, or boxing gym. Each year, through the 501(c)(3) Joe Orrach Performance Project (JOPP), he reaches hundreds of students with programs that help them tell their own stories through rhythm, movement, and voice. He is the recipient of Dance Studio Life’s Generous Heart Award for his teaching.

Slater Penney

is a local and international award-winning performing artist and instructor. He grew up in Berkeley and upon graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Theatre Arts, he began his circus training at the San Francisco Circus Center (SFCC). Since 1997, Slater has taught children circus arts at SFCC, Make-A-Circus, Trapeze Arts, Head Over Heels, Teatro Zinzanni, and the Kinetic Arts Center. Slater was a body performer for motion capture with Tech TV, earning an Emmy Award in 2000 for “Specialty: Technical Achievement.” He currently performs both nationally and abroad in his two award-winning creations, Le Projet Migration and The Submarine Show.

Lisa Peterson

is a two-time Obie Award-winning writer and director who is currently the associate director at Berkeley Rep. Previous projects at the Theatre include It Can’t Happen Here (2016); An Iliad (2012), which Lisa co-wrote with Denis O’Hare, and which won Obie and Lortel Awards for Best Solo Performance; Mother Courage (2006); The Fall (2001); and Antony & Cleopatra (1999). For California Shakespeare Theater, Lisa directed You Never Can Tell, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Love’s Labour’s Lost. Other recent West Coast productions include Hamlet, Henry IV Pt 2, and Othello (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); and Chavez Ravine (Ovation Award for Best Production), Palestine New Mexico, Electricidad, Water & Power, The House of Bernarda Alba, Body of Bourne, and Mules (Mark Taper Forum). In New York, Lisa has directed The Trestle at Pope Lick CreekTraps, and Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (Obie Award for Direction), all at New York Theatre Workshop; King Liz (2nd Stage Uptown); Hamlet in Bed (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); To the Bone (Cherry Lane Theatre); The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters and The Chemistry of Change (Playwrights Horizons); The Square and Tongue of a Bird (the Public Theater); Fourth Sister and Batting Cage (Vineyard Theatre); Collected Stories (Manhattan Theatre Club); and The Model Apartment (Primary Stages). In Canada, she recently directed The Philanderer (Shaw Festival) and The Trouble with Mr. Adams (Tarragon). She has directed world premieres by many major American writers, including Tony Kushner, Beth Henley, Donald Margulies, Jose Rivera, Ellen McLaughlin, Mac Wellman, Marlane Meyer, Polly Pen, Naomi Wallace, and many others. She regularly works at the Guthrie Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Long Wharf Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Ojai Playwrights Conference, and Sundance Theatre Lab. Lisa and Denis are working on a commission for the McCarter Theatre titled The Song of Rome, and Lisa is writing a new music-theatre piece with Todd Almond called The Idea of Order, co-commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, and Seattle Rep.

Lisa Anne Porter

is co-head of Voice and Dialects at American Conservatory Theater and also serves on the graduate, undergraduate, and Global Studies faculties at UC Davis. She is a designated Linklater voice instructor and has taught at Shakespeare & Company, Syracuse University, Naropa University, San Francisco State University, and the Tepper Center in NYC. She has professionally coached over 50 productions in voice and dialect. She has performed with numerous repertory companies and Shakespeare festivals, including ACT, California Shakespeare Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. She has her own professional coaching business and has coached professionals in many fields in their spoken communication skills.

Amy Potozkin

is in her 28th season at Berkeley Rep. Through the years she has also had the pleasure of casting plays for ACT (Seattle), Arizona Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre Company, B Street Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Marin Theatre Company, the Marsh, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Social Impact Productions Inc., and Traveling Jewish Theatre. Amy cast roles for various independent films, including Conceiving Ada, starring Tilda Swinton; Haiku Tunnel and Love & Taxes, both by Josh Kornbluth; and Beyond Redemption by Britta Sjogren. Amy received her MFA from Brandeis University, where she was also an artist in residence. She has been an audition coach to hundreds of actors and presentation/communication coach to many business people. Amy taught acting at Mills College and audition technique at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre, and has led workshops at numerous other venues in the Bay Area. Prior to working at Berkeley Rep, she was an intern at Playwrights Horizons in New York. Amy is a member of CSA, the Casting Society of America, and was nominated for an Artios Award for Excellence in Casting for The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures and One Man, Two Guvnors.

Diane Rachel

has been performing and teaching at BATS Improv since 1989. She created a specialty long-form program with a focus on intimate acting and stage combat, which has attracted an international following. She has led workshops in Melbourne, Paris, Amsterdam, and Helsinki and has taught at ACT and Stanford. Diane is a founding member of San Francisco improv group True Fiction Magazine.

Alyson Rutter

recently moved to the Bay Area after 10 years as a union actor in NYC where she starred in the award-winning films Video, Apathy, and The Great Love Rosemary, and performed in numerous stage productions. She can also be seen in The Knick, Damages, Bored to Death, and the feature film We Only Know So Much. Directing credits include The Pavilion, called a “tantalizing revival” by the New York Times, Dying City, and Gruesome Playground Injuries, among others. She wrote and performed her one-woman show, The Goldilocks Effect, at The Barrow Group Theatre Company where she also taught acting.

Rolf Saxon

(AEA, BAE, SAG/AFTRA) is originally from the Bay Area and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he remained after graduation working extensively in film, television, and theatre, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Theatre Complicite, the Royal Court, and the National, as well as West End and regional productions working with, among others, directors Simon Curtis, Simon McBurney, Adrian Noble, Trevor Nunn, and Matthew Warchus, and actors Daryl Hannah, Rosemary Harris, Kelly McGillis, and Gene Wilder. His film and television credits include working with directors Steven Spielberg and Brian De Palma, and actors Tom Cruise, Vin Diesel, Tom Hanks, Dame Helen Mirren, Jonathan Pryce, and Ryan Reynolds. A director in both theatre and film, he has also been a private tutor and coach for over 20 years as well as a teacher at the Drama Lab (London) and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Presently, he is a Professor at Ohlone College and teaches at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London).

Lindsey Marie Schmeltzer

is an actor and teaching artist based out of the Bay Area. Lindsey teaches with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Cal Shakes, Livermore Shakespeare’s So Wise So Young in-school Shakespeare program, and Town Hall Theatre. Lindsey has performed with Sacramento Theatre Company, Shakespeare Napa Valley, Texas Shakespeare Company, and Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She has a BA in Musical Theatre from California State University, Chico, and was the education intern for Milwaukee Repertory Theater for their 2012–13 season, where she taught reading skills through acting to low income schools.

Elyse Shafarman

holds a Master’s degree in Physiological Psychology and Alexander Technique Teacher Certification from Frank Ottiwell (2003). Elyse is on the faculty of American Conservatory Theater’s MFA program and maintains a private Alexander Technique practice in San Francisco and Berkeley. Her background as a modern dancer and training in psychology, yoga, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction influence her approach to teaching.

Arje Shaw

is a playwright, actor, and producer best known for The Gathering, produced on Broadway in 2001. He has written sit-coms for ABC along with his plays: A Catered Affair, produced Off Broadway, and Magic Hands Freddy, Soho Playhouse starring Ralph Macchio. Moolah is soon to open in New York in 2017; Marriage In Play is being workshopped regionally, and his one-man show, Freddy Goes Solo, is being developed at the Marsh and Stage Werx in San Francisco. He is currently co-producer of the new hit musical Love Sick at the Osher Studio and Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Arje is the creator and producer of The Sonnet Man, a hip hop Shakespeare fusion starring spoken word poet Devon Glover. In collaboration with artist Maggie Silverman and Devon Glover, Arje is writing “Billy Eats the Big Apple,” a children’s guide to New York City through rap.

Joyful Simpson

is an actress, writer, and creativity educator who combines improv theatre, behavioral sciences, and mindfulness to create dynamic trainings for businesses and institutions. She studied theatre and psychology at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and earned an MFA in Dramatic Art from UC Davis. While at Davis, she spearheaded an applied improv-based training program for the Graduate School of Management. In 2013 she founded Pro-CreativeArts—an applied theatre organization—and is hired throughout the United States to lead trainings that foster creativity, collaboration, and communication for teams and leaders. Born into an iconic theatre family, she brings to her classes a unique body of experience gained from creating and performing theatre professionally since childhood. Her solo comedy recently won Best of Fringe at the 2016 San Francisco Fringe Festival. Her theatre credits include lead actor and co-author of four plays for “Prize of Hope”-winning company Human Nature and co-founder of the ensemble-driven theatre company Rococo Risqué, winner of SF Weekly Best Theater Ensemble 2005. Joyful has also appeared as an actor in many projects on stage and film, including Odyssey Works, an immersive theatre project; The Pursuit of Happiness, with Will Smith; and Spring Awakening, directed by Broadway and West End director Stafford Arima.

Cleavon Smith

graduated from Mills College and US Naval Academy. He is the writer of Vs., produced by TheatreFIRST in their 2016–17 season. His short plays have been featured in the 2012 PlayGround and the 2015 Ohlone College Playwrights Festivals. He lives in Oakland and teaches in the English department at Berkeley City College.

M. Graham Smith

is a San Francisco-based director, educator, and producer. He is an O’Neill National Directing Fellow and an Oregon Shakespeare Festival FAIR Fellow. He’s directed at HERE in New York City and venues in San Francisco, including American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre, Crowded Fire, Central Works, EXIT Theatre, PlayGround, Brava, The Playwright’s Foundation, Cutting Ball Theater, Ray of Light, Berkeley Playhouse, Golden Thread, San Francisco Opera, New Conservatory, and The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. He directed the West Coast premiere of Jerry Springer: The Opera in San Francisco and Truffaldino Says No at Shotgun Players, winning a Best Director award from the Bay Area Critic’s Circle. Recent credits include The Lady Onstage at Profile Theatre in Portland, Oregon; The Liar, adapted by David Ives at Occidental College in Los Angeles as an Edgerton Foundation Fellow; and Deal with the Dragon at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Lynne Soffer

is a professional actor, teacher, director, and dialect/text coach. Lynne has taught for a variety of schools and theatre companies, including Berkeley Rep, ACT, PCPA Theatrefest, San Jose State University, Stanford University, California and Marin Shakespeare Theaters, The Voice Factory, Voicetrax Studios in Marin, and various schools throughout Alaska. She has served as dialect, text, and/or voice coach for over 285 productions at theatres across America, including ACT, Berkeley Rep, San Jose and Seattle Repertory Theatres, SF Opera, the Old Globe (San Diego), Dallas Theater Center, Arizona Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, Denver Center, Marin Theatre Company, San Jose Stage, California Shakespeare Theater, and the world premiere of The Laramie Project in Denver and New York, and for several motion pictures including Fruitvale Station (2013), Duets, and Metro, and an upcoming Netflix miniseries 13 Reasons Why. A proud member of Actors’ Equity for 35 years, she is the recipient of their Lucy Jordan Humanitarian Award for her work with actors, and holds an MFA from ACT.

Stephen Spinella

won two Tony Awards and two Drama Desk Awards for the original Broadway productions of Tony Kushner’s epic Angels in America plays, which marked his Broadway debut. He has since starred on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening; revivals of A View from the Bridge, Electra, and Our Town (with Paul Newman); and James Joyce’s The Dead, for which he won a third Drama Desk Award, as well as an Outer Critics Circle Award, and was again a Tony nominee. His most recent Broadway credit is The Velocity of Autumn, co-starring Estelle Parsons. Off Broadway Stephen won an Obie for Love! Valour! Compassion! He also appeared in An Iliad (Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards), alongside Meryl Streep in The Seagull directed by Mike Nichols, and in Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. Among his feature film credits: Alfonso Cuarón’s Great Expectations, Tim Robbins’ The Cradle Will Rock, Gus Van Sant’s award-winning Milk, Quentin Dupieux’s cult hit Rubber, and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. He will appear this fall in Can you ever forgive me? starring Melissa McCarthy. Stephen has guest-starred on Will and Grace, Frasier, Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy, Nip/Tuck, and Alias. He’s had recurring roles on The Education of Max Bickford, 24, Desperate Housewives, Royal Pains, and Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick.

Nikolas Strubbe

is an internationally acclaimed performing artist, director, and educator, bringing the eccentric arts (circus, vaudeville, physical theatre, mask, and more) to four continents and counting. Nikolas has been featured in Zoppe Circus, Circus Avalon, Barzirk, Burlesque Idol Australia, and TV’s MythBusters. Local roles include Banquo in We Players’ Macbeth at Fort Point and the vaudevillian Emcee Eddie in Boxcar Theatre’s immersive cult hit The Speakeasy. Nikolas is a graduate of UCSC and The Flying Actor Studio, co-founded San Francisco’s Main Street Theatre, and has taught at San Francisco’s Circus Center, the Nueva School, and workshops at Stanford University. He is currently a faculty member at the Clown Conservatory, teaching Mime and Clown to professional circus artists, and he occasionally tours as the adults-only, improv-vaudevillian The Incredible Feelzo: Man of Moderate Talent.

Libby Vega

holds a BA from St. John’s College and an MFA in Staging Shakespeare (emphasis directing) from Exeter University. A professional drama teacher, math tutor, and director, she has worked around the Bay Area for such organizations as the Cal Shakes Summer Conservatories, Porchlight Theatre Company, and the San Francisco Olympians Festival. Libby is also the co-founder of Those Women Productions, an independent theatre company based in Berkeley.

James Wagner

is a Los Angeles-based actor who has taught acting workshops in the Bay Area for over 10 years. As a teacher he explores cutting-edge acting techniques—believing that we live in an evolving universe and that acting must have its own evolutionary trajectory. He has pursued integrative techniques that connect body, mind, emotion, and spirit to the various aspects of spatial and interpersonal relationships on stage. James also believes the creative process can be more than just a craft and a profession, but also a sacred process and a transformative practice. He is an MFA graduate of American Conservatory Theater and has a PhD in Transformative Studies from California Institute of Integral Studies.

Dan Wolf

is an actor, rapper, playwright, director, producer, and educator. His work crosses artistic and cultural borders to combine conventional theatre styles with the themes, language, music, history, politics, and aesthetics of the Hip-Hop generation. Dan is a founding member of the critically acclaimed Hip-Hop music and theatre collective Felonious. Dan is currently developing Curren$y, an all female Hip-Hop adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. His play Daylighting was produced by Shotgun Players in 2014. His play Stateless, a Hip-Hop and beatbox-infused theatrical collaboration with Tommy Shepherd, balancing German and Jewish history with the problems of racism and the African American experience, has been produced in San Francisco, Hamburg, and New York. His play Angry Black White Boy, based on the novel by Adam Mansbach, premiered at Intersection for the Arts in October 2008, ran for 12 sold-out weeks, and was named Top Ten Best Theater Plays by the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner. His play Beatbox: A Raparetta (co-authored with Tommy Shepherd) has been produced in San Francisco, Oakland, Petaluma, Germany, and at the New York Hip-Hop Theater Festival.

School policies

Vaccination policy

Berkeley Rep School of Theatre’s youth and teen programming is limited to children who are up-to-date with those vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and required by California Education Code Section 48980.5, unless a medical exception applies. For children with medical exemptions, the School must be notified and a physician’s written statement supporting the medical exemption must be submitted prior to participation.

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Registration / Cancellation

All registrations are processed in the order they are received. Registrations will be accepted until the class is full or until the end of the first week of class, whichever comes first.

Class confirmations: After your order is processed, you will receive an email from confirming your registration.

We reserve the right to cancel a class if enrollment is insufficient. In this instance, any tuition paid will be refunded in full.

Returned checks: A $25 service charge will be attached to any check returned by the bank due to insufficient funds.

Class cancellation policy:

  • If you cancel before class begins, we will refund tuition less a $50 processing fee per class. If you cancel within 24 hours after the first class meeting, we will refund half the tuition amount. After 24 hours after the first class meeting, no refund will be given. Refunds will not be given for the following classes: Actor’s Retreat: Farewell to Sam Shepard; Feldenkrais Method®: Access Your Creativity; The Art of Auditioning; Theatre of the Oppressed: Mindfulness, Meditation, & Liberation; Voice-Over for Podcasters; Winter Playwriting Workshop.

Summer Intensive cancellation policy:

  • Cancellation policy: If you cancel before April 1, we will refund tuition less a $150 fee. If you cancel after April 1, we will refund tuition less a $425 fee. After June 1, no refund will be given.
  • Summer Intensive payment policy: The credit card provided during online registration will be automatically used for remaining payments to cover the balance of the tuition. For Session 1 (middle school), $445 will be charged on April 1, 2018 and $400 will be charged on June 1, 2018. For Session 2 (high school), $495 will be charged on April 1, 2018 and $400 will be charged on June 1, 2018. If you do not wish to use the same method of payment for each installment, please call the School of Theatre at 510 647–2996.

Filmmaking and Acting Intensive cancellation policy:

  • If you cancel before April 1, we will refund tuition less a $150 fee. If you cancel after May 1, we will refund tuition less a $400 fee. After June 1, no refund will be given.

Teen Night Season Pass cancellation policy:

  • Teen Night Season Pass registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable. Season Pass holders will receive a reminder email before each Teen Night. If you are unable to attend a performance, please send an email to to release your ticket for another teen.

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is not responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen personal belongings.

Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and scene partner rehearsals on time and ready to work. Repeated non-compliance without notification may result in dismissal from class without refund.

All dates, times, and programming subject to change.