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Acting

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Beginning Acting

Develop a basic understanding of acting fundamentals through Stanislavski-based practice. Using exercises and scene work, the class introduces students to the elements of dramatic action, text analysis, and character development, as well as the tools for releasing inhibitions and expanding vocal and physical range. May be repeated.

TUE 7–9:30pm · 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15 · $250 (Nicolaus)
SAT 11am–1pm · 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12 · $175 (Harrison)
SOLD OUT—Please call 510 647–2996 for wait list

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.

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.

Actor/Poet/Clown

Character creation from head to toe…and everything in between.

Stretch your theatrical muscle, broaden your performance technique, and challenge your inner poet with award-winning actor, published poet, and Cirque du Soleil clown Ron Campbell. Whether you’re developing your stand-up act, expanding your storytelling skills, or creating your one-person version of War and Peace, you’re going to have to play characters. That character may just be a clearer, more heightened version of yourself, or it may be a cast of thousands. Learn the techniques that will help you (and the myriad characters that live inside you) tell your story. Through gently guided acting exercises inspired by the work of Stanislavski, Mikhail Chekhov, Philippe Gaulier, and others and utilizing texts from poets like Pablo Neruda, Boris Vian, and Mary Oliver students will write, create, and perform their own show to be presented on the final night. Don’t miss this chance to get inspired and be inspiring! Paper, pencil, and spirit of adventure required. Characters welcome!

MON 7–10pm · 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14 · $280

Ron Campbell, in a career that has spanned three decades and four continents, 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.

Theatre of the Present

A master class in creating new work that reflects the times we live in.

“To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now,” Beckett concluded. Theatre is a martial art. It can also be a tool for change. The actor/artist has a responsibility to use their skills to be our mirror: to show us ourselves in all our beautiful and grotesque glory. Refine your skills and broaden your vision in this fun-filled weekend intensive of gently guided exercises combining a multiplicity of disciplines designed to help theatre artists express their world more fully, vividly, and with greater scrutiny. Exercises include techniques developed by the Body Politic, Philippe Gaulier, Theatre du Soleil, Cirque du Soleil, and the Actor’s Gang. Students will create a new work to be performed in the final class. A spirit of rebellion required.

SAT & SUN 1–4:30pm · 7/22, 7/23 · $125

Ron Campbell, in a career that has spanned three decades and four continents, 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.

Cold Readings, Served Hot

Open to all levels · Want to improve your odds for getting cast? Want to reduce the stress? This is a workshop to hone your skills with cold readings—whether a monologue, a scene with a fellow actor, or a scene with a reader, whether you have days of preparation or they hand you sides on the spot. We’ll cover do’s and don’ts, key strategies and pitfalls, and we’ll practice a lot with a wide variety of material.

TUE & THU 7–10pm, SAT 1–4pm · 7/11, 7/13, 7/15 · $150

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.

The Creative Spark

Creativity starts with a spark. It comes to life through questions and dialogue, through digging in our dreams and stories. But sometimes the business and study of art can cut off the flow and leave us feeling uninspired. This is a weekend workshop for blowing on the coals and stirring up some heat. We’ll draw on exercises from Cirque du Soleil, Kenneth Maue, Liz Lerman, and others: physical, collaborative, theatrical, exploratory, visual, playful, imaginative, and empowering. We’ll try different methods of inspiration. We’ll also look at models to develop and even “critically” engage our work without discouraging the flame.

This workshop is designed for actors, dancers, directors, writers, and designers at any level.

SAT & SUN 1–4:30pm · 7/8, 7/9 · $125

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.

Intermediate Acting

Students analyze and perform scenes from contemporary dramatic literature. Special emphasis is placed on encouraging students to make dramatically effective choices by playing provocative actions, discovering the event within the scene, and finding creative obstacles. May be repeated.

Prerequisite: Prior acting experience or previous acting classes at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre or other reputable theatre studio that stressed the fundamentals of text analysis, beat breakdown, and character objectives.

TUE 7–10pm · 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15 · $265

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.

Intermediate/Advanced Acting

Students analyze and perform scenes from contemporary and classical dramatic literature. Special emphasis is placed on encouraging students to make dramatically effective choices by playing provocative actions, discovering the event within the scene, and finding creative obstacles. The goal of the class will be to provide students with a deeper understanding of how to bring a scene to vibrant life. Each student will work on at least two scenes. Some rehearsal outside class will be expected, and rehearsal space will be available. May be repeated.

Prerequisite: Previous acting classes at the intermediate level at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre or other reputable theatre studio that stressed the fundamentals of text analysis, beat breakdown, and character objectives.

WED 7–10pm · 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9 · $265

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.

Int/Adv Scene Study: Help Your Director and Guide Yourself

Your biggest challenge after getting cast is often the director: what do they want, and how can you best work with them? This is a scene study class designed to help you answer those questions. Through a series of exercises and short scenes (contemporary and classical) we’ll develop a strategy and tools for taking care of yourself. We’ll focus on how to mine the text, navigate rehearsals, take in feedback, and keep your head above water all the way to opening night, regardless of who’s at the helm or how they work.

This will involve some rehearsal outside class.

MON, WED, & FRI 7–10pm; SUN 12:30–3:30pm · 7/10, 7/12, 7/14, 7/16 · $175

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.

Advanced Acting

Advanced Acting is an intensive scene study course for students with previous acting training and/or experience. The class focuses on solidifying technique, deepening internal connection, and strengthening textual analysis skills. Scenes are drawn from a variety of styles and genres, and students should expect to spend substantial rehearsal time outside of class.

For acceptance into this class, students must submit a résumé to school@berkeleyrep.org.

Due to instructor’s high demand, class schedule can change occasionally. Total instructional hours will always be met.

MON 6:30–9:30pm · 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, two additional dates TBD · $265

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.

Advanced Voice-Over Acting

This voice-over class focuses on establishing the student’s home studio for recordings and auditions, as well as shaping, refining, and individualizing each student’s singular voice. Students will be allowed to focus on their preferred type of copy, and will be required to record assignments outside of class. Students without a home studio can record assignments on their phone or other device that creates MP3s. Class size is limited.

Prerequisite: Intermediate skills, or permission from the instructor, are required to take this class.

MON 7–10pm · 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14 · $340

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.

Professional Voice-Over Acting

This voice-over class is for students with established home recording studios who are interested in, or have already, launched a freelance voice-over acting career. The class will focus on all aspects of the business—acting, engineering, copywriting, directing, marketing, and live recording. Students will be required to record assignments outside of class. Class size is limited to 10.

Prerequisite: Advanced Voice-Over Acting and a home recording studio.

WED 7–10pm · 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16 · $340

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.

On-Camera Acting: Level 1 and 2

Students will focus on creating character by thoroughly understanding the relationship between the text, situation, and the technical aspects of camera work. When these fundamental tools are genuinely understood and used correctly, only then can actors be free to work to the best of their ability in front of a camera. Areas of study will include script analysis, scene study, and character development, as well as camera technique, set discipline, and set etiquette. All scenes will be rehearsed with direction from the instructor, and copies will be given to students for their reference. A variety of other subjects will also be discussed relating to the business side of show business, including audition technique, agents, union membership, photographs, and websites. May be repeated.

Prerequisite for Level 2: Prior on-camera acting experience or previous acting classes at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre or other reputable theatre studio.

MON 7–10pm · 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14 · $265 (Level 2)
WED 7–10pm · 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9 · $265 (Level 1)
SOLD OUT—Please call 510 647–2996 for wait list

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).

One-on-One Audition Coaching

Don’t be caught unprepared for an upcoming audition. Berkeley Rep faculty members are available to work with actors on contemporary and classical monologues. Make choices that you feel confident about. Be directed by and collaborate with working professionals.

Dates/Times: to be scheduled with the instructor · $80/hour
Please call 510 647–2996 to schedule a coaching session

Improvisation

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Beginning/Intermediate Improvisation

Gain experience and understanding of the philosophies and fundamentals of improvisational theatre via a Keith Johnstone (IMPRO)-based practice. Through playful interactive theatre games and storytelling, students are introduced to the elements of spontaneity, listening, accepting, and responding. This methodology helps students access their imagination, free their inhibitions, and increase their confidence. This class, taught by a professional improviser, focuses on skills that enhance the student’s creative path. Principles explored include being present in the moment, letting go of the inner critic, and strengthening creative impulses. May be repeated.

TUE 7–10pm · 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15 · $265

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.

Advanced Improvisation

Open your mind to the infinite possibilities of improvised theatre. Delve into the more potent possibilities of improv, while exploring the nuances of style in storytelling, long form, genre work, and continued development of spontaneity and dynamic play. You will receive direct, tailored, and supportive feedback. This class will be geared toward performance-level improv, getting you ready to hit the stage or giving you a tune-up wherever you are as an improviser. No matter what, we will have fun and laugh. A lot.

WED 7–10pm · 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9 · $265

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.

Directing

Directing with Precision

Are you the kind of artist who wants to control everything? In this introduction to a stage director’s craft, we’ll explore how the director crafts every event that occurs onstage between the start and finish of the play. Prepare the text, the space, the elements of design, and the actors to tell a clear and compelling story. We’ll cover three major topics throughout the course: a director’s script analysis, the basics of stagecraft and mise-en-scene, and strategies for communicating with actors to draw out their best performances. The course builds toward the presentation of a directed scene. Students should come to the class with an idea of a two-character, 10-minute scene that they’d like to direct. Casting resources of Berkeley Rep’s acting students as well as professional actor contacts will be available for the directors who request it. Students will leave the class with a clear process for preparing and rehearsing a scene from start to finish. The two-week break is designed to give students time to choose a scene to direct, cast it, and have at least one rehearsal before the last three classes. Class size is limited to 10.

MON 7–10pm · 6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31 · $265

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 Edgarton Foundation Fellow; and Deal with the Dragon at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Movement

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Linklater Voice and Alexander Technique

Open to all levels · This class offers an enriched experience for actors seeking vocal freedom, postural improvement, and an easy, more connected desire to communicate. Through the Alexander Technique, students learn a systematic method to relax, align, and free themselves from limiting tension habits. With a new degree of physical control and ease in place, students move more quickly and deeply into the material developed by Kristin Linklater to free the actor’s natural voice. Learn exercises that provide a freer, deeper, and fuller breath connection and a stronger, dynamic vocal range that truly reveals thoughts and feelings, rather than portraying them.

THU 7–10pm · 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10 · $265

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.

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.

Feldenkrais Method® Awareness Through Movement

Open to all levels · Bring more creativity in your daily life! Everyone can benefit from the Feldenkrais Method® Awareness Through Movement—from athletes and artists to administrators and attorneys. Students learn to widen the perception they have of themselves and how to make clear choices that will enhance their creativity. This method helps to rewire the nervous system in order to become aware of habits and eliminate unnecessary movements, which are often the source of limitation and discomfort. Improve physical function and health, reduce pain, increase sensitivity and vitality, and expand your movement repertoire. Moving becomes more pleasurable, more graceful, and effortless.

SAT 10:30am–1pm · 7/22 · $45

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.

Voice

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Empowering Women in the Workplace: Section One

What is Presence?

Open to all levels · This section offers practical exercises on using clarity and control when speaking to large groups or one on one, while maintaining the human connection. Through interactive techniques we will explore how to fully engage a group in an in-person or digital meeting. We will focus on making a successful pitch within strict time constraints, and amongst an unreceptive or challenging audience. Lastly, we will work on diagraming a speech in accordance with unique styles that are successful within corporate cultures.

Dates TBA · $285

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.

Empowering Women in the Workplace: Section Two

Being Seen and Recognized for Your Expertise and Contributions: Taking Credit and Rejecting “The Imposter Syndrome”

This section focuses on speaking from a place of strength and owning your accomplishments. Everybody carries their own styles of expression. In this section we will build on your unique traits to amplify your skills as a leader. We will use actor techniques, role-play real world examples, and analyze any past scenarios that clients wish to bring to the room. We will examine how this applies to introvert and extrovert leadership styles.

Dates TBA

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.

Empowering Women in the Workplace: Section Three

Calming and Centering the Body for a Powerful Entrance: Stake Your Territory

This section will bring together elements of sections one and two and provide ongoing tools to remove performance anxiety. Participants will learn how to embrace nervous habits and work with nervous energy to enhance communication. We will focus on breathing, posture, and owning your unique physical expression. Participants will learn techniques to use every day and develop a communication style that feels natural, unrehearsed, conveys the passion of your intentions, and presents your authentic and spontaneous self.

Dates TBA

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.

Linklater Voice and Alexander Technique

Open to all levels · This class offers an enriched experience for actors seeking vocal freedom, postural improvement, and an easy, more connected desire to communicate. Through the Alexander Technique, students learn a systematic method to relax, align, and free themselves from limiting tension habits. With a new degree of physical control and ease in place, students move more quickly and deeply into the material developed by Kristin Linklater to free the actor’s natural voice. Learn exercises that provide a freer, deeper, and fuller breath connection and a stronger, dynamic vocal range that truly reveals thoughts and feelings, rather than portraying them.

THU 7–10pm · 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10 · $265

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.

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.

Advanced Voice-Over Acting

This voice-over class focuses on establishing the student’s home studio for recordings and auditions, as well as shaping, refining, and individualizing each student’s singular voice. Students will be allowed to focus on their preferred type of copy, and will be required to record assignments outside of class. Students without a home studio can record assignments on their phone or other device that creates MP3s. Class size is limited.

Prerequisite: Intermediate skills, or permission from the instructor, are required to take this class.

MON 7–10pm · 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14 · $340

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.

Professional Voice-Over Acting

This voice-over class is for students with established home recording studios who are interested in, or have already, launched a freelance voice-over acting career. The class will focus on all aspects of the business—acting, engineering, copywriting, directing, marketing, and live recording. Students will be required to record assignments outside of class. Class size is limited to 10.

Prerequisite: Advanced Voice-Over Acting and a home recording studio.

WED 7–10pm · 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16 · $340

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.

Private Voice

Learn to sing with ease and confidence, eliminating vocal pain and fatigue while improving your range and breath control. Each session includes breathing and relaxation exercises, vocal exercises and technique, and vocal coaching on songs, including how to act a song and how to prepare a musical theatre audition.

Dates/Times: to be scheduled with the instructor · $80/session
Please call 510 647–2996 to schedule a voice session

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.

Writing

Summer Playwriting Workshop

This program is for playwrights who are interested in an intensive eight-week developmental workshop period, followed by a staged reading of their work in an open workshop setting. This very successful program is an exciting way to take a script to the next stage. The culminating reading series amounts to the presentation of eight new plays in four days. It’s an exhilarating experience, but a demanding one. Writers must be prepared to take the lead in the staging of their own plays, as this workshop includes a hands-on production component. Secondly, writers will participate in the readings of fellow students within the group and are responsible for supporting each other in generating an audience for their readings.

Consent of the instructor is required prior to enrollment. Students interested in being in the workshop are requested to submit the following materials to ggraves@berkeleyrep.org: a brief description of the project they want to work on in the class or a PDF draft of the script (partial drafts are acceptable). Submissions are reviewed in the order received. Class enrollment is limited to eight.

Course includes a staged reading showcase of students’ new work presented Wednesday, August 16–Sunday, August 20.

TUE 7–10pm · 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15 · $525
SOLD OUT—Please call 510 647–2996 for wait list

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.