Teen Council


Who we are

Teen Council

We are actors, directors, writers, designers, improvisers, and theatre-goers. Teen Council brings together a diverse group of teens (grades 9–12) from all over the Bay Area. We write, direct, and perform in our own productions, see plays at local theatres, explore different artistic departments through interactive workshops, and get a behind-the-scenes look at what happens at Berkeley Rep through interviews with professional artists. Click the tabs above to learn more and join our mailing list to stay updated on upcoming events!

Our mission is to cultivate the next generation of theatre audiences and professionals, preparing them to think critically and creatively about theatre arts through discussion-based programming.

Core Council

Berkeley Rep’s Core Council is a group of 10–15 student leaders from around the Bay Area who engage their peers through theatre arts. As the face of Berkeley Rep’s teen programming, Core Council are the leaders of the general Teen Council. Some Core Council responsibilities are planning Teen Nights, Theatre Scenes, fundraising events, and workshops for their peers. At the beginning of every school year, a new group of students is accepted to be a part of this leadership group.

Questions? Email teencouncil@berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2984.

The application window for the 2018–19 Core Council has closed.

2017–18 Core Council

The 2017–18 Core Council: teen leaders today, arts leaders of the future!

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Teen Night

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One of our most popular events, Teen Night brings together 9–12 grade high school students to watch shows from our dynamic season at Berkeley Rep.

For only $10, teens receive exclusive access to:

  • A catered dinner from a local eatery
  • A teen-hosted pre-show talk with a professional artist involved in the production
  • A ticket for the performance
  • A post-show discussion led by our Core Council

Teen Night schedule

  • 6:30pm · Sign in
  • 6:30–7:30pm · Guest artist interview and dinner
  • 8pm · Performance followed by post-show discussion

Teen Night sign in is at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre (2071 Addison Street).

No parents, guardians, or non-teens permitted at the event—School of Theatre staff are present to supervise. Those who wish to attend the same performance can contact the box office at 510 647–2949 to reserve seats.

2018–19 Teen Night dates

September 7 · A Doll’s House, Part 2
October 5 · Fairview
January 4 · Paradise Square: A New Musical
January 25 · Metamorphoses
March 22 · Home
April 26 · The Good Book
May 31 · Kiss My Aztec!

Questions? Email teencouncil@berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2984.

Teen Night pre-show dinner

Teens enjoy a catered dinner before seeing a show.

Teen Night post-show discussion

Teens engage in a post-show discussion.

Workshops

Workshops give teens an insider look at all aspects of the artistic process.

  • Learn from esteemed Berkeley Rep artists
  • Interact with other teens who love the arts
  • Learn the skills it takes to be a professional artist

Workshops will be held throughout the Theatre, but we’ll always meet at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre (2071 Addison Street). Workshops are free of charge.

2018–19 Workshop dates

September 24 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop
October 15 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop
October 29 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop
November 12 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop
December 10 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop
February 4 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop
March 4 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop
April 8 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop
April 27 · Rough Draft presentation workshop

Questions? Email teencouncil@berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2984.

Rough Draft presentation

2017–18 Rough Draft presentation workshop: Unapologetic by Fiona Deane-Grundman.

Rough Draft presentation

2017–18 Rough Draft presentation workshop: Convergence; The Dystropia by Johanna Staples-Agre.

Theatre Scene

Explore the Bay Area theatre scene with Teen Council. For only $18, travel to see a variety of work ranging from big budget shows to local new plays. Theatre Scene is a great way to check out the local performing arts landscape with other teens.

2017–18 Theatre Scene dates

November 3 · Barbecue at San Francisco Playhouse (450 Post St Floor 2, San Francisco)
February 9 · Widowers’ Houses at Aurora Theatre (2081 Addison St, Berkeley)
May 11 · Father Comes Home from the Wars at ACT’s Geary Theater (415 Geary St, San Francisco)

2018–19 Theatre Scene dates will be announced soon!

Questions? Email teencouncil@berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2984.

Teen Council members delve into the program before seeing a show at ACT in San Francisco.

Teen One-Acts Festival

Explore the creative and collaborative elements of theatre-making with the Teen One-Acts Festival. Every year two original plays are written, performed, directed, designed, and produced by Bay Area high school students. Teens build two world premieres from the ground up, while being mentored by Berkeley Rep professionals. Join us for the festival’s 17th season!

How you can get involved

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Playwrights

The play submission deadline is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted a play to be considered for the 2019 Teen One-Acts Festival!

Directors

Work closely with a professional directing mentor from Berkeley Rep to apply your own creative vision to a world-premiere play. Hone your ideas, collaborate with a group of designers, and lead a group of teen actors through a rehearsal process. And at the end, invite your friends and family to see your new work!

Director interviews
Monday, December 10 · 5–7pm

Designers

Collaborate with a design team, enhance the director’s concept, and help bring the words of the playwright to life. Learn more from a skilled mentor and take your designs to the next level. Haven’t designed before but want to try your hand at something new? You’ll have all the guidance you need to design your own show.

Design areas available:
Costume · Lighting · Set · Sound · Props

Designer interviews
Wednesday, December 5 · 6–8:30pm

Stage Managers

Are you a leader who knows how to get the job done? Mentored by a professional stage manager, you’ll learn how to manage a creative team and run a show from rehearsal through closing night.

Stage Manager interviews
Wednesday, December 5 · 6–8:30pm

Actors

Join an ensemble of committed teen actors from across the Bay Area and receive training from professional actors.

Audition sign-ups for actors will open in January 2019.

Questions? Email teencouncil@berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2984.

2018 Teen One-Acts Festival cast and crew

2018 Teen One-Acts Festival cast and crew.

Teen Council Leadership Fund

This June the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre had its first ever fundraiser for the Teen Council program at Pixar! We were thrilled beyond words to have our patrons, parents, and students at this benefit for Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre teen programs. Their passion and dedication to the arts made it a great night. Through your help, we raised $20,000 which means we can expand programming that prepares students to think critically and creatively about theatre arts through leadership programming.

Thank you for supporting our diverse group of teenagers from all 10 counties of the Bay Area as they cultivate the next generation of theatre audiences and professionals. If you’re just meeting our Teen Council, they are actors, directors, writers, designers, improvisers, and theatre-goers. They write, direct, and perform in their own productions, see plays at local theatres, explore different artistic departments through interactive workshops, and get a behind-the-scenes look at what happens at Berkeley Rep through interviews with professional artists.

Thanks again for your support!

Sincerely,

Rachel Hull
Director of the School of Theatre

Teen Council members helped fundraise for teen programs and scholarships at the School of Theatre

Incredibles II pre-release screening at Pixar Animation Studios benefiting the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre

 

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