School of Theatre > For educators > In your classroom > Backstage Tour
Go behind the scenes at a Tony Award-winning theatre. Students get up close and personal with the working life of a professional theatre and experience the real-world context of class curriculum. Get a taste for how shows are created, from rehearsal to costume shop, backstage to balcony. Learn about career opportunities in the performing arts and meet theatre professionals. Backstage Tours last approximately one hour and can be combined with other outreach workshops or student matinees, based on availability and scheduling.
- Introduces theatre knowledge and vocabulary.
- Applies theatre arts curriculum to real-world context.
- Teaches students about career opportunities in the performing arts.
- Exposes students to multiple modalities of learning and expression.
- Offers flexibility of curriculum for students in all degrees of learning, ELL, students from different cultural backgrounds and students with learning and physical disabilities.
To book a Backstage Tour, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.
September 2012–May 2013
maximum class size
30 students / 1 teaching artist
- First one-hour workshop—FREE * (one hour per public school)
- Additional one-hour workshop—$75/hour
($60/hour educator discount **)
- Title I discount—$55/hour
- Non-public schools—$75/hour
* Limited to one free teaching hour per public school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties. Based on availability of Berkeley Rep School of Theatre staff. Limited to 30 students per classroom. Must sign and agree to Berkeley Rep School of Theatre booking agreement.
** Must be paid by personal check or credit card for use in educator’s own classroom.
*** Due to high fuel costs, schools located over 50 miles away from Berkeley Repertory Theatre may be charged an additional transportation fee.
new concepts and vocabulary introduced
- Acting areas
- Actor’s position
- Dress rehearsal
- Run crew
- Stage direction
- Stage manager
- Vocal projection
All of the subjects below are integrated into the Backstage Tour curriculum. Depending on grade level and number of bookings, some subjects are explored further than others.
all standards covered
Visual and Performing Arts, Theatre: Grades K–5: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 5.2; Grades 6–12: 1.1, 1.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
Visual and Performing Arts, Theatre
- Artistic Perception
- Use the vocabulary of theatre, such as ensemble, proscenium, thrust, script, cue, monologue and dialogue, to describe theatrical experiences.
- Historical and Cultural Context
- Identify theatrical conventions, such as props, costumes, masks and sets.
- Identify and explain how technology has changed American theatre.
- Aesthetic Valuing
- Develop and apply appropriate criteria for evaluating sets, lighting, costumes, makeup and props.
- Connections, Relationships, Applications
- Identify the roles and responsibilities of performing and technical artists in theatre.
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