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Spy Adventure: Espionage 101

Grades 2–3 · “Hello, Secret Agent X. We need you for a top-secret mission. Come to headquarters and meet the spy team ASAP. You will be given instructions at that time and your spy adventure will begin.” Hurry, we need to uncover the secret underground hideout of the Bad Guys. Are you ready to expose their evil plan to take over the world? Then join us now! Decode secret messages, learn spy tricks, invent spy gadgets, and create a spy adventure show for family and friends. Only those with the secret code will be allowed to attend.

SAT 9:30–11am · 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/23 (dress rehearsal), 3/24 (performance) · $200

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.

Play Creation Workshop: Masks and Mayhem

Grades 4–6 · Explore a world of masks and mayhem. Create your own action-packed thriller, full of magic and mayhem, with twists and turns, villains, hackers, heroes, and heroines. No firewall is too hot, no code is too hard to crack. Choose from a wide range of exquisitely crafted animal, character, and fantasy masks (a three-faced person) to work with, or create your own mask. You will design costumes, sets, and soundtracks to share with family and friends on the last class. Learning to create the physical life of a character is a primary tool for any performer. Mask work is an excellent discipline to learn physical and emotional expression, in addition to storytelling.

SAT 9:30–11:30am · 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/30 (dress rehearsal), 3/31 (performance) · $315

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.

Musical Theatre Scene Study: Newsies

Grades 5–8 · Seize the day! Based upon the 1992 Disney film, this Tony Award-winning musical was inspired by the real-life newsboys strike of 1899 in New York City. It follows the journey of a homeless newspaper boy and his group of friends, trying to make ends meet. When publisher Joseph Pulitzer sets new regulations that make it more difficult for them to earn enough to live on, the newsboys go on strike. A female reporter trying to be taken seriously in the male-dominated field of journalism takes up their cause. The Tony Award-winning score includes “Santa Fe,” “King of New York,” and “Something to Believe In.” Individually, students will work on the singing and acting of a 16-bar selection from the score. In addition, students will be paired with scene partners and taught the acting process for developing a scene. The final performance will include their 16-bar singing solos, ensemble musical number, and prepared scenes.

TUE 4–6:30pm · 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13 (performance) · $310

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.

Improvisation

Grades 6–8 · Expand your imagination through improvisation! As an ensemble, students explore technique, theory, games, and tricks that help them open up to the kind of spontaneity that breeds better comic timing on stage, stronger reactions in rehearsals, laughter at parties, and a lot more fun at family functions. All levels welcome. Returning students will be challenged with more advanced exercises.

THU 4:30–6:30pm · 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15 (showing) · $280

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.

Acting Intensive

Grades 6–8 · This class is designed for serious young actors who want to take their performance to the next level and are interested in searching for ways to make authentic work. Examine the same techniques professionals use: learn to analyze scripts, play an action in a scene, identify your objective, overcome your obstacles, and focus your energy. Work with other serious young actors who want to hone their craft!

MON 4:30–6pm · 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12 · $145

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.

Private Voice

Grades 6–8 · 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 · $75/hour
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.

One-on-One Audition Coaching

Grades 6–8 · 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 · $75/hour
Please call 510 647–2996 to schedule a coaching session