Summer programs


Summer Theatre Intensive

Fill this summer with imagination and creativity

Join the School of Theatre for a fun-filled, enriching, affordable camp experience for middle school and high school students—right here in Berkeley! Summer Theatre Intensive is an opportunity to become fully immersed in every facet of the world of theatre—regardless of experience level. The 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 creating and performing in an original play! Each group builds a unique theatrical piece adapted from mythology, short stories, and fairy tales, written and directed by professional playwrights and directors. Through the process of Play Creation, students explore their own voice and vision while experiencing the art of collaboration as an ensemble. Students are challenged to take imaginative risks as they apply and showcase the skills they’ve learned in camp.

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. Faculty credits include works at American Conservatory Theater, Barrymore Theatre (Broadway), Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Old Globe, San Francisco Opera, Second City, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company—to name a few.

Delve into performance

Jump in and explore all elements of theatre-making in this dynamic four-week intensive. During the first two weeks, students will dive into storyboarding their play ideas while taking daily ensemble-based classes including acting, improv, and stage combat.

Plus, students can choose from daily electives based on individual interests such as musical theatre, playwriting, and on-camera acting, along with weekly seminars in directing, dialects, and production disciplines such as sound design and lighting.

In the last two weeks, students shift into rehearsal mode with faculty and directors, fine-tuning each group’s play and focusing on staging, character development, and incorporating the skills learned in classes and electives. Groups enter daily rehearsals, adding production elements such as lights, sound, and costumes, prepping for a professional performance.

  • Session 1 (entering grades 6–8):
    June 19–July 14, 2017
    Monday–Friday · 9am–3pm
  • Session 2 (entering grades 9–12):
    July 18–August 11, 2017
    Monday–Friday · 9am–4pm

Perform onstage at Berkeley Rep

At the end of each four-week session, students have the opportunity to perform their original work in Berkeley Rep’s performance space to an invited audience of family and friends.

  • Session 1 final performance:
    July 14, 2017
  • Session 2 final performance:
    August 11, 2017

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Session 1 · entering grades 6–8

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. Classes include:

Play Creation

  • Become a part of a creative ensemble! Students use improvisation, music, poetry, and creative writing to expand their imaginations as they collaboratively write and design a play through the art of adaptation. The session concludes with a performance of students’ original work in a Berkeley Rep performance space.

Acting

  • 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.

Improvisation

  • Discover spontaneity! 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.

Movement

  • Explore physicality! Students learn tools and techniques to develop their abilities to create unique movement and outrageous characters.

Programming subject to change.

Stage Combat

  • 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.

Voice

  • Be heard on stage and speak out 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.

Electives

  • Students may choose from the following possible electives: playwriting, musical theatre, clowning, technical theatre, sketch comedy, and hip hop dance.

Session 2 · entering grades 9–12

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. Classes 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 structure, rhythm, characterization, staging, and performance. Students will collaborate and create an original piece to be performed in a Berkeley Rep performance space.

Acting

  • 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.

Shakespeare

  • 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.

Movement

  • Throw yourself into the moment! Students learn tools and techniques to develop their abilities to create unique movement and outrageous characters.

Programming subject to change.

Voice

  • 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.

Improvisation

  • Discover spontaneity! 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.

Stage Combat

  • 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.

Electives

  • Students may choose from the following possible electives: playwriting, directing, audition, dance, sketch comedy, musical theatre, advanced improv, technical theatre, and on-camera acting.

Summer Theatre Intensive Session 1 performance

Filmmaking and Acting Intensive

July 17–August 4, 2017
MON–FRI · 6:30–9:30pm
Entering grades 9–12

This hands-on three-week filmmaking and acting intensive covers theory, pre- and post-production, and concludes with a final screening for family and friends. During the first week, students will be immersed in on-camera acting theory and practice. Students will perform for the camera multiple times to develop and demonstrate their understanding of acting for film. The intensive will shift gears, taking students behind the camera to learn film theory from all major disciplines, including screenwriting, directing, and editing/post-production. By the end of week two, students will have the opportunity to submit a short script, and two scripts will be selected by staff for production during week three. Students will serve as crew for each film (e.g., director, producer, cinematographer) and will be mentored by the instructor overseeing the productions. The third week will consist of shooting, a rigorous post-production process, and a public screening of the student films at the School of Theatre. All students will be filming using the technology native to their phones, laptops, and/or tablets. Believe it or not, those cameras are the same ones being used to shoot films screened in festivals all around the world, including a couple of full-length features being distributed this year! A limited number of iPads may be available for student use during class time.