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Summer Theatre Intensive
Fill this summer with imagination and creativity
Berkeley Rep School of Theatre’s Summer Theatre Intensive offers a fun-filled, enriching, affordable camp experience for middle school and high school students—right here in Berkeley! It is an opportunity to become fully immersed in every facet of the world of theatre. Our only requirement is an active mind open to imagination, collaboration, hard work and, of course, lots of fun.
Create your own play
Experience the thrill of collaboration through the guidance and inspiration of a playwright and a Play Creation teacher. Each student group creates a vibrant and unique theatrical piece from stories that already exist. Through the process of adaptation, students realize their own voice and vision while preserving the integrity of the source material. These Play Creation projects challenge students to take imaginative risks and to showcase the skills they have learned throughout the session.
Study with master teaching artists
Learn from Berkeley Rep’s nationally-recognized teaching faculty. These theatre professionals and teaching artists are committed to training the next generation of theatre artists through their respective areas of expertise.
Delve into performance
Spend each week studying acting, improvisation, voice and speech, Shakespeare, stage combat and various forms of physical theatre such as Laban and clowning.
Explore all facets of theatre
Choose from daily electives including musical theatre, directing, playwriting, hip hop dance and video. Weekly seminars such as directing, advanced improv and disciplines of design and production such as costumes, sound, lighting or props provide a chance to see what happens behind the scenes.
Perform onstage at Berkeley Rep
At the end of each four-week session, students have the opportunity to perform their original work on either the Thrust or Roda Stages to an invited audience of family and friends.
- Students entering grades 6–8
- June 17–July 12, 2013 / Monday–Friday; 9am–3pm
(Please note there will be no class on July 4)
- Students entering grades 9–12
- July 16–August 9, 2013 / Monday–Friday; 9am–4pm
- Due with application—$365
- Due April 1, 2013—$385
- Due June 1, 2013—$400
- Session 1 Total—$1,150
- Due with application—$365
- Due April 1, 2013—$420
- Due June 1, 2013—$465
- Session 2 Total—$1,250
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Download our application form (PDF) or call 510 647–2972 for more information.
Or you can download the registration form (PDF) and mail or fax it along with payment to Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, 2025 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704.
$365 is due with the application. A second payment will be due April 1. The remaining balance will be due June 1. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration process will continue until both sessions are filled. If you cancel before April 1, 2013, we will refund tuition less a $150 fee. If you cancel after April 1, we will refund tuition less a $365 fee. After June 1, no refund will be given.
Over the past nine years, the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre has developed a nationally recognized teaching faculty at the Summer Theatre Intensive. These theatre professionals and teaching artists are committed to training the next generation of theatre artists through their respective areas of expertise.
Students are divided into groups according to grade level. Each group will rotate through a variety of classes taught by a different professional theatre artist.
Session 1 classes (for students entering grades 6–8) may include
- Become a part of a creative ensemble! Students use improvisation, musical inspiration, poetry and art, and creative and collaborative writing to explore and expand their imaginations as they write and design a play through the art of adaptation. Class culminates in an original theatrical performance on one of the main stages at Berkeley Rep.
- Learn the skills required to bring a scene to life! Students focus on the fundamentals of acting technique through character development, script analysis and scene work.
- Discover spontaneity through improvisation! As an ensemble, students explore technique, theory, games, tricks and pranks 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.
- Throw yourself into the moment! Students learn tools, techniques and tricks to develop their abilities to create unique movement and outrageous characters.
- En garde! Students explore classic stage combat techniques combining tai chi, boxing and improvisational theatre. Emphasis will be on safety, character building, telling the story of the fight and acting the violence. Students will learn unarmed (slaps, punches, kicks, rolls) and basic broadsword techniques.
- Be heard on stage and speak out to groups with confidence and charisma! Discover vocal agility, full projection and secrets to building and maintaining vocal strength and clarity. Apply techniques learned to news items, tongue twisters, raps, sonnets and songs.
- Students may choose from the following possible electives: Musical Theatre, Clowning/Commedia dell’arte, Hip Hop/Salsa Dance and hands-on classes in costuming, lighting, sound or prop design held at Berkeley Rep’s technical shops.
Session 2 classes (for students entering grades 9–12) may include
Advanced Play Creation
- Give voice to inspiration. Mirroring Berkeley Rep’s new play development process, students participate in the entire cycle of adapting and developing a play from concept to performance. They’ll gain an advanced understanding of theatrical concepts such as ensemble, dramatic conflict, dramatic structure, rhythm, characterization, staging and performance before collectively creating a theatrical performance piece to be performed on one of the main stages at Berkeley Rep.
- Bring a scene to life. Through rigorous class exercises, monologues and scene work, students study character development, given circumstances, tactics, objective and actions, and learn how to work as an ensemble.
- Discover the art of acting Shakespeare. Class covers verse/scansion, figures of speech and literal meaning which students will then put into practice by working on scenes.
- Find yourself in the moment. Learn tools, techniques and tricks to develop students’ abilities to create unique movement and outrageous characters.
- Ensure your voice is heard. Students study vocal agility, full projection and secrets to building and maintaining vocal strength and clarity. Apply techniques learned to news items, tongue twisters, raps, sonnets and songs.
- Discover spontaneity through improvisation. As an ensemble, students explore technique, theory, games, tricks and pranks that will 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.
- En garde! Students discover classic stage combat techniques combining tai chi, boxing and improvisational theatre. Emphasis will be on safety, character building, telling the story of the fight and acting the violence. Students will learn unarmed (slaps, punches, kicks, rolls) and basic broadsword techniques.
- Students may choose from the following possible electives: Playwriting, Directing, Audition, Dance, Hip-Hop Theatre Techniques, Musical Theatre, Advanced Improv, Clowning/Commedia dell’arte and hands-on classes in costuming, lighting, sound or prop design held at Berkeley Rep’s technical shops.
Programming subject to change.
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Berkeley Rep School of Theatre is pleased to be able to offer financial
aid for students enrolling in our youth and teen classes. Scholarships will be granted to students attending
classes who demonstrate a strong financial need. Financial aid will be disbursed
on a sliding scale—eligible families generally receive scholarships
covering between 30%–100% of tuition.
Families applying for financial aid must submit a minimum $25 deposit
per student at the time of registration. This amount secures the student’s
place in the program while their financial aid application is under consideration.
This deposit is refundable if the registration is cancelled by the end of
the first week of class.
Download our application form or call the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre at 510 647–2972.
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