Theatre-based workshops led by professional artists

Introduction

Bring Berkeley Rep to your school

The term “well-rounded education” means courses, activities, and programming in subjects such as English, reading or language arts, writing, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, geography, computer science, music, career and technical education, health, physical education, and any other subject, as determined by the State or local educational agency, with the purpose of providing all students access to an enriched curriculum and educational experience. (ESSA, Title VIII, Section 8002)

Berkeley Rep creates ambitious theatre that entertains and challenges its audiences, provokes civic engagement, and inspires people to experience the world in new and surprising ways. The School of Theatre supports this mission through meaningful connections between audiences and our mainstage work, creative entry points for new audiences, tools for artists and students to harness their imaginative power, and immersive training for future theatre makers.

We offer a wide range of new FREE* and low-cost theatre-based workshops to Bay Area schools that align with Common Core through interactive learning and goal-setting curriculum. Whether bringing dramatic text to life, developing students’ original work, or using critical thinking to reimagine our future, our professional teaching artists help students apply their creative potential to fundamental skills and concepts, challenging them to explore complex ideas and universal themes.

We understand the unique challenges facing California schools today. Now, more than ever, we must work together to reinforce arts education as a community value and as an integral part of our cultural fabric.

Discover the variety of workshops available now

* Limited to one free teaching hour per public middle and high school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties. Free hour issued based on availability; must request at least one week in advance. Must sign and agree to Berkeley Rep School of Theatre booking agreement.

Workshops at your school

Utilizing acting, movement, voice, and playwriting techniques, our workshops support the development of social/emotional life skills such as communication, problem solving, collaboration, and creative expression. Click the links below for more information about specific workshops.

Workshops available:

  • August 2019 through June 2020.
  • For high school, middle school, and upper elementary school.
  • For up to 30 students at a time.
  • In one-, three-, six-, or 10-hour sessions.
  • Specialized workshops available.

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Elementary

Story Builders

Bring a story to life! Using sound, movement, dialogue, and improvisation, students turn the classroom into a living theatre, becoming characters in a story chosen from our reading list. This workshop introduces students to theatre and helps develop literacy and communication skills in an artistic environment.

Story Builders is available in all the above hour formats. Berkeley Rep Teaching Artists will modify curriculum based on students’ grade, level of experience, and teacher feedback. Depending on availability, Story Builders has the option of a bilingual program for Spanish-speaking ELL students.

To bring Story Builders into your classroom, please look at the literature selection list and complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 2–5

Sample of key concepts and vocabulary introduced

Theatre vocabulary

  • Acting
  • Character
  • Design
  • Dialogue
  • Directing
  • Ensemble
  • Scene
  • Script
  • Setting

SEL skills

  • Risk-taking
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Visualization
  • Motivation

Literary skills

  • Understanding plot structure
  • Writing dialogue
  • Reading and analyzing text

Literature selections

Based on the California Board of Education recommended reading list, the following stories are appropriate for the following grades (click here for a printable PDF of the literature selections).

Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti (Grades K–3)

by Gerald McDermott

When the cunning and mischievous Anansi is about to become someone else’s dinner, his six sons come to his rescue. This Caldecott Honor award-winning book celebrates the value of family and how everyone’s unique talents make up the whole.

Lucha Libre (Grades K–3, Spanish or English)

by Xavier Garza

Carlitos travels with his father to Mexico City where he attends his first luchador match. As the good guys enter the ring, the most famous luchador walks past Carlitos and smiles right at him! There’s something familiar about the Man in the Silver Mask…but in any case, he is Carlitos’ new greatest hero.

My Father’s Shop (Grades K–3)

by Satomi Ichikawa

Mustafa’s father owns a glorious shop full of colorful carpets and gets guests from all over the world! When Mustafa finds a carpet that his father cannot sell, he uses his imagination to make it into a costume. Avoiding a boring lesson from his father about learning new languages, Mustafa runs to a nearby market with the carpet still over his head! A rooster at a nearby market finds this colorful creature interesting, so it starts to follow Mustafa attracting different tourists who teach Mustafa how to crow in many different languages.

The Goat from the Hills and Mountains (Grades K–3)

by Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada

The story of a very pesky goat that invades a garden that isn’t his, and just won’t leave! Though an entire family tries to save their garden, they fail to get rid of this threatening goat, even with the help of a brave soldier. They find help in an unexpected bystander who uses very tiny strength to do what nobody else could.

The Hungry Coat (Grades K–3)

by Demi

The Turkish folk hero Nasrettin Hoca is a friend to all. After corralling an escaped goat, he attends a friend’s party in his dirty coat, and is shunned by his friends because of his appearance. However, when Nasrettin changes into a fancy new coat, he is treated like a king and served a feast. To his friends’ astonishment, he begins to feed his coat! Discover how Nasrettin teaches his friends a valuable lesson about what really matters.

Rosa Raposa (Grades K–3)

by F. Isabel Campoy

Rosa Raposa is a jungle fox who loves planning tricks, especially when it comes to the sharp-toothed, beady-eyed bully, Jaguar. With a little bit of imagination and very quick paws, this fox can get out of any sticky situation! The Green Dress is the last of three stories in this book that show us how Rosa Raposa—with the help of a few jungle friends, of course—escapes the trap of becoming Jaguar’s dinner.

The Name Jar (Grades 1–3)

by Yangsook Choi

Arriving to a new school, and a new country, is very difficult for Unhei who misses her home and grandmother back in Korea. She feels that being different is bad, especially when it comes to a name that nobody can pronounce. She decides to collect new name ideas in a jar with the help of a few classmates. However, with the support of her family, memories of what makes her culture special to her, and a new friend, Unhei decides to keep the one thing that makes her unique and reminds her of home the most.

Musicians of the Sun (Grades 1–3)

by Gerald McDermott

The day the Lord of the Night came out into the world he was struck by its gray joylessness. He called Wind to his side, and bade him to free the musicians of the sun and bring joy back into the world. Will Wind succeed? Or will the world remain colorless for all time?

Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth (Grades 1–3)

by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes

Ganesha, a Hindu god, loves candy. With an elephant’s head, and a magical mouse for transport, he wanders from temple to temple collecting fruit, rice, and sweets. But when one day he breaks a tusk, his confidence is shook. What can he do with a lopsided tusk? Will the other gods laugh and poke fun? Find out in this encouraging tale about the power of believing in yourself.

The Story of the Not-So-Small Animal (Grades 1–3)

by Isabel Campoy and Alma Ada

The story of a tiny beetle who is nearly squashed by the hoof of a cow, Doña Vaca. When Doña Vaca nearly steps on him again and laughs at him, the beetle declares war on her and even calls some other tiny troops to help him out. To her surprise, Doña Vaca and her other large animal friends find that there may be cause for worry when many small creatures come together.

Jabutí the Tortoise: A Trickster Tale from the Amazon (Grades 1–3)

by Gerald McDermott

The talented flute-playing tortoise, Jabutí, uses his song to trick others into performing actions to benefit him. The vulture, however, gets very annoyed by his song and tricks Jabutí into breaking his shell on a rock. The rest of the birds love Jabutí’s song and come to his rescue, and once more his music flows through the Amazon.

Dreamers (Grades 1–3)

by Yuyi Morales

In 1994, Yuyi Morales left her home in Xalapa, Mexico and came to the US with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she didn’t come empty-handed. She brought her strength, her work, her passion, her hopes and dreams. Dreamers is a celebration of what migrants bring with them when they leave their homes. It’s a story about family that reminds us that we are all dreamers, bringing our own gifts wherever we roam.

Nimoshom and His Bus (Grades 1–3)

by Penny M. Thomas

Nimoshom loves to drive the school bus. Every day, on the way to and from school, he has something to say. Sometimes, he tells the children silly stories. Sometimes, he teaches the children a new word in Cree. Nimoshom and His Bus introduces basic Cree words.

The Joyful Bagpipes (Grades 1–4)

by Isabel Campoy and Alma Ada

The story of a boy named Santiago who comes across a mysterious Old Woman that changes his life. She gives him bagpipes that can make anyone (or anything) dance! Nobody else but Santiago likes the magic and happiness that the bagpipe music brings, that is until the same magic brings fortune to his family. Santiago’s generosity plays a big part in that fortune, which in the end, shows his two brothers the true magic in a simple act of kindness.

Floating on Mama’s Song (Grades 1–4, Spanish or English)

by Laura Lacamara

Mama loves to sing. Her song is so beautiful that when notes escape her throat, everyone around her is so filled with happiness they begin to float in the air (even the neighbor’s cow!). But what happens when Mama stops singing and her family can no longer float on her song? This melodic story of family and the magic of music is available in both English and Spanish.

Bowwow Powwow (Grades 1–4)

by Brenda J. Child

Windy Girl is blessed with a vivid imagination. From Uncle she gathers stories of long-ago traditions, about dances and sharing and gratitude. When Uncle and Windy Girl and Itchy Boy attend a powwow, Windy watches the dancers in their jingle dresses and listens to the singers. She eats tasty food and joins family and friends around the campfire. Later, Windy falls asleep under the stars. Now Uncle’s stories inspire other visions in her head: a bowwow powwow, where all the dancers are dogs. In these magical scenes, Windy sees veterans in a Grand Entry, and a visiting drum group, and traditional dancers all celebrating in song and dance.

A Story, A Story (Grades 1–4)

by Gail E. Haley

Ananse, the famed African trickster spider, makes a bargain with the Sky God to obtain all the stories in the world, but first he must complete several nearly impossible tasks. Witness how Ananse outwits the forest animals and wins the fabled book of stories.

Tasty Baby Belly Buttons (Grades 2–4)

by Judy Sierra

In this tale from Japan, Uriko’s parents taught her to be a great warrior and master dumpling maker. When giant monsters named oni (who love to munch on baby belly buttons) invade her village and steal all the babies, Uriko’s skills are put to the test. With a sack full of dumplings, a sword, and some loyal companions, Uriko’s quest teaches that brains and teamwork are worth far more than brute strength.

Four Feet, Two Sandals (Grades 2–4)

by Karen Williams and Khadra Mohammed

Lina lives in a refugee camp in the Middle East, and one day finds a beautiful sandal to put on her very tired feet. But where is the other one? She quickly finds a friend in the girl with the other shoe, deciding that they will share the sandals with one another. They spend many days together, sharing not only the shoes, but also their memories and dreams. When it is time for one of the girls to leave for America, a decision is made that gives them hope that they will one day meet again.

Tomás and the Library Lady (Grades 2–4)

by Pat Mora

It’s not easy moving time and again, but Tomás and his family are migrant workers who travel from state to state, helping farmers harvest their crops. When they arrive in Iowa for the summer, Tomás finds an escape from the scorching heat at the town library. And once inside, he also discovers a surprising world filled with dinosaurs, tigers, and a great new friend.

The Big Orange Splot (Grades 3–5)

by Daniel Manus Pinkwater

Mr. Plumbean lives in a town where all the houses look exactly the same. But when a lucky accident gives his home a spot of color, Mr. Plumbean has a choice to make. Will he cave to the demands of his neighbors, or will he find the courage to break free of the mold? A riveting tale about daring to make your dreams come true that is sure to add a little color to your life.

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge (Grades 3–5)

by Mem Fox

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge doesn’t know what a memory is. All he knows is that his friend, Miss Nancy, has lost hers. Wilfrid Gordon seeks the help of his many elderly friends who live in the home next door. On this expedition to discover the meaning of memory, Wilfrid and his readers learn that friendship comes in all ages and that an object as simple as a seashell can help to unearth the most magical of moments.

Roses Sing on New Snow: A Delicious Tale (Grades 3–5)

by Paul Yee

People from all over the New World come to Chinatown to try Maylin’s cooking in her father’s restaurant. However, no one knows that it is Maylin producing this delicious food; her greedy brothers take all the credit for her cooking. One day, the governor of South China comes to town. He announces that all the restaurants in Chinatown are invited to bring their best dish to him for a special banquet. If Maylin’s dish is chosen as the favorite, will she finally receive the recognition she deserves?

Persephone from D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths (Grades 3–5)

by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

A Greek myth used to explain the coming and going of the seasons. Follow the goddess of the spring, Persephone, as she faces the possibility of spending eternity in the underworld with Hades. Will spring ever return, or will the earth be shroud in the winters cold?

The Woman Who Outshone the Sun (Grades 3–5, Spanish or English)

by Alejandro Cruz Martinez

When Lucia Zenteno arrives in an ancient Mexican village surrounded by butterflies and accompanied by an iguana, the civilians are overwhelmed with her beauty and majesty. Despite the elders’ warnings to respect Lucia, they are frightened of her power and turn to insults to drive her out of their village. With her departure she brings the village’s river, and they must seek her forgiveness to save their homes. Written in Spanish and English, this story works well with multicultural and environmental units.

Thunder Rose (Grades 3–5)

by Jerdine Nolen

Thunder Rose vows to grow up to be more than just big and strong, thank you very kindly—and boy, does she ever! Born on a stormy night, Thunder Rose is a hopeful child who turns away a tornado with her song and the depth of her “fortunate feeling.” A tall tale of joy, love, and thunderous music.

Smoky Night (Grades 3–5)

by Eve Bunting

Daniel and his mom are living in turbulent times: riots in the streets, looting, and fires. In all the chaos, Jasmine, Daniel’s cat, goes missing. But when she is later found paw-in-paw with Mrs. Kim’s fat, mean cat, everyone learns a little something new about being kind to thy neighbor.

The Remembering Stone (Grades 3–5)

by Barbara Timberlake Russell

As a young girl, Ana feels unsure of the person she wants to become. One night, after placing a stone from the volcanoes of Costa Rica underneath her pillow, Ana finds herself in a deep slumber full of magical adventures. What will she learn about herself in her dreams? Journey alongside in this tale of family, friends, and self-discovery.

Riding the Tiger (Grades 4–5)

by Eve Bunting

Sometimes we can make bad choices when we’re lonely and bored. Things are no different for young Danny. When the Tiger asks Danny if he wants a ride, Danny jumps at the chance to make a new friend. But the more time they spend together, the more Danny realizes that Tiger isn’t who he thought he was. Will Danny succumb to the Tiger’s desires? Or will his strength be enough to break free?

Note to teachers: You have the option of recommending a story from your class (as approved by Berkeley Rep staff) or you may choose from a list of previous Story Builders literature selections (provided by Berkeley Rep). 10-hour workshops may conclude with an in class sharing of work for other students or families.

Change Makers

How have people managed to make change when they are the dissenting voice? How do we identify sparks of possibility in what can feel like overwhelming challenges facing us today? How do we use theatre to cast forward our hopes, and speak into being a new way of thinking and living?

Using System Design Thinking, History of Change Makers, and playwriting curriculum, our Berkeley Rep teaching artists hope to engage upper middle school students in critical solutions for the challenges we face. Through group work, individual action, and writing we will strive to connect problems with the people they affect and create narratives about how those people might change the world around us, the effect they can have in shaping our destiny.

To bring a Change Makers workshop into your classroom, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 5–7

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

Theatre vocabulary

  • Antagonist
  • Conflict
  • Dialogue
  • Monologue
  • Objective
  • Obstacle
  • Playwriting
  • Protagonist
  • Revision

SEL skills

  • Risk-taking
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Visualization
  • Refinement
  • Presentation

Literary skills

  • Using narrative techniques
  • Creating a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences
  • Drawing evidence from literary texts
  • Writing for an audience, routinely for extended time frames

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.

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.

Grade level

Grades 4–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

  • Acting areas
  • Actor
  • Actor’s position
  • Blocking
  • Character
  • Collaboration
  • Costume
  • Cue
  • Design
  • Dialogue
  • Diction
  • Director
  • Dramaturg
  • Dress rehearsal
  • Ensemble
  • Genre
  • Place
  • Play
  • Playwright
  • Proscenium
  • Rehearsal
  • Run crew
  • Script
  • Stage direction
  • Stage manager
  • Theme
  • Thrust
  • Vocal projection
  • Voice

Middle and High School

Acting

In this engaging workshop your students learn to express themselves while venturing into the dynamic world of acting. Using acting exercises and scene work, students are introduced to the elements of dramatic action, text analysis, and character development. Berkeley Rep Teaching Artists will modify curriculum based on students’ grade, level of experience, and teacher feedback.

To bring an Acting workshop into your classroom, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

Acting vocabulary

  • Character motivation
  • Conflict
  • Dialogue
  • Ensemble
  • Given circumstances
  • Objective
  • Stage directions
  • Subtext
  • Tactic
  • Vocal projection and diction

SEL skills

  • Risk-taking
  • Confidence
  • Motivation

Literary skills

  • Reading and analyzing text

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.

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.

Grade level

Grades 4–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

  • Acting areas
  • Actor
  • Actor’s position
  • Blocking
  • Character
  • Collaboration
  • Costume
  • Cue
  • Design
  • Dialogue
  • Diction
  • Director
  • Dramaturg
  • Dress rehearsal
  • Ensemble
  • Genre
  • Place
  • Play
  • Playwright
  • Proscenium
  • Rehearsal
  • Run crew
  • Script
  • Stage direction
  • Stage manager
  • Theme
  • Thrust
  • Vocal projection
  • Voice

Improvisation

Discover spontaneity through Improvisation. Using a series of theatre games, listening exercises, improvisations, and narrative scenes, students learn to communicate effectively and trust their impulses. In this workshop, your students will open up to the kind of spontaneity that breeds better comic timing on stage, stronger reactions in rehearsals, and increased laughter in the classroom. Berkeley Rep Teaching Artists will modify curriculum based on students’ grade, level of experience, and teacher feedback.

To bring an Improvisation workshop into your classroom, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

Improvisation concepts

  • Giving and receiving offers
  • Partnering
  • Relationship
  • Spontaneity
  • “Yes…and”

SEL skills

  • Risk-taking
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Motivation

Performance Lab

Bring your curriculum to life! Performance Lab is a program in which middle and high school students create plays that are rooted in a particular topic or theme as identified by the classroom teacher, such as a required novel, a historical period, or a theme inspired by one of Berkeley Rep’s productions. Through interactive exercises, students are taught practical theatre skills such as acting, script analysis, and character development. Berkeley Rep Teaching Artists will modify curriculum based on students’ grade, level of experience, and teacher feedback. Performance Lab is offered as a ten-hour workshop and concludes with a culminating event.

To bring Performance Lab into your classroom, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

Performance Lab vocabulary

  • Action
  • Blocking
  • Character development
  • Conflict
  • Cue
  • Dialogue
  • Dramatic structure
  • Ensemble
  • Non-narrative structure
  • Objective
  • Obstacle
  • Playwriting
  • Plot
  • Point of view
  • Set

SEL skills

  • Risk-taking
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Visualization
  • Motivation

Literary skills

  • Understanding plot structure
  • Writing dialogue
  • Editing and refining ideas

Playwriting

Enliven your curriculum through your students’ voices! In Playwriting, students create short texts inspired by a particular classroom topic or theme, such as ancient civilizations or contemporary literature, as identified by the classroom teacher. Through individual writing and interactive theatre exercises, students will explore main events, given circumstances, over-arching themes, character development, obstacles, and motivations as they work towards developing a basic script. Berkeley Rep Teaching Artists will modify curriculum based on students’ grade, level of experience, and teacher feedback.

To bring a Playwriting workshop into your classroom, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

Playwriting vocabulary

  • Adaptation
  • Character profile
  • Dialogue
  • Director
  • Exposition
  • Form
  • Relationship
  • Setting
  • Stage directions
  • Workshop reading

SEL skills

  • Risk-taking
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Visualization
  • Motivation

Literary skills

  • Understanding plot structure
  • Writing dialogue
  • Reading and analyzing text

Pre-/Post-show Workshop

Enhance the student matinee experience with pre- and post-show workshops. Before and/or after the performance, these workshops deepen engagement by introducing, exploring, and further grounding the work students see onstage at Berkeley Rep. Students use theatrical tools to examine the themes of the play, learning how to dissect and articulate their points of view while creating a richer connection to the production.

To bring a Pre-/Post-show workshop into your classroom, or add one to your visit to Berkeley Rep, please complete the registration form and indicate which Student Matinee performance you’re attending. Click here for booking details and more information about the 2019–20 Student Matinee Series. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

2019–20 student matinee schedule

  • The Great Wave
    October 2, 2019 · 11am
  • White Noise
    October 16, 2019 · 11am
  • The Tale of Despereaux
    December 4, 2019 · 11am
  • Becky Nurse of Salem
    January 15, 2020 · 11am
  • Culture Clash (Still) in America
    March 11, 2020 · 11am
  • School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play
    April 22, 2020 · 11am

Grade level

Grades 6–12

Shakespeare

Engage your students with the classic works of Shakespeare through interactive exercises. This workshop introduces students to the playwright’s world, language, and plays. Examine the connection that exists between the stories of Shakespeare’s plays, the world in which he lived, and present day. Students activate scansion, verse, and prose through Shakespeare’s texts while exploring Shakespeare’s connections to their own world. Berkeley Rep Teaching Artists will modify curriculum based on students’ grade, level of experience, and teacher feedback.

Note: These workshops can be modified to accommodate a specific play from Shakespeare’s canon and advanced activities.

To bring a Shakespeare workshop into your classroom, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

Shakespeare vocabulary

  • Aside
  • Comedy
  • Dialogue
  • History (as a play type)
  • Monologue
  • Prose
  • Soliloquy
  • Stage direction
  • Tragedy
  • Verse

SEL skills

  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Visualization

Literary skills

  • Understanding plot structure
  • Understanding literary forms
  • Reading and analyzing text

Stage Combat

Stage Combat is an engaging and physical workshop in which students discover the art of creating the illusion of violence. Stressing safety and teamwork, students explore techniques including falls, ear pulls, tripping, and slaps, as well as how to use stage combat as a storytelling technique. Students learn a choreographed fight and create a scene that puts the fight in context, using partner exercises to create the illusion of violence. Berkeley Rep Teaching Artists will modify curriculum based on students’ grade, level of experience, and teacher feedback.

To bring a Stage Combat workshop into your classroom, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

Stage Combat vocabulary

  • Backhand slap
  • Block
  • Blocking
  • Clap knap
  • In / out of distance
  • Jab / straight
  • On / off line
  • Partnering
  • Safety
  • Stage directions

SEL skills

  • Conflict & resolution
  • Personal space and control of motor functions
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Risk-taking
  • Visualization
  • Motivation

Ties to state standards:

  • Learn and apply basic theatre vocabulary, skills, and knowledge through various forms of creative expression. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.3)
  • Develop skills necessary to theatrically adapt stories, originate ideas, develop characters, and create a performance through improvisation, collaboration, and group work. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.4) (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1)
  • Practice empathy and self-reflection while exploring themes such as courage, honesty, bullying, and friendship found in the text. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.2)
  • Make artistic choices informed by the text and apply theatre skills when exploring the Five Ws: who (character), what (setting), when (time), where (place), and why (reflection). (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1)
  • Theatre standards: artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing, and connections, relationships, and applications (cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/thgrade3.asp).

For more information about outreach programming or to schedule large school bookings, email outreach@berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2974.

Fees

2019–20 rates

Public schools

  • One-hour workshop—$85/hour
  • Three- or six-hour workshop—$70/hour
  • 10-hour workshop—$65/hour

Title I discount

  • One- or multiple-hour workshop—$65/hour

Private and non-public schools

  • One- or multiple-hour workshop—$85/hour

Educator discount

Educators using personal funds to pay for workshops are eligible for a discounted rate.

  • One- or three-hour workshop—$70/hour
  • Six- or 10-hour workshop—$65/hour

Special offer!

Get one free hour per public middle and high school. Based on availability.*

* Limited to one free teaching hour per public middle and high school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties. Free hour issued based on availability; must request at least one week in advance. Must sign and agree to Berkeley Rep School of Theatre booking agreement.

Whether full-price or discounted, all workshops are subsidized by our generous funders and community partners.

2019–20 notes

  • Due to high fuel costs, schools located over 30 miles away from Berkeley Repertory Theatre will be charged a transportation fee.
  • There may be additional charges for organizing large school bookings. Please call 510 647–2974 for more information.

Get creative

Our in school programming is flexible and can be catered to the specific needs of your classroom. Here are a few ways to customize or increase the impact of our offerings:

  • Build a workshop sampler for your class to experience the different artistic disciplines in theatre.
  • Book an acting, voice, design, or movement workshop for the cast of your school play.
  • Have a special social justice topic you’re exploring? Have a teaching artist partner with your students on their action project.
  • Take a field trip to Berkeley Rep and participate in a workshop on-site in conjunction with a backstage tour.
  • Book a Performance Lab workshop based on themes from a Berkeley Rep production, culminating in attending a student matinee (grades 6–12).
  • Collaborate with your colleagues to hold the same workshop, such as a 10-hour Story Builders, across classrooms at your school, culminating in a school-wide event.
  • Hold workshops across one grade-level at your school.

 

What teachers say about School of Theatre teaching artists

“I really appreciate Berkeley Rep’s flexibility to support a script we had already adapted from The Lorax. The teaching artist was amazing! She was a true inspiration to my students and served as a collaborative role model. Thank you!”

Rosa Parks Elementary School, Story Builders 2019

Teaching artists

Teaching artists bring:

  • Multiple modalities of learning and expression with students.
  • Creative workshops including story creation, performance lab, and playwriting.
  • Skill based workshops including acting, improvisation, Shakespeare, stage combat, backstage tours, and technical theatre.
  • Ability to integrate themes from your curriculum.
  • Flexibility based on your students’ grade, experience level, and your feedback.
  • Connections to Common Core Standards in ELA-Literacy and California Department of Education Visual and Performing Arts Standards in Theatre.

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Miriam Ani

Miriam is an actor, director, and educator deeply committed to unfolding the artistry of the human body, voice, and spirit through the theatrical medium. Since relocating to the Bay Area, Miriam has appeared in the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre’s West Coast premiere of The Urban Retreat, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s The Comedy of Errors: Shakespeare on Tour, understudied for California Shakespeare Theater (Queen Margaret, War of the Roses), and appeared as the title role in The Heiress at Lucie Stern Theatre, Irina in Three Sisters at Douglas Morrisson Theatre, Sébastienne in Livermore Shakes’ Tempest, Lady Macbeth for Half Moon Bay Shakes, and as Karen in August: Osage County (Novato Theater Company), among others. Miriam directed The Crucible for Pacifica Spindrift Players (2018) and The Hallelujah Girls for North Bay Stage Company (2016). Miriam also teaches acting for Cal State East Bay, Sacramento State, Marin Shakespeare Company, and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and is a proud KCACTF respondent, TBA adjudicator, and member of AEA. MFA, Acting, CUNY Brooklyn College.

Nicole Apostol Bruno

Nicole is an AEA actor, educator, and movement artist. As an actor, she has performed with Marin Theatre Company (The Wolves), Z Space (A Good Neighbor), and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Great Expectations, The Winter’s Tale, Richard II). She holds a BFA from Southern Oregon University, where she studied under neoclassic mime and movement pioneer James Donlon. As an educator, she has worked with TheatreWorks and Marin Shakespeare Company as well as Berkeley Rep.

Michael Curry

Michael 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.

Adrian Gebhart

Adrian is a performer, voice actor, and teaching artist born and raised in the Bay Area. She has worked locally as an education intern with American Conservatory Theater, and while living in New York she worked as an education intern with Atlantic Theater Company, Theatre Askew, TADA! Youth Theater, as well as a press and marketing intern for Joe’s Pub. Her areas of education and training include Practical Aesthetics technique from Atlantic Theater Company, Devised Theater and Acting at ACT, and Intermediate/Advanced Voice-Over at Berkeley Rep. She holds a BA in Theatre from Lewis & Clark College.

Clara Kamunde

Clara is a storyteller, performer, writer, director, and museum educator who loves developing and facilitating creative art-based learning experiences for people of all ages, but especially for children and youth. Clara has worked as a teaching artist for many Bay Area arts organizations including California Shakespeare Theater, Performing Arts Workshop, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Stagebridge, and Museum of the African Diaspora, to name a few. Her teaching practices includes developing and implementing inquiry-based integrated arts-learning experiences for in-school and out-of-school learning experiences in the performing and visual arts.

Rebecca Longworth

Rebecca is a theatre director, producer, and arts educator who believes telling stories creates connection between people. She creates and directs ensemble plays with her company, Idiot String, and the Samuel Peaches Peripatetic Players, a travelling troupe who perform in Bay Area parks. Idiot String’s productions include Elixir of Life (2017) and a site-specific play to premiere in Port Costa in 2019. Other Bay Area directing credits include New Conservatory Theatre Center, Hatch Collective, San Francisco Theater Pub, the One-Minute Play Festival, Ragged Wing Ensemble, Boxcar Theatre, Dragon Productions, and more. She has taught drama and made plays with kids of all ages, through Berkeley Rep, the Nueva School, TheatreWorks, and Spotlight: Girls.

Dave Maier*

Dave 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.

Carla Pantoja*

Carla is a professional actor, fight director, and teaching artist. Some Bay Area organizations she has performed with include Cal Shakes, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Magic Theatre, Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire, BRAVA, PlayGround (member), and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival where she is a resident artist. Carla is a certified stage combat instructor with Dueling Arts International and a founding member of the local chapter, Dueling Arts San Francisco. She has been a teaching artist at both Berkeley Rep and Cal Shakes for over 10 years and has taught throughout the Bay Area through other arts organizations.

Lindsey Marie Schmeltzer*

Lindsey 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.

Zoë Swenson-Graham

Zoë returned to the States in 2015 after living in London for nearly seven years, where she worked as an actor, dancer, and trained as a stage combat instructor and fight choreographer. UK credits include the Royal Opera House, Soho Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, and the Southwark Playhouse. Since returning, Zoë has choreographed for and taught with the American Conservatory Theatre MFA program, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Mountain Play, Oakland School of the Arts, Sierra Repertory Theatre, and the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. Zoë’s most recent stunt work can be seen in her role in the horror film Lasso and her motion capture and voiceover work will be in an upcoming featured film.

Gabriel Vergez

Gabriel initially came to theatre through singing, first with San Francisco Boys Chorus, and then with Kairos Youth Choir. This led to an audition for Berkeley Rep’s Brundibar. The wonderful creation, direction, and ensemble and excitement of a world premiere ensured that Gabriel was bitten by the theatre bug. He was later cast as The Boy in The Pillowman, and served as understudy in Troublemaker, also with Berkeley Rep. After acting in numerous high school projects and participating in independent theatre productions in Berkeley as well, Gabriel continued at University of Puget Sound as both a performing actor and theatre arts and French major. Gabriel is a practitioner of capoeira and an avid basketball player in addition to being a fluent French speaker. Recently graduated, Gabriel has worked as both assistant and teaching staff with Berkeley Rep School of Theatre for over seven years and is happy to be back at his second home.

Elena Wright*

Elena is a Bay Area actor, fight choreographer, teacher, and director. She has performed with TheatreWorks, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre Company, Marin Shakespeare, Capital Stage, Symmetry Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Shotgun Players, Pacific Repertory Theatre, B Street Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare, Foothill Theatre, and Commonwealth Shakespeare among others. Some of the institutions where she has taught include Laney College, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, University of Washington, Napa Valley College, and California Shakespeare Theater. She is a company member of PlayGround, Symmetry Theatre, and a member of Actors’ Equity. She holds an MFA in acting from the University of Washington and a BS in theatre from Northeastern University.

* Senior teaching artist

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Teacher expectations

We hope that your Berkeley Rep workshop will benefit your students and will provide inspiration and tools for you to integrate the arts into your classroom curriculum throughout the school year.

We want your outreach workshop to be as successful as possible. Below is a list of tips that can help you work with your teaching artist to guarantee that you and your students get the most out of our programs.

We ask that classroom teachers:

  • Inform the School of Theatre about students with differing abilities or circumstances.
  • Remain in the classroom at all times.
  • Model active engagement for students.
  • Encourage all students to participate fully.
  • Uphold school policies, classroom expectations, and any discipline issues that may arise.
  • Review or build upon the workshop material in-between teaching artist visits (six- and 10-hour workshops).

Classroom teachers choose Berkeley Rep to:

  • Develop students’ literary skills.
  • Develop theatre vocabulary and skills.
  • Develop creative skills necessary to adapt stories, originate ideas, and develop characters.
  • Build cooperative skills amongst students.
  • Encourage students’ practice of empathy and self-reflection.
  • Encourage students to make informed artistic choices.
  • Bring working artists into your classroom.

We value your feedback. Please let us know about your experiences by emailing outreach@berkeleyrep.org and completing a survey at the conclusion of your workshop.

 

What teachers say about School of Theatre workshops

“The improv structure is a helpful reminder that these quick exercises can help create an open classroom enviroment.”

Cornell Elementary School, Story Builders 2019

Frequently asked questions

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Planning your workshop

When is the best time to schedule a workshop?

Our programming is the most popular from December through June, and scheduling time with one of our artists becomes highly competitive. Beat the rush and have your choice of artists by booking with us earlier in the school year, from the end of August through November.

Which grades do you serve?

We offer workshops for groups that range from second grade to adult.

Can I customize my workshop?

Yes! We are well versed at customizing workshops. Take a look at the “get creative” tab or email us at outreach@berkeleyrep.org to get started.

Do you offer bilingual workshops?

Yes. Please contact us at outreach@berkeleyrep.org to discuss dates, as our bilingual options are limited.

Is there a limit to the number of students that can be in a workshop?

Yes, both for safety and quality of instruction, we limit our workshops to 30 students. If you have a group larger than 30 students, please email us at outreach@berkeleyrep.org to discuss the options available to larger groups.

Where do workshops take place?

Our trained teaching artists travel to your site to deliver workshops, or they can be booked at our campus.

Is there a travel fee for having you come to our site?

If your site is within 30 miles of Berkeley Repertory Theatre, there is no travel fee associated with your workshop. Our address is 2025 Addison St, Berkeley CA 94704. Due to high fuel costs, sites located over 30 miles from the Theatre may be charged an additional fee. Please contact us at outreach@berkeleyrep.org for a travel quote.

Can my group come to the School of Theatre?

Yes! If space allows, we always love to welcome our partners into our building and host a workshop on site. Please indicate that you would like to visit us on your registration form and we will contact you regarding availability.

Do I need to be present during my workshop?

All in-school workshops require that a district employee be present during the workshop. If you cannot be present, we ask that you arrange for someone else to be in the classroom with the teaching artist. We ask that a parent or parent volunteer be available for our home school groups.

How involved should I be during my workshop?

As visitors in your classroom, our teaching artists look to you to support behavior and classroom expectations. Some teachers utilize our workshops as a tool to build a deeper relationship with students and actively engage as participants. Other teachers use the time to observe the teaching artist’s activities for their own teaching. We are flexible and want to support your needs as long as you, or another district employee, remain in the classroom during the workshop.

I submitted my registration form, what now?

Once you submit your registration form you will receive notification that your request was submitted. Our team will process your request and contact you if we have any additional questions. After processing, we reach out to our team of dedicated teaching artists to find someone who fits within the structure of your classroom. Teaching artists review date options and provide a schedule that is sent to you for approval. Once you have approved your dates, we confirm your workshop schedule and provide you with a booking agreement and invoice to complete and return. All requests are processed based on start date and are subject to availability.

Booking your workshop

Who can request a workshop?

Our workshops are available to:

  • Schools (including homeschool groups).
  • Community organizations
  • Corporate bookings.
  • Private events (including birthday parties).

Please complete a registration form or contact us at outreach@berkeleyrep.org to discuss booking options and dates.

How do I request a workshop?

You can book a workshop the following ways:

How do I request more than one workshop?

If you are requesting multiple workshops for your own class, you may submit one registration form. If you are requesting workshops on behalf of another teacher or classroom, we ask that you submit a separate registration form for each of the classes.

Is the requested start date for my workshop guaranteed?

We do everything in our power to build a workshop schedule around your preferred start date. Workshop dates are subject to availability and requested dates are not guaranteed until confirmed by Berkeley Rep. In the case that we are unavailable for your preferred dates, we will contact you to discuss alternative options.

Who is eligible for a free workshop?

We offer one hour of free instruction to any public school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties. Free hours are available for second grade to high school, with priority going to middle and high school requests. All free hours are issued based on availability and require a minimum of one week advance notice.

Administrative support

Will someone from your team come and meet with us to discuss programming?

We are happy to come and talk to your teachers, PTA, or administration about the benefits of our programming and what we have to offer for your specific site. We do ask that you request a personalized visit at least two weeks in advance. All visit requests are based on availability.

I’m applying for a grant. Will you supply supplementary materials?

We are happy to support our partners who are applying for grants to fund programming with us. We ask that you contact us at least two weeks in advance and we will provide you with supplementary materials and data to strengthen your grant request. We can also generate an invoice in advance if your grant requires proof of cost.

I received a grant. Is it possible to add additional hours?

Absolutely! Just let us know how many additional hours you would like to build into your workshop and we will happily process a separate invoice for you.

I booked a workshop and loved it. How else can I be connected to the Theatre?

Bring your students to the Theatre for a production through our Student Matinee Series, or recommend students for scholarships to continue to study at the School of Theatre through teacher nominations. Or connect your teens to Teen Council, which has a variety of opportunities to see, write, and make theatre with, for, and by teens throughout the Bay Area.

Payments, rescheduling, and cancellations

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept checks and credit card payments. We are also happy to help you complete a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for district funding or VAPA requests.

Can I request to reschedule my workshop date(s)?

Yes, you may request to reschedule your workshop date(s) without penalty up to 48 hours before the start of your workshop. Any reschedule requests after 48 hours are subject to our cancellation policy.

Please email us at outreach@berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2974 to reschedule your workshop.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel your workshop with more than one month’s notice, all fees will be refunded. If you cancel your workshop with less than one month’s notice, you will be required to pay one half of the full fee. If you cancel your workshop with less than two weeks’ notice, you will be required to pay the full fee.

Teaching artists

What training do your teaching artists have?

Our teaching artists are working theatre professionals who mesh their artistic craft with their teaching experience. Please reference their biographies to learn more about the background of individual teaching artists.

Is it possible to request a specific teaching artist?

Yes! Please request your artist in the section that allows for additional notes about your classroom needs. Since our teaching artists are working artists, we cannot guarantee that your preferred artist will have availability to teach your class. However, we do match you with your requested artist whenever possible.

My class wrote “thank you” notes. What is your mailing address?

Our mailing address for in-school workshops is:
Berkeley Rep School of Theatre
Attn: Modesta Tamayo
2025 Addison Street
Berkeley CA 94704

Additional questions?

Email outreach@berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2974.

 

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